Hope

The amount of love that I have for this family is hard to put into words.
They were one of the first families we met when we moved to Lake Zurich,
and have remained a constant in our daily lives.
We have lived together, cried together, laughed LOTS together,
and raised our kids together through all of the highs and lows.
I know that we could count on each other in any situation.
Our friendship is a rare one. One that I don’t take for granted.
Gah! I’m starting to get emotional writing this.
Seeing both John and Regina work so hard for their family’s lifestyle is so inspiring.
They have the most amazing traditions that deeply bond them as a family.

For the past ten years our families have enjoyed a long summer weekend at my parents lake house
(thanks mom & dad!),
so it only seemed fitting to give them a true Wisconsin summer session.
We had the most breathtaking night full of warm sunset adventures.
Hope family, you make life way more fun…especially when Spotted Cow is involved.
Love all five of you to the moon and back!

xo

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Dear Blake Beckett Arndt,
Welcome to the family sweet baby boy!
A few things you should know…
Your mama and I met at intro to college our first day at UW-Green Bay.
Our maiden names Becker & Beckett set us up for instant friendship.
(I was thrilled when your mama told me your middle name would be Beckett!)
Your mom and I were joined at the hip for the next four years of college.
(I really hope you get her friendship skills. Or party skills!?! Both would be bonus.)
Your mommy was my biggest cheerleader. She made it to every single one of my college home swim meets,
and she made me a good luck card for every away meet.
(I have no doubt she will be your biggest fan in all that you do,
but always remind her that she has great card making skills!
I still have mine to prove it if she starts slacking in that department)
Speaking of biggest fans, you will have to fight for her attention when the Packers are playing.
She legit LOVES herself some Clay Matthews.  I’m actually surprised she didn’t name you Clay.
(Just show her a picture of Clay’s hair flipping skills if you get in trouble and you will be off the hook. Your welcome.)
Although your mom makes a mean rice crispy chicken dinner, your dad is the REAL cook in the family.
(I really hope you get his grilling skills.)
Now let’s chat about your brothers real quick.
They ADORE you!
Seeing them embrace your cute chubby bod during your newborn session brought tears to my eyes.
(Mason will teach you a thing or two about Science.
Merrick will snuggle you all day but then toughen you up for sports.)
You have completed your family so perfectly.
No matter what state you live in I promise to visit.
Who knows!?!
Maybe one of the Arndt boys will go to college with my girls, and your mom and I can relive our college years together.
Or we can just plan an arranged marriage!?!
Either way I can’t wait to watch you grow up with your brothers.

Love you SO much,
Robby (or as your brother’s call me, “Wobby!”)
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Anytime another photographer contacts me to photograph their family it’s the most flattering email to receive.
Now, add in the fact that this photographer has seven gorgeous kids for me to capture!
I have never photographed a family with this many absolutely scrumptious faces before!!!!
Let’s have a little chat. I only have two kids and the struggle is real,
soooooo naturally I had so many questions for this gorgeous mama who balances life like a champ!
For example, how did you all fit in one vehicle? How do you feed that many mouths? Do you ever sleep?
Do they all get along?  How do you get any editing done?
And the BIG one. How do you have that much room in your heart to love all these amazing children!?!
I can say with 100% honesty, this family is the most well behaved, caring, respectful group I have ever met.
Each sibling looks out for one another, and the secret is they REALLY-REALLY love one another.
Seeing them in action made my heart squeal. They have this big family life down.
Oh! And they all fit in an Excursion.
Jay and Liz, you all are just so much fun. Come back already! I miss staring at your beautiful snuggly family in awe. xo
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