"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully," Romans 12:6-8

Thursday, February 21, 2013


So vacations mean rest. We were lucky to go on vacation with Matt’s family this past week to the San Luis Obispo area. This was our first real vacation since Hannah. It was an amazing time but we learned a new meaning to the definition of vacation. Before we would say vacation meant sleeping in, sightseeing, no schedule, no plan, rest... This week we learned that vacations now mean, up at same time as always, sightseeing, similar schedule and semi-flexible plan… and yes, some rest.

I have always loved San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas. It was so much fun getting to experience so many first’s for Hannah in a place that I (we) love. The weather was unfortunately rather cold but my girl was a trooper. She went swimming for the first time, felt the salty wind at the beach for the first time, felt the cold, wet sand beneath her toes for the first time, and yes even put our feet in the ocean for the first time… it three days packed with first. My girl was amazingly flexible, slept well (as well as any baby on vacation away from routine), and overall had a very happy heart.

It was a great first vacation. I am so thankful to my in-laws for the time away. The opportunity to see the beach. And the quality family time we all had together.

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Little family shoot at the beach… didn’t last long, the windy got the best of Hannah’s happy heart…

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the beach may have been windy and cold, but the hotel was warm with amazing lighting… loved it!

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one last visit to the beach… gotta touch that sand just once more

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Hannah sure loves her Mimi and Papa…

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“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Baby Carli is here…. and she is precious!

Today Matt, Hannah and I were blessed to meet little Carli for the very first time. It is now very different to see little ones, and think that my Hannah was once smaller then them. Crazy how fast the time goes. But back to Carli and how absolutely precious she is. It was so much fun to capture her little fingers, toes and smirks on camera. She was wide awake at the beginning of the session, and even gave me a few little smiles. Being the star of the show quickly wore her out… but who doesn’t think that sleeping babies are the sweetest thing?!?! Life is such a miracle and babies are a good reminder of that. We are all created perfectly in our own unique and special ways. Carli, “you are smart, you are special and you are important”. Scott and Holli, we were to blessed to meet your little girl, and pray you have many days and nights full of love and good memories (and some rest too)! We are so thankful for all three of you! Welcome to the world Carli.

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how cute is she?

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her little smile is just so sweet---

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now that is what you call sleeping---

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I think these two could be good friends---

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“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—” Proverbs 6:10