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It’s the first week of MARCH, the third month of the year! Can you believe it?  I keep saying that but seriously the weeks go by so fast!  Since it is the first week of the month, it is also the week that my life|stop photography blog is dedicated to the LightBox Stories Blog Circle, please go check it out if you haven’t already!

This week we went to a marriage conference with Francis + Lisa Chan, my orchids continued to bloom, I participated in a color photography challenge AND our floors were finished in the new house!LSP365_9


You were whining about something so I threatened to take your picture, this is what I got:-)



We went to a marriage conference this weekend, like none we have ever been to.  It was fantastic, I know we were both convicted and encouraged.  Mostly it was about looking outside yourselves, having an eternal view of life and marriage, which really means staying close to and keeping your eyes on God and His mission for your lives. I mean who tells you NOT to work on your marriage:-)  But like I said it was great!  I can’t wait to read their book, You and Me Forever.365_59_Blog


LOVE this man and my boys SO much!  I love to participate in snuggle time, but sometimes it’s just as awesome to witness it:-)  He was pretending to be asleep because he was SO tired!365_60_Blog


I DO NOT have a green thumb, especially when it comes to house plants!  But my friend gave me this beautiful orchid, and I dutifully followed the instructions, AND it bloomed again!  It currently has 8 flowers on it and 2 more buds!  SO beautiful!



I am part of a photography group called life{unscripted}, this month they are having a color challenge, we were supposed to photograph our favorite color, and then collage it:-)  I chose two colors, orange and purple, it was SO fun to roam around and find these colors and then vignette them:-)365_62_Blog


Some more of the color challenge:-)  LOVE my purple jacket and orange cup!365_63_Blog


Our floors were finished this week!  After they finished curing we headed out with our sample board and checked our color selections.  It is now time to start finishing the inside!  First insulation, then drywall, paint and finishes!  It feels like it is getting closer:-)365_64_Blog


This week ends with my 50th picture!  CRAZY!  This week was filled with beautiful weather, no school, and in general A LOT of fun!  You two have REALLY enjoyed your break from school, and I have enjoyed having you home.  We have made some big progress with the house, and we are loving where we live:-)


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It’s the middle of February! How did that happen?  This week was filled with house stuff, haircuts, family time, and Tom was out of town for a few days for works, OH and school Valentines:-)  We are SO glad to have Tom coming home today, and to celebrate our week, and our LOVE:-)


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WOW!  February is HERE!  Since this is the first Friday of the month, it also happens to be the first BLOG CIRCLE of the 365 group I am a part of. SO my life|stop blog is dedicated to that!  I encourage you to go check it out, and be sure to follow the blog circle to check out the beautiful stories of the photographers I have teamed up with!  BUT because I like the weekly order of things I decided to post the full week 5 here today:-)  How is that for confusing;-)

This week we/I was obsessed with the moon, I took several house photo walks and we celebrated a birthday!  This has also been a week of sickness for my poor Daniel:(



House Photo Walk.  Electrical wire, this week the electrical rough in was finished, HVAC was started and the outside was prepped for stucco:-)


Today we celebrated Tante Beth.  MJ made a trifle for her mama:-)  It was a fun evening, but Daniel spent most of it on the couch with a fever:(365_31


While outside BEFORE the Super Bowl, I caught a glimpse of the moon. You, Holden, had to study the moon throughout January for a third grade project, NOW I am obsessed with it’s rise and set, and it’s fullness:-) Love when I can see it during the day!



You join me in the morning, I time my quiet time to end when your alarm goes off. Today you were fascinated by another photographers images of her everyday. I enjoyed watching you read about her technique.365_33a


Another photo walk, I love how simple unseen objects can be seen as beautiful, if you stop, focus, and see things a little differently:-)  I LOVE to capture these things!365_34


YOU, my POOR boy has been sick since Saturday, AND today is day 3 of the “pink” eye. hopefully this is the end of it, you are getting pretty stir crazy! As am I!365_35


Again, since your moon phase study, I have been obsessed with the moon. This was taken when I got up yesterday, I loved the way the moon looked and the sky as it set in the early morning365_36

Thanks for reading!