Saturday, May 26, 2012

Springtime A La Carte

It was a day in May. Friday's weather being so absolutely gorgeous, an outdoor stroll was too great an opportunity to miss. So my mom, Ruby, Crystal, Joshua, and I headed to St. Martin's University (by way of Dairy Queen). The grounds are beautiful and the track is a great place for a walk. It has been a long time since I've been to St. Martin's but this was a special time; my dad & mom used to bring me here when I was young and now I'm here with my son and my mom, who is now a grandma.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Home Realized

When you're young you think, "Someday when I'm a mom I'll have my own house & I'll be making dinner for my family..." It's just one of those things you assume as a matter of course.

Now I'm in my house. My baby is sitting on the counter. I'm in my apron preparing dinner, waiting for my husband to come home from work. Then it struck me - Here I am; 25 years old; this is the realization of that girlish ideal. Me, a mom?! A house of my own?! How did this all happen? I took a step back from the situation and watched the idyllic scene play out, an observer of my own play.

It's as if all the significant moments in life pass by without us blinking an eye and then one day you're halfway through folding a load of laundry and you have this monumental realization: I'm a wife! I'm a mother!

Next, we ask ourselves: What does it mean to be a wife, a mother?

As a wife and mother I am creating a home. But home is so much more than simply a physical location. The home that my husband and I are creating is a place to raise our children where the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity. A place where my children will learn to speak the truth, to know right from wrong, to value friendship, respect, honor, courage; to accept God's judgment of sinner, and to believe firmly in the forgiveness of sins. A mother is responsible for the atmosphere in her home; creating order out of chaos as an example to her children. A godly mother, who is faithful to the Word, tells her children that though the world may promise all kinds of pleasures nevertheless that road leads to death; true life and joy are found only in Christ. A godly mother also receives daily baptism and allows herself to be covered by her husband because she cannot do all these things on her own. We find enjoyment and fulfillment in our vocations when we receive the grace of God through the forgiveness of sins.

Friday, May 4, 2012

"Son"dance Film Festival

Joshua loves watching his Baby Einstein videos (Baby Bach, Baby Mozart, Baby Beethoven, etc...)! It's hilarious to watch him watching them. It also works well for me as it allows me to get some work done around the house while he happily keeps his attention firmly fastened on the TV - he even laughs at certain parts. See for yourself...

If you're still not convinced, check out this video clip:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Nikon + Lightroom = Awesomeness

Since Joshua's arrival, I've wanted to capture every special moment. The iPhone camera technology is amazing but it has its limitations. So I borrowed my parents' Canon T2i HD photo camera for a week and never wanted to give it back. It was amazing how beautiful the photos were! 

I became obsessed with the thought that I had to get a camera of my own. However, the great cameras come with even greater price tags and although I'd been diligently saving my money I wasn't sure I was ready for such a big commitment. But thanks to the encouragement of my husband and a great deal at Costco I finally made my selection- the Nikon D5100!

It was love at first click and I've been clicking away ever since. (Joshua is probably the most photographed baby of all time.)

Now that I had a camera of my own, I became obsessed with another thought- I had to get  photo enhancing software. (What can I say? The human heart is never satisfied; but it's for the kids so it's alright, right?) Though after splurging on my camera I wasn't ready for another hefty purchase. But I kept talking about it.

Monday night Joe surprised me by installing Adobe Lightroom onto my Mac for me! He was liking the daily photo updates of Joshua that I'd send to him at work so much that he bought the software for me as a special surprise. What a wonderful husband I have!

I'm having so much fun photographing Joshua and using Lightroom. I've chosen a couple of my favorites to share with you: