Sunday Snapshot: 8

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Today Jude turned 8. Already. We headed out after church to buy supplies for the big celebration. Because what the birthday boy wants, the birthday boy gets. As long as this mama can buy it at Target. His choice for dinner was bratwurst and homemade french fries. Dessert was yellow cake with red icing and […]

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Sunday Snapshot: snow

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Several of y’all have asked and no, I did not photograph my kids on their snow-day-extravaganza. Because mom + ice + snow + camera = certain wreckage. Also, like my children, I strongly dislike being cold. And wet. But I did manage to get a few of Miss Tallula the day before. I’m in a […]

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what they do when it snows

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… and it’s 23 degrees outside. They run around the house asking “Can we go play in the snow, nowwwww?” until I finally relent. Approximately 15 minutes and 342,712 requests later. They proceed to dig through all their drawers and closets and don 75% of their winter wardrobe. At the same time. They move on […]

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the end of one thing = the beginning of another

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What a ride it’s been. We launched Wild Olive in early March 2008 – right about the time the economy was tanking. But for God, it was right on schedule. Just days after our website going live, I “won” a day trip to Ree’s ranch for me and a girlfriend. To do some cooking and […]

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Sunday Snapshot: sunlight

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I few days ago, I found Poppy and Vivienne playing in the sunlight that – by early afternoon – is blazing through our front windows. In their princess dresses. And slippers. What caught my attention first wasn’t so much what they were doing. Because, really, they’re almost always in dress up clothes. What caught my […]

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Sunday Snapshot: double digits

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Sophie is turning 10. Oh my. I’ve often pondered the fact that, in just eight short years, we’ll have six teenagers in the house. At the same time. This birthday feels like one giant step in that direction. *sigh* Thankfully, our beautiful Sophie has managed to hang on to her easy-going ways. Even as she’s […]

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Sunday Snapshot: 14 from 2013

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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. […]

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Sunday Snapshot: 19

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Yep. He’s turning 19. Already. Currently soldiering through his first year of college. Still trying to figure out his major. His whole future ahead of him. Gah. Makes a mother’s insides sort of wobbly – having her baby out there in this big, crazy world. But that’s what love does. And I wouldn’t have it […]

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my new year

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Normally January finds me in a frenzy. Compiling to-do lists. Making resolutions. And, at the bare minimum, thoughtfully looking back at 2013. But not this year. True, I might still be in a sugar coma from our Christmas morning breakfast. Or I might be a walking zombie from a house full of 11 kiddos for […]

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this Christmas

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… we wanted to have a different kind of Christmas. Weeks before Christmas I asked for ideas on how to make Jesus the focus. Not gifts. Or glitter. And oh my, y’all did not disappoint. P.S. If you haven’t read this post, and want wonderful ideas for next Christmas, you really should. And so, at […]

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