October 22, 2013 by comhomflt
Last week, we checked “family photos” off our pre-deployment to-do list. In past years, we have settled for the Lifetouch family photos or our own creations, aided by camera timers and tripods, but with the addition of a new baby and the approaching deployment, we realized it would be wise to have some professional, non-Lifetouch, family photos taken. Though it is unlikely, if the unthinkable should happen while my LT is deployed – if I am someday greeted by uniformed men at my door – beautiful family photos will be priceless.
Our photographer did a wonderful job capturing the special and unique relationship of each of the kids with their dad; looking at the photos brings tears to my eyes! He captured the desire of a son to be just like his dad, whether by wearing matching outfits or analyzing every.single.car on the road. He captured the thrill and security one girl finds in her “daddy hug” at the end of the day or at dinner each night. He captured the adult-like, matter of fact conversations between a dad and his spunky girl, who smiles only on her terms. He captured the pride and love of a dad holding his little buddy, the one he tucks in every night with a special dad routine. One glance at these photos fills my mind with a myriad of thoughts; they are truly worth a thousand words.
The photos of my LT and I, though slightly awkward to pose for, are a true picture of the intimacy, joy, and heartbreak of a love that has weathered more than a decade now; the love expressed, but not yet experienced, in the vows we made on our wedding day.
“For better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance, and thereto I plight thee my troth.” -from The Book of Common Prayer
I am so thankful family photos made it into our Deployment Binder! It will be wonderful to see them around the house while our LT is away. And if the worst does happen, we will have these gorgeous photos to treasure always.
(All photos by MichaelDavidPhotography)