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Sneak Peek – Meet Ben!

Ben recently turned three! I had so much fun following him around on our photo session and really capturing who he is – ALL BOY! He is so lively and active and he certainly gave me and his mom a workout! He is such a sweet and fun boy. Thank you, Allison, for letting me capture your sweet little boy! I had a great time getting to know you (and Ben) better 🙂

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Mayci Grey’s First Birthday Party!

I had such a great time capturing Mayci’s 1st birthday party! I think a first birthday is such a momentous occasion for both the child and the parents. The child has survived growing almost 3 times it’s birth weight, popping teeth, possibly walking, going from bottle to cup, amongst so many other huge transitions! The parents have survived their child’s infancy!!! They may be starting to sleep a little more and have a little less work to do as their baby starts to become a little independent person. Mayci’s first birthday was a celebration of all of this and more! Thank you, Christy and Scottie (as well as all of your friends and family) for letting me capture all those special moments! I had a hard time picking my favorites, so there’s a bunch here to look at!

I was fortunate to catch this expression, the true feelings a father has when putting together a toy!

They played a game where two teams had to roll each of their partners in toilet paper.  The first one to finish the roll won!  It was cute to watch!

The kids were so much fun to watch and take pictures of!

I have a series of pictures of these two sitting here eating.  They were hilarious!  She was trying to push him off the seat and he didn’t think it was funny, but she was just crackin’ up!  I watched them throughout the party.  I think they have a love/hate relationship.  I bet they’ll get married….lol.

The Father and the Prodigal Son(S)

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20

The story of the Prodigal Son was preached to us last week. I think it is so easy to turn off your hearing when you are being spoken to on any subject that you think you know something about. I did that a lot to my parents growing up, but I have learned to at least try and hear what is being said because what a person might be telling me may just well be different this time. Such is the case with this sermon.

We generally focus on the son that went away, squandered his father’s money, lived in squalor and came home again broken and seeking forgiveness. I think the more important part of this story isn’t about the Prodigal Son but about the Father. The Father came out to the son long before he had made it home. I think that’s the role of God. I think he reaches us long before we’ve made it home. I think he reaches us long before we’ve made it home every single time we go away and squander his money and live in squalor because let’s face it, we do it over and over and over again.

I also learned that there are two prodigal sons in this story. The son who stayed home committed sin as well. His jealousy and anger, his self-righteousness, was just as sinful as his brother’s sins. We are all prodigal sons. We all fit in one of two categories or both. In some way we all stray from our Father and he will see us and greet us long before we make it home to him.

Sneak Peek – Mayci Grey

Meet Mayci Grey, soon to be 1 year old!! I had the pleasure of photographing her last weekend and she is just absolutely adorable!  Her coos just pulled my heartstrings and those big blue eyes are stunners! Here are some of what I think are the highlights from our shoot!

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Simple Sundays

“A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.”

Proverb

Last Sunday, we all had steaks at my mom and dad’s house and then we spent good time together hanging out and walking around in the woods and fields behind their house.  I have such fond sweet memories of Sundays growing up and even as an adult.  There is just something so very special about going over there for Sunday lunch and staying the afternoon…especially when it’s as beautiful a day as this one!  There is absolutely nothing better to me than spending my Sundays with all of us together like this!

Bloke’s fightin’ stance

He was on top form that day, making lots of crazy faces for the camera.

My dad can work wonders with film and still uses this one lots.

My dad grilling.  He loves to grill and when he does it really brings back fond

memories and creates new ones!

She loves her grandma!

This one ADORES her grandma!

Genuine Imitation Christian

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“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter.”

Confucius

The pastor’s sermon today was about imitation. Humans are naturally imitators. It doesn’t matter who you are, you are or have at some point imitated someone. Children imitate their parents. Adults often imitate what’s cool or trendy, or sometimes not. Sometimes we strive to be the rebel, which is imitating past rebels. Unfortunately, despite how hard we try to be, we are not really unique. What we have done has been done before. Who we are has been before.

We strive to break the mold, to be different, to be set apart from the rest. But I don’t believe that is what God has called us to be. Sure, we are all individuals. We are all unique in our personalities, our DNA, our looks. But we are not unique in how we behave, what we do, our emotions.  I was challenged today by our pastor to consider who I imitate.  God calls us to imitate Christ.  But do I?  What do people see when they look at me, when they watch me?  I think that many times Christians come across as self-righteous and offensive.  This is not who Christ is.  I think we really need to be careful who we choose to be in front of us because surely there are people behind us.  Who do we choose to follow?  Who is watching to follow us?  As the lyrics of the Casting Crowns song go, “Be careful little feet where you go, for it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow.”  We are called to be genuine imitation Christians, to be representatives of who He really is, and to remember that people are watching.

1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:1-2

Here are some pictures of Bloke and his little imitators!