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Brown, Grey & Yellow {What to Wear}

With the holiday season fast approaching and people looking for inspiration on what to wear to their next family photosession, I’m beginning a series of post where I’ll be featuring a photo or two from various photographers that capture some great family fashion followed by my own take on what you can possibly do for your next photo session as well. Hopefully this will give you some idea as to how I look around for some inspiration and then break it down for my own personal taste!

These family sessions are from a wonderful photographer, Angie Monson of Simplicity Photography.  I just loved these two families’ choice of color in their photo session! Check out the rest of the photos from this session as well as some beautiful photography by clicking on the photos below!

Photo 1


Photo 2

With those photos in mind, here’s my take on what to wear to your next family session…

Brown, Grey & Yellow (Fall 2012)
Hope you find these helpful!

Until next time…


Stepping Out in the Rain

Last week, we headed outside. We headed outside just as the rain was beginning to pour! Usually, I’m not a big fan of rain! Rainy days make we want to stay in, curl up on the couch and just “veg”! Did I just use the word “veg”! Anyway, that’s what I would have wanted to do but some days you’ve just got to step out of the usual and do what you typically wouldn’t do.

So I’m not sure why my husband and I felt like it…but we did…we decided to go out and just enjoy the rain!

The kids geared up with their rain gear and mom & dad with their umbrellas.  There was stomping and splashing! It was so much fun!

I was laughing inside as I smiled and waived as neighbors pulled out of their driveways!

We must have been a hilarious sight as we were all marching along the side of the road…in the rain! Fortunately our street dead ends so we don’t have a lot of cars driving through our immediate neighborhood.

I don’t know why we don’t do this more often! It was such a blast! And we had a great time together as a family…even if for just a little while.

It made me think…I’ve got to find more times of letting go of my usual schedule (or should I say agenda) and just enjoy the life that’s happening around me…even if it’s raining!



Do you make efforts to step out of your usual? How do you make sure you’re enjoying life as it’s happening around you?

Well, I hope we make more time to step out & enjoy the life that happens all around us! And when you can, remember to capture some of those moments of life and love!

Until next time…

ONE and a prayer…

Yes…my youngest ( JellyBean) turned ONE recently!

With her birthday came a flood of emotions as I remembered the day she was born! My husband and I rushed to the hospital! Our family had been waiting for her to finally arrive!

It was an amazing time. It was beautiful! Being there for when she was born was a gift from God and a kindness given to our family by my daughter’s mom (birthmom).

My husband sat in the waiting room. I brought my camera along knowing I wanted to take pictures. Of course, if her mom allowed it.

I’m so grateful I was able to capture this time in our lives for my daughter, her mom, and our family.

My hope is that she will treasure these photos and be able to see how much she was loved from the very beginning.

Dear JellyBean,

I can’t believe you’re ONE! You are so much my heart!

Daddy loves you! Your big sister and brother love you! And I…we… can’t imagine life…our family…without you!

My hope is that you will see, learn, and know what an extraordinary blessing you are in life!

That you were perfectly and wonderfully made!

And that from the very beginning…you were loved!

I wanted to share this song “A Mother’s Prayer” with you.  I truly believe that this song encompasses what you’re mother’s hope and prayer was and will always be for you!

I love you SO much my little princess!

~your mommy


“A Mother’s Prayer”

I pray you’ll be my eyes
And watch her where she goes
And help her to be wise
Help me to let go

Every mother’s prayer
Every child knows
Lead her to a place
Guide her with your grace
To a place where she’ll be safe

I pray she finds your light
And holds it in her heart
As darkness falls each night
Remind her where you are

Every mother’s prayer
Every child knows
Need to find a place
Guide her to a place
Give her faith so she’ll be safe

Lead her to a place
Guide her with your grace
To a place where she’ll be safe

Family Fun: Ring around a rosy

It’s a busy week so it’s nice to have some help with ideas of a fun but short post.  Here’s a photo that immediately came to mind when I saw that this week’s I Heart Faces photo challenge was “Family Fun”.

Little C just loved holding hands with mommy & daddy, moving in a circle, chanting a rhyme, and finally falling down.

Who doesn’t love this game & rhyme?

“Ring around a rosy, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down”…

Check out more Family Fun photos by clicking on the I Heart Faces button below…
Photo Challenge Submission

Until next time…

It is a wonderful life!…Really!

It’s December! Christmas is right around the corner and I’m trying to not get caught up with all the hustle and the bustle that this holiday season brings.  It’s a fight for me to remember what this season is really about.  I have to let go of my desires for the beautiful decorations, perfect gifts and even family traditions and hold on to remembering Christ, his life and what he desires from me…Love God and Love others.  And no, it’s not LOVE through the presents under the tree…the immediate tangible things but the intangible…love, kindness, joy, peace and the like…things that take so much more of ME and my time to give.

Having said that,  we’re excited to find ways to give LOVE together as a family. We’re looking to find ways to give love other than giving money and/or buying something for someone though this is important to do too. It’s just that I want my kids to understand they can give to anyone even without having money.  And it’s more than just the actual action of giving (handing someone something) but it’s making sure their heart is in it as well. I want my kids to learn that it’s not giving just to make themselves feel better or not feel guilty for not giving, but it’s about seeing and understanding that we do have a wonderful life and so out of a full & grateful heart, we give (money and more)!

This week, we’re starting out with helping at a local non-profit’s end of the year celebration for one of their programs/activities.  My kids are really excited to do something.  What are we going to be doing exactly?  I’m not sure. But I am grateful that our family gets to join together and help out an organization I know does amazing work.  I’ll let you know how it goes. =)

Until next time…

The C Family

Another fun family session I shot early this Fall! Part of the reason why I love photography…the amazing families and people I get to meet.

J &A, it was such a pleasure meeting you both! You’ve got a beautiful family!

Until next time!

Thankful for quiet moments

As a mom of 3 ranging in age from 7 years to 6 months old, life is ever so busy! I’m a wife, homeschool mom of 3, I love photography, crafts and cooking when I have the time.  Life is never boring…that’s for sure! I love my life and I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for it! But I am thankful for those quiet moments…when I can basically hear a pin drop. Today, these moments are few and far between but when they come (usually by surprise)…I take a deep breath and try not to do what my mind tells me which is to hurry and get more things done but instead…I’m learning to be still and enjoy the simple but awesome gift of quiet. =)

What do you like to do when you get those quiet moments?
Please share, I’d love to know!

Well, until next time…