The Troyers

Since Christmas is over, I want to share a few sessions I did this fall. Meet the Troyers. Their outfits went together so well, and the sun was golden.IMG_4630_edited-1 IMG_4636_edited-1IMG_4669_edited-1 IMG_4670_edited-1And these 2 boys were just so cute! Loved their sweet grins!IMG_4654_edited-1 IMG_4657_edited-1 IMG_4658Well, one of them may have grinned more than the other πŸ™‚ But the little man was cute even when he wouldn’t smile πŸ™‚IMG_4639_edited-1 IMG_4640_edited-1 IMG_4642_edited-1Like I said, so adorable!IMG_4697_edited-1I enjoyed capturing your family, Wendell & Edith. Thank you!

 

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours. May you be blessed with a wonderful Christmas!card2 copy And I’m including some other pictures from our little photo shoot(s) on our farm.wedding and my kiddos Sept. 2015 057 wedding and my kiddos Sept. 2015 058_edited-1 kiddos Sept. 2015 021_edited-1 kiddos Sept. 2015 024_edited-1 kiddos Sept. 2015 035And this is how they cooperated πŸ™‚kiddos Sept. 2015 027_edited-1 kiddos Sept. 2015 031 kiddos Sept. 2015 034Oh well, love them anyway πŸ™‚

One more card..Untitled-1Thank you to all my readers who visit this little space, leave comments, and encourage me in so many ways. I appreciate each and every one of you!

Christmas thoughts

I am sitting alot these days, and it has really made me ponder this busy season. While I do not enjoy this part of pregnancy, I’ve realized there are some aspects that I’m appreciating this year. I am always stressed over Christmas time. There is cookies to bake, Christmas gatherings, Christmas programs, buying gifts, cards to mail,Β extra school activities, etc. I also feel pressured to be creative with decorating, & gift giving. I am missing some of those things. Others, not so much πŸ™‚

This year, I just don’t care so much. And it’s ok. It’s made me realize that simplicity is perfectly fine. It is freeing.Β 

I do not judge anyone for their Christmas traditions, or the way they celebrate. For us, each year can be a bit different. For this year though, we told the children we are not spending a lot, and we would like to give money where it is really needed. I ordered gifts for 3 of them online on cyber Monday, and dear hubby went and got something for our farm boy πŸ™‚ It was so easy. I dislike shopping, by the way πŸ™‚

It bothers me that children, ours included, seem to feel entitled to gifts at Christmas. I know, it is special, and I know the meaning behind gifts. But they will not make a child happy. Maybe for a little, but then they want something else. You know, this is sadly how I am too sometimes. I’ve noticed that for a day or 2, the Christmas gifts get played with, and it’s nice, but all too soon they are found lying around, not as much fun as they were when they received them.

They will much sooner, treasure the memories of being together, time spent as a family.

However you may choose to celebrate this year, I hope you can find time for each other. And time for those that really need an extra dose of love. And if you can’t do extra things, relax. I promise, Christmas will still come. And it will be just fine πŸ™‚

Weiler siblings

I have been blessed with so many sweet nieces and nephews, and it is a privilege to photograph them! These 3 are on my husband’s side of the family.

Alisha is 1/2 yr. older than Kirsten, and they are the best of friends. I remember when they were little, how they would fight sometimes πŸ™‚ Times have changed, and I’m so glad they have each other, because after them came the wave of boys πŸ™‚1 2 Carla's children Oct. 2015 002_edited-1Carla's children Oct. 2015 044_edited-1 Carla's children Oct. 2015 050_edited-1Alisha, you are growing up into a beautiful young lady!

Next in line, Zachary. Carla's children Oct. 2015 014_edited-1 Carla's children Oct. 2015 015_edited-1We call him Zac, and he loves to tease πŸ™‚ Love that grin, Zac!

And last is Brandon. I won’t say his nickname. It would embarrass him πŸ™‚ He and Zac are 11 months apart. Yes, their momma had her hands full when they were little πŸ˜‰ My boys love to be together with them!Carla's children Oct. 2015 024_edited-1 Carla's children Oct. 2015 025_edited-1 Carla's children Oct. 2015 026_edited-1 Carla's children Oct. 2015 029_edited-1 Carla's children Oct. 2015 035_edited-1Brandon, your smile is terrific!

Like I said, I am aΒ blessed aunt πŸ™‚

I hope your weekend went well, and your week ahead is even better πŸ™‚

From the mouth of a 4 yr. old

She sits on my lap, never still, always wiggling. And proceeds to (how to say this delicately), pass gas. And the smell, it is bad! Then she hugs me and says, “Mom, will you forgive me?” Of course I will πŸ™‚

The bed is her stage as she looks at herself in the mirror, talking to herself. “You know I’m gonna be a Jenna sister? Yes, yes I am, Mom said!” (She means a big sister) πŸ™‚ I think God knows when I need some encouragement πŸ™‚

I lay on the recliner. My hair is a sight, still in my pj’s, because of that yucky morning sickness. And she hugs my neck, and says “Beautiful mommy”. I love her!

On a side note, whomever came up with the term, morning sickness? Does anyone really only feel sick in the morning? At any rate, one day at a time is how we get through, right?

She has perfected the shoulder shrug. She sees older siblings in action πŸ™‚ And then she proceeds to say, “That’s so lame!” We have our hands full with this one πŸ™‚ And all the others πŸ™‚ SometimesΒ we think what are we doing bringing another life into the world? We just don’t have this parenting thing figured out! But you just do the best you can, and ask for so much grace. And God gives it. More than we deserve.diana and randy 2015 002