mothers day

strawberry picking at 35 weeks pregnant

Last year we went strawberry picking for the first time. It's something that I've wanted to do for quite a while, but we finally did it together as a family! It's a lot of fun seeing the boys grow and become more independent so that they can really participate in activities with us! As it turned out, we actually ended up picking at two different farms. The first was fun, but the second one, we spontaneously (somewhat) headed to on Mother's Day was our favorite. 

For Mother's Day last year we did something a little out of the ordinary. While we usually head to church every Sunday (Mother's Day being no exception), I chose to do something different for the sake of my own heart. I shared about that day here.  Spending the day with my family, was a wonderful and restful experience all around. And I LOVED the strawberry farm we visited. 

This year I really wanted to head back to that farm. God has been so gracious and with joy, we are expecting our third son. Our rainbow baby. (35 week belly below)

 

Every week we like to plan for a family activity together, so for the week before Mother's Day we chose to go strawberry picking. I realize at 35 weeks pregnant it's not a really easy feat, but I really wanted those sun ripened strawberries. Plus the home made ice-cream isn't so bad either!

The farm is about an hour north of us and it's called LCCL Strawberry Farm, in Rome. Their price is terrific to pick your own, and of course they sell strawberry ice-cream that you really have to buy after picking out in the fields.

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We picked about 11 pounds altogether, which surprisingly (even with a big pregnant belly) didn't take us that long. The boys have learned which ones are good for picking, how necessary it is to "sample" some while you pick, and which ones to leave on the stems for ripening. I'm a homeschool mom, but a natural teacher (well, Jonah more than me) so we can count this trip as a field trip, wrapped into a family day. The best! 

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strawberry picking, lccl farm, rome, GA, family, lifestyle photography, its the everyday
strawberry picking, lccl farm, rome, GA, family, lifestyle photography, its the everyday
strawberry picking, lccl farm, rome, GA, family, lifestyle photography, its the everyday
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strawberry picking, lccl farm, rome, GA, family, lifestyle photography, its the everyday
Oliver is getting pretty good at using our camera! 

Oliver is getting pretty good at using our camera! 

It was a great day and we recommend this local farm to anyone in our area. The drive isn't really too bad, since it's north, and the warm sun ripened fields of strawberries are worth it! Store bought strawberries just cannot compete with taste. We have a freezer full of berries, that I'm sure will be eaten up too soon, but some wonderful memories from our day at the farm.

the best day (mother's day)

I can't say that this year Mother's Day was something I was excited about. 

Don't get me wrong, I am so thankful for our two boys. SO thankful! What a great privilege and honor it is to be given children to raise up. God has given us two little gifts that we treasure. But this Mother's Day we were also remembering the two babies that God gave us for a short time. The two that are now in heaven, perfect and whole with Him. They are having the best Mother's Day and I can't wait to see their faces one day. What a great hope it is to think of the day we see our Savior and loved ones!

But there is a sadness that comes with the loss of those little babies. And it hangs onto our hearts, like a tiny little pinecone that is rooted to it's tree. 

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It's hard to rejoice on this day as we also remember the two that are not here. I know that it's getting easier for us as each day passes. Healing is like that. And perhaps next Mother's Day will be a little easier than this one. But for this day, Jonah asked what I'd like to do. Anything special? 

Honestly I wanted to avoid the recognition and ceremony that is the norm for the day. I wanted to be as far from crowds and cheerful wishes from those that meant well, because I wanted to just quietly remember and feel what the day meant. It meant thankfulness for our children. The ones here, the ones in heaven. Thankfulness for this role as a mom. What a heavy, joyful gift it is. And to reflect back on the One that sees our hearts. To spend a little time in worship to Him, our Maker, our Giver of good and perfect gifts. To praise Him for His faithfulness, His relentless pursuit of us, His heart that is for us and with us. I wanted to go somewhere peaceful, and see beauty. 

And so our adventure began. Jonah was thrilled to learn that I wanted to go visit a state park near us (well, within a few hours). A place where we could hike, picnic, and see waterfalls. Going on an adventure felt like the perfect way to spend this day. 

So on Mother's Day, after I was woken up to be led on a search for cards the boys had made and "hidden" for me, I was treated to breakfast and then we packed up and headed out to Cloudland Canyon. Jonah packed us a picnic lunch that we took along with us. It was a great start!
 

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mothers day, cloudland canyon, its the everyday photography

After a couple hours we arrived, and the gorgeous weather kept it nice and cool as we hiked. It was beautiful up there in the mountains and our hike took us to one of the first waterfalls. The boys were so great the whole time, hiking right along with us, exploring all the trees, sticks, rocks, caverns and weird bugs along the way. 

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beauty. there is always something beautiful that God has made right in front of us!

beauty. there is always something beautiful that God has made right in front of us!

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We stopped at the first waterfall and dipped our hands in the water, rested on the rocks and admired the vastness, the sound, and the isolated beauty of it. 

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so thankful for these men!

so thankful for these men!

After a break we continued on to the next waterfall. A little more crowded, and set away from us thanks to a bridge. But thanks to my adventurous husband we found another waterfall not far from it that we could literally put our feet in and sit by for lunch. It was something to sit by the roar of water, dip your toes in the frigid cold and eat your lunch, with the sun shining down on you. What a wonderful memory together. 

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mothers day, cloudland canyon, its the everyday photography
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mothers day, cloudland canyon, its the everyday photography, waterfall
eating lunch with our toes in the water. what a wonderful memory with the boys!

eating lunch with our toes in the water. what a wonderful memory with the boys!

thankful.

thankful.

After lunch we waded a bit in the water, watched a dog nearby slip and fall from a small overhang into the water (yikes! he was fine!), and hiked a bit around the fall, under a cavern, and as close as we could to the falls. It was neat to explore the rocks, see some weird crustaceans (crawfish maybe?), and feel the dripping water above us from the rocks. We took some shots, and allowed our five year old to man the camera to take one of us. To our surprise he did great! 

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mothers day, cloudland canyon, its the everyday photography, waterfall

We were blessed with a peaceful, adventurous, amazing afternoon. And on the way home we stopped by a local strawberry farm to pick several pounds of warm, sun-ripened berries and enjoy homemade ice-cream. It was a perfect ending to our day! I am so grateful for the family God has given me. For this role as a mother. For the pain of the past year that has made me appreciate the gifts we have even more. For what God has been speaking into my heart, for how He's made me mother a little different, a little more intentionally, and a little more focused. My heart is changed even more with each child, and I pray it's being shaped and molded to be more like His. We needed a day like this, and I am so very grateful for this, the very best day. Which as it turns out, was Mother's Day after all. 

this life, this adventure together. is there anything greater?

this life, this adventure together. is there anything greater?

Mothers day story

Becoming a mom has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I cannot measure the amount of joy that fills my day-to-day from being with these babes of ours. And I've never been so actively involved in photography as I have been as a mama. There are so many little things I don't want to miss! As they have grown from newborn to baby, toddler to little man, I have been documenting along the way. My collection of photos has grown to thousands, but I love being able to look through the past few years and see what my everyday is like with them. And from all those photos, do you know which ones are my favorites? Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) they aren't the controlled, posed, set up shots that we have of our boys when they were tiny newborns. No, it's the candid, natural, in the moment kind of shots that I love the most. Like our first stop at the beach when we arrived in Charleston. We had our swim clothes packed in the car, but we were so excited to see the ocean. We just planned to dip our feet in, however when you are with a toddler that has been talking about the beach for the past 5 hours in the car, plans change. And you come away with a shot of your 3 year old in his underoos. 

Or how there are always rocks to collect whenever we visit the grandparents. 

Or the moments I catch these two reading a book or eating snacks all squished together in the same place. 

The moments are what I remember, and having those in photos is something that I will always treasure. 

So, as Mother's Day approaches, I wanted to offer something special just for moms.  
This is a session that will be in your home (or a special place you love to be with your kids) documenting your relationship with your little ones. What moments in your life do you most want to remember? What is your story?
I have to laugh because, as I typed this, my youngest came toddling by with one shoe on and the other shoe in hand, waiting for some help from mommy or daddy to put it back. And once I sat back down to type (I was outside enjoying our spring weather) a ladybug landed on my cup of water. My three year old was instantly enthralled with this tiny bug. It's these little moments that I love, that fill up my days. They are ordinary, but fleeting, and I know when I'm not so busy in the middle of raising these little boys I will miss simple moments like these.  

The moments in your own life are what I will be documenting. This real life session will be the simple everyday you spend as a mom with your own little ones. The stories you read together, the breakfast routine you share everyday, the teaching moments when you show your child something for the first time, the times you get to hold your little ones and they don't squirm away.  

Ready to book your session?
Because I really want to invest my time into your individual story, I will only be offering a minimum amount of sessions. So please contact me if you are ready to book your session! I can't wait to get to know you and document your own sweet story in motherhood!