12.08.2015

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2.17.2014

Open Me {Joy in His House of Prayer}

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This morning as I sat down to my daily prayer and Bible study time, I felt my heart searching. I was thinking a thousand different thoughts and without prompting, 2 little words came to mind: 

Open me

So, I prayed it. 
Lord, Open me. 

1.12.2014

How to die to this life? {10 Step Program}

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Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Luke 9:23-26



With a new year here, and fresh beginnings underfoot, I've spent a good time in prayer asking the Lord for a plan for this new year. A direction and path... a purpose. I've been wracked with the notion that my life is truly my own. I do what I want, when I want, how I want... and not to say that I don't have loved ones who deeply impact my schedule and preferences, but the truth of the matter is that in the end, I'm living for me. I'm also living for my husband, and my children... but I'm living for me.

12.19.2013

Peace on Earth {tidings of comfort & joy}

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Updated to add a Freebie... get it while it lasts from Amazon MP3- Meredith Andrews' He Has Come for Us!!!
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.


That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them.

“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in highest heaven,    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:6-14
An army of angels appeared. An army... legions if you can quantify that. They appeared. On Earth. They appeared and they spoke- and they said Peace. On. Earth. They came, and they praised, and they delivered the Good News, and they pronounced a messsage from the One whom sent them- Peace on Earth. Now, there's Peace on Earth. Peace has arrived... for Everyone.

12.09.2013

Our Elf on the Shelf Alternative {Kindness Elves}

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So, first of all, this is NOT my original idea. Here's my inspiration I found on pinterest from The Imagination Tree {such a precious blog!} I was inspired by her thoughts and creativity! So I took it and ran with it and this is what we came up with.


Here are Jelly, Jolly and Jingles with their Bibles for the girls.


11.14.2013

Christmas Shoot with My Girls {practice run}

I have been so incredibly blessed since I began the endeavor of walking that path toward Professional Photographer! After just one posting, I received 10 requests for appointments for Christmas sessions, newborn sessions, after-Christmas sessions. I was blown away and incredibly humbled!!! To check out the practice runs I've done with my girls (to check out the styling, get a feel for time, etc) hop on over to To The Full Photography. Blessings!!!

11.04.2013

So Far: 30 Days of Thanks-{Giving}... Join Me?

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I am so blessed and so excited at the outpouring of love, support and goodwill that has already taken place in these first few days of our 30 days of Thanks-{Giving}

As a recap- rather than focusing on saying what we appreciate each day (which is completely valid and totally underrated in itself), we are focusing on GIVING in Thanks. God is a pretty great GIVER- He GAVE his only begotten son to save us from ourselves. I, personally, really appreciate that.

10.30.2013

Is Death Punishment? {In Memory of Lost Loved Ones}

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***Bumping up to refresh my soul... because this is always a hard time of year.

As a Christian I would be duty-bound and somewhat convicted to answer with a resounding NO! Death is when we are called home to our Lord and Savior, where we get to bow at the feet of Almighty God, and were there is no sin, pain or sickness. Death is a rescue from the stench of this earth. We are only in our temporary home... and as my dear Kali put it-- when we are on Earth it's like we are on vacation and we will get to go back to our Real Home soon. Based on what I know of Heaven, this is a cruddy vacation, but her sentiment is precious ;-)

10.29.2013

30 Days of Thanks-{GIVING}

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© Bart Van Oijen | Dreamstime Stock Photos
November is traditionally the month that we give thanks... it's become quite the trend on Facebook to post one thing each day that you're thankful for all through November. I think this is a fun way to reflect on all of our blessings as we approach the holiday season. However, the Lord has recently placed something on my heart that I would like to begin as a tradition (and CHALLENGE!) for my family. It's a tradition/challenge that I'd like to share and would feel humbled and blessed if you would join us in it :-)

This year, rather than take 30 seconds and

9.08.2013

My Baby Turned 7 {Birthday Weekend Details & Pics}

I'm in shock... my itty-bitty, teeny-weeny blue-eyed baby turned 7 yesterday. I'm pretty sure it was like less than 24 hours ago that she was born at 6lb 7oz... and had to be popped a few times to give a good scream. To this day, I think her peaceful entrance into this world and then being slapped silly could be a good reason for a little bit of that 'tude. But I digress... needless to say Kali Alysabeth has stretched this mama every-which-way but loose. Lord knows I needed it... she's my child that I routinely scream at for acting just like... ME {oops!}.

Flashback time!!!



Oh my GOODNESS!Where has the time gone!

Like, an actual real-live doll *tears*