Tuesday Confessions: I love Being an Aunt!

IMG_7360Today on the blog you will find some super sweet faces and deep kisses but they wont be between a couple deeply in love with each other, rather they will be of the sweetest little ham I know. World, today I am introducing you to my super sweet, and super fat nephew Brayden! This boy was born in June while I was in Central Asia so I first met him over a FaceTime with my sister. This boy stole my heart from day one! I remember crying those few tears when I first saw him through my phone and immediately lost it. I relized that for real I was an aunt. I was going to be able to kill him with auntie kisses and tickle him until he throws up (please excuse the visual). I knew that I was going to love it all, and man I totally have.

I remember the first second I saw him. I picked him up and would not put him down. I couldn’t stop saying how beautiful he was and playing with him. Because he’s seriously so handsome and just the sweetest boy ever! So last weekend when i got to see him for just a short while I had to capture as many pictures as possible! So I took him to the front yard with my siblings and grandma and got a few shots of him before I left to do my first engagement session. So I don’t have any fun quirks or antics to tell you about why I love being an aunt, because honesty, I just do. So please enjoy his cheeks and rolls and be sucked into the cuteness!IMG_7377 IMG_7366 IMG_7363 IMG_7374 IMG_7371Look at those stinkin cheeks!? I keep making the joke that I don’t know how he holds the face up cause his cheeks are so big!IMG_7369I love the way he looks at my sister! I’ve also never seen her love another person like she loves this boy. I’m so happy I got to capture a few images of them together. So beautiful!IMG_7368 IMG_7386 IMG_7391It’s disgusting how attractive my siblings are!

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Golden Hour: Lindsey

IMG_0001IMG_0006IMG_0004This girl is one awesome ball of fire. She has taught me so much about what it means to have girlfriends and how they truly benefit you as a person. I have almost gotten arrested with her, and I have cried/laughed uncontrollably with her. This girl is one of my best friends in the entire world, and I’m so thankful that I am blessed enough to have her in my life! So world meet Lindsey. Lindsey was on the blog two years ago and I’m so excited to be bringing her back.

A few weeks ago I ventured to West Chester, Pennsylvania and I got to stay with my sweet friend Lindsey in what is quite possibly one of the cutest little house/apartments I’ve ever seen. It was so great to see this beautiful friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in months and reconnect with her. Lindsey and I met two years ago when we were both going to be living together in Ocean City, Maryland for the summer. We didn’t know each other at all, but we were both crazy enough to accept the call to move into a house with 33 other people and live and work together for 10 weeks! It was crazy awesome. Funny story Lindsey and I actually thought we would both hate each other before actually meeting. Neither of us can really put a finger down on why we thought that, but we both that it wasn’t gonna work. And look at as now, two years later and we’re literally best friends. I love getting my random text and phone calls from Linds and they end up last for hours! It’s so fun to know that two and a half months literally changed our lives forever!

Well when I went to West Chester a part of it was to do an Engagement shoot that I’ll be showing y’all later this week, but I also ended up having some time to also take some photos of Lindsey, and man am I happy I did. Lindsey is so classically beautiful and I just love her. She’s so fun to be around and I really hope you get that from the pictures I got of her. It’s so great to have this girl back on the blog and I hope you enjoy this classic beauty on the blog today. IMG_0017 IMG_0101 IMG_0080 IMG_0103Do you see what I mean by classic beauty! Look at this girl, so gorgeous!IMG_0026 IMG_0117IMG_0024 IMG_0119 IMG_0106I know these last two images are almost identical but I couldn’t help myself. Seriously Linds, could you be anyone beautiful!?IMG_0109 IMG_0110Linds, thank you so much for running around West Chester with me. You are truly a light in my life and I love you a whole lot. You’re like an older sister to me and I so appreciate that about you. You love me with a radical love that could only come from the depths of your redeemed soul. You’re so beautiful and I hope you enjoyed our time together as much as I did!

 

I’M BACK!!

IMG_8738Oh hey ‘Merica!!!! I’m backkkkkkk! Gosh, my heart is full right now. I’m currently sitting in a coffee shop on campus, with my current favorite song blasting in my head phones, just basking in the beauty of my life right now! I am so excited to catch y’all up on all I’ve been doing the past two months, and letting you in on some updates that will be coming to the blog! It’s gonna be so awesome so let’s just dive right into it.

Well I just got back from my most favorite place in the entire world, Central Asia! That land has my heart like nothing I’ve ever experienced before and just knowing that I’ve gotten to go there and teach English and share about my life to the students there overwhelms my heart in the greatest ways possible. I’ll go into greater detail about that later this week, but know that I am forever changed because of that incredible place and it’s even lead to a few enhancements that will be coming to the blog!

Gosh, have I ever mentioned that I reallllyyyy love blogging? Well even though I often times forget to do so for long gaps of time I really do love it. So to avoid the long gaps of no blogging I’m going to get some accountability up in here for y’all! So for that I’ve come up with some new titles, if you will, that make it so I literally HAVE to blog!! YEAAAAA, I’m so excited about this, so here we go!

Every Monday there will be a new “My Life Monday” post. These post will basically be a recap of the previous week that will go through, my general life including photography, my travels, and so much more. I’ve just come to realize that y’all do enjoy hearing about my crazy life and all that comes with it, and I’ve finally come to a place where I think it’s totally cool to share about it! Now here’s my favorite thing I’m doing, I got the idea for this while I was in Central Asia, and it’s literally the bomb.com, do people still say that? TUESDAY CONFESSIONS!! This will be a new segment on the blog and I’m oozing with excitement for this. These confessions will be different every week, it could be Confessions of a World Traveler, Confessions of  Thrifting Addict, and so much more. It’s gonna be great so stay tuned. Wednesdays will be reserved for blogging about any shoots I do (Golden Hour, Chasing the Light), so these won’t necessarily happen every week but they will be used for something. Thursday Thoughts will also be a new segment. This will be a super simple post just sharing about things I love and what my thoughts are on them. One thing I love to do is talk and share my thoughts with others and also hear theres. So this segment will be about that.

So all of these post will begin next week and be forever in effect. I’m so excited to share my life with y’all and let you into the crazy whirlwind of it all! You guys are the best, and I can’t thank you enough for sticking with me through my crazy times of forgetting to blog, and just being lazy. But seriously y’all are the best and I’m excited to share this with y’all. How many times can I use the words “excited” and “y’all” in a single post?

Well before I leave you today I’ll leave you with some awesome photos from my time in Central Asia. Be looking for some post about that this week. It’ll definitely be more than one so get ready 🙂

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Faces of Hope

IMG_2057To have hope is to place every ounce of trust you have into something. We each have that one thing that we’re banking it all on whether it’s a goal, person, faith, or maybe even a tomorrow. Regardless we all have hope in something. Hope is something that last through the hard times, and preservers through any trial. It will be a guarding foundation when one feels that they be on the verge of crumbling. It’s hope that is the friend that walks in when the rest of the world chooses to walk out.

For me, hope was hard to find or come by for a great amount of time recently. Since losing my mom back in October I felt as if everything I knew was wrong and that there was no way I could ever feel happiness again. Since that day in October a lot has happened to me that I never thought would happen. I have seen suffering first hand and I have walked through the fire time and time again, and one thing I’ve realized is that every flame that I had to walk through was not necessarily meant to teach me a lesson. Those flames were not necessarily punishments for my wrong doings. Those flames were life, and they were simply stages that I walked through. Granted, at this present state I am far from done walking through them, if anything I’ve just began my journey into my next flame.

During my time in Africa however, I believe I began the process of exciting a flame I had been walking through for a few months now. I’m indefinitely still walking through but I definitely experienced a great deal of healing from the burn I had experienced. This flame involved someone who has been in my life for sometime now and through them I got to see grace in it’s fullest form. I have gone through the ringer with this person but I look at them now and I see sweet redemption. As I type this paragraph I feel myself welling up and my eyes feeling heavy because of the redemption that I feel in all of this. I see where I was at the darkest parts of this whole process, and how it has lead me to where I now stand, redeemed and free!

Now with Africa, like I said in my last post so much was revealed to me there. I saw that I was and am suffering. I am broken, and there’s no easy way to ever say that. But through the people and the conversations I had there I saw that the healing is possible, and that redemption is real. It is what I was made for, redemption. I was created to have hope through the hard times. The people there and the children I met there have this hope. They hope for more, and they believe it is possible. I now they believe in it. That was proven to me the second they came running after the van we were riding in. WE WERE THAT HOPE! We helped in bringing them life, and a hope worth trusting in. That in itself was healing to me in the greatest ways possible! So now of course I have to show you some more of these beautiful faces and allow you to squeal at their cuteness, and see the hope that lies within their beautiful eyes!

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Chasing the Light: Botswana, Africa

IMG_1660Nope, there’s no need to refresh your webpage the title of this post is absolutely correct. Some of you may be wondering why I’ve been gone for over a month. I’m so sorry for that, but here’s a nice large update on my life over the last month. Yes, as you can tell from the title I ventured to Gaborone, Botswana Africa with some amazing teammates all to change that nation as a whole. My team and I got the chance to see our Father work wonders in us and through us like never before. We saw people choose to join our team, and continue in fighting for others to join our team to change the world for all eternity. We got to venture onto two college campuses and talk to students and hear their thoughts on life, and really give them their chance to be heard. We got to go into an impoverished neighborhood and play with children and simply love them, with a love that they don’t often experience. All in all we saw and caused change. It was an amazingly healing, and freeing experience.

I was approached about this trip back in December when my friend Adam told me that he had been asked to lead a team to Botswana. As a girl who loves the world I knew I needed to begin talking to my father about going to this nation and help in it’s restoration. I knew without a doubt that I was being called to this place. I felt the longing in my heart for something more, something deeper. I knew it was time for me to head overseas again, and I wasn’t going to fight my Father on His callings!

So I began the process of sending out support letters and working with my team to begin our process of heading over to this nation that was made for us. The team quickly came together and we began meeting together and preparing the trip. Everything really just fell into place and it was begin made more and more clear that we were destined for this place. So on a cold Friday morning we boarded our plane, and come late Saturday night after three long and interesting flights, and being completely exhausted we landed in Gaborone, Botswana. The American interns that are currently in the country greeted us with open hearts and took us to our lodge where we’d be staying. They were so gracious and loving towards us, and it was so refreshing to see a friendly and loving face after all that traveling. The next morning we headed to a meeting where we were once again welcomed in my many nationals. They served us and showed us a beautiful side to this nation. After that the American interns took us out to lunch a Sanita’s Tea Garden. It was the most beautiful little place I had ever seen. With a shop and great food.

IMG_1762 IMG_1747 IMG_1741 IMG_1744 IMG_1749This place was so colorful and fun, definitely a highlight of the trip. So naturally we decided to act like moneys and tried climbing on tress!IMG_1788 IMG_1794 IMG_1798 IMG_1803Getting to relax as a team, and connect with old friends was definitely a highlight. This is Joy and Rachel. Joy mentored Rachel while she was in college. Rachel is currently an international intern in Botswana with our company.IMG_1775

Aren’t they just so stinking cute. Needless to say we as a team thoroughly enjoyed this amazing restaurant and it was a great way to begin our time in Botswana!

IMG_1784 IMG_1748 IMG_1760Another place that we got to go that totally hit all of us in different and exciting ways was the neighborhood known as Ol’ Naladie. This place was near one of the Universities that we worked at during the week. It was a pretty simple but hectic time all at the same time. It was a time that we got to love others but at the same time feel a sense of love and appreciation like never before! Seriously take a look at the pictures below and I guarantee you, you’ll feel what we felt, and see how it is exactly the same love that our Father has for us!IMG_1820 IMG_1822

These beautiful babies came running after our car the second we pulls into the neighborhood, it was so exhilarating!IMG_1830 IMG_1835 IMG_1840 IMG_1882 IMG_1875 IMG_1870 IMG_1845 IMG_1901IMG_1949IMG_1959IMG_1916IMG_1978IMG_1943IMG_2035IMG_2022IMG_1987IMG_2120IMG_2056IMG_2047IMG_2103This girl right here was a kid after my own heart. Seriously, the second we pulled up she just attached herself to my leg, and I loved it. I’m a total mom so getting to look after her just about the whole time we were there was incredible. The thing that was really refreshing throughout the whole thing was that she didn’t need to be thrown in the air or tossed around, rather, she just wanted me to hold her. It was a beautiful picture of our Father’s love for us, and how simple and freeing it is!IMG_2197 IMG_2191 IMG_2175 IMG_2240 IMG_2183IMG_2238 IMG_2246 IMG_2253 IMG_2239 IMG_2322 IMG_2333 IMG_2373The next little boy that came into the playground will be a child I never forget. This child was brought in by a young girl and he immediately went to one of the interns. Eventually my friend Joy got ahold of him and there was no letting this beautiful child out of our sight at this point. I had to capture this moment, and the fact that we didn’t bring this child back to America with us is such a shocker.IMG_2316 IMG_2310 IMG_2269 IMG_2261When we had to give this cutie back it was our first major heartbreak. Not for the pure fact that we had to give him back but rather, because of the fact that there was no one to give him to. The little girl who brought him in was no longer there. We literally had to give this baby who was no more than a few month old to another child to make sure he got home. It was a true picture of the need in this nation. Just getting to hold him and be there for him was incredible.IMG_2433 IMG_2420 IMG_2394

As we left Ol’ Naladie that day each of us was changed in a different way. We all saw the true gift of lives that we’d received, even if that simple gift was the fact that we knew our Father. We had no idea where these kids came from, or where they were going. This is a nation plagued by AIDs and HIV, and there is a strong likelihood that the children we played with have been effected or that their parents have been effected by these awful infections. It was a halting realization, but it led us just to love these children even more.IMG_2445 IMG_2448 IMG_2453 IMG_2478One thing I mentioned earlier was that a part of our time in Botswana was spent on two university campuses within the city of Gaborone. It is said that these two universities will contribute to the complete development of Africa asa whole. In our times on campus we got to hear from students about their lives and personal beliefs. One thing I noticed in my time there is that the culture in Botswana does not like to offend or go against the thoughts of others or speak up if they are in opposition to anyone else. It was beyond heartbreaking to me, because I saw every agreement they gave take a little piece of who they are away from them. I saw their identities being ripped right from their grips and that they were sold this new identity that was no identity at all because it wasn’t them. It was this false perception that the world had sold them in exchange for their hearts, fears, dreams, and aspirations. Our goal as a team was to assist in their restoration, but also to help them to see the true and real them. From these conversations we saw more than 10 people choose to join our team in our times of sharing on campus. It was unreal!

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This little gem above is my friend Brandon. I had to take the time to share this story because it’s kind of been the staple of our trip to Botswana. On the second day of us being at the playground this beautiful little girl wandered up to Brandon, and all she wanted was for him to hold her. Most of the other kids wanted be tossed around in the air, and played with, but literally all this girl wanted was for Brandon to hold her. To be in the embrace of someone who she didn’t know was the most comforting thing she cold have at that moment. Brandon held onto this little beauty the entire 2 and a half hours that we were there that day and he never let her go. As Brandon put her down to leave I saw the love that only our Father could give in Brandon’s heart. He finally got it! He saw our purpose in coming to Africa was not just for the experience, or the sight seeing, but rather it was for changing lives, and laying down our own so that our Father would be glorified! It was probably one of the most beautiful stories that we have from our entire time in Africa!
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Our last day in country was absolutely jam packed! First of all WE GOT TO GO ON SAFARI, WHAT!? Yep we rode around and saw some pretty cool animals. Then we hiked Kahle Hill, which is seriously one of the most intense hikes I’ve ever had, but it’s literally a hill… with about a 75 degree incline! Ha! IMG_3121 IMG_3135 IMG_3137 IMG_3150 IMG_3159 IMG_3162 IMG_3170 IMG_3187 IMG_3197 IMG_3198 IMG_3203 IMG_3205 IMG_3224 IMG_3251IMG_3273 IMG_3258 IMG_3260 IMG_3255The next four pictures are of the amazing interns that lead us around all week. I honestly don’t think our week would’ve been as awesome had we not had these amazing folks! D2, Rachel, Melissa, and Brandt, seriously thank you so much for all you this week in helping us to love Botswana so well!IMG_2756 IMG_2803 IMG_2805 IMG_2808This week seriously changed me and my heart was broken to see my brokenness and my suffering. I saw where my Father absolutely pointed out that I am in need of healing, and how He is the only one that can supply it. I am thankful for His provincial love, and how it just radiates through my life. Being in Botswana left me in awe of His glory and how He longs to have me be like some of the children I got to see here in Botswana. We must gracefully fall at His feet in adoration, humility, and most of all love. For He is where love comes from, and I am proud to say that all my fountains are in him!

Thank you for reading this extra long blog post and basking in the glory of Botswana!

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Golden Hour: Sheridan and Luke

IMG_0045 IMG_0712 IMG_0041YAYYYYY!!!! AHHH!!! I can’t contain the excitement that I have to FINALLY be sharing this beautiful couple with you beautiful people. This has been a long time in the making, my goodness it was excruciating. I have hit that point where I realize that getting to capture these beautiful images and to see love like this from the other side of a camera is such a life giving experience. I get to see two people who genuinely love one another, and it just radiates through them in ways I can’t put into words. However what I can put into words is how drained I’ve been feeling lately. Seriously! It has been a very difficult few weeks. I have felt the weight of pain on my shoulder, but this wonderful two hours that I got to spend with two of my favorite people on the planet, at one of the most beautiful places in the world was exactly what I needed. So yes, now, finally this is what it all comes down to! LUKE AND SHERIDAN ARE FINALLY ON THE BLOG!!

So as always you need a story! This year at Radford has brought in so many new blessings into my life, and one of those first ones was Mr. Luke! Luke is a freshman this year at Radford, and he is beyond amazing. He calls me his Babushka, and I love it! I’m such a mom and I’m fine with that, and Luke is one of my little babies. This guy is amazing and he has a heart of gold. I get to see and experience grace every time that I’m around him. Now his wonderful and beautiful other half is probably one of the most beautiful people that I’ve ever met, Sheridan. This girl is so amazing and I’m so excited to announce that I’m living with her next year in Riverside!! But on to the story at hand. These two have a beautiful relationship and man has it been amazing to watch. I love getting to love people and help in guiding through the trials of life. These two are two of those people that fall into that category. I have gotten the extreme blessing of getting to help these two in some crazy times in there relationship and from getting to love them I felt loved. I can’t give my thanks enough to the fact that I’ve hit the friend lottery at this stage in my life.

Now like a few of my other shoots this one was rather spontaneous. You see it has been absolutely freezing here in the beautiful valley for a few weeks now. Seriously, one day it was 48 outside but to us crazy Radfordians it felt like 84. People were in shorts and tank tops playing games in the quad again. It was awesome, but alas next weekend theres a projected one foot of snow, yeaaaa not cool! But I woke up on Saturday morning and thought to myself, “I should call Sher and Luke and tell them to get dressed because we’re taking pictures now.” But I realized that was really unreasonable, so I decided that that night when the whole gang was gonna hang out that I would just ask them if they’d want to go the next day after church. Much to my delight they said yes!! Ahh my heart was so happy I than began to plot out where we would go. The first place that popped into my mind was Harry Dehaven Park!! This place is my absolute favorite place in this valley. It is beautiful in every meaning of the word, and these two made it even better.

One thing that this wonderful shoot taught me is that taking photos of people that love their Father make their photos even more beautiful. Their souls come out, and the light of grace shines through. I love this amazing couple more than words, and really I need to stop writing because I could go on for hours, and lets be real only I would enjoy talking about these two that much. So I’ll share some our crazy stories as you look at these beautiful images!

IMG_0012 IMG_0019 IMG_0023 IMG_0030The weather was a little weird when we first got out of church, but seriously we were blessed the skies gave them some “hot pics” with the way their colors popped so beautifully! Sher, that red dress was an amazing choice!

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IMG_0107 IMG_0111 IMG_0116 IMG_0131Luke’s natural ability to make Sheridan laugh and just enjoy life is beautiful. One of the many things I love about this incredible man!

IMG_0169 IMG_0210 IMG_0220 IMG_0222 IMG_0294 IMG_0349 IMG_0391Fun fact: The first thing I asked these two when were on our way over was, “What all are you willing to do to get great images?” Sheridan and Luke both quickly responded with anything. My next question was, “So are y’all ok with kissing?” Luke immediately pipes up and says, “I’m ok with kissing!” This boy cracks me up. But seriously its because I had never seen these two kiss so I had to make sure it was cool. Yea I’m that girl!IMG_0324 IMG_0441These two are seriously the coolest ever. Just had to throw that in there if you couldn’t tell from the image above!IMG_0503 IMG_0550 IMG_0560 IMG_0582 IMG_0590 IMG_0592The image above is from when I asked Luke and Sheridan to act like they did the first time they met each other. In that moment Luke just looked Sheridan with a look unlike anything I had ever seen him give Sheridan. He just kept saying that, “It was an amazing day, unlike anything from before.”IMG_0639 IMG_0652 IMG_0655 IMG_0766 IMG_0786 IMG_0790 IMG_0794 IMG_0803 IMG_0813 IMG_0823For the last few images we left the park and headed to a familiar location that you saw few months back on Maddie and Nathan’s blog post! Yep you guessed it, the Radford sign!!!IMG_0889 IMG_0895 IMG_0897 IMG_0900And yes I did stick them in the middle of the road like I did Maddie and Nathan! You could say these two couples love me, a lot! Why else would they do these crazy things to allow me to catch these beautiful and fun images!IMG_0902 IMG_0903 IMG_0907 IMG_0908 IMG_0919Yessss!! Nailed it!

Lastly, I had to add our fun and spunky pictures that perfectly capture these two’s personalities!IMG_0832 IMG_0842 IMG_0836Luke and Sheridan, thank you thank you thank you!!! You two are wonderful and I’m incredibly blessed to call y’all my friends. You are officially apart of the Brooke Carroll Photography club and I loveeeee it. So excited that we get to walk through life together and that I get to say I love y’all. Y’all are simply beautiful but your souls are radiant beyond words. Thank you for suffering through my minor heart attacks, and allowing me to experience life in the most incredible way. 

Chasing The Light: Surprise Richmond Weekend!

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Ha, I told you awesome readers that I would blog again!! So a week ago some friends and I decided that we missed some of our awesome friends from Richmond so we planned this wonderful trip to surprise them! It took a great deal of planning and secret spy work to make this surprise happen. I immediately contacted my beautiful friend Sheridan and we began to plan our little trip.  I will admit I was a little sad that I couldn’t surprise Sheridan and Beth, but hey I couldn’t be spontaneous with needing a place to sleep! But there were so many surprises to come that it was ok if one didn’t happen. Ok not really but what was I gonna do at that point.

So the day finally came and naturally it was pouring down rain 😦 frowns all around. But I knew the surprise would continue on anyways! So I got the text from my friend Adam telling me he was on his way to my house with our friends Brandon, and Neal, and a little surprise for me. As I was waiting I kept looking out the window waiting for them, and eventually I just went to my room and played Iphone checkers…. yes that is what my life resorted to. Well not even three minutes later I heard a car door shut and I sprinted to the door. As I looked outside I saw a familiar car and immediately screamed with joy! They had brought my beautiful Carlie with them!!! It had been about two weeks since we had last seen each other, but getting to be with her was definitely a treat.

So like I said before, IT WAS POURING! Pretty bad actually, but luckily no one died, so I think that speaks well of my driving 🙂 Our first stop was the one and only Cracker Barrel. I forget how much I love that place everytime. Seriously it’s delicious! Then we went off to our first surprise. We ventured to Luke’s house, and came up with a plane for each of us to sporadicly walk in. Each time he was more shocked, and by then end he said he couldn’t handle anymore surprises! From there we then had to figure out how to surprise our friend Adam. We figured it would be easy just because of Adam’s personality, and how he was completely clueless as to what was coming his way. When we arrived at Adams house we rang the door bell and when he answered the exact look of shock was there that I knew would be. So much shock ran through his body that he dropped his game remote. It was priceless, and I’m still kicking myself for not getting a picture of it.

From there our evening continued on with just reconnecting and being together while preparing for an incredible new semester! I love these amazing people and I hope you enjoy our mini photo shoot that took place in Sheridan’s driveway cause those are the kind of people we are!

IMG_9787Sheridan’s lovely driveway then became our photoshoot backdrop!

The boys then decided to play this crazy game called “buck buck”. Just watch the progression…IMG_9780 IMG_9781 IMG_9782 IMG_9784 IMG_9786These boys are absurd, but I love all of them with my whole heart. They show me everyday that there is hope and that as a woman I am loved an appreciated by my brothers. Not to get all sentimental and everything.

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Had to get a “hot pic” of Neal and his wonderful boys!IMG_9800 IMG_9807 IMG_9813

FINALLY the girls got to take our boot picture, and have our fabulous photos done!IMG_9843 IMG_9856 IMG_9853

But, it wouldn’t be a proper shoot unless the boys got super ridiculous and photobombed…IMG_9834I am beyond thankful that this weekend was had. It was an excellent time to reunite and enjoy my beautiful friends. This amazing trip truly personified the quote that says, “Friends are the family you choose for yourself…” I am beyond thankful for the fact that I was chosen by this family and that I am loved so well by all of them in a way that could only come from one thing. 

IMG_9864 IMG_9923 IMG_9871 IMG_9948 IMG_9958 IMG_9946 IMG_9965 IMG_9953 IMG_9895 IMG_9900Sheridan, Beth, Carlie, Neal, Adam, Luke, Adam, and Brandon I love all of you with my whole heart and couldn’t think of greater friends to have. I’m thankful that our amazing daddy and the town of Radford brought all of us together, and that together is how we’ll forever stay! Y’all are amazing, and I’m so excited to be fighting this battle with you everyday!