From the mother’s perspective…
“The day I saw a positive result on that very first pregnancy test I knew that I had arrived.
I was finally a mother- for as long as I can remember motherhood is something I had longed for. As a girl, I dreamed of being a young mom and having 4 babies before I turned 30. My belief was that I was born to be a mom, a nurturer, and a caretaker. It was finally here and I reveled in it. Over the next two months my love and hopes for this child grew. We heard his/her heartbeat and planned the nursery. We bought a few items. And then it was over. We lost the baby and we were crushed.
Was I still a mother? Without my baby? A year dragged by as month after month we received negative pregnancy tests. Finally a positive result. We held our breath and prayed. “The heartbeat is present but it’s slower than we like. We will recheck it in a couple of weeks.” Two weeks later we returned to receive the same devastating news, “I can no longer find a heartbeat in your baby.” I thought to myself, “will I ever get to experience motherhood?”
Through recurrent pregnancy loss testing, we discovered that I have PCOS and that is why it took a year to get pregnant the second time. We began fertility treatments and got pregnant a couple more times- both ending in miscarriage. Through this dark time, we prayed endlessly. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalms 34:18) Our motto remained, “and if not, He is still good.”
When my oldest daughter was finally born we had been through 4 miscarriages and 3 years of waiting. She was my first rainbow after the storm. My second daughter came after two more miscarriages- my second beautiful rainbow baby. At this point, I was feeling immensely blessed. I was given this gift of motherhood and have two precious daughters to love. It is okay that the extra time involved in getting and remaining pregnant interfered with my initial dream of 4 babies by age 30- this pipe dream was no longer “possible.”
We went back to the fertility clinic and began treatment as usual for our third child. At the first ultrasound, we discovered that God had given me the desires of my heart. He who is able to do immeasurably more than I could have ever asked or imagined made the “impossible” possible. I was pregnant with twins and would deliver them months before my 30th birthday.
Through this journey, I have changed and with it, my perspective on motherhood. I have grown in my relationship with my husband and with my God. And I am a better mother to my children. Motherhood to me is a precious gift from God- something to be cherished every single day.
These photographs are a testament to my journey in motherhood. They capture precious moments with my sweet babies that are now frozen in time. I will always be able to look back on these photographs and feel immense joy and gratitude for my children. My heart and my hands are overflowing. Ginnifer captured the essence of these precious moments and emotions with her photography. I will be forever grateful.” Rachel, Mother
From the photographer’s perspective…
“Rachel is incredibly patient and kind. I found out she was expecting twins during our maternity session They didn’t know the gender of the twins just yet. To my surprise, they had 2 more girls! She has a calm presence, laid back and up for anything. This session was a delight!
In my photography, I always strive to create a visual diary of motherhood. A visual diary helps each mother tangibly hold onto the precious memories of the seasons of motherhood. Serving mothers with heart-fulfilling work by taking a story-driven approach to each session is my passion. This passion is fulfilled as I capture the moments she never wants to forget.” Ginnifer, Photographer