Couples like this absolutely INSPIRE me to be better. A better wife, a better mom, a better friend, and a better christian. Every life has bumps and turns and unexpected road blocks. It’s not IF you encounter these that makes your life good or bad, successful or unsuccessful, happy or sad, easy or hard. What determines these things is how you respond to those bumps, turns, and road blocks or bad weather. What determines these things is how you respond to what life brings you.
I would be willing to say NO ONE has had what they would consider the perfect life. Even what the majority would consider the easy life comes with its challenges and struggles. If you look up the statistics on those who struggle with depression, drugs and even suicide, you may be surprised to find how many are NOT in what we would consider the “tough” category financially. But there is more to life than money. MUCH more.
Some of the happiest people you will meet live in huts made out of natural means in the middle of no where in third world countries. Why? because they have a secret. Do you really want to know? They make the most of what they have. They take life’s challenges head on by the horns, fix what they can, do as much as they can, and accept what they are unable to do, then they move on to the next adventure in life.
This couple you see here? They have found that secret. How do I know? There is no possible way that two people can become one and live with each other day in and day out for 20 years, facing the struggles of life, plus the challenges of being a military family, without living that secret.
Not only at home, but this secret has to carry into every part of your life if you plan to live life to the fullest.
I could go on but there is really nothing more I can say that will do justice to what I feel about this session other than WOW. Not because of the great location. Not because of the beautiful fall leaves, Not because of the awesome photographer (Definitely not that one) But what makes this session a WOW session is the love and the story, told and untold, that is woven beautifully into the fabric of this family’s life together.
20 YEARS!!! Can you believe it?! from what I have heard and understand…It just gets better with time.
If anything ANYTHING inspires me to constantly pray for my family and my marriage, to invest in my loved ones and the relationship I have with my wonderful Husband, it is families and couples like this. I can’t imagine the road they have traveled and the mountains they have overcome, but day by day, I hope to walk in that secret and enjoy what God has so graciously and undeservingly blessed me with. I pray that I can climb every step of every mountain with a heart full of love, hope, peace, and perseverance. And I pray that the words “I quit” and “I give up” will never be part of my vocabulary.
James & Rikka- You both truly do inspire me. Not only do you have a beautiful family but you both are wonderful people. I truly cant even BEGIN to do justice to how kind hearted, giving, sacrificial, and of course fun-loving you both are. It truly was an absolute honor to have the privilege of getting to spend the evening with your family and joke and laugh with all of you. You guys are awesome! I pray that as you continue past the 20 year mark that God would bless you as a couple and you all as a family with more love than you ever could have imagined, more blessings that you ever dreamed of, faithfulness that is unparalleled to each other and your deep strong relationships with God, and wisdom and guidance to help and carry others down the road to a successful life. Not by the world’s standards and popular opinion, but by Gods, a life full of joy and peace, fulfillment and blessings for you and those you share your hearts with.
Thank you again! and I hope this won’t be the last time we get to do a session together!