Thursday, March 29, 2012

Top 5 Quarterly

I didn't realize the quarter was already up!  Next quarter I'll have 4 children to fit into 5 best shots!  Now that is something to look forward, too!

Anyway, here are my top 5 picks.  I know they've been shown before...but that is because they are my favorites.

It is hard to get good pictures of my 12 year old since he is so busy at school, but snow kept him home for the day.  He often has this little half smile on his face.  I cannot believe he is 12!

Love her quizzical look and the tilt of her head.  What's not to love?

All Three:
I did not take very many pictures of them together...need to do more of that.  But I love how they are all laughing and having fun in this shot.

I love that he is playing and smiling and happy...I also love the sunlight in her hair and the beautiful winter day.

This one won the technically judging for emotive expressions in my photo club. That means they print an 12 x 18 and display it for a month at the church where we meet. Then it is displayed in the City Hall for a month. It was also put in the town paper with the caption:

Defiance: This is proof that strong women are born and not made.

I am not sure where we will feel safe to hang this when it is done making the rounds and given to me.  It is certainly not the look I want to wake up to each morning!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

For the Birds

This waiting is for the birds...We have our travel dates to China -- May 2nd - May 16th.  Saturday my friends took me to a nature preserve to distract me from our disappointment at waiting so long.

It is fun to take pictures of birds...even if I really don't have a use for them.


Monday, March 19, 2012


The women's retreat was incredible, but exhausting.  Still no word on when we'll go to China...hopefully we'll know by Friday.  I still enjoy those times I get to sit down and play with photos (which is only possible now because my husband is making the cookies I need to take to MOPS tomorrow.)

Kim Klassen's Providence 100% Soft Light, masked 50% off of the face.
Now he's folding laundry...I'd better quite playing and go help.

Sweet Shot Daykimklassencafe 

Friday, March 16, 2012


I am missing my photo blog and peeps!  And now I'm leaving for a women's retreat, so no computer...

But I just want to say hi to those who follow my blog and are such an encouragement to me.  We don't yet know when we are traveling, but we've been getting ready as if we are leaving with our agency's March 28th group.  This blog has been sorely neglected...though I have been posting on my other blog, but it has been 5 days since I took a picture!  I have lots of pictures from the week before and after the retreat some of my commitments will I'm hoping to catch up a little next week.

But even if not, I really do love every sweet comment and the connections that are made through blogs.  Photography and you photographers have been a real blessing this past year as we tried not to be too anxious about growing our family.  I am working on a present for you all...and if I don't travel in March you may just get it soon.

In the meantime, here is a picture of Sunflower that I took last week.  I have several from a day at the park that I just have not had time to even look at...
She is growing up so fast and is very, very ready to be a big sister!  I miss you all!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

45 minutes before my Sunday is over.  Lots of organizing and cleaning done today...including some of my old photos.  It was such a grey week, I'd decided to hunt in my archives...old archives.  You would think I'd have a better choice for music out of 30,000 pictures.

When Sunflower was little it was pretty ROUTINE for her to fall asleep in her carseat, and always with her little hands clutched into fists.  She loves this blanket...called "Knit Blankie" though I'm pretty sure it was crocheted.  We asked her what she would like us to bring her from China and she said a new knit is starting to unravel.

My aunt collects old fashioned toys, including this child piano (and a lot of creepy dolls.)

We start teaching our children TECHNOLOGY at a pretty young age. 

Show Me Your Style:
My boys at 6 and 2.  They've grown-up so much since then!

Sunflower's pigtails are often MISMATCHED.  She isn't still enough for better we say, embrace the chaos!

I hope you've had a great week.  Ours was pretty good...and one week closer to going to get our daughter (no firm date yet.)