When Pictures Tell the Story

I am so so excited to show these pictures to you.  Our family of 7.  And though Gideon is not in these pictures, he was weaved into every single one of them…not only in our Gideon Blues but I believe he is there through the depth of the smiles on our faces.  For the faces in these pictures have waited for Samuel’s arrival with a bittersweet anticipation.  Samuel…God’s gift to us all, and a little life that will forever remind us of the true gift a child is.

These pictures were done by an amazing woman, friend, and photographer Leah at Leah K Photography.  I met Leah for the first time when I was in my first trimester with Gideon.  We were both the same amount pregnant and both excitedly waiting to find out what we were going to have.  We were in small group together on a women’s retreat when we met, and it was at the same place the following year where I shared not only Gideon’s story, but that I was pregnant again.  Leah had been with us alongside our entire journey and she offered to document our family’s story with a photo shoot.  Wow am I so grateful she offered!  Here is her website: Leah K Photography.

Okay, here they are.  Here they pretty much ALL are, I couldn’t stomach leaving many out because they were all so amazing!

Leave a comment and let me know which one is your favorite, I would love to hear!

Kid stairs pictures are a tradition in the Furlough house.  It is where all the birthday pictures happen and it was so fun getting them all there for the first time.
Kid stairs pictures are a tradition in the Furlough house. It is where all the birthday pictures happen and it was so fun getting them all there for the first time.
Melt my heart, these kiddos literally kiss Samuel every chance they get.  I even catch the boys taking quick breaks in their games to go give Sammy a kiss.
Melt my heart, these kiddos literally kiss Samuel every chance they get. I even catch the boys taking quick breaks in their games to go give Sammy a kiss.
Here we all are!  I think my  heart has been dreaming of this picture since I was a little girl.
Here we all are! I think my heart has been dreaming of this picture since I was a little girl.
Its amazing how when you are truly in a joyful moment you don't have to tell the kids to smile...they already are.
Its amazing how when you are truly in a joyful moment you don’t have to tell the kids to smile…they already are.
This is where the tears came for me.  There was something about being decked out in Gideon Blue and holding my new baby son Samuel that brought in a litany of feelings.  I am so thankful to have this moment captured.
This is where the tears came for me. There was something about being decked out in Gideon Blue and holding my new baby son Samuel that brought in a litany of feelings. I am so thankful to have this moment captured.
Here he is, Samuel take one!
Here he is, Samuel take one!
Big Sister Faith, the best second Mommy a baby can dream of!
Big Sister Faith, the best second Mommy a baby can dream of!
Big Brother David, his passionate kisses sometimes leave Samuels entire face wet with love!
Big Brother David, his passionate kisses sometimes leave Samuels entire face wet with love!
Big Brother Aaron, who has flawlessly given up his role as baby of the family and embraced all the helpfulness of a big brother who constantly makes sure Samuel has all that he needs.
Big Brother Aaron, who has flawlessly given up his role as baby of the family and embraced all the helpfulness of a big brother who constantly makes sure Samuel has all that he needs.
Here they are, the Furlough boys...standing strong and proud!
Here they are, the Furlough boys…standing strong and proud!  This is quite and amazing brood I can promise you that.
And then there were two.  Us girls, we stick together in this family.  I am so thankful for this young woman...sooooooo thankful!
And then there were two. Us girls, we stick together in this family. I am so thankful for this young woman…sooooooo thankful!
This...is...my...FAVORITE!
This…is…my…FAVORITE!
Samuel Take Two...the man of the hour showed off perfectly for his photo shoot.  This is my favorite one of him!
Samuel Take Two…the man of the hour showed off perfectly for his photo shoot. This is my favorite one of him!
Samuel take three!!  He was so wide awake!
Samuel take three!! He was so wide awake!
Gotta love some baby feet.
Gotta love some baby feet.
A man and his son, its a beautiful thing.
A man and his son, its a beautiful thing.
Samuel kisses for Mommy!!!
Samuel kisses for Mommy!!!
This was a very important part of the story...afterall Samuel's middle name is "Camden" named proudly after Daddy's favorite baseball stadium in Maryland: Camden Yards.
This was a very important part of the story…afterall Samuel’s middle name is “Camden” named proudly after Daddy’s favorite baseball stadium in Maryland: Camden Yards.
Samuel, honey...sorry you pretty much HAVE to be an Orioles fan.
Samuel, honey…sorry you pretty much HAVE to be an Orioles fan.  Pretty sure Daddy has been dreaming of this since he was little.
We love you Samuel Camden Furlough!  More than words can ever say.
We love you Samuel Camden Furlough! More than words can ever say.

8 thoughts on “When Pictures Tell the Story

  1. Maria & Dave, these pictures are amazing. It displays what a magnificent and wondrous family you have. You’re all just amazing! Love you! xxoo

  2. Maria and Dave, All the pictures are awsome..I can’t just pick one, but, if I really needed too I would pick the family picture..Its a a great picture of all of you…Maria , you look beautifully radiant in all the pictures…God bless you all. Love you

  3. Maria, you look so beautiful in every single picture. You radiate peace and joy. I can see it in the pics and I can feel it when I’m around you and your family.

  4. These are all great! My fav would have to be the family picture where you wrote, “Its amazing how when you are truly in a joyful moment you don’t have to tell the kids to smile…they already are.” I’ve never thought about it that way, but you’re so right. And it looks like y’all are one happy place, without being prompted 😉

  5. Hey Maria and Dave…. all of these picks are beautiful!!!! I have 2 favorites… the family hug on the ground and the “feet” Beautiful and Blessed family ❤
    Love, Michelle

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