Our first month as a family of five!

well, it is a beautiful chaos around here.  i haven’t picked up my fancy camera except for a few times (one lovely evening at our favorite park and of course to the pumpkin patch) so in an effort to try and remember this time i have tried to take at least one picture each day with my iphone that i am proud of.  plus it is just a a lot more convenient than the big canon seeing that there are hardly enough hands to begin with.  😉  in a nut shell, we are incredibly blessed.  and happy.  and exhausted.  and trying to just feel this out as we go along.  having three is hard.  any mamas out there want to let me know some practical tips on finding joy in the madness?  in an effort of trying to be real, i really just am hoping for the day to come when i don’t feel the guilty at the end of the day from not giving each child what they really needed from me that day.  and that maybe i let the baby cry too long because i was trying to have a moment with one of the older ones.  and never getting out of sweatpants.  or realizing at 4pm that the only thing we have all eaten all day is marshmallows and fruit snacks.  i have lofty aspirations that i may become supermom and have everyone with an exciting craft, three square meals and i would be able to answer all 400 emails in my inbox in one uninterrupted sitting but the truth is that i am lucky to be able to smile at the end of it.  and that’s just in a tiny nutshell.  😉  the icing on the cake is that there is always a lot of cuddling and sometimes that is the only way to get through the day… just grabbing someone and cuddling them until the next person cries and then grabbing them to join in too.  oh, and dance parties pretty much make everything better.  so, this is what we have been up to, starting at the day before our sweet miss clementine was born.  :)

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The Clementine Themed Shoot!

so very excited to share this shoot!  as for the inspiration for it… while i was pregnant i especially loved reading psalm 139:13, it gave me so much comfort when i would have worries about my little clementine growing in the belly.  it says, “for you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  i praise you because i am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.” i just imagined God “knitting” together every tiny bit of my little one and i began to collect beautiful yarns throughout my pregnancy.  i knew i wanted to do a shoot using the yarn but it was really once we decided her name would be clementine that i thought to combine the yarn concept with a little clementine tree.  in the last few weeks before she was born i worked on wrapping the yarn around the tree as i knew i wouldn’t have the energy to do all the prep once she was born and then we took it out in the backyard once we were home and settled from the birth and we all planted it together.  my wonderful and dear friend, trisha, knit together a perfectly clementine colored wrap for her and we curled her up in it (thank you friend for your loving hands creating it for her!).  gracie and brandon loved being able to “water” their little (sister) clementine with love under the tree and it just made my heart so happy to watch all the elements of the session unfold.  a big thanks to donny for always indulging my ideas, even in my 9th month of pregnancy, holding me up post partum as i took these photos, being the ultimate prop master, kid wrangler, newborn soother, creative visionary and partner in all things… i love you endlessly and could not have picked a more beautiful person to raise children alongside.  so, there you go, i hope you all enjoy the pictures as much as i loved creating them.  this first image is the front of her birth announcement.  :)

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