September 27, 2016

The One with SEU Volleyball's Biggest Fan

Anyone who has had a full conversation with my dad since 2013 undoubtedly knows that Lydia plays volleyball at Southeastern University in Florida.  I could bet that he talked about how great she is at volleyball and how he would fly down for every weekend game and any weekday game that he could possibly make.  He probably told you that she is an outside hitter and possibly even her current stats.  He maybe even mentioned the stats of her teammates or the fact that he had his car rental, hotel reservation, and flights all mapped out to a tee along with his GPS and printed out MapQuest of all of the game destinations.  If you were really lucky, you may have gotten to be with him at one of Lydia’s games, heard him yell at refs, cheer on the girls, and stand up clapping at any exciting plays.  He knew all of the names, numbers, and stats of every girl on Lydia’s team and often her opponents’ as well.  He could hold a full conversation on the strengths of each girl’s style of play, even down to their hitting patterns and usual rotations.  Southeastern Volleyball was my dad’s favorite hobby, and he was most definitely their biggest fan in more ways than one. 

Tonight at 7, Southeastern has dedicated a game to this amazing man who flew 1200 miles round trip just to catch one game, even for games when Lydia was injured and may not even get to play.  To say that I am honored is a huge understatement.  I am honored to be his daughter, to be able to say that my dad was a man who was this dedicated to all of our sporting events, and to be Lydia’s sister and be almost as proud of her as my dad was. Thank you to Southeastern University for this amazing honor and for showing love and support for my sister and family for the past six months.  Lydia’s volleyball team and Southeastern family have been her closest support system away from home and shown her love during the hardest time of our lives.  I cannot thank them enough for being there for her when we cannot be.

I so wanted to be there tonight, but watching the game online with my siblings will have to suffice.   If you would like to watch the game online tonight too, here is how: 1) go to 2)scroll down to find the Sep 27 Women’s Volleyball match under Current Events 3) click the little red video next to the event name for the live video.  The dedication will take place between the second and third sets.
Here is our dad in the background always watching intensely 

September 26, 2016

The One with Spenser and Jessica and Looooove

I love love.  I love celebrating love, being around loving people, and especially capturing the love between people with photos.  I sometimes think that I use the word love far too often.  I love coffee and I love sugar and I love my friends and my family.  But some people say that using the L word so often dilutes the meaning of it.  I waiver between this belief and between the thought that life is too short not to love everything.  I definitely believe in different types and degrees of love, but I don't think it is wrong that I love everything Harry Potter while I also love many actually real human beings as well.  Love is love, but no love is the same.  
Have I used enough cliche love quotes yet? Nope.


My session with Jessica and Spenser embodied this quote.  All three of us laughed multiple times during the shoot, from their nervous laughter to my doubling over as Spenser tried to put spider webs on Jessica.  At the same time, there was so much love.  This pair is so sweet, not only to each other but also to anyone who may be lucky enough to hang out with them.  Being around them, you can't help but smile.  They were so thankful and are always so fun, and I think you can see a glimpse of their love in these photos.  

September 13, 2016

The One with a Hot Mama


Just a month ago, we were taking these photos at Carolina Inn and talking about how soon he would be here.  And now he is actually here!  I was planning on posting this on his due date, September 16th.  But he is already over 24 hours old!

He is so beautiful and perfect, but what could anyone expect when his mom looks as beautiful as she does!  Just look at this hot mama! 8 months pregnant and strutting around in high heels.  I don't wear heels unless someone is devoting the rest of their life to someone else, but I wouldn't even do that if I were pregnant.  Basically, I find Grace to be pretty impressive, especially since she endured natural child birth this week and is still just as beautiful as she is in these photos.

Congratulations to my brother and sister and nephew on their new ginger baby!