The Smiths!

There are some people in life who affect you in ways that they will just never know.
Chase Smith is one of those people :)

I've never actually met Chase, but someday I will. I do know his dad, Jon, and mom, Jenni.
I also know his big brother, Carson, and perfect little sister, Jade.

Chase was born on November 6, 2006 and, as his father writes "then 'he was not, for God took him' (Genesis 5.24). He died in [my] arms.
Chase fought heroically for that four-hour period of time, but that battle was not for him to win or lose, for Christ alone holds the keys of life and death."

{photo from The Smiths Blog}
The day after he died, they wrote on their blog: "We count the four hours that God gave us with him as some of the most precious 4 hours that we have had while here on this earth. God was good in giving us every moment we had with Chase and He was and is good in taking him."

{photo from The Smiths Blog}
Thanks to Chase and his parents, I have fallen more in love with my God. While he was in the womb, doctors discovered he had a fatal brain condition that stunned his parents. For such a young couple, they have handled such severe suffering. But they are some of the happiest, kindest, most joyful people I have met. I realllly reallllly want to be like them!

It was honestly a PURE joy to watch Jon and Jenni with their two-month-old baby girl. They love her so much. I can hardly stand it :D

Isn't she wonderful? I could have held her all day....

:D Hi squishy!

I love that God is the healer of the broken-hearted and has poured out His kindness on Jon and Jenni! I love these smiles :D

Even though it was nippy outside, we had to get some shots. Nothing beats sunshine :D

Guh, I love it! So sweeet!

Mommy and her little ones :D

I loved the feel of these next two... I don't know why. I think they're just cuteness :D

OOooo watch out, world. It's a stud muffin!

Jon and his little lady -- he is one of the proudest fathers this world has ever seen

Oh cute!

This one was a special request by Jenni, and I love how it came out!

To the whole Smith Family -- thank you for how you have impacted me and thank you for letting me take pictures of your GORGEOUS family!


  1. Anonymous26.3.09

    beautiful. beautiful words and pictures. you did an amazing job!

  2. thanks for honoring Jon and Jenni this way, they SOOOO deserve it! I love the pics you got of just Jenni and the kids, they are so sweet!

  3. Deleting comments you disagree with now, are we?

    What a Christian you are!

  4. I'm so sorry, Jean! If you want to leave your email address I'd love to explain :D I just realized my wording wasn't very good there and didn't want it to come across that way! Sorry for the mix-up :-/

  5. yeah, i am loving the two of Jenni and the kids with a blurred background...too cute!! it gives the impression of a fairy tale :)

  6. What yummy light in those outdoor shots!!!

  7. great photos! definitely captures the Smith fam

  8. These are absolutely fantastic photos! They actually brought tears to my eyes...

    Kristiina (Jenni's sister)

  9. love love love them. :)

  10. Kris these are amazing!! Great Job!!

  11. I have been "stalking" your blog for quite some time now and these have got to be some of my favorites shots yet. Good job!

  12. Oh Kristen,
    I totally cried reading this blog!!! how incredible to have such a story of faith. *sigh* wow
    thanks, girl :)

  13. w.o.w. this is so beautiful!! LOVE the pictures! Great job!

  14. Oh are too amazing. I teared up something fierce reading this. Loss is such a hard thing...but thank God we can find joy in it by drawing closer to him.
    These images are touchingly beautiful. I bet they just love them!

  15. such a touching post. they are such an amazing family. i respect them so much.

    amazing pictures!

  16. J'aime K13.4.09

    super fabulous pics of the smiths. they were my old neighbors and we care for them dearly. what a great story of pics you have here. your photography is amazing and wonderful!


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