A few more photos to show you...

Here's a few more of my favorites from all my family photography shoots when i was back in KS...

First off, my brother-in-law and his sweet family (his youngest and my Sadie really favor each other, kinda funny)....

Second, some very dear friends and their amazingly adorable girls....



Yesterday was my sweet Sadie Pie's birthday...  we didn't do much.  But throughout the day,  I marveled  once again at how quickly time passes and how things change.  I thought about how far we've come since my pregnancy with her... and how thankful I am for her.  My sweet, spunky, naughty, precious Christmas miracle baby...

Thank you Lord for Sadie... thank you, thank you, thank you.

If you haven't read about Sadie's beginnings... it's a good read :)


Photography Marathon!

Over Thanksgiving we went back to Kansas.... In 5 days I did 5 photo shoots! .... I just couldn't resist saying "yes" to all my dear friends and family who were in need of some photography.  It was so wonderful to see everyone...  I love capturing each family's current state ... cropping, tweaking, editing each unique scene until the moment is forever immortalized and the memory brought to it's full glory.  Maybe I'm just sentimental... but I love that part of photography!  So enjoy some of those moments....  from the first 2 sessions.  I'll post the others soon :)


I'm cookin'... not food though.  Rather, I'm moving through these days, these hours of my life at a pretty fast clip!  I'm not exactly sure how I get myself into such busy places in life....(shaking head, with baffled look on face)...  Jeremy has always said that I crave chaos.  And that would appear to be true according to the record :)  I suppose it's mainly due to the number of children I have, pregnancy, church responsibilities, homeschooling and my Etsy endeavors.  But hey... isn't that most of us?!  Life is full... and that's mostly a good thing :)  Yet, since I struggle with high expectations for myself,  a strong drive for whatever I deem important, and a stubborn inability to admit when it's too much... I often am left frustrated and overwhelmed crouching in a corner...  I love it and hate it all at the same time.

Oh yeah...and I forgot one other aspect of it all.... I happen to be quite in love with my husband.  All day, throughout my tasks and responsibilities, I'm looking forward to our time together.  You know, after the kids are in bed.... when the dynamic of the home shifts.  I suddenly become a young girl who finally gets to see her boyfriend.  We get to hang out, watch TV, and each junk food :)  I live for that time of day.  It's as if someone pressed a button on the remote control of our lives allowing the speed to fall back out of fast-forward and into a normal enjoyable pace. Suddenly I can breath... I feel content.... I forget about my to-do list and all my responsibilities.  So the hours pass... just like those teenagers that we used to be, we seem to have no rational limit for how late we stay up :)  And, you know what that does.... it compounds the problem of my busyness during the day (Big sigh...).  But how could I choose...one over the other.... the important, essential tasks of the day or my time with my love?   So what do I do?  Cling to the chaos.  I hold on tight, I won't let go of either!  Stubborn? perhaps.

Yet I know, these days will pass.  Life will shift into a different mode... eventually.  But for now I cling to what's important: my God-given assignments to raise and educate my children, keep a home, be a Proverbs 31 business woman, do his work... and be a wife fully devoted to her husband. 

On the days that I'm not sleep deprived  and when I can see the end of the to-do list ... and when I can somehow let the stress and the overwhelmed feeling roll off my back... I realize, I'm living life to the fullest and its absolutely wonderful!

Oh Lord, I pray this prayer so often... because I need your help so much.  Lord give me strength.. physical, emotional, mental... and bless the work of my hands.  Help me to know its all for you.  You've called me to a purpose and you have given me what I need to accomplish it... if I trust in you.  Thank you for that promise.  Help me to be faithful and joyful in my work... all the while, fully devoted to my husband and even more fully devoted to you.


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