Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, David

Last week was my older brother David’s 25th birthday. So hard to wrap my brain around the fact that the four “older kids” in our family (as opposed to the three “little girls”) are all in their twenties. Where the heck has time gone…

This Throwback Thursday is in honor of David. He didn’t get to spend this past birthday as us Deans prefer with “sugar” cereal, a King For The Day crown, Happy Birthday signs around the house, and spoiling love and care from family members. Instead, he put his boots on and went about an army officer’s normal day in Afghanistan. He’s been there about eight months now, and MAN has it provoked growth in my prayer life! Any anxieties and fears have to be taken to the Lord daily because I am in no way in control of Dave’s safety over there. (Praise the Lord he only has a few weeks left and he’ll be out of Afghanistan and back to his post in Italy!)

To celebrate his belated birthday, the photos in this post show snippets of the past 25 years of David’s life. (That’s quite a few years so these photos compose just a short summary. ;)) Dave, I love you so much and am eagerly waiting for May when you come to the States and I get see your face in person! Thanks for making me proud and encouraging me through your faith, servant’s heart, humor, strength, perseverance, affection… and lushus eyelashes. 🙂 Love you!

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Yes, we WERE a darling, homeschooled, true-90s bunch…

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Skip a few years …… crazy as ever.

100_2096100_2171Plebe year at West Point….. true to his Black Knights.

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Best big brother…

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Granny and Papa Beaumont’s 50th wedding anniversary, 2008! David surprised them. 🙂

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Sandhurst military competition at West Point, 2010…..

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West Point graduation, 2010!

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Pillow fight with little Abby and handlebar mustache ……

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The parents and little girls visiting him in Italy before his deployment….

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Aaaand Afghanistan……….

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Love you, Dave.

Throwback Thursday: Billy & Renee

Sorry I’ve been such a slacker in blogging this week! It’s been a long, full week and I’m so excited for the weekend. More free time to figure out my new iPhone, actually do my homework readings, cover some photography events for CNU, and watch the Superbowl with friends?? Yes please.

This week’s Throwback Thursday is from another wedding that I shot last fall but was unable to post due to blog complications. The darling couple is Billy and Renee Herbert. Billy was my brother David’s closest friend at West Point (USMA) and our family pretty much adopted him as a son and brother. Renee and Billy met through David when Dave and a group of his friends (church friends from home + Army buds on leave) went to NYC to watch 2011 become 2012. Renee was one of the said church friends, and let’s just say… Billy was one determined guy. Despite Christmas leave ending and his going back to Germany where he was posted, Billy chased after this little lady. Hours of phone calls, the finishing of his post in Germany, a move to Virginia, and not-so-many months later, our little Billy put a ring on it.

When Renee asked me to shoot their September wedding, I was thrilllllllllled. I hadn’t known Renee all that well before Billy started going after her, but the more we talked and the more I saw them together (Billy got posted to Arlington, Va, with the Old Guard when he finished up with Germany in the spring of 2012), the more I grew excited about his perfect choice of a wife.

I love you two very very VERY much, and I hope I’m around when little Herbert babies start popping out so I can take photos of them too. 😉 Enjoy some shots from your special day!

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Back to Renee….HerbertWedding_43 HerbertWedding_49 HerbertWedding_53Ceremony time! Here she comes…

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Billy’s Mom, Eda, and his nephew, Daniel…. precious!
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Love you guys! xoxo

Throwback Thursdays: The ’90s

Phewww… Made it to Thursday. It’s been a long week, and I’m excited to share this installment of Throwback Thursdays! Today’s edition brings you a small collection of photos that give you a glimpse into the ’90s, Dean-style. I’m one of those people who still has 1996 or 1997 come to mind when people say, “Remember ten years ago when…..” Haha, I still have trouble believing that ten years ago is 2003!

The ’90s were a fun time for the Deans. Four of the us seven kids were born during that decade! I have so many wonderful memories from those years, and looking through photos like these make me tear up, thinking how crazy different life is now. (It’s great, just different.)

Before getting into photos, here were some of our favorite pastimes during those years…… Remember any of these?

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Playing in the snow was difficult in those days when your legs struggled in anything higher than four inches… (and yes, those are plastic deer in the background… we loved them).

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Clark became a big brother in 1996 when Tori was born!

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Twins in sucking our fingers…..

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I loved these summer days. Despite only being five or six, I remember those summer nights in our old house, playing outside until sunset….. never lacking playmates!

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Beach vacations at the Outer Banks… Not a care in the world.

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Ah yes, attempts at the family photo……. Always a challenge.

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Yet some things never change……

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Most recent photo of ALL nine of us, from a few summers ago. So blessed.

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What are some of your favorite memories from growing up? (No matter what decade it was!) Leave comments! I’d love to hear. 🙂 Happy Thursday!