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. . . peach & pastel green with a sprinkle of grey & denim . . . and it’s Christmas in Houston!

It’s that time . . . fall family sessions . . . The time of year that I get to see how all of my little baby humans have grown!!! Here is this beautiful family last time I saw them at their newborn session and before that at their maternity session. Baby girls in beanie hats and little boys with gorgeous pouts make me smile. Yes please!

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And, even though it was warm and there is no snow here . . . we still had to make a little pit stop to pick up a baby Christmas tree to decorate the Holiday cards if nothing else!!

best christmas cardI love to claim my “favorite” everything . . . I learned it from a college friend. She would always state her “favorite” part of a song or her favorite part of the day or the meal. I just kept doing it and here I am all these years later still claiming my favorite everything;o) So, why stop now . . . THIS is one of my favorite families. For many, many reasons. Mostly because it’s always fun taking their pictures. I always leave energized and smiling. Another reason is because they trusted me from the beginning of my business. I took both of these boys newborn photos and I’ve watched them grow into this amazing family of four!!? It happens so fast and then you don’t even remember what it was before. Bill & Bethany . . . can you believe this is ALL you!!!! (for now anyway – haha!!!;o)). You never know!?

But, since this post has a time stamp on it, I figured what else would I rather do today but make this collage – pretty much nothing! I’m hanging out with the girls . . . one playing ponies, one making massive rainbow loom creations, I’m drinking coffee and collaging my favorite sessions from 2014 while the Mr. and the Father-in- law hold the baby and watch football. Pretty good day! Thank you 2015;o)

Chevy . . . call me;o) I’ll sell you a photo;o) ha!

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Good by 2014 . . . I think I got everyone on here (with the exception of some mini session events that I think already got deleted – oops). I feel blessed to have had such a colorful year with so many wonderful people!!!!

Thank you for trusting me with some of your sweetest blessings.

Be sure to follow on instagram this year!! I plan to be there most often;o)

 

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These two . . . they are all me and they are all their dad . . . just how it should be. I love that about them and worry about that for them!! ha.

Since I haven’t done this in a while (posted my own pictures) . . . it seems like a good week. This was from a quick trip to the beach to do pictures for a client back in the spring . . . pre back to school hair cuts . . . pre snaggle toothed grin . . . pre Kindergartener. It’s an interesting week around here as a “new family” landscape teases us from around the corner just any day now. I almost couldn’t be sad about my “baby” starting Kindergarten this week because I was just so darn happy that I didn’t have another baby on that day and miss it all!! But, I did spend a lot of time this week trying to get organized for the year. I don’t mean clothes, baskets, stuff (although some of that did get done). I wanted to have my head on straight and be “ready” to help them and all of my house (new and old) enter into this new season with Joy despite crazy circumstances, Hope despite being unsure what it will hold, Love a plenty to share and spread and TIME for those things above all else.

An Instagram friend and lovely mom who I look up to shared part of this prayer from http://mothersofdaughters.com/ which I instantly began following and am so glad to know about. There are days when it’s hard to pray (like you want to) – you’re tired, your word finding frustrates (you even though you know deep down that doesn’t matter), you get interrupted and realize 10 hours later you never got back to that prayer . . . so for those kinds of weeks (or years or seasons), well written prayers are just plum needed for us moms. I highly recommend printing something out or writing one on your chalk board at home. I seem to be able to pray better when I’m cooking (which doesn’t really happen that often), sweeping, doing dishes, doing laundry or my two best places – in the car or somewhere else I won’t mention – but there is a lock;o) you’re welcome.

And so this week I, we, as moms join together in prayer….

Lord God, today we moms lift our hearts up to you
In prayer for the precious little girls
You’ve entrusted to us.
We lift this to you, Jesus.
 
Comforter God, these new school years are bittersweet
We are grateful for the excitement that comes
In new teachers and times with friends and opportunity to grow
And yet we are sad for the little in our girl that is lost,
Their steps closer to independence.
Lord help us navigate each step of the way.
We lift this up to you, Jesus.
 
Saving God, we pray our girls’ hearts would be led by You
That in the midst of all the voices and all the fears and all the excitement
You would reign the strongest guide.
We pray that they would be a light
And emulate Your love through kind words and thoughtful action.
We lift this up to you, Jesus.
 
Teaching God, we pray over their learning,
That they would not only grow in academic understanding
But that they would grow in faith understanding.
That they would see you at work in the pages of their textbooks
And the conversations filling their day.
We lift this up to you, Jesus.
 
Relational God, may our girls’ friendships mirror health.
For any unhealthy interactions, situations, or temptations
We beg Your intervention.
Lord place Your hedge of protection around their hearts
And give them eyes to see (as you see)
So that You may be glorified in the bonds they make
And nurture.
We lift this up to you, Jesus.
 
Peaceful God, we ask a joyous connect with their teachers.
Empower all in teaching and support roles with calm
To help bring out each child’s best
And promote constant growth throughout the year.
We lift this up to you, Jesus.
 
Father God, we as moms yearn for your nearness.
Help us disregard Satan’s questions about if we’ve planted enough seeds
And prepared them enough for what they will face.
It is his way of distracting our focus from You.
Be our all in all.
Be our girls’ all in all.
Let us stake claim in Your parenting,
Which directs us as mothers
And fills our girls’ hearts with the love and confidence
That comes in being Your daughter alone.

Amen

(prayer from Mothers of Daughters – 8/2014)

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 And, just because I love this sequence because it’s sooooooo them and because everyone thinks it’s soooooo easy to take pictures of my own kids. It is not. But this is real;o) And, they will be really awesome big sisters!! soon!

This would be a big sister in action trying really hard to get these pictures over with (to mommy’s satisfaction) because I’m sure I bribed them with something she wanted badly . . .

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