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Cleaning house...
Apr 11, 2011

I get intense satisfaction thinking of really beautiful (size 4) women who look crazy high maintenance doing their cleaning. There I said it. Ahhhhh I feel lighter after saying that. No matter who you are or what you look like you still have to go to the grocery store, you still have to scrub your toilet, you still get sick. And you still have a bad day every now an again. Life isn't easy FOR ANYONE. Maybe I needed to say this to myself but I felt like sharing it. Now I am going to go have a slice of pizza and then clean my house and hopefully I can have a better a better attitude about it.
Life really is about our view point. No matter what that is your looking at, it matters how you see it.
 



After Winter comes Spring
Mar 14, 2011

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I feel like something good is coming. There is an excitement. Like that song from West Side Story...
Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something's coming, something good,
If I can wait!
Something's coming, I don't know what it is,
But it is
Gonna be great!


but then I realize that what I am so excited for is this moment! Today! Spring!

While Travis was deployed I reached some of my darkest days. I was exhausted, depleted, stressed, worried and pretty grumpy. His deployment was one of the hardest things I have ever gone thru. All while trying to keep a happy face on. In front of the kids and in front of the everyone else watching. I tried but every day felt like a long and grueling marathon. Day after day, weekend after weekend, load of laundry after load of laundry, meal after meal, diaper after diaper. I can honestly say that I only pulled thru because I knew God had a plan and I believed He was shaping our family. And, some dear friends who let me lean on them, carried me the rest of the way. 192 days of being a single Mom was enough for me!

One Sunday morning (about half-way-thru) I went to church, to meet with my Sunday school group and one of my friends read a passage from a book that he was enjoying. I was dizzy with trying to get packed for church, get the kids in their Sunday school classes and trying to remember to breathe. The only words I heard read were, "Like spring after winter." I don't know who wrote the book or what it was called, what I do know- was in that moment I hungered for those words to describe my life. I yearned for the days when the deployment became a memory and not my current status on Facebook. Those words rung in my ears {like Spring after Winter} and became a goal. I wanted a spring after my personal winter. I choked down the tears that day and set my heart on those words. I didn't really know if I would be able to make it but I definitely hoped....

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In California I lived in perpetual greenery, the land of palm trees and trips to the beach year round. So I have to admit, that I started to take it all for granted. I mean, there is Spring in California, but it is just a little bit greener, a little bit warmer, a little bit...... But In Virginia (ahhhhhhh) After winter comes SPRING!!! It is SO exciting!!

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the kids are playing in the yard. We are trying to start a garden. To many people who know me this is laughable because I have killed most every house plant that has ever entered our home. But my boys have know idea how challenged I am in this area, so I am going to make a go for it. And if it doesn't work out, I can honestly say that we had fun trying it. And Kai won't care because he has already found 50+ earthworms :)

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Like spring after winter..... I really did survive. Wow!

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Caitlyn is 1
Feb 21, 2011

This is Caitlyn and she recently turned 1. There is a joy around her as she explores her world and also an infectious sense of humor. Caitlyn was ready.... set......gooooooo! Caitlyn is a busy little bee, so I was bobbing and weaving to get the shot. I can honestly say that enjoyed every minute with this family. It is such a treat to spend time with a family who obviously cherishes, the gift, of their child. And it is thrilling to be photographing families in Virginia :)

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Don't you love the innocent look on her face. :)

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I can honestly say that the world is a better place with Caitlyn in it. She is a beautiful little lady!
 



Probably Shouldn't--
Feb 20, 2011



This was to good to pass by. I just wish I would have thought of it. Sick, I know-BUT FUNNY!!!
 



Blink less
Feb 17, 2011

*****Don't blink *****
I am starting to think that I shouldn't blink because I am worried about what I will miss. My baby has turned into a walking boy and my little boy has turned into a little man. I spend my time as a photographer (and as a Mom) encouraging people to take pictures, so they will remember the precious moments. And the past 6 months have been so busy that I found myself not taking many pictures. (Granted, I still took a lot but not as many as I would have liked). It is so nice to look back on the days we have lived and the experiences that have shaped us.
Life gets busy. Well, ok I will be honest. Life gets chaotic. Every moment is filled with something and there aren't many "free" moments. I am learning, that I HAVE to make time for the things that are important. We recently got a digital picture frame that sits on our dining room table and we enjoy looking at the pictures SO MUCH! I have taken pictures of the good times, the bad times and the extremely honest times of parenthood. Not to mention the pictures of Trav and I before we were parents. I am glad that I have proof of that life :) We sit there as a family and laugh at them, have the opportunity to talk about the lessons learned, count our blessings, remember our friends that are far away and relive all our our adventures.
I would encourage Mom's to take more pictures and if you would like me to help. I am here :) (Shameless plug) I am happy to say that I am licensed and ready to do business in the Great State of Virginia. And I am ready! It is important for the Mom to be in the pictures and not always taking them. It is nice to remember us mothering our children. Not smothering but mothering :)

 



2011....
Dec 31, 2010

Happy New Year! Happy New Start! Happy about new opportunities! Happy to be the best you! Happy.... I hope this next year is full of health and wealth and all things that make you humbled by gratitude. I hope this is a special year for you and for mine. I wish you the Best!
 



Baby Ethan
Jul 1, 2010

I met Baby Ethan when he was 2 1/2 weeks old and he was already a charmer. Such a sweet spirit and a joy to be around. He made us all smile.

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His Mom and Dad were overflowing with love for him. His Dad, Jason, kept saying, "Look at him. Isn't he cute!" I know that Ethan will always have a cheering squad for him and we all need that.

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He was a perfect angel but maybe he will live up to this shirt when he is 3 :) (I say that because I wish I had a shirt like that for my 3 year old)

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I think that the world is a more peaceful place with Baby Ethan in it.

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And his future looks bright.

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Southern Comfort
Mar 10, 2010

It has taken me a full week to post this because coming home and getting life back to normal with 2 small children was challenging. But better late than never :)

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I keep typing and deleting this over and over again. It has been such a good visit and it is SO hard to go, so no wording seems right. It is hard to put into words what this visit has meant to me. To laugh and carry on with friends and family has been comfort food to my soul. AND to introduce Bryden to this wonderful group of people has been very powerful. To have all 3 of my boys here in this little corner of my history is so satisfying. We have made new memories and had new adventures. It is so heart stretching to see my Grandma playing Lego's with Kai or my Mom reading a book to Kai. Going to the Circus, experiencing a Southern Baptist Church and playing cards late into the night. It has been good to be home.

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So, my cousin has somehow grown to be a Senior in High School (which blows my mind!) and it was time to do some Senior pictures. She is such a remarkable young woman and I am so completely impressed with her. She is vibrant and fun and has a GREAT head on her shoulders. She is a living testament that if you work hard and stay committed to your goal that you can achieve it. She is an excellent student and she has the pick some of the best colleges out there. And I have to say that she has GREAT parents.

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Charlotte is Two
Feb 18, 2010

I have completely enjoyed watching this little girl grow up. She just turned 2 and it was time to capture what she is like at this age. We got together in Long Beach the day before Valentine's Day and it was definitely sweet. She was quick to smile and fun to watch her explore her surroundings.

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The Valentine's balloon was SUPER FUN!

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She has such a gentle side to her. Even when she is in some fun and edgy clothes.

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And a tutu with fairy wings was a fun way to finish out our time together.

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One of the benefits of my job is when clients become friends and that is definitely the case with Charlotte's parents. Yvette and John, Charlotte is so fortunate to have 2 such wonderful people as parents.
 



Hunter of the Heart
Feb 15, 2010


I wanted to be prepared for Valentine's Day this year. So, I took pictures early and was ready to post them but I wasn't prepared for what I learned yesterday. On a day all about the heart, I learned some news that has broken mine.

There is a special little boy named Hunter and he is a brave warrior. A 3 year old warrior who has been battling cancer for the past 2.5 years. Yesterday I learned that his cancer is back and there are no more medical options for him. So his sweet family have taken him home and are going to love on him as much as possible while there is still time.

There aren't words at a time like this. The only thing that I know to do is to cry and pray. I don't understand this but I do believe that God has a plan and his ways are far bigger than I can imagine. Hunter has touched more lives and hearts that most people do in 3 long life's but for those left behind it will take a lifetime to move through the heartache.

Please pray for Hunter and his INCREDIBLE parents Lenore and Zen. Please take time out and pray for them. This family has taught me so much and if you want to learn more about their journey go to www.HealingHunter.com





 



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