“Before I knew what I wanted to study in college and what career path I wanted to be on, I was certain of one thing, I wanted to be a mother. Likely, because my own mom is so amazing. It was this end goal that led me to my career path of working with children with autism. I felt if I could teach, and be patient, and learn from children with autism I could prepare for motherhood. I’ve been able to be at home with my children and even through the chaos, the arguing, and the whining; there is no place else that I would rather be then with them through all of it. Every part of their being is truly a miracle. This truth is more engrained in my heart than ever and I cherish all the moments that make them who they are, and who we are as a family.
My first hand knowledge of the difficulties some encounter on the journey to motherhood creates such gratitude for our family. I am so thankful for our daughter, Ava, almost 7 and our son, Jack, 5. Every step of being able to conceive, carry, and produce a life is truly a miracle. I know this to be true as this is the 12th time I’ve been pregnant. I’m so thankful for my husband who has literally picked me up off the floor and held me tight. He truly loves me and I could never have gotten through this without him. Two weeks before conceiving the baby boy I now carry, I told my husband that I thought it was time to let go of the dream of having another baby. We said goodbye to all of our baby things and to the possibility of another baby. Little did we know of the joy that was soon to be on the way.
My hope is that my children know and feel they are loved every single day and grow up to be thoughtful humans with common sense and a good heart. So I will continue to snuggle and cuddle and kiss them as much as I can for as long as I can and I can’t wait to include a new little life in this love and in this family.
These pictures that were captured are so much more than a pretty family pose where everyone is smiling around aesthetically pleasing scenery. These photographs happen to represent the challenges and miracles of a motherhood story, my motherhood story. I am so thankful for these beautiful photos that will forever be a cherished gift of our family’s journey.” Colleen, Expectant Mother