Sunday Snapshot: 14 from 2013


I did it last year. The year before. And even the year before that. It's sort of a thing, I suppose. And, since 2013 doesn't want to be left out, here are my favorites from the last year. Not necessarily technically my favorites, from a photography standpoint. Just from a mama's standpoint. 1. Princess Vivienne. 2. My incredibly silly pony. 3. My brave and beautiful Velvet, just days before she passed away. 4. Isabelle... being Isabelle. 5. Tallula, home one wonderful year. 6. My babies. Every one of 'em. 7. My biggest boy, the … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: thankful


Two days ago we celebrated Thanksgiving. But, before we dug into our big turkey dinner, I decided to ask our youngest seven what they were most thankful for. I thought it would be an interesting little exercise in learning more about what stirs their affections and, hopefully, remind them of all of the ways God has blessed them. I did not prompt any of them and I didn't let any of them know what their siblings had said. I wanted their answers to be all them. Some took longer than others, but they all were able to come up with five, and probably could have … [Read more...]

just like that…


we have another homeschooler. Isabelle is home-schooling, y'all. And honestly, Isabelle and homeschool are two words I never thought I'd put together. But. We mamas do what we have to do. Because, in my opinion, the public school system let my girl down. She "tested out" of her special education class at the end of last year, which is wonderful. She is reading great, her math is close to her peers - I can't even put into words how far she's come. But she's far from typical. In an inclusion class (a class that is 1/2 typical kids and 1/2 special … [Read more...]

how they grow


Because my memory often fails me. And because you can't misplace the internet (not that I've ever misplaced anything important.) I took measurements of my kiddos about the same time last year. But - thinking I'd get around to measuring them later - I skipped the littles. And never did measure them. Until yesterday. This year I decided to forego the lengthy process of individual pictures. And went for the super-quick group shot. After an after-school snack, I herded them out front. Begged them to look less irritated than they were. And took what I could … [Read more...]

first day of first grade.


And second grade. And third grade. And, yes, fourth grade. Not necessarily in that order. Just look at my sweet babies. Love 'em so much. I did sort of cheat with my "first day of school" pictures, though. Instead of getting a picture of each of my school-bound kiddos, I went for the group shot. At least it's better than the picture I got last year. As I watched my kiddos teeter off to the bus stop with their over-stuffed backpacks and arms full of school supplies (what the heck, how many supplies can one kid need?), I was torn... Sad because … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Isabelle this summer


Last week I began a series of summer sessions with my kidlets. My goal is to capture each of them between now and the official end of summer. So, one by one, I'll be taking them out for a quick photo shoot with their favorite photographer. I have to be purposeful about this kind of thing, otherwise I wouldn't get new pictures of my kids for way too long. And the thing about kids is, they keep changing on you. Last week was Sophie's turn. This week it was Isabelle's. She put on her favorite dress and grabbed her favorite toy. And off we went. We … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: my babies


It's been a busy summer. In a good way. I've let a lot of "regular" things slip because I wanted to be intentional about spending time with my kids. And it has been so ridiculously fun. One of the things I put on the back burner - besides blogging regularly - was my photography. I used to pull my camera out every day or two. Lately it's been every week or two. Despite the layer of dust growing on my camera I was determined, before summer ended, to get a picture of all of my babies - together. To be honest, though, just the monstrosity of the task gave me … [Read more...]

off they go


... to camp. Monday through Thursday. And, if you can't tell, they were over the top excited about it. In fact, it was the most often discussed subject for weeks leading up to "go time". Mama's taking it a little harder. I know they'll have a great time. I know they'll learn a lot about Jesus. It's just not easy to let them go an hour away. Overnight. An hour away. Overnight. Is it Thursday yet? … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: nine


She's nine now. Home from China as an 11 month old, Isabelle has been surrounded by her forever family for all of her nine birthdays. When this very special day arrives each year, we celebrate even more than her birthday. We celebrate that, nine years ago, God first laid adoption on our hearts. First, on Chris' heart. Then mine soon followed. We've never, ever been the same. So grateful - in so many ways - that God brought this child into the world. And into our lives. Happy Birthday, precious one. I praise You, for I am fearfully and … [Read more...]

what she did


Isabelle has long wanted to have "Rapunzel" hair. Long. Flowing. Down to the small of her back. But she simply lacked the patience to ever get there. When it was time for a haircut, she couldn't resist. The weight, the heat... all made her long for short hair again. In the last year, though, something changed. She decided, no matter what, that she would grow it. No cuts. Nary a trim. Finally, her hair was long. And then she decided cut it. To give away. "So I could help other people if their hair was going away. Like, if there's a girl who needs hair, … [Read more...]