Thursday, June 2, 2011


When Jeff and I were on our way home from the hospital with Chase, we were discussing our new found perspective.  Somehow, the world looked different all around us and all we could talk about was our kids..and how blessed we've been.   Because we really didn't (and still don't) know how long Chase will be with us, we decided that we could no longer put off getting a family picture.  So, I picked up the phone, and called my friend Melia. No only is she one of my best friends, but she is an AMAZING photographer.  I have always been one of her biggest fans.  I told her about Chase and asked if she'd be willing to do a photo shoot with our family.  She showed up at our house the following day.   Such a great friend.

During the photo shoot, Chase was super grumpy.  He was still adjusting to his medication.  That didn't stop Melia.  She captured the only 5 smiles he eeked out during the hour long session. 

Less than a week later, she showed up on our doorstep with this amazing video.  Thank you so much, Melia.  It is something I will treasure always!

p.s.  If you've been thinking that it's time to get family pictures and just haven't got around to it, JUST SCHEDULE IT!  You'll be so glad you did.  If you're in the Philadelphia area, I HIGHLY recommend Melia.  Her website is..

Here's the link to the video of our photo session:



  1. Thats the coolest video. And one cute family.
    Love you all

  2. Oh Janell, that is beautiful! Just like your beautiful family. LOVE you!