2018 Christmas Tree Hunt

2018 Christmas Tree Hunt

Well, I haven’t blogged nearly as much as I would have liked over this past year. I have lots of things in the works, but most of my ideas just end up as long posts over on instagram. It’s just easier I suppose than finding a larger chunk of time to sit down and blog. Regardless, I knew I had to document this year’s tree hunt! It’s become one of my favorite Christmas traditions as a family. The girls mostly played in the dead grass and dirt with sticks, but we managed to get a few sweet images…sans dirt. I barely remember last year because I had been in a blur of Genevieve’s awful teething experience and not sleeping much at all. That reason and many others are why I love making time to document our family life. It’s crazy how much has changed! Just scroll down a few posts for last year!

I could go on and on about this season and these girls, but I’ll save that sappiness for another time. As you can see from these photos, Eleanora and Genevieve are such fun, adventurous girls. They bring such joy and light wherever they are. I absolutely love creating these experiences for them. I hope their childhood is the most magical time, filled with lighthearted, fun-filled adventures, even in the simplest things.

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A Legacy of Worship

A Legacy of Worship

Worship probably isn't the top word that comes to someone's mind when thinking about a legacy. Words like heirloom, character, stories, and love might be more common. But have you ever thought about the fact that how (and who) you worship will also become part of our legacy?

Scripture says we should pass down the worship of God from one generation to the next:

“These things we have heard and known, that our fathers told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generations the glorious deeds of the Lord and his might, the wonders he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.” (Psalm 78:3-4, a Maskil of Asaph)


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Alexandra | St. Augustine Portraits

Alexandra | St. Augustine Portraits

A few weeks ago I had the incredible privilege of taking Alexandra's senior portraits in the old city of St. Augustine. It's no secret that I've stepped back quite a bit from work. I didn't think I would ever love any work like I loved weddings. Spoiler: I was wrong. I have found a new fire for what is right in front of me. Alex and her family are so dear to our hearts, and it was an absolute honor to memorialize this season of stepping out onto her own path forward. Alex is an artist herself, so this old, beautiful, colorful city felt perfectly fitting for her. 

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Christmas 2017 Memories

Christmas 2017 Memories

Christmas was so sweet this year! It's hard to believe how much has changed. We had just found out that we were having another GIRL around Christmas last year. It felt like life was in an upheaval. It was beautiful for me to understand the reality of the Prince of Peace we celebrate in a deeper way this year. Our morning was pretty simple, with simple gifts (some are even old handmedowns -eek!) but the kids will never know unless they read this one day - and I doubt they will care! My mom always did such an amazing job making everything about Christmas morning so magical, and I love trying to do the same for my girls with the presentation of things.

 

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Christmas Tree Hunting & Home Decorating

Christmas Tree Hunting & Home Decorating

This year has felt extra special to me. Eleanora is at such a fun stage where all of Christmas is magical and wondrous. Our Genevieve makes everything sweeter and is such a joy to add to our adventures. This year Jonathan and I thought that the kids (mostly Elle) would LOVE to go cut down a tree. It was our first time, and it was quite the experience! We had never been to a tree farm, and in the deep south it was interesting for sure. Sadly neither of the kids were in the best of moods, but it was fun nonetheless. This is what I love so much about taking photos. Images have the power to reshape our memories. Eleanora will not remember her little mood, and honestly neither will I probably. What we will remember is the joy from the experience and the big smiles on our faces when we pulled this tree in our living room. Now, we ended up with a "different than usual" tree called a Leland Cypress, which has actually turned so lovely!  

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