Follow Us @soratemplates

Jun 5, 2015

Our Baby Girl's All Grown Up

Well, I'm here! I know you thought I was long gone but I'm not. I'm still here, hanging on and riding along with life. We've had a crazy last couple months and they've been life changing. We made our way Stateside the last week of April and we've been running since we arrived. Our main reason for coming back to the States was to see our dear daughter Hannah graduate high school and begin her life here in Texas. 

We started getting ready for graduation by taking the long awaited senior photos. I had such a ball photographing Hannah. She made it so much fun and easy. It's easy to take beautiful photos when the subject is lovely inside and out. 

These are some of my favorite photos from the shoot. Oh yea the setting is in a very old botanical park about 10 minutes from our home in Croatia. 

I fell in love with the photo, she looks so angelic. 

This photo floored me! She looks so grown up and I don't think I was ready for that. She's my little girl and always will be. 

This photo was an accident. Her dad had decided to do push-ups right in the middle of the park and she was looking at him like he was crazy. I just happened to snap the photo at the right time. 

I'm responsible for the new part in her hair. She had it parted in the middle but she looked so grown up so I asked her to part it on the side and I love it. She looks so young. 

Loved the simplicity of this one. 

This is my all-time favorite photo of Hannah. It is her all rolled up in a photo. I can see her spirit and beauty in this. Love it!!

Hannah graduated with 3 other home school graduates at our home church in Texas. She beamed and looked like she belonged in that cap. I'm not sure when she grew up but she did. 

I loved that she chose to decorate her display table in the colors of Croatia. I love that she loves Croatia and counts it as her home. She has a real missionary heart.


Finally, she's working! She has her first job at Chick-fil-A and she loves it. She's working 40 hours a week and saving for school. She's doing amazing, I knew she would. So phase "Hannah" of our furlough trip is almost done and now we're taking care of business. 

We've  been traveling and visiting supporting churches for a month and right now we're sitting in bright, sunny Florida! We still have 2.5 months left but it's flying now. I have mixed feelings about leaving Hannah but I know God's in control. I'm thankful for our life. We've been so blessed and we're looking forward to the next
"empty nest" phase of our lives. 


  1. Congrats to Hannah! She is so pretty in all those pictures. You do a really good job with the camera.

  2. Congratulations to your daughter and yourselves for a job well done. As my kids get closer to graduation and beyond, I see how much an accomplishment it is for the whole family. Well done.

  3. So good to hear from you! What gorgeous photos, and such a lovely young lady. My favorite is the sixth one down. Congratulations to Hannah on her graduation! Hope the rest of your time on furlough will go well. I know it will be hard to leave Hannah here when you go back - trusting for God's grace when the time comes.

  4. You did an awesome job capturing the essence of your girl. She looked amazing in her pics!

    I hope your furlough goes well. I'm so glad to see you posting - I missed you!

  5. Hannah is a beautiful young woman and I know the Lord will use her wherever she is. How special that she was able to actually be a part of a graduation service at your home church in Texas! Her pictures were great, Mom. ;)

    Furlough...a busy time...praying for good times in your supporting churches.

    xo Dianna

  6. Coming to TN any??? :) Ha! Loved all those pics. To me, she looked older in the pics than she does in front of her grad board somehow! I can't imagine having to leave my child behind and head back to another part of the world. I know missionaries have to do it all the time. (((hugs))) Enjoy your Florida time!

  7. Anonymous11:09 PM

    May I pick your brain about homeschool high school. My email is prayersandpraise2002 at yahoo dot com

  8. Wow! Congratulations to Hannah and to her parents ;-)

  9. So glad to hear what has been going on. Hannah is so lovely. Congratulations to her and to her new life. I have two grand children who are working at Chick-fil-A. I pray that you enjoy your last 2 1/2 months here stateside before going home.

  10. Glad you are back at your blog...I have missed you. I know it will be hard to leave your baby behind but you have done a good job in preparing her for real life!!

  11. What a beautiful young lady! I know you must be very proud of her. I have only just let my first one go so I don't know how I will be when the last one goes! :( Praying for your trip! That all goes well. God bless!

  12. Great pics! It is hard when they leave the nest but at least your girl wasn't first out. God gave you time to prepare with the boys first.

  13. Congratulations! I will be continuing to pray for your mama heart. It's a transition of bittersweet moments.

  14. Amazing blog and very interesting stuff you got here! I definitely learned a lot from reading through some of your earlier posts as well and decided to drop a comment on this one!

  15. WOW! Haven't "seen' you in a long time, my fault, haven't been blogging. Your kids have changed so much! May God bless you as you start this new phase of life!
    Rhonda Arias (former missionary to Chile)


Hey thanks in advance for leaving a comment, sure do appreciate it!!