This is one of my favorites.
and I don’t just say that for drama’s sake.
I say it because it is true.
I am a firm believer that things happen at exactly the time they are supposed to.
and the timing of our relationship with the Luecks has always been divine.
We met Jessi and Dave when they were newly engaged.
All four of us knew we were meant to share some life together.
but we had no idea how much.
I had no idea that we would photograph
their wedding day
their first anniversary
the birth of their daughter hazel
and the birth of their first son, Isaiah.
and that we would share
summer gardening tips
and evenings crying on the couch about life.
I love this family so very much. They are a part of the fiber of who we are, and so this is one of my favorites. And not just because Dave was smiling like a goof the whole time (his M.O. during Jessi’s labors), and not just because Jessi is one of my dearest kindreds, and not just because I love the process of birth. But because the timing is perfect.
As I said before, I am a firm believer that things happen at exactly the time they are supposed to. And for whatever the many reasons were, I didn’t have time to finish this story until this week. Little did I know, this week would also turn out to be the week the Lueck family lost another one of their good men – Dave’s last living grandfather. They lost a good man as I was creating a commemoration of their family gaining a son.
So to my dear friends, I hope this is a touch of hope and joy and healing as you experience loss. I hope you, like me, can celebrate God’s mysterious timing and ponder the questions, the meaning of it all.
this is one of my favorites because you are.
enjoy, with love.