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...]

Sunday Snapshot: Shep turns seven


No, you're not seeing double. We just celebrated another birthday. Meet our newest (and happiest) seven year old. For his birthday he asked for, "Anything Nerf, Ninja Turtle or Ninjago." And he got a little of each. He asked for a "green and blue cake, with green on the inside." And he got that, too. Happy Birthday, little man. We sure do love you. And your toothless grin. If you're ready to play along, go ahead and link up below. Be sure to visit here for the full scoop. To link up this week with your Sunday Snapshot, just copy the … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: the boys


These two. I took them out together - planning on photographing each of them individually. Because they can make each other laugh like no one else. Turned out that, more than anything, they wanted to be photographed together. And pretend to be ninja fighters. And make superhero poses. So grateful that even though these boys were born over 500 miles apart, 9 months apart, halfway around the world, that God saw fit to make them brothers. And, even more, best friends. If you're ready to play along, go ahead and link up below. Be sure to visit … [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: 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...]

on my heart


November is National Adoption Month. And yesterday was Orphan Sunday. So the subject of adoption has been occupying a lot of my brain matter lately. As a momma to seven beloved children that were once considered orphans, adoption is often on my mind. But I've been reminded that I want my passion for adoption to be more than something that is on my heart and in my head... I want my life to be affected as well. I want to be changed. I want my life to look different because of all that God has revealed to me about His heart for the orphan. I had hoped to write … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: {school pictures}


Here they are. At least, a few of 'em. More to follow, when I manage to wrangle the older kids into a photo shoot. Since I'm doing school pictures my way, I figured I'd include a mini-interview, too. This way, when they are older and ask me for details about their childhood that I've long since forgotten, I can point them to this blog post. Multi-tasking at it's finest. Here's Jude. Mr. 1st grade and loving every minute of it. Mom: What is your favorite thing about being in 1st grade? Jude: Balancing clips on a popcicle stick. Because it's … [Read more...]

an outtake


We're a little non-traditional around here. A few years ago I, once again, forgot it was 'school picture day'. And sent someone to school with unbrushed hair, or a not-picture-worthy shirt, or some other horrendous mom-crime that we moms unwittingly commit against our kids. It was then that I decided to forgo the traditional school picture forevermore. And I determined that instead I'd take my own 'school pictures', my way. I can't say that it's been a smashing success because, well... I'm the photographer. But I can say I've had fun in the process. And I've … [Read more...]

first day of school :: round two


As I mentioned last week, I missed an opportunity to get pictures of my kids on the first day of school. And - as much as I'd intended to get pictures of them every. single. day. - the rest of that first week was basically an ugly blur. They'd come home in the afternoons with backpacks loaded with papers to sign, flyers to read, assignments, projects and papers to complete. So today, one week and one day after the official start of school, I finally took pictures. Since I knew outside wasn't going to work (been there, tried that) I figured I'd just have a go … [Read more...]