Al’s Bluebird: Legacy & Lifestyle Portrait Session: Holland MI Senior Portrait Photographer

{I am excited to now offer Legacy and Lifestyle Portrait sessions for the beautiful people in your life who you want to honor… Those who have lived and loved well and experienced more life than younger generations, like mine, can fully understand. Contact me to book a Legacy and Lifestyle Portrait session and receive a 11×14 gift print of your loved one.}

When they made eye contact for the first time, Allen was singing a folksy, bluegrass song as his fingers strummed his mandolin. They quickly fell in love and she became his beloved bluebird as a reference for: the music she inspired in him; their shared love for birds; and her love for the color blue.

They made 7 beautiful children together over their lifetime but had to say goodbye to their youngest daughter, Julie, when she was just 5 years old. They walked through the valleys of grief together and probably each, in their own way, retreated to something easier than the deep heartache they felt… but Julie became their angel and they chose to persevere with strength and courage. For them, giving up on faith or their family was not an option.

They lived a simple life without a lot of material wealth but what they lacked in worldly treasures they gained in eternal ones. One of these eternal treasures was the kind of home that is bursting at the seams with laughter, conversations at the kitchen table, footsteps running back and forth across the floorboards, and enough grace for each day. Every Friday morning (after the third shift at work), Allen would come home with coca-colas and doughnuts from the corner store for his Bluebird Sabrina and their children .

Isn’t she GORGEOUS?!?!

They sang a beautiful duo throughout their marriage. She used to sit on the piano bench while he propped his leg on the bench in order to rest his mandolin on his knee. Over time, their voices would crack after a few too many hours of singing and that would be the only reason they would stop. Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren later, they had to say goodbye as Allen unexpectedly passed away in his sleep after years of battling back pain and sleeping problems. She still peers out the window and watches a few hummingbird or bluebirds pause on their bird feeders.

My Grandmother is one of the strongest people I know. She prayed and continues to pray constantly for her children and grandchildren – weaving her worries into prayers and trusting God to do the rest. She is also one of the funniest women I know – we can laugh together until we cry… and that is such a gift! I may or may not have witnessed her eating a doughnut in her sleep.

I’ll never forget conversations surrounding her addiction to smoking. She had started smoking long before there was any warning that it could be harmful. She was 11 years old. More than 50 years later, she didn’t think she could/would ever quit smoking even though she wanted to live a healthier life for her children and grandchildren. Eventually, she made a commitment to stop and seriously, she is my hero for being able to overcome her addiction. She hasn’t stopped talking since! 🙂

As were standing by the ironing board and reflecting on all the ironing she had done in her lifetime, she remembered and shared how she was ironing clothes when JFK was assassinated.

Sabrina has a beautiful, generous heart. Although her educational status doesn’t reflect this, she is one of the smartest, wisest people I have ever met.  Last Sunday was her birthday, so I wanted to take a few moments to celebrate the woman who has given me a beautiful legacy.

 

 

{I am excited to now offer Legacy and Lifestyle Portrait sessions for the beautiful people in your life who you want to honor… Those who have lived and loved well and experienced more life than younger generations, like mine, can fully understand. Contact me to book a Legacy and Lifestyle Portrait session and receive a 11×14 gift print of your loved one.}


3 comments
  • Jada - Christen, just beautiful and heartwarming. You made me cry and you depicted a glimpse of my mother (your grandmother) so well. Pictures are wonderful, too. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • shannon leith - christen, this is an amazing idea. and i love that you’re naming it a legacy session—- that’s so smart, and gives such depth and meaning. the world needs this!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Blake-Evans - Christen-
    This is beautiful! Your grandmother is a wonderful woman and such a blessing to everyone in her life. I am so proud to call her my great aunt! I wish that everyone could experience what we have with those three Adams sisters.

    You have a beautiful family and a fantastic idea! I hope that it takes off!ReplyCancel

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