As I was processing these shots of Kaylee, sappy me got choked up a few times. My mind was going back to yester-year. I saw you in elementary school, remembered our talks when you were in junior high, just recently saw a video of you and Brooke singing together that year (that made me smile), high school years, standing with you at your wedding…
I remember the questions we had. Wondering how life was going to be. The blessings and the challenges. The tragic things and the triumphs. Your dedication to do the things you had to. Our pride in you at how incredibly you did it all (and still do).
As she stood in front of my camera, I saw your beauty standing behind hers. God knew what He was doing. I am so humbled by how incredibly He works out all things…
And Kaylee? We couldn’t have hoped for more! The beautiful outside is just a dim reflection of the treasure inside. I have loved getting to sing with her this year. Watching her grow into who she is, hearing her passion for what she loves, following her relentless pursuits of what she loves…what a gem she is.
I am so glad we included parts of her music memories in these portraits. When I was a kid, I dreamed of hitting the stage. How many Halloweens in a row did I dress as Amy Grant? (And I love her STILL for the record!) By late junior high I had the maturity to acknowledge one important fact. I lacked the true passion to EVER have the discipline to pursue music in a real and tangible way. (Heck, my piano teacher was certainly delighted when I quit after four years – what a train wreck that was). Kaylee is different. She eats, breathes, and sleeps music. Her heart and soul are tangled up in it. She puts the time, effort, and discipline into all that she does. (Congratulations Kaylee on your Show Choirs wins last week!) I think she will love the music program at GCU and I am excited to see where that takes her.
Love you and love your baby girl who grew up too darn fast.
XXXOOO to you both.