Allow me to start this blog post with a statement of fact:
I have the best friends in the whole wide world.
At approximately 10:30 pm on Wednesday, March 13th, there was a knock at my door. Standing on my doorstep was a troupe of traveling friends who had pulled off the ultimate feat: Surprising Sarah Leader.
After high school, I spent 6 months on a Discipleship Training School at a YWAM base in Northern Ireland. I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined the friendships I would build during those 6 months, and keep for the rest of my life. A group of us had been throwing around the idea of gathering somewhere in the US for St. Patrick's Day, but because of finances I thought the idea had been put on the shelf for another time. I was WRONG. Ryan and Martha (whom you may recognize from their wedding photos
) along with my friend Michelle (who is also a talented photographer
) continued to conspire and made the St. Patrick's Day AWESOMENESS happen... all the way from Ohio and Florida.
Anyyyyyyways. If you hadn't noticed, there is a new addition to Ryan and Martha's life. Her name is Cadence Rhiannon... but we call her Cady... or Cady Bug... or Pumpkin Butt.... and things of that nature :)
There is something so INSANE about growing up, and watching your friends grow up with you. It blows my mind that my friends created something so perfect and precious. Their presence in my life and home left a lingering sweetness that I never want to to go away. Now if I could only move Ohio and California closer together, my life would be complete.
This little family is a bucket full of awesome-ness.
Our photo session was one big pile of smiles, laughs, and kisses...
which is what every day should be like, no?
Also.... cutest idea EVER:
Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite families of all time!!!
Bill will blow your mind with his BBQing skills.
Marci will breathe new life into your muscles with her massage skills.
Katie is one of my bestest friends who I can always count on to call me on my crap.
Hannah can save your life with her life-gaurding skills.
Her daughter, Peyton, will stun you with cuteness.
Becca is a rockin Pole Dancing Yoga instructor (yup, it's totally a thing!)
Steve is the master of the wine world at Justin winery.
Their daughter, Skylar, has more energy than the energizer bunny.
To know them is to love them :)
Say hello to the coolest of all cats -- Nicole and her two kids, Lyla Wing and Riley Jai.
Nicole has been a friend of mine since the 4th wedding I ever shot, where she was the florist... which is just one of her many hats. She also has mad photographer
skills. She is one of the most beautiful and passionate souls I've had the pleasure of encountering. So when she told me about her "Dr. Seuss-like" vision for her family photos, I was pretty darn stoked.
I'll let the photographs speak for themselves...
Say hello to Adrian and Nicole's upcoming Christmas card.
They have the sweetest (and somewhat slobbery) little family made up of the two of them along with Jericho (the lab), Tarka (the darling white-faced retriever), and Maddy (the other darling retriever).