Before we left Colorado, I thought we should take advantage of all those yellow rose petals from the vow renewal. The boys didn’t want them, but I knew a little girl that would be pretty excited to throw them in the air. I grabbed a hanging planter (picked up from IKEA on a quick stop in Denver) and filled it with the petals. We were staying in a home with a beautiful view, so that made it easy. From there I told her she could throw them however she wanted. She chose to stand on a tall tree stump, began singing songs she made up and delighted herself in the fun of it all.

8.14CO5-018.14CO5-028.14CO5-048.14CO5-058.14CO5-06“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

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  • Jennifer - Absolutely beautiful.

  • Debbie - She has such a beautiful spirit.

  • danielle - These are precious!

  • rachelzana - I love these pictures! This was such a good idea!

  • Anna @ A Good Home - My goodness, that last picture is one of the most perfect I’ve ever seen. Her face, the petals, the mountains…so beautiful.

  • Michelle Hill - She is your mini me! I wish I could hear the lyrics to her songs. they must be inspired by thoughts of innocence, beauty and happiness.

  • Jenny L. - So precious and so Sound of Music-like. First thing I thought of.

  • Bird - This pics are beautiful… wonderful ideas! I could imagine it for weddings or birthdays too!

    Love from Germany and the -fatcatconnection-
    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2014/08/books-on-food.html

  • Jenny - So sweet!!! :)

  • Angela - I am in awe, of how you document everyday tasks so stunningly. Your road trips pics were so beautiful, that even though I stay on the otherside of your world in Kuwait, I just wanted to rev up the car and take the similar route you did. You are blessed. Thank you for sharing your passion with us.

  • Mary J - You can feel her exuberance through the screen.

    PS: I would love to know your Fstop on the last photo, I am working on my photography and having a hard time getting action shots in focus with a shallow depth of field.

  • Kate Blehar - Beautiful! I am a loyal reader of your blog and fellow lover of photography. I couldn’t believe it when I saw your post today because I took a series of pictures of my little girl just last night throwing up rose petals. It was my daughters idea and when she saw the pictures, she exclaimed that she “looked like a rose fairy with powers to suspend petals in the air.”

    Photography is magic. ;-)

    I attached the photos here, but not sure if they will show up.

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    Many thanks for your blog and for inspiring me to live a full, creative life with my family.

  • Molly Quigley - Ya made my day, woman. Thanks.

  • Julie - Delightful!!! She’s a cutie for sure!

  • kimberly oyler - you are a good mama. what a treasure these are.

  • Michelle - This post makes me heart smile. Beautiful on so man levels. :-)

  • Seamingly Sarah - That last one is just perfect!

  • Heather - I just love your photos and had to share with you that we ordered a print from Katie Daisy with the Laura Ingalls Wilder quote on it. My girls love Little House and it is hanging in our kitchen with a few family photos. Thanks for the inspirational pictures…they really get my creative juices flowing when I pick up my camera.

  • Laura S. - Laura Ingalls Wilder…my favorite author of all time. While on an 8 hour drive with my Dad and brother in the backseat, I read the biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder outloud to my Dad. He loved it.

    Firecracker needs to go into acting classes. The way she holds herself is incredible. Look at her hands! So poised.

  • Izzy - These photos are just so beautiful, and I love that quote!

  • Natalie - I love the joy you captured on her face! And the beautiful view isn’t too shabby either. :)

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Dear Firecracker – you did such a great job! I’m smiling all the way in Arizona!

  • elizabeth H - {LOVE} her joy filled spirit & the way she delights in life!!

  • victoria - haven’t checked your blog in a while. this pic of your sweet girl – she looks so grown up!

Chris’ parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year….part of that celebration was a family trip to Colorado. Chris is the youngest of 4 and we don’t get to see his family nearly enough. My boys have 3 cousins close to their ages, which is so much fun for them. My girls get spoiled by their older girl cousins. Time with Chris’ family is such a gift for all of us. I’m incredibly thankful that Chris and I not only get along with both of our families, but we genuinely love being around them.

During our week together, my in-laws renewed their wedding vows. It was a beautiful night. Seeing them surrounded by all of their kids and all their grandkids was pretty wonderful.

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Little One thinks it is hilarious to close her eyes and smile when we are trying to take pictures now.8.14CO4-07

The rest of the kids ran off and then she decided she’d open her eyes for photos. Stinker.8.14CO4-108.14CO4-11

Happy Anniversary Campbells! I am so thankful for the love you shower upon me and my family. I’m thankful that marrying Chris also meant I got to join your family. What a gift you all are to me.

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  • Bird - This little girl of yours makes me laugh laud so hard… she is so cute and smart and beautiful!

    I am glad, that you show her smile to the world!

    Love from Germany and the -fatcatconnection-
    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2014/08/where-do-you-have-best-ideas.html
    Bird

  • Monica - Beautiful pictures! Your family is a precious gift from GOD to you.

  • Ashley - Little One praying… so precious!

  • Ashley - Also, where did you find her adorable denim jacket? Looking for one for my two year old!

  • Ashley - how incredibly special!!! you are so blessed to have such a strong couple witnessing to you two!

  • Olivia - Primavera Kitchen - Gorgeous photos! Your family is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing ;-)

  • Jennifer - Such a beautiful post! My in-laws have only shown me how much love can grow when two families are joined together. They are such a beautiful blessing to me, as yours are to you.

  • kimberly oyler - what a beautiful setting for a vow renewal. and girl your hair is so long!

  • Amy Espinosa - Ashley, these photos are just breathtaking! I hope that my 50th is half as beautiful!

  • Sprite - What a blessing to have such a sweet family! Congratulations to your in-laws! Also, I love your yellow dress, Ashley. You look beautiful!

  • Christina - Little One praying! So beautiful

  • AshleyAnn - Ashley – BabyGap

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - That last photo = heart melted

  • elizabeth H - Your boys in their blue shirts + little flowers are super cute!
    i too hope to share a 50 yr anniversary w/ my love!
    so very sweet & encouraging…

  • ellen patton - what a nice post.

  • Diamend Bianco - Oh my goodness! I’ve been following your blog for a while, but I just saw this photo and realized I know your brother-in-law! I grew up and went to college in Illinois and also worked as an Admin at the Illinois Baptist Convention – I know Charles Campbell. What a crazy small world that I’ve been following you and your story and praying over you and your family and now I feel even closer to you!
    Always praying for you and your family.
    Diamend

  • AshleyAnn - Diamend – that is so crazy and fun!!

I spent two weeks at home this summer – two weeks. That is just nuts for me. I am a HOME BODY. Surprisingly, I did pretty good with all that travel. In fact, if I could convince a travel company to sponsor this blog I might just take this crew on the road for good (hint, hint…anyone, anyone?:)). Well, not for good (the grandparents wouldn’t let me), but for a while at least! One part I love about travel is observing the culture of the places we visit. I’ve mentioned that before, but it really is such a fun part to me. We just spent a week in Estes Park, CO with Chris’ whole family. My youngest son – Colorado suits him well.

I’ve got a ton of pictures of all the kids from our trip, but as I scrolled through all the images, the ones of him stood out the most. He has so many layers to his personality – my contemplative, yet so goofy six year old. I love seeing the various parts of him in the images from our trip.

8.14CO3-018.14CO3-028.14CO3-068.14CO3-038.14CO3-058.14CO3-078.14CO3-08He told me his favorite part of Colorado is the water….the rivers in the summer and the snow in the winter. The Colorado water. Smart kid….

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  • Jes - Lovely photos, as always. Love all the expressions on his face! I also love Colorado, it’s one of those places that touches your soul and makes it hard to leave.

  • Birdy - He looks so happy near the water, it seams like at least your kids arenĀ“t home bodies … every post I saw from your vacations, your kids look amazingly happy! We all should travel more and leaner more about the world!

    I wish you an amazing monday
    Love from Germany and the -fatcatconnection-

    Ps: Where do you have the best ideas?
    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2014/08/where-do-you-have-best-ideas.html

  • danielle - It does seem to suit him :) I would not mind living there myself!

  • Jenn - my husbands favorite part is the rivers and water too. we gave him a shirt this year for his birthday. Advice from a river.
    it has been years but when we moved to wa state we visited estes park and it was fantastic. one of our favorite places. we are now back in the south but loved our time traveling. can’t wait to take our kids.

  • Carson - Hi, Ashley. We are a National Park family; spent the first part of August 2013 in Estes Park. We are planning our only Disney World trip this fall, so no NP this year. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed living vicariously through every second of your travels you found worthy of sharing. And, for that, I thank you, my dear. My only son starts pre-k this year, and we recently decided we will be homeschooling him (officially beginning next year). Y’all have been on my mind lately. Simply wanted to stop by and share well-wishes for a fantastic year. Prayers that you not only fill their hearts with love and knowledge, but that they teach you a thing or two, as well. Fondly, Carson

  • Amanda - Hi -

    Given your family’s love for CO, you should check out Camp Timberline. Christian sleep away camp in Estes Park. Modeled after Kanakuk Camps. Life changing camp for our sweet kids!

    Best,
    Amanda

  • TheDenverPack - I agree with your son. We moved here 4 1/2 years ago, and after 13+ moves in my life, it was like coming home to a place I’d never been. Absolutely love our new home.

  • Jenny B. - I read Meg’s post this morning about her family’s trip to Estes Park. :) If you didn’t plan to be there at the same time, that’s pretty funny. Great minds think alike! ;)

  • Laura S. - I so wish a company would sponsor you. I loved seeing the travel pictures and places you and your family went. I still want to see more!

  • Kelly - Awww I thought that was Estes! I met my husband at a bible school in Estes Park. That town holds a very special place in my heart :)

  • Michele - I loved the Charming Campbell Travel Series which you shared with us this summer. It reminded me of the television series, Brady Bunch when they all go to Hawaii and Family Affair when Buffy and Jody go to Europe. It was fun to think about where your next adventure led you and your sweet family. Unfortunately, I have no connections with Travel Channel or Samsonite but I will endorse your excellent idea!

  • Kelleyn - Glad you and your family are having so many adventures.

  • Ashley Smith - Hi Ashley. I found your blog last summer while I was planning to begin homeschooling and I check in regularly. You have a gift for capturing the beauty the Lord has made and your blog has been a regular uplift over this past year. I don’t think I’ve ever commented but I just had to. We just got back from Estes Park too! I would have been so surprised to see you there. It would have been so nice to meet you! We made the trip from MN and were there for a week. My husband’s family has been going there (the YMCA of the Rockies) since the early 1930s I think! His Nana celebrated her 88th b-day while we were there. In fact the outdoor chapel there was set up about 10 years ago in memory of my husband’s mom who passed away unexpectedly when he was in high school. We were there for vespers and our 8 year old took communion for the first time which was really special. Anyways, it’s such a small world! I should have said thank you a long time ago, but thanks so much for sharing your gifts. Your writing/photography really is a blessing. I told my husband on our way out to CO that after seeing your post on your RV trip I totally have the desire to do that someday. You made it look awesome and doable with little kids :) Thanks again!

  • Katie - Hi Ashley,
    I am really interested in your DSLR course. How long do we have to register? How many people do you take? I love looking at your pictures. I hope to be able to capture my daughters lives like you do. Thanks!

  • elizabeth H - welcome home!!