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a few things:

– this week i got my hairs cut…yes, all of them :) i will miss long braids and all but i needed a change.

– we have started cloth diapering. no, not the old fashioned kind and yes, they are adorable! not to mention, they’ll save us a lot of money, too. it will be a little more work but the cuteness and money savings is totally worth it.

– today i got a few pretty awesome canon lenses i’m renting for a wedding this weekend and i’d really just like to keep them forever :)

….and that’s really all i got to say. i mean, of course there is more but i am going to go read with jay so i’d rather make this one quick!

anywhoo, here are some pictures of the new hair:

have a lovely friday!



I love your new hairs- all of them :) It fits you perfectly! <3 Mom

your blog is just so sweet… i love it!

Hi Arielle!

I found your blog by way of your mom on FB (she’s the mentor mom in my small group at MOPS). I was the Discussion Group Coordinator until I got put on bed rest with baby #4 over two months ago and haven’t been back to MOPS since. :(

Your blog caught my eye because I love photography and photos and was drawn to your website from the moment I laid eyes on it. I love the way you capture light and think that you take beautiful photos. I drop by your blog every so often and look forward to seeing what new pictures you have posted. Your blog is only as good as your photos, right? :)

I saw today that you started cloth diapering. We started using cloth diapers when our now 2 year old was 5 months old. We use Happy Heiny’s pocket diapers and have had great success. I wanted to pass along that cloth diapering can present challenges and I have found many answers on a blog I found by way of Google. It’s The lady who “owns” that blog is a cloth diapering mom of almost 5 who writes about her journey with cloth diapers and trouble shoots and offers solutions to complications that can arise with cloth diapers. We had some trouble a few months after cloth diapering and took a break because I didn’t know what to do. If I had found her blog back they, the break would have been unnecessary. You might want to check it out if you ever need a little encouragement too.

Thanks for posting your beautiful photos and inspiring me. Baby Leeland is growing so quickly. He’s blessed to have a mom who will capture every moment with her camera and he’ll be able to know and see how much you love him by the 5 million photos you took of him. Nothing says “love” like needing a new hard drive. :)


PS. I can imagine your pain with the lens situation. I’m currently trying to figure out how I can get a 24-70mm 2.8 lens for myself. :)

i love your hair it looks great! your gloves are so pretty and colorful where did you get them?


thank you so much! i actually got them a while back at forever 21 :)

these days.

this weekend has been so relaxing. i am glad we’ve had a nice weekend to relax because this next week is going to be pretty crazy…we have so much going on! christmas parties, a wedding, appointments, and much more. not to mention, christmas is only two weeks away. jay helped me wrap a bunch of presents this afternoon and leland…well, he just watched :) as i type this, jay and i are watching a christmas carol with the fire going and the snow falling outside. so beautiful. i absolutely love this time of year!

here are some pictures from the last few weeks or so (yes, jay is standing outside in one-in 60 something degree weather and another with snow. crazy how the weather here changes so quickly!)

i hope you are having a lovely weekend!



Nice pictures, beatiful baby. Takes us back many years! Our youngest is now 18.

Hope you guys have a great Christmas.


thank you! may you and yours have a wonderful christmas also!

do it anyway…

some things have been tugging on my heart lately. and then i read this tonight and was blessed. i remembered that when it all comes down to it, it’s His opinion and love that truly matters. it reminded me of micah 6:8 “and what does the Lord require of you? to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God…” i hope it blesses you too:

“people are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. forgive them anyway.

if you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. be kind anyway.

if you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. succeed anyway.

if you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. be honest and sincere anyway.

what you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. create anyway.

if you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. be happy anyway.

the good you do today, will often be forgotten. do good anyway.

give the best you have, and it will never be enough. give your best anyway.

in the final analysis, it is between you and God. it was never between you and them anyway.”

~mother teresa



Great quote by Mother Teresa.


That is what i needed to read! :) (Well since im having trouble with friends…)
I really like the encouraging quotes you put up! :) (and your pictures! ;) )

life, sleep, and matthew six.

life, sleep, and matthew six 

well folks, nowadays my days seem to run together :) i kind of miss a normal schedule but i know i won’t be on one for some time. i would love to say that every morning, i’m going to get up, read the good word, have some quiet time but i’m just tired sometimes. so i don’t have a schedule but that’s ok. i’m trying to remind my perfectionist self that not everything has to be so-so. i see other blogs of some people, some with their kids and sometimes i just don’t see how the pictures they portray can be real. how can they live such perfect little lives? and then i start comparing my life with theirs.  i mean, real life is not always perfect..rarely ever. it is messy, fun, spontaneous, and sometimes unorganized.

i’ve been thinking about that a lot lately…just, life and balance in general. a part of mereally enjoys having nice things from anthropolgie, getting excited over a gingerbread latte from starbucks, putting up christmas lights with jay, spending time doing this or that. i love life. i love the little things in life. however, it is hard for me to be focused on making this life look so pretty and all when i know that there is a world out there that is searching and looking for more. when Jesus said “seek first the kingdom, and all these things shall be added unto you” in matthew 6:33 he was talking about His kingdom, which really isn’t a part of this world. is it a sin to do the things i like to do and buy a thing every now and then? of course not. but where is my treasure? what am i seeking first? His kingdom, or my own little world?

…on a side note, leland has been sleeping almost 6 straight hours a night! this is BIG news for us here. it is so nice to sleep for more than 2-3 hours, get up and make a bottle, and repeat. now we are only having to get up about once maybe twice a night so i am quite excited! i am thankful that he is such a good, little baby. and i’m not even exaggerating, he really is. the good Lord has been very gracious to us this time around!

these are my thoughts for now…i have many more, but this will have to do. oh, and i’m going to post pictures soon and christmasy sort of things.  :)

much love,



So excited he is sleeping! Its nice when they get to that stage! Cant wait to see more pictures of Leland!

decisions, decisions.

lately i’ve been contemplating going back to work. or rather, staying home with leland. i’ve talked about it a lot with jay even though i think we already had a decision made up in the back of our minds. every time i hear about a girl my age getting their masters degree or finishing and graduating college, or starting a new career i start to doubt a little. i have always been independent. in fact, once upon a time i dreamed of traveling overseas to do missionary work on my own or be a journalist in some other state. so the thought of a stay at home mom doesn’t come natural to me but rather sounds like the opposite of independent. so when i got pregnant i was certain i’d work at least part time once leland came. however, things changed once he was born. my perspective on things changed just a bit when we all came home from the hospital and real life started.

the thing is, i dont have to get a full or part time job, i think i just wanted to more than anything. maybe i was afraid of not having enough money, or losing out on being social with a bunch of co-workers, or being recognized somehow. (which all of that in general is very, very meaningless when my worth is to be found in Christ anyway.) but now that i am home with leland, i can’t imagine working full time, only to scrape out a ton of that money for childcare, you know? i understand that a lot of moms have to work to make ends meet. i totally get that. but it’s not necessary for me to get a job and put leland in childcare all day just to have a few nicer things, pay off student loans quicker, and have some extra money for us. i am blessed to be able to stay at home with leland and i am thankful for that. so that is my decision. luckily, we are young enough where we have not gotten ourselves into a bunch of credit card debt or anything with some outrageous bills to pay. we are going to have to cut back on some things here and there, sacrifice some, but it is so worth it. thankfully, my photography is one way that i am making some money for our family. (i really pray that it continues to grow!)

i know that i can never get these years back. and the thing is, and something that i didn’t realize until now…is that staying at home really is a full time job. but so rewarding! i’m learning not to care so much when friends or others ask me if i’m going back to work and i say no, and they give me a funny look. this is who i am and i am trusting Him with the decisions i am making.

plus…who wouldn’t want to spend all day with this adorable little boy? :)

hope you had a blessed thanksgiving!




Wonderful! I think that it’s not that uncommon for moms to feel the way you do. We “plan” something in our heads and then when we see that precious child everything changes. I was thankful that when I had Hannah I took off 8 months of school to stay home with her. Becoming a mom changes everything about you and I definately needed that time to adjust. Being a stay at home mom is often much harder than going to work! People that don’t have children sometimes can’t understand this, but it’s so true! When I go to work, I have time to breath, don’t have to worry about my children hurting themselves… actually have adult meaningful conversations with real human adults (going a day or two communicating only with a non-vocal infant or whiny toddler can drive you crazy quickly :) so in a way, I enjoy work…. eventually I would like to work less than I do. Being a nurse I could work only 2-3 days a week, still spend lots of time with family and sort of have the best of both worlds.

Ultimately the decision is between you and Jay and God and I definately think God SMILES upon the fact that you want to stay home with Leland. Next to being Jay’s wife, being a momy to Leland is God’s greatest calling on your life. You’re right when you say these moments are precious and you can’t get them back. Eventually he will going to school (unless you homeschool), becoming more independant you will have more time to do those extra things. But you’re so wise in cherishing these moments.

Also if you going to work/sending him to daycare would barely make the bank break even it’s even a greater reason for you stay home. It’s a blessing that you don’t have to work. Thank God for that! Technically, I don’t have to either but I have a peace about going to work and loving on other people’s babies, and the adult interacation does me good and helps me keep balance in my life. :o) It gets crazy at times, but that’s just life.

I loved hearing your heart. Keep sharing!

Tommy Gausman

Mama, I am thinking that you are cooler then I thought you were,(and I loved you from the first time I met you)
Houses are boxes that people put their junk in,and sometimes look at it and say”Wow! I got more junk then the other guy!I’m doing good..
I’ve been to your house and I saw lots of love and smiles.. I think my son, and grandson,and one of the sweetest ladies I ever met, would be so better off, with you home….. Take good care of my boys.. Love you all (AND AM SOOOO PROUD OF YOU ALL) See you soon……. Tommy…


i totally agree when i got with carson i told him i wanted to work and that he could be the one to stay at home however now since iszick has been here i dont want to go to work i want to raise my child the way i want him to be raised and not have someone else teaching him stuff i dont want him to learn … however i am still in school grr cant wait to be done and hopefully will still be able to stay home with him



thank you so so much for your thoughts and encouragement, it means a lot. its so nice to have others who think the same when the world around you tells you different. i totally agree with you. i think it is awesome that you are able to be with hannah and judah and also help be a mother-figure to those in the hospital. you have to be a strong person to be in that position! what a blessing.

thanks again :)