Wednesday, August 28, 2013

embrace the camera

my girl and her bobbie.  

 embrace the camera, mamas.  thank you emily anderson for encouraging us to do this!

 flora took these photos and LOVED it.

oh my goodness.  this photo is perfect.   

this daughter has me on my knees crying out to God over and over and over throughout the day.  
she is so rebellious and then so teachable.  she has an incredible memory and is our little prophet. 

tonight while the kids were brushing their teeth, George and I were bickering about something small and insignificant and she said, "Yall there's no arguing.  Because God is with us."

Monday, August 26, 2013


I am glad to be a small part of a very special blog, Flourish.

"And above all else, we believe in the beautiful love of our savior, Jesus. Whether it's through daily encouragement on our blog, or joining us for a weekend retreat, our hope is that you can make a conscious effort to choose joy and to flourish in your life."

You were meant to be tethered to Jesus.  Go check it out.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

light of the world,

light of the world, you stepped down in to darkness.  
opened my eyes, let me see!
 beauty that made this heart to adore you.
hope of a life spent with you.
so here i am to worship,  
here i am to bow down,
 here i am to say that you are my GOD... 
 you're altogether lovely,
  you're altogether worthy, 
 you're altogether wonderful to me.

love that song.  by chris tomlin
 from my texas tech days at late nite at westminster church.
 cannot believe all these sweet precious children are mine to spend my whole day with!

 its a wonderful life

Sunday, August 4, 2013

sweet to the soul and healing to the bones

i have good friends.  really really good friends.  like... so many good friends.  thank you jesus.  he knows that i need them.  i am a girl's girl.  i loved living in the dorms.  i loved having a house full of roommates.  i love getting ready together...a bunch of girls in a bathroom with not enough mirror space.     i love having my couches FULL OF WOMEN with lots to talk about, with burdens to share.  

but shame on me...i stopped taking pictures of those friends.

i have been busy photographing my children to the point of idolizing my children.  and i have forgotten to document these very important people in my life: my friends.  these women are gifts from God.  their friendships are rich treasures to me and i want photos to capture these sweet people, freezing time for me and giving my failing memory a snapshot of what GRACE and LOVE look like. 

{me and amanda.  by the kindness of God, he miraculously gave me a friend in amanda when i felt like i was drowning as a brand-new mom and no friends in dallas who had children yet.  can only be explained as a gift from jesus.}  

{me and whitney and ellen: days before whitney became a mother.  
i am crying right now.  friends for 13 years and counting.  how is that possible?}

{my friend nancy and the thrift store with 4 children.  
seriously nancy, what were we thinking?}

{molly and her son, eli.  the look on flora's face accurately depicts how my children feel about molly and ross and baby eli.  we love them.  molly is the kind of friend that asks great questions and then really listens to your answers.  i always love spending time with her.  and river lists her husband ross as one of his best friends.}  

{missy.  the kind of friend that hugs you and squeezes really hard.  she says she misses me and the kids and i believe her, cause she is genuine and sincere.  she is also the kind of friend that serves me by washing my dishes after taco thursday every single time.}

{lissa.  i love knowing this girl.  she has always been so wise beyond her age and so thoughtful... from what i knew of her as a child.  and then as a young life kid at hillcrest.  and then as my friend as i watched her so honorably navigate college and serving selflessly as a young life leader herself.   and now she is a bride!  i cannot wait to walk with her in her next role as a wife!}

my birthday is next week.  last year i had a few goals for the year that i wanted to be better about.  this is on the list for my 32nd birthday: take more photos of my girlfriends.  they are good to me.  they are generous to me.  their friendships are "sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." proverbs 16:24

summer 2013

we love summer.  we love the heat.  we certainly do not mind sweating.  we love the water.  we are lake-rats.  pool-rats.  beach-bums.  we prefer to be barefoot and the boys never wear shirts.  we love summer.