To Each, Their Own

A few scenes from a typical summer afternoon in the backyard. One, content, for days, in his shed. Ever wonder how a mower works?  This kid can tell you. Meanwhile, down in his Treehouse... This one is lost in a little magic of his own. Twins, these two.  But each their own man. … [Read more...]

Music Men

These days the sound of music fills our home, and my heart overflows. Still too little to reach, he finds a way. Rarely does he find breakfast before his fingers find the keys, this one.  His gift is ours, really.  What greater joy than to hear him play.  To hear the sound of his joy dancing through the halls. Brother finds his time in the quiet moments.  Those rare moments when the piano bench is unoccupied. With a few simple chords, his budding and mellow personality … [Read more...]

5 Outside the Box Father’s Day Gift Ideas

If you are like me, you are probably going to skip right through this introduction and get straight to the point.  The list.  So I'll keep it short and sweet.  Father's Day is fast approaching. Coming up with original gift ideas is hard.  You are juggling the start of summer and all the schedules and probably, already, exhausted.  Here are a few outside the box ideas to help you out so you can celebrate Dad in a meaningful way with a few simple clicks.  (PS...Some of the links here are affiliate … [Read more...]

Easter People

A few favorites from our first Easter at the forever house.  Although the forecast called for rain, it held off until the afternoon and we had the most beautiful morning.  We managed to snap a few "Handsome" pics before church and then some candids of our little egg hunt.  Still can't believe this is home...feeling grateful today. … [Read more...]

Sticks and Snails…

...and puppy-dog tails. And creek rocks by the bridge.  This is what these little boys are made of. … [Read more...]

Fresh Air

The creek is calling my stick is bigger than yours. How long until Spring? … [Read more...]

New Deck

We've moved this past month, to the forever home.  Inside everything is still in boxes and under construction and all over.  But outside everything is good.  So good, even on a chilly enough February afternoon. … [Read more...]

Four Seasons of Four – Plainfield, IL Family and Child Photographer

My babies turned five this month.  Five.  Yes, in some ways it happened in a blink.  But in others it was a whirlwind - an exhausting daily "adventure" where I found myself wondering when will they would sleep through the night or be done with those blasted diapers or for the love...say goodbye those often terrible twos threes.  Now, I have new wonders.  I wonder how they will fare in Kindergarten.  I wonder if their budding passions for music and "how things work" will blossom in the years to … [Read more...]

Starting a Photography Business? 8 First Investments – Plainfield, IL Family Photographer

Some time last summer I was bit by the photography bug and became all consumed with the dream to start my own business.  Technically the 'love of photography bug' bit long ago.  But the desire and the spark to make it a career came last summer.  It was part true inspiration and part necessity.  Twins with preschool tuition.  Rising cost of living.  A desire to maybe, someday go on that family vacation to see the Mouse before the boys are, I don't know, twenty. I remember naively telling a … [Read more...]

CROP Hunger Walk 2015 – Many Faces, One Goal

This year, my family and I participated in our third CROP Hunger Walk.  Well, for three of us, it was our third.  For my husband, more like his 10th or 12th or so as he grew up walking with his family.  It was the second year my kids walked more than they rode, and the first year for our pup.  He was one of three dogs, actually.  This was also the first year that I had a role beyond just "walker" or "stroller pusher."  Because, this year, for the first time I was also part of the planning … [Read more...]