friends, family, tribe

I have some amazing friends.  We are part of a group of six couples that have been doing life together for the past 18 years.  We have been through so much together, both good and bad.  We have laughed, cried, yelled, prayed, hurt, healed, played, and rested together. My life is in a big transition,…

eyes wide open

I have had a full day.  It started with making pancakes, berry syrup, and bacon for my family. At breakfast,  I talked my husband into staying home for the holiday.  After breakfast, I got talked into a hike by my sweet and convincing husband. We came home and edited more of a wedding we shot…

messes

There is nothing like homemade sauce and meatballs.  They take some work, and things can get messy… but in the end, they are worth it.   Friendships are like that.  Parenting is like that.  Marriage is like that.  Life is like that.  Today I am thankful for the messiness that is in my life… in…

5 on 5 september

Where did September go?  I feel like it was it was just August! At the start of September, my family and I went camping. We stayed in Morro Bay. It was beautiful and peaceful and fun… everything I love about my sweet crew. Yashica LM Then I went to Hawaii with my mom, aunt, and…

welcome, samara dawn

Last night I had the honor of documenting a little girl as she came into this world.  While I have watched in awe several babies being born, I have never been the photographer for one.  For me personally, to watch and record such a sacred event was one of the most holy of nights.  The…

Fave Five on Five ~ June

Last month, I was invited to participate in a new blog roll. The idea is seven women posting their favorite five shots from the previous month on the fifth of each month.  I am so honored to be included in such a great group of photographers. It was interesting to look back and ask myself…

saying goodbye

My paternal grandmother pasted away this month.  While she had lived a long and full life and was very ready to go home to heaven, it was sad to say goodbye.  Andy took some film shots at the funeral. While a funeral seems an awkward place for a camera, I am so grateful to have…

collaboration of love

Over at Mortal Muses, they are having a month of collaborations.  Megan and I decided to do a few shots together in February.  Our first word prompt was love. As I was thinking of what represents love to me, I thought of my Japanese Magnolia tree.  It blooms in the middle of winter.  Every year,…

its all a blur

its all a blur, a photo by ~Staci Lee~ on Flickr. I can’t put my finger on it, but I like something about this. I think it speaks to me about what my life looks like right now. So many of my friends are hurting. My heart breaks for them. I know it is part…

thankful for homeschooling

This month I am doing a thankful project.  When I began this project, I knew that one blessing that I  would have to list would be homeschooling.  As I was making my list of why I am so thankful for homeschooling, I started to realize that I am not only thankful for the experience of…

Jambalaya

I almost didn’t post my chili recipe because it is so simple to make.  However, I did get a large response about how easy it was… so I thought I would give you another simple and very cheap recipe.  This is my jambalaya recipe.  I am sure it isn’t close to anything made in New…

ignoring shame

piling up {film} The flu knocked me out for over a week.  I wasn’t able to get out of bed for days.  It was horrible.  When I finally rolled out of bed, I think I expected to find my house in disarray.  Instead, it was clean and tidy.  The kids had kept up with school….