So much is different and it will keep on changing. Life will never again look the way it does for us right now, right in the thick of all this hard, beautiful, sanctifying change.
And that's why I was so thankful when my professional-photographer-best-friend came to visit and blessed us with these pictures. Because they are so much more to me than just pictures, they are the story of us right now.
They are the fun, playful bond between Annika and her Daddy. She wants to be strong and cool and just like him.
They are the soft chub of Michael's cheeks pressed against mine because that's the way he likes to be held. And his thoughtful "scowl" that we're always laughing at.
They are the muted sunlight in tall, dark Washington evergreens and memories of rainy winds chasing us out of the woods.
They are the way Annika is becoming my little woman. The way she is learning to listen and trust my words more than ever, and yet still learning to not need me quite so much.
They are me and Josh, in this together, laughing and knowing that beneath all the sleepless nights and long commutes and PTA meetings and "it's pizza for dinner again"... we are so grateful to be exactly where we are right now.
All photos by Lindsay Laroe Photography