We know almost everything about each other, Linda and I, and that’s a good thing. 😉 We love each other’s kids, we share grand-kid stories, we Bible Study together, camp together, Cannon Beach together, play games together, yurt together, and share meals together. When it comes to good friends, I am blessed to have several and she is definitely right up there at the top and Mike would say the same about Guy. We go way back to when our kids were smaller and we met at First Baptist Church and since all her kids attend there weekly too, I’ve gotten to see the pregnancies, hear about the births, and watch the kids grow up. When you have a big family it’s hard to even think about pictures … trying to find a day that everyone can attend is practically impossible … where to take the pictures is a challenge … and trying to figure out what to wear is the worst … but Linda made it happen and here they are! I was nervous — there are 17 family members after all and I rarely shoot multi-family sessions (and for good reason) — but they made it super easy on me because everyone is so mellow and went with my chaotic flow. Linda and Guy live in the Boise foothills so that’s where we shot these — right out in the bright sun — which was a challenge for me for sure, but squinting eyes or not, we have family pictures people! Woo hoo!
April is the oldest and is married to Jeremy. They have Abi who is 10 and in 6th grade and Micah who is 7 and in 2nd grade.
Jenness is the second oldest and Lily is her daughter. She is also 7 and in 2nd grade.
Leah was born 3rd and is married to Justin. They have Joe who is 12 and in 7th grade, Carson who is 10 and in 4th grade, and Jacob who is also 7 and in 2nd grade. He, Lily and Micah were all born within a three-month period. Oh, and then there is Gracie. (She looks graceful doesn’t she? Not so much.)
James is the youngest and is married to Cassi and they have twins Paige and Cooper who turned 2 in July. There were a bit overwhelmed at the hustle-bustle of the photo session so we didn’t get their normal big smiles … but boy did the older cousins love directing their every move. 🙂 Up until these two, all the other cousins have freckles so I’m surprised they don’t, and even with Cassi having them.
I may have gotten carried away with the cousins pictures, but cousins are just cool to have. And you have to make it fun for the kids or they’ll never want pictures when they’re older (that’s probably not true but sounded good for future bookings). I did tell Linda that while I didn’t know who said it, one of the boys was talking to the others and said “that was actually pretty fun and I thought it was going to be boring.” So what if the poses/pictures aren’t my technical idea of perfect after a comment like that! This next one is my favorite of the day. There’s just something about holding hands that unite a family in all kinds of good ways.
And one last picture before we go … the one of the J’s “free range snake”. Ha! He surprised us and Justin picked him up and showed all the kids. When he let him go he slithered up this tree then up into the branches of another tree. Crazy huh?
Love you Linda and Guy and your great family. 🙂 Hugs to all, Mary