Sometimes when things don’t work out the way you plan, it is because something better is in store.
In the case of sweet Hannah, I wasn’t able to take her senior photos, but she contacted me about a photo shoot a year later … only this time, she wanted to surprise her mom, Kristin, with photos of the two of them together before she left for college. And it was such a sweet time together — I think grownup daughters and their moms should always commemorate their relationship in portraits!
Hannah says her mom is the most selfless person she has ever met, with a captivating personality and inner beauty that exceeds how gorgeous she is on the outside! She describes her mom as her “go-to with life advice and friends advice” and her very best friend.
Now that Hannah is off to study Accounting at Colorado Christian University, she says the thing she’ll miss most is seeing her mom every day. I have no doubt the two of them will remain close — just seeing the two of them together is such a beautiful reminder of the unique bond between a mother and her daughter, even when they are separated by time and distance.
I was so inspired to hear Hannah’s testimony too! She was raised in a strong Christian home but in high school she started neglecting prayer, reading her Bible, and going to church in order to pursue things that seemed more important at the time. By the end of her senior year, she realized she had lost her joy, and it was because she had walked away from God. She recommitted her life to Christ and cherishes her new-found faith like a child and the new beginning God has given her!
When I asked Hannah her favorite part of the Bible, she points to the Psalms as the book that has most encouraged her. “It is not a book about the faithfulness of mankind — in fact, quite the opposite. It was written by David, who had his share of mistakes in his life. That is what makes the book so real to me, because it reaches out to every individual struggling in their lifetime and encourages people to trust God. We will have our failures in life, but that doesn’t mean we can’t resume on the path where we left off.”
I am so encouraged by Hannah’s wisdom at such a young age and cannot wait to see what God has in store! Thank you, Hannah and Kristin, for letting me document the special relationship you share!