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mother’s day mini session!

I guess I’m fairly predictable when the only gift I want for Mother’s Day each year is a little photo shoot with my girls…by the ultra-talented hubs, of course.

And I guess I could ask for worse things. I mean, Rich is a professional photographer. Which means that he takes photos of people. Often. And so – even though he loves what he does – he doesn’t exactly come home saying, “Let’s take pictures, family! Stat!” Which, truth be told, would be kinda nice. 🙂

I think that sometimes we have to wait for the right time to ask our loved ones to offer us what they do best.

My point is, Rich works hard, and I respect that. It’s a huge part of why I decided to learn how to operate a big scary camera about 4 years ago, actually. Alana was 1 at the time, and I didn’t want to rely on his ability (or availability) to photograph our rapidly changing family. And I’m so glad that I took the time to learn. I’ve never ever regretted the somewhat time consuming process of learning how to shoot in manual on a D-SLR. One of the best skills I’ve ever developed, I’d venture to say, and one that I hope will last a lifetime. Although, I feel the need to insert that I am under no illusion – I am not anywhere near as incredible a photographer as Rich (and many others), but I enjoy capturing our life nonetheless.

But I digress.

I’m so very thankful that when I do ask Rich for a session, he sweetly obliges, even though family photography (i.e. shoots that involve crazy little creatures called children) is not his favorite form of torchure 🙂

And so, as with Mother’s Day 2012, we went on a little outing to grab some recent shots of me and the girls. I LOVE how much Sierra has changed since last year at this time. And I love these photos despite the fact that we were slightly terrorized by the wind. I’d choose “windblown” over “sweaty and melty” any day. It’s been a beautiful spring, but I’m bracing for absurd temps and unwelcome humidity throughout the summer months.

Here are some of my favorites from our session! These girls bring so much laughter and joy into our lives, and I hope that is obvious in these photos. I hope that when they look back at these photos when they’re older, they will never doubt for a second how much we love them, how valuable they are; how precious. To us, and more importantly to God. I hope that even through our flawed love they learn to embrace God’s love for them, which is perfect, and never ending, and completely overwhelming! This world is sure to hurt them, disappoint them, and confuse them, and we are praying that they find life in Jesus! Alana and I have been singing “Where I Belong” by Building 429 and I absolutely love the lyrics. “Take this world and give me Jesus, this is not where I belong!” I’m so thankful that this life is temporary, and that we have so much more to live for than this broken and hurting world.

I wanted to end with one last photo from the session, and one that I love because I came across a very similar photo from last year’s mothers day session. I guess this waist-down photo with me holding Sierra could only be a tradition as long as Sierra is small enough to hold. But a very fun comparison, for sure!

This year:

Last year

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10



  • Ary - December 1, 2013 - 11:37 pm

    Your girl (Sierra) grew up A LOT in just one year! Both of them are adorable! I came across your blog thanks to pinterest and It’s great

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