Friday, March 21, 2014

Meet Baby Charlotte

The Lindeens are now a family of four! Baby Charlotte made her appearance a few weeks ago and I got to meet her and take her pictures shortly after she arrived. I love newborn shoots and capturing the sweet moments between the baby and her loving family. This lucky girl has one caring big brother Cooper and two wonderful parents. She is a little beauty as you will see!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Month Ten - Baby's First Trip

This month we got to take our little guy on his first road trip to Pine Valley, CA. My parents live there at a camp and it is one of Ivy's very favorite places in the world:) My older sister Sonnie was in San Diego a few days before we arrived and was planning on spending a few more days at the camp before heading back home to Nashville. She hadn't met baby boy yet so we were pretty excited to arrive! My two younger sisters, Camie and Morrie, were brave enough to join me and the kiddos in the car and let me tell you I am so thankful for them! It actually ended up being a pretty smooth ride, the kids were awesome (even though they didn't sleep...:) It was a quick trip but so great! Getting back together is always a fulfilling time. In just two short months we will be back for one of my brother's wedding (I have 8 siblings by the way, if you didn't know), and this trip EVERYONE in my family will be together! These moments are so special and I am grateful that our little guy is able to join us.

Ivy sure enjoys running around the camp with Peeka the dog.

It was pretty chilly and rainy the first few days of our trip so we spent a good amount of time inside. It's amazing how entertaining a baby is, we had fun watching him and just hanging out.

Bubba took a liking to his uncle Haddon's cell phone.

I thought this picture was kinda cute, Peeka and Bubba staring each other down.

And the very best things about visiting the camp is going on golf cart rides, Ivy's favorite!

Little guy got to experience his first ride, Ivy gave him a kiss before they left.

Off they go!

Got a little chilly so Bubba got bundled up and held tight by his aunt Jaycie.

A look of pure happiness! It was a great trip and we can't wait for the next one!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Meet Baby Elijah

This sweet baby boy was just one week old when I took his newborn pictures. His big brother PJ seems to like his new little pal quite a bit, I am sure they will grow up being the best of buds! Elijah is a wonderful addition to the Roe family and it was wonderful getting to see all four of them.

Pj is one active little guy and after about 5 minutes of picture taking all he wanted to do was run and explore! He was a trooper and did manage to give us a few more smiles:)

Such beautiful boys, congrats Roe family!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Month Nine

Look at these cute kids, they've been my little Olympic watching buddies the past few weeks:) I am happy to report that it has been another great month in our home. The more our little guy becomes responsive and playful the more fun these two have together. His laughter brings her laughter and that brings me laughter, it's a pretty awesome cycle! Just about every morning that we don't have to rush off someplace Ivy makes the baby a fort in his room with all the pillows and blankets that she can find. The smile he gives Ivy is really sweet, the moment he sees her it almost instantly appears. They have a special bond and I just love that. 

Naturally thinking about the future and what can happen in this process can bring much sadness... Everyone in our family has bonded with this sweet boy which is wonderful and I honestly couldn't have asked for it to be any other way. At the same time it will be very hard if he does leave our home. Jake and I are required to take some classes in order to keep up our foster license and this past month we took one that was on the subject of grief and loss. It was good to start to understand the process of grieving and for me to hear that you have to let yourself do it. It was good to hear that even though we know he can be taken away from us that doesn't make the grief less if it does happen. It can take a long time to go through the process of grief and losing a foster child can feel like losing a biological child. I want to prepare my heart for this possibility. I also want to be completely content right now in the joy that this little life has brought to our family. It's a hard balance and I don't always actually balance it well, but man I try:)

Speaking of grief, we found out last week that baby boy's trial to determine some big decision in his future was postponed again... Looks like things wont be happening until the middle/end of summer. This time I was prepared for another delay after talking to some other foster parents, unfortunately this is very common. It's sad how long so many kids have to wait to find out what their future holds. The good news is that it doesn't look like he will be leaving our care any time soon and for that we are grateful.

Love this time of year in AZ, and here is why! We went swimming last week and it made me excited for these little fish to spend the summer in the pool cause they sure had a blast.

Ivy sure is enjoying life:)

I'll leave you with these two images that make me very happy. The baby got his first Valentine (love my family!) and to the right is Ivy's most recent portrait of her sweet angel baby, ha!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Esparza Family

Brandon, Lisa, and baby Olivia are visiting from Ireland to spend some quality time with family. This is Olivia's first trip and first time meeting lots of people who I am sure have been desperately waiting to hold her:) I am so glad we were able to fit in this session so that Brandon and Lisa could have these pictures with their sweet baby girl!

The little one was very sleepy at the end of our session:) You three make such a lovely family!