I was trying to think of what I wanted to say when posting this family of seven’s gallery, and I reminisced to when I met them in the parking lot. Mom and dad pulled over in the parking lot, trying to get picture-perfect outfits on each of their five kids all while struggling in the back of a mini van. There was crying. There was objections. A couple of kids obliged, and I just kept thinking to myself, “How do they do this every day?” As a parent of a young child, I know how difficult it can be at times with one kid, and I shudder to think about that multiplied by five! However, both parents handled it with grace and composure and I admired them for their patience.
I know parenting is a gift, but it can be exhausting. After trying to get all five to cooperate for a few pictures (which is difficult in most photo shoots with young kids) and add cold, rainy weather to the mix, I was the one smiling at the end. We took a few of the kids and finished up with mom and dad in the pouring rain. They smiled, they embraced, they ‘got each other’.. and I think in the end, it was their definition of a perfect day.
Congratulations on a busy, joyful life with a family of seven Jackie and Kevin. I look at the pictures of ‘just the two of you’ and see that all of this was ‘so meant to be.’ That made me smile.