Karah met her husband Daniel while she was training for the Air Force. He was active duty. Now he is separated from active duty and Karah is still in the Air National Guard. Most of their military friends made fun of their relationship due to the fact that most relationships being formed while at Technical School/job training after Basic Military Training do not last and are typically called a “Tech School Romance.” Obviously they were the real deal. They were in a long distance relationship for 3 years while Daniel was stationed in WA. Daniel ended up leaving the Air Force to be with Karah, because she refused to leave her family.
Daniel and Karah then moved in together in Ohio and lived together for 2 years before becoming engaged, and after a year of engagement they finally tied the knot! All but a few members of Daniel’s family still live in Brazil, so Karah’s family quickly became his. He inherited her brothers, parents, grandparents, many aunts, uncles and cousins from Karah’s side. He got to experience first hand why family is so important to Karah, and God. Daniel had been an atheist and religion/spirituality was often a sore topic for them. It would lead to arguments. Thankfully, Karah’s parents instilled a strong sense of faith into her and her brothers, strong enough to stand the test.
Once Isaiah came into their lives, Karah and Daniel’s first baby, they had already celebrated 3 years of marriage! Daniel and Karah experienced the wonder of God’s beauty first hand. There was no denying Him. Daniel, Isaiah, and Karah were baptized together on Mother’s Day of 2017 in New Vienna, OH. Daniel is now a true believer and follower. Praise God!
Being present and active with Isaiah became Karah and Daniel’s top priority and with his amazing personality emerging they knew it would be a missed opportunity not to make him a big brother. He is a natural care taker, empathetic, protective, sweet and kind. Now 13 years into their relationship, and 7 years married, they are getting ready to welcome a new addition to their family.
This creek, particularly near these waterfalls on Karah’s parents property held a much deeper meaning to her during these maternity photos. Karah lost her dad suddenly and unexpectedly late January of this year. She wept at his feet, praying over him while failed attempts to resuscitate him. She never imagined she would be giving his eulogy at the perfectly seasoned age of just 60 years young while 14 weeks pregnant. While most women at this stage are taking “bump” photos and comparing the size of their baby to fruit with cute message boards, Karah was helping her family choose obituary photos and trying to decide how to summarize one of the greatest influencers in her life in a single column in the local paper. There have been moments where the grief had been so distracting that she forgot she was even pregnant. She was so focused on her family’s well being while trying to adjust to their new norm.
One of the last things Karah’s father said out loud to the family while at a gender reveal party for her niece was, “whether it’s a boy or a girl it’s God’s blessing, God bless you!” Something Karah will always remember and cherish. Because of that, Karah chooses not to let grief rob her of her joy. The emotions that come with pregnancy can be overwhelming in itself, let alone when you lose a parent. Karah knows that her dad would want her to continue to embrace all the wonderful things carrying and birthing a child can bring. Karah also shared that her dad had been in the birthing room with her when Isaiah was born along with her mom and Daniel. She said her dad was truly her kindred spirit.
The waterfalls near her parents home serve as a constant reminder of all the wonderful memories they have made there in years past. Her dad would drive her, her mom, and her brothers down in the bed of his truck or on his 4-wheeler where they would throw moss and crawl-dads at each other. They would also see who could lay on their backs and handle the cold rushing water the longest. Some of Karah’s best childhood memories!
She is also reminded of his heart and spirit every time she drives past the falls where he taught them to savor the beauty and simple things in life. She could almost hear him calling her to the creek, encouraging her to celebrate this new life. She said, “It only felt right to smile, put on a dress, and do it!”
Karah goes on to share, Life is too short and oh so precious. She doesn’t want to take a single moment for granted. This is how she is choosing to continue her dad’s legacy. For her boys to always know they have been loved and cherished from the very beginning. She is so thankful for the opportunity to reflect on pictures of herself, smiling, sincerely happy and looking toward the future. A reminder that she can do this and to keep faith.
Thank you Karah for sharing your heart and allowing me to take these for you. I truly enjoyed hearing about the wonderful memories made here and the story behind what made this so special for you. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family.