i've photographed these children since they were in their mama's belly. and when they were merely days old in various houses that they have moved into over the years and throughout various seasons of life. i have grown to love the heart of this mama so dearly, she has a deep joy that radiates out from within her and so evidently has spilled into the hearts of her children. as i walked into their home for this session a few weeks back in california, a piece of art in the kids' room caught my eye. it was vintage from the saturday evening post; it read:
happy are those who know what sorrow means for they will be given courage and comfort.
happy are those who hunger and thirst for what is right for they will be satisfied.
happy are those who feel their spiritual need for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
happy for those who show mercy for mercy will be shown to them.
happy are the single hearted for they will see God.
happy are the gentle for the whole world will belong to them.
happy are those who make peace for they will be known as sons of God.
and my time with these four, well their happiness was contagious. there was a halo that formed around the sun as they danced in front of it. sorrows were set free. mercy and gentleness wrapped around them in the warm breeze. peace was known. and my heart leapt with joy at the sight of it.