Monday, August 04, 2014

baby ruth turns one

I love it so much when I am able to photograph a family or child many times. It is so fun to watch families and children change. I have been blessed with some of the best clients...and friends...and clients that turn into friends...and friends who become clients. 

Ruth is the first baby is go all the way through my Baby Blessings plan (except my own kids) since I've moved to Tennessee. I was able to document Ruth and her family while she was hanging out in her mommy's tummy. I was able to get my newborn baby fix and capture some special photos of her as a brand new member of her family. I also got to photograph her at six months old right when she started sitting up! This past week Ruth celebrated her first birthday so I was able to capture some really fun shots of her back at the place where we took the maternity/family photos. 

Ruth is such a calm and happy baby. She is the fifth child in her family so she always has action going on around her and she just eats it up, smiles, laughs and hangs out. She had lots of smiles for me during our session and loved sucking on her fingers. I think I was able to capture some photos of Ruth being Ruth. I hope you like them Liz!!!

She's coming to get me!!

Hi Ruthie!!

Love how she was just totally relaxing...such a chill baby!

I think this one is probably my favorite from the whole session!!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

forty-five years....

This past June marked 45 years of a blessed marriage. My in-laws celebrated this milestone by inviting all our families to a fun vacation week in Gatlinburg, TN. We enjoyed golf, shopping, swimming, card games, crafting, homemade dinners, hanging out, a mountain hike and just being together as a family was the best part of all. Our vacation was an incredible time filled with lots of memories and the same can be said of their marriage. Sure, their marriage has not always been filled with roses and daisies (just like any marriage) but God is faithful. Christ has always been the center of their marriage thus blessing their union with faithfulness, grace, compassion and lots of laughter. I am blessed to have these wonderful examples of faithful service to Christ, as they have served each other and their families, in my life. 

Thank you for raising children who are compassionate, faithful, good leaders and most importantly, children who know Jesus and His unfailing love. I have benefited from your Christian example of marriage in my own marriage to your son. May your days be continually blessed and here's to many many more years of marriage!!

Here are a few photos that we took to commemorate our time together!!

 There might have been a few Brewer fans in the crowd as well!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

kids bedrooms tour

Well here it is...our big DIY reveal!! We've been plotting and planning, building, painting and installing. The triple bunk bed is 90% done! The room is about the same. As you can tell we still need to paint the ladders and the support beams. I am also going to add a little painted something on the beds but I'll let that be a surprise! I also have to do some moving around of the wall decor but then this room will be done! But I was so excited about my husbands handy work that I couldn't wait till everything was done to share it with you!! We used the plans from the Handmade Dress website and they were perfect!! You can visit their room before the triple bunk beds here.

We are so excited to have our girls all share a room!! We hope they love it as well. Right now Abi will stay in her crib in her room and the other girls will be on the middle and lower beds until we get a guard rail up top and until Abi is ready for a big girl bed (which may be a while hopefully!!). we're thinking ahead!! The girls LOVE their room and Hannah loves that she doesn't have to sleep in a crib anymore!

 I took most of these photos with my fisheye lens so that is why there is some distortion. I wanted you to be able to get a whole room view!

 Micah used to have bunk beds but we took those down and gave him the queen size bed that was in Abi's room. So if you come to visit we still have room. Micah was THRILLED to have this bed and is so excited for his "new room". We will still move some things around...the shelf will not stay above his bed and we'll probably move his dresser to a different wall. But this is the state his room is in for now.

Micah got this awesome tool bench for his brother-in-law built it and Micah and Greg assembled it. Micah LOVES it!!

 Abi's room lost the queen size bed that took up most of the room and gained a twin size bed. Soon we'll make some desks to go in this room and once Abi is out of her crib this will be our home office!! So excited.

So there is a little kid bedroom tour. Obviously these rooms are NOT finished and there are still little things that need to happen to make them done...but I wanted to share what we've been working on. It's a slow work in progress but we're happy with how it's coming along!!