Wednesday, May 14, 2008

40 Minutes of Sunshine

(written on 5.13.08)

So, I received an email from Jessica Claire a few months back telling me that she was following our blog and wanting to know if we'd be interested in having a photo shoot with her...

Don't know who Jessica Claire is? That's OK, because neither did we...until I checked out her blog and discovered that she's basically one of the best photographers in the world (according to popphoto.com, and I agree).

Anyway, Jessica has family in the RDU area and was in town this weekend for a visit...and, of course, we said "YES!" to her offer. This kind of opportunity doesn't come around very often!

The forecast for yesterday was "partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain". It was raining and cold when we woke up. It was raining and cold when we left to drive to meet Jessica.

As we pulled up to the shoot location, the clouds parted and the sun came out. For 40 minutes, the weather was perfect.

As we entered Elmo's Diner for a late breakfast, the sun disappeared...it never showed it's face again for the rest of the day.

And, we all got to spend some time with Gwyneth later that morning as well! That's what I call a perfect Mother's Day/Birthday gift for Tricia.

Here's Jessica with Gwyneth...

Thanks, Jessica! The Photos (amazing!) and the time spent getting to know you (also amazing!) are such a wonderful gift!

Nate

105 comments:

Shelley said...

Wow, wow and wow again! What fantastic photographs of a very amazing family. It's obvious in her pictures the love that you have for each other and for your precious baby girl. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. What a phenomenal talent she has!

Shelley in Iowa

Sarah said...

Beautiful pictures! What a GREAT day!

Sarah in Gastonia, NC

LuckytobeJasons said...

Truly breath taking photos. You can see the love between the two of you and for your amazing daughter. What wonderful photos for you to have and to cherish and look back on. I am so happy you got your 40 minutes of Sunshine.

Lockwoods said...

Wow! Did she ever capture what is so obviously there...the sweet love between a hubby and his wife and their precious little girl! Those photos are juts beautiful! I hope you get a copy of every one and LOTS of frames to hang them up all over the wall of your home!
love,
Jaynee

ajc4ever said...

WOW!!!! Those pictures are just incredible. What a blessing! Your love for each other REALLY shines through.

Gwyneth is starting to really look 'big'. :-P

Marsmile said...

I commented on JC's site. I just soooo love the photos and can't pick just one as a favorite! You and Tricia look absolutely wonderful together! I like seeing Gwyn from a distance because that really shows her size! Adorable!

Thank you so much for sharing, truly! Glad you had your 40 mins of sunshine (does make for a catchy title as well).

Take care,
Marissa :-)

P.S. How does Tricia like the new glider?

Blessings From Above said...

AMAZING photos!!! They are simply stunning. I kept trying to pick a favorite, but they are ALL great.

God Bless!

Angela R. said...

Those pictures are absolutely beautiful and breath taking. You ALL look amazing!!! The love and bond your family has is so evident in those pictures and always. Anyone would be blessed to share what you share as a couple and family. Praying for you all always!!

God Bless,
-Angela

Kristen said...

Ohhhh, those are just beautiful! I love the ones of you and Tricia, and I also adore the one of you and Gwyneth...it brought tears to my eyes!!

and I couldn't even see the slideshow...just the favorite she posted. :p

Rick Lawrenson said...

Great pics! You guys had a busy day.

Christy said...

You guys look so beautiful and amazing in the photos!! There are too many great ones to pick a favorite!!

Vicki said...

ok... I'm in tears (happy tears) for 2... no 3 people who I have never met, but have touched my heart. Your love for eachother shines in those amazing photo's.

I will be thinking of you today as you enter yet another new chapter in your lives togehter as Gweneth joins you full time!

Lots of love!
Vicki in CT
www.theknopfcrew.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Those pictures are GREAT-- I LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! You can see all the emotion--the love between you and and your wife, and all the expression little Gwyneth has--what a BIG personality for such a little girl! Those are going to be great to frame and hang up all over your home :)

Debra said...

I want to see the pics, too! When I go to her site, I can't get past the main page. I've clicked all over the place...what's the secret?
Aspiemom

Kristi said...

What a "when blogs collide" moment! I love Jessica's work and have followed her blog for a long time. And I so enjoy your blog too.

What incredible photos she took of you both! She really captured the love between you.

TruePraise said...

I can not get past the main page either...help

Alice said...

Wow, those really are great pics!!!

Mike said...

So wonderful!!!!!!!!


gmomof7

Alice said...

Oh great, now I'm crying and it's not even 8:30 in the morning!!

Debra said...

I finally got to see the pics, but not the slideshow. It won't come up on my computer for some reason. Just beautiful pictures! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to spend the morning together!
Aspiemom

jessicaclaire said...

the slideshow should be fixed now--I was getting a few too many visitors there for a few minutes!

Brenda said...

Beautiful pics of your two miracle girls, healthy and happy. What incredible gifts...from God AND from Jessica. Seems like I start every day off with tears of joy, as I follow your amazing story.

Seth said...

I shoot weddings on the side so I am a fan of Jessica. That is so awesome that she was able to visit and take your photos!!!

Julie Nickerson said...

I didn't realized I was signed in as my husband Seth. That last comment about shooting weddings is from me-Julie Nickerson. :)

Shari said...

Hey Guys!!

Those pictures are wonderful!! Gwyneth is sooo beautiful and is Tricia. Tricia, you look great!! What wonderful family pictures and how nice of her to do that!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRICIA!! Love the new do--being pampered is so renewing.

continued prayers,
Shari NC

Sarah Tayler Photography said...

Beautiful! She did a wonderful job, I think it's her best shoot to date! I'm glad she did this for you guys.

Court said...

Absolutely amazing! Your love for each other truly shines through. So excited for you guys in being able to bring Gwyneth home. Praying!

Bethy said...

Amazing photos!
Simply beautiful!

cf3695 said...

those are awesomw pictures. we are so fortunate to have wonderful people in this world that will do things for us.
hope you are getting ready for tomorrow!!! GRL all to yourselves!!!!!!!

LouLou said...

Nate,
As I watched the slideshow of you guys I was reminded over and over what a miracle God has given you. We all watched one of His miracles take place. It's wonderful to see you two just being....you two. Tomorrow when baby girl comes home forever officially begins. Praying for a wonderful everyday for all of you.

Lou
Mom to 4 kiddos, fighting for one in Guatemala.

Rebecca said...

thanks for sharing! those are amazing!!!!! it melts my heart :)

Jennifer said...

The pictures are wonderful! It would be so hard to pick a favorite. That got me thinking...if you had to pick a fav, which one?

J aka mommy!!!!!! said...

Amazing beautiful Photos!!!

Pam said...

Jessica did such a beautiful job capturing your love and adoration! She does phenomenal work... how blessed you are to have those precious keepsakes.
Hugs, Pam

r.a.w. said...

Your family is gorgeous and Jessica's work was lovely. I am so happy for you.

TruePraise said...

got to see the pics and the slideshow! WOW!

mom22girls said...

Now, if that isn't God, what is? I don't believe in coincidences:) Beautiful, beautiful! God is so GOOD:)

Seth, Jen, Hannah, and Cailyn said...

HOly cow! I'm sitting here crying my eyes out, that photo shoot was so amazing!! The love y'all have for one another just oozes through those pictures....

I praise and thank God for using you and your family to touch my life.

careysue said...

The pictures are amazing...sitting here crying and remembering all you've been through the passed few months and so happy for the three of you!

Tricia-you look gorgeous!

Amy said...

The pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Jill said...

What beautiful pictures. Thank you for shring them with us!

bome62 said...

This photos are beautiful. THANK you so much for sharing this photo experience with all of us.That is awesome that Gwyneth will be discharged tomorrow.It will be great.
Bonnie Meyer
Washington, Missouri

Andy Lawrenson said...

Absolutely awesome! Those are some great photographs. Good thing you had Tricia and Gwyneth in the shots, they make the pictures look so much better.
She did some fantastic work.

Heidi said...

WOW! What amazing photos! You will definitly treasure those! Beautiful!

Lisa said...

Those pictures are beautiful. You really can see the love that you two share. So nice to see her out and about like that with no tubes or 02. :)

Amber said...

those pictures are incredible! and JEEPERS your little girl is cute!!!!! how can you even stand it?? :)

Amy said...

What beautiful pictures that you will have to treasure forever...

KimberlyL said...

jc great photos - tricia and nate -well, for pete's sake, just stop already :o)~ cute and dripping with adoration is just sooooooo.... amazing! fav photo -gwenyth looking up with the look on her face that screams "em, are you people alright????" she really seems to be wondering about the sanity quotient in her serious little face!

God is so good, and all who have been reading this blog are so blessed to have been able to witness His work through your story - thanks for being brave enough to share it with the whole wide world. Imagine the time is likely approaching where you will want to pull back a bit from the ultimate shareathon, but just know how many hearts and minds you have touched, the thousands of people who never comment, who had never been privy to a full-blown GOD miracle through you. And, His kingdom shall flourish through it!

Beautiful Moments Photography said...

Your photos are just amazing, and your story is so inspiring to me. I wish your entire family a long and happy life together. Hugs from Australia.

Cathy xx

Carmen said...

Nate the pictures are just beautiful. You and Tricia looked so happy. What a great birthday gift for Tricia.. I love the fraggle hat picture of Gwyneth and the peace sign, they are my favorites....

Het said...

Wow - what a small world. I am a huge fan of Jessica Claire and follow her blog daily - just as I follow yours. What a wonderful surprise to see the four of you meet!

The photos are beautiful (how could they not be with such amazing subjects and gifted photographer).

What a wonderful day. Thank you for sharing the photos with us!

David, Ashley and Noah said...

Those photos are amazing! Your love for each other really come across on those photos. You are such an amazing family. You were blessed to have her take them and SHE was blessed to be able to meet you!

WWW.ClayCleanse.Com said...

*gasp* Those photos are GORGEOUS!
Such memories!

DrewB said...

Hi Nathan! Long time reader, first time commenting. Jessica did my maternity and newborn pictures and I'm so happy that you had such a talented photographer to take your first official family photos! You and your family are amazing and your story truly inspires me everyday!

Mrs. Wilson said...

Oh my word!

1. You have the most beautiful wife and daughter EVER.

2. Those photos by Jessica are absolutely breathtaking.

3. Do you have a Canon Digital Rebel? I saw the strap on your shoulder in one of Jessica's pics ... I have the same one and I LOVE it!

jamie said...

WOW. Awesome photos!!!1!
God Blss you all
Jamie in Texas

wifemomchefmaid said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! She sure captured some beautiful shots of the two of you. What an amazing gift she has given your family.

God is good!

~Leah in Alaska

Marci@Finding Joy in the Journey said...

I've been reading for quite sometime, praying for you all. What a blessing to have these moments as a family recorded in history. The pictures are just incredible and tell such a beautiful story!

bexx said...

Brought me to tears! You are a BEAUTIFUL family and I am so thankful that Gwyneth will soon be home with her wonderful parents. Love just bursts out of all your pictures! Many prayers from South Dakota.

Shari said...

Memories of a lifetime! Gorgeous! Your family is a testimony of God's love and grace! Thank you for allowing us to view the photos.

miamore said...

WOW! These pics are AMAZING! I'm trying to work here... stop making me cry ;-) hehe ;-)

mumof4 said...

They are fantastic photos. Gwyneth giving the peace sign.....amazing. Tricia looking so well now - I have followed your story for a while. Cannot believe your baby girl is getting discharged soon!!!! Wow. Great news.

megasam said...

That slideshow is AMAZING!! I am crying. The love that you two have for each other is so evident in those pictures. I am in awe of the awesome love you share. Gwyneth is going to grow up in such a happy and loving home. She is a very lucky little girl.

Those pictures are phenominal! You are lucky to have such beautiful and candid photos. Have fun shopping for all the frames to put all the wonderful photos in.

Halie said...

The pictures are awesome! Jessica did a great job.
I went to check out her site and she has some incredible stuff.
I am so excited for ya'll to get to have that family time together and have it captured so well.
I will continue praying for your family and that Gwyneth will soon be going home with you.

I agree with ajc4ever, below,she is starting to look so "big".


Halie in Georgia

candidchatter said...

Awesome and such beautiful pictures. It is really wonderful to see Nate & Tricia together. You two are so darling to me!

Heidi R.

Dutch Momma of 4 said...

It is sooo funny.. I found Jessica's blog trough the BLOG VOTING link where you both are nominated for Best Photograpgy Blog... I was just browsing (after voting for you..) and clicked on hers since I love wedding pictures... Since then, your 2 blogs are the ones I read everyday... and now they are LINKED AND CROSS-MATCHED! How neat is that!! I already loved HER pictures and YOUR story.. now it is a double treat! The pics are beautiful and make you 3 shine!!!

Cathi said...

Isn't it funny that after having followed your story all of these months, it's this slideshow that brought me to tears? I love, love, love it...and am so happy at how God has blessed your lives.

Two blessings from above said...

Wonderful pictures!
The slideshow is awesome!
Thanks for sharing

bobbie said...

WOW!!! Those pix were stupendous!!

Gin said...

Wow! Those pictures brought tears to my eyes. I know the blessing of being loved by a good man so that all is right with the world when in his arms. How beautiful to see so obviously that Tricia is similarly blessed, especially after learning that it can not be taken for granted. You are a beautiful family and a true witness of God's goodness to those who follow His ways and acknowledge Him in all things.

Gin said...
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Thoughts and Things said...

The tears are running down my cheeks. You all sure know how to make a blog reader happy! Thank you to Jessica for sharing her talents, thank you to the Lawrenson family for sharing their moments, and wow, look at your daughter Tricia, she is amazing!!

Apryl in NC
(I mailed you a book yesterday, I hope it gets to you before you leave your temporary home!)

Gila said...

I was almost in tears watching the slide show! Wow!

ajclark said...

I've been following your site for a while, but I've never left a comment. I just had to this time! Your photos look absolutely amazing! Jessica Claire did a great job! Tricia, you are beautiful, as is your daughter. You all look fantastic in the photos, it looks like you had so much fun shooting them. Your story is so inspriational. Thank you SO much for sharing all that you do with us, I truly enjoy reading your blog. God Bless your family in the coming days as you grow together in your home.
Thanks also for the link to Jessica Claire's page, it was fun to view her portfolio.

Carol said...

Any day I get to see many pictures of Gwyneth, especially when she is doing GREAT, is a wonderful day for me. Thank you once again! I like seeing pictures of you guys, too, but Gwyeth steals the show. And, now, I think that her eys and cheeks are just like Tricia so she is not EXACTLY a carbon copy of you, Nathan.

dusktym said...

Oh my gosh I looked at the pictures she took, then came back to your blog then read that you "get" Gweneth tommorow and I started to cry. God bless you all!

Marge Sexton said...

Beautiful photos, and the slide show is awesome. How very special this day must have been.

Amy said...

I just adored the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

JW said...

Wow, incredible photos! I've been reading your blog since the beginning of the year, and I'm always amazed at how perfectly God chose you for Tricia, and Tricia for you. Congratulations on a beautiful baby girl and the future God has planned for your family!

twin power mommy said...

WOW. awesome, amazing, fantastic, beautiful, glorious to say a few words.
those pics were utterly amazing. perfect, beautiful..
There were so many that were great. i really liked how she captured your love for each other. those tender moments were just beautiful.
tricia looked amazing.
gwyneth looks so healthy.
how awesome for you guys to be able to do that photo shoot.
blessings!

Andrea said...

Those are some pretty amazing shots she took!

P.S. I think Gwyneth looks just like you Nathan!

Love my boys! said...

Thank you so much for sharing that with us. That was truly amazing to watch. I love to see you and Tricia together and then to see the pictures of all of you was amazing. I really feel like I am watching two of my very good friends at this point in your journey. Thank you again!

Catherine

Beebe said...

WHAT BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES, I REALLY LOVE YOUR BLOGS!

olivia said...

Another visitor (from Jessica's blog) dropping by to congratulate you and your family and send best wishes. Truly inspiring and I thank you for sharing! :)

TheRagan3 said...

Tricia you are absolutely GORGEOUS! the new hair cut completely suits you and the red nails are great! What a beautiful memory you have of your family. She has truly captured the "essence" of your lives.
Erinn

Twinkletoes said...

Stunning! I absolutely love the one action shot of you holding Tricia! These are all wonderful! What a terrific, WELL DESERVED opportunity!

Leeann said...

Wow. Just...wow. Such beautiful pictures and so nice to see you you, Nathan, captured by a new lens :)

Could Tricia be any more beautiful??? Could Gwyneth look any sweeter or more full of personality?

You guys rock - you're so inspiring, yet so humble and down to earth. I pray for all the best for you each and every day.

Debbie said...

Great pictures! Lots of great memories in those pictures for future years.

Maria said...

These pictures made my day! Wow! I am so happy for you and keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

May God bless and keep all of you!

Maria
Fairfax, VA

Amanda said...

thank you so much for sharing. you are so blessed.

sara said...

WoW!! Amazing that God orchestrated the weather just for the day :)

Elizabeth said...

oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh...that's all I can say...how amazing these photos are! i can honestly feel the love come through the screen that you and your wife share! i adore you all!
God bless!!!
~Elizabeth

Ginger said...

Amazing.

Erin said...

I have loved reading your blog and following your story! Jessica Claire is one of my *FAVORITE* photographers (I'm still a lurker)...not only is she amazing, she has a heart of gold. The pictures are wonderful. What an amazing gift as you start your new life together, all three of you!
Happy Belated Birthday, and praying for sweet baby Gweneth to go home soon!

Alicia said...

Those pics are a treasure - that is so cool that she came!

Scott said...

Pretty cool story!

Lindsay said...

AMAZING!!! simply AMAZING!!! those pictures (along with all the ones you take) are so awesome! Thank you for sharing those with us!!!!

Good luck tomorrow as you take your beautiful daughter home! I will be praying for you

HUGS!

La Familia Garcia said...

Wow, these are great pics! It looks like you guys really had fun doing this and so did she as the photographer! THanks so much for sharing them with us! Glad you were able to do such a precious thing together.

starbee said...

Hopefully this works....anyhoo, haven't posted before but have been following for a long time. Your pics are gorgeous and it's so great to see the love you have for each other and Gwen. Hope you guys can always have that! Thinking bout you and praying you get to take your little sweetie home today!!!

Susie said...

So many, many blessings for you all! Best wishes to you guys throughout your journey :) May God continue to shine His face upon yours this day!
S

walkingbyfaith said...

Jessica is SO talented! She did an amazing job of capturing the beauty of yours & Tricia's relationship as well as the bond you both share with Gwyneth. Truly beautiful.

The Hull Munchkins said...

Precious, precious memories that have been captured in such a special way for your family! In 10 years you will be so excited you agreed to have your pics made together during this meaningful time.

Pictures of my baby girl in the NICU instantly take me back to those days... they are so special.

Congratulations on being home together as a family at last!!!!! You must be so glad.
May the Lord bless your days together.

-Patty

The Hull Munchkins said...

Precious, precious memories that have been captured in such a special way for your family! In 10 years you will be so excited you agreed to have your pics made together during this meaningful time.

Pictures of my baby girl in the NICU instantly take me back to those days... they are so special.

Congratulations on being home together as a family at last!!!!! You must be so glad.
May the Lord bless your days together.

-Patty

Kalla said...

I think from the minute I started reading this blog I could tell how much you two loved each other but I think those pictures capture how much you two are in love and I just want to say its incredible. Gwyenth is lucky to have two parents like you!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Caroline said...

What a treasure for you all! Those are fantastic! It was so nice to see Tricia in non-hospital clothing - no gowns and masks - just Tricia! That's what is so great about the photos since she came home too!