Wednesday, November 24



do you have any photography tips?


well, first of all, i am no professional. but, i do love to take pictures of my boys and document our day-to-day. it is a passion of mine and i treasure all of our photos. i love knowing that i can always look back on every stage of their little lives. i'm learning new things about my camera and photography all the time. mistakes, trial and error are all what make my pictures better. i would encourage you to break out your camera, whatever kind you may have, and learn about it. i shoot with a canon rebel t1i. i love it. it meets my needs right now. i have big dreams of bigger cameras but am happily smitten with what i have right now. i learned a lot of what i know from this lovely lady. thank you, friend.


some tips i can offer you are:
turn off your flash
experiment with manual settings
take non-posed pictures of your kids
change up your angles
have fun

do you take pictures on the side?


i guess by on the side you mean when i'm not chasing after my two crazies, right? i take pictures of my friends and their families from time to time. and i will take your pictures. do you live by me? can i take you or your family's pictures? i will. for free. email me. thanks!


…or for really cheap if more than ten people email me.
okay, thanks!

do you ever count the hours until your wee ones go to bed?
um, YES.

what have you found is the best way to teach your kids about Jesus?
brody is just over two and half so he is too young to comprehend who Jesus truly is and all that He has done for us. but, that doesn't mean we don't tell him who Jesus truly is and all that He has done for us. caleb and i try our best to show Christ's love to our kids daily in our parenting and in our marriage. we pray together that the Lord would give us the wisdom and guidance to parent our precious children well and that our parenting would be glorifying to Him. we sing songs about Jesus, read books about Jesus, watch dvds that teach about Jesus. we read our Bible every night before we go to bed, we pray throughout the day and try not to limit it to before meals and bed. i want my children to go to Jesus for all things, not just at those times. we teach our kids what Jesus has commanded us and when he (brody. fost is just a year old) sins we tell him what Jesus says about that in particular. an example: not sharing…. Jesus tells us to be kind to others… are we being kind right now? clearly, no. i repeat myself seven hundred times a day. but, my two year old knows that Jesus is kind and wants us to be kind too.
we love the Jesus storybook Bible and highly recommend it.
we also love BOZ the bear dvds.
we are fresh into this whole parenting thing too…. so you tell me,
what are the things you do to best teach your kids about Jesus?

where did you get this print?


you can get yours right here.

the happiest of wednesdays to you, my friends.


  1. i guess since you just posted this blog you will get tons of requests for photoshoots. lol. so i would like top rmeind you.... we already have a date! LOL. so lets set it! let me know when is good for you........ i will be home the 18th-2nd.

    also...i want to know how you hung up so mnay frames in your living room and had them look fabulous?????

    also- how do you decorate so darn well?????

  2. OMG, we are obsessed with the Jesus Storybook bible. i have cried several times reading stories to my littles.

  3. Wow, I love your approach to teaching your children about Jesus. I dont have kids yet, but if I do, I would want to do it just like you!!!

  4. Thanks for answering all our questions. And I knew I wasn't the only one 'swooning' over your photos! :)

  5. I am so glad you included the link to buy that print-- I have been coveting it! I am totally copying your photo wall with it. Love.

    Thanks :)

    Wish I lived closer! Actually, I wish *you* lived closer to me. :)

  6. was wondering about the print, love it.

  7. great q&a...thank you! :) we love Boz around here too!

  8. thank you for answering my print question!!!!

  9. I haven't heard of Boz before but that's because the last time I babysat Veggie Tales was a huge hit and Mason is still too young for TV:) Thanks for answering my question!

  10. i've been eying that print up...i'm happy someone asked where it was from.

    that first picture is PRESH! lovesssss.

  11. Just found your lovely blog and thank you for the recommendation for the Bible Storybook. I have been looking for a good one for my 4 year old. Best to you and I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  12. Okay. I wasn't sure if you would be notified if I replied to the wonderfully enthusiastic comments you left on my 7 Facts post. So I thought I would comment on one of your posts just to be sure my response wouldn't be wasting away in blogger-land. I thought this would be an appropriate post because you were answering questions. So here I am, answering your questions! :)

    1. I can't wait to share more about our love story. Really I just need to do some posts. I need to get to it and soon!! But for now, here's the long and short of it. He's from Vancouver. I'm from Chicago. Somehow we both ended up at Greenville College (you've probably never heard of it - it's in middle-of-nowhere, IL). And to quote When Harry Met Sally, when you know you've met the person you want to spend the rest of your life with you want the rest of your life to start right away. So we got married. Still not quite sure how we ended up here in our little town, but we're glad we did. I graduated in May and Aug has a semester left. If I lived in NY, I would visit for sure! Preferably a visit that involved coffee, baked goods, and I'm thinking you could provide the small children. :)

    2. I have read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society!! It was a gift from a friend. I LOVED it. Such a good read!!! Do you have a book club? If you do, I am very jealous.

    3. Webster Vintage is brand new. Just launched it this month. Crossing my fingers that it will be a fun little hobby for me and Jordan.

    4. Let me clarify, my hubby is still learning to surprise me. He hasn't totally mastered it yet, but sometimes he gets lucky. We'll see how he does this first Christmas. I am so good at figuring things out!! You and me both!!

    Loved reading all of the answers in this post of yours. Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!! ♥