self-timer family photos! + slowing down to enjoy the holiday season…

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these photos are from yesterday when we did a little impromptu self-timer family photo session courtesy of samson with the remote control. that kid is so good with the camera, he actually framed the shot after josh set up the tripod as well! i doubled checked it and was like, “wow! you did good! let’s do this!” because seriously he did all that himself....

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our thanksgiving, 2018!

thanksgiving 2018 was as chaotic and delicious and loud and filling as you might expect it would be, with 7 adults and ten kids/babies and so much good food. gosh, i loved it. we hosted friends and i’m certain it’s the very best thing to do when it’s a year you aren’t able to get together with any family....

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3 charities + 3 tips for giving!

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today is giving tuesday! i love this day. it’s a day sandwiched right in between our thanksgiving day, when we are focused on being grateful, and the christmas season when we are focused on loving others. so while every day of the year is a good day to give to charities, it feels like an especially good time to combine those feelings of gratitude and love in a recipe for serving and helping others....

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the first snow.

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of course by this morning it was just a cold icy mess out there, but yesterday, we experienced the most beautiful snowstorm and i couldn’t wipe the smile from my face because we took the baby girls out into it for a few minutes.  i just love getting to introduce new things to them and be there for that first experience!...

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