How Much Should I Share?

I’ve sat here for a while trying to decide what to share with you all here and I thought I’d get honest for a bit… I know big surprise… that’s kind of been my thing, hasn’t it? The truth is for years now I’ve used this little space I lovingly call The Journal to share…

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Marlee’s 10 Month Session | Sullivan, IL

It seems so crazy to me that this beautiful little girl we get to call our daughter is already 10 months old!!! These first months are just zipping by so fast. I was commenting on that to Ryan the other day – how I’ve always known that these little ones grow so fast and so…

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A Phrase That Makes Me Cringe

There’s this phrase that people say about adoption and honestly… it really bugs me… For a long time I thought it was only the inexperienced, the people who’ve never been through it and only have a fairytale picture of what it actually is like, who were saying this, but recently I’ve heard those who actually are…

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Small Wedding Love

So you may have noticed that over the past several years I have not really shot weddings – nor do I advertise them. One of the biggest reasons I stopped taking weddings was due to when Ryan and I started getting really serious about our infertility treatments. Since my schedule was dictated to me by…

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Moments with Marlee

So for the first time ever I’m behind schedule on getting Marlee’s 10 month pictures done. It’s proving to be a busy week so I’m going to attempt to squeeze them in this weekend. But the delay in doing the more formal portraits encouraged me to go ahead and pick up my big girl camera…

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New Fine Art Piece: Open Hearted

Today I thought I’d share another image I created as part of my fine art self portrait series called The Journey. This series focuses on the feelings and experiences along our road of infertility like hope, strength, anger, sorrow, etc… The goal being to connect with others and continue to share what this journey is…

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Out in the World…

You know, there’s a lot I’ve done over the past several years I’m really proud of. I’ve built this portrait business, which quite honestly I still struggle to grow. I’ve created this online space where I’ve shared my heart and journey with you and I’ve had so many reach out to me with how that’s…

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Asher & Brinley Turn One! | Decatur IL Photography

Oh my goodness you guys!!! I LOVE all these sweet babies that come to me but – oh my heart! They all grow so dang fast! It kills me a little! A little over a year ago, I was photographing these sweet twin’s newborn portraits! And here we are documenting their first birthday! For Asher…

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Daily Bible Reading

Over the past several years,  one of my new year’s goals had been to read my bible more. I would always do well with this for a period of time and then life would happen and I’d get busy and my bible studies would peeter off. This was partly because I didn’t want to just…

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Unfinished Projects…

  You may have noticed over the years I’ve been writing here that I’m a big believer in personal projects. You’ve seen my work with my Gratitude Project. You’ve seen me explore painting. I’ve shared our own family albums and Christmas cards. I’ve shared my fine art series with you too. I think having these…

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