goodgodalmighty— this fall, and yes, even this past summer, have been the rainiest seasons I ever remember in the 15-plus years I’ve been in Virginia. I love me some rainy days, but seriously… they were NOT made for cohabiting with the very loud boy-children I managed to produce.
And in separate events, the old apple tree in the middle of my backyard is dying, and I have some sadness around that.
And somehow those two not-so-great things came together to produce this turkeytail mushroom amazingness that I discovered when I wandered out into the rain a couple of days ago to escape the chaotic craziness of my housebound offspring.
Y’all, I stayed out there making picture after picture, until raindrops ran between my face and my glasses and dripped off the end of my ponytail.
🎄✨GIVEAWAY!✨🎄 It’s holiday season my friends, and with the holidays right around the corner - I know many of us are trying to get gifts together for under the Christmas tree. It’s never to early to start giving, and one thing I want to do is give more than I receive. I really want to show my appreciation for you friends, so I hope you enjoy giveaways just as much as we love hosting them. .
We decided to team up with @jillyoga_com and do a fun giveaway, winner will get their choice to a matching mommy and me set of choice !
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🙏🏽PRAYER WARRIORS🙏🏽 As many of you know Alli and Shane have been traveling in Greece for the last few weeks. They began their journey home yesterday and made it to New Jersey. All flights have been cancelled due to weather and they have been put on “stand-by” for the next few days.
Throughout all the chaos they met a solider in the airport who hasn’t been home for 3 years and only gets 12 days of leave to see his fiancé and baby for the first time. He has already spent 2 of his days stuck in the airport.
Alli and Shane have decided to rent a car to drive this man to Cincinnati, so that he can be with his family for the short time he has left and then they are hopeful from there they can get on a flight home, otherwise they will continue the long drive back to Kansas.
They are hopeful to be home before Sunday morning, as we have a Congregational Blessing at Church that it is very important for them to be a part of.
Please pray for their safe travels and that angels surround them on these roads covered with ice and snow. Alli and Shane have only slept two hours in the last two days and I know they are exhausted. Pray that all of them make it safely home to their families who are all eager to see them.💙 May we all be inspired by this testimony of love and community and find ways even amongst our own chaos to still help others. @alliarnoldart and @shaneadams you guys are incredible human beings! Drive safe!!!!
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No sun, no moon!
No morn, no noon!
No dawn, no dusk, no proper time of day
No sky, no earthly view,
No distance looking blue...
Yes, there's more to the poem than that, but this verse sums up today, it never got properly light, just fog and mizzle all day long.
Despite that, it's been a good day, had a how's it going meeting at with and the answer is good. So that was nice :) #lifewellcaptured#documentyourday#raindrops
So technically, this is the face we made when we lost our balloon (see yesterday's post) but we also are making this face today because 2 of our favorite people went home yesterday.
The girls are so lucky to have the best family and friends...we miss you guys already!
T E S T I M O N Y in the making✨
A week ago, God told me to pray specific prayers for 30 days regarding something that is CRUCIAL in my life. I’ve been wanting this thing to happen for a really long time and He said, “Pray for 30 days. Watch me move.” Today is day 7 and I’m believing that everything I’m communicating to Him will be acknowledged, validated, and made perfect in His way.
God definitely gave me a gift of faith. The gift of faith pushes me to hope for all the things the world says isn’t possible. The reality I live in is the one where the truth of the Kingdom is unbreakable and undeniable.
What are you hopeful for? What are you dreaming about? Drop a comment and let’s encourage each other! 👇🏽
“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.”
Hebrews 11:1 TPT
This big guy and I all day. Since he started with his nanny in September 3 days a week, I feel like I never really get quality time with him. His brother is a focus on me type of child, which has turned Louie into such an independent babe. He happily plays alone, walks alone and eats alone. He rarely stops for a cuddle and doesn't like to be touched unless he asks for it. So when I do get a full day with him and he is in a happy mood, and stops for a couple snuggles from me, it's nothing but a good day in my books. Happy Friday, wishing you a lovely weekend! 😘
Stasera arriva nonno Peo ❤️. Lade ha deciso di darmi una mano in cucina e sta scegliendo gli ingredienti, il problema è che punta il dito sempre verso i suoi biscottini... Vai a convincerla che esistono sapori squisiti oltre il latte di mamma e il biscottino croccante. Anche se ho il sentore che questa sarà una “Matilde due” in quanto appetito, ve lo saprò ridire.
Per quanto riguarda il frigo, sto raccogliendo un sacco di dritte per sistemare, al meglio, i cibi al suo interno. Se voi avete trucchetti e suggerimenti in merito sono ben accetti, poi magari ci scriverò su un post 💪🏻⭕️⛔️💢💯❗️ #adelaideishere#pettegoleadorate#food#grandpa
There are men of the house and women of the house and then there is Mara! She thinks she has everything figured out and that she is the boss of EVERYONE she meets!
Strong-willed children become adults who change the world as long as we can hang on for the ride and resist the temptation to “TAME” the spirit out of them. —Unkown
We’re about to enter the most wonderful time of the year, and I’m so excited for Christmas cookies, taking Charlotte to see Santa, and all the holiday parties! But it’s pretty easy to get wrapped up in all the ribbons and bows, and forget the most powerful gift we all have to give - kindness! ⠀
So today on thiscelebratedlife.com, I’m sharing 10 ways to spread kindness this holiday season! I’m especially excited to do numbers 4 and 5 with Charlotte! 💗🎀 Head to the link in my bio for the list!
This kid is a climber! He dares to scale walls and climb rocks that make this mama heart a bit scared at times. But I put on my brave face, because I don’t want him to ever stop believing that he can do hard things. 💙
... things I would love my baby girl to personify... to be resilient, fiesty, independent and always know her self-worth and walk confidently and unapologetically in it... to have the wisdom and foresight to hone in on her passion and the unbreakable strength to pursue it until she is successful in it... to recognise how truly and deeply loved she is, and how no matter what life throws her way, she will always have a safe place to retreat to... and above all- to anchor her every step in faith and the knowledge that if Allah brings her to a situation, He will also provide her with a way through it...
Somehow there are 5,000 of you following along and I can’t tell you how cool that is!
5,000 people. What?!?!! You may be a family or couple I’ve had the pleasure of documenting. Maybe a potential client waiting for the right time to book! Possibly a photographer, or a friend that is supporting me in this endeavor. Whatever the case, thank you for joining in and I love that you’re here!
I am trying to be better about putting my face in the grid a bit more. Sometimes it’s a challenge to get in front of the camera. It just doesn’t happen as much as it should. Which is why I booked a couples session with @kylie_morgan_ today! Just my cute husband and I! Time is a dirty thief and I want to have these memories forever! The last time we were in front of a camera (Just us two) was our wedding. Our freaking wedding! No bueno.
So today, I’m practicing what I preach 🙌🏻 and taking the time to preserve us right where we are today. I cannot wait!
When is the last time you were in front of the camera and what was the occasion?!
Pic by @jessicademersphotography edited by yours truly 🤘🏻
Wooohooo - it’s Friday!!!! Being a #wfhm this last month, I often have no clue what day of the week it is. But my son reminded me that he is out of school allllll next week so we have some fun plans in the works (not to mention I’ll have a built in babysitter!). Gotta finish editing all these cute fall families so I can get into Christmas mode! Where is the BEST Santa in the Boise area for babies first santa picture??!!
Today marks 9 months that a piece of me went to Heaven, 9 months that I did not have him in my belly, 9 months on this journey that I never thought I would be in. And although I will never get over it, I will learn how to move forward, for my family and for myself. It is also 9 months that we have not let a second go by without thinking of you Axel👼🏻 Just as we hug those near us, we have to also learn to hug our pain, learn to embrace it just as Jesus did for us. We will all go through trials and we will all be tested at some point in our lives, but it’s what we do with that experience and what we do with our pain that really matters. 🧡
“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
“Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s ... caffeine?!” 😝 Already on my third cup and it’s not even 9am. Is there any other way to stay awake when a tiny human doubles as an alarm clock. And by tiny, I mean 40lbs and half my size, and by alarm clock, I mean 5am. Running on caffeine and concealer like it’s a marathon! #momlife#fakeittilimakeit#caffeine#concealer#mynewmotto
Hellllllo Monday!!! Walking around with an extra pep in my step because daylight savings just made my morning! 🙌 Can’t believe what a difference an extra hour can make! Anyone else having a good morning? Sending good vibes your way for an awesome day! 💫 #monday#mood