Words have power. Written words provide proof. You can read them, and reread them whenever you want. They can speak life to someone who needs encouragement. They can speak death to someone who is being deceived. The choice lies within you. How is it that you want people to remember you? Encourager...that is the gift that God has laid on my heart. To use my written, spoken, and/or sung words to lift people up. To be one link in their road to healing, restoration, joy. I have been without those things, and I claim them to be mine again. If you want me to seek God on a prayer for a specific situation...that is why I am here. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to pray God's Word of Life over you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Am I a Member of Obsessive Picture Takers Anonymous?…YES I AM!

Morning all! How is your fall treating you? If you are in a place where the leaves aren’t changing, and your nights are not getting cool enough for a pumpkin latte and a blanket…I am so sorry. Fall is my fave…and I often think about all it has to offer. Backdrops for pictures, check. Jeans and sweaters, check. Cuddling under a blanket, check. Pumpkin everything, check. FALL BACK time change, coming soon! ;)

So the other day I decided it was time to get some good shots of my children before all the leaves are gone…and the cool days turn to bitter cold. I had gotten some good shots of my daughter the other day, but I needed pictures of my 3 sons. They may or may not be a large part of Christmas gifts that I plan on doing. *wink wink*

My oldest son recently started the swim team…so I had to hurry and get his done first. I made him carry the box I wanted him to sit on and everything. I told him…”Oh, just one more spot.” After I had said that about twenty-five a few times…I was testing his patience with me. He just kept smiling and saying…”MOM!”

This first shot is in our front yard by one of our big maple trees.
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I love that he is willing to do what his mother asks of him. He really has such a sweet, caring spirit.

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This one I call Aiden’s ‘model shot’. I just happened to snap the picture at the perfect time. Love it when that happens! Such a handsome little man he is! (Says his clearly unbiased mother! Ask my grandma, my mom, my aunts, my great aunts…they will all say that same. Hahaha!) This picture is taken in front of our garage door. It is funny that it can be such an eye sore on the building…but makes a great rustic back drop for my pictures!
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My second-born…my only baby girl…was a mess this day. (Which is expected…and normal for her!) I thought maybe her messy waves would work well for the outdoorsy windy shots.
I got a few that I am pleased with. Not super excited…but satisfied.
I do love the sun on her face here. She is obviously gorgeous no matter what! ;)
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She brings joy to the people that she is with. She loves simply. She encourages often. She sings all day. She laughs easily. She smiles a LOT! And I would be lost without her in my day!
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I will save my favorite pictures for last. So we will move on today my baby…Levi. He is not so much a baby anymore. He is two now, and he has his own little agenda. First on his list of things to do…
Stand up. Sit down. Stand up. Sit down…(Need I continue?)
Here he is half standing, half sitting, and very much laughing at his big sister. I love his hands in this shot!
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Next on his agenda…play with that stupidstinkin stick. That face though, I can’t stay mad at that face…
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Here, he clearly was not as patient as his siblings. This was our third walk to a different ‘backdrop’ on our farm, and he was not going to pretend to be happy. (I actually love it though. He makes me smile…even when he tries to look grumpy. It usually makes me laugh. Only thing that would make it better…if he had crossed his arms. LOVE that!)
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Final check off his list…pretend not to hear mom and jump, both feet, as high up as his little legs would carry him…
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Soooo, for the last year or so…my middle son Titus has been very frustrating uncooperative during my photo shoots. I would literally take 45 pictures of him with the same grumpy face saying…

It is very upsetting to an obsessive picture taker. Luckily with children, most things come and go in phases. Whew…I am so happy that that phase seems to be OVER!

Here are my favorite pictures of the day…
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I am so happy to have my handsome, happy, brown-eyed boy back!
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He has a killer smile! And he smiled as long as I wanted…at each stop…without complaining. LOVE!
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And my favorite of the day…

Drum roll please…………………………………………………………………………………………

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I tend to be drawn to black and whites. Not always…but when I edit my pictures and I find one like this… It puts all the focus just where I want it. The subject. And it just makes my day!!

Have a blessed day all! Enjoy your family. Tell them how much you adore them. Encourage them in the gifts God has placed within them. And love without condition. It is the only way to love…in the imitation of our Father!


  1. Love these! Especially the b & w. We can be members of this group together. :)

    1. Thanks Anne!! I can't imagine if I had a nice camera and software to edit the pictures better. I'd be insane with the pictures...insane. Hahaha!