Behind every successful photographer is an incredible support system. I often get asked, with awe in their eyes, 'how do you do it all'. The mom job, the wife job, thechurch job, the photographer job, the student job.... xyz....
1. I am insane. All the time.
2. I have THE greatest set of parents a girl could ever ask for.
On this day, 27 years ago, in San Antonio, Texas a very young Marine married a yellow Texas Rose. <blah> But it is true! today (you're reading this a day after) marks the twenty-seventh anniversary of my parents marriage. TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS people. That is a long time.
But I've seen them go through so much together, and I think that, that (Together-ness), is what keeps their love strong. Deployments, being broke, having six children, being away from loved ones, death of parents, death of a grandchild, discovering faith in a mutual religion, moves, job changes, military retirement. The list is never ending. Twenty-seven years worth of life is full and beautiful and wonderful, but it also can be sad and scary, lonely.
They've been the best example of 'blooming where you are planted', and 'Semper Fi'. I'm made up of Marine Corps values and Texas ego, and I think that mixture is fantastic! They've made me into who I am today, and given me five incredible siblings who I love eternally.
They are THE best grandparents. Do I need to elaborate? If you know them in real life, my mom has a hard time going a few days with out seeing the Reds or Bellamy. My dad is a softy when a little Bell runs to him with yucky hands and wants up in his lap. Yucky hands and all, she get her Grandaddy snuggles. They're not just there when it is easy for them, or when they can get social media glorification. They're there for the grandbabies when mommy is sick, or at school, or needs a date with daddy. They're there when TinyRed has split his head open and is passing out. They're there when BigRed has a school thing, or Bellamy just needs to be not with her brothers. The point is- They are always there. My kids will grow up knowing that no matter what happens within their lives, their Grandmother and Granddaddy will always be there. Forever.
They've taught me correct principals and allowed me to make my own choices. They never kept me from the joy or sting of natural consequences. Allowing all six of us K-Kids to grow and develop without the constant interjection of their will, something I'm learning how to do as a parent (and believe me it isn't easy).
I love you both so very much. I am so very grateful for the attributes of Christ that I've learned by watching you two live your lives. I like to think that I got a little something from both of you. I'm a hybrid of a strong dependable, organized, smart Marine, who is a defender of good, and a warm, outgoing, engaging woman who has heart and soul for her children. But from both of you, I received a love for my Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for making our spiritual growth a priority, I am eternally grateful.
Happy Anniversary, from your photographer, daughter, and friend (even though we're not friends), and admirer!