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Old Mill Park ~ Personal Homegrown Story

I probably shouldn’t be blogging. I have a horrid toothache and I’m on some sort of medication. I feel dizzy and slow, but I set a goal to blog something personal this week and I’m determined to reach that goal.

Tooth pain is the ultimate worst pain. And I am so super fearful when it comes to the dentist. Once a dentist told me I wasn’t getting numb because I was so nervous. Well, now I’m nervous about being nervous! It turns out that I wasn’t getting numb for a whole other reason and not because I was too scared, but I can’t get that thought out of my head!

Not to mention that I feel so bad about letting my tooth get this bad.

Pray for me. This all has to be fixed before Jillian’s surgery at the end of this month. Or at least a temporary fix till she recovers.

Now I’m back to freaking out. Lets chat about my happy place.

Old Mill Park.

My kids love it here as much as I did as a little girl.

Mary Rose is going to make a good momma someday.

Before I moved to Milll Valley, my grandma lived there for a few years and she took me to Old Mill Park and I climbed on this very same turtle.

The play structure is different from when I was a little girl playing here. This one is much safer. πŸ˜‰

The creek however is the same. Really clear, cold and with lots of…

Water Skeeters! I swam with these guys ancestors.

Jillian got into the water more then I thought would. She didn’t have water shoes and the creek was super cold! She was afraid of the “aldagators” till we finally got her to understand they were just rocks. πŸ˜‰

Mary Rose and Jane had to go under…

It was very cold.

A group shot!


Mill Valley is a very fun day trip. Lots of fun parks and great places to eat. And if you are into hiking… it is a MUST on your to-do list!


Looks like a great day! I love that park and I’m so glad the kids get to enjoy it.

Nicky Picky

Looks like a great day! Beautiful pictures!

I know how you feel about teeth problems! I am praying for you!


Love this post! And man, these rocks did look like aldagators!

Welcome Precious Girl! ~ A Homegrown Birth Story

I’m not going to lie. I could have babies till Jesus comes back! No joke. Not that I love being pregnant. I don’t, I’m a mess! Super sick and grumpy. But, I do love newborns.

I love anything and everything newborn!

I was absolutely thrilled when Andrew and Cassandra asked me to photograph the birth of their sweet girl! Labor photography is incredible! I’d love to do more of it and I will someday, but with all my kiddos… its very difficult to actually work it all out.

All day I was waiting for the call. Andrew was keeping me updated and after a few hours I felt like I needed to go to the hospital. You never know with these little babies! Plus! I am notorious for getting lost!

When I arrived the room was calm and filled with lovely natural light.

I was so excited!!!

But, not as exited as her Mommy and Daddy!

Lots of family came by for a hug and the family that couldn’t stop by was kept well informed. πŸ˜‰

I always laughed at this chart. And the “Numeric Pain Scale” I hated that! I’d always be scared to say it was too high or low! What if what you thought was a 8 was really a 5?

Hey Andrew… this isn’t the button to push for ice chips. πŸ˜‰

I’m not sure if this was texting family or playing Candy Crush… πŸ˜‰

Okay, no joke. This was right after quite a bit of time pushing.

For someone who wan’t going to look… πŸ˜‰

This is THE BEST!

Here are Dad’s feet in between contractions…

And here are Dad’s feet during a contraction. I’m so glad her was wearing athletic shoes with good traction! πŸ˜‰

And after hours and hours and hours of pushing….

Sweet Miss C cried and cried till she was placed into her mommas arms and then she instantly relaxed and closed her eyes.

Grandma and one Auntie.

This Auntie here was an amazing birth coach. The other Auntie brought cupcakes. I think both were needed to complete the day. πŸ˜‰

After a quick bath Dad gets a snuggle

Stay tuned for this sweet Miss’ newborn session.


Fairfield Family Session ~ Homegrown Family Session

If these brown eyes don’t melt your heart… Β I don’t know, but something must be wrong with you. πŸ™‚

Such a fun session! I know! I say that a LOT! It just really was so fun! And mom brought so many ADORABLEΒ  outfits and matching hair bows! I could have been there all day!

I’ll find out where she bought the bows. They were darling and very well made.

No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.

Edwin H Chapin


When there is love at home there is beauty all around ~ Unknown

I could have stayed all day shooting! But, it was super HOT and the kids were hungry.

I really love the sweet tender moments I was able to capture. With an active toddler boy and a newly emerging toddler, life can feel like it is NON-STOP! But, mixed in all that chaos are the sweetest most tenderest moments!

Those moments can pass by as fast a toddler can change his mind, but they are there! High fives on the swing… sharing bubbles… and kissing little boo-boo’s…

This stage is crazy, fast and absolutely priceless.

Just in time for Mother’s Day!

A new momma!

Confession… I never had maternity pictures taken. I only had one pregnancy where I actually felt good, the rest I was so super sick and miserable I didn’t want any pictures taken. I’m kinda bummed I didn’t get them done. Not kind of… I am pretty bummed.

Pregnant women are just so pretty!

Maybe I should have anoth….

Just kidding!Β 

So here is the thing… if you are like I was, and don’t want to get pictures taken because you feel big and crummy, don’t let that stop you! Get those pictures taken. You’ll regret not doing it someday. Pregnant women are absolutely amazing! You are a walking miracle! That is something special to capture. It is the very beginning of your baby’s story! And an important chapter in your very own homegrown story.

And honestly, I feel like “maternity” pictures don’t have to be just for moms growing baby in their bodies… However you are building your family is special, and we can totally talk about how we can capture your story.


I really feel so blessed that Cassandra and Andrew asked me to capture this moment for them. I absolutely LOVE these images!




Myriam acfalle

Absolutely beautiful family! She is truly glowing


She IS Maggie’s pretty teacher! Beautiful shoot!

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Backyard Farmers

We did it! We got chickens! Actually baby chicks. And we love them! I’ve wanted chickens for a while now and dreaded bring it up to Jeramy. I lamented over how I was going to convince him it would be a great idea… to my shock he was all for it! Pretty fun right?!

I can’t tell you how awesome Jeramy has been about my crazy chicken idea. And now we are working on getting a lovely coop up… He has been such a good sport. Jeramy is always a good sport about my hair brained ideas, but even still… I’m always surprised!

Just wait to see what my next project is!! πŸ˜‰

After the coop is built of course! πŸ˜‰

Back to the chickens…

Did your high school have that occupation assessment test? Mine did and so did Jeramys. His came out to bartender, which I think is fitting. πŸ˜‰ And no joke, mine was a farmer. Other then my fear of ticks, spiders and bee’s it’s right on. πŸ˜‰

For real now. Chickens…

I read all I could on line, and bought a few books. I researched what breed was going to be a good fit for us; heat tolerant, quiet, clam, good egg producers and egg color. I needed blue eggs. Because… well, blue eggs are just cool. I actually wanted each chicken to lay a different color egg, but the girls fell in love with all the same breed of chick. Oh well! At least each chick looks different!


I’m going to make a long story short, but Kelly our little teeny tiny chick died. The heat lamp bulb burst and while waiting for me to get back with a new bulb, Kelly got smothered. It was rough, but the girls are dealing with it. The sobs broke my heart, but lessons are hard sometimes. πŸ™

I did get one more then we are allowed to have in case something happened. I knew we needed at least three to make this worthwhile and I knew I wasn’t up for adding a new chick into an already established flock.

I told you, I read up on my chicken business. πŸ˜‰

As you can guess I’ve taken a zillion pictures of the chicks, and the girls with the chicks. Chicks inside, outside, and upside down.

Okay… not upside down.

I’ve taken so many pictures and I’m so behind in posting! What am I to do? I need to blog more often! Thats what!

More pictures of chicks coming soon! I’ve got to catch up! They are so funny and awkward looking now! Yet, we still think they are the prettiest chicks around!





thanks for the token paragraph about how great I’ve been. πŸ™‚

it almost takes away from how “dreaded” you were to talk to me about the chicks.

πŸ™‚ love you.


They are too cute!!! It’s such a fun idea!