Practice what you preach, right?
I preach getting photos taken of you & your love.
Not just on your wedding day, but all throughout your marriage. So far, Zach and I have done one or two photo shoots each year since the year of our wedding. Now that sounds funny because we're only 2.5 years in right now, but it has been incredible to see the images reflect our growing love.
The season we are in right now is a hard one. It's the best one yet, but it's also the hardest. We jumped head first into parenting just over a year ago with a 4 year old boy & his 1.5 year old brother. We truly had no idea what we were doing, but as always, Jesus provided what & who we needed in our lives.
During a time when we felt particularly weary in the foster parenting journey, he sent David & Liz our way. From across the country in North Carolina, they had picked up and hit the road. We met them while at a photography conference in LA and within a few minutes of meeting, we had done our best to convince them to come to Portland.
A few weeks later, they knocked on our door, only finding out we were foster parents through a quick text a couple hours before (we clearly didn't know much at all about each other). And while we provided them with tours of the Gorge and the city and a place to stay, they blessed us with one of the most beautiful friendships we could imagine; full of encouragement, truth, challenge, hope, and joy.
We spent a week together learning about each other, connecting, worshipping, and praying a lot. They were (and still are) a breath of fresh air sent straight from Jesus' heart into mine.
Near the end of our time together, we photographed each other. (Follow Liz on her Facebook and Instagram...she's such a lovely image-maker)
We led each other through interactions that allowed us to show our relationships and express our feelings (like all of my Hearts on Fire sessions do).
There came a time when David stopped leading the interactions, paused, and asked if he could pray for us. Liz photographed this moment; one I will never forget. I will be forever thankful.
"Therefore...pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." -James 5:16