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

29 Mar 2015

Teaching Toddlers about Easter

This Easter i feel like our 4 year old is really starting to understand at least a little bit about the true meaning of Easter. Our kids are still young ~ 4, 2, & 15 months but here are some of the thing we're doing this year.

1. Resurrection Garden - This was actually a really fun activity for the kids because we have a garden store just a 5 minute walk from our house. When daddy was away last weekend i took a walk with the 3 boys to go get a potting dish and seeds (watercress/rzeżucha) for the garden. Since our walk is through the woods i also asked them to collect sticks and rocks, which they had a really fun time doing. We already had potting soil at home and since we had picked up some other flowers to pot on our front porch we had an empty plastic pot. The weather was gorgeous (15C!) so my 4 year old and i put it together outside in the yard (which was a great because i didn't have to clean up a mess afterwards) and the other 2 just played with their toys. It only took about 10 minutes and we love how it turned out! 

Every time we read the Easter story from one of the books below or the Jesus Storybook Bible i talk about the empty grave, like in our resurrection garden! It's a great visual especially for our 4 year old. Last year we planted bean seeds and learned the verse, "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow." 1 Corinthians 3:6  Our oldest seems to remember and is especially excited about the little plants growing up. When he talks about that i talk with him about how God gives us new life and how Jesus arose from the grave!

2. Easter Books - How i love telling the story of what Jesus has done for us. I was reminded this morning on our drive to church of the grave sadness and the amazing joy that lives in this story. It's a lot of emotion for a 4 year old. I posted about these Easter books last year and we are still loving them!

Easter, Easter Almost Here is about the Triumphal Entry and Palm Sunday. It rejoice in Jesus as King and is great for little kids. Unfortunately it looks like it's no longer in print but we love it!

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story is our boys favourite this year. We've read it almost every day the past week! It's a great story for little ones who really like Easter candy, as the Berenstain Bears know A LOT about candy, and a LITTLE about the real meaning of Easter, their Sunday school teacher takes them to a play on the Easter story which helps little ones embrace the real meaning in the midst of Easter Egg hunts, bunnies, chicks and candy...

Benjamin's Box is a great way to tell the Easter story to our 4 year old. It uses symbols and the story takes place in the days of Jesus from a little boys perspective. It can be used together with Resurrection Eggs, but this year we are just reading the story. In the future i think i may make our boys a treasure box, like the boy in the story has (symbols to tell the Easter Story).

3. New City Catechism
A friend of mine shared a video of her kids answering these questions and i was amazed! Kids have such a great capacity for memorizing!! We downloaded the app and are on question #6 with our 4 year old. It has been great timing as we talk about Easter and Jesus being raised from the dead and returning to the God the Father.