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Grayson {Turns 2}!

I cannot believe how much this kid has grown and changed in the past year! It has been a wild ride learning the ins and outs of being a mom to a little boy. This kid is quiet and loves to climb…yes, he’s shaved quite a few years off his mama’s life.  Grayson, you keep me on my toes, make me think outside the box, and cause me to pause and see things that I would normally miss. I love that you LOVE cars, and tools, and golf…but you also love to color and play kitchen with your sister. You are so smart!!! Already talking up a storm and “reading” all your favorite books. You are super silly and you have a great sense of humor.

You are one of the sweetest spirits I have ever met. Quick to show empathy, share with others, and help with a happy heart. You light up the room with your smile and laughter, and you melt hearts when you give hugs and kisses.

This photo session became more about just following him around as he explored anything and everything in his path. I wasn’t sure how many “good shots” I got. But I have to say, these are some of my favorites of him to date.

This right here is our boy!!

We are so proud of you sweet Gray…Happy 2 years!!!

Benjamin Michael {Newborn}

Monday January 25th, I woke up a little before 7am knowing my precious baby was coming that day. Being the small reactor I am, I didn’t want our family and midwife, Jennifer, to come over and have to wait a long time on me and baby…so I just waited with very little happening but anticipation of meeting that sweet baby I carried for 9 months. The contractions slowly changed from my normal braxton-hicks to real contractions and we decided to give everyone the heads up. My precious mom hates the idea of missing one of her grandbabies’ being born, so before we could hang up the phone she was basically in the car heading over!;)The contractions were different than what I’ve experienced in my past 3 labors… they were only slowly getting closer together and they would come and go based on standing up and walking around vs sitting and relaxing. Everyone slowly trickled into our home as we waited. When our midwife arrived I knew I was ready to get in the tub and start pushing. I will never forget the faces of the 4 sweet peas (Bella, Luke, Rhyan, and my niece, Addie) who stood around the tub watching and waiting for me to magically have a baby.  My contractions slowed down once I was in the tub- so up and down I stood trying to keep the contractions coming. Jennifer and Eddie kept telling me I was closer and closer with each push but I felt like with Bella, I was being told to push a brick wall with no results. I knew there was only one way to hold my baby and that was to reach down with all the strength I had and push. I felt most aware during the labor even though it was one of my hardest and I remember speaking to God throughout…pushing into Him but also asking about the whole process. I felt curious about the pain and the ‘brick wall’ and His promises …though never questioning and just choosing to believe! My water finally broke and a few pushes later…my baby WAS coming! ‘IT’S A BOY!!’- I hear Eddies thrilled voice yelling! It’s one of the best things you’ll ever hear come from your husbands mouth, the excitement of declaring what is baby is! So with a natural reaction, I reached down to grab my baby only to hear Jennifer say ‘no no no wait – he’s totally wrapped in his umbilical cord’…with a few twists to unwrap his neck & arm from his umbilical cord, I finally held my amazing little man who let out some loud cries and wanting to eat right away as he frantically but quickly found his thumb to suck on! There is something so amazing about those first moments of holding the little amazing person you helped create!!

I will never forget it!

Born at 11:46am at 8 lbs 8 oz and 20.5 in long… the little man’s face was swollen to where he could barely open one eye but he tried as he was figuring out this new world he just was brought into! All three of his siblings were super excited to meet and hold him! I even noted how maternal Bella was as she held baby, how excited Luke was to finally have ‘a buddy’, and Rhyan – who we were uncertain of-  how she claimed possession over little baby but in a cute way! Eddie and I couldn’t be happier making our uneven family of 5 and nice rounded 6!!!

We had one issue…we had not landed on a name for our baby boy! We had it narrowed down but I knew I had to look at him to figure out who he was…two days later, I couldn’t help but know he looked like a Ben.

I’ve always loved the name and coincidentally Eddie and I met through my cousin Ben which I thought was a neat tie and Michael which is Eddie’s middle name and his dad’s name.

Benjamin Michael,

I already know you’re a wise, strong, and brave man of God!

You fit a spot in our family only you could’ve filled!

You are so wanted and loved!

I can’t wait to know you more.

Thank you for letting me be your mommy!

Christmas {Mini Sessions}

What a crazy & busy Christmas mini season!!! Tons of families, terrible weather, and a lot of rescheduling. We were so blessed to get to see some of our YelloNest families return, as well as, meet some new cuties!

Check out some of the images that went out as Christmas cards and gifts this past holiday season…

Isabella turns 5!!

So I am super late in posting…I’m learning how to still do all the things I love and value while being pregnant with baby #4, homeschooling my two oldest, and figuring out how to train a very passionately stubborn and demanding almost 2 year old precious little tater tot!

I know she is my oldest baby but this was seriously my favorite shoot to date! I’m almost 4 months past her birthday on taking and posting this girls 5 year old pictures but our time together was so precious to me!

Even saying ’5 year old’ freaks me out and super excites me all at once! I try to explain to my kids why mommy gets sad and happy at each birthday. Sad because it’s all happening so dang fast and it doesn’t seem like there is enough time to fully take it all in and enjoy but also super happy because it so shows God’s love and grace and amazingness that my children are whole, healthy, happy, and growing!

So Bella and I dropped her brother and sister off at their Gigi’s house to be watched by Auntie and Gigi. We headed out to a nature center near Boerne. We walked around and checked things out in a super relaxed way. We talked about different things and even said how fun it’ll be to bring daddy, Luke and Rhyan back to show them the park! Mostly, I just let Bella be Bella and told her to ‘freeze’ when I saw a picture opt!

I was able to capture all that makes Isabella herself from her silly faces to her serious ones and from her adventurous side to her laughter! <3

Isabella Joy, my big little 5 year old,

the person that you are seriously never stops amazing me! The depth of your wisdom and spirit inspire me and make me enjoy being a mommy even more. You are an awesome big sister and have such a mommy’s heart! You’re super smart and always asking the best questions about everything! You’re excitement and enjoyment for life energizes me and the family. You are strong but also perfectly sensitive! You are getting more and more at that age where you like your independence (especially away from Luke who adores you and would probably be okay with being tied with a rope to you!) You were so created to be in our family as the first born, biggest sister, first grand-baby…dont’ you ever doubt or question that!

You love and include ALL people so beautifully as if each person is your best friend and matters in a big way…I truly feel it’s how God intended us all to live like daily!

You have your first wiggly tooth right now which makes you super excited but also a little scared because of the unknown side of this new part of growing up.

You desperately want a kitten and reassure me that you’ll feed it, pick up its poop, and clean up all it’s hair – but I’m sorry, I’m still not ready!

You always get emotional and tell me that you don’t want me to get old and that you want to live with mommy and daddy forever…I know this will one day change but my heart holds onto those precious words so tightly!

You pick things up really quickly and are a bit of a little perfectionist. You get frustrated when things sometimes don’t turn out in what you’re working so hard to create.

God has so wonderfully crafted and created you and my prayer over you every night is to remind you that you are God’s favorite and so perfectly made! That He is your good-good Father who created you to dream big so He can show you that He loves you so much, you’ll be able to see all those dreams come true!

Keep living freely, baby girl, and keep those dreams BIG!

I love you with all my heart and don’t have enough words to express how grateful I am that you..are..mine!

Happy 5th year of life Isabella Joy!

And here’s to many many many more happy, healthy, whole, God-filled ones!