Alex is ONE!

I am IN LOVE with this session.  A perfect combination of sunlight, 1st birthday cake, bubbles & suds, and great friendship.  For the last one I am the most thankful.  Happy birthday, sweet Alex!  Looking forward to your 2nd birthday already.  xo

shannon - Beautiful pics; Awesome family! I love the pic right below the bubble – tub pic – sheer job on his face. B – you are amazing.May 2, 2012 – 10:19 am

Robin Kidd - Becky, You are so beautiful!! And Alex is the cutest little guy. What a wonderful family you have. Congratulations!! Where are Alex’s hockey pictures??May 1, 2012 – 6:16 am

Becky - Well you know I LOVE them all but I started crying when I saw the bubble picture. So sweet!!!May 1, 2012 – 2:57 am

Lindsey - the one where he is reaching for the bubble and the very last one just kill me. Makes me want to drag out a big tub and give adelaide a bath in the backyard tomorrow. ha.April 30, 2012 – 6:14 pm

Meet Leila Charis

On February 2nd our world became much brighter and full of much more love.  Sweet, sweet Leila Charis joined our extended family and my heart will never be the same.

After each of my boys were born, I can recall an aching in my heart if I went too long without holding them.  As soon as I received the news that my niece Leila was born, my heart started aching – literally throbbing – to hold her.  I just love that the Lord created our hearts with the fibers to instantly love and long-for our family.

My little sister, Dana, and her husband, Brad, are incredible teachers.  They met in Charlotte when they taught 6th grade in the same middle school.  After they got married they adventured to CHINA to teach.  The Lord is using them in incredible ways there {one of my favorites of their memories is this video from Christmas 2010}.  Luckily for us, Dana and Brad returned to the US temporarily to give birth to Leila.  It was incredible to be able to soak up Leila right away.  Skype just wouldn’t have been the same….

Brad and Dana carefully and thoughtfully selected the name Leila Charis.  Lei means beautiful in Chinese.  La means happy, joy, smile, laughter.  Charis is Leila’s great-grandmother’s (my father’s mother’s) name and it means grace.  Leila Charis is such a perfect name for this darling, little girl.

Dana and Brad settled into parenthood immediately.  They’ve been storing up so much love for this little lady.

These next photos were taken when Leila was a couple of weeks old.

Dana {along with my father} has spent much time teaching in Ghana.  I loved that Leila was just the right size to fit on this ghanian prayer stool of theirs.

{a little trial run for travel around China?}

Can’t you just tell that Dana is going to be such a happy, fun mom?!

And I love the way Brad is looking so lovingly at Dana.  Sweet Leila will learn how much her future husband should cherish her by watching Brad love Dana.

This incredible three-some is back in China now.  Counting the days until they head back in July…

Kimberly Logsdon - I am absolutely in love with these pictures. I love how beautifully orchestrated they were to tell their sweet story. What an amazign memory to have and I feel blessed to have shared in these memories!May 31, 2012 – 11:47 am

Hope Bray - Brooke,
She is so beautiful! Congratulations – miss you!!May 9, 2012 – 10:15 pm

Tracy - The post I’ve been waiting for! Brooke- these are amazing. You captured Dana so beautifully – loving the post partum wardrobe for these pics!! And proud papa, Brad. And I can’t get over Miss Leila. She is perfect! My faves are the prayer stool, carrying the basket, the books/suitcase (what a perfect pose for her wee beginning to life) and the blue background family shot.April 23, 2012 – 4:39 am

Kristin - Congrats Auntie and family! Love the photos!April 22, 2012 – 11:47 am

anne - love love seeing these. love the last! cool tree! love the prayer stool one. that is just too perfect. and the b&w basket one. so many great ones.April 21, 2012 – 10:58 am

Lauren Thrift

Oh how I adore Lauren Thrift!  Lauren is one of those people that you  I’ve loved my time photographing her in her home studio and hanging with her family {link here to see}.

Recently, I sent Lauren this photo of my boys taken last fall.

Lauren used my photo as inspiration and painted this for me.

This painting hangs in my kitchen and I soak it up each time I see it.  It makes me smile to remember the day attached to the photograph — and it reminds me so much of my boys…their clothing, their stances — but mostly that they are always leaning in, so close to each other.  I absolutely treasure this painting.  Thank you, sweet Lauren!

Stop by Lauren’s website to see more original paintings and commissioned work.  You’ll be glad you did!

anne - love it!April 21, 2012 – 10:59 am

Kate Lee - so so sweet…her work is so playful and modern…LOVEApril 19, 2012 – 6:35 pm

Suzanne - love it!!April 19, 2012 – 12:54 pm

The Whole Tulip

I spent some time this week with Adri and Carolyn, the amazing forces {and sisters!} behind The Whole Tulip.  The Whole Tulip is, in one part,  a website that provides amazing, healthy recipes.  In addition, Adri and Carolyn provide one-on-one health coaching, family meal planning, grocery store tours, pantry and fridge assessments and cooking classes.  Their knowledge base is incredible and they have such a passion for what they do.  To top it off, their skin reflects the incredible benefits of their healthy eating — they both look AMAZING!

Adri’s kitchen is always full of the freshest fruits and vegetables.  She provides lots of healthy choices for her family.

  Henk greeted me with his homemade green salad.  He was eating it in no time!

Chase grabbed an apple and then started feeding Adri blueberries.  Healthy, healthy, healthy.

Adri’s boys each made their own pitchers of goodness — water, fresh-squeezed lemons and mint leaves.  YUM!

Carolyn’s guy feasted on lentils.  He loved them!

Next Henk made smoothies for everyone.  They were GOOD!

This kitchen is the place to be!

The masters at work!

be sure to stop by!

anne - love the last b&w and the ones of the group on the floor!April 21, 2012 – 11:01 am

Sam C. - Beautiful chronology of fun in the kitchen….everyone should have such fun, so many smiles and such fabulous creativity in the kitchen!April 19, 2012 – 6:25 pm