it's the little things: new

We're back in the swing of things with our blog circle, and we added a few new members, too! Be sure to click through everyone's posts to see some amazing stuff. Up next is my friend, Allison McSorley, a talented photographer in NYC. Last month one of my dearest friends gave birth to her third child - a baby girl - a special gift to her mama, and a little princess for her daddy and two older brothers. I was beyond excited when Clara made her debut on a Saturday morning when I could easily leave the girls with Nick and make the 1 mile drive to the hospital to document her arrival. What an amazing experience! Is there any better "new" than this??



it's the little things: siblings

Kate was just 8 months old when we found out I was pregnant with Caroline. While having two this close in age definitely has its challenges, we recognize it as an opportunity for these two to become best friends. We pray daily for their relationship to take this direction. We've seen so many glimmers lately of the sweet relationship that is to come. Follow our blog circle to see Parihka's siblings post!



it's the little things: water

It's time for our monthly blog circle again! This month's theme is "water." Such an easy one since we play in the water practically every day! I took these when we were down in Austin at Nick's parents' house a couple of weeks ago. Nick's mom and I took the girls out to the stream behind their house, stripped them down, and let them wade in the water. They had so much fun throwing rocks and splashing in the beautiful last light of day. They could have stayed out there forever!

Follow our blog circle around, and leave some comments for my friends! Next up is Megan Dill. Her work is so inspiring!

it's the little things: motherhood

My baby turns two on Friday. She has been bursting with personality lately, and she has grown up so much over the last couple of months. This is such a fun age, and I just want to bottle it all up.

Motherhood is longing for my baby to stay a baby for just a bit longer. 

Elicia Graves' post is next up in the blog circle. Be sure to check out her beautiful work.

it's the little things: local

Our McKinney farmer's market is open for the season! Nick was on a guys' trip, so we three girls made a morning of it. It was not especially easy to wrangle the girls (since of course they weren't content in the stroller) and try and shoot, but I think we had fun all in all! We came away with some yummy food, too - my favorite being some extremely fresh goat cheese. Kate's already begging to go back to get her hand painted again, and we'll definitely oblige.... the farmer's market followed by Patina Green sandwiches for lunch is one of our favorite Saturday morning traditions.

Follow our circle to Allison McSorley to see her "local" images. She's an NYC girl, so I can't wait to see what she posts!


it's the little things: food

It's blog circle time again! This month's theme is "food," and while I love to take food shots, I don't really like to bake or cook (and nothing would come out photo-worthy), so we went out instead! Follow our blog circle around to my talented friend, Allison McSorley. Her images always wow me!

Patina Green is a shop in the McKinney town square, and it's been a family favorite since it opened about 3 years ago. Inside is a lunch counter with a rotating soup and sandwich menu using local ingredients. We made it somewhat of a tradition to eat here as a family on Saturdays back last summer when the weather was nice and our schedule was free. It all fell apart when fall hit, and our calendar was quickly filled.

But this past Tuesday the stars aligned: my fave sandwich was on the menu, I only had one baby in tow, and the weather was gorgeous. So, I opted to make it a one-on-one mommy-daughter date with Caroline. 

Of course, bringing Baby + camera meant that she ate and I snapped. I finished about half my sandwich before she was done and ready to go! (And I was lucky I got that much down!)

If you're ever in our neck of the woods, you really should check this place out...

Her sandwich was cooling to the side, and she was finding it hard to be patient!

Caroline's grilled cheese and "fancy" apple juice-

My sandwich: spaghetti squash, Full Quiver cheddar, sweet onion + arugula, walnut pesto on sourdough (+ a side of tomato bisque)-

And cranberry + white chocolate cookies for dessert-

Taking the girls out to eat usually means Mama doesn't really get much time to scarf down her own food, but we still had fun... just the two of us.

it's the little things: emotions

I am so excited to join together with a talented group of friends from Clickin' Moms for a blog circle celebrating "the little things" in our lives. Photography has been a gift for me  - a reminder to slow down, take notice, and record the beautiful in the everyday. Each month we'll have a theme, and you'll follow the links from blog to blog all the way back here. Be sure to leave a comment here and on the others' blog posts! From here, please click on over to Celeste Pavlik's blog. Celeste is an incredibly talented photographer, a Clickin' Moms mentor, and mom to 4 boys. Her work always blows me away!  

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I love to sing to my girls before bed. It has always been part of our routine, and strangely, it's always been hard for me. As I clutch my girls close in dim light and sing lullabies sung to me by my parents and to them by their parents, I am overwhelmed by my love for my children. I am overwhelmed by my Father's perfect love for me. And it's when I start thinking of days none too distant that my girls won't want bedtime songs or feel so tiny in my arms that I begin to lose it. My voice doesn't work anymore, and I have to stop, gulp, and will those lyrics to come out stronger. Sometimes it's easier just to hum.