Celebrating What Really Matters
Meet the Olson Family! If you haven’t yet, let me just tell you that you are missing out! Meeting this amazing family has been such a highlight of my summer!
As soon as I met the Olsons, I instantly felt like I was part of the family - there is such a joyful, welcoming attitude about them that is witnessed by everyone who knows them. The little ones - Ole, Wells, Duke, and Maeve - were so excited to be there and we became fast friends: “That’s a BIG camera!...Wow, you have a tiny car!...Do you like my bracelet?...Can I hold your hand?” These kids are seriously the BEST and my heart melted!
The more time I spent with the Olsons, the more I began to realize how close they really are - how much they really mean to each other. Even with grandma and grandpa living in Pennsylvania, and their kids (Sarah and Eric) and their families living in Chicago, family is still such a huge priority for them. Sarah and Eric’s families make it a point to spend time together or share meals together throughout the week; they call their parents often to catch up on life; their kids - who are born only a few months from each other! - get to grow up with their best buddies. The week of their photo session, Sarah, Eric, and their families traveled all the way from Chicago to celebrate their Mom and Dad’s birthdays all together! It was clear that this was a week of celebration for them. It was a week of, not only celebrating birthdays, but celebrating their relationships with each other - and they were going to make the most of each moment they had together!
In our culture, it is so easy to get distracted - distracted by social media, by money, by work - by things that won’t last. But Sarah told me that when she looks at the time she spends with her family, she thinks, “This is what really matters.” How true that is! To the Olsons, family is one of the most important things in life. And that is something they live by - even living states apart! These relationships are God-given and are worth celebrating. And I’m so thankful I got to celebrate that with the Olsons!