Columbus, Ga Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography| The Wander Years | Layman Family

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Columbus, Ga Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography| The Wander Years | Layman Family

One of the hardest realizations as a parent, is that each day, if we’re raising them well and loving them fiercely… they will inevitably wander further and further from the warmth of our arms. They will wander out into the world, and we will hold our breath waiting for them to wander back home through our doors. These years, while they are home and still snug in their beds, while I can still wrap my arms around their tiny but growing bodies… These are our Wander Years.

This sweet family hired me to come capture their family together before dad’s job took him out of the home for the next year. His heart feared the older boys might not want to snuggle him as much once he returned. Sp snuggle was the name of the game this session.

Intimacy is at the root of love, and although it changes through the years with our kids. It’s always there, we just have to look for it.

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Growing Up Child, Is Just A Matter Of Time...

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Growing Up Child, Is Just A Matter Of Time...

There’s a song that no matter how many times I hear it, I cry. Tears streaming. CRY. It’s what I like to call an ass kicker. It kicks me in proverbial emotional rear end, every time. I’ll even inflict self torture by playing it if I need a good reminder.

Growing up child
Is just a matter of time,
For giving all you've got,
So won't you dance under the sun.

Growing old
Feels like you're giving up your soul.
I'd rather give it freely
To the ones that I call home.

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Maeve

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Maeve

I love all of my birth clients, I do, but this girl I love like a sister. We talk nearly everyday. She knows parts of me that no one else does and loves me regardless. Outside of my family, she is my biggest cheerleader, butt kicker, and all around touchstone for advice whenever I call. I truly don't know who I would be, or where I would be if not for her friendship. So you can imagine the overflow of emotions watching your best friend become a mom. I've been blessed to be present at both of her deliveries, first with the birth of her twin boys, and now with precious Maeve. And oh how I adore her babies...

Eliza, Mike.... (and of course Melissa, and the nursing staff at St. Francis), you guys rocked this natural labor. I know they always say you don't get a medal for delivering without medication, but I nearly went out and bought Eliza one. If it weren't for sweet Maeve's epic first poo after delivery, she most definitely would've tipped the scales at 9+ pounds. 

Grab some tissues, you've been warned. Between Eliza's grace and strength, Mike's unwavering support for his bride, sweet Honey's reaction when she found out it was a girl, and of course the twins meeting their new sister... well it's a waterworks folks.

Eliza and Mike, thank you for everything. Thank you for allowing me to share that space with you. Thank you for letting me love your kids. Thank you for your friendship. And Mike, thanks for letting me steal her occasionally for girls nights and gin and tonics.

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Shepherd

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Shepherd

This birth, this mom, this couple, this baby, this family... they are all so, so dear to my heart. If the Lord had a theme song for their love story, it would be the song I chose for their birth story. Lindsay and Nathan's love story was one of waiting, as was the birth of their much awaited son. 

"Lord, today You know what I need to do,
But You can do more in my waiting than in my doing I could do."

Sometimes it's easy to ask the Lord, "Why?" in our times of doubt. And waiting on the Lord, is one of life's most challenging tasks. But so far I've found, what's waiting on the other side are God's blessings... and they're always much more beautiful than anything I could do by myself. 

His timing is always perfect. 

Lindsay navigated her unmedicated and intervention free birth with such grace and strength. Lindsay delivered standing up, with her water breaking on its own at 10cm. Her son was then guided to her chest for skin to skin, and delayed cord clamping. It was glorious! I'm so proud of everyone in that room... Lindsay and Nate for their amazing teamwork and determination, the midwife for her steadfast confidence in the birthing process, and the nursing staff who supported this momma's birth the whole way through.

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