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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The best gift.

I love home videos. I think that might be the reason why I have such a love for photography, because you are capturing that one moment in time so you will never forget it. I often think about the videos I'm recording of Selah. Will she watch them all the time like I do? Will she be nostalgic just like me?

We found some old home movies a few months ago from when I was a toddler, videos we had never seen before! It was so sweet seeing me as a little girl and seeing how Selah resembles me-even though I'd still say she looks so much like her daddy! ;) There was one particular video where I was raising my hands up in the air and my mom said , "praise Jesus!" and then she would say it again, "Praise Jesus, Sarah!" and I'd raise my hands in the air again! A two year old giving praise to the King of Kings! I love it!
  Deuteronomy 6:6-9 "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."

Seeing that video encouraged me to plant seeds into Selah's life early. I know for sure that those small seeds that my mama planted on the inside of me grew my faith from that tender, early age. It helped me grow into the woman of God I am today.

I want the words and example I speak to Selah to take hold in her life. I want them to be real life Jesus encounters so she will never question her faith! That's my prayer for my sweet girl.
But I need to be an example to my children first! I need to make time to get into The Word in the morning. I want them to see me meditate on these precious words that are LIFE AND MEDICINE to our flesh! I want His words to flow from my mouth without hesitation, without self consciousness. To know who I am in Christ, which will in turn teach my children who they are in Christ! That's one of the best gifts I can give!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Very Random Link Up #4

Hello lovelies! Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday thus far! I was up a few times in the night with baby girl so I'm a bit sleep deprived this morning. I'm leaning on Jesus this morning to renew my strength! Amen? It's mornings like this I think I should really learn to like coffee! Hah!

This is our last Vlog in our month of Vlogging. Next month is going to be a month all about YOU! So get ready! It's going to be so much fun!

So to kick off a month about you, Heather and I would like to know, What is your favorite recipe?

It can be something you found off of pinterest, a family favorite, or even something you made up! I can't wait to read about all of the yumminess! Is that a word?! Oh well! haha!

Have a blessed week, friends! :)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Selah-6 Months!

Man, I am wayyyy late on this update! Selah is now almost 6 1/2 months old so this should've been up about two weeks ago! Whoops! :/ You all forgive me, right? ;) How is it possible that my sweet pea is already 6 months old?!

People told me so many times before I was born that I need to cherish every moment that she is a baby because it goes by oh so fast. I never REALLY knew how fast it would go until now. Selah is already half a year old-in 6 months she will be a toddler! It's so surreal! I'm definitely going to soak up these next 6 months watching my baby girl grow into the sweet girl that God has created her to be. How blessed am I that He chose ME to be her mama? My cup runneth over!

Weight: Selah baby is a little over 13lbs! She's a little baby with a lot of spunk! She is in the 2nd percentile for her weight-just like her daddy was when he was a baby.

Height: Around 26 inches-around the 20th percentile. Nicknames: Little Missy, Missy, Sweet Pea, Miha

Eating: Selah is eating mamas milk every 3 hours in the day. Last month we also started her on baby food and she is loving it! Her favorites are carrots, sweet potatoes, and applesauce.

Sleeping: Selah is an official crib sleeper! She is sleeping on average 10 hours at night which is great for mama and dada! We actually get to spend time together once she goes to bed now which is awesome!

Diapers: Size 2

Clothing: Selah is finally officially in size 6 months clothes! I just packed up the last of her 3 month clothes.

Social: Selah is loving the nursery at church! All of the nursery workers think that she is the cutest thing, always smiling and giggling!

Likes: rolling from tummy to back and back to tummy, being mobile-rolling all over her bedroom floor, her paci, bath time, mama and daddy.

Dislikes: not having something to chew on. This girl is teething, teething, and more teething! What we're looking forward to: Her 6 month photo shoot coming up in a few weeks!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Very Random Link up #3

Hey folks! Sorry for the delay on getting this video up! Heather and I were having some technical difficulties yesterday but we figured everything out! :) Two things you must know before you watch my video: #1-I just realized this is the 3rd link up, not the 4th! Whoops! #2-Please ignore my lack of makeup and messy house. Please and thank you! :) Our question for next weeks Vlog is: Why did you start blogging? I can't wait to hear all of your answers! :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Very Random Link-Up #2

Hello Lovelies! Hope you are having a blessed Tuesday! Here is the 2nd question in our Very Random Link-Up series.

Week 2: What are three things you are believing for in 2014?

You like the new glasses? Courtesy of Firmoo! I'm still getting used to seeing myself with them on. I still get startled from time to time when I look in the mirror. lol.

ANNND the question for next week is...describe your dream house! I can't wait!

I hope to see you all linking up! :)

Monday, January 13, 2014


Have I mentioned how much I love instagram? Well I do! It's so awesome to be able to share our everyday life and I've even made some friends through #instababybabble. It's so much fun and I would encourage you to check it out if you have a cute baby! ;) It's so amazing to me how the internet makes it so easy to connect with amazing women whom you would've never talked to before if not for blogs, instagram, etc. I'm so enjoying connecting with every single one.

So here's our life in instagram lately.
Love black and white!

Big girl sitting up!

Jenny Jump up!

Trying on bridesmaid dresses for my sister's wedding!

It was so cold, even Reesee needed a coat!
Don't forget to join in our link up tomorrow! The question is 3 things that you are believing for in 2014!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Finish this....

Okay I'm always game for a new link-up and had to jump on the bandwagon when I saw this one! How fun!
1. I first felt like a grown up...when I moved to Las Vegas. I was the youngest of four girls growing up so I was always treated as the baby by everyone in my family. When I made the decision to move to Vegas they were completely floored. Making that decision was so hard but so worth it now that I look back. 

2. I am one of a kind because...I sing constantly. In the shower, in the grocery store, while playing with Selah...etc. Also because I feel like I'm a great listener and advice giver.

3. Spanx...was a lifesaver back when I weighed 213 lbs. You can read about my weight loss journey here. I would love to get one now to cover up my post pregnancy belly but I can't bring myself to. Because even thought I'm not where I want to be weight wise, I'm so far from where I was at 17 and I have to be proud of that.

4. My favorite family tradition...sitting around talking about old memories. It's something my family does when we're together. We don't sit around and watch a movie or play apples to apples, we simply reminisce. Lots of laughs. I love it.

5. The last thing I do before bed is...kiss my hubby and we tell each other to have blessed dreams.

6. Happiness is...knowing who you are in Christ and walking in that victory every single day.

Can you finish these sentences?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Very Random Link Up #1

Alright folks! Here it is!
The first installment of the very random link up! ENJOY!

Monday, January 6, 2014

The very random link up announcement!

Hello Lovelies!

I just realized that I haven't posted about our new link up series with my bestie, Heather! She's pretty amazing by the way! :)

Anywho it's called the very random link up. Basically the idea is that every week there is going to be a different topic to link up about! This week it's going to be 3 things that you are thankful happened in 2013! Mine and Heather's are going to be vlog style, but you are welcome to just type out the questions if you don't want to have to put on makeup or change out of your PJ's! ;) If I wasn't hosting the link up I'd probably do the same thing! lol

Hope to see you all getting involved tomorrow! Have a blessed day! :)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Favorite Photos from 2013

If you've been reading long enough you remember this post from last year with some of my favorite pictures from our photography sessions for 2012. I had so much fun remembering all of our amazing clients that I thought I would do the same for 2013. We didn't have nearly as many sessions because of our 3 month break after the birth of Selah but these pictures are special all the same. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I'm not ashamed of the gospel.

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In this day and age the popular thing to do is to stay silent when it comes to your beliefs. In this age of "tolerance" we are expected to accept the things that the world considers the norm. If you happen to speak up for what the Bible says is true you might just be called a "bigot". But you know what? That's normal. If we aren't being criticized for the things we believe in then what are we standing for, anyway?
In the Bible it said we would be persecuted for what we believe so we shouldn't be surprised when these things happen!

When I was in college I had an English professor who was a very outspoken atheist. I dreaded going to class everyday because he would bash Christians almost every time I saw him. I felt everyday like I wanted to speak up but was so afraid because the class was full of people who believed what he did and would often join in on his crazy banter. At the same time, though I felt like The Lord wanted me to speak up like there was a reason he put me in his class.
Finally one day I had the opportunity as he went around the entire class asking each person what was the meaning of life. I, of course knew what I had to say. Finally when he got to me I proceeded with shaking hands and a bundle of nerves. "The meaning of life is fulfilling my God given destiny and living my life for Him."
The teacher attempted to rip me to shreds with question after crazy question. I answered everyone to the best of my ability without batting an eyelash. The Lord was with me. Finally after several questions he moved onto the next student.
I felt sort of defeated after all was said and done as I sat there in class thinking about what I could've said differently and yadi yadi ya. But then after class something amazing happened. A girl who sat behind me came up to me and thanked me for standing up for Jesus and told me that she had wanted to do the same thing for so long but was afraid. She proceeded to say that she had been questioning her faith ever since she had been in this teachers class but once I spoke up she knew that it was the devil putting those thoughts in her mind! I was floored. I had no idea that anyone else in the class even believed what I did and I had no idea speaking up would help someone else. God knew what He was doing by giving me the courage He did that day.
I don't remember that girls name. I wish I did so I could see how she's doing these days. I pray that she is strong in her Faith and on fire for the Lord. It's amazing what we can do when we let God use us as His vessels. Yes it takes a whole lot of courage and knowing who you are in Christ but the results? The results are life changing.