i'll go wherever you will go...

every now and then, an image and a song cross paths in a way that encapsulates everything i'm feeling as a mother and everything i want to show as a photographer. 

see, i'm in this journey with my children and a few of them are chasing down their teenage years. we're entering into that pushing the boundaries- stretching their muscles- spreading their wings stage. 

it's meant to be.

we parents have this period of time with them. to pour in. to pray over them. to hope they become better than us.

and then they fly. (hopefully without too many crashes.)

and even as i know this and celebrate it, i'm staring at my oldest approaching high school and there's this part of me that's screaming out- I'LL GO WITH YOU! I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU! I'LL PROTECT YOU FROM THE BRUISES THIS LIFE WILL GIVE YOU!

but i know that can't be. 

they grow old. and often it's the bruises that are their best teachers.

they have their own stories to live and tell.  and their own adventures to pursue. 

and as they run to their own lives, they run away with our hearts. they run away with our hope. they run away with our love. 

and even with just a few hours in these hills with this family, i could tell that they would feel the same about their kids. and so when i saw this photo with the kids running up the path with jen and david watching them go, i felt it said everything.

run away with my heart. run away with my hope. run away with my love.

run away with my heart. run away with my hope. run away with my love.

here is the song that grips my heart, sung beautifully by Charlene Soraia. I recommend playing the video below to hear it. ;)

So lately, been wondering
Who will be there to take my place
When I'm gone, you'll need love
To light the shadows on your face
If a great wave shall fall
It would fall upon us all
And between the sand and stone
Could you make it on your own?

[Chorus:]
If I could, then I would
I'll go wherever you will go
Way up high or down low
I'll go wherever you will go

And maybe I'll work out
A way to make it back some day
Towards you, to guide you
Through the darkest of your days

If a great wave shall fall
It would fall upon us all
Well I hope there's someone out there
Who can bring me back to you

[Chorus:]
If I could, then I would
I'll go wherever you will go
Way up high or down low
I'll go wherever you will go

Run away with my heart
Run away with my hope
Run away with my love

I know now, just quite how
My life and love might still go on
In your heart, in your mind
I'll stay with you for all of time

[Chorus:]
If I could, then I would
I'll go wherever you will go
Way up high or down low
I'll go wherever you will go

If I could make you mine
I'll go wherever you will go
If I could turn back time
I'll go wherever you will go
I'll go wherever you will go

love, your sentimental & heartfelt photographer. xo.