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Happy Spring!  This week was So beautiful outside!  But some of us, mainly me were stuck inside sick STILL!  I am over it!  We had new doors, crafting, plants blooming, chickens roaming, boys getting dirty:-)  AND I made homemade chicken soup to kick this sickness to the curb! We are getting ready for Tom’s birthday too;-) AND Spring Break!LSP365_12

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10 weeks into 2015, and I am SO thankful I took on this challenge, the photos I take of my family are being edited and shown!  It may not be the blogging I used to do but I know at the end of the year I will have images and a book that will tell a little of the story of our days.   Days that will pass too quickly and blur if we don’t stop and notice!  This week we had fun, wrote scriptures inside the walls of our new house before insulation and drywall come, AND I was SICK!  YUCK! It is hard to take pics when you barely get out of bed, but I tried! Enjoy!LSP365_10

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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



It’s the EIGHTH week of 2015, and I am still on the journey of capturing our life in an image a day!  I am SO thankful to be part of LIGHTBOX STORIES and be inspired and encouraged by them to continue to tell my story.  Being a family and lifestyle portrait photographer I “sometimes” focus on documenting other people’s families through pictures, prints, art, and albums, and neglect to capture the memories of my own family:-)  This year I am trying to make sure that doesn’t happen:-)  AND as I keep challenging myself and shooting, I aim to improve my storytelling images so that not only does my family benefit, BUT you do too! It’s win-win!  Thanks for looking at the images of my life and reading my story!

Don’t know what I am talking about?  Check out the PREVIOUS WEEKS of my 365 project.


The boys had the week off school, so we took Friday off and went to a historic gold mine not too far from our house. They had blacksmith’s the boys were fascinated.



Just a shot through the windshield as we left for coffee Saturday morning:-)365_52_Blog


Not actually from today, but a capture from a recent date night;-)


Our house is ready for stucco:-)  And soon drywall!  It’s coming along!365_54_Blog


Tonight we went and ordered our stove.  It feels like we are getting closer to completion.365_55_Blog56|365

A very low light capture of the boys, chatting it up in the morning before school:-)365_56_Blog57|365

New trees on our property mean hand watering for a bit:-)365_57_Blog


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