What a beautiful miracle new life is! Over the last few years I’ve had the privilege of photographing the amazing and intimate moments that happen on the day babies are brought into this world. It’s one of my favorite events to document. So, what could make this even sweeter? When it’s for family of course!
William Kempis was born Tuesday July 15, 2008 at 11:17am weighing in at 8lbs 6oz and was 19 in. long. My brother Lance and sister-in-law Jamie and nephew Jackson Seth are all thrilled to have him here after much waiting.
Two weeks ago as I drove the 2 hours to St. Luke’s South in Overland Park, Kansas I was filled with anxiousness and a pounding heart full of thankfulness and wonder. What will this new little person be like as he develops now outside the womb…will his personality be similar to his older brother, Jack? What will he do when he grows up? What characteristic will he pull from his mom and which will he pull from his dad? All these questions circled my mind as I drove. I was overwhelmed with a thankfulness for my close-knit family and for all that God has blessed us with. We have been given so much!
I trekked through the hospital with my camera pack on my back, a baggy of freshly picked blueberries in my hand, a gift bag with a bottle of Adam Putcha wine from Hermann, MO, and a real longing to see my family. A few hours later, William had been delivered and we were all relieved to hear that mom and baby were okay. After many bets were placed, one of the 6 grandparents was the closest to guessing the actual weight of 8lbs. 6oz. Although, the anonymity of all participants with be protected, everyone had fun participating and the money was given to the new parents for diapers.
I know that being a proud aunt I’m sure to be a teensy bit partial to my nephews (and nieces)…but I had to include some images from the day. It never stops being less than a miracle. Life is such a beautiful gift. And William is such a wonderful gift to all of us.
This is the psalm Lance and Jamie have been praying over William…
“OH YES! You shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. We thank you, Oh High God- your breathtaking! Body and Soul, I am marvelously made! I worship you in adoration-What a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; you know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, and all the days of my life have been prepared by you Oh God before I’ve even lived one day!!!”
Each name has an origin…or someone who held the name before. William Kempis is the namesake of these two great men.
“Let everyone regulate his conduct…by the golden rule of doing to others as in similar circumstances we would have them do to us, and the path of duty will be clear before him.”
“Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.”
Thomas A’ Kempis