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.  😁}



Oh and a quick shot with sis/BFF 💜



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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Birthday Girl

Well, I may be more than a month behind, but I thought it would be fun to do a post for my big girl who hit double-digits in May~!  I almost refuse to believe that I have a 10 year old.  Someone please explain how a decade becomes a blink?  Anyway, for her special day (and since Grandma was here to watch the other three) we took her for a special breakfast date all by herself.  When you are the oldest of four kiddos, ‘alone time’ with both parents is truly a treat. :)  After breakfast we stopped for a quick little photo shoot downtown near the marina and the bridge.  Ironically, it was actually cloudy and COLD that morning so we shivered a bit through it!   This girl is crazy in love with her daddy (can you tell?) and I’m thinking she is never going to be old to be held by him.  So sweet.

So thankful for my beautiful first-born!~

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