MY POSTS FROM THE HEART
“There’s no other love like the love for a brother. There’s no other love like the love from a brother.” – Astrid Alauda
Most recently, I was invited to capture moments from the first 48 hours of Linda and Dietmar’s second child, their beautiful son Luca.
“In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity” – Lauren Daigle (You Say)
Jolene and Martin welcomed their first child to the world after almost two full days of labour. Little Daniël gave his mom a run for her money, but she pushed through with the loving support of Martin her husband, and with the strength of their combined faith in God. In the end, their newborn son was the perfect blessing she knew he would be.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” – James 1:17
The Finley family walked an amazing and inspiring journey, from dealing with the crushing news of infertility, to three perfect and unforced births. Their third child, daughter Lana, was born into a happy, loving family, completing her parents’ journey with a final sense of peace.
“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.” Romans 8:28 (Amp)
Elmain Pienaar defines strength in adversity. When she was faced with a very scary choice to make – stick to the natural home birth she had dreamed of, or go to the hospital – she did what any good mom would, and put her child’s safety ahead of her own wishes.
“It takes a village” includes the network of relationships and values that connect us and bind us together”
Having babies and raising them, takes a team. As the proverb goes, “It takes a village”. The Moolman family took this to heart when grandma and husband, Francois, gathered to cheer on the birth of Wian-Roux. Francois’s parents joined the family a little later, to say hello to their new flame-haired grandson. The whole family prayed over this little boy, and their loving prayers showed when he was brought into the world.
Sometimes a mother is lucky. Sometimes, despite doubts and minor setbacks, the birth goes smoothly – almost exactly as planned. So it was when the Holtzhausen family welcomed Gertjan into the world, their second child, and second unicorn birth. With Gran, Aunt and Big Sis standing by to meet him, and Dad lending a well-practiced hand, as he had with their firstborn, Gertjan’s birth was a truly special family moment.read more
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“Joy is not the result of getting what you want; it is the way to get what you want. In the deepest sense, joy is what you want.” – Alan Cohen
Having had no choice but to deliver her first two children via c-section, her third child was the last chance Mercia had to experience a natural birth – and it went swimmingly.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this. I can take the next thing that comes along.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
I never looked for a midwife or water birth, but I think God placed her right on my path. My heart needed this birth more than I knew. I wanted to deliver this baby naturally and I got just that.
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