Four years ago tomorrow, our best friends exchanged vows under a magical acacia tree in Tanzania, Africa. We still haven’t gotten around to editing all of our trip photos- How sad is that?! Until I eventually do a week long blog dedication to our African adventure, you can relive Lorie and Jon’s love story through the blog links below. :) Happy 4th on the 4th, kids!!
I was torn on whether or not to write about this, but seeing as this blog is here to share love stories between our couples, well… There’s no greater love story than that of Wallace and Evelyn.
Today Nate and I are in Indiana celebrating the life of his late grandfather, Wallace.
Wallace was one of the first computer programers in America. He was never without his camera and a smile, and everyone in town knew and loved him. Nate and I went to the post office in Linton a couple years ago and when the woman at the register found out that Nate was Wallace’s grandson, her face lit up. Every time he’d leave the post office, down the stairs out front, she’d see him playfully jump over the last two steps. 85-year-old Wallace.
More than anything in the world, Nate’s grandpa adored and cherished his wife. 10 years ago when I met him, it was clear that Wallace didn’t think he married the most amazing and beautiful woman in the world, he knew it and let everyone around know. This became even more obvious in the last few years once his health took a turn. He’d go the whole day without speaking. Then after dinner, I’d hear him whisper a sweet “I love you” to his wife, like he spent the whole day saving up the energy to let her know how he felt.
There are a few memories that are so incredibly special to me that I’ll always remember about their relationship: Two Christmases ago, Nate snuck a kiss with me when no one was around at the bottom of the staircase in his grandparents’ home. Turns out, Grandma was on the other side of the room, and she gave us the funniest look of shock with a smile and walked away with a, “well, well, well!” The next day, Grandma told me that Grandpa, who didn’t see the kiss, randomly kissed her in the very same spot that Nate did. “I guess that’s the kissing spot, huh!” she smiled.
My other favorite was one of our first times seeing Nate’s grandpa after we eloped. We were all out to dinner, and Nate was seated next to Grandpa, me next to Nate. After the family prayed, Nate kissed my hand, and Grandpa smiled at him and whispered, “Aren’t we lucky?”
I will never, ever forget that special man, the first grandfather figure I had in my life. His legacy is a wonderful one, with his two amazing daughters and three grandchildren- One who shares his energy, good heart, love for technology and photography, but most of all, unwavering love for their wives.
Godspeed, Grandpa- We love you.
Meet Shannon, Sammy, Selah, and Hannah- The most loving family in Orlando. <3
I could not believe it’s been nearly 4 years since our last session with these faces, but they’re the sort of friends you go that long without talking to and then pick up like you never left off. Sammy and Shannon have been two of the most influential people in my life, and I know I’m not alone- They’re also the power couple behind God’s House Orlando.
Just one dinner with these guys left my love cup overflowing for weeks and I’m determined to not let so much time go by again!
Sammy wasn’t able to make it to the start of our session, so we just goofed off with the girlies for a bit. :)
Can you tell their parents are performers?! Mom was listing off scenarios for them to react to. <3
Ummmmm, Selah was in diapers when I first met her and she was my “baby dog.” I’d walk in to their front door and she’d crawl to greet me! :) My heart breaks a little every time I see her turning into a little woman!
Hannah is such a good big sister.
Sammy, the man with a heart like my husband’s, is so loved by his little women! <3
Shannon, the female Benjamin Button! <3
I love this photo so much- Can you see which girl takes after which parent? ;)
Sammy and Shannon, there aren’t enough words in the world to describe how much love my heart has for you two and how much I look up to you! Let’s do it again soon, ok?! :)