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When You Marry Your Best Friend

Seventeen years ago Melisa and Javier met at a birthday party he was throwing for a co-worker of theirs. This was a significant party: sixteen years ago this month Melisa and Javier got married.


The couple celebrated their sixteenth anniversary earlier this month by taking a weekend getaway to a bed and breakfast- something they like to do.

They have three children, Bryce, Ella and Daniel.


Bryce is a “band geek,” can play several musical instruments and would like to be a music teacher one day. Daniel is a “gamer,” who enjoys his x-box and tablet and would like to be a photographer. Ella is a dancer who has danced for 7 of her 9 years and would like to be a teacher. The family shares their home with their three dogs, Sissy, Snowball and Tuck and their guinea pig, Buzz. Most of the time every one gets along pretty well. 🙂

I know that Bryce is fond of pancakes and during our shoot with the family, I revealed our family secret for particularly fluffy pancakes: add carbonated soda instead of milk to the batter. We often use sugar-free peach flavored carbonated water. Colorless is best. The carbonation works wonders to raise the cakes to fluffy treats.


The guys in the family like to camp and fish. But they- all three- are good about spending time with mom.


The girls in the family enjoy shopping and scrapbooking, though Ella is a bit of a Daddy’s girl.

Melisa works as a para-professional in the same school her daughter attends. She is also a Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant who would be happy to help you feel and look your lovliest.  Melisa’s Mary Kay Page Javier is a manager at Spirit AerosSystems. This is a local family with deep-running ties to the community, having always lived in Wichita. They were a delight during their photo shoot. This is a family who laughs together and enjoys one another’s company.

But what I love most about this family is that, at it’s heart, is the love of two clear soul mates. “My favorite thing about Javier is that he works really hard to provide for his family. No matter what, he loves me and puts me above all else. He is my best friend!!!!”

As a woman who is also blessed enough to be married to her best friend- I know this is the best way to go. And I know that more happy years are in store for this couple and their whole family. Because when you go through life surrounded by those you love, you are waaaayyyyyy ahead of the game.


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Wichita Wedding Photographer: Valentines Day — It’s not just for romance.


We had our family over for a Valentine’s breakfast this morning. Our grown children and their children. Hearts on the napkins. Pink and red straws. I set the table with china that we use for family dinners. It belonged to Patrick’s Mom. One of the daughters will inherit it one day and use it at her family gatherings. So we, the current parents and grandparents, got to spend time with those we love… and those who were parents and grandparents before us were probably near us celebrating, too- glad to be remembered and included.

Karter, age three

Karter, age three

Patrick made pancakes. We caught up on what filled our week. We talked about the house one daughter will be moving into in a few weeks.  We did what families do around a meal table.

I am always aware that Patrick and I may not be around when these grandchildren are adults. One hopes for the best. But, you never know. And so I want whatever they remember of us to be loving. I try to have the house full of the smell of dinner cooking when they walk in for Sunday dinners, and the table looking pretty. Someday they may remember those things and feel comforted. We tell them often that we love them. We play and hug and spend time. Because we can now. We are all here. Together at times like these. And it does not escape Patrick and I that this is a rich, rich privilege.

Peyton, nearly two

Peyton, nearly two

One daughter brought gifts of candy. One brought a heart-shaped cookie cake. And one had the grandchildren decorate and sign cards. And… that’s a Valentine’s day. Which, for us, is really just a reason to gather.

So we’ll gather for St. Patrick’s Day (I think we are walking a 5 K this year). And Easter. And on birthdays and and other days that we can.

Because these three grown, beautiful, strong, smart women are our best Valentines… out family. And their children are our best loves.

And we are rich.

Landon, nearly one

Landon, nearly one

So if you have family, give them a call. Drop them a card. Bring them a flower. Make them a pancake. If you have a friend, be a surprise Palentine.

This is not your Daddy’s Valentine’s day. And it’s not just for romance any more.

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