This Girl

She is something else, this youngest child of mine.

Full of curiosity and questions.

She lives full throttle and sometimes it’s a race to keep up.  In a few months she will be eleven and I am just beside myself at the thought.

She has my heart though.

She’s a writer, an artist, a warrior, and a pest. I’m not sure where life will take her or what His plan is for her and I really hope I can keep up. Because I think it’s going to be something to see.

Abby ~ Part Two

One of the things I love about photography is how easily I can change the story I want to tell just by shifting where I am standing and what direction I am shooting. Last week I shared some images of Abby that were full of golden sunlight and sun flare, two things my soul doth love.

But then we moved over a little and turned just slightly in another direction and the pictures we captured are some of the loveliest I have ever taken of this sweet child who is usually so uncomfortable in front of the camera.

It helps too that we live in a rather diverse place of beauty. Most people would be surprised that these were taken at Fort Pickens but they were. It just goes to show you that we can overlook the natural beauty that surrounds us because we get to used to it and stop looking for it.

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Looking at these makes me want to do some more sessions like this! They also make me wish I had a huge wall space to print all of these some of them  one or two of them nice and large.

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Sweet Love

Photography is something that is in my bones. I love doing it mainly because it isn’t really something I do but rather something I experience.

With toddlers and kids I get to experience the awe of childhood…how new and amazing the simplest things are.

With every family I photograph I feel the connection of being a wife, a mother, a sister, or a daughter.

I enjoy senior sessions because there is such excitement at having completed a major milestone and being on the verge of a whole new world.

Weddings are a time of love and joy that few events can equal.

Maternity sessions are just happy and full of anticipation.

But new born sessions? They hold a special place in my heart. There is nothing quite like seeing that sweet little love that has totally turned lives upside down, changing everything.

It’s love itself wrapped up in a bundle of soft pink skin and sweet lips.

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It’s joy seen in that precious little smile.

And there’s hope seen in a brand new baby as evidence that He continues to strive with His creation…to bless and grant life.

That last picture has a little more hope in it though, than sweet Miss Ada. The scarf she is wearing comes from Trades For Hope, an organization that her grandmother works with that seeks to help women in other countries escape poverty by creating a market for their handcrafts through Fair Trade. They are working with artisans from several different countries including Haiti, Uganda, Peru to name a few, as well as here in the US. You can visit here to learn more about Trades For Hope and maybe do a little early Christmas shopping while you’re at it.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead ~ 1 Peter 1:3

A Dozen Years of Sweetness

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that I was posting birthday pictures of Abby but somehow it’s time to do them again.

She’s an even dozen this year!

Such a splash of joy in our life!

She has started piano lessons.

She’s quick to hear correction and has the most tender of hearts.

She has the soul of a nurturer and seeks to make people comfortable. She is loving the babies at church and is showing herself to be quite helpful.

She is working really hard on crocheting and doing so very well. Especially considering that she is kind of winging it because I certainly can’t help her.

I hate the term “tween” but that is truly where she is…that strange land between childhood and young womanhood. So much of who she will be is still not clearly seen…hidden away in the mind of God as she continues to emerge from the world of babydolls and pretend.
 She has been such a delight and we look forward with great anticipation to all He has in store for her and the woman He is fashioning her into.
Happy birthday sweet Abby Dabby Doodle Bug! We love you!

Little Girls and Horses

What is it about little girls and their love for horses? I’ve only met a very few that didn’t get all gaga over the four legged creatures. Of course it’s also been said that all horses, at least once in their lives, deserve to be loved by a little girl.

I guess it’s a perfect match for Miss C and Shorty then because this girl loves her horse! I was so excited about their pictures because even in camera I knew they were gorgeous…the sweet affection between the two combined with the perfect afternoon light made the whole session a breeze. Not to mention is was followed up with the best grilled hamburgers I’d had in a long time and some good times hanging out with good friends. (Have I ever mentioned how much I love doing photography?)

How cute is she? Miss C is in my daughter’s class and she is as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside. We’ve truly been blessed to know her family and call them friends.

Sugar and Spice and Summer Sun

I did pictures this week of my friend’s little girl who recently turned two. It was hot and sweaty and little Miss O was being quite the stinker and handing out smiles like rare jewels. We laughed though because such is life…we don’t always get the pictures we plan in our head but there is a beauty to be found even then.  We did manage to catch a few of those rare gems and some other sweetness and one of my favorites didn’t even show her face. There was just something about the little girl softness, the blur of the flower because she was playing with it and the sun flare, oh my the sun flare!

Mr. B turned Three

Years ago when my children were young it seemed we were surrounded by girls. All of our friends had girls, our homeschooling circles were full of girls, our church even had more girls than boys. (Poor Sam. Not only was he outnumbered at with with four sisters but everywhere we went he was overwhelmed with ruffles and bows.)

Then in the not so distant past the landscape of our social circle shifted and suddenly there were boys everywhere. Sarah’s class at school has five girls and something like fourteen boys. All the babies at church lately have been boys. My sweet friend Lauren has four boys. Our friends, the Culbertson’s had one daughter and six boys before they had another girl. It’s crazy really but the thing that is truly crazy is how cute all these little fellas are.
Case in point: Mr. B.
Not only is he just too cute for words he has got this really deep voice and the funniest personality. Last year as he was learning to talk more he couldn’t say “Pastor Hadding” so it came out as “Passor Heiney”. Which as you can image caused much amusement at my poor husband’s good natured expense. 
He turned three a little while back and yesterday he came and spent the morning with me so we could do his birthday session. He has this thing about apples so I had to use them in his pictures. 

He actually was excited about having his picture taken and had requested a picture be taken with the rabbit statue in my backyard. They’re buds I guess. 

Happy birthday, Mr. B! “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”
1 Corinthians 16:13-14