Summer Blues


Beginning to feel blue that summer is winding down?  No need. There is still plenty of sun and warmth ahead. While so many of us love fall photo shoots, myself included, late summer sessions are also lovely.  I have been loving the way the color blue just pops against all the green this time of year.  If you are thinking about updating your family photos this year, it might not be a bad idea to take advantage of the warmth and the kids' back-to-school haircuts and those lingering … [Read more...]

Sweet Child of Mine…and Yours – 2014 Late Summer and Fall Sessions


It's no secret that I love taking pictures of my own children - a lot of pictures of my own children.  So much so that this is typically what I get nowadays when I ask them to take a nice (aka...not a candid) picture. Adorable, yes.  (At least to their Mama.)  But you can totally see the "We're so over this Mom" in their sweet little eyes. And I've wanted to say to them, "I know. I know.  But if I start randomly following other children around and start stalking them taking their … [Read more...]

Blogging Detour…or Destination


I've been blogging and writing and otherwise dancing the fine line between the two for almost six years now. Six years. That's longer than I've held any one title (besides daughter, sister or wife) in my life.  I taught school for 5 years, and I've only been "mommy" for 3 (four if you could the belly year). To put that in writing surprises me, actually, as I feel a bit of a wandering spirit when it comes to trying on what I want to be when I grow up.  I'll spare you all the stops along … [Read more...]

365 Photo Project

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I've recently challenged myself to do a 365 photo project where I try to take (and edit) at least one photo of my kids a day.  Now, let's be real here for a moment.  Some days I take about 100 pictures.  Other days my average is closer to zero (that gets tricky mathematically, I know).  And I'm not good at these every day challenge things.  I think I managed about 10 of 30 for the Advent Photo Challenge this year.  So this will likely be closer to a 300 Photo Project.  Or even 200 would be … [Read more...]

Two Years through My Lens

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A lot can change in two years. From the budding of communication with its grunts and points and attempts and words, to the full blossoming of conversation. From the unsteady toddling of little feet, to the sure-footed exploring of little boys. From "Mama" to "Mommy" to "Mom." From "Up?  Up?" to "I did it, Mom, look!" But, thankfully, in two years, some things stay the same. July 2012   And...July 2014. The July 2012 image of … [Read more...]

Fathers and Sons

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Just a few quick images of the "Three Generation Father's Day Photo Shoot" the boys let me indulge in this weekend.  I think this little outing was, perhaps, more of a gift for me, but they were troopers and went along with it. Here are a few of my favorites of a few of my favorites. Still can't believe the double smiles from the boys in that first photo.  But then again, when you're on the farm with Papaw and Daddy, what's not to smile about, really.  Also, in that first photo, they … [Read more...]


Feet Pattern - Small long, long here.  A meteorologist friend of mine says that this Chicago summer with its cool temperatures and refreshing breezes may in fact be just a break between winters.  This warmth is toying with us, really.  A mere flirtation with no real intentions of any sort of commitment. Most likely, and unfortunately, my friend is probably right. And I've been away from this place a bit.  Away from this screen.  Away from the twitter and the Facebook and the constant … [Read more...]

Millennial Dad – Honoring Dad with the CaringBridge #theother364 Campaign


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CaringBridge. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Not too long ago, I shared a little bit about how while my husband is great on the other 364 days of the year, Mother's Day has not always been his forte.  Well, I have since learned that the secret to a lovely Mother's Day is first, changing one's perspective and second, writing about how you don't really expect breakfast in bed. … [Read more...]

To Mother


{Mother, Verb – To Mother – To watch over, to nourish, to protect maternally.} To mother is to worry, to correct, to encourage.  To mother is to rise with the sun or the first coo or cry of the morning.  To mother is to fumble along with tired eyes going through the motions of toasting the waffles and pouring the milk and measuring the coffee. To mother is to grow accustomed to a luke-warm cup. To mother is to hustle little feet along so as to get them to the church on time.  To mother … [Read more...]

On Mother’s Day – Shifting {My} Focus

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I have an expectation problem.  A big one.  A few times a year, as special holidays approach (and by "special" I mean the ones that are supposed to be about me) I start to imagine all the ways I will be honored and surprised and showered with gifts.  I imagine the parade, I anticipate the pampering and the pedicure, and I contemplate how I will have my eggs prepared for my breakfast in bed.  So perhaps it is no surprise that I am usually disappointed. And, Oh, Mother's Day.  How I love/hate … [Read more...]