Papa's Love

 This family changed my life.  I met them for the first time about a year and a half ago.  They were here investing in my church family, Awakening Canada.  Renee and I immediately connected over our love for photography.  But the truth is, I had no idea how much of an impact their beautiful lives would have on mine at that point.  This is a family that not only talks about Papa's deep love, they embody it in how they live.  I will never be the same because of them. 

This family changed my life.  I met them for the first time about a year and a half ago.  They were here investing in my church family, Awakening Canada.  Renee and I immediately connected over our love for photography.  But the truth is, I had no idea how much of an impact their beautiful lives would have on mine at that point.  This is a family that not only talks about Papa's deep love, they embody it in how they live.  I will never be the same because of them. 

The girls played and adventured through their park-like yard, full of freedom and curiosity.  They twirled their dresses, climbed trees and swung without a care in the world. 

Matt talks a lot about his Papa's love - a God who not only made us, but takes delight in knowing every detail of who we are, and longs to share His heart with us.  It's obvious that he walks in this same love with his girls, and every time I go through their photographs, I'm reminded once again, of Papa's deep love for me.  These beautiful girls will grow up safe and confident in both their daddy's love and their Papa's love for them.  What a beautiful inheritance. 

The love these girls received from their mama was equally as beautiful.  I watched her eyes follow them with delight, and gently she beckoned them with her kind words.  She often referred to them as "my darling", and as I watched her love and champion her girls, I let my heart receive from her beautiful wisdom and grace as a mother.  Even in the midst of a life that is "full-on" and brimming with chaos, she remains graceful and faithful.  I can hear Papa saying, "well done, you have planted your roots deep, and your children will flourish in the soil of My love." 

We concluded our time indoors, with snuggle attacks and dancing.  Everything about these people reminds me that the Kingdom of God is found in family, and that Papa's love runs deeper then any ocean and is given without performance.  I've carried New Zealand in my heart for over 11 years now, but now I can finally say, that I've found my people, my Kiwi family, the ones who have now made this land that I love feel like a second home.  Thank you Matt + Renee for welcoming me into your lives, your home.  I have deep love for you and your beautiful girls.