"I love photographs that move and speak to your heart....they are your life in motion.
I would be honored to Capture a little part of your Life Story."
This was such an exciting photo shoot! I was thrilled to do pictures for this sweet family again and to have the chance to be a little part of their journey. I met them in a little field of bluebonnets. Just before they arrived I had a little surprise myself, only it was NOT the kind you like! I was standing there, literally STANDING there waiting for them, when I stepped onto the concrete path and BAM!! My camera just fell off the strap! YEAH! I was in shock...mouth down to the ground as I picked that up and my camera....I just sang into the ground and sat there holding it in shock! The hood literally saved my lens! It was cracked, but the lens was and is ok! My heart was racing, luckily everything seemed to work ok and we went on with the shoot. So far so good! However, I will be getting a new strap!
Will these balloons be PINK or BLUE?????
Can't Wait to open the box!!!!!
"DO you See what I see???"
Dad can't believe it!
He guessed BOY, but I think he will do just fine with a girl! Look at this precious picture below! ;)
I just love this new little scrunched up face he does, so CUTE!
"A love so deep and so strong...soon to grow even more. Its amazing how much love our hearts can hold!"
So excited for you! You are glowing!!!
LoVe, it is simply what we are called to do....Love.
"Do everything in Love." 1st Corinthains 16:14
Friends and family came together to "loVe" on our friends Alli & Matt a few months ago. Alli & Matt are adopting and you may not know, but it takes more than just an open heart and an uncondtional love ready to give...but it can be very expensive.
The benefit was held at Springdale Farms, what a beautiful place to have an event such as this! You must check it out! You may want to go to the farmers market or simply stroll around and take in the organic crops in all its beauty. This is also where Edens East is located...I am certain it is delicious...everything comes from the farm! Farm to table style BABY!
The day of the benefit many of us came together and had yummy food and drinks, booths with local artist, a band and fun raffles. I had a little booth called Love Snaps and all the proceeds went towards their adoption.
If you would like to book a session, please call me, because from now until they adopt, a portion of the session fee will go towards Alli & Matt. If you would like to simply make a donation please contact me through my website.
I am asking you to go in prayer with me for this couple as the waiting, unknown, and longing in their hearts stirs, it can be so overwhelming at times....as they await for their precious child.
In His love,
Oh my sweet Sum~Sum!!! Meet my beautiful niece, Summer!
Our family was in Florida for Spring Break, visiting familiy so I was able to take her senior pictures!!
We had such a fun time hanging out and visiting while I snapped away. I had fun on our adventure...and luckily my car started...OR that would have been a whole other adventure!!!! Downtown Lake is a cute little town and I could have stayed there shooting even longer, but I'm so happy that Summer wanted to take me to one of her favorite spots in nature. It was beautiful!
The very first picture I ever took of this sweet girl was the weekend I met her, November 2001!!
Just Precious, right??!!
And now she is all grown up!
Aww Summer....Love you dearly! I am so happy it worked out and I was able to hang with you that day, even if I had my time wrong and missed my "SUNKISSED" lighting! grrrr! Dang time change!! I think we still managed to get some pretty sweet shots though.
In His Love,
"Always keep your fun loving personality and sweet smiles beaming!" xoxo
Yes, BUNNIES are so cute, cuddly, warm your heart and uhhmmm even fullfill your sweet tooth...BUT JESUS is so much sweeter and fills your heart with a kind of love only he can give. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." We love because He first loved us.
Easter is really my favorite holiday, because it's all about what Jesus did for you and me. God coming down in flesh to live on this earth as a perfect human and carrying the sin of the world on his shoulders. He suffered so that we may have new life and be with Him in eternity. What Amazing Love, Mercy & Grace!!!!
Throughout the years I have done some really fun things with my boys and even got neighbors involved. I have so many precious memories of them riding their big wheels or pulling a wagon of some sort down the street to knock on the doors. They would ask for specific items to complete our Easter Garden and then they would tell them what Easter was all about! As their "cute little" legs are now "cute and LONG", I want to add new activities, meals and gifts for others to enjoy as we go over Holy week, the week leading into Jesus dying on the cross, but then celebrating 3 days after as we will all say, "He is Alive and He is Risen Indeed!"
I have shared some of our fun traditions in the past along with pictures, but it was on a daily basis. This year I want to let you in on what we will be doing each day and maybe you can plan to join in with us! ;)
I know, I am 2 days behind, but lastnight just as I sat down to blog....my sweet Gabe came in with a request. He wanted me to sew brown rings around the eyes of a purple stuffed pig, a cape with an "M" on it, and some brown spots on the belly! Mommas work is never done :) I said "Of course I will!" Happy that he still trusts me to sew something, considering I sewed a pair of PJS for him one time that had no room for a little butt....nah just two legs! The pattern was adorable though! We laughed SO hard....till we had tears. You may not know, but I am a horrible seamstress and I had been pulling weeds and gardening pretty much all day. My 41 year old fingers were feeling it, yeah I totally just admitted that....what is wrong with ME??!! For real though, I could NOT believe how badly they hurt! Pictures to come of all my hard work! ;)
Below is an out line of each day. I found a few things on Pinterest, blogs over the years and even added some of my own ideas!
We will be reading some from "Jesus Storybook Bible", The Action Bible, and the verses we will read from Gabes bible.
Sunday - Palm Sunday (The Action Bible)
Mark 11:1-11 & Luke 19:28-44
CRAFT: Take Green Construction paper and cut several out to hang in the hallway
SOng: Jam out to HOSANA by HIllsong
Memory Verse: Mark 11:9
Monday - Jesus Overturns the Tables in the Temple (The Action Bible)
Breakfast: Pancakes in the shapes of coins
Memory Verse: Mark 11:17
Tuesday - Washed with Tears (Jesus Storybook Bible)
Mark 14, Luke 7, & John 12
Craft: Collect rocks and write different sins on them to place in a basket Easter Morning the basket will have a red cloth over it with a sign that says JESUS! I will have something sweet in there for the boys)
We will also draw a red dot in the palm of our hands with our initals, this will be to remind us of the blood Jesus shed for our sins.
Wednesday - Servant King (Jesus Story Book Bible)
Activity: We will be washing each others feet
We will be delivering chocolate bunnies to a few friends with a note that says " Some Bunny loves you more and its Jesus!" :)
Thursday - Commuion, Jesus in the Grden, Judas Betrayal (The Action Bible)
Mark 14:17-26, 32-35, 43-50 & Luke 22:14-23, 39-53
Activities/Craft - Make praying hands and write a prayer on each of them, we will also talk about how Jeus wept in the Garden and his arrest. We will read in the dark too!
We will have a Last Supper as a Family and talk about what it must have been like for Jesus and his disciples that night.
Memory Verse: Luke 22:42
Friday - The Cross
Breakfast: Cross bread
Mark 15:16-39 & Luke 23:26-49
Memory Verse: Luke 23:34
Song: When I survey the Cross
Activity: A big red cloth that we will rip down the middle. This represnts the blood shed by Jesus so that we will be able to have a realtionship with God as the curtain was split! We will take a white carnation and place it in a vase with red food coloring and watch in the next few days how the white carnation takes on the red color. We will discuss how Jesus paid the debt of our sin, so that we may be clean in Gods sight. Our sins are forgiven when we accpet Jesus as our Savior and believe that he is our one true Savior!
Saturday - Laid in the Tomb
Mark 15:42-47 & Luke 23:50-56
Memory Verse: Luke23:51
Breakfast: 1/2 a donut to look like a tomb.
Sunday - Resurrection
Memory Verse: Luke 24:6
Song: He Lives
I would love to hear any of your ideas & traditions that you do with your family, please share with us!
I will post some as we go along this week, but for now here are a few from years past and one from this morning with our coin pancakes!
"Oh and there is that Purple pig!"
In His lOve,melissa
Ahhhhhh I am so STOKED to have an area within my website to discuss clean food and clean bodies. I want to share with you things I have learned and things I am learning!
I feel SO wonderful when I eat clean and move my body! You will GLOW from the inside out. It's not just what you eat and its not just how you move, but it is also what you put in your heart and mind.
Jorney along with me as I share fitness & eating tips as well as how to GLOW from the inside out. I cant wait to hear your ideas too!
I came across this quote by Pastor Rick Warren on Pinterest and I.JUST.LOVE.IT.
"God created it. Jesus died for it. The spirit lives in it. I'd better take care of it." - Pastor Rick Warren
I need a tank that says this....need, not want....need! :)
Get your GLOW on friends,
Have you heard of First 5 or the IF gathering?
These are great ways to dive into the word. First 5, is just that ...the first 5 minutes of your day...before your feet hit the floor. First 5 is an app and you can set an alarm through the app, for a good time of the day or morning for it to go off. It will remind you to stop and make time for the one who created us.
I try really hard at doing this first thing in the morning....but, YEP, I totally fail really hard and often! It happens to us all, we have great intentions and then BAM! Your little ones wake up and its crunch time to get the morning going before school. You plan for later and then the list of chores hits you along with errands and deadlines for work. You plan for even a little later....then the kids come home from school, and its ON...GO time people!!!They play, you play with them, snack time, homework time (which is always SO fun, right?!), dinner, cleanup, bath, annnnnnd bedtime!! Dare you sit down after you have tucked those little angels into bed OR it WILL happen, you fall asleep! ahhhhhhh and then it starts all over again! ;) I call it my beautiful crazy~busy life!
Lets face it though it is hard to find the time, actually we should say make the time. Becasue really its up to us....we must make the time. If we have time for all this other stuff, we can totally make time for Our Lord and Savior the one who created us, right? One of the ways he speaks to us is through His word, I need to hear from him every day.
I am excited to have my new website as a more of a blog set up and to have a special place to share with you just How much He loves each of us and how He is working in my life and others. I want to share my Savior with you as we journey through this life, to lift people up, to point them to HIS LOVe.
This is my first post on this new website and I hope you will join me in Making Time for the God who created us and gave us life. Please jump in and comment. Share your thoughts and your story as we journey along together. Let us lift each other up and let this be a place of love, a place of truth and most importantly a place where we point each other to our Savior through it all.
Check out First 5, I have loved it so far and the IF gathering is wonderful too. Both will get you started with a little time to get into His word. As you make more time, you can deeper with each devotion.
In HIS LoVe,
The morning of January 7th I woke up anticpating when my phone would ding.... with a text saying "He is here!" Along with a picture of course.
I wasn't suppose to leave Austin until the following weekend.....BUT, OH my heart just could not stand IT! I had to leave as soon as the texts started coming in announcing the arrival of my sweet nephew Caden Thomas. I'm so thankful to my husband that I was able to drop everything, hop in my car, and head out of town to meet the new little man. It fills my heart with Joy to see my brother so happy with his sweet family!
There is nothing like holding a warm, brand new bundle of life. You can't help but feel the Love of our Lord as you snuggle this little miracle of life.
I'm a proud Aunt!!!!
He. Is. Precious.
Of course I took my camera along for some newborn shots, but we missed having his older brother in the shots. He was too busy having fun with Granny and Pawpaw. Enjoy ;)
For more pictures go to my newborn Gallery.
Could her smile be any bigger??!! It's just Pure JOY, when a momma holds her newborn baby. LOve her so!
for more newborn pictures, go to the newborn gallery.
I had the biggest smile when the news came across facebook that these two sweeties were engaged!! I met them through my best friend and had the pleasure of doing a shoot with them back in 2012 with their adorable doggie, Brody! Well now Brody is a giant, but still as playful as ever!
Friends, let me tell you Austin's proposal was beautiful and I will be showing it to my boys each and every year until they meet the girl of their dreams! ;0)
It was so sweet and centered around God, He bought Brittney a bible and had her new last name engraved on it, then he had the ring tied to the ribbon marker in the book of Ephesians 5:31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh." It was so precious and tender.
They are a beautiful strong couple... love them! I had to post a picture that Brittney shared of the night he proposed...oh and on her birthday!!
Even though threy may argue sometimes, their LOVE makes up for all of it!
Brothers & Friends for LIFE.