Friday, July 4, 2014

The Vonderheide Family

So, we first met about eight years ago on a shopping trip….her daughter was just a baby, and we were shopping with a mutual friend.  We made polite conversation, found out that we had both gone to the same university, shared a common religion, and a few other tidbits…as much as you can get to know someone in a 5-hour shopping trip where you split up and shop in separate places and join up for a quick lunch.I had just moved to my husband’s hometown area…a small farm town where I was just sure that I wouldn’t make friends with anyone.  Friendships and clicks had been formed on the first day of kindergarten, and I assumed I’d always be “Nick’s wife”…not Kelly.  But, I was from a small farm town myself...I knew how it was, and I just pulled myself up and knew that was just how it was going to be.However, several weeks later, I was at a wedding.  Nick had gone off to chat with friends, and I was left with a drink and some wedding mints at a table.  I looked over, and a couple of tables over, there was Allison…the girl from the shopping trip…sitting with her best friend from, well, probably from kindergarten, you know!  I took a drink and headed over to that table…prepared to smile nicely and just nod at whatever was being discussed.Four hours later, I had had a wonderful time, had made new friends, and I think even plans to get together again at a crazy group called “Bunko”…which is a dice game that in two years of going to Bunko we never played once!And I haven’t looked back once since.  This little town that I thought would always be ‘just where I lived’ is now home.  With friends like Allison who have prepared my children’s baptism dinners, sent me flowers when my mother passed away, and who I know would be there for me in a heartbeat should I need it.  We head out again soon for another shopping trip…and I’m sure more memories to make!!Here are a few of my favorites from Allison’s family session a few weeks ago!Blessings to you!Effingham IL family photograper 372 Effingham IL family photograper 368

Allison’s daughter was an infant in a high chair on our very first shopping trip!  Now she’s a crazy, horse-loving tween!  Where does the time go??

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At their last family pictures we did a series where Noah was doing the ‘airplane’ up in the air with his dad.  That’s all he could wait for on this picture day!  “Is it time yet???”…he kept asking!!!

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 And the little man got his wish! 


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