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the dixon family

The Dixon's are a young family with a 3-year old and a 1-year old. I remember well what it was like with those ages (since our own little boys are also two years apart and only slightly older), so I was excited to photograph their story. 

When I met with Rhonda before their session, she said she wanted to remember the simple things of what they do in their everyday life. Some of their favorite things to do together involve chasing daddy in the front yard, dressing up as rapunzel (complete with ace bandage as the "hair"), making all sorts of foods from their play kitchen, playing games together, reading stories, and just slowing down to rock the littles to sleep (almost!).

I love including portraits in a story, so we started our time together outside in their gorgeous back yard. Seriously, look at those fall colors! After portraits, I stepped back and let them step into their everyday. When I shoot I try to let families just live, without much prompting or posing from me, and in the end I feel like their story is colorful, beautiful, and filled with memories unique to them. I just love watching families do their everyday together. I know how quick this season is with children, and I know how quickly we forget some of their favorite things. What a blessing it is to me to be able to document a glimpse of their life. 

Thanks Dixon family for such a great story, and for being such awesome clients! 

Monday's musings

I woke up this morning to the sound of rain pitter pattering on the roof. I had every intention of getting up early, and starting a good pattern for the week. Goals.

I had some great goals.

But the warmth of our cozy bed, ugh. My first goal went right out the door. 

However, I DID manage to get up earlier than our boys and that was still progress. Quiet time without dividing my time and attention between our boys was a really great start to this dark and dreary Monday. 

I wanted to post some musings in the interest of being intentional and sticking to a Monday post (remember, I have GOALS my friends). 

Our life.

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Jonah's birthday by taking a trip to an apple orchard. We did the same thing last year and because it was such a great day, we decided to dub this a tradition that needed to happen in our family. This year we invited our good friends and my in-laws along. It was a really perfect fall day with cooler temps and sunshine mixed with clouds. Our friends have 3 little boys, and with our 2 added into the mix, it was a lot of fun to watch them pick apples. I love visiting apple orchards and eating apples right off the tree; the crisp, sweet taste of fresh apples cannot be beat. Our takeaway was about a bushel of apples, because I decided to pick up a bag of "seconds" (already picked, bruised apples) with our own bag we had picked. Of course we picked up some apple cider donuts as well and we added in a whole basket of tomatoes that they sold in their market. It was a good food haul! Here we are weeks later and still enjoying the fruit of our labor. Apples for days and days! Here are some favorite photos from our trip!

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We had a blast celebrating Jonah's special day. Plus, we even have a family photo together! (thanks Erin!)

Scripture.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:3-11)

There is so much wisdom in this passage, but a couple thoughts that struck me while reading through it. The unlikely are mentioned. The ones you wouldn't think would really need a special blessing. Like those that mourn. 

We've had our days of mourning, following the loss of our third wee baby this past July. But it says, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." While discussing this in my core group at Bible study, one lady mentioned something I found encouraging. She said that she wanted to start praying the blessing on those that the verse was mentioning. As in mourning, to pray for them to be comforted. I guess I had never really thought about praying the ending for the ones mentioned in the beginning. Thinking through all the different types of people mentioned in this passage, I started to think through particular people that would fit those descriptions. It's not hard to think of those that are mourning. I've seen many women walk through suffering in mourning. I love praying specific scripture for others and here is just one more way to do that. I am determined to start doing this in my prayer life. 

Readings.

I read this post this past week and it was again timely for me. I find myself feeling discontent at the lot God has given me, and question if it's good. Is it really good where I am? This post was shared with me a couple months ago, and at the time I didn't fully get where the author was coming from. The second time I read it, I did. It was a great encouragement and a good reminder to be thankful for where I am and what He has done for me and given me (my lot). 

Here's the post by Loving my Lot: 3 things to tell yourself when others prosper and you suffer

Happy rainy Monday friends!

Little Sawyer

After our trip to France, I was really, really wanting to try my hand out on a personal everyday shoot before we had to return our rented Fuji x100t. I love shooting stories and of course if the story has a new mama in it, it becomes even more personal to me (a gal with a huge heart for motherhood). 

My friend Lily and her hubby Scotty had just welcomed their first son, Sawyer, into the world, and I had the opportunity to take some very new, first photos of their little bean. 

It was a sunny morning, Sawyer was as sweet as could be, and these new parents are easily fitting the new shoes of "mom and dad".  Thanks Lily and Scotty for letting me step into your lives briefly during these precious early days!

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