Hi...to any of you still out there. It's been a while. A lot has been going on- holidays, more holidays, taking care of my children, living in two temporary locations, renting out our Mansfield home, and are currently in the process of buying a new one. We are a tad crazy right now...but I wanted to post this pic from our family session that my friend Mallory shot for us. I love it!
What a perfect day! A and S (twin cousins) shared their birthday party for the second year in a row. We decided this year on a circus/carnival theme...there are so many fun things you can do with that. Our party was pretty low key and mostly family- but we still wanted to make it kid friendly. The cupcakes by Yum Yum Bakery were delicious...and turned out so cute with the little toppers I made. All of our inspiration for this party came from Etsy and Apartment Therapy. Thank goodness for so many great ideas out there. The weather was absolutely beautiful...a bit windy, but still great. The "babies" had a great time playing, getting their faces painted, eating popcorn, candy and cupcakes...and especially opening all of their gifts. We are so blessed to have such supporting and loving family and friends. It was a perfect day.
The boys and I boarded an afternoon flight this past Saturday...our last one of about fifteen roundtrips from FL to TX and GA to TX in the past 23 months. What an awesome feeling! It's crazy to think about the first time I stepped onto a plane with both boys by myself. It was January of 09'- Kyle had left for Pensacola four days earlier. Shea was 8 weeks old and cuddled in my sling and Layne was 23 months...old enough to walk, but young enough to be a little too stubborn to fully cooperate. It felt as if we were leaving our whole world behind. It was hard.
The past two years have been an adventure, a refreshing reminder, an unforseen answer. We have held tight to each other while making major decisions, weathering the storms and going through the every day...together. We are stronger, better, closer to each other and to God- because of the surprise that came our way almost two years ago. I am thankful for it. For the many lessons I have learned...for the independence I have gained. I am thankful for my husband, for my two children and for the love that God has shown during these years. There were days we cried...longing to be with sick relatives, new babies we had not met, and those we know all to well- but just wanted to kiss their face. But there were more days of happiness- days spent together, doing things and going places we never imagined experiencing. Nothing out of the ordinary- just different non-the-less.
We are glad to be home. Home brings many comforts we haven't felt in quite a while. The feeling of stability and knowing your children will be able to grow up with family close by. Home is definitely not just a place- rather where your heart longs to be. We want to be here...this is where our hearts reside...this is home. I wish I could say for forever...but we all know how God's little plans can catch you off guard.
Now for a little update. I am happy to say that I have had an overwhelming response to my coming home/ and my photography special. I am booked. Yay! I will though announce a second special mid- December. It will be good for January and February.
I will leave you with some pics I recently took of my oldest little man. Enjoy.
Most of you already know...but were moving home!!! I am soooo excited I can't see straight. It has been a long few months as Kyle and I have prayed and talked about the job opportunity that is bringing us home. We were really in search for Gods will for our family- but in the end- only learned that Gods will is not a specific place or thing, but rather the knowledge and wisdom to keep your priorities in line and choose based on what is best for your family...always keeping him first, of course. We are definitely stepping out in faith...but know that God promises to take care of those who trust and follow him.
So...to celebrate this long awaited homecoming, I have decided to offer my photography clients an awesome special. I'd like to think of it as a "I'm coming home"/ It's officially fall/ It's Christmas card time very "special" special.
I am so excited that I get to focus on my business again. I have definitely grown as a photographer in the past couple of years- and hope that you enjoy your pictures as much as I enjoy taking them.
I am offering this special for most of the month of November and the first two weeks in December. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Also- I would love if you would pass this on to any friends you know that might be interested.
Please feel free to visit my websitefor additional pictures and pricing. I strongly dislike the way blogger makes my pictures look...so please don't judge based on the quality of these! cringe.
It's busy around these parts. Lots to do. So- Sunday when I sat down to make my weekly meal plan I was stuck. I wanted things that were easy to throw together, but still tasty- knowing I had a crazy week ahead and that I was a little tired of relying on my same ol' recipes. After a little blogging I stumbled upon Easy Meals for Moms. I quickly found three recipes that tempted my taste buds and left me eager to visit the site again. Now I wouldn't call any of these recipes "gourmet" so to speak- but if your a mom who has to feed a herd of demanding mouths- these will definitely do the trick...and taste GREAT. So far this week I have made dirty rice (ground turkey, bell pepper, onion, celery and Zatarans rice), Chicken Enchilada Casserole (definitely not my moms recipe, but totally different and oh so yummy) and tonight we're having Cream Cheese Chicken served over vermicelli pasta. It's in the crock-pot now and smelling awesome. I would recommend all three of these meals........and know I will be visiting Easy Meals for Moms again very soon. Check it out for yourself.
Kids crack me up...especially mine. I love how innocent and simple their young minds are.
Today walking from the car to our front door L looked down and said:
"Mom- look at all these pretty yellow flowers in our garden."
Now- normally that wouldn't be funny- but the fact that he was referring to the weeds in our grass and not sunflowers in our "garden"...made it pretty cute. He actually said something else today that would top that...but I'm thinking it may be a bit inappropriate to share. You'll have to trust me on this one.