A little bubbly for the pregnant girl...

Just because I'm pregnant... doesn't mean I can't celebrate with a little bubbly.

I took a little trip to World Market and decided to come up with something that would be more fun than water.  Something a little sweet and fizzy.

So I picked up some all natural soda (caffeine free), in a pomegranate flavor... (They have all sorts of fun flavors!)

and paired it with some sparkling apple cider.

Oh yes... it's amazing.  It may not be alcoholic... but it's still super duper.

I think I've found a new favorite to toast with.  Cheers!


Sunday morning session... {Shreveport Family Photographer}

Sunday before church, I met up with two sweet families, both friends of ours from church.  Love them.  Love their babies.

This little one showed me where to go at the park.  He walks it every morning with his mom.  He knew all the secret paths.

This one made sure he had his lovey with him.  Love that.

Could he be any cuter?

While they were very active, we did manage to get a family photo. 

We then grabbed a few shots of her sister, husband and their little girl.  Dar-ling.

We had such a good time... can't wait to do it again as their babies get older. 


Peeking in...

Yesterday, Stephen and I got to see our little one and it was so much fun.  I loved getting to peek in on her.

She was stretching and squirming and having the best time in there.  Personally, I think she was dancing or preparing to do a back dive. 

I love this picture because she's already showing that she's southern and crossing her legs at the ankles.  So proper.

And other than seeing her sweet little face and nose and the glorious miracle of her four heart chambers... I love seeing this picture. 

One of her sweet little feet.  Oh the places her feet will carry her.  I wonder if she has big feet like her momma... or if she is as tickly as me.  I can't wait to paint those toes and tickle those toes and wash those little feet in the tub.

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"  Romans 10:15

How beautiful are your feet, Annie Beth, for they will one day bring good news!  We pray you will use your hands, mind and feet to bring good news to all you come in contact with.  What a gift you are, and what good news you brought to us yesterday by showing us your sweet face, heart... and feet.


Our little birdie...

Today is kind of a big day. 

We get to see little miss Annie Beth today (on an ultrasound, but still).  Our sweet little birdie.  It's our 20 week appointment.  Oh I can't wait to see her!

Isn't it amazing, that technology allows us to check in on sweet little babies just growing in our bellies?  I almost can't think about it too much, or I get overwhelmed.  Like thinking of Heaven.  The thought overwhelms me.  (In a good way of course).

As I tend to do, I worry.  I know I shouldn't, and we definitely cover any of my worries in prayer... but today is one of those days where my mind can really attack me with "What If's".

But this came to mind...

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.  - John 14:27
So as we go into today's appointment, I will have this verse on my mind. 

I hope that this verse brings you comfort today... if you're feeling troubled or afraid.  I know it's going to help me!




A walk through Norton... {Shreveport Family Photographer}

This last weekend, we had a really sweet time walking through the Norton Art Gallery gardens, with a precious family.

Every year, they take Spring pictures, and I was so honored that they chose me to take them.

Can you tell how much I loved spending the morning with this sweet little angel?  She was just darling.

And such a loving family. 

This was just a little snippet of our time together, but I had to share.  This family is too cute not to!  I think we have a budding little model on our hands!

Hope you're having a wonderful Monday!


Easter 2012...

I love being around my family, especially when we're all in Tulsa together.  (actually, it wouldn't matter where we are.  I just love being around them)

It may have been a slightly chilly Easter (for this converted southern girl only used to warm weather now) but plenty of warmth all around.

And lots of prints by our dresses. 

Annie Beth got a lot of lovin this weekend.  Lots of belly rubs.  I don't mind it.  I want Annie Beth to know how many people love her already!  I think she can tell.  She's been kicking with excitement lately ;)

Aunt Kiki and Uncle Tatertot

We haven't quite decided what Annie Beth should call her grandparents.  Lots of names in the running.  Nothing has stuck with me yet.  Everything I suggest gets shot down.  If there isn't a decision made soon, someone's going to be called Grandma and Grandpa for lack of better suggestions. 

And these people just don't look like grandparents to me.  But that's just me.  I mean, come on.. my mom looks not much older than me.  (You're welcome mom)

And my dad is just silly.

I loved spending time in my mom's garden.  I know I blogged with one of her roses yesterday, but check these out.

I know.  Crazy gorgeous.

You know what else is gorgeous?  This.

My sister got a camera.  I loved taking pictures with her.  We shared all sorts of fun tips.

We would be so dangerous if we lived close to eachother.

I can't believe one year ago, Stephen and I were on our honeymoon.  So much has changed since then!

But just think... a year from now, we'll have little Annie Beth dressed in her finest smocked dress, ready to open her Easter basket. 

(This pose is for my sister)  You're welcome sister...


A gift to everyone...

This last weekend, we celebrated Easter in Tulsa, with my family, and it was such a sweet time. 
While we had fun being all together, being silly, making very yummy food (thanks Mom!) and staying up late catching up on all that is going on... it's hard not to think about the defining moment in history that makes us all who we are today, as Christians.

As I walked around my mother's beautiful garden, I noticed so many signs of life starting to emerge from the ground, ready to burst with anticipation of spring's arrival.

This rose caught my attention, and I thought about the Crucifixion that was taking place, some 2,000 years ago on that very same day.  My Savior died for me that day... with a crown of thorns atop his sweet head.  This rose made me think of the precious blood that was poured out for me... but it was also poured out for you.

I think about the fact that after Jesus had been crucified, he was laid in a tomb, which was in a garden.  I wonder if the very same roses that grew around his tomb, were the ones used to make his crown of thorns.  Such a beautiful flower, yet used in the Crucifixion as a painful tool by those who sought Christ out, to see him die.

But his death brought life when he rose on the third day.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10

Thank you Lord for your sacrifice and for the gift of salvation that is open to anyone who freely accepts it. 

Anyone... and Everyone.  So amazing.