One month. One month! She is divine and the fact that she needs me to hold her to fall asleep does not mean she is spoiled (like her daddy says)…it just means her mommy is incapable of not having her nestled close.

I do want to mention that the majority of pictures I take of her and her brothers are ‘real life’ pictures…they just don’t get posted as much for privacy reasons. Portraits are beautiful and capture what the subject looks like, but if that is all you are taking of your kids I encourage you to make sure you are capturing images that tell the story of who they are at this point in time…not just what they look like.

My girl.

I am always curious how other photographers capture certain images, so I figured I’d post a picture of what it looked like when I was taking these. Maybe it will give some of you some ideas for your pictures…diaper box holding up a boppy:)

Yes, she does open her eyes…

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  • Jesse - Such a pretty girl! Can’t believe she is already a month old.

  • pamela - aw. she is SO precious. i saw your nursery on ohdeedoh and i’m so gald i found your blog. the only problem… i want more babies!! my little girl is about the same age as ‘littlest brother’ and i just look at your boys and they seem so fun! you are a great photographer and so creative! thanks for the inspiration and the great blog!

  • melanie - She makes me smile every time I see her…whether in person or by pictures!

  • Shanalea - That was a quick month. She is just beautiful.

  • Jeannette Swan - Simply beautiful!!

  • Shannon Phillips - Sooooooo beautiful!

  • Tracey - Beautiful! And I had to laugh at the “setup”… I did something similar with my youngest… boppy on top of couch pillows, on the floor in the foyer. :)

  • Allison - Such cute pictures!

  • melissa stover - absolutely precious! and that’s how i get the photos too. propping up, hiding all the mess. it’s amazing what you don’t see in the picture.

  • christina larsen - beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

  • carrie - She’s beautiful!

  • Lauren - She is so beautiful and peaceful!

  • Serena - Beautiful pictures…Good idea with the boppy on the box!

  • bopha - She is a precious. Thanks for showing how you “staged” your shoot, angle are difficult because their faces always looked squished.

  • Melissa McClure - She is gorgeous, Ashley! Question, so have you found any cute craft on how to store her hair bows and flowers? I thought for sure you probably know a cute DYI site that features an awesome bow holder . . . or maybe Martha?

  • Mandy Metcalf - She is just beautiful. Makes me want to snuggle her.

  • Lisa Keen - She is so beautiful! Time is flying by! Callie was 2 months old last week!!

  • Mara - I so love and admire your photos. I have a 15 month old and another on the way. I was wondering how you preserve your images for your children? Do you print albums every year for them? Or do you do have one family album? Thank you all of the great advice and tips you share with your readers.

***A NOTE TO MY SISTER…Lesley, do not read the post below:)

So the garden is struggling. We are at the end of the season on a lot of things and I have lost all motivation to water. Once I get kids bathed and in bed I have enough energy to make it down the stairs and collapse…as a result my garden is suffering and I pray for rain. Lately the only good watering it gets is when the boys are playing outside with the hose. Lucky for the vegetables that Littlest Brother thinks watering is super exciting.

Yes, he is watering out of a hole in the hose. I got distracted while watering one day and left the hose (it has a sprayer on the end that blocks the flow). Well I forgot the water was still on and the pressure busted the hose. Still works. I’m too cheap to buy a new one:)

My baby girl turns one month old today! Crazy….just crazy.

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  • Mandy B - What?? When did E grow up?

  • Melissa McClure - These are awesome Ashley!

  • Shannon Phillips - I love these pics! Our hose had a hole too. We fixed it with a little duct tape.

  • bopha - Rett sure does love hose water, those swim trunks look familiar. That’s one nice thing about having lots of boys, hand-me-downs.

  • Jeannette Swan - Beautiful pictures!!! Happy One Month Breese!!

  • amanda torres - Must be time for another baby! Little B is one…month that is!

  • Lesley - No worries, our tomatoes are struggling pretty bad too. Happy one month Breese!!!

  • Georgia Davis - Our Garden is also on its last leg. The tomatoe vine is so high, but no tomatoes not one. I think I’m going to dig it up this week and see if I can plant some pumpkins for the fall. Great to see you the other day.

  • Ayesha Riaz - i wish i lived closer too you i would help out…i have always wanted to grow my own vegtables and stuff what better way to start then to help a friend??? But living overseas is a problem

    Atleast the baby Bro is helping out god bless his heart hehe congrats t Breese on her 1 month

I like to think of myself as someone who doesn’t start a new project until finishing the one I am on. A few days ago my hubby gave me a reality check and made me realize that I am so far from that person…however I do always finish my projects. I just choose to have several going at once. We recently had someone stop by the house and they noticed a few of my projects going on (like a 2ft section of new paint in the kitchen), Chris responded, “Ashley is always in a constant state of motion.” Hmmmm. I don’t think of myself like that, but I guess I kind of am. Well one project I have in the works right now is with Little Dresses for Africa. I won’t share details yet…

As I am working on it I wanted to throw out a few things to you…

1. If you have made any dresses for the organization and have pictures, send me an email.

2. If you are a graphic designer and would be interested in donating your time to design a few simple print pieces, send me an email

3. If you don’t have time to make dresses, there are other supply items you can donate to the organization. For instance, there is a need for gallon zip loc bags to package the dresses in. This was also an item on my son’s school supply list. We bought some for him and some for Little Dresses for Africa. A great teaching moment…you can visit their website for more information.

A few things you can donate….


Totally unrelated…a headband picture for all you bow-lovin’ blog followers…no I didn’t make it. She has already gained 2 lbs – mostly in her cheeks.

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  • Amy - Ashley she is adorable!

  • Kari Sanchez - SO sweet! I love the headband! I went shopping yesterday and couldn’t resist…can you email me your address, I have a few items to send you! :) I also made 2 dresses for Africa, and a dress really similiar made of material that was on sale at Hobby Lobby (turned out to be a little cheaper to make than the pillowcase dress actually) and simple enough that someone like me who had never sewed before had no problems! Super easy and fairly quick. My husband is more than likely going back to Malawi, Africa in June 2010, so I wanted to start making dresses for him to hand out.

  • lesley - She’s a cutie patootie!

  • christina larsen - Can’t wait to see what you have planned. I have a friend who is a graphic designer, I’ll send her an email with your blog address and see if she has time. She is a talented artist, as well.

  • Lori Danelle - I’ve just sent you an email to see how I can help with graphic design duties, so be on the watch for it. :)

  • Jeannette Swan - What are you planning? I have wanted so badly to make more dresses with the limited skill I have, but can’t sew….sooooo, I can’t make the dresses alone. I would love to help or donate or whatever!

  • Shannon Phillips - Okay, I am loving the headband! It looks just as cute on her as it did on her little brother. ;) If you need someone to sew a few dresses, I am your gal!

  • jenny paul - ashley-i was thinking about y’all the other day and finally had a chance to check out your blog. all of your projects are amazing, but more importantly your daughter is gorgeous! congratulations! the boys are getting so big, too.

    lucy had pictures taken the other day (we live in atlanta now) and while the photographer did a great job, you’ve set the bar pretty high.

    speaking of you setting the bar high, i’m staying home this year. it’s nuts, but i like it. i’ll be able to use your ideas as inspiration. i’m so happy to see that you all seem to be doing so well. it’s amazing how many blessings happen every single day.

    all our best! jenny (and ep and lucy)

  • amanda torres - You know I LOVE me the bows…and clippies…and little girls…and kids…and charitable projects!

  • Juliann Brenner - Have you heard of the “NUMA” videos? Matt Bell did a video for Compassion, International that so reminds me of the “dresses for Africa”. I am a NOVICE sewer and am turning over ideas in my mind for this.

  • Juliann Brenner - ok, total dork. I totally had his name and the spelling wrong. ANYWAY, they are the “NOOMA” vidoes and his name is Rob Bell. I’ll get it eventually; its the A.D.D. in me :-)

  • Elizabeth - Oh my gosh. Thank you so much for this link. I love to sew and I can’t wait to get started on this wonderful organization!

  • Telise Ensey - Just wanted you to know that our Mom’s group in Duncan is going to have a Little Dresses for Africa sewing party!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • delores Fry - I saw another pattern for the pillow case dresses and forgot where I saw it, do you know where I can find it again. It seemed to have a little more sleeve but was still called a pillow case dress. I have found a simply pattern and have made over 250 with it but would like to make some with a little more sleeve. I have also made 65 to 70 brithches for the boys. Sincerly Dee.

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