Someone shared this quote today and it is beautiful and so true for us, with our kids as we started and walked through fostering, and with our kids that joined our family forever through adoption. They are kids and they understand the profound worth of love even in the face of risking broken hearts. I’m so very thankful for them and they way they have stepped up to grow in love. It’s loving with eyes wide open.
* "I think the unsung heroes of foster care are the foster siblings: the biological or adopted children of foster parents who welcome strangers in their homes and love them in the unconditional way that healthy children do. They are behavior models for kids who don't know how to exist in a secure and safe environment. They hold babies while playing video games. More than their peers, they know the broken parts of this world and they know that their families are doing something to help. They live and breathe empathy. They say a tearful goodbye to one child and then ask when the next one is coming, their hearts ready long before ours. They weather the sacrifice of their parents' time and emotional energy and they seldom complain. They didn't ask for this life, but through them we see its fruits. Knowing that the adults they become will be better for the love they poured into the empty buckets of children who needed them." -Kyle Marie
Shades of Hydrangeas complimenting @jane_cumming ‘s Bambi green eyes with vibrant splashes of purple during a studio based portraiture session.
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Jed is turning One on February 1st and I’m not sure if he’s happy about it or not. 95% of his session he had his back to me or he stared at me like this. He’s still so cute though. Look at those eyes. 😍
Yesterday I was down for the count from the flu 🤒 it hit me like a ton of bricks but I’m feeling much better. I don’t think there’s been a day this month that I haven’t been fighting some kind of sickness so I’m looking forward to spring & warmer days (with less sickness)
To the past decade. Thank you for being the most intense, emotional, and fulfilling 10 years. It’s been a wild ride. I’ve created enough memories to last me a life time. I’ve laughed more and cried more. I built my village. And I’m so grateful for those who hold us up. We’ve sad goodbye to far too many far too soon and my heart is still learning how to adjust. We’ve celebrated so much. We created a tiny human who is my light every day. We went through trauma and we recovered. We travelled. We went on adventures. These past 10 years have been the best. We have created a beautiful life full of the amazing and the tough stuff. And every day i am so thankful to have each day.
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“We met 25 years ago, on the sets of Hulchul–I was ready for the shot & asked, ‘Where’s my hero?’ Someone pointed him out–he was broodily sitting in a corner. So 10 minutes before I met him, I bitched about him! We began talking on set & became friends.
I was dating someone at the time & so was he–I’ve even complained about my then boyfriend to him! Soon, we both broke up with our significant others. Neither of us proposed–it was understood that we were to be together. It went from hand-holding to a lot more before we knew it!
We used to go for dinners & so many drives–he lived in Juhu & I, in South Bombay, so half our relationship was in the car! My friends warned me about him–he had quite a reputation. But he was different with me–that’s all I knew.
We’d been dating for 4 years, when we decided to get married. His parents were on board, but my dad didn’t talk to me for 4 days. He wanted me to focus on my career, but I was firm & he eventually came around. Again, there was no proposal–we just knew we wanted to spend our lives together.
We got married at home & gave the media the wrong venue–we wanted it to be our day. We had a Punjabi ceremony & a Marathi one! I remember, during the pheras Ajay was desperately trying to get the pandit to hurry up & even tried to bribe him!
I wanted a long honeymoon–so we travelled to Sydney, Hawaii, Los Angeles… But 5 weeks into it, he fell sick & said, ‘Baby, book me on the next flight home!’ We were supposed to do Egypt, but we cut it short.
Over time, we began planning to have kids. I was pregnant during K3G, but had a miscarriage. I was in the hospital that day–the film had done so well, but it wasn’t a happy time. I had another miscarriage after that–it was tough. But eventually it worked out–we had Nysa & Yug & our family’s complete.
We’ve been through so much–we’ve formed our own company, Ajay’s on his 100th film & every day we’re building something new. Life with him is content–we’re not too romantic or anything–we care for each other. If I’m thinking idiotic things, it’ll come out of my mouth without a filter & vice versa. Like right now I’m thinking that he owes me a trip to Egypt!”
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It’s been quite a year ✨ I’ve shot over over 200 families in 2019!! I don’t say that to brag but honestly out of amazement for a career that I never dreamed of having. I’m just really thankful for all of my clients that trust my vision and still book me after the crazy things I say to make you laugh 🤪 I’m predicting 2020 is going to be one for the books! 🤩
“When I was a kid, I loved art so much that I got into the habit of carrying a sketchbook around with me. After graduation I became an animator and worked on some amazing projects. Soon, I met Rucha on a matrimonial site – she loved to paint, and even before we met I knew I’d found my life partner.
After we got married we began spending all our free time just drawing and painting and when Rucha’s brother started his own company we gifted him a personalized poster. Everyone loved it so much that we started an art page on social media called ‘Ru & Chai’ and began selling our own merchandise.
By then I’d been an animator for 8 years and I wasn’t feeling satisfied anymore, I was more passionate about what Rucha & I were doing – I wanted to turn it into a business but I was shit scared. That’s when Rucha assured me that if it didn’t work out we’d still manage with her job earnings.
So I quit my job and began concentrating on our little venture. We launched our website and began taking painting workshops. We even have a lot of clients asking us to paint their first date or travel memories because they don’t have any photos to remind them of their special moments!
Sometimes it’s challenging to be married to my business partner, but we try not to talk about work after hours and as a refresher we go on vacations every 3-4 months. But the funny thing is, we end up painting on all our trips – recently we were in Kasol and had been trekking for 5 hours when we came across the most beautiful landscape.
Rucha was so inspired that she took out her materials and began painting it and she inspired me, so even I began sketching. All the village kids gathered around us and were very excited about what we were doing and kept saying ‘bhaiyya drawing bana rahe hai!’ It was one of the best experiences of my life!
These last couple of years have been really good and recently even Rucha was able to quit her job and now I’m living my best life – I get to spend the entire day, just drawing and painting with my beautiful wife and life has never been better. As cheesy as it sounds, she adds color to my life, every single day.”