Thursday, April 19, 2018

good good good

 Our best girl with her dry sense of humor and responsible sensibilities continues to love all things animal related.  We love her and it's interesting to say the least- watching her grow, this woman-child so layered and complex.

You can ask anyone in our family and they'll tell you- Zeke is the sweetest. He may constantly be thinking about the worst case scenario, but he'll keep us all safe and sound always looking out for us.  He's started making me coffee in the morning and I'm just saying... whatever lucky lady ends up at the altar looking into his eyes and saying "I do" is one blessed woman indeed.  

And this little guy... just wow.  He's full to the brim with all the strong emotions and can go up and down in 5 seconds flat.  He's hilarious and wild hearted and he wanted to hold my hand while he did his homework last night and so he did just that for a full 10 minutes.

Sometimes I think my heart will explode with gratitude for these little humans.

Thank you, Lord, for these three good good good gifts.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


I just can't imagine ever regretting the time and money we invested in these moments with our boys.  When I asked them what title we should use for our video, Zeke chimed in with "Colorado Primetime."  And it just couldn't be more fitting. 

Prime time indeed and I am thankful.  

Monday, March 5, 2018

Feburary 2018

Highland parade was a cold one this year- Mardi Gras came early.  Asher was freeeeeezing.  I wore ski gear and Jack and Anna Grace laughed at me. But I wasn't cold so who's laughing now?

It was a rainy rainy rainy month.  

baby Chaney got dedicated and is growing growing- such a beautiful sweet babe

Zeke is confident and strong on the court

and he decorates his room with sports magazines and masking tape

Anna Grace's Mardi Gras bal came and went- she looked absolutely stunning

St. Marks 7th grade class

and Zeke turned 11 - he is an incredibly sweet and conscientious human and I am overwhelmed with love for this guy

I had the pleasure of goin to a photography conference in Amelia Island - Meg and I drove 26 hours round trip but it was well worth it!  

Jack turned 41.  He's still got it.  

We surprised Doneen at Ki Mexico- got her good.  How I love this friend!  

This pup is still my constant companion.  Wherever I am, there he is. is keeping me busy and I am crazy grateful to get to do something I love so much

All the gifts!  So thankful.  

Friday, March 2, 2018

all the little lights

Clearly I need to work on my videography skills, but still I'm glad to have documented Asher's second ukulele performance at our school's annual talent show.  Every year this little event rolls around, I just stand in the corner with my camera- beaming.  All kids being so BRAVE, standing up in front of everyone to showcase something beautiful they can do- it just thrills my heart.
I found this turquoise ukulele while I was at a photography conference in Florida.  When I gave it to Asher, his eyes were as wide as saucers, his jaw dropped, and he didn't speak for a good solid minute.  It.  Was.  Awesome.  He's been using his grandmother's ukulele from the 1950's which is admittedly just as awesome and we will always treasure it but this little aqua number is a fun new addition for sure. 

So proud of you, little buddy, and thank you for being such a devoted and amazing teacher. 

All the little lights shone so brightly on stage last night!  What a sight. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

you're about to waste ten minutes of your life but it's #worthit

Check these out- we are big fans.  

1.  She gets an A for effort.

2.  Relatable

3.  "Not the heroes we asked for, but the ones we deserve."  <----  best caption

4.  Hope dinner went well.  Best of luck to this guy.

5.  Don't mess with Grandma.

6.   But what about Part two?!?!?

7.  MMmmm cholesterol.

8.  Only a little awkward.

9.  I'm about to say it, too.

10.  Our absolute favorite.

Thank you, 13-year-old daughter of mine.  Lots o laughs.  😂😂😂

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

and that is what we are

I recently took photos at our school's father-daughter dance and subsequently watched a heart wrenching episode of "This Is Us" in which the beloved patriarch suddenly and tragically dies.

This dizzying combination ripped my heart wipe open.

But what I felt like the Lord was whispering through all of my raw emotion was this:  He loves me like that.  He loves us like that. 

He loves us like a devoted father, cherishing his little beauty.  He is fierce about protecting her, loving her, and making sure she knows her worth and value.

If we're lucky enough to have an earthly dad who showed us that kind of love, it's a wildly amazing gift.  But if we didn't have a dad who showed us that kind of love or if our dad can no longer wrap his arms around us, we can still take comfort because this beautiful picture of love in our earthly fathers is only that- a picture.  The real deal, eternal truth is that our Creator loves us like that but MORE than that and He'll never leave us or fail us.  We are not alone and we can fearlessly dance, showcasing our truest, best selves because His love frees us like that.

It's a Daddy-daughter dance like no other.

 "See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

one second every day

"He said to them, 'How many loaves do you have?  Go look!' And when they found out, they said, 'Five and two fish.'"  Mark 6:38

Capturing one second every day is an exercise in going and looking.  It wards off discontent, opening one's eyes to all the gifts in a single day, no matter the location or circumstances.  There are ALWAYS gifts and there is ALWAYS a reason for which to give thanks.  I might just do this as a daily practice for the rest of my life.


Monday, December 25, 2017

playing our best and Divine smiles

I don't remember what scripture he used but I do remember my pastor singing at the end of Sunday morning's sermon.

"Mary nodded, pa rum pa pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pa pum pum
I played my drum for him, pa rum pa pum pum
I played my best for him, pa rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum
Then he smiled at me, pa rum pa pum pum
Me and my drum.

And I kinda lost it- this God who sees us and smiles at us and loves us and rips through heaven and earth just to be with us.  He looks our way, smiles at our feeble but best attempts at using the gifts He's given us. 

Merry Christmas, indeed.