Jimmy & Crystal

Scary News

It was early in the afternoon when her parents got the call. Crystal had been in an accident, and it was serious. She was care-flighted to the hospital where her parents rushed to be by her side. Crystal’s neck was broken, hip fractured, lung punctured. Her mom and sister pulled glass out of her hair for days. She was on oxygen and heavy pain medicine. She was lucky to be alive.

 

This horrible scene was almost fourteen years ago. The news about Crystal’s accident spread quickly. Jimmy, one of Crystal’s biggest admirer’s throughout middle and high school, came to be by her side at the hospital. She was there for almost two weeks recovering, not to mention her extensive recovery at home!

 

Jimmy came almost every day, especially the days when her parents had to work. I think its safe to say he has loved her for a long, long time. He waited patiently for her while she dated other men, and watched from afar.

The Beginning

After Crystal had a son (who is completely adorable by the way), and that relationship ended, Jimmy was ready to ask her out on a date. He was completely respectful. A total gentlemen. He didn’t push too hard. Jimmy simply treated her with kindness.

 

When the day came for Jimmy to meet Crystal’s son, she worried. She wanted to protect her boy from all the bad in the world. She fretted about the possibility of another horrible breakup. Crystal wanted a man who would be an influence for good in both their lives. So when her little boy wrapped his arms around Jimmy for the first time, Crystal’s heart grew in love and admiration for him. Her little boy had an instant connection to Jimmy. He has been an amazing father ever since! He loves that little boy just as much as Crystal.

Jimmy & Crystal

Jimmy and Crystal, congratulations on your engagement! What a special time in your life this is! I admire how you have been there for each other through some incredibly difficult times. You really are a perfect match! I loved our session together in Genoa. It is as beautiful there as you two are. I am so excited for you to tie the knot in May! It will be an incredible, memorable day! I love you both!

Jimmy & Crystal Jimmy & Crystal

Jonathan and Kali and Baby Ball

Jon and Kali

Meet Baby Ball… oh and Jonathan and Kali :). This little guy is just about to make his debut! His older siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents are ALL ready to meet him! But it’s been quite the journey to get him here.

There were lots of fertility doctor appointments. Lots.

There were lots of tears and fears of the unknown.

To say it has been an emotional rollercoaster for these two is a bit of an understatement. I don’t want to tell all of Jon and Kali’s story, but it’s such a sweet journey, I have to tell parts!

You can easily say miracle after miracle has happened from start to finish.

I had two miscarriages. I knew babies were pretty special before I miscarried. I was grateful for the one baby I had. But after losing those two, I believe each baby is a miracle, from start to finish. So many things have to go just right in order to get a healthy baby here. So many things can go wrong with no explanation! Each one is special. Each one truly is a miracle. And little Baby Ball is no exception.

Baby Ball

It wasn’t until after Kali was more than halfway through her pregnancy when she was finally released from the high-risk doctor. And that meant even more appointments. And in our small town, that’s a lot of driving and many miles on your car.

Her first trimester was rough. Her second trimester was rough. Third trimester is, well, you know, miserable! Tossing and turning at night, always having to use the bathroom, baby is kicking your ribs, then your bladder… it is quite the sacrifice to bring a baby into this world. You could say she and Jon are completely ready to be moving on to the next part of this journey.

Jonathan and Kali, all I see is positivity radiating from this crazy journey of yours! Your optimism these last couple years is admirable! Your story is incredible. You are amazing parents to three older kids as well. Baby Ball is so lucky to have them and you two. I know he is going to be smothered in love from his family here and his grandmother in heaven. So I say with deepest regard for you both, congratulations, I’m so happy for you! Thank you for allowing me to be a small part in your pregnancy! I wish you the very best delivery!

Jonathan Kali and Baby Ball Baby Ball

Nick + Lisa

This was such a beautiful session! I had the privilege of photographing Nick and Lisa’s 10 year anniversary pictures! They are a really sweet couple, still madly in love, or probably more in love than the day they got married. Their love is the kind that will last forever. They know how to work together, they know how to put each other first, and they know how to endure through tough times. I really look up to these beautiful people. Happy 10 years Nick & Lisa!