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journey of will

You’ve made a decision that you’d like to start a family.  Turns out that making that decision would be the easiest part of your journey.  You are married and in love.  You have a welcoming home.  You are healthy and happy.  So, then everything falls into place, right?  But the trying turns into months.  Then years.  Heartbreak from miscarriages.  Unsuccessful IVF attempts.  You may think it’s not fair when everybody around you that tries gets pregnant.  For them it seems so easy.  Does this sound like a women you know?  A friend, sister, cousin, neighbor, or even…you?

Then, as if you’ve been personally handed a miracle, you have a healthy, viable pregnancy–with twins!  A girl and boy.  You’ve had the will, the determination, the strength and courage to persevere through years of pain and heartache.  To finally be able to hold those miracle babies in your arms is only a breath away.  To smell them and take in every ounce of their beings.  In the delivery room you share tears of joy for a healthy baby girl and then heartache when you learn your son is diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome.  In a split second everything has changed.

I know these babies chose their parents.  They chose them well.  They are good to the core; kind, patient, loving, strong, beautiful people.  It will be with the same grace, courage and conviction they harnessed through their journey that will get them through some challenges ahead.  And, for baby girl, there is a determination in her character already that says that she is here to love and protect her brother.  They are a gift unto each other.  And that makes my heart want to burst!

When I learned of Will’s diagnosis I immediately thought of Kelle’s blog.  She is an incredibly talented writer, crafter, mother and photographer, too.  I read it from time to time before her 2nd daughter, Nella, was born almost 2 years ago.   When I read her birth story I sat at my desk and cried.  Hot tears literally streaming down my face.  Her words were so poignant, so real they cut to the core and the connection I felt was intense.  I appreciated her honesty so much.  There was nothing candy coated about how she first felt when she was handed Nella in the delivery room.  I knew I would have felt that same emotional dagger, too.  Since blogging her birth story her following has reached into the tens of thousands.  So many people who share a similar experience or those who were deeply touched by her pain and ultimately pulled up from sobbing on the floor from her positivity.  I can imagine to find such community and support when you feel like you are so alone would be something needed to give you hope.  To encourage you to keep your chin up. To remind you that….

Life is  beautiful.

 With lots of love and joy….here are

Maddie…and Will.

and the 24 x 36 canvas that mom and dad bought….

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  • December 19, 2011 - 11:35 am

    andrea - What gorgeous, beautiful children. I just want to snuggle them up.

  • December 19, 2011 - 11:36 am

    Cristina - Beautifully shot and beautiful written, Stephanie. Thank you so much for sharing this touching story.

  • December 19, 2011 - 11:43 am

    Taryn Boyd - What a touching story to go with BEAUTIFUL images. These are special!

  • December 19, 2011 - 11:44 am

    Kiki - Brought tears to my eyes. We know that same journey. Beautifully told, and images that seem to capture all the promise and emotion of those 2 precious bundles. ♥

  • December 19, 2011 - 11:44 am

    Jill VZ - What beautiful and sweet photographs! So innocent and soft. These babies are just so precious. Just love the ones of them cuddling.

  • December 19, 2011 - 11:58 am

    Teresa - These precious babies, their touching story echoed in beautiful photography…what a lovely gift to share with us. Thank you.

  • December 19, 2011 - 11:59 am

    Kylene - Such a wonderfully written post. These images are Simply Stunning!

  • December 19, 2011 - 12:04 pm

    jennifer - Lovely photos Stephanie and beautiful babies. And such a touching story. I love the ones of them snuggling together, they are too sweet. I’m sure mom and dad will treasure these!

  • December 19, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    Charlene Chavez - Beautiful writing as usual Stephanie and of course **Precious & Stunning** images! Parents are blessed to have you capture their new arrivals :)

  • December 19, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Dawn Shiree - What blessed parents they are indeed. Celebrating my uncle’s 56th birthday this year on Christmas Day. He has DS and is the light of the family. His spirit remains strong despite many, many hardships and losses. We’ve learned not to underestimate him… even after all these years he is showing us that new miracles are possible every day. Blessings to the parents of these two precious souls. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful babies and captures. XOXO

  • December 19, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    Sandra Bludau - Thank you for this post. So very lovley and changed my day in a really good way. xo Such beautiful blessings these parents have.

  • December 19, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    Karen London - Beautiful babies and beautiful pictures!!!

  • December 19, 2011 - 1:55 pm

    Katie - What an amazing story about two amazing little babies.

  • December 19, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    Wendy Sweet - Amazing steph…just had tears rolling down my cheeks…gorgeous images. What an amazing family!

  • December 19, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    Tim Pham - What a touching story. The children are beautiful.

  • December 19, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    beth McWilliams - what beautiful children….truly, inside and out. this mom is lucky to have kelle at her fingertips for inspiration and strength, anytime she needs a little extra.

    and the photo they choose….it’s my favorite, too !

  • December 19, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    belinda - Heart melting blog about your dear friends Stephanie I can fell your love and compassion through your words and then images made my tears flow!Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations to your friends two beautiful little treasures who chose special parents to raise them…and they will do it well. xox

  • December 19, 2011 - 3:13 pm

    joAnne - Knock me over with a feather…The story made me cry, the blog and then the Photo’s..You truly outdid yourself on these…BEAUTIES..Soo incredibly touching I can feel it in every cell of my being!Blessings of love to all!

  • December 19, 2011 - 3:49 pm

    Tami - This story is so touching, and your photographs are incredible! That canvas is going to make them so happy!

  • December 19, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    andrea Isaacs - Beautiful all around. Sweet little miracles. You can just see the love between them already. I want to just kiss those beautiful sweet cheeks.

  • December 19, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    joanne - Beautiful story AND images. LOVE the canvas image.

  • December 19, 2011 - 9:13 pm

    Melissa - Just stunning, as always!

  • December 19, 2011 - 9:37 pm

    Eileen Broderick - Steph–my sister’s third son was born a year and a half ago and also has Down’s Syndrome. I know that those first days were a roller coaster of emotions. She, too, had found Kelle’s blog and it was a huge source of comfort and solace for her. Thanks for sharing. Little Luke is the sweetest little boy and his smile lights up a room. The images of these twins are just beautiful…

  • December 19, 2011 - 10:21 pm

    haley b - absolutely precious. a journey ahead but perfect images to start these sweet little lives. you have a gift, stephanie!

  • December 19, 2011 - 10:27 pm

    Monika Eisenbart - Gorgeous and touching.

  • December 19, 2011 - 10:45 pm

    Kristen - So beautiful your photos, your writing the little angels! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this post! xo

  • December 19, 2011 - 10:55 pm

    Jana - So beautiful Steph! Just amazing.

  • December 19, 2011 - 11:14 pm

    Heather Walker - stunning work and a beautiful story to go along with those images! WOW!

  • December 20, 2011 - 2:55 am

    caroline-marieB - I love your work
    a lot of emotion in your writing

  • December 20, 2011 - 4:51 pm

    Natalie Clayshulte - Absolutely phenomenal images. I adore the canvas that the family chose. Such amazing memories you have captured for them during this special time.

  • December 20, 2011 - 7:58 pm

    Jane - Oh Steph, this is such a beautiful post, I cried reading it. Thanks for sharing. Those babies are gorgeous and are definitely here for a reason. XOXO

  • December 20, 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Mindy - Two very beautiful babies and beautiful photos!

  • December 20, 2011 - 11:43 pm

    belinda - Heartfelt images of two precious lives. They really are beautiful. Much love to them xx

  • December 21, 2011 - 8:36 am

    anita - this is so beautiful. thank you for sharing. what a special family who i am sure is and will be such a blessing to this world.

  • December 21, 2011 - 10:51 am

    Allyson - Beautiful as always Steph!!!

  • December 21, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    velvetowlphotography - Beautiful work…such special images.

  • December 26, 2011 - 12:37 am

    Amanda Keeys - Oh gosh, could those babies be more beautiful?!! Lovely images, soooo very lovely. The first one is my favourite, so perfect. I am sure those babies and their parents will be on one amazing journey.

  • December 27, 2011 - 7:57 am

    Toni Raper - Perfect. little. souls. That canvas is simply breath taking Stephanie.

  • December 27, 2011 - 10:31 pm

    Liz Lieblich - Seeing your gorgeous pictures makes me want to have another baby just so I can have some of these amazing newborn shots!! So beautiful.

  • January 4, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    Cathalin - BEST of 2011
    I vote for #42

  • January 4, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    amanda - I vote 42 for sure! Classic <3

  • January 4, 2012 - 7:08 pm

    Vickie - I vote for #34. Have you ever seen a cuter little blond boy? I sure haven’t. Love that smile–warms your heart.

  • January 4, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    Frank - #34 has my vote. Great smile—and red shoes!!

  • January 4, 2012 - 7:27 pm

    Natalia - I vote for #34 – the Fountain. The cutest ever!

  • January 5, 2012 - 9:04 am

    Dianne - I vote for #34. What a great shot. Wow! What a cute guy!

  • January 5, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    Dawn Wilson - I vote for gorgeous #34. Stunning photo

  • January 5, 2012 - 8:30 pm

    Melissa Brodeur-Lynch - I vote #42!!!

  • January 5, 2012 - 8:30 pm

    Melissa Brodeur-Lynch - I vote #42!!!

  • January 8, 2012 - 8:33 am

    Ann Lloyd - I vote for handsome little Jackson, #34, The Fountain (but they’re all adorable!)

  • January 8, 2012 - 8:53 am

    Michael Lloyd - I vote for #34-the Fountain
    Great shot!

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