Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Glimpse into My Soul

I don't know how she does it, but RUTH WILLIAMS is able to capture the. perfect. picture. Like looking into my heart and capturing the exact image that I had sketched into my soul. Pictures of how I want to remember my children at that VERY point in time. My kids are turning TWO on Saturday and I am going through pics from a year ago. I would like to share with you, our One Year Photo Session with Ruth from September 2008...captioning what was going on at that very moment. I get extremely emotional when looking at these...they mean so much to me.

(Love this pic--despite the fact that I had been VERY sick with a stomach bug the night before and completely dehydrated)



LOVE this pic because it shows two best friends, completely comfortable in each others arms...reflecting about how much they love each other and their family. LIFE IS GOOD.



In birth order:

Andrew Paul Steece (Probably our most photogenic little guy- smile lights up a room)



those eyes...



Drew's signature look at the time...curious, awkward, guarded. LOVE it.



Drew's best impersonation of Elvis: "uh thank yuh...thank yuh verrrmuch"



Sweet little guy, full of energy, full of life---ready to take on the world



My sunshine.



Quite possibly one of my absolute favorite pics of all time...best laugh ever!



Savannah Leigh Steece (Was NOT in the mood to take pics...SOOOO much sass/'tude) She would turn around and around in circles on the floor---making everyone laugh, smirking--very careful NOT to give up that smile!



We gave the little deary goldfish so she would sit still, and as she lifted up her dress to find the snacks, this ended up being my favorite picture of her!



Love the look...so pure...looking into that big heart of hers



My sweet little gummy smile--Sav's teeth did not grow in for the longest time!



Such a priss, an amazing little 18 year-old stuck in a one-year-old body. Sharp as a tac! SOOO loving and gentle with her brothers. Momma's little baby-doll.



Loves being held in her Daddy's arms...has got him right where she wants him---wrapped around her pinky! Her protector. provider.



Ethan Joseph Steece (Hamming it up for the camera, so easy to get a smile out of the twins) Always with the tongue curl.



E's best impersonation of "blue steel"



again. so pure. looking deep down into his soul.



Ethan's signature look! Always with the hand to the ear---when happy, scared, sad...you name it. I can't tell you how many people told me that they thought he had an ear infection at one time or another...and I would say, "no--he just always grabs at his ear" (he has since stopped--but a perfect memory to capture!)



Open-mouth-smile



Love the cheezy grin...hard to tell, but Joe has the exact same smile in this pic



Benjamin Stephen Steece (Mr. Ben did NOT want to smile for us...always doing things on HIS time, with HIS terms...love his independence)



Sweet cuddle muffin



innocence...priceless.



Going far beyond his eyes, deep into his soul



My little Momma's boy, never wanting to be too far away from my arms. Full of love and lots to give.



So happy with Dad. Another one of my favorite pics. A true Ben smile. Love how they all "smile with their eyes".



My little mirror-images. (Ethan left, Andrew right) Love the feet.



My FAVORITE PIC of all time. Ethan, Savannah, Benjamin, Andrew



No, we're not a happy family or anything. Ruth captured the love overflowing and radiating from our pores!


Ruth, we LOVE you SO much. You have given our family something that will be cherished for many generations to come, long after we have left this Earth. If ANY of you are looking for the best photographer to catch those priceless looks on camera---please contact my truly talented friend, Ruth Williams @ http://www.ruthwilliamsphotography.com/

Can't wait for our 2 year pictures outside!!! That should be fun/challenging with four 2-year-olds! But then again, I'm always up for a good challenge...

Blessings,

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53 comments:

Marty Rhea Hill said...

Absoutely stunning 2 year photos. Love them all. You and Joe are perfect together. Love all 6 of you.

Amy Bennett said...

These are so gorgeous. Seriously brought tears to my eyes.

Amber said...

I have been stalking you for a while! You have a beautiful family! Your love is so evident in every picture, every outing, just everything. Happy almost 2 yr anniversary of being a family!

Kelly said...

AmAzInG!

Ms. M said...

Those pictures are beautiful. I love them. You all are so photogenic, too. But, I think that comes from happiness.

Kaci said...

Wow those are beautiful!! I love all of them! :) BEAUTIFUL!

Charity Donovan said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Beautiful momma - beautiful couple - beautiful children - BEAUTIFUL FAMILY!!!!! Love you!!!!

Tiffany Lockette said...

You guys are such a beautiful family. Your babies are absolutely adorable. What a blessing.

King Quads said...

Seriously? You guys are just so beautiful...all of you! I love that beautiful family of yours you know that.

What great pictures, I would frame every single one of them. You guys are real framers!

Melissa Mullinax said...

Ruth is a truly talented and wonderful person. I cannot think of a better persons to capture your sweet family. These are gorgeous!! Can't wait to see the 2 year session!

~M

Kimberly & Alex said...

Absolutely adorable! Can't wait to see the 2 year pics!

Rachel said...

These pictures are just gorgeous. My brother was like Sav- his one year pics are all gums :-) Can't wait to see your two year pictures and hear about the birthday celebration!

Kathy said...

I LOVE, LOVE these!! Can't wait to see the 2yr pics!

Amanda Mae said...

What beautiful pictures and such a beautiful family!

Lissa Michelle said...

I'm a random stalker who wants to say HI and thanks for making me smile/cry with all your posts! These pictures are beautiful and I can't wait to see the next ones!

The Drama Mama said...

Such a beautiful family, Suz...LOVE all the pix. And I can't wait to see the new ones! Love & HUGS!

Heidi said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful!

Ruth Williams said...

Girlie you are making me cry! Thank you so much. It is such a honor and fun experience to photograph your sweet sweet family! Can't wait for our next "outdoor" adventure ;)
Love you all!

Jen Jesseph Photography said...

Ruth is an amazingly talented photographer, I am so glad she was able to capture your beautiful family again!

Brittney said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures! :)

Cochran Quads said...

ABSOLUTELY Beautiful!!! How in the world can their be 6 so amazingly gorgeous people under one roof!!! And Joe, Man, You got me wrapped too!!!

Casey's trio said...

WOW Suz...there wasn't a bad picture in the bunch. BEAUTIFUL! And I bet the 2 year old pics will be just precious!

Karen said...

Beautiful pictures Suz!!!

Barbara Manatee said...

Wow...those are amazing!! What beautiful photos of your beautiful family!!! Can't wait to see what this year's pics will bring!

Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

Absolutely stunning. What a precious gift. Thank you for sharing them. Can't wait to see the next set!

Amy said...

Those are AMAZING!!!

Amazing Greis said...

Love those pictures. Can't wait to see the 2 year shots. 2 years already, can't believe how fast time flies.

Annie said...

Beautiful pictures. Anxious to see the 2 years old pics.

Following Him said...

SO AMAZING!!! Can't wait to see their two year old pictures :)
~Elyse

Following Him said...

Hey Suz,
I was just curious if I could get your email address?! I have a question for ya.
Mine is: pawsandholly@hotmail.com!
~Elyse

Penny said...

Your friend is very talented! Of course, working with you guys made her job easier. Your kids are SO precious! =)

renee said...

absolute perfection!!!! these make my heart smile!

Katie said...

Absolutely stunning!! Those pics are truly wonderful!

Jessica said...

Oh.my.gosh! Suz, those are adorable! I love them just as much as you do!

boysmum2 said...

Awesome pictures, is she expensive?

cat said...

Oh those pictures are stunning - can not remember seeing them last year. Also thinking about doing our 2 year old ones outside.

Kelli said...

Those are amazing pictures. Great photographer, great models. I love the look of love on all of your faces. Thanks for sharing.

Hilary said...

They are GREAT!!!! :)

Crystal said...

These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I've been reading about yuo guys since their birth. I can't believe they are about to be 2.

Mommyto3K's said...

Beautiful portraits. They tell such a wonderful story. Can't wait to see your new ones.

Miranda said...

I only have one word! BEAUTIFUL

beth ewing said...

are they really 2 already. i've been following since you were pregnant and it doesn't seem like it's been 2 years already. you guys sure are a photogenic family.

Chelsa said...

love the recap of their 1 yr. pictures! can't wait to see this years!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and had to comment. You have an amazing story and a beautiful family!

Harris Boys said...

stunning! these would take my breath away too. your children are adorable, I can see why you are SO proud of them. thanks for sharing with us.

btw: I have ID twins that are A & E too (andrew and ethan)

Kimberley said...

I have been reading your blog for a few months, but have never commented. It is a joy to read!! Look forward to new posts knowing I will smile. :)

Kimberley said...

Been reading your blog for a few months, but have never commented. It is such a joy to read. Look forward to each new post knowing I will smile. :)

Fulton Quads said...

Those pictures are SO perfect just like your children! You are such an inspiration! I too cannot wait to see their 2 year shot's!
Love, Cathy & her quads

Kay said...

Lurker here. Just wanted to let you know your blog was briefly mentioned in the blog about the fake April Rose blog...

Here: http://mythoughtsonaprilrose.blogspot.com/2009/07/short-note.html

Michal Ann said...

Happy birthday to your gorgeous little loves! I took note of your very talented photographer and look forward to visiting her site.

I, too, came over to visit from the site that is doing such fine work investigating and exposing the scammer who created the fake April Rose "pregnancy" and "birth" of a doll!! I just learned today that Beccah/Becky/"B" is particularly fond of trolling the sites of QUADRUPLETS.

Rebeccah Rose Beushausen took advantage of the high traffic your beautiful blog receives in order to drive readers to her own scam site. She was all over the internet doing this through a host of aliases and fake blogs! She fooled the "biggest" bloggers as you many have read at "My Charming Kids" or "Bring the Rain." It was an evil but brilliant strategy. Soon, "Pray for April Rose" buttons abounded. She used the guise of asking for prayer for a "single Christian mom's" at-risk "pregnancy" which was a prosthetic belly. In June, "B" was finally exposed when she posted pictures of a doll she had "delivered" and "breastfed".

"April Rose" scam is not her first nor will it be her last. She has also perpetrated adoption scams and is continuing her lifestyle of deceit and harm to innocent families. I am just a praying, caring blog reader who wants to see Beccah stopped. I don't have a blog but I can be emailed ( immichal at yahoo).

In true Christian love and service to many past and future victims, the sites below are doing a great job exposing her ON-GOING lies. I'm sorry she "used" you in the past. I am absolutely confident that you had NO idea such a scam was possible. I certainly didn't. I loved and prayed of "B" and "baby April Rose" for months as did tens if not hundreds of thousands of people.

http://mythoughtsonaprilrose.blogspot.com

http://tellthechurch.blogspot.com

Mama M. said...

Fab-U-lous!!! What amazing photos! Does she travel? Like, to MN? :)

jag said...

To quote a book I LOVE reading to the kids, "you're all my favorites!" They are wonderful pictures - EVERY SINGLE ONE! And you sweet Steeces, you melt my heart!

The McNulty Family said...

I haven't seen these in a long time. I had forgotten how beautiful they are. Simple and perfect. STUNNING.

I love you!
xoxo
Gen

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