All posts tagged: Photography

Quarterly Goals- Take One

Hello! I’ve decided to start a new quarterly ambitions system for myself and, to help keep myself accountable, I’m going to share it on my blog with all of you. I was going to call these goals but ambitions sound so much more…awesome? I’m not sure but it sounds better, doesn’t it? I hope that along the way I’ll get to inspire others to create and conquer their own ambitions (sounds good, right?) and to get inspired myself. ­čÖé  It’s not a long list – just five things but it still feels monstrous and scary to me. When I do my next quarterly ambitions I’ll also do an update on how I did with these. Will a fail? Will I be victorious? Who knows! It’s a mystery!  I will keep going with my personal 52 week photo challenge. I’ve been bombarding everyone on Facebook with a picture of each of my four kids every week for the past half year. I’m halfway done with it now and feeling super confident about how much I’ve grown, …

Aubi is Five

Dear Aubi, Today you are five. Five years ago, early in the morning, I held your tiny body in my arms for the first time. For five full years you have been making us smile, laugh, and so filled with joy! My prayer for you is that I show you patience and grace as The Lord has shown me patience and grace. I pray that I teach you the ways of The Lord and that your life will be a testament to His love and mercy. I pray that in everything that you do, you will glorify Him. If you follow The Lord and make Him Lord of your life, then all my prayers will have been answered. The Lord has given you many gifts and skills, Aubi Roo. You are so intelligent and advanced for your age. We’ve been working through a kindergarten math book and you are just breezing through it like its nothing. You are bold, determined, and spunky. You can be quite headstrong at times, but I know that these characteristics …

Oliver Turns One 

Hello, friends! I haven’t been posting to my blog like I wanted to. I will be better! I am determined to make this a habit! So, Ollie turned one! A couple weeks ago, but it happened. My baby is on his way to being a toddler, which is hard for a momma to accept. Well, it is for this momma! Here’s some pictures from our celebration and a letter to the birthday boy at the end.  ´╗┐Dear Ollie,  Today you are one. To think that it’s been a year since I first held you in my arms is amazing. This year was filled with difficulties and, more importantly, tons upon tons of joy. I marvel constantly at the wonder of The Lord – that he would give us two beautiful daughters and two handsome sons. I am overwhelmed at his goodness. Oliver, your father and I pray for you everyday. That you will grow strong and healthy, that you will grow in Godly character, that The Lord will work in your heart and make you …

Elli Turns Seven

My Elli turned seven this past Saturday and as I do every birthday I wrote her a letter and I’m sharing it here. There’s also pictures of her birthday weekend and some of her birthday photo shoot we did at the end so don’t miss those! Dear Elli, We have been celebrating your seventh birthday this weekend. Seven years ago you made me a mommy for the very first time. You were such a tiny little thing at 6 lbs 7 oz. I remember seeing and holding you for the first time and thinking you were the most beautiful person I’d ever met. Seven years later and you are even more beautiful today. I remember seeing the look on your daddy’s face when he looked at you. That first look of love is something I will never forget. You changed our lives forever. I don’t say this lightly, Elli Bean, but you are so amazing. You are so many things that I wish I could be. You are considerate, compassionate, kind, the best big sister, …

Oliver Turns Eight Months

Eight months has passed since I gave birth to the most joyful baby ever. He’s also the loudest baby ever. Seriously, this kid can scream. Eight months…I need to let that sink in some more. That’s two thirds of a year, right? I don’t like math. Let’s not talk about math. A few months ago Elli (6) told me that when she grows up she wants to be an explorer and go on an adventure to discover dragons. This was a few months ago, mind you, and I’m pretty sure she has since changed her career choice to ninja artist, but I think if any of her siblings were to join her on her quest it would be Oliver. He is always into something. They all have an adventurous spirit – each to their own degree- but Ollie takes the cake on most adventurous baby. He is a joyful, sweet little thing. He now weighs 17 lbs and he babbles, giggles, and wiggles constantly. He can climb just about anything he can get his chubby …

My Five Favorite Photo Editing Apps

I have been getting asked a lot about how I get my pictures to look the way they do. By the way, THANK YOU! Seriously, that is such a great compliment! This post is going to be dedicated to my favorite photo editing apps because many of my pictures are taken, processed and edited using my smartphone. I can write another post on taking pictures and another on editing (apparently I think I’m qualified) because I don’t want to be a rambler who rambles on and on. Ramble, ramble, ramble. Recently I took up photography with an actual camera as a hobby (not qualified to help with that yet), but I’ve been using my phone for forever. I’ve been trying different apps for years, so let me save you some time and tell you what I think. To be clear, these are just my opinions on apps I’ve tried out. Obviously I haven’t tried them all. If you have an app that you love, share it with me. I love trying out new things. So …