Dragon Hare Studios – Life as I know it, is never quiet. It’s a crazy roller coaster ride full of shifting emotions, and events that cause life to ebb and flow along at what feels like break neck speed. Most of the time, I feel like I am a terrible juggler that can never keep all my balls in the air! A while ago, I discovered some family life bloggers that feel the same way. They share their stories of daily life and suddenly, I don’t feel like I’m a failure for being tired, exhausted and crabby. When I read these stories of real life, I laugh, I cry and I feel like maybe, just maybe, I’m doing ok. Brittany is a blogger that lives in my hometown. It’s really how I “met” her as I followed her social media. I loved her blog updates as I could “feel” her heart as she opened up about her family life.
Her story is a beautiful story to follow along, a young mom to a toddler, who is pregnant with her second that is pretty close to her first in age. This is the reason her blog caught my eye as I also am a Mom to kids close in age! Then she found out that #2 was actually #2 and #3! She shared not only the wonder of carrying twins, but also her fears and the challenges she faced with a high risk pregnancy with a toddler at her side! As the babies were born, she wrote of life in the NICU and the daily struggles her two little babes faced, and the struggle she faced with a husband who was working and another child whom she missed incredibly. My momma heart went out to her as I read her updates and prayed the next one would be better for her.
As the babies grew stronger and they were able to come home, they were faced with other challenges because life could never be simple. Kyle underwent cancer treatments and while he was in one hospital, she was in another with sick babies. A mom, three children under the age of 2, a husband with cancer, bills to pay, babies with extra needs – I had to truly admire this mom I only really knew from her journals. I admired her because through it all, she kept it real. She was honest, but she was positive, she was loving and caring and held her family together in the hardest year they faced together. Not only did she do that, but she did it all with grace and a sense of humor. She had every right to break down, whine, complain, and say “why me world” but she didn’t, instead she was grateful that her babies weren’t as sick as some of the others, and that her husband’s treatments were relatively easy compared to others. Her sharing always reminded me to feel grateful for my own challenges – for they could always be much worse than they were!
When Brittany asked me to photograph her family, I was very touched to be able to create something special for her to symbolize all the trials of the past year. I wanted to show Brittany, strong and centered by her family, I wanted to celebrate Kyle’s health, and focus on the busy-ness of her little ones. I wanted to create something to help Brittany remember the toughest year of her life, but to remember it with joy in her heart that they persevered and were stronger for it. It isn’t a perfect portrait of them all looking at the camera and smiling because I don’t think that would have told the story of this past year for her. Her year wasn’t perfect, it was so much more than that! It was hard, it hurt but it also had so very much joy!
This one is for Brittany, the strongest Momma and wife I know! Thank you for sharing your story and your heart so openly. It is truly beautiful Brittany!
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