It was orchestrated by the Divine.
The chance to leave my family for 4 days, get on a plane (with one small backpack), and experience/document the Sacred moments of a new family. I am incredibly grateful that God gave me the chance to be with my friends. I am grateful that my husband and family took over my normal responsibilities.
Josh and Presley thanked me plenty. But honestly, the trip was more of a treat to me. They trusted me with their son and with their space. Also, as a classic Enneagram #2, feeling needed and appreciated and loved was a boost to self.
I didn't sleep much, but this trip was restful. I didn't sightsee, but the things I saw were beyond beautiful.
I hope you enjoy being able to take parts in these Sacred Spaces.
Introducing, Wendell Wesson McNiel
One of the best parts about being in the McNiel home for multiple days was the opportunity to photograph the candid moments. I loved being able to document these small, insignificant, yet wildly significant moments. Josh and Presley may not recall them, but they are totally worth taking a second to dwell over.
like this phenomenal warrior mom of chickens and babes.
and Wendell soaking in some Vitamin D by the window
Presley's mom, Lisa, coming over to help meal prep for the week
One of a million refills on Presley's water. One of the best ways a husband can serve his breastfeeding wife.
A moment to encourage. A moment to love. A moment to just be.
Full time student, full time Dad.
The nights are long. The nights are hard. But this baby is truly loved
Now I am going to show you all the pictures of Wendell and I. The little boy won't remember me, and likely won't know me, but for 3 and a half days, we were best buds.