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beau’s first birthday party.

We celebrated Beau’s birthday about a week or so ago! It was so nice to celebrate with some family and a few friends. I’d have to say that Beau’s favorite part was probably the giant mickey mouse balloon my brother brought him. That, or the cupcake and icing ;) We don’t do birthday parties every year but turning one is a big deal around here! :)

I found these cute invitations on Etsy and had them customized and printed- so easy!

Haha- his favorite part of the day ;)

 

 

 

  

happy birthday, beau!

Happy, happy birthday Beau Hudson! I can’t believe it has been a year since you were born. What a joy you are to us!! You are the happiest little guy and we couldn’t be more thankful for you. Your smile is contagious and your little personality is too. Happy 1st birthday!

  

Golly… he’s sooo cute!! Happy birthday, little Beau! ^_^

Oh, these are wonderful!!

Nicole

Gorgeous photos! Happy birthday little Beau :)

spring is almost here!

Officially, spring is here but I don’t think the weather really knows what it’s supposed to do! One day it’s 70 and the next day it’s snowing. It is going to snow on Tuesday but after that I know that warm weather will be here to stay…right?!? With each snow I tell Jay “but this will be the last one!” but so far I’ve been wrong :) We are so ready (as I’m sure you are) for spring days…visiting the park, going on walks, and warm sunshine. I’m ready to see all things new again and be inspired (the end of winter kind of seems to be not so inspirational) ;)  Anyway….come on Spring, we’re ready for you!!

This picture was taken a couple weeks ago…around 11/12 weeks! :)

 

  

The boys are growing up so fast! i can’t wait to find out if ur having a boy or girl next!

when dreams are put on hold.

The kids are in bed for the night, and so I wanted to use this time that I have to write a little. Lately, I feel as though my extra free time is minimal. Yes, I have a lot of time but almost all of it is used up taking care of these two precious boys who I love so much. I’ve also been tired from pregnancy which makes things a little harder. In spite of this, I have noticed I’ve been a little hard on myself lately. “How in the world can I really pursue, I mean really pursue my dreams right now when most of my time is taken up? “Am I not pursuing my dreams and ambitions enough?” “Do I even have the energy at the moment to try and go after my BIG goals?” “You aren’t doing anything but the mundane, what about the other stuff you wanted to chase after in life?” …Those are some honest and very real thoughts that have gone through my mind. Sure, I could pursue my big dreams and visions but yet I feel like my kids would reap the stress from that sort of life. When I flipped through a book earlier I stopped at a page I had marked:

“There is a lot of talk out there about dreaming big dreams and going for them. We’re told we should “follow our calling” and “pursue our dreams.” The things is, during the season of life when you have little ones, it’s important to be sensitive to our time and limitations.

The God who gave you your gifts and talents is the same God who gave you souls to bring up, train, invest in, and disciple. I don’t know what  His “dream” is for you, but I know that Scripture is filled with admonitions for a mama to make her home her focus and bring up her children. A mama’s primary domain is her home. This doesn’t mean you don’t have another purpose that God wants you to fulfill while you’re breathing on this earth, but your first and main purpose is to deeply invest in the souls He’s given you, and you will struggle immensely if you do not have resolve regarding your role as a mother.

I want you to know that I have struggled with my place in this season of life. I want to be faithful and have integrity with my family and give myself over to them, but I’m not immune to the feeling the “call” of other opportunities that distract me from my main role.” ~Sarah Mae

Those words hit me hard. That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling and can relate in every way! My dreams may be put on hold for a season, but it is for the most beautiful cause. Will I still have interests and hobbies and such outside of being a mom? Um, yes…of course!!! But I know that pursuing some of my ‘big’ dreams may be put on hold until my little ones are a little bit older. They need my love and attention right now, and to me (and God)…that is most important. He sees the big picture and I fully trust Him!

  

Yes! A thousand times over yes! And it was that same part in the book you sent me that I needed to find resolve in!!!!

At Sally Clarkson’s MomHeart Conference a speaker- I believe her now daughter in law, Rachel, shared this verse, “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” -Romans 11:29. She shared this in regards to God being on our side and believes in our influence because he gave us it all! And everything we have and do, we do it for the floe of God!

“Her children arise and call her blessed, her husband also and he praises her”- Proverbs 31:28

PS have I told you I think you are wonderful!!!!

Beautiful post. Saved this for future reference :)

Nicole

I feel like this was written for me. I’m in the same boat. Third baby on the way and struggling with dreams in my heart that conflict with motherhood. I too have to put my big dreams on hold trusting that one day the seasons will change. xo

Sarah

Thank you. This really was needed!

Beautiful picture and blog! A really good post. I am going to be having my first child this Summer, my husband and I are super excited. However that does mean I won’t be able to pursue my own photography business they way I had planned. We will see what God has planned for us though.

~Sarah : )

provision.

When we first found out that we were expecting, I think one of the first things we thought about was money. Maybe that’s sad, maybe that’s reality..but it’s true. “How in the world are we going to afford another baby?” Of course, we know God will provide but it was still a question that was at the forefront of our minds. The diapers, hospital bills, doctor bills, formula and food can so quickly add up.

We’ve kind of done things backwards (or at least backwards in the eyes of today’s generation.) When we found out we were pregnant with Leland, we were living in a small one bedroom apartment. We might not have had it all together before we got pregnant, but that’s ok. God provided. He provided when we had Beau, and I believe He will provide with this baby as well. (Let me say- We aren’t trying to just have as many kids as we can flippantly, thinking money will just fall from the sky!!!) :) But we know, if God wanted us to have this baby, then that was His plan and His plans are good.

We’ve already seen God’s provision in the last couple of months in the smallest of ways. When we went to pay off the hospital bill for when I had Beau, they let us pay off the full amount and took of $500. Now, $500, to us- was a huge blessing!! We also knew that eventually, we were going to need a double stroller. I had bought a really nice single stroller before Beau was born and found out that they had recalled some strollers of the same brand recently. Sure enough, ours was one they recalled. This meant that I could take it back to Babys R Us and get a full refund for it- $450 cash! So now, the double stroller will be practically free.

There have been little things like this that have happened repeatedly over the last couple of years and I don’t want to take them lightly. Anytime we have worried or questioned our finances, God has seen us through. Being a young family, may mean that we may not have all of the newest and latest and greatest “things” but in the end, that’s all they are…things. Once upon a child may be my favorite place to shop for my kids clothes but in the end, that’s all they are…clothes. And so, I will continue to be thankful and look to Christ as our family grows. So thankful.

 

  

I love your perspective! He takes care of sparrows, and He will take even better care of your family! :) Congrats!

wow, love and appreciate your heart, Arielle! thank you for being real. His provision is always so faithful!

Arielle! you are on the right path… remember the great things the Lord has done for us in the past and we can bolster our faith that He will remain the same old Faithful God! love you sis… you and yours are beautiful! Praise the Lord!

Anonymous

You’re talking about being short on cash but you bought a $450 stroller for Beau?

Arielle, you have such a gentle, humble quality that I admire and appreciate about you so much. I love watching your family grow! :)

What a blessing your boys and this little baby have been to you both – it is miraculous how God works in such wonderful ways. x

arielle

Anonymous- Sorry if you don’t feel the same way as I do but it was for a carseat and stroller combination together. Thanks anyway!

we have some news!

Yes, it’s true- baby #3 is due this September! We are surprised (ahem- very!) and yet so grateful! People ask if this was planned and no, it was not but God definitely had it planned! ;) We heard the babe’s beautiful heartbeat the other day and it just made it all seem so much more real. I’m excited for Leland and Beau to have another little sibling to grow up with. I will continue shooting the weddings and sessions I have booked this summer, continue updating on this blog, and I’m so excited to do so. So thankful for this blessing….Much love!!

 

  

Love your blog, photography and photos of your sweet family! Congratulations! I have three little girls under 3 – it is crazy fun!! Enjoy this special time!

Congratulations!! Your family is beautiful and I am excited to watch it grow. :)

many congratulations on baby #3! how exciting:)

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OMGOSH congrats!! that is so exciting, it was just yesterday you announced #2! time flies!

Congrats mama! So excited to watch your sweet, beautiful family grow!

What a cute way to announce! Congrats! :)

**ashleynicole

This just has me so giddy for you guys. Congratulations 1,000 times over!! Wishing you the best with your pregnancy!

Congratulations, how exciting! Our third was a surprise too, and my second and third baby will be 15 months apart. I like the saying that if you think my hands will be full, you should see my heart. :-) It will be an adventure having kiddos so close together, but I love that God had it planned that way from the start!

You are seriously the cutest family!

Congratulations! I love to read your uplifting blog!

Congrats! That’s so exciting :) you have a beautiful family.

A friend introduced me to your blog today and I’m already loving it! Can’t wait to read more :)
Blessings, Amanda
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Congratulations!
I don’t remember who introduced me to your blog, but I enjoy reading it and looking at the pictures of your cute kids!
Excited your going to have another baby!
~Emily

Alexia

Congratulations!

This post just made my day! Great news!!! Excited for your family! :) Here’s to hoping it’s going to be a girl hihi much loveee

Jovita

Congratulations, Arielle!! How exciting this is for you and your family! Be blessed!! <3

Nicole

Congratulations Arielle! Beautiful news.

I have my third baby due in September too. I’ve been feeling yuck with morning sickness and tiredness. It’s been challening this time with two others to run after.

x

PS. Love visiting your blog…it’s always such a treat for me :D

Love, Love, Love!!! May the peace of the Lord be with you! Congratulations.

Rebekah

Arielle, I am so thrilled for y’all! Your little family is so precious and I admire you for your faith. Your piece of the internet is such a bright ray of sunshine that buoys me up. :)

Wow! Congratulations, friend. :)

Congratz on baby 3! Beautiful photos!

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