Stacie+Scott | Maternity Session


Isn't she radiant? I've known Stacie a long time and know how excited she is to be expecting a little bundle of joy in December! So I was delighted to be able to capture this special time for her and her husband, Scott.

Sunshine, water, and fall foliage provided a beautiful backdrop to their session. Enjoy!



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 Can't wait to meet your little one soon!



Make + Listen



On Monday we went apple picking with friends at a local orchard. It was a lovely overcast day, perfect for letting the kids roam the orchard and filling bags with fragrant apples. We've not made it a tradition to go pick apples at an orchard yet, but I think it's time we start!

Ever since then we've been making lots of apple treats: apple sauce, apple crisp, Apple Streusel Bread, (delicious!) oatmeal apple muffins, and baked apple oatmeal. Tis the season to "comfort me with apples." Mmmm.


I'm pretty obsessed with my recent discovery of the podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class. Being the history buff that I am I look forward to their weekly podcasts about such topics like "Was Their a Real Sweeny Todd?" to the "Chesapeake Bay Oyster Wars." Or perhaps a more biographical approach like learning about Elsa Lanchester (i.e. The Bride of Frankenstein) or the fantastic Fitzgeralds. Definitely check it out!

Linking up with Simple Things Notebook today.

Where Adventure Meets Redemption: An Interview with Dani Pettrey


I was making the rounds at a local author meet-and-greet at the library. I was gathering business cards, bookmarkers, and other marketing material as I went from table to table where each author was displaying their work. Hands full, I grabbed a few more bookmarkers from one of the last tables where the author was already busy talking to someone else and headed out. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized that this local author was a Christian and fellow homeschool mom, which I found intriguing.

I took a chance and shot her an email asking if she’d be willing to get together for coffee. I knew it was a long shot; she is a busy author with deadlines. But Dani Pettrey graciously agreed to get together to discuss writing, books, publishing, and homeschooling. As a writer and homeschooling mother myself, I had lots of questions about how she balanced her love of writing with the rest of busy-mom-life.

Dani Pettrey is the author of the Alaskan Courage series for Bethany House. SubmergedShattered, and the newly released Stranded follows various members of the McKenna siblings as they solve mysteries, struggle with faith, encounter romance, and chase adventure. Dani agreed to give Ungrindreaders a peek into her life as an author and share where her inspiration for writing comes from.

Continue reading over at Ungrind

Image credit: Ungrind

Sutton Family Session

In September, we made a trip down to visit Josh's family in Virginia. One reason for the trip was a family session for Josh's cousin Beth and her family. I remember meeting Beth on my first trip to meet Josh's family when we were still dating. We connected right away and it's been such a privilege to watch her own family grow as she married and had two sweet little boys. I only wish she lived closer us!

Beth chose to do her session in Waynesboro's Ridgeview Park. It was perfectly beautiful with a serenity garden full of autumn colors and a stream with a large grassy area for the boys to run, play, read books on a blanket, and watch the ducks.

As you can see, we had lots of fun!


Seriously, the picture below is so magical! I just love it!


What a ham!


Thank you, Beth, for asking me to capture your adorable family!


Make + Listen



We've been listening to the audiobook Little House in the Big Woods, which has been really fun and something we all enjoy, Mama included. It's so nice when we have lots of errands to run or longer car rides.


Some good eats this week! For breakfast and snacking, we're in love with these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. What is not to love about the pumpkin/chocolate combo? So excited to start making pumpkin goodies again. This was a great way to start off some autumn baking. The great thing about this recipe is that it makes A LOT. I think I got even more muffins than the recipe said I would, which is fine with me. I was able to stuff a few bags in the freezer for later.

And for dinner last night I made this deliciously old-fashioned Chicken and Dumplings. Yum. Reminded me of the kind my mom used to make. I remember how excited I would get when I'd come in the kitchen and she'd be making Chicken and Dumplings. It wasn't something we had often. This recipe is easy and full of flavor.

Linking up with Dawn today.