News from the Nest {Kristen}

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Welcome to News from the Nest! I am so happy you decided to stop by. Please stop by once a week for updated news from me.....Kristen.

I would love to take the time to introduce myself to you. I am  Kristen Hardy, a 33 year old single mom of 3 beautiful children.  Caleb, my oldest, is 10 years old! I can hardly believe it!  My daughter Brooke, a.k.a Monkey, is 7. And Jake is my spitfire 3 year old. I feel incredibly blessed to be the one they call Mommy. They are my greatest gifts. 

I am a firm believer that God never wastes our experiences. And this is a place where I will share many of mine with you. It has been a rough couple of years for me, but God is always faithful to scoop me off the floor and stand me back up on my feet.

Photography has been a passion of mine for a very long time. I have never been into the stuffy, cheesy, impersonal kind of photography. Especially once I became a Mommy. Nothing makes me happier than capturing a moment that is a "tell all" snapshot of my kid's personality.  A giggle, a silly face, a mad face or a beautiful smile....preserved forever in my camera! Which is why I am called "Moments".  My heart is to bring you those beautiful moments that sometimes go unnoticed, and uncaptured.

That is why Lifestyle Portraiture is my heart. I constantly see life in frames. Walking down the street, the beach, thru a mall, always seeing a "great shot."  Which is why Janean Lindner, of Giggle Moon Photography, is a fabulous and an amazing business partner for me. We have partnered together to bring to you Birdie-N-Bee Photography. 

Janean and I share the same eye, the same heart, the same pulse for photography. God has truly brought her into my life at such an amazing time.  I am thrilled to be partnering with her to bring you our art and our heart. 

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to get to know me. My prayer is that thru "News from the Nest" you will really get to know me as a Woman, a Mommy, a Friend and a Photographer.

Warmest Wishes,
Kristen Hardy


This is my little Jakie. As I have mentioned before he is my little spitfire. He is my joy and sometimes my fury. He is full of life....and a miracle really. He and I share a special bond as we are both adopted. To really understand the beauty of this story you must first know how my story began.

I was born in Seoul Korea and was found abandoned in the street at 10 days old.  I was found with a note pinned to my clothes with my name and birth date on it. I was then placed into foster care until I was 5 1/2 months old.  It was then that my family found me! I came on a plane with 20 other babies being adopted into the States on February 16th, 1978.  I joined my Mom, Barbara, and my Dad, Gary. I also joined my sister Shannon, who is 6 years older and their biological daughter. And the rest is history. A beautiful story of God's love and grace.

Then comes our story of Jake. His birth mom was working with an adoption attorney who was a friend of a friend. His story came to us and we simply knew that God had chosen us to be his family. Everything lined up and worked out in such a supernatural way that it was undeniable that Jake belonged with us.  However, there were times of doubt. And in that time I pulled out my own adoption papers and was reminded of where I came from. How could I not do the same for this life to be?

We were given the privilege of being in the room when Jake was born. I stayed with his birth mom until she left the hospital. An amazing bond shared between two women who wanted what was best for this little baby. God was so good to bless me with perspective. His birth mom was never a threat to me....just a beautiful gift that I could give to my son. The knowledge of who his birth mom is, what she looks like, and why she couldn't keep him. All of the answers I will never have for my own life but will get to give to him.

All of these details from my life and from his life equal one amazing story of redemption. Two people given a second chance at life. I pray that Jake's story ends like mine.  A beautiful result of God's grace and of the love of the family He placed me in.  I pray that our story touches your heart.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me better.