March 8, 2018
Less than a year ago it was just the two of them quietly waiting for the Lord to move and if you know Brent & Katie’s story, you’ve watched faith unfold right before your eyes. I’ll never forget years ago when Katie told me one day when she’s pregnant she’d want me to photograph their maternity session… at the time, that dream felt so bold. Yet still believing for a miracle has been the stature of their hearts for years through miscarriages, as God led them to foster care (to a resilient little boy who will be the best big brother I just knooow it), and now… seeing a promise fulfilled to a prayer that so often felt unimaginable.
I’ve prayed for the words to adequately share their story. To do justice to all the Lord has done. But I don’t think there’s any better words than Katie’s firsthand perspective of trusting the Lord in the valleys…
“If I knew three years ago what those next years would hold, I can guarantee you I would have said “no thanks.” The Lord is carrying me through a story I never would have chosen for myself. One that has shaped me, one that has strengthened my love for Brent and become a foundation for our marriage.
This story that I would not have written includes gems like foster care and the fact that we have the most special little boy we’ve ever met. It includes spontaneous weekend adventures and trips abroad, precious time spent with my husband and foundational friendships. It includes building a business and getting to watch it succeed.
It also includes chapters of tears and of mourning. The silence of barenness and the loss of three babies. Dreams that felt unreachable and a broken heart.
By my third pregnancy, Brent and I had decided that foster care was our next step. I felt settled and secure in our decision, even in the midst of unknown. I was fully throwing my heart into this new thing, and then one morning my world changed. “You’re pregnant” quickly turned to “something is not right,” and so the story began all over again. We prayed for healing and for life. I said I literally cannot do this again. And then we grieved the loss of the child in my womb. The week of our third baby’s shared burial, we welcomed a precious boy into our home.
“God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered. ” — Deuteronomy 30:3 [The Message]
And so our adventure began. Becoming a father and mother, loving sacrificially and all that comes with it. Two months later, with a one year old grabbing at my ankles, I stared at two very bright blue lines I thought I would never see. Isn’t that how life goes? In the most unassuming moments, sacred things take place.” (Read more here.)
I’ve been telling Katie for probably three years to WRITE A BOOK (who’s with me) because to what the world felt like hopelessness, they saw as the Lord in the fabric of their story.
I’ve always believed that stories change stories… and Brent & Katie are living that out. On May 19th, 2017, after years of infertility followed by six more months waiting for the call from foster care… they welcomed their little boy into their home. I was about to walk into the bridal suite of Historic Shady Lane to shoot a wedding that weekend when I heard the news and we stopped to pray for them before heading in.
One year later… *to the exact weekend* (May 18th, 2018), Katie & Brent will be at Historic Shady Lane with THEIR TWO SONS in their arms as I shoot one of her best friend’s wedding. Gives me chills just thinking about because He’s the God of miracles and in every detail! What a difference a year can make.
1 Samuel 12:11 “Now stand still & see this great thing that the Lord will do before your eyes.”
Brent & Katie, so grateful for you guys and the way you inspire me without even trying. And for this MIRACLE BABY who’s already shining so much hope. Photographing this season so prayed for and anticipated was, no exaggeration, the honor of a career. <3
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