Freedom isn’t free

Freedom isn’t free

  I’ve had ambitions to write more here. I use to have a ton of ideas and things to say that I thought people cared about. As I’ve gotten older my life has become more mundane and not as exciting as before children. The most I have to talk about is starting a new skincare regimen, how many times I had to save Elias from killing himself in a day, and how my diet has gone from pizza and donuts to carb free and sugar free. The past few months another curve ball has been thrown onto my plate. Deployment. I do not know how single moms do it! On top of the riveting life I live on a regular daily basis, I now am drowning in all the stuff my husband usually does to keep our household alive. These days I feel like I’m just surviving and at the end of the day I’m exhausted just from carpool, homework, bath time, keeping my kids fed, their clothes clean, and getting them to sleep at a decent hour. I say all of this to point out how much our family has been blessed during this stressful period. A lot of the military gets forgotten. Especially when we are all seeing the same “news” every day and living our lives in freedom without the fear of threat. But not for my family. Nope. My family, friends and church family have been REMARKABLE at making sure we are not forgotten. Praying, sending texts, unexpected gifts to all five of us, offering free babysitting (such a huge help!), and helping me with... read more
Push It! – the Dad-to-be’s guide to the infamous “push present”

Push It! – the Dad-to-be’s guide to the infamous “push present”

So, you and your wife are expecting. She’s glowing with excitement. You’re excited, but also a little scared. A little human will be completely dependent on you! You and your wife go to a get-together with friends. The women are all gushing at how great your wife looks and your wife goes on about baby names, kicks, and the progress of the nursery. As you’re starting to check out of the conversation, one of her friends turns to you and asks if you’ve given any thought to what you’ll get her as a push present. Your face says it all. You have no idea what she is talking about and all the women notice. Let me enlighten you, so this doesn’t happen to you (if it hasn’t already).   A push present is a gift you give to your wife after she has given birth. Yes, she deserves a gift for the 9 months of body changes, kicks, and for undergoing either surgery to have your child enter the world or for losing all of her dignity while pushing your child out in front of a number of people. This gift is to show her how much you appreciate all that she had to endure and the amazingness that ends up on the other side of the 9 months – all of which you only contributed about 3 minutes to the entire process.   So now that you know what a push present is, let’s talk about some push presents that your wife will appreciate and get you some major brownie points. Keep in mind your budget (it doesn’t... read more
Picking a Bone

Picking a Bone

  I have a bone to pick, but I’m not sure who to pick it with. My dilemma is that it is REALLY hard to resist sweets from October 31 until after Easter – so, pretty much half the year. I mean, we’ve got so many social reasons to indulge. Football season – dips, chips, and beer Halloween – and what good parent doesn’t “sample” their kids’ loot? Thanksgiving – carb overload Christmas – pretty much Halloween and Thanksgiving combined, but with Cookies too New Years – everyone wants that last night of binging before attempting resolutions Valentine’s Day – Chocolate smorgasbord Girl Scout Cookies – I mean who can resist those sweet girls working so hard to sell their amazing cookies?! Easter – sugar coated marshmallows, peanut butter eggs, and Cadbury eggs.   COME ON!!!! Give a chick a break! How is anyone supposed to be bathing suit ready with so many social events, family get togethers, boxes of chocolate, cookies sold on the streets that are too good to resist and eating to celebrate not only the birth of our Savior, but his resurrection after putting all of our sin (hello gluttony) on Himself. And I’ve tried making my own treats and bringing them along, but no one in a celebratory mood wants carb free, sugar free, cake. I think I need to hibernate until April 2,... read more

Confessions from the Car Line

I’ve decided to start posting all the happenings or thoughts that occur while waiting for Emmy to get out of school. I have a love/hate relationship with car line. I love it when the baby sleeps and Elly plays quietly by herself. I can catch up on phone calls or some reading, or current events. But, if Elias is screaming, wanting to get out of his seat and Elly is crawling all over the seats with her 700 questions about life, cars, what God looks like, how babies come out of their mama’s belly, ect. The other thing about car line is that sitting in your car, not going anywhere for 30 minutes or more, you start to see just how dirty your car really is. There are many times I can be found wiping the dash with baby wipes, collecting gum wrappers, pacifiers, and sippy cups – things I can’t find when I actually need them. Other days I have big ambitions to figure out my life in those 30 minutes by filling out my calendar and financial planner, making to do lists and figuring out dinner for the next week… none of which I actually stick to my plan on, of course. Other times I look like a private investigator and bring my camera to fiddle around and practice. I’m sure that doesn’t freak any other parents out. So now that you know what car line looks like for me, you’ll better be able to visualize where the “confessions” are coming... read more
To 2018

To 2018

I usually do a long end of the year post reminiscing about the ending year and looking into the new year. This year, I’m not really into the rehashing a awfulness of 2017. It certainly wasn’t the worst year I’ve had, but God did provide me with plenty of opportunities for personal growth, perseverance, spiritual growth, and patience. Although it was not the greatest year, there were still some amazing times had and some big moments, and photos I got to capture that will mean so much for so long.   My brother asked Kayla to marry him while I hid in the woods like a photo sniper.   My favorite little guy grew up SO much! He also realized his love for the outdoors.   We had a GREAT Easter as a family.   We also had our family photos taken by a sweet friend in Columbia My first born turned 7. SE-VEN!!!! And took a quick, spontaneous trip to the beach In July we celebrated Elias turning one year old and joined it with a “farewell” to Caleb. I didn’t get a headcount of the day, but others said Caleb was promoted and started an 11 month deployment all on the same day. We had family from Minnesota come to town a few days before my brother and Kayla’s wedding in September. We had a lot of fun! It was a great day with smiles all around. My girls loved being flower girls, I was honored to be the Matron of Honor, and Elias was the ring bearer. At the end of September I packed the kids... read more
The Blackmon Family –

The Blackmon Family –

I have been photographing the Blackmon Family for three years now. It is always so fun to see how they’ve grown and they get more photogenic each session. This session was at a location that I am quickly falling love with in Simpsonville. It is one of Michelle’s friend’s property and it is perfect for “golden hour” shoots. See for yourself.... read more
The Alexander Twins – South Carolina Newborn Photography

The Alexander Twins – South Carolina Newborn Photography

Caughman and Anderson were the first set of twin newborns to be photographed by my camera. I have to admit that I was pretty nervous going into this shoot. I mean, not only are there TWO newborns that I need to get to sleep and in the right positions, but their family means a lot to me and I wanted to give them the best photos of their sweet miracle babies. Thankfully, the prayers I prayed driving to their house were answered. These boys were rockstars and so cute. I ended up enjoying the shoot and was please with the outcome.  ... read more

Rainbow Baby Milk Bath

I’ve been taking the Reep family’s photos for about 5 years now. I’ve seen them grow with members and lose members. One being their third child who passed away prematurely. Then, They had their rainbow baby. For her first birthday, mama wanted to do a breastfeeding milk bath which I’ve been wanting to do so I jumped at the idea excitedly. I think they turned out... read more