Category Archives: Teens

Chelsea {Class of 2014}

The good thing about being very, very far behind in blogging, is reliving those fun moments over again. This session was extra special for me, because this young lady holds a special place in my heart.

Chelsea is my best friends sister. I have watched her grow from a rambunctious little girl crawling through blow up tunnels with her sister and I, to a doe eyed little actress at the Mansfield Playhouse, and now a high school graduate.

We decided since Chelsea doesn’t live in Columbus, that we would really use the city to make her pictures stand out from her other classmates. We started at North Bank Park, which is my favorite location! From there we walked the trail to the Santa Maria, and finished at Genoa Park. It was beautiful weather and Chelsea was such a trooper! She was willing to crawl through weeds and rocks and stay in uncomfortable positions all with a smile.

Chelsea is now officially a high school graduate. Yay Chels!!!! We are all very proud of her and wish her much success and happiness in life!

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Throwback Thursday {Tess Jordan}

Last October we spent a weekend in Kentucky with my aunt and cousin, Trina and Tess.  If you have just stumbled upon my blog for the first time, they are the wife and daughter of my uncle Brian.  You can read about him in my last blog post.  For the first 25 years of my life, spending weekends with family was part of my everyday life.  Unfortunately, within the past five years it’s a rare occurrence.  Needless to say, we were all excited to have this weekend together!

Tess took us on our first Gator ride in the woods.  Being the city girl that I am, when she said “ride the gator” I was freaked out!  I had never heard of or seen a gator in my life other than an alligator lol!  It was so fun though, and she of course was a great driver!  We watched movies, rode horses, played volleyball, had family dinners, and most importantly spent time together.  Other than riding the horses, my favorite part of the trip was photographing Tess.

For a while, I had been telling her that I wanted a photo of her in her dad’s police hat.  So, I finally got it!  She wore his police hat, jacket, and one of the t-shirts we had made with Brian’s face on the front.  The photos came out more amazing than I ever dreamed!

Saturday May 18 is the last day of National Police Week.  More importantly, it’s Tess’s 16th birthday.  Ironic that her birthday always falls during the same week her daddy is honored isn’t it?  Everyone agrees her birthday is hard every year, but the big sweet 16 may prove to be the hardest yet.

For me, I’m feeling guilty as this special day approaches.  Guilty that Brian taught me to drive, not her.  Guilty that Brian took me to my driver’s license test and cheered me on through the window, not her.  Guilty that Brian watched me walk down the aisle on my wedding day, and will never watch Tess.  Why was I blessed with 25 years with him and Tess only 10?  While I try to see the silver lining that at least Brian had the opportunity to share those experiences with someone he loved and looked after, it just isn’t fair.  I know Brian and Tess had so many awesome memories during their 10 years together.  From Caribbean cruises to Friday night football games they were inseparable.  He taught his “baby girl” or “biggie smalls” to be strong minded and self confident.  She is so much like him, it’s a little scary!

Throughout the past five years, Tess has been the strongest of the whole family.  She made posters to display at the funeral and handed out suckers (one of her dad’s favorite candies) at his memorial ceremony.  It was her little 10-year-old hand on my shoulder soothing me through my tears.  When I asked her how she could be so strong I believe she said something to the effect of, my dad would want me to be.  Maybe those burdens I stated above have never entered her mind.  If they have, I want nothing more than for her to know that while I treasure all of my memories with Brian, I wish it could have been her.

If you read this Tess, I don’t know why life is so unfair.  What I do know is that you are amazing.  Since we can’t change what has happened we just have to make the best of it, and you have proven to be a survivor and not a victim.  Though he won’t physically be present for all of your adventures in life, he will most definitely be with you in spirit.  I hope that you will look to me as not only family, but a friend, as I did your dad.  Know that until I die, it will be my mission that no one ever forgets your dad.  What a blessing it is for both of us to have loved and been loved by him.

I want to end this post by saying you had to face a terrible reality and grow up too fast too soon, but take this away from it… your dad did more in 37 years than some people ever do.  He loved life and he loved you more than life.  So, live yours to the fullest!  Happy almost sweet 16!  I love you more than you know!

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Thowback Thursday {Roane-Thomas Family}

When I decided back in November of last year to go prn (as needed) with my Physical Therapy job, I was very sad about not seeing my good friend Selina everyday.  Not only were Selina and I co-workers for almost three years, but we also attended college together.  I was so young at only 17 when I entered the Physical Therapist Assistant program, so Selina always says I was like her baby haha!  When we graduated college, Selina and I lost touch for over seven years.  She got a job in Mansfield, and I moved to Columbus.  After seven long years of being apart, I was interviewing for a new job when who do I see standing in the therapy gym?  Selina!!!  I of course took the job, and we have really enjoyed re-connecting over the past three years.  She is super happy that I am pursuing my dream, but we are both still sad about not working together anymore.

She’s on my mind today, so I decided to dedicate today’s post to her.  I’m starting with her engagement photos.  I was very honored when she asked me to capture such an exciting time in her life.  The weather was not on our side though, so we re-scheduled three times!  Finally, Mother Nature cooperated for us and we had an absolutely beautiful day at Innis Wood Gardens.  Selina and Norvin were so easy to work with!  Their love for each other shines through in each photograph.  Now, they are happily married and approaching their one year anniversary!

 

Last fall, I met again with Selina for a photo session at the Park of Roses.  This time, it was all about her daughter, Kaliha.  I just love this young lady!  She has such a lovely spirit and great sense of humor.  My cheeks hurt when I’m around Kaliha from the constant smile she makes me wear!  If you know her amazing mama, then you know where she gets it from 🙂

 

Miss you dearly Selina!  xoxo

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