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28/29 weeks!

Phew! So here we are, between 28 and 29 weeks! I can’t believe it…this is flying by so fast! I have really, really enjoyed this pregnancy so much (minus the horrible morning sickness at the beginning.) SO thankful that I’ve been feeling good although I’m sure within the next couple of months I won’t have quite as much energy as I have had. The boys and I take a walk every day (usually I push them both in a double stroller) so I’ve been doing my best to keep up on some sort of exercise. Not only does it give me more energy, but the boys love it too.

I’ve been putting off the horrible glucose test but I guess this week I finally need to take it ;) I also have to do additional blood work and such because of my blood type so yep…fun fun! I think we’re going to finally start her nursery within the next couple of weeks and I’m so excited!! Most days fly by because I am constantly chasing two little boys. It is getting more and more real that very soon, we’ll have another little addition to our family :) Can’t wait!!


Love the picture! : ) The tests are the worst, I always push them off till they made me take them. lol


heather + david | portrait session

The other day I realized that I have several sessions AND weddings that I have never published on my blog! I will be posting them within the next couple of weeks and I can’t wait to share! This session with Heather, David and their pup Westen was so much fun. Heather has such a sweet spirit and it has been such a blessing getting to know her (and she has even written an awesome book!) Westen was the most photogenic dog I think I have ever photographed! Seriously he made my job so easy…I had such a great time with them! These are just a few of my favorites from their portrait session….

…So handsome! ;)


baby girl has a name!

We’ve picked out a name for our baby girl! I wanted to share because I’m not sure I can wait a couple more months :)

Reagan means “Noble” and Brielle means “God is my strength” …I think those two go pretty well together ;) Leland has been telling everyone he meets about having a baby sister and it is just about the cutest thing ever! We are so excited to meet the little miss come September!


What a beautiful name! Great choice.

Lovely choice, Brielle is so pretty and I agree they go together well. That is so lovely of Leland to be so excited

a new endeavor: mary & martha

I am SO thrilled to share some exciting news! I am taking on a new endeavor (yes, I will still be doing photography) and am now an independent consultant for the company Mary & Martha. When I saw some of the products that they sell, I was sold! Basically, they reminded me of Anthropologie-type items with beautiful inspirational messages. The company is more about ministry and community which I LOVE! I’m so, so excited to be a part of this. Here is my little bio and information that you can find on my consultant page:

“Making a charmed and happy home is a noble endeavor.” 
Deborah Needleman

When I first found out about Mary & Martha, I was thrilled. I love interior decorating and entertaining, but for home decor to have an inspirational message is an added bonus! When people come to my home, I want them to feel welcomed and loved. Mary & Martha helps to do both of these things.

I am a photographer and stay at home mom and knew that this would be a perfect fit! My hope is that others will enjoy Mary & Martha and these beautiful products as much as I do. I hope that they use them to bring God glory in their own homes.

“Dear friends, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible”
 3 John 1:5


Below you will see some photos I took of my favorite products from their line. Right now, they are having a huge Semi-Annual sale which is amazing!  You can shop my online shop HERE.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or leave a comment below and I would love to answer! The spring/summer catalog and sale can be viewed through my online open house. I hope you love what you see as much as I do! There will be more Mary & Martha posts (and a giveaway!!) here in the near future :)

This sweet honey jar (or really can be used for anything!) is one of my favorite items!

This adorable mug is another one of my favorites :)

Love these baskets!!

They also sell their own coffee which is wonderful! Click here to see more :)


This looks so adorable! I will have to check them out! I have never heard of this company! xoxo

Oh, yay!! Excited for you!! I’ve seen Mary & Martha a lot recently but didn’t get to check out a whole lot because I didn’t know of a consultant. Sooo… problem solved. ;) xoxo

This is amazing! Everything is too pretty and special. The company name itself makes me want to buy everything already! But I must say that bowl/plate(?) is my favorite: grace and gratitude, always. Looking forward to this new season of your life and your giveaways!!

babyliss was way too easy previously, but now it is almost impossible
online cheap marc by marc jacobs leather wedge sneakers in black on sale

weekend away.

A couple months ago it hit me that we are soon going to have three little ones. Three little ones three and under (at least for a while) Eeeek! And then it hit me….will Jay and I ever get time alone ever again? Ever? Of course, I know we’ll get time alone every now and then but I can’t imagine asking our folks to watch three itty bitty kids for a week let alone a short weekend so we could have some time away. Our “vacationing” time will be in our later years or when our kids are older, I’m sure. Especially since they are so close in age! However, last weekend we were able to have some time away, just the two of us, thanks to the help of our family! They all took turns watching the boys (awesome!) and it was so refreshing and a nice little break. Of course, by the end of the weekend, I missed the boys terribly and couldn’t wait to see them! Funny how that works, huh? ;)

Love spending time at the lake…one of my favorite places to be. Can’t wait to bring the boys back up here soon!

…I told Jay to “pose” – bahaha and this is what I got!

(…. ^ a 26 week bump!)


summer is…

Summer is here! I can’t believe were almost to the end of June- phew! Can time slow down a little bit? ;) I’ve been soaking up this summer with the two boys and we’ve been enjoying every minute of it. These photos totally sum up how our summer has been so far….

Summer is for playing in the woods…

…and being cute while doing so.

….for fresh strawberries from local farms. (with nutella, of course!!)

….for some Reds baseball.

….(they really love the Reds haha)

….for reading lots of books (mostly just the same ones over and over again)

…..playing in the water

…..and of course running around chasing two little boys all day long. :)



I just can’t handle how adorable your little men are! And you’re baby girl is going to be something suuuuuper sweet:) I love watching your family grow!