April 13, 2015

The DeLuca Family: Colorado Lifestyle Session

The end of last October couldn’t come fast enough for our all girls weekend trip to meet the newest family members. Half of us hopped on a plane and the other half took the long drive to Colorado to welcome Owen to the family. We all arrived shortly after one another and immediately started snuggling, kissing, ooing and awing over this sweet bundle of joy. Lindsay is the first niece of our family to have a little one and she holds so much beauty, patience, joy and love as a mother. All of us nieces learned so much from her and her mothering while we visited.

After our family member left on Sunday morning I decided to stay a little long to spend some time with my Lindsay, Joey and Owen. Seeing these two transition to parents has been flawless. They are filled with so much encouragement, love, laughter and beauty. I am so thankful I decided to have a later flight out so I could steal some extra snuggles with Owen and girl time with my cousin Lindsay and her sister Alicia on a scenic mountain walk. It is hard having them so far away, but we enjoy all the Instagram and Facebook posts of Owen and their hikes in the mountains as a family.

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April 7, 2015

Chris & Alicia: Colorado sunrise session

Last October, we took an all-girls family weekend trip to Colorado to welcome my cousin’s first baby boy. We were also able to  celebrate the engagement of another cousin, Alicia to her fiancé Chris. The three of us plus their dog Willy went out for an early morning sunrise session in Loveland, CO. The morning was crisp, but beautiful with the sun rising. It highlighted the mountains behind us. It was a wonderful morning and we were entertained as Willy chased after anything in reach. We continued the morning with chai tea and family filled around the table. After breakfast, Alicia and Chris took us on a hike to Devil’s Backbone where he proposed to Alicia. It was a beautiful hike to see where their engagement journey started. These two are such a wonderful and adventurous couple. I can’t wait to attend their wedding and join all of our family members as we gather around them in Minnesota this June.  chris_alicia_colorado_kristen_dyer_photography chris_alicia_colorado_kristen_dyer_photography chris_alicia_colorado_kristen_dyer_photography chris_alicia_colorado_kristen_dyer_photography chris_alicia_colorado_kristen_dyer_photography chris_alicia_colorado_kristen_dyer_photography chris_alicia_colorado_kristen_dyer_photography chris_alicia_colorado_kristen_dyer_photography chris_alicia_colorado_kristen_dyer_photography chris_alicia_colorado_kristen_dyer_photography chris_alicia_colorado_kristen_dyer_photography

Hiking to Devil’s Backbone.

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March 30, 2015

Punta Cana: Dominican Republic

Three weeks ago, we packed our bags and boarded the plane to find some warmer weather, sunshine, and sand. Our usual travel plans consist of busy cities and lists of things to do and see. However this year, we decided to try something new. We settled on the Dominican Republic after hearing of the gorgeous white, sandy beaches and beautiful seascapes. We knew we wanted a small, intimate resort and quickly fell in love with the Sanctuary. This resort is in the private gated community of Cap Cana. While the main goal of our trip was to relax, of course we had a to-do list that would allow us to explore the island. Surprisingly, after we arrived at the Sanctuary, we didn’t want to leave. We only managed to venture out of the resort once to visit one of the sister resorts. For the most part, we learned to relax by spending long days by the beach and visiting with other travelers. We had an amazing time and I foresee many more beach travels.
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March 6, 2015

Glory Ann: Adoption journey part 1

Adoption has been topic of conversation ever since Dan and Kita were married 12 years ago. They have been patiently waiting to add to their family. In early 2014, they talked about starting their domestic adoption process in 2015. However, on September 20th, 2014, they received a phone call from a friend informing them their family member was having a baby due in February 2015. Their friend wondered if Dan and Kita would consider adopting. After a few days of prayer, their decision was clear– this is the opportunity they were waiting for. Dan and Kita met with the birth mother and made a connection. She agreed to allow Dan and Kita to adopt. Everything began happening very quickly, but luckily, they found a great adoption service to work with to expedite the adoption process.  Family members and friends began to pour in their support for their adoption journey. After a few short months of funding and preparing to grow their family, their daughter Glory Ann arrived 3 weeks early on January 16, 2015! I was able to spend some time with them in the NICU the following morning and document as they were able to give her a bath, feed her, and hold her for the first time. This is the day they had been waiting so long for.

*Stay tuned for when Glory Ann is released from the hospital and is ready to go home!

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