Spring shots

april 2015 011_edited-1Riding in the barn. april 2015 014 april 2015 015Love those quiet moments of just getting along, no fighting. 🙂 april 2015 017Attic and window light ❤md and misc april 2015 001 This guy loves to mow.md and misc april 2015 016_edited-1 md and misc april 2015 019_edited-1 md and misc april 2015 022_edited-1 md and misc april 2015 026md and misc april 2015 032_edited-1In April, Dale and I, and Jenna & Tristan went down to Md. for the day to see our friends, Harlan and Regina Good. Dale helped Harlan get bedding down for the chickens that were coming. Regina and I scrapbooked, and visited, and took care of our children 🙂 It was a long day, but a good day!misc. april 2015 005Mt. pies over the fire..misc. april 2015 006 misc. april 2015 007Of course you should drink your hot chocolate out of a cow mug! 😉misc. april 2015 008 misc. april 2015 010 misc. april 2015 011Playing…misc. april 2015 013This girl! I can feel the gray hairs coming 😉

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tanner

I love being able to photograph my nieces and nephews! Here is Tanner. Such a cutie pie!misc + Tanner 2015 016_edited-1 misc + Tanner 2015 020_edited-1 misc + Tanner 2015 029_edited-1There was just a hint of a smile for his crazy aunt with the camera in his face 😉misc + Tanner 2015 030_edited-1 misc + Tanner 2015 031_edited-1And there is that beautiful smile. One of my favorites from this session!misc + Tanner 2015 038_edited-1 misc + Tanner 2015 046_edited-1This last one, another fave. I mean, how can you handle all that cuteness? 🙂

Be blessed, Friends!

After attending a young girl’s funeral, it really made me think of how I am loving my family. This could have been our family crying, missing our child, wondering how we will go on. It could have been yours. Some things in life do not make sense, but there is something that will never change, and that is the love of a Father who hears our every heart’s cry.

I’ve been thinking a bit about Father’s Day this week. How blessed I am to be married to a man that loves us. I am not the sappy, sentimental gush on and on type. I won’t pretend he is perfect. In fact, sometimes he really frustrates me 🙂

Quick illustration.. Dale was out chopping for the neighbor last evening. I called him a bit before 10:00, and reminded him it would be him and I milking in the morning, and that I am going to bed. Normally, when I milk, I set the alarm for 3:45 a.m., and that’s when I get up. I do not set 3 alarms to go off every 5 min., and proceed to turn them all off, and still not wake up 😉 That would be him! I did say he frustrates me ;)Anyway, because I knew he’d be out late, and be tired, I set my alarm for 3:20, so that I could wake him up to feed. Well, the alarm went, I rolled over, no hubby in bed. Not concerned, I figured he hit the recliner downstairs, and never made it upstairs. Nope, not there either. It was raining, so I threw on a jacket, and ran out to his garage. If he gets home really late, he’ll sleep on the chair out there. Not there either. Checked the barn office. Nope. And I forgot to mention, I called his phone, and it went straight to voice mail. By now I was a bit worried if something was wrong. I jumped into the car, and drove out to the corn shed to see if the tractor was there. Figured he parked it, and his eyes went shut 🙂 Well, tractor was there, no Dale. I was out of options, but I swung down by the barn, and his pickup was parked there, thought maybe he was in there. Didn’t see him. But I slowed down to get a better look, and I guess he saw my lights, and woke up, and came stumbling out of the truck. So I asked him WHY he was sleeping there??! He said he ran to pick up the trailer, and when he came back, his eyes were so tired he thought he’d just sit a bit. Well anybody that knows my guy, knows that when he sits, he can be out, just like that:) Like I said, he frustrates me.

But none of us are perfect. I’m sure he could tell you how I annoy him. And this lady is blessed to have him. I watch him with our children, and I love him even more.

Checkers with Devan

Checkers with Devan

misc. June 2015 023Jenna loves when he lets her “help” carry the milk jug!Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetDaddy’s shoulders ❤20150618_185631Throwing a few before he heads to a meeting.

Really, we should celebrate him more than on Father’s Day. I don’t say it enough how grateful I am for him. Make sure you let the Fathers, Husbands,Dads,Grandpas, in your life know how special they are. And if this helps you remember that Father’s Day is soon here, you are welcome 😉

 

Greener Pastures

I was milking the other day, and I noticed this one cow. In front of her was a large pile of fresh feed. But she had her head through the stall eating her neighbors pile. And I thought, “How foolish! Her own feed is right in front of her. Why would she steal her neighbors?”

And then I thought of the many times I’d done that. Wished for something someone else had, when right in front of me there was plenty. Philippians 4:11 says,” Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

Wow! That’s quite commendable to be able to say that! I don’t know if I’ll ever arrive at that point. But it’s something to work towards. And a content person is so much lovelier to be around.

How about you? Do you struggle to be content? What are some things you do to help you be content? I’d love to hear from you 🙂misc. april 2015 015I hope your week goes well! I have a prayer request. Please pray for a family that lost their young daughter. She is a friend and classmate of my oldest daughter. My heart aches for the family. I just had to think, it could be my daughter. We are not guaranteed another day. So please keep them in your prayers, especially as they have a viewing and funeral to get through this week.

Easter

Yes, that is how far on behind I am 🙂 A few special moments of our Easter this year…Misc. and Easter 2015 011I wanted a sweet shot of my littles. There was one child that wasn’t happy about that? Take a guess 😉 Well, a picture was taken anyway. Sigh.Misc. and Easter 2015 016My mom is a great Grandma! 🙂Misc. and Easter 2015 019Misc. and Easter 2015 018_edited-1We are smitten with her…Misc. and Easter 2015 021These 2! Cute as buttons, and maybe a bit mischievous 🙂Misc. and Easter 2015 022_edited-1My nephew and Tristan. Daryl is one of his favorite people 🙂Misc. and Easter 2015 023Deep discussions.Misc. and Easter 2015 025 Misc. and Easter 2015 026Good food, pretty flowers!Misc. and Easter 2015 029Tristan enjoying his meal.Misc. and Easter 2015 030 Misc. and Easter 2015 031Do you spot those people on the computer? 🙂 At least if my sis and her family couldn’t be with us this Easter, we could at least skype with them.Misc. and Easter 2015 034_edited-1 Misc. and Easter 2015 038_edited-15 generations. My Dad, brother, great niece, niece, and Grandma.Misc. and Easter 2015 044_edited-1And another with my mom, and my nieces fiance .Misc. and Easter 2015 049_edited-1And Tristan just couldn’t stay away from the cows 🙂 He helped chase them into the parlor for milking.

Time with family always goes too fast!

Hope you have a lovely Monday!

Little boy portraits

A session from this Spring. This little guy was so easygoing! Happy child, happy photographer 🙂 portraits for gift card 2015 april 009_edited-1portraits for gift card 2015 april 011_edited-1 portraits for gift card 2015 april 020_edited-1 portraits for gift card 2015 april 022_edited-1Love chubby baby hands!portraits for gift card 2015 april 029 portraits for gift card 2015 april 033_edited-1 portraits for gift card 2015 april 036_edited-1 portraits for gift card 2015 april 038_edited-1Isn’t he a doll?portraits for gift card 2015 april 042_edited-1 Mother and son. I love how this accidental sunbeam happened. I didn’t see it till I edited 🙂portraits for gift card 2015 april 054portraits for gift card 2015 april 056_edited-1portraits for gift card 2015 april 057_edited-1portraits for gift card 2015 april 058_edited-1portraits for gift card 2015 april 060_edited-1I really enjoyed taking this little guy’s pictures!

Hope your week is going well! I admit to being a bit frustrated with the rainy forecast, but I’m trying to stay positive and be thankful 🙂