347/365: today’s highlights included: my shirt riding up my belly all day at work because not even my maternity clothes fit my growing bump anymore 🤦🏻♀️, a much needed girls night out with a couple of my favorite mama friends for dinner + a holiday gift exchange, and a 9:30pm bedtime for one more day of work before a weekend home with the fam, one of our lasts as just the 4 of us! This time of year can be hectic and fast paced and exhausting, but I’m trying my best to slow down and soak it all in and appreciate the little things, like how pretty + magical twinkling lights make everything look ❤️✨🌲
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Lol 😂 yesterday I was teaching on praying against worry & doubt.⠀
Here’s a few easy steps to help ⠀
1. Enter prayer with thanksgiving and worship (even when your heart is heavy) ⠀
So many times I experienced no break through in my prayers because I was so focused on my pain instead of how great God is. You know the one that’s able to give you peace in the storm ⠀
2. Know who you are in Christ and approach the throne room of God boldly.⠀
God longs to hear from you ❤️⠀
3. Understand that God is moved by our faith in him, moving mountains ⛰ ⠀
Noting is impossible for God so make sure you come in prayer believing that’s He’s able to turn things around. ⠀
4. Find a scripture to back up your prayer request ⠀
Your prayer may sound something like this: ⠀
“God you have great plans for my life my children, my marriage (future spouse) etc.... because Jeremiah 29:11 says, for I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future, so God I thank you because in-spite of what I see or what I’m experiencing right now YOU’RE GREATER! YOUR WORDS TO ME ARE GREATER - ⠀
I love you and I thank you because you’ve got me, you said so in Exodus’s 14:14 that I should hold my peace, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do.” ✌🏻⠀
5. Now take time to just sit quietly in his presence and be filled with his power, strength and vision for the day & thank him for his goodness ❤️
Surrounded by Christmas magic!
This time of year brings so much joy and happiness to our homes! I’ve joined a group of photographers to capture the memory and beauty of this holiday season!
Up next is the talented: @courtneyathome
I just LOVE it when I can tell him to say something in her ear that will get her to smile like that!
I used to kinda dread shooting just couples, but I'm WAY into those sessions these days. Don't get me wrong, I still love the families, babies, and dog stuff... but I might be more open to going back to shooting weddings again. Okay, let me clarify... I wanna shoot elopements!
I know.... Who am I? What happened? We shall see what 2019 brings. #askandyoushallreceive
$200 AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!!! I’ve teamed up with some incredible lady bosses and their families to giveaway some extra $ to one of you! With the holidays it can get crazy busy and expensive. Whether you will use it to buy gifts, toilet paper, diapers or something for yourself - we hope to bring some cheer to you! We are so happy to be able to pay it forward and challenge you to somehow pay it forward as well. Here is how you an enter: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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how sweet are these siblings?! innocence at its finest.
I always prompt kids to do something cute together like hug, kiss or tickle one another. But the way these two grabbed each other & went for it was the most adorable thing ever!! I just love love.
It rained ALL day, but after school the boys got to go be boys: they played in the mud, jumped in the puddles, and had the time of their lives. Mama even had fun, too, capturing it all. Midway through, it started raining on us, but that didn’t stop them from wanting to stay outside..so we did. We went straight to the bath, ate pizza for dinner, and watched a Christmas movie. Today was a good good day. The boys are loving their new magnifying glasses (spy glasses as carter calls them 🤣) from @fawnandforest 🙌🏻 our weekend starts tomorrow and we cannot wait! 🍂 #momentsinthesun
Still We Rise ✨
this beautiful community is rising again
please take a moment and consider bidding this holiday season on the amazing items, experiences and services being offered in my 6th (!) online auction @_stillwerise This one is raising awareness and money for @circleofhealth + @fams2gether who are on the ground helping those experiencing the wrath of this administration at the border. One more favor, share the auction on your insta, or insta stories, more eyes on the auction mean more bids, and more bids means more money raised! •••
Together we can shift the tide ☮️🌬
On the fourth day of Christmas, my favorite small shops gave to me:
@duchessandfox ($30 shop credit)
@bunnyknots.co ($30 shop credit)
@ellebellebaby ($30 shop credit)
@templetonsilver (silver charm necklace)
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NAILED IT! 😆
Here's a little outtake from our family's recent Christmas photo sesh! I may be a professional photographer but when it comes to getting all the kids to cooperate in front of the tripod, the results aren't always stellar!
But this is real life folks! We get flooded with stunningly beautiful images of angelic children on our feeds every day. I get stars in my own eyes every time I see one of these 'perfect' family photos. And I'm even guilty of posting a few in my day.
But what I've figured out was, when I look back through our family albums, the 'perfect' images aren't the ones I cherish the most.
I cherish the real.
I cherish being able to remember how imperfect things really were and how amazing it all was.
I'll be honest I can't fully appreciate this photo of our crazy family yet #toosoon But I know that I'll get a huge smile when I look back on it a few years from now.
OK, OK, I realize this is just me thinking too much on a meme BUT 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘧 Facebook isn’t actually reading our minds or listening to our conversations? And what’s 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 happening is that we have already been shown this ad before we thought about it? But we weren’t interested and weren’t already thinking about it so we ignore it on the surface level but process it on a subconscious level. So through the subconscious processing we start to think about it and then 𝙗𝙖𝙢 there’s the ad ᵃᵍᵃⁱⁿ. 🙈👁⟁
OKAY now that I’ve got that off my chest, today was a good day. Not best day of my life but I was satisfyingly productive and lazy and I had a lot of fun creating games and activities to do with my kiddo (in my stories if you care to know deets). 7.5/10 would’ve been as high as 8.5 if I wasn’t so fucking exhausted.
Shine bright like diamonds in the sky! 💎
For every purchase that you make, we donate a garment in your honour to an Aussie child in need. ✨
Thank you for helping us bring smiles to hundreds of children year after year ❤️❤️❤️
Last day of kindy - after two years with her wonderful teachers I am a bit sad to say goodbye 😢 especially as her brother also attended the same kindergarten, we have had a long and happy association with it. But we are heading to T’s Christmas party in a few hours. And D is already on holidays unexpectedly early due to being sick - he missed his class party and movie yesterday and, while he’s much better today, I would have felt too mean sending him to clean-up day today after missing all the fun yesterday. So the long awaited school holidays will start in just a few hours!
Merry Christmas!! 🎄
This year I tried out the “in the box” Christmas shoot! I loved it!.
I loved every moment..
From shopping, building the box, setting up the studio, thanks to @klk_xo and @rossiconstruction , watching the parents entertain their kids, to going home and learning how to edit. .
Thank you to the families for letting me share their Christmas photos! 🎄
Only 8 more days until I wake up with my favorite people on this planet, my family. Being spread up and down the east coast, this is the last time we all raised a glass together - my parents' 50th wedding anniversary on the Vineyard in the summer of '17. I definitely have days when not having family nearby makes me incredibly sad. It wasn't something I noticed as much before we had Wyatt, but watching him evolve on a daily basis makes me realize how much we're all missing out on each other's lives. Looking forward to indulging in all the details with my favorites. 📸 by @amaraphoto
And I have officially wrapped on Christmas photos for 2018. All galleries have been delivered, as well as cards for those who ordered cards! Thank you all so much! This was by far my busiest season, yet! ❤️ - Courtney