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A Sweet Little Moment

In the midst of chaos a sweet little moment can be so rich. I had a moment with the girls tonight. With the littlest one in my arms, the others took turns giving me hugs and kisses, and just like that I knew I was exactly were I was supposed to be.

These moments don’t last, but I can only hope and pray that I cherish them while they do last. Next week we’re sending our oldest off to a week-long church camp and I am struggling with remembering that the boy who was just a baby only a few short moments ago is growing up and becoming more and more independent every day.


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Encouragment for Today

smDSC_8597b It’s feels like it has been a really long week, but I got several doses of encouragement just when I needed them!

My kids folded a whole couch full of laundry and two laundry baskets full of laundry and they put almost all of it away! After dinner one of my girls started putting away the dishes that were in the dishwasher without being asked. Then she asked if she could do the dishes. I said YES!  I wish someone could have taken a photo of my face when I asked her why she wanted to and she told me that she wanted to do it for me. One kid has been really wanting his Minecraft time so he’s been helping clean up around the house for the past week. It is encouraging that my kids want to help out around the house!

Today I took the kids on a little walk for a fall photo super mini session. I have to confess . . . These are totally my “beautiful” confessions here . . .  It was a extra tiny session because my camera battery died but I was able to take 40 photos in 5 minutes. I got some really good ones along with some that are just plain funny!

While we were on our walk we met a white-haired gentleman who was sporting a black NRA hat and walking his little schnauzer. He smiled as he let all of the kids pet his dog and he asked me, “Are these all your children?” I proudly replied, “Yes they are.” Oh my goodness he said. He told me that when kids grow up and move away they will start repaying you. He said, “That is what my kids did, they repay me so much.” He told me right now I am paying while they are young. I am sure the gentleman didn’t know at all how much his words meant to me. In the chaos of every day life I can’t look ahead at what life might look like some where down the road, but I am encouraged when I think about how blessed I will be some where down the road.

I’ve been sharing some recent photo shoots with my oldest son and asking him what he thinks after all the other kids have gone to bed. The other day I asked him to choose a favorite of three different photos and he shook his head no. He couldn’t pick a favorite and told me they are all great. Tonight I was showing him photos of our family friends and he said, “You are really good at taking photos.” I am so thankful that people trust me to take photos for them, because they think that I’m a good photographer.

It is so good to be encouraged!

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Lent Day 2 – Giving Thanks

I’m thankful for the photography path that God put me on early in my life. I took my first photography class as a freshman in high school and spent the rest of my high school career on the yearbook staff. I learned a lot about being a better photographer during those early years. After high school I stayed close to home because of the journalism program that was offered at Ball State. It was there that I met my husband and continued to improve my craft. A family friend was a photographer for Ball State and I landed a job as a student photographer for the university’s photographic services department. There I learned from amazingly talented photographers and made several wonderful friends. After college I had big dreams of traveling the world as a missionary photographer and I even attended a Christian Photo-journalism conference in Texas two years in a row. My big dreams took on a twist when I got married and then became a missionary in my own home to six wonderful little people. I do my own photography business on the side along with lots of photography inside my home, and this past year was the most successful year of my business yet. I view photography as a way to share God’s love with others and I count it a blessing to make photographs for others. I’m thankful for all the friends and photographers that I have met along the way. 

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It’s the Little Things

I ask the question, “Where are your pants?” a ridiculous number of times in one day. I think the girl just likes being able to take her pants off. It makes her dance and giggle when we tell her we can see her naked legs. I think maybe it’s an independence thing. She got mad at me the other day because I didn’t let her throw her diaper away. Who knew that throwing a diaper away could be such a huge deal to a one-year-old. You may or may not remember the Veggie Tales silly song, “Oh, Where is My Hairbrush?” My little one’s theme song these days could be, “Oh, Where is My Toothbrush.” That girl has been teething a lot but even when she isn’t teething she is always stealing her toothbrush and leaving it in random places.

My youngest boy is the sickest of them all today with a fever and a cough that won’t quit. He kept saying things like, “I’m really sick,” and”I want to go to Grandma’s house,” and “Every else is feeling better, why do I have to still be sick.” It was pitiful. He was a little bit listless but there were times where he would literally run around in a circle and after doing so he would end up in a fit of coughing. He wanted to forget that he was sick even if it was only for a few minutes. It was so funny when every time I would take his temperature he would says, “Oh boy, here we go again.” in the most pitiful and sad voice ever. It is tough to be sick. If only getting your temperature taken was as hard as it gets!

The one completely well kid has spent many a day planning trips to see people and places. First it was a trip to Michigan to see part of our family/friends that moved there. Then it was a trip to Alaska because I have been to Alaska before. Now it’s a trip to see our friends who live at “cabin camp,” or the Boy Scout Camp that we lived at for a couple summers. She has a whole slew of things she wants to give people that she remembers from camp. My favorite was a yellow strip of paper. When I asked her what it was she said it was a whip that our friend Thad could use to whip people that try to whip him. Another item that she had to give was a paper towel tube for Kenny that he could use to talk into to make himself louder.

She and I have also been having arguments about what her stuffed animals are. She came home from Grandma’s house with a red Ty beanie baby bull that she insisted was a yak. Eventually I took “Snort” the bull and told her that I was going to keep in until she agreed that it was in fact a bull. I don’t know why it worked but it did and “Snort” the bull has been a bull ever since. We even agreed that a bull is also a boy cow! Our other argument, which is still ongoing, is whether or not her “Little Howler” is a wolf or a huskie. It’s a huskie and the closest I can get her to come to agreeing with me is her saying, “Little Howler” is a huskie wolf.

I started to feel my newest addition fluttering around recently. I know those kicks and jabs will only get bigger!  My ultrasound date is set and I can hardly wait. Tonight while sitting around the dinner table I asked, “Who thinks the baby is a boy?” This shocked me because one of the girls has been holding strong to her vote that our new baby is a girl.  She told me that she changed her mind. We shall see in a little less than 4 weeks as long as our little one cooperates.

There may be only a couple completely healthy people in our house right now, and I may not be one of the healthy ones, but it is the little things that are huge blessings if I only stop to pay attention to them!

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It’s Snowing! Christmas is Coming!

It isn’t snowing in Muncie, Indiana but it is snowing on my blog. It is just another reminder that Christmas is almost here. At church been hard at work on the Christmas program that I helped to write and direct. “Holy Night Bible Trivia” is a game show about the real meaning of Christmas. Jesus Christ left heaven to be born as a baby, so that he could live and walk among us. He died and rose from the dead so that we could have our sins forgiven and live forever. Since I became a mom I have really thought a lot about this baby Jesus and how much love it must have taken for God to send his child to the world. That is a lot of love!

Immanuel means God with us. God is with us even now.  Let me count the ways that He is with me. We had several friends travel an hour or more to surprise my husband for his birthday. We celebrated on my girls turning four and another turning one with family. My macbook is alive thanks to my friend. Most of my kids and my husband are on the mend after fighting sickness and I have yet to be sick. My baby is fussy and feverish but she is resting peacefully for now. I have tons of laundry to wash and put away, but this morning my two boys worked together to put their own laundry away. Our Christmas program is only a week away but it is coming together quite nicely.  Just in the past couple weeks I have done 3 different photography or Photoshop jobs. I found out a camera is on it’s way to me from Hawaii so that I can use it to trade up for a new set of camera equipment. My dad came to church three services in a row. I won $25 off a canvas gallery print and a 12 pack of Coke.  Friends of ours gave us a 4 gallon bucket of Tide!  I am almost done with my Christmas shopping.  It has been raining and not snowing here in Indiana, but I am sure that will change, because the weather here is constantly changing. The list goes on and on and Christmas isn’t even here yet!  God is here indeed and I am thankful for all of the blessings he has given to me and my family.

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My Valentine

I will confess that Valentine’s Day has never been a huge deal for me.  I don’t expect anything extravagant from my Valentine, because 365 days out of the year I know that I am loved and my Valentine knows that I love him!

This year on Valentine’s Day I want to tell the world . . . I love my husband James with all my heart!

Here’s a photo of him that I absolutely love.

No, I didn’t get him an Angry Bird’s pig for Valentine’s Day. This photo is from Andy’s recent birthday party and we were cracking up at how excited Andy was about this gift.

Let me list some of the many other reasons why I love James.

James loves to laugh! He makes me laugh, I make him laugh, our kids laugh at us, and our kids make us laugh.  Laughter fills our house on a regular basis.  Laughter and love go hand in hand!

He is my very best friend on this Earth.

We can talk about anything and everything. Before either of us saw the other as a potential spouse we spent hours talking about things. More than 10 years later we still keep the lines of communication open!

James  is the most selfless and caring person I know. He will go out of his way to help me and to help others.

We have the same philosophy about life and love.

We share a love for God and a passion to serve God.

We are so much better at growing and maturing in our faith because we do it together!

He works hard to provide for the needs of our family.

We share a brood of wonderful little people.

We aren’t perfect, but we are perfect for each other.

I hope that today you are able to show the ones that you love how much you care about them!

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Do you need a blessing?

I borrowed these from a blog that I read at  http://www.mommycoddle.com/.

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

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