this mamma & her amazing man have been two of my very best friends for the past 17 years!!! suz and aron and i met in high school, 17 years ago and we have all come a long way! from pimples and soccer games to kids and ministry! we have seen each other through spiritual crisises, witnessed each other’s marriage vows, been pregnant together, cooked for each other, prayed together, shared recipes and fears and maternity clothes, and have watched and learned from each other about this crazy & wonderful thing called parenting. but the most incredible thing that suz and aron have done for me is help me believe in love!
i remember in high school when suz would feel insecure about herself, and would wonder if she looked good enough, or was smart enough, aron would ask her to say out loud, “i am a diamond!” so she’d whisper it. then he’d ask her to say it louder, “i am a diamond!!!!!” and she would say it louder! then he woud have her yell it, as if to tell the deepest part of her soul that it was true, “I AM A DIAMOND!!!!!” and she would!!! and it still makes me cry!
before these two, i had heard that love like this exists, and i had hoped that it did, but i had never seen it! god gave me the gift of sitting in the front row and seeing aron love suzanne so sacrificially and unconditionally, and watching her accept and receive his love and then love in return… and i am forever changed! not only that, but these two have supported, encouraged, pursued, initiated, given, sacrificed, cared… basically, loved me so well throughout the years, that i am able to more deeply believe that i really am loved and cared for! what a gift from God this family is!
well, with all that to say, i was more than overjoyed to be able to photograph suz & aron’s fourth baby coming into the world! (how blessed this little one is to be born into such a family?!) what an amazing night that was! the hospital room was filled with anticipation, love, and awe! see for yourself…