Elmore {LIFESTYLE}

one of the things I love most about what I do is being invited into someone’s home, their very personal space, and seeing how they interact with one another and love as a family.

this family is so very special to me. not only are they my doctors of chiropractic, (check out Turning Point Chiropractic In Perrysburg) they are truly an amazing little family and I am so blessed to have them in OUR lives!

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his very first car…

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after playing outside it was bath time!

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nightly rituals are the best!

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who can resist a bare hiney running down the hall?

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As you can probably see, Drs Rachel & Jeff are expecting their second little bundle and I am so honored they chose me to capture this baby’s birth as well! Dr. Rachel did amazing bringing Isaac into this world 2 years ago, and I was blessed to witness that miracle then! watch for that birth coming next month!

Love, Julie

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The Palmer’s found a rainbow!

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If you are a new follower and don’t know who the Palmer’s are, let me take a minute to introduce them.

I first came to know Scott and Katie when they came to meet me about photographing their wedding. Little did we know what God had planned for this friendship… but He is all knowing and had a plan for sure!

I knew pretty much within minutes of them arriving at my home office that this meeting was going to be different. We hit it off immediately. It wasn’t until years later that Scott and my husband Brian became best buds that refer to each other as “Punkin’ and “Buttercup”. (I know Good lawd what have we created!)

Brian was used to me making friends and bringing clients home from even my early days as a portrait photographer in Virginia. But THIS… this was God driven. We now call our combined families “Palmerkowskis”!

I photographed Scott and Katie’s engagement session, then wedding. Then a few month later Katie found out she was expecting. Yay!! Maternity and birth photos followed. Bryson was born two days after their first anniversary.

Then, one crazy, horrible day in January, almost five months after Bryson was born, Scott called to tell me Bryson was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma cancer. Around that same time Katie realized she was expecting another baby. Braydon was born in Cleveland a few weeks early that August while Bryson was undergoing treatments there. That year Bryson fought like a soldier and beat cancer! Although the fight wasn’t quite over… about a year, year and a half later they found out the chemo had ruined his lungs and he was once again, fighting for his life.

My husband and I were able to grow even closer to this family as I continued to photograph them as often as I could, and we were even blessed to be able to help them out by keeping Braydon with us sometimes as they traveled back and forth to St Louis (Katie had to stay there 6 months with Bryson!) Braydon was like one of our own.

At the age of 4, right at Scott and Katie’s four year anniversary, and right before Bryson’s golden birthday, he received a pair of new lungs… a DOUBLE lung transplant saved his life JUST in time.

God is so good.

( I promise to show more images, but this story is worth the read!)

Fast forward a couple years and they were ready to grow their family even more, now that Bryson is thriving and things have ‘normalized” as much as they can (Bryson is still under close watch and continued prayers are appreciated for no rejection of the new lungs).

Katie became pregnant again and was due last June with a sweet baby girl!!! The nursery was painted pink and grey, girlie things started to fill their home, and I had gotten to photograph their maternity session.

A week later, at 35 weeks, Katie went in to the doctor and all was fine. The next day, she hadn’t felt the baby move. Another trip in to the doctor confirmed there was no heartbeat.

Sweet angel girl Lola was born asleep on May 8, 2015. Two days before Mother’s Day.

Six months later Katie and Scott anxiously started to try again to give a sibling to Bryson and Braydon. Once again, the devil stole their joy with a miscarriage.

Prayers galore for this sweet family. As I type, I fight back tears because I love them so much!

Alas, Katie shared with me that she is expecting again!!! Keeping it a secret from most until she felt secure, we were able to photograph this joyous time and finally announce, rainbow baby Palmer due this December!!

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Won’t you join me in congratulating them??! Can you relate? Miscarriage isn’t widely talked about, but we know it happens way more than is made known. I love each an devery mama out there!

Katie loves reading the comments and seeing the love pour in for their family! And if you are the praying type, we would love your prayers for them and baby as well!

 

 

Love, Julie

6 Comments

  1. Linda

    Prayers for this beautiful family. God bless you

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  2. Jamie

    Praising God with you all!!! I cried reading this! I am praying for a healthy pregnancy & rainbow baby!!

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  3. Karen

    Love this story. I too have a rainbow baby. We tried for many years to get pregnant. Lost our first baby when I was 12 weeks. They found no heartbeat. Got pregnant again about one year later….a little girl. My water broke at 24 weeks. I was hospitalized until I had her at 28 weeks. She came out fighting. She past in my arms 15 hours later. I now have two angels watching over their rainbow brother who is 1. It was the hardest thing I ever went through in my life. I wish you all the best with your beautiful family and rainbow baby. Many prayers for you all.

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  4. Julie Paszczykowski Post author

    Thank you all for reading and sharing your thoughts for this family! xo

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  5. Kendra

    So glad you shined a spotlight on their story Julie!! Prayers that their rainbow baby will thrive as God knits that precious little being together!!

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  6. Brianne

    (wiping away my tears) This is such an awesome post, thank you so much for sharing! Praying for this beautiful family and praying that we can all be inspired by your continuous display of God’s love.

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Tiffany & Brian {married}

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“My favorite thing about him is that he is so easy going, there are not too many things that bother him. It is funny how we made such an impact in each others’ lives, we have taken pages from each others’ books.  We really are Ying and Yang! I am not a big fan of that saying, but I don’t know what other phrase to describe our relationship! ” (Tiffany, talking about her new husband Brian).

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“my most favorite part of the wedding was walking down the aisle to Brian. It was also the most emotional part. Knowing that we were going before God, our closest friends and family and in our parish to unite in marriage was one of the most amazing feelings I have ever had!

I knew there would be tears of joy and laughter, but I didn’t know they would happen in the opening to our ceremony, when Father Mark said,”welcome to the cry fest!’

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” as crazy as it sounds, I am glad it rained ! (on our wedding day). The extra time with our amazing wedding party in the limo was perfect! We have such amazing friends and I am so glad we had a little bit of time to spend with just them! (Even if the rain wasn’t so great for the hair! ”

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I love hearing a recap from the bride about her wedding day! It puts it all into perspective!

Tiffany and Brian, wishing a a life of love and laughter .. and Fireball!

xo

Bliss Salon & Beauty Bar, Christol Kratzer HMUA

St. Aloysius Church, Bowling Green

Brides dress, Belle Amour , Toledo, Oh

Attendants Dresses, 2B Bridal

Tuxes, Ticknor

DJ Entertainment, Damon

Reception, The Clazel, Bowling Green

Videographer, Inspired Image

 

 

Love, Julie

17 Comments

  1. Chelsea

    Such a beautiful couple

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  2. Darlene

    Love them favorite is the one with the blue heart showing in Tiffany’s dress!

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  3. Justin vinson

    Great pictures!

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  4. Katie

    LOVE YOU!!! These are gorgeous!

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  5. Kori

    Beautiful pictures! Loved being a part of such a special day! :)

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  6. Diane

    What a beautiful couple and beautiful wedding. I was blessed to get to be a part of it all.

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  7. Andrea

    These pictures are beautiful!

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  8. Julie Dewey

    These pictures are just stunning!!

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  9. Tiffany

    Love the picture of us walking out of the church with me holding the dress up, you can see the small blue heart that was cut out of the dress my grandmother that is now in heaven wore to my parents wedding!

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  10. Cheryl

    ❤️ The pictures – really captured the moments

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  11. Heather Sliwinski

    Such a beautiful wedding, so glad I was able to share this experience with the both of you

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  12. Shawn

    Beautiful pictures capturing love, family, friends and a great wedding. Photos can say a thousand unspoken words and these say LOVE.

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  13. Amy

    Awesome shots of an awesome day! Congratulations

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  14. Danielle

    Beautiful Pictures, so happy to be a part of your special day! :)

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  15. Tara Truckor

    Such a fun day. Congrats.

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  16. Shannon

    It was awesome being a part of this beautiful wedding! <3

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  17. Michelle

    Wonderful photos of a special day.

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Erynn {Senior~ CLAY HS}

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Today is this girl’s last day of High School. I know exactly what her mom is feeling. Mixed feelings of joy and sadness as one chapter closes and another begins.

Oh, the places she’ll go… when we let go and let them!

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Congrats Erynn. God speed.

Love, Julie

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  1. Laura Suchman

    Beautiful subject of course! my lovely great niece Erynn! Julie you always take such terrific photos!

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Beth and Alex’s home birth story

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*MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN OR THE WEAK AT HEART*

a few weeks ago I got to experience an awesome birth story. It was actually a HVBAC- Home Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, which is not very common, at least in my world!

Beth had an amazing birth team of her Doula, midwife apprentice and business partner at Integrated Massage, Jennifer; her midwife Barbara, and another apprentice midwife.

Watching these women work together, along with Beth’s husband, to bring sweet baby into the world at home was just breathtaking. Here is a look from my view of the whole experience

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When I arrived at 4:40 am Beth’s water had broken a few hours prior. We learned she was about 4 cm dilated. I captured a few images of that early labor, then headed home to nap for a bit as she continued to rest in between contractions.

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When I came back that afternoon, she had walked, showered and changed. Still working on bringing her baby into the world as naturally as possible.

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these moments of intense connection..

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40.6 weeks. This is what full term pregnancy looks like. What a BEAUTIFUL thing!

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The couple opted for full surprise of the baby’s gender, which I’m sure helped get her through moments of intensity in labor.

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So, a little story about the bracelets Alex and Beth are wearing: During her pregnancy her friend Jen (also her midwife and doula as mentioned above) threw Beth a Blessing Way. It’s a Native American tradition that honors the divine feminine as a nurturer. The bracelets were part of what’s called “the web of life”. It started as a ball of yarn, the first piece wrapped around Beth’s wrist and as she wrapped it around she said “My name is Beth, daughter of Maureen, granddaughter of Rose and Dorothy”, and then it was passed to another person in the circle, and they wrapped it around their wrist stating the same of their family heritage, and so on, until everyone was connected. Once connected the strings were cut and symbolized life to come. Once the baby was born, they were able to be cut off.

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as moments of baby’s arrival got closer the water was heated and preparation to bring baby earthside was getting more intense.

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Every possible position was used to help baby come down into teh birth canal. They knew she would be quite a bit bigger than her 19 month old sister as sister was born via emergency C at just 34 weeks. This whole labor and pain thing was new to Beth and she handled it like a champ.

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Midwife Barbara decided to get the birthing chair out and THAT was just the angle Beth needed to bring her baby into the world!

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I have photographed dozens of births over the last 12 years and though this was my first home birth, EVERY birth is a miracle! I am always in so much awe watching LIFE. and … IT”S A GIRL!!!!!

Penny Rose was born at 4:24 am

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that moment when you hold your baby for the first time. When you realize every ounce of everything you just went for was for THIS. THIS moment.

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I mean, come on!! Most adorable “scale” ever!

and.. at 11.5 pounds…

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So, I was able to go back a couple days later for some more images. I mean, a 27 hour labor left everyone pretty tired so, a couple days to rest was in order!

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I just love FRESH BABY sessions, at the hospital or at home within 48 hours or so of birth. They change so much in the first wee or two, these first hours are most precious to preserve.

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sweet baby toes.. OH MY… I just can’t!!

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Alex and Beth, thank you both so much for allowing me to be there to witness your miracle, and to share it here.

xoxo

Love, Julie

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