Friday, October 25, 2013

Hayes Family

In 7 years we had spent more time with each other than we spent with our own families.  Eight hours a day.  Five days a week.  We were co-workers in a fileroom at an insurance company.  When they needed to hire a new girl in the fileroom as a back-up switchboard operator, I remember praying, specifically, for God to send the perfect girl and that she would be a Christian.  You have no idea how many girls we could go through that wouldn't have a great work ethic or wouldn't stir up drama in a room full of guys.  Well....maybe you can imagine.  The very next day, after praying that prayer, this cute little girl with a great personality shows up.  She's eager to learn, teachable and very friendly.  I had no idea that my simple little prayer would be a prayer that God would answer in such an incredible way.  But, as always, I love that my God does "exceedingly and abundantly above all I could think or ask".  

She's walked with me through some of my darkest days.  She's prayed for me.  Been a shoulder to cry on.  She listened to me even when she had no answers for my questions.  She has been one of my biggest cheerleaders and encouragers.  God changed my life when He brought her into mine.  I'm so thankful He knew I needed her.  

I was there to hear her romantic engagement story.  I listened, in amazement, as they sang to each other during their wedding ceremony.  I cried tears of excitement when she shared the news of expecting her first baby.  I cried and prayed with her as her firstborn underwent open heart surgery at just 4 weeks of age.  I praised God with her when he was declared completely healthy.  I was thrilled and shocked all at the same time when she told me she was pregnant again.  I loved on that second sweet baby boy she was blessed with.  I took some wedding portraits of them after their wedding when I was just beginning this photography journey and I've been photographing their family ever since.  I love that I've been a witness to their love and that I've been able to watch God bless them in so many ways.  Little Malin is now 4 years old and cutie pie Hudson just turned 2.  I always love spending time with them and was so glad we worked this fun family session in!! know I love you to the moon and back!  I am so blessed to call you my best friend!  Thank you for loving me through all these crazy seasons we've had together.  :o)


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