Portrait of a Little Lady

The week before Easter, on a blustery and rainy Saturday, I met A.V. Her mom had seen Lilian's session and liked it so much she decided to book a session for her own daughter. Baby A.V. was a sweet little model who was wide-eyed throughout our whole session, taking it all in, not minding the camera at all.

She had practiced her sitting skills and was all ready to "sit pretty" for her portrait. Enjoy the preview of our session!

Love those luminous eyes!

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Easter Weekend | Multitude Monday

"From the greatest of all gifts, salvation in Christ, to the material blessings of any ordinary day (hot water, a pair of legs that work, a cup of coffee, a job to do and strength to do it), every good gift comes down from the Father of Lights. Every one of them is to be received gladly and, like gifts people give us, with thanks."  -Elisabeth Elliot, A Lamp for My Feet

This weekend we celebrated Resurrection Day. The greatest gift I've ever received has been given. It's mine. And though every gift thereafter pales in comparison, they're still ultimately gifts from the same Giver. I'm celebrating quite a long list today . . .

207. Spring cleaning: Cabinets washed down, dining room chairs scrubbed, a power washed deck, plus much more!

208. Long Sunday afternoon naps.

209. Freshly made granola.

210. Eating meals outside.

211. Reading library books to the kids outside on a handmade quilt made by Josh's grandmother.

212. The sound of rain in the morning on the roof.

213. A Starbucks giftcard.

214. A new haircut.

215. My mom spending time with the kids so I could go to the salon.

217. Tax returns.

218. Walking the trail with the family.

219. Masterpiece Theater on Sunday nights.

220. Owen's love of oranges.

221. Smoothie straws.

222. PreK lesson books for the boys.

223. Time to shop by myself.

224. Josh doing a "gift run" for coffee and chocolates to give our friends who came down to spend the weekend from NYC with us.

225. A day spent with my mom eating lunch, buying the boys Easter shirts, and treating us to Vaccaro's. The boys' good behavior, even in the Macy's china dept.

226. A full night's sleep!

227. The train table at Barnes and Nobles.

228. Getting my infected finger taken care of at Patient First late one night.

229. Pepper and tomato plants planted. The boys digging the holes for me to plant them and discovering earthworms.

230. Longtime friends and new ones. A visit from a dear and longtime friend with her new husband for Easter weekend

231. My generous friend, Jessica, gifting the boys with new golf clubs.

233. An authentic Mexican meal for us Saturday night, made by Jessica, accompanied by fabulous margaritas.

234. All the yummy goodness they brought with them. Loving my La Colombe coffee and toast spread with Brunette. Not to mention Mast Brothers Chocolate

235. Good long talks with Jessica. That the boys loved them and missed them when they left.

236. A joyous Easter morning celebrated with our church family. That Josh wasn't tired or drained and did a fabulous job leading worship.

237. Two Easter meals spent with family.

238. For the greatest gift of all: "He [God] has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13-14

Remembering Him | Multitude Monday

"The counting of all blessings is ultimately summed up in One. All gratitude is ultimately gratitude for Christ, all remembering a remembrance of Him. For in Him all things were created, are sustained, have their being. Thus Christ is all there is to give thanks for; Christ is all there is to remember. To know how we can count on God, we count graces, but ultimately there is only One." -Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

I've been steeping myself this Lenten season in Christ and what His work on the cross means to me. And I'm thankful for each of the following ways I'm discovered I can keep a "remembrance of Him" as we approach Easter.

203. Listening: Everyday I tune into Revive Our Hearts' podcast and the 40 day The Incomparable Christ series. Each day a different aspect of Christ is taught. I'm finding aspects I've never considered before.

204. Reading:  Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross compiled by Nancy Guthrie. Containing short readings designed to contemplate "all that the cross means" so that I don't just rush into Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday without giving any thought to what it means.

205. Memorizing: Colossians 1. I took on memorizing the whole book of Colossians in a year in January. I'm a couple of weeks behind, but am loving meditating on Scripture. After many years of struggling with consistent Scripture memory, I'm so happy to be going strong. And I'm not doing it just to check something off my list. It truly has been so personally beneficial to me. And Colossians 1 has been perfect to contemplate during this time of concentrated focus on Christ's sacrifice.

206. Devotional: I downloaded, printed and compiled this devotional from A Holy Experience to enrich our time together as a family. The boys are loving putting the scenes from the Bible on the dogwood tree branches we cut and brought into the dining room. Another resource for devotional times that I used last year is Noel Piper's Lenten Lights that you can print out for free from Desiring God's website.

How are you marking this Lenten season and preparing your heart for Easter's celebration?

A Breath of Spring | Multitude Monday

Thankful for the blessings of another week . . .

190. Visiting the Estuary Center and getting to see a snake eat a mouse and the boys getting to touch a box turtle. Then a fun trip to Dunkin' Donuts.

191. Three play dates in one week! The boys getting to interact with other boys and girls of different ages, both younger and older than themselves.

192. Daffodils and forsythia blooming: just a little breath of spring and a reminder that despite the snow flakes that fell, spring weather is really just around the corner.

193. Freshly scrubbed floors.

194. Blueberry coffee cake.

195. Duncan's outstretched arms: "Give me a hug, mom!"

196. Homemade granola for morning breakfasts.

197. Yoga.

198. A family shopping trip to Target and Home Depot.

199. Getting our garden started. Planted Spinach, Lettuce (romaine, red leaf, mesclun) and Swiss Chard.

200. Family time with the boy's grandmother and great-grandmother who spent some time with us over the weekend. They learned to play the card game "Memory."

201. My mom making and bringing Sunday lunch.

202. Dedicating Sophia to the Lord at church along side four other parents with their children.

Accordion Mini Book

I had the delightful opportunity to design an Accordion Mini Book for my most recent client. I chose the square 3x3 size and a lovely linen fabric cover. It has 10 customizable panels and comes with a frosted slip cover to protect it when you throw it into your bag. It's the perfect little brag book!

If you're interested in using images from a previous session with me to create your own mini book, or if you want to order this product with your upcoming session, contact me for further details.