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Ok let’s just say it… I’ve been reaaaally terrible at blogging for probably the past year. As much as I truly love to share with you all the latest shoots and things we’ve been up to, it is just one of those things that has fallen lower on the totem pole during this season of life. And I’m sure it’s not going to climb any higher for a little while with baby #3 coming in a few months, but such is life. So, for now I promise to do what I can…when I can! Without further ado, this shoot was pre-holidays but I still wanted to share because I just love this family dearly and they are so sweet to photograph. I’m lucky to call this gal a friend, and even luckier that we have each other to navigate this crazy road of motherhood with.

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52 things – week 38

my sweet girl, its been entirely too long since my last entry and I truly wish I had more time in my days to sit down and write these little notes to you…or just sit down at all, haha! But with that said, I’ve actually been trying to put this one to action much more in the past few months. Nothing is ever promised to us in this life, but I pray that motherhood is something you will be able to experience the joy of someday, in one form or another. And if and when you do, I urge you to slow down in the midst of the chaos and just play with your babies. Those precious moments fly by too quickly, some even go unnoticed if I don’t take pause to see them. I’ve been trying to be intentional about unplugging from everything and just being present with my babies. Taking in the way you are now before those sweet details evolve into your next phase of you. In just a couple short weeks you start preschool, and although it’s just a few hours a week, it’s a precious few hours that I won’t be with you. Before I know it those hours apart will grow in number, so for today we just sit and play. I’ll watch those chubby little fingers turn the pages of your books, hear your sweet voice laugh and play with your sister, and enjoy every moment of it.

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Ummm, you guys, I’m kind of in love with this session! Little Mays is just as cute as they come, and I was so thrilled when his sweet mama asked me to take his 1-year photos. He was full of smiles for our session, and let’s be honest…doesn’t he make your heart ache a little for some snuggles just looking at these pictures? I could gush on a little more, but instead I’ll let you get to it to see for yourself just what I mean!

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52 things – week 37

#37 – Well, here we go into year three of our little project (I’m hanging my head in embarrassment), however I think it is almost a hidden blessing that it is taking me (much) longer than I planned to complete this project…because with every passing day, I get a new glimpse, a new peek at the little person you are becoming, and you are, after all, the inspiration for what is written in these pages–the thoughts I find most worthwhile and hopefully worthy of sharing with you. So with that, my original idea for this post was something else altogether, but just this week I listened to a talk by another fellow mama and it was one of those rare times when you hear something that shifts your perspective and touches you at your core, something to keep in your toolbox for the time in life when you will need it. She spoke about having the courage to be broken. And not just to be broken, but to allow God into that brokenness with us–He will cry with us, He will comfort us, He will hold us, and He will teach us and bring us through it. Whether it is something we might think is too small for Him or something that we might think is unimaginable to go through, He can bring us through it. So often, we feel like we have to hold things together, be strong, move on, or do whatever else we think is required of us in the situation, when what we really need to do is just let ourselves be broken. It takes courage to be weak. It is in our weakness that He is made perfect. When you are feeling hurt, let Him in. When you are feeling scared, let Him in. When you are feeling angry, let Him in. In fact, it is in those dark places where He does His best work IF you let Him in.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 

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irina + ivan

Soooo, I know I’ve been a little mia on the blog lately. Between the holiday break and a certain little someone who is still killing me with no sleep these days (yes, it’s true), my posts have taken a bit of a backseat. But seriously you guys, I’ve been dying to share this session with you for a few weeks now. As is usually the case these days, my bed is calling my name quite loudly to get some sleep while I have the chance, so I am going to keep this short and sweet. This mama and son duo are simply the sweetest. Irina and I worked together in my pre-kiddo days and I was super excited when she asked me to do some photos for them. I was even more giddy once we settled on a location because this olive grove had been on my radar for quite sometime, and it definitely did not disappoint. I had a tough time narrowing it down for this post, so just consider the overload of pictures catch up from my absence :) There’s just something about a mama and her boy that make each others’ eyes sparkle and you can surely see it with these two!

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