As I was driving home from this session, I was thinking of line from a Haitian prayer that I was reading about the other day. God grant me many more mornings, so that I might grow old with the ones I love. I love families and the beauty of their love for each other. This family was so easy to connect with, their warmth so evident.

I was reflecting the other day on how I always think that things will slow down but they never really do. Life keeps moving and honestly, I don't think I'd know what to do if it really slowed down that much. However, it makes me appreciate the privilege of people setting aside a block of time so that I can spend it with them, helping to capture some of this season of their lives.

I met up with this family at Titlow Park in Tacoma. Truly, the more I explore this area, the more I love living in Washington. It is so beautiful. There was this gorgeous old wood building that we used in many images. Meet Chandra, David, Olivia and Caleb.

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I can tell you want a better look at those CUTE kids so here you go.....

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Olivia's sparkly smile. Aren't their blue eyes incredible?

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And these were the parents that turned out such gorgeous kiddos. This was on the porch which was a little grungy, but they kindly sat right down for me. One of the nice things about a porch like this is the indirect light that we get...and of course that chippy wood behind them is so cool too.

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What kid in the world doesn't like to be swung around?

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What a beautiful child.... I think she looks like a little doll here. And she has such a sweet little spirit too.

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This park had it all: big fields, a park, a beach, rocks, a pond, a playground.

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I brought along my basket of fall goodies and we tucked in this cozy bear. This was round two. Round one resulted in some really cute bear-crying-in-the-pumpkins pictures. Chandra, thanks for being such a great sport and giving it another shot!

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Down at the water, Olivia observes her rock which she tossed into the water. Apparently, this is a pastime that could keep her busy for hours.

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We had to lure her away with the "high five game" which she did wonderfully too.

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And at the end, when we were winding down, I was running out of tricks to keep her engaged so I asked her what was in her tummy....and she tried to show me. Don't you love kids?

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Thanks, Chandra and David. Hope you enjoyed your peek....lots more to come.

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