"The days are long, but the years are short." - Gretchen Rubin
That, folks, is parenting in a nutshell. Though there are days as a parent that seem impossibly long, every time your child's birthday comes around you can't believe another year has passed so quickly. And then comes that most mixed of all days - the day they leave home. When one part of you is bursting with pride at what you and they have accomplished and one part is fighting every urge to try and squeeze your adult child into a pair of footie jammies.
That is exactly where the Garris family was when we took these photos just days before their oldest son left for college. You can tell from these pictures how deeply connected they are to one another and it was such a pleasure to capture them right as they begin this new chapter in their family story. And thankfully, for all the parents missing their babies as they head off to college, Thanksgiving is only 78 days away.