I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


my girl + her boy

Oh boy!  I’m not sure where to start with this one …

I’ve never really talked about Taylor’s boyfriend on the blog before … but I think it’s time.  I took these photos of them last week and sure, I’d like to show the beauty of them to you … but what I’d like to share, is the beauty inside these two kids.

We met KP and his family over a year and a half ago in Exuma.  While on our sabbatical for the month, I was determined to make sure we got to church on a regular basis.  Turns out the church we found and attended was founded by KP’s family.

They were regular folk {yes, folk} living in the northeast when they felt God place a calling on their lives.  So they obeyed and started a ministry planting churches in the islands and as divine planning would have it, the first church they started was in Exuma!

This family has been the most incredible blessing to me.  I love, love, love how God, in all His infinite wisdom, works!

I’m thinking I don’t have to explain how Tay and KP were attracted to each other … :)  But what I love, love is the beauty these two possess inside.  They both realize that God has a plan for their lives and they strive to follow that plan everyday.

You know how in relationships you should seek to be with people that make you better?  I see that in these two.  But even a step further than that, I’m so thankful they both have a relationship with God and help each other be better in Him.

I’d like to share something …

I wasn’t ready for this relationship.  I wasn’t intentional in talking to Taylor about my expectations of when she’d be allowed to have a boyfriend.  In all honesty … it happened much sooner than I was prepared for.  And sure, technically I’m the parent and could’ve put a stop to it … but there was something too special about this boy … and his family … that I fell in love with.

I wrote this post about them over a year ago and their character and values couldn’t be more true today.  In fact, I feel like they’ve only deepened that commitment.

I believe that God has ordained this relationship … and although I don’t know what the future holds for them, I’m so thankful they have the high standard of each other to live up to.

Anyway … this week, I’m reposting and sharing some of my thoughts on parenting and I wanted to include these thoughts as well.

In the end, it turns out I’m thankful for this sudden, unprepared and unexpected relationship.

KP has been a rock for Taylor during these last few months.  His family has been interceding in prayer on our behalf.  Taylor’s sisters can see, and maybe measure what a relationship with a godly boyfriend looks like.

That said … the other thing I’m thankful for and have now learned … is that I need to be intentional with the little girls in what our expectations are for them in future relationships.  I’ve realized that I need to have small, but intentional conversations with them starting now.  I also need to be better about praying over their future spouses.

I trust God has a plan for each of my girls lives … and it’s my job as their parent to pray over that plan, to disciple them in that plan, and to continue to hold fast to that plan.

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13 Responses to “my girl + her boy”

  1. Holly says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! And pretty cute too! :)
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  2. Lisa Mahnke says:

    They are both beautiful, inside and out!

  3. Tiffany says:

    LOVE!!!!! They are so cute together…

  4. Jen says:

    wow, they are a gorgeous couple.. I can only tell through the photographs how their energy and aura fits together..so, so , sooo well. Your daughter is lucky to have you a loving and understanding mother, (and fabulous photographer!!!)

  5. Dawn says:

    i have found, several times, that something just happens with laura that i was not expecting… and then the rules & procedures come after :) yes, the younger ones get better care! haha!! i am thankful that tay has had this friend, this love… this example in her life. and i’m so thankful that he’s stuck around. God knows what He is doing :)

    and not just kp :) i’m so thankful for his fmaily and they way they have embraced YOU! love you, dear!!!
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  6. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous couple and gorgeous pictures! :)
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  7. Nilsa says:

    Awe, I remember her as a six year old helping me at BWP…I saw these pics on Facebook and couldn’t believe that she is already a young lady! Congrats on raising such a great girl, you have to be so proud!

  8. Cathy says:

    such lovely portraits! their joy for one another and Him shines through in every one!

  9. Liz says:

    It should be like that, gorgeous beautiful happy beginnings…what a gift to have this boy and his family in your daughter’s life! I worry about the boy friend thing even though my girl is only 7 – it’s nice to see it working in a good, positive way.

  10. Shanna Watson says:

    They’re both gorgeous…so glad to see they both love the LORD. Great pics!

  11. Stephanie says:

    I love that! So precious! I love to see kids who walk in a Spirit of Purity! It’s precious! They both are beautiful and have great hair!

  12. LOOK at them… WOW WOW WOW! I love the pictures and I love that I know part of their special story. They both just seem like such SWEET and INCREDIBLE kids… so that must by why they make such a WILDLY BEAUTIFUL couple–inside and out PURE BEAUTY!!!!!
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  13. terrie says:

    once again you have captured their feelings…. couldn’t be happier for taytay! love that girl!!

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