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life with three.

I haven’t really posted too much since having Reagan but that’s about to change. ;) Three kids has been an adventure to say the least, but I have loved it. Seriously, genuinely loved it. From hearing stories from others when I was pregnant, I thought we were going to be drowning and in over our heads once Reagan came. “With two – you have enough hands! With three…well, good luck.” Don’t get me wrong- there are moments (many moments) where I am overwhelmed. But I still take showers, I still fix my hair, I am not completely drowning and our house doesn’t look like a zoo. I didn’t realize how discouraging it was to hear about how crazy three little ones were going to be. How full my hands would be! I got that life would be more difficult- I get that. But I didn’t hear too many life-giving words and how my heart would be so full.

For me, I think going from one to two kids was harder then two to three. Maybe that’s not everyone’s case but that it was here. Leland was very jealous of Beau so it made the transition from one to two that much harder. Beau hasn’t really been too jealous of Reagan (I was surprised! He mostly ignores her or kisses her- ha!) and they both love her. Leland has also been a big helper which is great!

I wish I would’ve known a little over a year ago when we found out that we were unexpectedly expecting, that everything was going to be alright. Everything was going to be just fine- a little crazy, maybe the house a little messier- but not too crazy because God knew what He was doing. He knew what we could handle and what a blessing each of our little ones are. Today, I’m very thankful for these gifts and for the strength He gives each day.

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.” psalm 127:4
  
Sarah Davis

Love your heart Arielle. I’m not a momma yet but your post about motherhood are still an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your blessings and gratitude with the world – a true gift!

Sarah Davis

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Nicole

Arielle, your three are so gorgeous!
I am feeling the same as you…one to two was much more challenging than two to three. And I also feel like my littlest has the paparazzi (his two older sisters) all over him too ;D

Leland is so big! Welcome back to blog land. :)

This is so lovely to hear my friend – you have such a beautiful family and God has really blessed you with three beautiful miracles. You are a beautiful momma and I am so glad you are enjoying it all!! x

I love this so much. Going from 1 to 2 was much harder than 2 to 3 for me as well. And while there are moments of overwhelmed, it is not a continual state of chaos and frustration. It’s real life, yes, and that means messes and tears, but it also means more beauty and love than I ever dreamed. I love your heart, and the way you speak life to the rest of us mothers!

Love this post, sweet momma!

Arielle-I have been reading your blog since you were a mommy of 1. Your photography is stunning and you have such a beautiful gift for capturing the essence of life and family in this life God has given us. It’s so encouraging that you put motherhood first, before all else. You are a beautiful writer and I know God is using you to inspire other mothers in the season of the little years. I have 2 girls (15 months apart) both under the age of 3 so I can relate. I love blogging but I’m in a season where I just can’t do a daily blog post. I want to cherish every moment and I always feel encouraged after reading your posts. I just launched my lifestyle photography business and I hope to collaborate with you some day! Have a beautiful Christmas!

Ashley P.

Hi there Arielle! I’m brand new to your blog and love your photography, encouraging scriptures, and views on life in general :-) if you don’t mind me asking, how old are your boys? My husband and I have one sweet little guy and are letting the Lord decide when to bless us with another :-) thanks for sharing!

reagan: two months!

As I write this, this little two month old is fast asleep on my chest. I love that she is still so little and small and cuddly! (Beau is super cuddly too- he is just a giant nowadays!) Reagan is two months old and is as sweet as can be. She’s started giving us lots of smiles and loves to “talk”! When we took her in for her check up, the doctor told us she was going to be a talker ;) She just started fitting in her 0-3 month clothes a week or two ago and is a peanut. The boys are so good with her (Leland is always telling her to wake up and Beau is usually giving her kisses.) We love her!

  

She is perfect! Congrats!!

photos from fall.

Now that it’s almost winter (and supposed to snow tonight) I thought it was a good time to post some random photos from fall. Can I just say that I am so sad that fall is over?! That summer is over?! It seems like summer just ended yesterday, and yet here we are…it’s almost winter! This summer and fall were some of my favorites. I had so many wonderful memories from those seasons and I wish I could bottle them up and keep ‘em forever. I loved my pregnancy with Reagan this past summer, I loved the first few weeks she was born this fall. Such sweet, sweet memories. At least I have a few photos to help me remember this beautiful season!

  

Wow, your little girl already looks so much like your boys! I have been reading along for a long time, and can certainly see the resemblences of them all. They look a lot like your husband, but have your eyes:-) I hope winter will be good to you too! x Margriet http://www.childoflight.nl

annie | senior portrait session

A couple weeks ago, Annie and I met to take her senior portraits. All of the trees were full of autumn color which made for some beautiful scenery. I absolutely love shooting during the fall! Not to mention, Annie is gorgeous! She is a photographer also, and it was so great to meet her. I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store for her future. There were so many photos to choose from but these are just a few of my favorites….

Gorgeous!!

  
Anonymous

What beautiful pictures of a beautiful young lady!!

october 31.

I took out my camera the day before Halloween and took some pictures of the boys and Reagan in their costumes. I will be totally honest- I had to give them m&m’s so they would hold still for .2 seconds! Ha! We’re not huge fans of Halloween but we do love passing out candy, meeting our neighbors, and having the kids dress up :) This year the boys were Buzz and Woody….only because they absolutely love that movie and have only watched it a zillion times! I’ll be posting more photos from Fall that I’ve taken on here as well as a session or two. Not sure how many people still read blogs, but I still love to update this little space! It’s so nice to have a place to put some thoughts as well as photos. Anywho, here are some photos from Halloween!

 

  
Lari Michelle

So precious! Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures!

I read! Just haven’t been able to comment like I used to. I love their costumes, and your little extra touch of an apple next to Reagan. Perfect!

Zoe

Beau looks like he has suddenly grown up! That’s what being a big brother does to you I guess;)

Oh my goodness! Beau is so big!! When did that happen?! haha They looked sooooo adorable, friend! :D

reagan: one month!

This little miss turned one month! I can’t believe it…that month flew by for sure. While I’ve been learning and figuring out life with three, she is definitely a perfect addition to our family. Leland loves her and is always bringing her toys and pacifiers, or trying to get her to wake up- haha! Beau makes sure to give her plenty of kisses which is adorable. For now, she mostly just sleeps but I’m excited to see her start smiling and have a little bit of personality. Oh, and she’s still itty bitty and 8.5 pounds. So glad I had a good stash of newborn clothes because she is definitely getting good use out of them!
P.S. Yes, I got this monthly idea off Pinterest. ;) I already had this banner so I loved the idea!

 

  
Lari Michelle

That’s so precious Arielle! Great idea. Pictures will be so treasured later as well!