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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!