The Wentz Family Session; Geneseo, IL // Quad Cities Family Photographer

“If you wanna make God laugh, tell him your plans.”

-Christina Wentz, how their plans all changed and how amazing that change is!

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Matt and I met back in 2007. I had moved back to Illinois after living in Florida for a few years and we were both going to Western. As soon as we started dating I had a feeling that this was not going to be just another guy that I would date for awhile and move on. Ten years later I know that feeling was definitely right on, he works so hard to support and take care of our family. When we got engaged in 2010 we both knew we wanted kids eventually, and that we were already 27 & 32 so we didn’t want to wait a long time to start a family, but we also kind of wanted to a little bit and settle into married life.

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As they say, “if you wanna make God laugh, tell him your plans.” We were married in April 2011 and Rosella Joyce was born 9 months and 7 days later. Ryne Matthew joined us 22 months and our family couldn’t be more complete. They are the center of our universe. I know it’s what everyone says, but neither of us really ever understood how you can love someone with all of your being until these two came into the world.

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Parenting ain’t no joke though. Rosella “Ella” is my super chatty, curious, independent, and artistic little girl. She will for real talk from the moment she wakes until she talks herself to sleep (and in her sleep), and always has a million questions.

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Ryne on the other hand is my wild and crazy, moody, and curious little mamas boy.

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Both are completely capable of testing our patience and melting our hearts in the same minute. It’s not always easy but it’s so always worth it to see these two little people grow into smart and kind human beings." - Christina and the story of her family

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I enjoyed seeing this family again, Ryne is slowly warming up to me! I'm looking forward to watching this family grow through the years. Enjoy your slideshow and click HD to view it! -Trisha K.

Daxton's Digger Adventure; Geneseo, IL // Quad Cities Family Photographer

Daxton is Wild and Three!

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Daxton is the answer to so many prayers. We did not know if we were having a boy or a girl so on 10/25 we found out…it’s a boy! And 100% boy he is. He loves to dig in the dirt, help dad mow (by mowing alongside him), dinosaurs, tractors, paw patrol and HORSES!

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However he is very loving too. He is very charismatic and good to his little sister (although not good at sharing) and loves his daddy lots!

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Enjoy your slideshow of a few of my favorites, it was so hard to choose, what a fun session this was! Please be sure to click HD and leave Dax a Happy Birthday wish!

Stevie, Mommy and Daddy//Quad Cities Family Photographer

"Stevie is going to bring so much joy to our family" -Paxton, age 11

As I ask my families to write their stories for me, again and again and again the story of loss and infertility is the norm. It breaks my heart, I cannot imagine that kind of devastation not just once but repeatedly. With great loss though, the joy a rainbow baby brings has got to bring in more gratefulness then have never having lost. Here is this families story, I pray others will find comfort and share their stories as well! (this family was the highest bidder on a donation I had made for a sweet momma and her precious baby girl, their boys were not able to join them on this one so they decided a mini with their princess was in order!)

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Paxton (our middle son) has said a few times in the past couple weeks that Stevie is going to bring so much joy to our family. At 11 I don't think he has any idea how true that really is. After five years of trying; I got pregnant.

I found out pretty early on and we were all so excited. Then the day came that we went to the Dr. to find out how far along I was. The ultrasound showed that our baby had stopped growing at 5 weeks. It was devastating. 2 years ago we decided that conceiving ourselves was not going happen so Nate and I decided to see an infertility specialist. On our third try I was finally pregnant. We were so happy and so scared all at once. Then one week turned into weeks and months....our excitement grew. November last year Nate and I went to the Dr. to find out if we were doomed (just kidding!) to have a house full of boys or if a little princess was joining our family.

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We called Paxton on our way home and told him the news. He was so happy! He even called Nana to tell her before we had a chance to! Nate was ecstatic that he was going to have a daddy's girl to raise. The day Stevie decided to make her appearance Nate had traveled out of town for work and couldn't make it to the hospital. Paxton was there though making sure I was okay and trying to patiently wait for his sister. She made her appearance in just 4 short hours. Paxton was in love.

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Stevie is my rainbow baby that has made our family whole. Seeing all of the boys in my home be so protective of this beautiful baby melts my heart. I am making sure to enjoy everyday and every moment watching her grow. I go back and forth between wanting to keep her tiny forever and wanting to see her grow into a beautiful little girl. Being a mom to a girl for me isn't that different yet than a boy. I went just as crazy shopping for Pax; ask me again when dance class and school dances begin...it might be different then!

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The Ruark's Country Home Sesssion//Quad Cities Family Photographer

"I got a message from this really cute man in uniform who little did I know would make my dreams come true! My night in shining armor"

-Nicole, how it all began

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"Cory and I have been together for 7 years now. In 2010 I got a message from this really cute man in uniform who little did I know would make my dreams come true! My night in shining armor! He accepted my oldest daughter Jayla (who was 1 years old at the time) as if she was his own and people that don't know don't know any different.

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We were inseparable from day 1 and ended up having the wedding of our dreams September 29th of 2012!

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We were so excited to find out we were pregnant and had Miss Addalyn July 3rd 2013! We were looking for a house in the country by then so we could raise our babies in our forever home. I always wanted a big house on a hill and when Cory saw this one (after denying me since it was further out than he wanted) he knew right then by my face that it was sold without us even looking at it. so we moved in August of 2014 and also decided for me to be a stay at home mom. Times get tough here and there but that is definitely the best decision we have ever made! I get to be wherever Jayla and Addy need me! Coming from John Deere I missed a lot at the beginning, but I don't miss anything now and the girls get to be in sports because moms here to take them.

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Jayla has been in swimming lessons, dance classes, gymnastics, and has played baseball the past 3 years! Jayla loves playing baseball and Addy can't wait till next year to also play. Jayla is our very sweet, affectionate, quiet, people pleaser baby girl, who wants to be a singer or vet when she grows up. Jayla loves animals, especially cats.

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Addalyn is our miss sassy pants Addy is a loves to play in the dirt while wearing a dress type of girl. She is such a daddy's girl, loud, but at the same time loving, caring, and loves her snuggles. Addy wants to be a singer and worker she says when she gets older lol! Addy looks up to Jayla so much

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I came from a big family of 5 kids and I wanted one of my own. So we had Wyatt August 1st of 2017 just when I thought my heart was full of love Wyatt came in and stole my heart too! Our 1st boy!!! I love this little man so much and the bond you create while breastfeeding! Jayla was so excited and Addy was in denial he was a boy for awhile but they are both very loving and helpful with their brother. Wyatt is almost 3 months and he looks just like his mama I swear he looks into your soul when you talk to him. Wyatt loves having conversations with anyone that'll talk to him. Whether it's us right in front of him or family talking to him over the phone or FaceTime.

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I can't wait for our many more adventures in this crazy life! I could never thank God enough for the amount of blessings he has given me and my family!" - Nicole and all about her family

I had the absolute BEST time with the Ruark family, I really fell in love with them! Here's a little slideshow of one day in the many adventures your family will have together! (click HD please)

xoxo, Trisha K.