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The picture of love

My mom was married to my dad for almost 23 years.

She has been bringing flowers (twice a year) to his grave for 18 years.

This year, when she went, it was freezing outside and there was a funeral going on nearby so she couldn’t spend a lot of time trying to find his gravestone under the blanket of snow. Since I live closer to his grave than my mom, I offered to go back for her once it had warmed up. This past Sunday we went with the kids. We put the flowers on and I took the picture to send it to my mom.

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The experience helped me to realize how lucky I am to have parents that loved each other like this.

18 years is a long time. Some people aren’t even married for that long. And still, she keeps going. Rarely do I hear about it or even know when she goes. She doesn’t Facebook or Instagram the photos. No one see’s the beautiful flowers or even praises her for going. My dad may see it from heaven or he may not. But she does it out of the overflow of love from her heart and to honor their relationship. 

Sometimes love is like the movies–passionate, fun, exhilarating and new. But more often it is seen in simple acts of monotony–cleaning the dishes, changing a diaper, fixing a meal, or putting flowers on a grave.

 

the sabbath & nap time

Today I had a quick photo session and then came home to my sweet hearts. We went to church last night and don’t have much that is expected of our little family today.  I love it.

The weather was forecast {earlier in the week} to be cold, windy and possibly snowy. I love when the meteorologist’s are wrong. All four of us played outside for a long time after lunch which made nap time easy–the kiddos were exhausted.

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Thankfulness x {five}

::1 My mom. She turned ___ years old on Monday. I am SOOOOO thankful for my mom. Words can’t even describe what a blessing she is, has been and will always be to my life. I really did get the BEST mom. Losing my dad at such a young age was horrible. But to lose my mom, at any age, would be even more painful to me. She has taught me so many things: to work hard, to be kind & compassionate, to give joyfully, to be creative, to love the Lord, to trust God, to be a good friend…the list could go on!

::2 My photography business. I’ve been busy, really busy, these past few months. Perhaps I shouldn’t call it busy but instead call it blessed. Because truthfully, it has been such a blessing to me. Not in the monetary-sense that you would expect but in the people-sense. I love getting to know so many different people, watching them interact with loved ones and capturing precious moments. I feel as if it is such an honor. And I LOVE it!

::3 Megan. I have this amazing friend, Megan. And she is moving back to COLORADO!!!!! I could not be more thankful for this because I will get to see her more often and my babies will know her now!!!!!! And I just love talking to her and being with her….that’s all. 😉

::4 My husband. I know I already talked about him once before but he truly is a DAILY blessing to me. He helps with the cooking, cleaning, and watching the kiddos. He makes me laugh, rubs my neck, prays for me, loves me, encourages me and pushes me. He really does lay his life down for me and I don’t deserve it. But I am thankful for it. 😉

::5 A dirty house. I know that seems weird, coming from me especially. But there was a time, waaaaaay back when {read: in my late teens and early twenties} were I hated myself and looooonged for my life to be different. I always had time to clean my house, everything material that I owned was put in its place, I slept well and my car was spotless. During that time I prayed my life to be different–to have good friends, a husband, a good job, and a life. Now that so many of my prayers have been answered I don’t have the same amount of time to tend to my material possessions like I once did. {Praise the Lord!} My life is too full of giggles, cheerios, bible studies, shopping for birthday gifts and going to birthday dinners, pot-lucks, photography sessions, date nights, and snuggling on the couch. If I am honest with you {the blog-world}, I would tell you that I don’t always have this perfect perspective. Just ask #4 in this list about my breakdowns… wait, am I the only one who has those? 😉 There are times that I wish I had a house that was clean for more than five minutes. Or that I didn’t have to spend $80 a month on diapers. Or that my closets were organized. But when it comes down to it, I am so thankful for my life now. It’s full of plans and people and blessings and not very much sleep! 

Just the two of them…

Ella & Elijah are quite the pair these days.

Sometimes I ask myself, “how did you get so lucky?!” And other times, I want to pull my hair out and beg for one moment of silence.

They love each other, for sure. But they also drive one another other CRAZY. She plays with a toy and Elijah automatically things it is his. He is building something and she wants nothing more than to destroy it. There is screaming and crying and the daily chant of “it’s mine!”

***BUT***

They are really just the most precious little people. He still calls her sweetie and sings Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star or Jesus Loves Me to her when she cries. She has started saying his name and loves to follow him around.

Since Ella was born I have been trying SO HARD to capture the perfect sibling picture. And now that I have a photography business, I find myself having less and less time to write {on here} and capture my sweet little ones. I also don’t have much time to practice anymore. So all of those variables prompted me to start my own photography project–Ella & Elijah. I know…I am SO original! 😉

Basically I want to capture the two of them together at least once a week. I started two weeks ago and have some really great pictures to share. I hope to challenge myself more but right now this is all I can seem to fit in.

I just love these two.

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Siblings

They have each other. To grow up with. To play with. To pester one another. It is such a beautiful {& challenging} relationship to watch unfold. I wish there were guarantees that they would be close when they are older. But all we have is now, right? And right now they are buddies {except when Ella touches Buzz Lightyear}.

Elijah is very possessive over Ella–“she is MY Ella!” He loves to climb in her crib and play. He HATES it when she plays with his toys. He can make her laugh so easily. They are so different yet SO related. These pictures certainly capture some of their genetic similarities. Wow!DSC_0195


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