Hands & Hearts are Full.

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer,
bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier,
the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.

Author Unknown

“Is this your first baby?” many people have asked me over the past week as Lovelyn and me have attempted many trips alone to see the doctor, run errands, etc.

“No, she’s my fourth …” I answer and smile.

“Four?! My, you must be busy! You have your hands full!!”

And as my sweet friend would say – “My hands are full … but not as full as my heart.”

… little sweet Lovie … how we adore you!

[A big thank you to my friend, Heather Rivlin, for sharing her newborn posing wisdom! ;)]

I’m itching to do a shot of the four girlies together, but there have been a lot of things happening lately (dr’s appointments, weigh ins for Miss Lovelyn, etc.) and I just keep hoping the next day will be a bit quieter … maybe Monday I can manage it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and where is Lovelyn’s name from, many of you have asked ….I have even googled it and there is no meaning for her name, no story or history to the name … except this …
Lovelyn is named after a beautiful woman I have had the pleasure of getting to know but have never met in person.

The friend mentioned at the beginning of the blog post is in fact the same person who inspired me with her name.ย  I ‘met’ Lovelyn about four years ago online – we read each other’s blogs and shared the odd e-mail. When her story expanded to include adoption from Africa, I knew why God has our paths meet! I e-mailed her and told her of my passion for orphans and that my heart aches for those children I met in African and the Dominican Republic while on missions trips. My heart is so there – orphans, adoption, overseas … and it’s something I want to pursue for our family … in God’s timing … but yes, I fell in love with her name and more so, the person behind that name. She is an amazing woman who cares for others a million times more than the average person. Her testimony is strong. And her life story is beautiful.

Please, go read her blog and be blessed. Her family’s story is amazing and refreshing … you will be inspired.

October 28, 2010 - 12:07 am

janet pereira Oh Gillian your daughter is soooooooo gorgeous as are your other children. You are sooooo blessed. Just looking at these pictures makes me want to reach in and squish her. Enjoy your time off of work and cherish EVERY moment, they go by way to fast especially with the fourth. I can’t believe how tiny she is like a little doll.

October 25, 2010 - 2:00 pm

Jenn Gillian – those are amazing photos. The one of Lovelyn… has got to be the most adorable photo I have ever seen of a newborn! She just looks so perfect!

October 24, 2010 - 10:02 pm

Monique Just beautiful….

October 24, 2010 - 9:16 pm

Tara C All such incredible pictures! and I LOOOOVE the last one with her posed. too cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

October 23, 2010 - 10:42 am

Mich Gillian, WOW the pics are so breathtaking…..I love them all! Little wee Lovelyn propped up on her hands is so precious ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovelyn and her story has so touched my heart for a long time now. She is truly inspiring. God continues to show His plan in the most amazing ways. xo

October 23, 2010 - 8:40 am

Grandma Gerr Absolutely marvellous pictures!!!

October 23, 2010 - 8:19 am

Jen oh my gosh – she’s so cute I can hardly stand it!!!

October 23, 2010 - 7:48 am

Brenda (Gillian’s Mom) Wow! Gillian …. I had to get the tissues for this blog!! What a beautiful legacy for Lovelyn to be named after such a wonderful woman!! It so touched my heart!!! God is so amazing, how He can intertwine our lives with people that we only know through the “spirit”. <3 And yes, the pictures are so mushy and gushy! I "love" them!! xo

October 23, 2010 - 2:44 am

love i love her so! thank you for your kind words. i’m honored that there is another little lovelyn now. i’m thankful for you & that God crossed our paths here….can’t wait until he does it in “real” life!

October 22, 2010 - 10:54 pm

Tabitha Teehee – I love it!! Gorgeous photos Gillian – such a happy loving family ๐Ÿ™‚

October 22, 2010 - 10:46 pm

Jo Smith Perfection….seriously, this doesn’t happen often…..I’m at a loss for words.

October 22, 2010 - 10:30 pm

Holly Still cant get over how much she resembles Lyla, but in her own beautiful way she is still unique and perfect…enjoy these early days when they are still so pose-able! lol

October 22, 2010 - 10:30 pm

Holly Still cant get over how much she resembles Lyla, but in her own beautiful way she is still unique and perfect…enjoy these early days when they are still so pose-able! lol

October 22, 2010 - 10:04 pm

Jenn Oh my goodness Gillian, she’s precious!

October 22, 2010 - 9:50 pm

Teresa She’s beautiful and you look AMAZING ! and that last pose is adorable!

October 22, 2010 - 9:48 pm

Heather Rivlin Beautiful Gillian! Who snapped?

You’re so very welcome for the posing tips! Love getting that shot, and so glad YOU have it ๐Ÿ™‚

October 22, 2010 - 9:32 pm

Charmaine Oh my goodness, first of all, I think you’re an amazing photographer; and second, your beautiful new daughter is amazing IN your amazing photos! You capture such greatness and I can’t wait to see the 4 girls together (soon enough)!

October 22, 2010 - 9:30 pm

monica love the pics …can’t read her blog

October 22, 2010 - 9:20 pm

Melissa The third picture brings a tear to my eye…. the love just radiates through the picture… Lovelyn is so precious

October 22, 2010 - 9:18 pm

Maria Your photos and blog are so sweet – thank you for sharing…….now don’t tempt me as we already have three children;-)

October 22, 2010 - 9:16 pm

Tracy Nevin Gillian you never stop amazing me!!

October 22, 2010 - 9:15 pm

Tracy Nevin Gillian you never stop amazing me!!!

October 22, 2010 - 9:15 pm

Jody beautiful!!
that last pose I have never been able to get!!

October 22, 2010 - 11:04 pm

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