twenty | lifestyle photographer

I’m not sure what happened this year.  Her birthday was the middle of August.  This is the end of November.  I always used to be spot on with birthday pictures.  I don’t know.  Maybe it’s because I’m getting old.  ??????

Anyway, it’s amazing what you can find in the middle of the city.  A wooded area all of about 400 square feet.  It helps when you know that the wooded area is there and has been your entire life.  Sure beats driving all over creation when you only have a short period of time before the turkey is ready.  Priorities!

Have I told you how much fun my kids are?  Well, they are SO MUCH FUN!

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sixteen | lifestyle photographer

I shall call him Peanut and he shall be mine.  At least for about 2 1/2 more years anyway.

Sixteen seems hard to believe.  But it’s truer than I want it to be.  And at the same time I love watching him grow into the handsome, kind, generous, thoughtful, Godly young man he is becoming.   I love this kid!

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twenty two | lifestyle photographer

If you have known me long enough or visit this site often enough, you will know that I believe that I have some pretty amazing kids.  Maybe I’m biased, but I also think they are stinking adorable.  Every parent thinks that, right?  If you don’t then shame on you!

Even though she’s now 22, she still let me take her out into some fields and do a photo shoot.  It was a perfect day, she was home for the weekend, and it was her birthday.  But really, do I NEED a reason?  😉

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junkstock 2017 | a short story

In 2015 we started going to Junkstock, just my girls and me.  For her birthday, Bekah wanted me to drive to Omaha and spend the weekend with her and E.Beth and to go to Junkstock.  Well, that was a no-brainer!  So now it has become our little tradition.  Year three complete with hopefully many more to come.  I wouldn’t trade this time with them for anything in the world.

This year was just a “tad” on the muddy side.  But not to worry, we came prepared with rain boots and umbrellas.  Thankfully, we didn’t need the umbrellas.  Unfortunately, we had to carry them around the entire day.  Oh well.

junkstock 2017

twenty | a short story

She turned twenty and I baked her a cake.  A few days later, on her actual birthday, she went to Denver with her best friend and family.  They took her out to dinner for her birthday.  I was happy for her that she got to go with them.  It was a far better birthday than we could have given her this year because of schedules and such.  And I couldn’t have asked for a better substitute family with whom she could spend her special day.

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eighteen | a short story

It’s the beginning of the birthdays.  Nolan always starts off the parties, cakes, gifts, or at least he used to.  Back when they were all little.  Now, it’s just a cake, and sometimes not even that.  Of course there’s a gift.  Always a gift.  But as they all get older and are leaving home, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to have a “birthday party.”  So we make due with whoever is around and celebrate as best we can.  A bonus to this cake was the candles. I didn’t realize that I had bought trick candles.  It was kind of fun for the small bash.

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