Double Digits!

This amazing girl hit double-digits at the very end of September!  It’s hard to believe that now makes TWO sets of double-digits in this family!  She has always been a little ray of sunshine (my little birthday gift♥︎) and continues to be so.  She loves to dance, to draw, play games, and choreograph shows with her friends.  She loves little ones and can’t wait until she is old enough to babysit!  I love her free spirit, love of life and her silly faces & voices!  She has a servant’s heart which we know God will use in amazing ways.  To balance it all out, she is a little rough-and-tumble and will knock you down with hugs if you don’t brace yourself against the tackle (I may or may not know from experience). :)

It’s tough getting these kids to do ‘photo shoots’ these days (has it ever been easy??), but after some convincing I usually manage to get a few shots before they are off to the next thing!  I love my little big girl and can’t wait to see all the places she will go!

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Jennie

What do you do when you have a gorgeous friend who also happens to be really talented?  Um, you take some photos of her, of course!   We had some beautiful afternoon light and took advantage of it as a fun way to showcase her business!  If you are ever in need of some beautiful, live harp music, THIS is the woman you need to contact!

This family has been an incredible blessing to us in so many ways.  They felt called to join us on this church planting journey last year and through it the Lord has given us these amazing friends to do life with~!  Lots of laughter, beach days, play dates, ministry planning, worship leading, and just living life together.  Their friendship is truly a gift and we are so grateful for them!

Here are a few photos from our fun, harp-filled afternoon session! 💕

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And then there was a ‘tween’

This sweet girl entered a new stage of her childhood and I’m having a hard time accepting it as a reality. 😳  Eleven years old and such a little beauty.  We are so proud of the girl she is!  Outspoken, determined, highly affectionate, detailed, sassy, Daddy’s girl.  Oh, and I can’t wait to see how long it takes for her to pass mom up in the height department (hint: um, not long)!  The good news is, we almost wear the same shoe size! 😜

Her big day was actually last week, but we finally snagged a few photos – a birthday tradition around here – to commemorate her passage to tween-hood (which she is very proud of, I might add)!  This is what I call a ‘micro-session’… 10 min’s flat to humor mom after piano lessons… and then on with her day (“Mom, are we done yet?”)!

Love her!

{And yes, you may notice subtle streaks of blue and pink (hair chalk) in her hair.  It goes with her nails.  😁}

 

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Oh and a quick shot with sis/BFF 💜

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Sunrise

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and I thought it might be time to get around to an update!

Recently, we took the kids on their second overnight camping trip… to the most amazing state park… which also happens to be a whole 10 min’s from our house! 😉   It’s a fun experience to be able to sit by the campfire, roast hot dogs and marshmallows in the evening, sleep in a tent, and of course get up really early 😳 and hit the beach at sunrise!  I really need to get up earlier more often… the painted skies at dawn (on the most beautiful beach) truly create the most amazing canvas!   Love that we get to call this paradise ‘home’!

 

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Salt, sand & smiles

I had an amazing time at the beach with one my favorite families to photograph!  I mean… have you seen them??  Gorgeous.  And I promise you – they are just as fun as they are beautiful.  :)

We were excited to have them visit us here for a few days, and of course we didn’t let a family photo opportunity go by.  Not to mention the fact that it was baby’s first birthday!  A ‘cake smash’ on the beach??  Yes, please!  We may have had to battle some high winds and a storm off-shore.. but the result was worth it — a beach to ourselves, intense stormy skies and RAINBOWS (yesss!).  I hope you enjoy a few favorites from our evening! (It was seriously hard to not post them all!)

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