Just us, being us

It’s funny how I spent so much of 2012 hoping time would speed up. Now we are coming to the end of the year and I am wanting the days to move slower. Little One has her first surgery, her lip repair, at the very start of 2013. I know it sounds crazy to most people that I am dreading surgery, but I am. Of course, I know it is the best for her. And, of course, I am beyond grateful that we can provide our daughter with the very best medical care we can find. But, it is so hard to know the grin I adore I only get a few more weeks to enjoy…even though I know her new smile will be just as beautiful.

I wanted photos of our family just as we are right now. Before surgery. Not posed. Everyone in just our normal clothes. No bribery to get kids to smile at the camera. Just us. Being us.  I did buy new spatulas. I did set up the kitchen table for baking instead of the small counter. I did make a cute space for cookie eating. I did require the boys to wear shirts.

With 5 kids we aren’t usually all in the same room at the same time baking and crafting, so it was fun to do this together…to be captured all together in so many pictures.

A rare treasure for this mom!

Ann of Ann Bennett Photography came and spent a few hours with my crazy clan.

Just us. Having fun together.

Rootbeer….not drinking a beer in my family pics!:)

Oh my goodness, I LOVE MY FAMILY!!

Ann will be offering these types of session in 2013….I think she might be overwhelmed by the number of families that will be lining up to spend the day with her! Thanks Ann!

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  • Jenny Lynn - these are amazing! i love this idea!!

    where if your shirt from? i love it!

  • Amanda - What sweet memories you have captured!! Your kids will have to much fun looking back at these when they are older!!

  • Jeannette - Absolutely awesome!

  • Ashley - i understand where u r coming from about the surgery! my ds will be having eye surgery @ the beginning of the yr! he’ll be just over a yr old….i know how stressful it can be my 2 older children have been through surgeries my oldest had to have a heart surgery so believe my i know how worried u are….as long as u r calm so will your gorgeous daughter! lots of cuddling with mommy will help when shes in pain…

  • lindsey gail - i wish there were words to honestly express how much i love these! they are simply perfect. your family is beautiful, especially sweet little one, i know these will always be close to your heart. thank you for sharing, and thank you for highlighting the #1 reason photography can be such a blessing!! cheers!

  • Tracy a - Great photos! Love to see so much of you and Chris!

  • Jane in Canada - You have the most beautiful family ever! LOVE the photos.

  • AshleyAnn - Jade (and others) it is from Francesca’s

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - ADORE all in this. It is good that you want to document the family before the surgeries begin for Little One. I adore the shot of your one son on your lap where you are talking to him as if he is whining or crying about something. Reminds me of my younger son.

  • christine - hello ashley and family
    i love your blog and your whole family ;-) your children are so cute and all the pics are full of love! be blessed!
    greetings from switzerland

  • Kara M - LOVE this! Your shirt is super duper adorable & cute!

  • Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - she did a great job. so natural and not posey:) lovin’ on that awesome chalkboard. the chalk graphic is amazing. you amaze me!!

  • able mabel - What a bunch of sweet pictures of a bunch of sweet people!

  • Melanie - Where did you get Firecracker’s boots? They are TOO cute!

  • Jennie Frake - These are all so great! My favorite is the one of you kissing Little One’s forehead. Precious. :)

  • AshleyAnn - Melanie – they are a sweet hand me down from a friend…they are Minnetonkas

  • Maureen - Your family makes me happy just looking at them, all so cute. Everytime I see your sons I chuckle, they remind me of a little Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. Guess who is which??? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with all your family.

  • Susie - Your family is very sweet and I just love peeking in on you every once in awhile. Thank you for sharing your story and how God is using you in the lives of others! Blessings!

  • Kristen - Beautiful photos! And, best of luck with the cleft surgery. My daughter was born with a “relatively minor” unilateral cleft lip. I completely understand your excitement to provide medical care but also the sorrow of losing that grin. Cleft grins are so special :) One thing you will be amazed about is adaption your daughter will make to not having her arms/hands to use. Our daughter had to have her arms in braces to keep them straight for 3 weeks – she became very adept at using her feet for almost everything!

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