As a child, you want the coolest toy, the newest gadget, and the biggest, shiniest box sitting under the tree. As you grow older, you come to realize that the best gifts aren't toys, gadgets, or material objects that could fit in a box. They don't come with a price tag, and can't be bought in stores. The real gifts in our lives are our loved ones, the moments we share, and the every day miracles that happen. They are the conversations where we learn about ourselves and those closest to us. The times we laugh so hard, our faces and stomachs hurt. The quiet, warm embraces that calm us & express love without words.
This holiday season, Maria & Joe took some time to create more memories with their growing family (and baby #2 on board!) There was lots of laughing, kissing -their dog Gizmo included-, a little crying, and even a shoe that went floating down the creek (which made for a bit of adventure and something to look back on & laugh at). Here is their Christmas Maternity session, celebrating the gift of marriage, family, and their daughter(s).
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, Buon Natale! And this year when thinking of New Year's resolutions, I encourage you to spend time every day reflecting on the daily gifts you have & receive and being grateful for them. It is easier to be thankful during the holidays, but when you fill your life with appreciation, it will change in the best way. :) xoxo