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little expressions.

i bought this little giraffe hat for leland from the gap outlet for $1.99. (it is pretty much not a good thing that we live so close to a gap outlet. like five little minutes away! to be honest, it can be quite tempting to go and look. i go and look and usually find some things i want to buy but don’t need to buy.) but i did need to buy this little hat, because it’s just so cute! these pictures really made me laugh…love these little expressions!

getting a little frustrated…

now getting a little upset…

oh! getting ready…

…there he goes! takin’ care of business. hahaha.

have a beautiful sunday!



That hat! Oh my goodness… I love it! His face in the 6th picture looks like one he was making last time we were at Starbucks. Too cute. :)


aww those are too funny! thanks for sharing! =)

Tommy Gausman

Tooooo! Cute

Love MaGe

So, so cute!!

Little ones are the best.


Rebekah Stone

haha that last picture is SO funny! :)

photo outtakes.

i’ve been trying to update my photography website, so i asked jay to take a couple pictures of me for my about page. i let him use my camera (AHH!) for a couple of minutes to do so. anywhoo, here’s a few of them. the location reminds me of germany or a countryside in europe. (…i wish! but really this is just next door to the neighborhood i live in.) i feel a little strange for posting a few pictures of myself but eh, oh well. just enjoy the pretty scenery :)

…take one, haha.

the end!



Love these, Arielle. Jay did a good job! ;)


thanks kristin :) ha ha…he did, especially for only using the camera a couple times!


Give Jay a high-five!! I really like the one of you looking into your camera!


Hello there!
I cannot believe you said you wish this was germany,haha.i do live in germany and i wish i wouldn’t.we couls swap if ya like,hah!!
You are an amazingly pretty girl and i really enjoy your blog :)


aw thank you! :)

Arielle, I’m so happy I stumbled upon your beautiful blog. I love these rustic images. And, what adorable baby pictures!

first, you are truly gorgeous. second, i’m smitten with your boots! i’ve been on the hunt for the a pair of brown boots and these ones are perfect!


thank you so much dear! aw, the boots are so comfortable…i love them ( <3

that little smile.

…that little smile! doesn’t he look like a little man? hee hee. waking up to little baby coos, smiles, and baby talking has definitely been one of the most adorable things about having a little one. even though he’s teething some, he’s been talking and laughing more…which is so much fun. so here he is in his sweater and sperrys, smilin’ away..



SO precious! i love his sweater. :)


He is so adorable!!

He has the sweetest little smile! And I love his sweater! ha :)

they don’t come much cuter than that! :)

no joke, he is one of the CUTEST babies i have ever seen! love his little man sweater! xx

What a happy little guy!


Sooo cute!
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what a handsome little man! he’s absolutely adorable :) and i especially love that first pic. lovely blog you have here!


aw…haha, thank you so much kara! :)

folk music…

i absolutely love folk/acoustic music. there is just something about it that is down-to-earth and just beautiful. i’ve been playing the guitar since i was a little one (well, 8 years old or so..) and mandolin a little. doesn’t the banjo seem like it would be an incredible instrument to play? maybe that’s next… ;) in the summer, i love sitting in a field out in the country, with a journal in hand, and some good folk music on.

some favorites:

i was playing around with my guitar the other night and here is a little clip of me playing some bluegrass. ha! my guitar wasn’t plugged in or anything and i haven’t played in awhile, but eh…oh well.


p.s. if you really don’t like folk / bluegrass / acoustic music, thanks for reading anyway :)


I absolutely loved that clip. You are so talented!! Photography, music…what else? haha, but anyway very good!! I love following your blog, you have inspired me in so many ways and I just wanted to thank you for opening my eyes to God. I have strayed from him but I am building back the relationship! Thank you for everything you post on here!

Oh, girl … can you hear the applause over here!! That was amazing!! What a gift God has given you, and you certainly use it well!! So glad you shared this, and by the way … I absolutely LOVE folk/bluegrass music! ;)

I also want to thank you for commenting on my site the other day … we made it through the ice storm with just a ‘flicker’ of our lights, and thankfully, we didn’t lose power! Still very icy and cold out there, though, but we can take comfort in knowing that spring is just around the corner … in the meantime, stay warm! Blessings ~ Deborah :)

oh goodness, i LOVE this post so much! folk/bluegrass has my heart, all of these artists are beautiful. especially mumford & sons. and the civil wars! isn’t their new album breathtakingly gorgeous? i love those two. i saw their show in hollywood in december and i still think about it… it was beyond dreamy.

you play so beautifully! it’s a dream of mine to learn the guitar one day. you’ve now inspired me to get on that soon! ;)

This is a wonderful post! Thanks for the long list of folk music recommendations! You are very talented.

You need to play more!!! How about “Honey” ? :) – Love you

um, love chris thile and nickel creek. you are so cute with your guitar.

I love Folk music and I absolutely love Mumford and Sons. I’m a new follower.

Come enter my giveaway.

Loved that clip of you playing! You’re so good! :) I’m going to have to check out some of those groups you mentioned. I’ve heard of several, but there are a few that I haven’t listened to before. :)

I love acoustic/folk music! Especially Mumford & Sons! Have you heard of Angus and Julia Stone? They’re an Australian duo but they’re so amazing, you should listen to them. And Laura Marling ♥

By the way, your blog is completely adorable, as is your son :)

My husband is obsessed with folky music….have you heard of the Avett brothers? You should check them out! ;)


thanks ashlee! haha, i will definitely have to check them out! ;)


thank you deborah! :) so kind of you! glad to hear you like this kind of music too :D

i just found your blog and found it adorable… thanks especially for the folksy favorites, i LOVE folk music and it seems so rare to find others that do. maybe it`s where i live. mumford and sons– a big fan here too. can`t wait to look up the others you mentioned…
keep up the coolness over here…
oh, and wanted to add, i love all your cool braids that you do. i have 2 and 3 year old girls and i adore doing their hair.. thanks for the in-spi-ra-tion!


thank you so much for the kind comment jenny! :) so awesome that you like folk music as well!
i’m definitely going to have to check out your blog!


wonderfully made giveaway!

i am so excited to share this with you all- wonderfully made is giving away one of their necklaces from their shop just in time for valentine’s day.

wonderfully made is a ministry dedicated to helping today’s modern young women discover, strengthen, and reclaim their true value & worth. i absolutely love that they are promoting beauty that comes from Christ for our generation. it is desperately needed! their blog and website have some great resources, so be sure to check them out! i love the video that plays on the front page of their website- simply beautiful.

to enter this little giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment below.

i will draw a winner on february 10th and wonderfully made will be sending you a handmade necklace!

for extra entries: facebook/tweet/blog about this giveaway and be sure to leave a comment with a link. (make a separate comment for each one.)


I love this necklace!! :) I have been on their website and it is awesome. It is vitally important for women to know that their beauty comes from Christ!!


What a wonderful giveaway!! I have never seen their site before. What a great deal of good info. Thanks

Wonderfully Made is such a great organization. Love what they’re doing! That necklace you posted is my favorite. So cute and such a great reminder of our freedom in Christ. :)


I just checked out their website. It’s awesome. Thanks for posting this. :-)


I went to the website to check it out. (I’ve never heard of them before) The video was beautiful…I really enjoyed it!! Thank you for sharing!

Nichole post

I love the website. These necklaces are amazing, I love them!! And I also love your website Areille. You have amazing pictures, maybe you can take some pictures of James and I sometime!


Sure why not leave a comment.
I love youe blog Arielle.
Just the inspiration I need everyday to help me focus
on God- you’re a blessing.

Rachel Mollozzi

hey there arielle… love this site, and so glad to see your doing so well!! God is so good and has been teaching me so much lately.. what a great reminder to know that we will always be beautiful in Christ….. and in christ alone!!


Hooray for giveaways! I really like that pendant.

that’s a lovely necklace!
also wanted to say that your blog has been a blessing to me, ~encouraging and inspiring. thank you!


What a beautiful necklace!

I have just discovered your blog through a link on Sometimes Sweet :)


Your blog was linked on another blog that I follow. I love all the home decor that you do and also love this jewelry! Thanks for sharing!

wonderful and beautiful, as well as inspiring…love it!

i absolutely adore this site and it’s mission! their items help proclaim the beauty of the Lord that He displays through women.

Caison Bridger

This is beautiful!!!!! What a great reminder and a great way to start gospel centered conversations with other people!

Bethany Dicken

:) love the design

Beautiful! Would love to have this necklace!


I love their stuff! I’m hoping I win!

Oh, and I shared the link on FB. :)

Christina Richards

This is SO cute!!!! Hope you are having a Beautiful week!!!

Katie Ferguson

WOO! I love this! :) And You!

Jessica Adams

Beautiful, my favorite word….

Katie Ferguson

I posted it as my status toooo. I think that is what we are supposed to do?


What a beautiful necklace…and beautiful website! :)

What a great necklace with a wonderful message!

I stumbled upon your blog thanks to Danielle @ Sometimes Sweet. I look forward to reading your entries!


What a beautiful piece, x x.


i love it! thanks for making this. what a great blog!


I love your blog! and im going to bible college this would be perfect!! :0)


sooo much love*

Those necklaces are absolutely beautiful. What an amazing ministry!

i was just lurking around and found your blog…i love so much about it: the photography, the fact that you love God, and the fact that you, like myself, were married at 19. :) keep up the inspiring work/life!

Rebekah Stone

oh pick me Arielle, pick me! :) Cute necklace…. i always enjoy reading your blogs!


So sweet! Going to pass this shop on!


beautiful. love this shop!

such a great message. just found your blog and discovered wonderfully made. love it.

our weekend in film.

more like a day in film…from a fisheye camera. but nonetheless, i tried it out on saturday and had the film developed. i didn’t think it would work but, it did! and here are the few pictures we got from it:

i’m a little ready for this snow and dreary weather to be gone. i really think it’s time for sun and dresses and flip flops and…warmer weather ;)

leland smilin’ away :)

happy monday!



Cute photos! (So thrilled to have won the giveaway!) Have a wonderful Monday!

LOL- I LOVE that pic of Leland!!! Cute pictures altogether. Love you! -Mom

LOVE these pictures! What kind of fisheye camera do you have? I’ve been wanting to get one ;)

I love these, Arielle! I’ve never heard of a fish-eye camera … only a lens … but, I’m still learning, *sigh*! Lol! I’m so ready for warm weather, too … although I know that when you look at those two special guys ya got there, it just has to bring enough sunshine into your heart to warm your day! Well, my guy warms my day, too, but I’m hearing we have a major ice storm, with possible power outages, on it’s way to Indy … thankfully, we’re ready for it! You stay warm, and safe, too! :)


i know i ask a million questions about your pictures, but was this taken with one of those lomography cameras? oh, and i just noticed that in your 3rd picture, the “514 building”…that was my grandfather’s bar, ‘the 514 club’ several decades ago! how funny! :) as always, these pictures are awesome! :)

These came out so well! The lomo fisheye is one of my favorites!


hey hope! i don’t mind at all :) yes, it sure was. i love it! wow…what a small world! that is so funny! in covington, right? too cool!
thanks so much! be blessed…

haha yep, covington it is! :)

Your blog/sweet life is absolutely darling. Truly. I’m a little late in the game, but I’m excited to start following along! Hope you three are having a wonderful Tuesday!

your blog is cuter than cute. i’m jealous… only in a nice way, of course. : )

your pictures are amazing. i want to take pictures like you you. jealous again.

you are such a beauty and so is your fam. i would say “jealous again” again but that would be too repetitive. and i learned in 10th grade english class not to say the same thing two too many times. anyway.

i like you already.

it should not say “like you you.” omit one you. thanks. oops.

I just found your blog, and I am in love! I love these photos from your weekend :) So pretty!

I have a fisheye for my Diana camera and I’ve never used it. this makes me want to give it a shot.