The Gealy Family at Wild Cats Den//Quad Cities Family Photographer

  "Michael wanted to take care of us forever from the beginning. Our love grew deeper and we got married, he loved you like his own from day one..."

Ashlee; the story of how their family blended beautifully

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"It all starts when mommy was an a bit of a dark spot, it was just you (Mia) and me (Ashlee)  living with Mimi and Papa. I really thought I would be alone forever. But out of the blue came Michael and he stole my heart from one little action of carrying you to my car when you were only 2 months old. He wanted to take care of us forever from the beginning. Our love grew deeper and we got married, he loved you like his own from day one but life got even more special when he became your forever daddy on February 26th 2016!
 

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Life since then has been a whirlwind a few short months later we found out we you were going to be a big sister!
 

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And here we are a year and a half later. Mia is an amazing 2nd grader, the most caring, loving, and sassy girl. She is a helper, and loves to go on dates with mommy and daddy! She's gonna change the world with her ability to take charge and lead. I pray that she forever loves the Lord and will never depart from it.

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Iris is 9 months and ON THE GO. She eats everything she sees. She has a since of sassy even at her young age. Snuggling her is one of mommy a favorites. I can't wait to see who and what she will become - I know she's gonna be a lighthouse for Jesus.

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Then there's Michael - He's my rock. He holds me steady. He's turned into the hardest worker I know. He is supportive in everything I do. Gods given is so much grace amongst the struggles. I would be lost without him!

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I can't wait to see what God has in store for our future.
I dream to have a couple more kids, build a home, and see God work in the lives of my kids." -Ashlee Gealy

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The Strong Family

People say “Wow your hands are full”, it’s not only my hands that are full, it is my heart too.

Ledona Strong on being a mother with of six

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I am a single mom of six kids. 4 girls, 2 boys, 1 happy family. Mom life is a daily struggle. The screaming, hitting, kicking and biting has me ready to pull my hair out some days! But the joy, sincerity, curiosity and love just makes me love it! We’ve had our ups and downs but we still make it through everything life has to throw at us every single day. People say “Wow your hands are full”, but it’s not only my hands that are full, it is my heart too. Being a single mom of 6 is definitely challenging and lots of work. They sure do keep me on my toes but I love them with everything in me and I wouldn’t change it or have it any other way.

Meet my six: Corey: my first born he’s 13 he’s stubborn at times not a very good listener at times. He has ADHD was diagnosed with it and the age of 5. He is also OCD just like his momma. I had him when I was 16 and he taught me what being a mother was like. Although I was young we made it through. Sure we had our not so great moments. Isn’t that how every parent/child relationship goes every once in awhile? He was an only child for 6 years and then along came my second child. Calleigh: aka Calleigh Bean she is 7 years old. Calleigh is the hyper, energetic, sweet and sassy all at the same time kind of child. She has ADHD which she was diagnosed with at the age of 5 just like her big brother. It has been along road of trying several different medications but I am happy to say I think we’ve finally found what works for her. She likes things her own way but we are working on that. She doesn’t like to share with her siblings and that’s also another thing we are working on. Chandler: aka Chan the man is 4 years old. He is sweet, very curious, very smart, energetic and hilarious at times. Also he loves to know everything and asks questions all the time about anything and everything. He also loves to talk about god and pray before bed. He is just a loveable Little guy everybody loves him!

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Chloe: aka Chlo bo aka the big twin is 3 going on 23 or so she thinks. She’s sassy, energetic, and likes to try to tell you like it is. She is very, very stubborn, wants things her way and no other way. She makes super crazy facial expressions sometimes they crack me up. Claire: aka Claire bear aka the small twin. She is a little bit more on the modest side. Shy around strangers(you’ll see in the pics of her), quiet at times but also hyper and loud at other times just depends on where we are and what were doing. She also has these looks she makes and can scare people at times.

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Carlee: aka Carlee Mae is the youngest and she will be 2 next month. She’s my mellow, laid back, tough little baby. She can hold her own even though she’s pretty little. She is tiny but mighty as I like to say. She is learning to talk more and more every day and her little voice is so adorable! But watch out if she doesn’t get something she wants she knows to throw a fit .

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My Dreams for my 6: “My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to, Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small, You never need to carry more than you can hold, And while you're out there getting where you're getting to, I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too, Yeah, this, is my wish.” -Rascal Flatts Every mother has generic dreams for their kids. I hope they are happy, healthy, successful, and well-educated. I hope that they grow to know that I love them, that they are my world, my every heart beat, beats for them. I wish they grow up and go to college(if they so choose). My dream for them is to be happy, to go far in this big huge world. I want them to do what they love and love what they do. A little over a year ago we started going to New Life Fellowship. This church and God have been the biggest blessing in our lives. I did not grow up in a church, so all of this was new to me. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and God was so good. Our New Life Family kindly brought us meals, prayed for us, and even helped with the kids when needed. God did not promise that we would be comfortable but He did promise to be our Comforter, and that He has been! I am forever grateful for New Life and my relationship with Christ.

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My life hasn’t been a walk in the park.. but I wouldn’t trade it for any other. My family will always be my greatest achievement. -Super Mom of 6

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The Cleppe Family//Quad Cities Family Photographer

"Fortunate. Blessed. Happy. Overwhelmed with gratefulness. That's how I feel when I think of my family."

Angie Cleppe on family

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It was not an easy journey to get here. We struggled with infertility and are so lucky that we have our two babies. We are so lucky they are healthy. But again lucky doesn't really cover it.

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Cohen is the love of my life. I never knew how much I could love someone until he came along. I love watching him grow and listening to him talk and learn. He is smart and persistent and loves all things boys love-cars and sports the most. He has changed my life and me in so many ways and is the one who made me a momma.

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Evie is my sunshine. My happy baby girl. When I see her face light up and blue eyes sparkle I just feel in my soul that she was meant to be mine. She brings so much joy to life. We didn't find out the gender when I was pregnant and were completely shocked she was a girl. I'm so glad she was. I can't wait to see little pig tails and hear her talk. She is going to talk so much! It's pretty much going to be the most adorable thing I've ever seen. She cracks me up already. She is so silly. I hope we are best friends.

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Evie is really starting to be a little girl and growing out of the baby stage. Cohen has already said "Evie is my best friend". He loves giving her hugs and kisses and reading to her. She thinks he is so cool and loves playing cars with him. Now she makes car noises and pushes cars along with him. It's so cute!
 

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My husband is the best thing that has ever happened to me. If it weren't for him I wouldn't have the great life that I have. He takes care of our family. Because of him I get to stay at home with the kids which is a huge privilege. I never thought I would want to stay home with kids before I had them. But once Cohen was here I never wanted to leave him not even for a few hours!
 

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When I think of my family I feel so lucky. But when I think of the word lucky I think of winning a scratch off ticket or something. Not winning at life or living the dream! Fortunate. Blessed. Happy. Overwhelmed with gratefulness. That's how I feel when I think of my family.
I wish I could freeze time to keep them little. I know this will be the best time of life watching these little humans grow. They are my favorite things in the whole world." - Angie Cleppe

The Cleppe family is near and dear to my heart, I've watched the struggle of infertility and when they finally had Cohen! I've prayed for them and continue to do so. It's a joy each and every time I get to see them. They're dedicated to each other and their kids with all they have. The moments captured are sure to be remembered. Thanks for letting me be a part in your story, so much more to come!

xoxo Trisha K.

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Leighton 9 month lifestyle session//Quad Cities Family Photographer

"His smile lights up the room and brightens

everyone's day!"

Amber on what she loves most about Leighton
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Baby Leighton, how his smile absolutely lights up the whole room, his smile and laughter is contagious; as cliche as that sounds it's true. Walk into a room with him in it and everyone is filled with joy and laughter.

"I love watching him grow into a little person, his determination and all of his little quirks! His smile lights up the room and brightens everyone's day!  He has all of these adorable facial expressions and it just melts my heart seeing his little personality come through. " Amber tells me when I ask what are some of the things she loves most about him at this age.

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"He loves getting into everything!"

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"Being his mommy has changed my heart and I couldn't imagine loving him anymore than l do right now."

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Leighton absolutely fills my heart with so much happiness every time I get to see him, thanks for choosing me! I hope these photos will always help you to remember the little things he did at 9 months old. 

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