23 Aug 2015

Christmas in Florida ~ Visiting Fort Christmas with Toddlers

We had a great time visiting Fort Christmas Historical Park with our boys. Besides passing the year-round Christmas tree in Christmas, FL and getting a good laugh over some of the street names in that town we were impressed with the "Lincoln Logs" old style cabins preserved and show the 'Cracker' style architecture from the 1870's through the 1930's.

Our boys loved the playground which looks like a giant "Lincoln Log" cabin as well as the chicken coup where they fed the chickens grass!

We thought Grandpa Davis would like to see this Southern Style Sugar Shack! They make syrup here from pressing sugar canes ~

The boys also liked the old school room and sitting in the desks that were just their size!

Mommy & Daddy liked these stamps for students from back in the day!

And the photographer/sewer in me loved these details...

5¢ to anyone who can tell me what this thing·a·ma·jig is!!!

And the best thing was - it's FREE!! That's a rare find in Central Florida/Orlando area, so if you're looking for something to do for less that $100/day it's worth checking out. We were there in the morning which was perfect ~ would recommend avoiding the hottest part of the day!

15 May 2015

The Motherhood Project :: Part 2

The other day as Part 1 of 'The Motherhood Project" i posted a series of pictures with me partially in the picture. It's a lot harder to fully get in the frame for 3 reasons:
1. i have to shower!
2. i have to get out the tripod {or the husband}
3. i have to compose the shot in my mind without seeing it {and by the time i want to revise it the kids are onto the next thing!}

But i LOVE having pictures with me and the kids and want them to remember our relationship in their little years. These days are long but they are already going by so fast! I love these precious boys, they are such precious gifts from the Lord! Enjoy ~

13 May 2015

The Motherhood Project :: Part 1

I love to photograph our kids. In high school i developed a love for photography, and since adding these little ones to our family my passion for capturing their childhood has only grown! I am thankful to have met a network of female photographers through Clickin Moms that has helped inspire and educate me in my photography journey.

This month i set out to document motherhood. Life is busy around here, and it isn't often i think to get in the shot, or have time to pull out the tripod. But i love this calling of motherhood, God has given me and want to remember the little years. 

Here you can see mom as present but not fully seen. I love this. It's often how i see myself in their lives and a great reflection of 'rasing up a child in the way they should go'. I also have been collecting images where mom is 'fully present', so stay tuned for Part 2!

"I believe that if moms understood how strategic their roles were in this battle for the hearts and minds of the next generation, they would grow in excitement about this great job God created them to fulfill.” 
- Sally Clarkson

"Sooner or later well all quote our mothers."
- Bern Williams

"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God, might not be something you do, but someone you raise." - Andy Stanley

"Children are not a distraction from more important work. 
They are the most important work."
- CS Lewis

"And she loved a boy very, very much - even more than she loved herself." 

As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen. 
- A.A. Milne {Winnie the Pooh} 

I've discovered that this act of mothering is my worship to Him right now. Dying to self and delighting in them. There is failure (and yes, it is messy and sloppy sometimes), yet forgiveness and grace and growing. 
- Lovelynn Palm

Do small things with great love.

Motherhood: shower, hair & makeup in less than 10 minutes (with an audience)!

"There are moments that i know that i will long for, even as i live them." 
- Judith Katzir

"Take it all one day at a time... and enjoy the journey." 
- Kristi Bartlett

7 May 2015

The Blog Blackhole & Spring 2015

It's been a while since i've posted and I kind of feel like i've fallen into a 'blog blackhole'... that and chasing these 3 little guys is like a full time job. Our boys are really, really busy. So before one wakes up from his nap here is a snapshot of our past few weeks...

We took a hike to a castle:

Some sweet friends came for a visit:

Spring is in bloom:

We went hiking with our boys best buds:

We're learning how to be our brother's keeper & best friend:

Marvelling at God and how the sky is His canvas!

And playing around with food photography:

Right now we have a team from Canada here to help us tell people about the love of Jesus and it's been beautiful!

13 Apr 2015

Dump Truck Races :: 2nd Edition

Let the races begin! We're so thankful to have nice weather and my how the boys love dirt. Last year i posted about Dump Truck Races when Alex was still a baby and just an observer. This year he joined in the fun! I love watching the boys grow in relationship and friendship with one another. What a gift, that they have a built-in buddy system and lifelong friends!

 Little man got left in the dust, so he found a rock.

Which he quickly turned into a cell phone!

And started chatting with grandma :)

Big boy is still the fastest. 

 Clashes and crashes have entered the races.

Taking a break. 

 Double time.

brothers + friends

learning how to ride. 

 dreaming of victory one day!

styling in his shades.

Working together collecting rocks