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christmas portraits.

Before Christmas, I wanted to take a few portraits of my little ones so we could give them to parents/grandparents as gifts. My sweet boys never ever seem to hold still these days, so I was so excited to have gotten a couple! These kids keep me busy-  but they sure do bring a lot of joy!

 Beau! He is the sweetest and cuddliest little boy ever.

Leland! Full of energy (lots of energy) …loves to talk, and is definitely the responsible big brother.

And Regan! Love her so much too.

…my attempt at all three of them which, quite frankly, looks hilarious because Reagan looks super uncomfortable- haha!

  

Oh my goodness. Beau is such a little cutie!! And Leland is so handsome! He’s got the heartbreaker look down already! haha! :) And Reagan’s cheeks are the best. Just the best. ^_^ Love these photos and those kiddos! <3

reagan: three months!

This sweet girl is already three months old! Oh my goodness! This is definitely going by so quick and I am loving every bit of it. Jay and I aren’t planning on having any more kids so to think that this very well may be the last time we go through this baby stage makes me want to soak up everything! Every moment. The boys are still loving their sister and are super sweet to her. I was afraid of them being rough around her but they have been so good and I’m super thankful! Reagan loves, loves to talk. Never knew a baby so small could talk so much! She also loves to smile…..and eat, of course (look at those cheeks!) She’s been a lot of fun to have around!

 

  

christmas card photos.

Wanted to post a few of our Christmas card photos before Christmas is here! It is quite the task to get photos taken with three little ones, that’s for sure! :) I think we did ok though, and the boys some-what cooperated. I love this time of year and am looking forward to spending the next few days will Jay’s family and mine. I’ll probably sign off here until after Christmas but who knows- I may post in a day or two. I hope you are enjoying the holiday season also! Much love!

…love my boys! And they are seriously always, always on the go!

…Beau loves his little sister :)

  

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