“HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY”

This morning before getting out of bed, I lay there for a few extra minutes. My eyes shut and a silent prayer to my Heavenly Father. My prayer included all the Thanks I could think of  for granting me the special blessings of being a mom. I have 3 beautiful children. I am so thankful for the happiness, sadness, accomplishments, trials, worry, laughter and lessons they have brought to my life. With them, I have found stregnth I would have never known I had,  what it truly means to sacrifice a part of yourself and love another human being so deeply.

To all the moms out there..Take a moment of silence. Reflect upon your blessings. Thank your mom you are here.

And have a very “loved and peaceful” mothers day ~~

From my yard to yours xoxoxo.

Kari

 

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Why have we waited so long to do a Scavenger hunt? My youngest child, Devyn (we call him D) loves nothing more than to be a scout. He attends scouts when mom remembers the meetings and on the in-between-days when we are actually on a set schedule and not traveling. He’s the one that goes adorned in the whole Scout Shirt, Scarf and complete outfit when he could get by with just his jeans and t-shirt for the weekly get together meeting. D pretty much takes things very seriously and to heart. Yet he can make you laugh for days just having a conversation with him. 

I love the outdoors also. So why haven’t I thought of or been productive enough to put together a Scavenger Hunt before? mmm…probably because I always figured that was what those scout classes are for.. Well, yesterday during church we quietly got out of piece of paper and made a list of God’s creations..Devyn’s eyes lit up when I said “after church lets do a scavenger hunt”…I could see his mind racing! Honestly, I’m surprised the whole scout shirt, scarf, medallion thing wasn’t brought up. 

When we arrived at our location he jumped out of the car, grabbed our box and took off. He was randomly dragging sticks and rocks and leaves as fast as he could. I hated to burst his bubble, but I didn’t drive that whole way to be finished in 1.2 seconds.. I mentioned, “D this is all great and everything but maybe over across the field there’s things we can’t see”. He paused for a moment, and questioned whether or not we wanted to walk that far. lol…”Sure we do, I said,  there’s nothing to hurry home for and besides, you’ll never know unless you try”. Along our walk we discussed our list, we discovered that the Red Berry Bush mom reached up to grab was full of long pointy thorns! The milkweed I remembered finding as a child was cool, but made my fingers stick together, so that running my camera became a chore. Not sure, if the berries we found were edible or poisonous..It was obvious I wasn’t a scout leader! But, I was trying to be a Scouts mom. I think that was all that mattered that day. Sneaking up on the deer, catching our reflection in the muddy puddle and getting rained on. He was so proud. He dragged the large fire stick, box and jar full of water to the car. I Love him!  I loved our adventure together. I loved even more that I made it happen. I stepped out of my comfort zone, out of the house and in to an 11 year old boys world. <3

 

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I love to garden…I love to be  alone. in. complete . silence…and sometimes I love to visit, dance and have a fun gathering with friends around the backyard campfire..my yard is my sanctuary and I’ve waited a LONG 10 years to enjoy this moment!

Of course every spring I am excited to groom and manicure a small portion of our sprawling 40 acres.. However, I will admit it takes a grueling 6 weeks in a row to trim and bring back to life my perfect piece of heaven..and unfortunately I find myself wishing I had 1/10 of what lies before me. We call it Schnauzer land. Our adorable 3 Schnauzers own the place. They have a foot trail that leads to the birds that are trying to make their nests in our back yard. I’m not sure there has been a successful batch of birds take flight in 10 years, inspite of our great measures to secure them from theSchnauzers. 

As for my beloved Apple Trees. I planted these roughly 10 years ago. I’ve wagered with myself a few times whether I should chop the poor things down and replace them, or continue to see if they pull through and let me have the glory of saying, I have successful Fruit Trees! Our family has come to a new crossroads this year. Over the years the kids have grown, graduated, married and are moving on now in different directions. Work has changed and My husband and I have struggled with the decision of leaving this magical piece of us behind, or try to hang on to it. There are so many memories, firsts and a lot of love that was put into this place..I struggle with our decision..I have literally planted roots not only in my home here but in my piece of heaven outside. A piece of me is in every corner.  After coming home during a month of our transition in moving I came home to this…

I was in awe. No words can describe my feelings. I go outside each day now, until I leave again, to look and just take it all in. I don’t want to pick them. I want to bask in all their Glory. I  want them to last forever! But deep down I know they will let go of all their beauty and it will be time for me to clean it up and move on. 

I think a part of me realizes that they in turn are letting me go. That I have successfully planted and accomplished all that I can here. That all the beauty, memories, stories and firsts may have come to an end. But only in this place.  Perhaps it is time for me to start over somewhere new. Do it all again. Plant my roots and watch them grow.  <3

kari

 

 

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AHH…Yess!  I’ve waited roughly 4 years to update to these beauties! Welcome to my little family of lenses and bags..For you Photographer Enthusiasts it doesn’t get much better than this! I’ve been comfortably using my Canon 5DMarkIII ( updated here ) , 24-70mm 2.8 and 70-200mm for pretty much everything I do. But now, its about to get easier and better. I used only my new 35mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.2 for last nights engagement session. They were super light to hold and crisp and clear as ever! The bag is from Ona and the Strap is from Bloom Theory..I am super excited for my new group of friends to join my sessions 😉

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This morning as I sit at the kitchen table I couldn’t help but realize how comfortable I felt. The smells, the lighting the daily routine that all is well and today is a new day. I can hear the family getting ready to go about their ways… I don’t generally make breakfast. If you know me you will know that I’m not a cook..not even a toasted waffle. I can’t seem to muster up the strength it takes to cook or even plan on something to cook. For some reason this talent or probably normal part of life has skipped me. I could clean your house for days but if you ask me to cook it’s just not happening…and after 21 years of marriage it still doesn’t look promising..So on this rare day, I find comfort in knowing there are some “out of the box” yet yummy, warm and beautiful muffins waiting for the family. 7Z6A6782

With My Pecan Belgium Waffle Candle and the warm glow of the morning. I realize..Maybe I should cook more..then I realize..I’ve said this before. Today, I’m just enjoying the moment. The Smells. The goodness that all is well. It’s the small comforts.

xoxoxo

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