Friday, May 15, 2015

Portrait Photography

 I LOVE a great portrait that captures just the right expression or silhouette.  Portrait photography is my absolute FAVORITE!

Last week the light was just right....again!  Thank goodness for Arizona predictable sunshine:)  I was so excited how these photos of this darling boy turned out for his baptism.  
We surely enjoy this darling friend  of Mikey's.  










  





Arizona Style

I always love a good trend wherever you live.  I feel like if you dress the part of where you live, you embrace it that much more.  Fashion and decor are subject to where you live.  Houses and clothing I loved while living in the East, don't quite look right here in Arizona.  The same goes with clothing....wool and Arizona....just don't go together.  

Every place I have lived or traveled seems to have a bit of its own fashion flare.  In the South I loved to see people wear madras plaid, and seersucker.  In the East....a polo shirt, loafers, and bow ties.  In Utah it is a mix, but I could always spot a native with Patagonia or North Face.  

Arizona .......has it's own fashion staples.  I know my list below are trendy everywhere...but in Arizona I notice a lot of.... 

white
free people clothing
espadrilles
booties
maxi skirts
workout outfits from head to toe

and lets not forget

SUNGLASSES!  

I always love a good trend...







My new white jeans, and cut out booties are my "embracing the fashion culture" Arizona staples.



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Prom

When my friend asked me to take her prom pictures.....I was thrilled.  This beautiful senior had one lucky date:)  








Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day

Past, Present and Future.  Yesterday I listened to the best talk at church given by a man reflecting about past, present, and future women in his life that have influenced him for the better.  I was so inspired and reflective on women in my own life past, present, and future that inspire me daily.   I am who I am, and want to become better each day because of women in my past, present, and future.  

I look forward to the future and my own daughters as Mother's.  I can already imagine Catherine toting, and Alyssa organizing future children:)  

For me the talk in church about past, present and future Mother's struck home in part because of my own Mother who passed away over four years ago now.  She is still such in an influence in my life presently, as she was in my past.  Her influence is far reaching forever.   I also have Grandma's and others ancestors that play an important role in motivating me to be closer to God.   

I have always known and been taught the importance of being a Mother.  I always knew in my own house growing up that being a Mother was the most IMPORTANT job!  It was something that I knew I wanted to be from the time I was a young girl.  I learned this from not only my Mom, but from my Dad as well.  I am grateful for Dad and his respect for his own Mother and my sweet Mom.  

I am blessed to be surrounded with great example of motherhood all around me with friends, sisters, sister in laws, Aunt's and cousins.  I am grateful for a day to be reflective on the importance that Mother's are in the world we live in today. 

I am mindful of all woman who are Mother's in their heart.  Woman who may not have children but who love, nurture, and lift others souls.  They are Mother's in their hearts and play just as vital and important role to those around them.  






I was blessed with hugs, handmade cards, and roses, and dinner.  Truly the best gifts EVER!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Catherine and Sam.....continue to be quite a duo around here.  Sam is potty training and the fourth child surprisingly has not been as easy to train.  
However, his Mickey Mouse unders are his favorite and he loves to show them off.  




They were having way too much fun in the front yard playing cowboy ranger.  


Mikey....the older responsible scout trying to explain why it isn't appropriate for Sam to be in the front yard with just his unders.  Mikey is turning out to veryyyyyy conscientious.  Sometimes a bit to our dismay:)   


Catherine in her preschool end of the year/Mother's day program.  She was proud as could be to play the nurse.  

And some of my favorite photos from when we got some recent family photos/mother's day shot.  













Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Motherhood On My Mind......

This week I am mindful of Mother's.  I am thoughtful about  my own Mother and all the wisdom and love she gave to me and all of her kids.  I could not have been raised by a better Mother.  Since she has passed away I still feel her love often and know that she is just as big a part of my life today as she was when she was living.  I am grateful for that knowledge.  I know it because I feel it in my soul day in and day out.  

Today I went to sonic for an early bird diet coke.  Sonic is across the street from where I live, and early bird diet coke's have become a bad but loved habit.  My sonic run is usually quite uneventful and involves my two little's begging me for a slushy in which I usually give in.  Talk about great parenting.  However, today my sonic run was different.  I witnessed policeman surrounding a boy.  As I looked closer it was a boy I know, and a good friends son.  The police were surrounding him and I quickly grew alarmed.  I knew he had just gotten out of juvenile detention and is currently on probation with a ten year sentence waiting if he makes a mistake.  He has a drug problem.  

My heart sunk.....I knew I needed to call my friend and tell her that her son was with police.  I made the phone call.  It was difficult because she immediately knew he had relapsed.   He hadn't come home last night and she was up ALL night praying and worried.  She immediately jumped in her car and with her sister came to the police sight.  

Her son ended up not getting arrested because he was not the one driving under the influence.  He was however found most assuredly under the influence of drugs, and consequences will come.  He is eighteen years old and a good kid.  His Mom (my friend) immediately started crying when she came to the scene at Sonic.  She hasn't slept in days worried and sick.  I have never felt the feeling I felt at that moment.  I felt her pain, and the helplessness of the situation at hand.  She knows what is right for him.  He knows what is right, but he has addictions.  He has problems saying no to drugs and alcohol.  

I keep thinking in my head all day something my own Mother once said.  "It takes a lifetime to raise a child, but it can only take two weeks to lose one".  What she meant was .......Mother's have to be VIGILENT CONSTANTLY!  I can't afford to take two weeks off of motherhood because in two weeks a child's life can be completely altered because of bad choices that escalate so quickly.  

My friend is a loving and vigilant Mother.  She makes choices everyday that will help  her son get through this trial.  We all have trials, and this is a trial that she and her family are going through.  I was just reminded and saw first hand today how an addiction can ruin someones life.  It frightened me.   I find peace and strength in remembering to strive EVERY DAY to be a VIGILANT MOTHER ALWAYS!  

I think back on my life and my own Mother.  She was by my side always.  When I had a problem, she had a problem.  She didn't ever rescue me from my problems.  However, she stood by me, talked with me, guided me, and helped me through trials.  She was VIGILANT!  She asked me a million questions and was ALWAYS interested in my life.  She made sure I was in the right place at the right time the very best she could.  She pushed me to be better, and encouraged me with her words and actions.  

I had/have an AMAZING Mother.  The kind I hope and want to be.  She was the perfect Mother for me and for what I needed.  She still is.  I have an amazing Mother in Law.  She loves me and I know that.  How lucky am I to have such great examples in my life.   

Today I recognize that I want to be better.  I want to be a better Mother.  I want to be strong, loving, kind, and most paramount.....a wise mother.  Nothing else in the world truly matters to me as much as being the best Mom I can to Alyssa, Mikey, Sam, and Cath.  They are my most cherished loves.  Trials and addictions are real.  Everyone has trials.  As a Mother it is my job to be wise in steering my kids in a direction that will lead them from problems and lead them to freedom and happiness.  It is my job to be an example of light and hope.  It isn't always easy, but it will always be worth it.  

I am happy to celebrate and be mindful of Mother's day all week.  Everyday I smile while thinking and reminiscing of my own beautiful Mother.