The Place that Calms my Busy-Mom Heart

(Inside: The place that calms my busy-mom heart.)   Everyone needs THAT PLACE. Mine can be a few minutes of sitting underneath the evening sky. (Often, simply on my front porch step.) The forever expanse of stars reminds me: God is so big. The beauty: God is good. Obstacles seem a tad bit lower, hope Read More

Photography (Chicago Family Vacation)

(Inside: Breath in those moments you GET TO leave your work computer at home and be “all in” with your family.)     You might be too big for your stroller if, when you get to the top of a ramp you say, “Mom let go of my stroller so I can see how fast Read More

Create Amazing Winter Photos of Your Family With These Editing Tips

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”-Anne Bradstreet I’ve been capturing winter through my lens…   I love when photographers share their editing tips, so thought I would share a few of mine.   I’ve had a Read More

Let Your Photography Enrich Your Life Perspective

(Inside: Notice your everyday sacred through photography.)     The other night, I sat on the floor with my computer on the coffee table, editing family pictures. Then – get this – my oldest son wandered over, sat behind me on the couch, and started playing with my hair.   (Ahhhh!)   He never does that. Read More

A Tip to Make Your Everyday Photos Look Artsier

(Inside: A trip to make your kid photos look artsier.) I have a photography tip for you: Put your camera on the ground. (You don’t even need to have a nice camera, I took a few of these on my phone.)     It gives the photo an artsy look. And it also tells an important part of Read More

Photography – Sibling Families & Grandparents (Empowerment through Hobbies)

(Inside: Why hobbies empower you.)   Hobbies empower us.   They build our confidence and improve our self-esteem.  Hobbies also provide us with a creative outlet and way to reduce our stress. But, as moms, we can feel like we shouldn’t pursue our hobbies. Yes, we don’t have the same time as our retired neighbor, but keeping our Read More

Capturing the Beauty of Everyday Moments

(Inside: Better stay in the present and enjoy the now through photography.)     My sister and I have had a version of this conversation a few times:     Me: I miss when my kids were really little. I miss cuddling an infant, the cuteness of a toddler…I miss their smallness.     Sister: I Read More

Photography & How It Strengthens My Perspective (Winter Photos)

  (Inside: How hobbies help us gain perspective.)     Sometimes, I can let one critical comment or tough moment overshadow the one million good things about my day. I hate when I do that. Oh, to have the willpower to not let words get me down. But, I don’t always have that kind of Read More

Photography – Feeling BIG FAMILY LOVE on Valentine’s Day

Someday other women will hold these boys hearts, but today… I get to be their valentine.   (Warning…over-the-top sappy words following. Sometimes I just get like that. Thank you for liking me anyway.) Sweet sons, you remind me how very blessed I am. You each are a miracle and a gift. When I look at Read More

Photography – My Nieces

I absolutely love taking pictures of my boys, but – oh my – it is so…much…fun to take pictures of my little nieces. I wanted to take the photos outside, despite the cold, to get better light so I asked my youngest niece to pretend like she was Queen Elsa – you know…because the cold didn’t bother her anyway. It Read More

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