The definition of joy is: the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying. The beautiful love story that you see below is one where joy came before the exceptionally good or satisfying “thing”. This love story is one where joy was chosen and lived and loved in waiting; in faith kept that God would answer prayers, heal heartache and mould this family onto the path He had for them, in His own way and in His time.
Karina is one of my dearest friends, a fellow teller of beautiful love stories and one of the most happy people I know. Her personality is bright and colourful and the word joyful would have been a word I would have used to describe her at the start of their becoming a family of three journey and throughout; even when she was having to choose joy instead of experiencing it as a result of something exceptionally good. She has inspired me to see beyond my current circumstances and not allow them to influence the state of my heart; to choose joy and love and look for them in the everyday.
All these photos are my representation of not just the joy in the journey to and birth of a child, but more so how literally choosing joy was the greatest gift this family could ever receive – their own perfect Olivia Joy.