Ella & Max | 2015 Announcement!

Ella & Max | 2015 Announcement!

This season, I have had the busiest photography season to date along with homeschooling my sweet Ella through 1st grade. It’s quite an undertaking, and no…I don’t sleep. I regret that this year has been less enjoying fun fleeting moments with my kids, and more juggling client schedules, returning phone calls and emails, and fulfilling print orders.  I don’t have enough time with these two and am committed to make sure that I don’t make that mistake again! 2015 will look different for me, as I am committing to only take 1-2 sessions per week. Photography is definitely a love for me that I will not give up, but I need to take advantage of the time with my sweeties that I have…while they still want to play hide and seek with me!

Another new potential change, is that our little family may grow through adoption! We have always loved adoption and have wanted to expand our family through this avenue, but have been waiting for God to indicate that the time was right. Well, we believe that he has led us to the time to begin this process! We have completed our home study (whew!) and are now working with a crisis pregnancy center in Manhattan, KS called Life Choice Ministries, where we hope to adopt a child younger than those that we currently have (most likely a newborn) to maintain the birth order of our children. This will be a private, domestic adoption. We are excited to be matched with a mama that we will be able to bond with as she shares this unbelievable gift with us! Of course, we have no idea when this will take place! It could be anywhere between 2 and 12 years, but when it does happen, I will be taking a break to adjust to our new family and make sure that I am able to bond with our new little one. All clients who book with me are made aware of this, and will certainly be covered if they book during a time that I am unavailable, and we will update you all also as soon as we are sure of anything!

Pray for us and our journey! We’re so excited, and nervous, and just ready to get this party started! Thankfully, we have these sweet kiddos to enjoy while we wait! Now that I have rambled for a good amount of time…take a look at these beautiful people that I call mine.

 

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10 on 10 | July 2014

10 on 10 | July 2014

Every year our family on my husband’s side goes to Branson and stays in a cabin together. This even always includes outlet shopping for mamas, golfing for daddies, and an always epic trip to the kiddie amusement park for all of the little ones. Last year was a little rough at the park…some of the kids weren’t tall enough for the rides, and the ones that were weren’t entirely sure that they would live to the end of the ride. Thankfully, there were only fleeting moments of terror this year. It’s so fun to live vicariously through their excitement. So here’s a little 10 on 10 taste of our amusement park day in Branson. Blog4Blog5  Blog6 Blog7

Now that you’re sweaty and a little motion sick, head over to  Love, Elizabeth for some more July 10 on 10  fun!!

10 on 10 | June 2014

10 on 10 | June 2014

When I thought about how fun it would be to feature our first camping trip on this month’s 10 on 10, I envisioned lots of sunshine and maybe some fishing, hiking, and fun in the wild. (Camping is one of our first big items to check off on our Happy Family Movement Summer Bucket List! )While it was a LOT of fun, it was not what we expected. We rolled up Friday night with some sunshine and lots of excitement. We set up our campsite with our friends, made dinner, and sat around the campfire, enjoying smores and telling stories in a round…then began the rain prep. We knew there was a good chance of rain, but since we are in the Kansas City area, and the forecast rarely stays the same from one hour to the next, we were hopeful that it would be short lived. We woke up to the sound of rain on our tarp covered tent around 6am.  It rained hard all morning and the majority of the afternoon. The kids did so well…playing in the rain and hunting for snails. We tried to venture out a few times after naps, where we found the true meaning of isolated showers, that made us not want to leave our handy dandy tarp awning.

Even though we had a little rain on our parade, we still had a ton of fun with our buddies and would do it all over again!

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Now that you’ve gotten a little campfire smoke in your hair and soaked your shoes, head on over to Jamie Faulkner’s blog and leave her some 10 on 10 love!

10 on 10 | May 2014

10 on 10 | May 2014

You will see a LOT of pictures of my nieces and nephews in my personal pictures, and this post is no different. We have a very unique family make up, because my sister and I ensured that we would always be close by marrying brothers. It’s not incest, and it’s not even really that strange. We meet people all the time who say…”Oh, yeah…my great aunt and her sister married brothers too!”.  So maybe it was more common a while back than it is now, but were still not the first people who did it!! Anyway, because of this special family make-up, our kiddos look and act like siblings! The whole family is very close, so when we get together at my in laws, there is always a lot of running, a lot of lawn mower rides (and running from the mower), lots of candy and fruit snacks, and always a ton of snuggles and fun! In the midst of all of the fun, my father in law (Poppy) is always standing by with his video camera to capture the little kid’s hilarious stories and antics. Someday we’ll actually see all of that footage, but as of now, I’m just glad that he cares as much about preserving this time as I do!
Here’s a little glimpse into an average day at Nona & Poppy’s with ALL of “my” kids.

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Now that you have hung out with all of the “best cousin friends”, check out what’s going on over on Bethany Wears’ 10 on 10!

10 on 10 | April

10 on 10 | April

My April 10 on 10 was a fun one. One of the countless benefits of being able to work from home and and hang out with my kiddos, is having the flexibility to go on fun field trips! We went to Fogle’s Farm in Harrisonville, MO, where we got to see them hook up cows for their milking and play with pigs and baby cows! The kids were in heaven! Tessa and Max were overcome by the cuteness of the baby cows. Tessa would randomly grab Max and hug him as tightly as she could because she “just can’t handle their face!!”. Max was a mad man through the whole visit, and was totally covered in mud by the time we were ready to go. He’s definitely an outdoorsy kid.
We even bought some of the fresh raw cow’s milk…boy is it tasty!! The farmers at Fogle’s were wonderful with our kiddos, even letting them pour milk into the baby cow’s bins, and answered all of their crazy little questions with so much patience. They have a tent at the Lee’s Summit Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, so be sure to stop by and meet them and set up a tour of your own! They are the best! We will definitely visit again.

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Now that you’ve gone to the farm with me, check out what’s happening over on Jamie Faulkner’s 10 on 10!