“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder: On Wisdom and Virtues
Walk in a favorite place. Soak in the sunshine. Bask in God’s goodness and love. Pray in adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. Delight in all His blessings to you and yours. Breathe deeply and feel grateful. Go and serve others. Catch the sun. Share the Son.
Posted in At the Park, Autumn, Botanicals, Fauna, Floral, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, Missouri Grasses, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Sunlight, Walk in the Park
Tagged Autumn, Flowers, Life, Missouri grasses Sunlight, nature
Autumn is a favorite time of year to capture children’s photos amid the gorgeous Fall glowing leaf and sky colors!
Being able to document these children and their sweet personalities is pure joy. Each one is so different, so caring and kind, so special! They have great parents and are so blessed in many ways! I feel blessed to know them and see them often!
Posted in A Child's Play, At the Park, Autumn, Children, Collages, Families, Family Heritage, Family Memories, Farm Living, Friendship, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, Memories, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Parents, Reflections, Relationships, Snapshots, SOOC, Textures, Walk in the Park, Woods
Tagged Autumn, Children, creativity, Family, Friendship, Life, natural light, nature, Parents, Photojournalism, Reflections, Relationships
Who doesn’t like weaving spider webs for plastic spiders?
Or scraping the guts out of a pumpkin and saving the slimy seeds to roast?
Just a couple “lifestyle photos” in my Fall Family season collection! Super Fall Fun!
Posted in A Child's Play, Autumn, babies, Children, Families, Family Memories, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, Memories, natural light photography, Redheads, Snapshots, SOOC, Textures, Toddlers, Twos
Tagged Autumn, Children, creativity, Family, Life, nature, Parents, Photojournalism, Pumpkins Spider Webs Kid Activities, Relationships
Where did Summer go?
The watering cans, well-used, gave drinks to so many flowers and veggies
planted on our deck.
Now we’ve picked our last cherry tomatoes,
watered the impatiens and petunias for the last times,
and prepare to winterize soon.
But not too soon.
Give us more beautiful Autumn days to sprinkle thirsty flowers,
though spindly and fading,
just to enjoy the task.
Posted in Autumn, Backyard Play, Family Memories, Fauna, Floral Gardening, Gardening, Jane's Scripture Cards, Landscape, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, Memories, My Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Snapshots, SOOC, Textures
Tagged Autumn, Gardening, Life, nature
Today is All Saints’ Day on the Christian church calendar. It’s a day to celebrate those sinner-saints who have gone before us to their heavenly rest.
During this beautiful Autumn season I’ve spent some time walking and photographing in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, MO, not far from where we live.
When my parents moved from Ohio to the St Louis area in early 2015, they changed their plans so that this national cemetery would be their final resting place.
Our dad is now at perfect peace and has been committed to JBNC since his recent passing from this earth. It’s a sad/happy time for us. Sad because we miss him so much–almost daily visiting, laughing, eating ice cream together, singing and listening to polka music, hearing his great stories about family and World War II and travel experiences and more.
We’re happy and comforted to know that we’ll see him in heaven someday, because we believe Jesus’ promise that’s written in John 11:25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
God blessed Dad with almost 95 years of life on this earth, with a beautiful and loving bride of 70 years plus, and with a caring family and many friends. For all this, we’re so thankful.
See you later, Dad.
“In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.”
“For every sin on Him was laid; here in the death of Christ I live!”
Posted in Autumn, Events, Families, Family Heritage, Family Memories, Generations, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, Lifestyle, Memories, National Cemetery, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Relationships, Senior Citizens, Snapshots, SOOC, U.S. Military Veterans
Tagged Family, family memories, Life, nature, Parents, Photojournalism, Relationships
This is the last Monarch to visit our butterfly garden in 2016. We enjoyed each and every one that we saw, and thank God for His creation and their beauty! The monarchs enjoyed our butterfly weed, milkweed plants, and butterfly bushes (this one is named “Ruby”) as well as the zinnias and impatiens blooming here.
Read more about Monarchs and their migration here and on other sites that you find when searching Google for “monarchs” and “migration.”
Remember to save your flower seeds and plant in the early spring to help make your environment more butterfly friendly!
Posted in Animals & Insects, Autumn, Backyard Play, Botanicals, Butterflies, Butterfly Garden, Education, Floral, Floral Gardening, Garden Blooms, Gardening, Gardens, God's beautiful creation, Jane's Scripture Cards, Landscape, Lifestyle, Monarchs, My Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Photo Notecards, Snapshots, SOOC
Tagged butterfly garden, Flowers, Gardening, Life, Migration, Monarchs, nature
Oh, how I love to go up in the swing, up in the swing so high!
We had a beautiful Autumn day to capture some outdoor photos with this little P and her O’Pa. I love seeing her toothy smile and his big, caring hands in the photos. What fun it is to swing!
Posted in Autumn, babies, Backyard Play, Children, Families, Generations, Swinging Baby
Tagged Autumn, babies, child's play, Children, natural light, O'Pa, Outdoors, St Louis area photographer of families and children
Autumn … Ahh!
Leaf colors are beginning to change.
It couldn’t have been a more beautiful morning for this long walk in the park!
Posted in Animals & Insects, At the Park, Autumn, Botanicals, Families, lifestyle photography, Relaxation, Walk in the Park
Tagged Autumn, botanicals, Breathe, casual photos, Catching the Light, Dog Walking, Dogs, Enjoy the Moment, Leaf Colors, Relax, Walk in the Park
How big are you?
Big enough now to sit in the old wooden high chair for a few minutes to capture this photo for posterity!
She’s 10 months already and loves the outdoors, but she must have wondered, “Why am I sitting outside without any lunch?”
It would be awesome to see a photo of her great-great-great grandfather sitting in his high chair as a baby–but as far as the family knows, those photos were never taken. We can only imagine little Oliver!
She got kinda flirty and gave me some eyelash love. Butterfly kisses. Gotta love that and her always-wiggly little toes too!
Posted in Antique Furniture, Autumn, babies, Families, Family Heritage, Family Memories, lifestyle photography
Tagged antique high chair, Autumn, babies, baby girl, casual photos, child's play, family heritage, family memories, ten months, wiggly toes
We’re thankful to be able to grow tomatoes, peppers, and other veggies and herbs on our deck where the deer and squirrels aren’t likely to share in the feast!
This summer we planted two variety of reds–Roma and Cherry Girl, and two of yellow pear tomatoes. They are all still producing, though ripening slowly now that Fall temperatures have arrived.
Sometimes a tomato or two doesn’t even make it into the kitchen.
10 days fresh and new!
Posted in Autumn, babies, Families, Infants, Lifestyle, maternity, Newborns, Snapshots, SOOC
Tagged Autumn, babies, Children, creativity, Families, natural light, Newborns, Snapshots of daily life, St Louis area photographer of families and children, Winter
Baby Sprout was welcomed into the world a few days after this photo session! Congratulations, new little family, on your beautiful addition — you’ve grown by two feet!
Posted in Autumn, babies, Couples, Families, Infants, maternity, Newborns, Pregnancy, Snapshots, SOOC
Tagged Autumn, babies, casual photos, Couples, creativity, expecting a baby, Families, Family, Forest Park, lifestyle photography, maternity, natural light, nature, Newborns, Relationships, Snapshots of daily life, St Louis area photographer of families and children
A fun family + a beautiful day + a country setting = a GREAT time “shooting” this family!
These parents and their teens were a joy to capture and though we had just met, they were naturals and we had fun together. I loved how they coordinated their colors to brighten the country landscape and the rustic settings.
The H Family chose to have their photos taken near a very special, old tree in their neighborhood complete with the wooden wagon and the biggest rope and wooden swing I’ve ever seen. Can you imagine how high that swing might go?
When they asked if I’d shoot them as they held their guns, I knew I’d be safe with them!
This fun-loving couple celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in September … this would make a great celebration spot with wine, cheese and crackers, and moonlight!
Aren’t they the cutest? I love their bright blue eyes and happy smiles!
The country setting and great light made me grateful for this beautiful afternoon shoot … I’m glad they left this old stump in the yard!
We ended their family “shoot” by including their beautiful Labs — these guys are all brothers and couldn’t have been sweeter to pose for this shot. I hope they got some good treats! This would make one great canvas wall art for their home. What a pleasure it was to meet this family and capture some special moments for their memory albums and wall frames. One may even become their Christmas photo for 2014!
Thank you to the H Family for purchasing my photography gift certificate at the Silent Auction, and for supporting our Heart for Honduras mission trip! I was blessed in many ways, especially by going as part of the mission team and by meeting and photographing your dear family.
Posted in Autumn, Children, Couples, Families, Furson, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, Pets, Relationships
Tagged Anniversary, Autumn, Children, Country Living, Couples, Dogs, Families, Family, Landscape, lifestyle, natural light, Relationships, Snapshots of daily life, St Louis area photographer of families and children
G & C celebrated 13 years of marriage recently. Their zest for life and love for each other bubbles over to everyone who is around them! They are cuteness and faithfulness and loveliness personified! So glad they asked me to capture some fun moments in the park!
October 29, 2013 in Autumn, Couples, Families, Furson, Lifestyle, Relationships
Tagged Anniversary, Autumn, Couples, creativity, Families, Landscape, natural light, nature, Relationships, Snapshots of daily life, St Louis area photographer of families and children
Gary & Cari’s love for each other and their “boys” shines as brightly as the sun. What a fun play time we all had at the park as I got some great captures for their walls and memory albums! Rufus, Roscoe, and Brian, you deserve some delicious treats!
October 27, 2013 in Autumn, Couples, Families, Landscape, Lifestyle, Pets
Tagged Anniversary, Autumn, child's play, Couples, Families, Landscape, Legacy of Life Wall Art, natural light, nature, Relationships, Snapshots of daily life, St Louis area photographer of families and children, wall art