Christmas gift wins: Top presents of 2015

It’s been a few weeks since Christmas and I thought I’d give the lowdown on our top gifts.  Somehow we managed to (mostly) stay in budget and still score some pretty great gifts for the kiddos.  I figure you can use this as a guide for all the birthday/MLK/Chinese New Year shopping you need to […]

Focal point: Theme Thursday

Hi, y’all!  Welcome to Theme Thursday. I keep forgetting to mention it so I’m going to get to it first: These Theme Thursday photography link-ups are set to stay open until the end of the month.  So don’t think you’re out of luck if you don’t get to it right away.  And there’s no rule […]

Rule of Thirds (and Rosalie photo dump): Theme Thursday

Theme Thursday is baaaaaaack! Who’s ready for a challenging and fun line-up over the next couple of months?  This week is Rule of Thirds.  I had to laugh when I looked through my photos from my parents’ house.  Um, they’re ALL Rosalie and they’re ALL outside, and they’re ALL with her in the right “third” of […]

Theme Thursday Photos: January/February Schedule

Well, hello there!  I completely flaked on you TT loyalists last week, didn’t I?  Accept my apologies (I really am very sorry for my procrastinating ways) and move on? I’d be happy to! I’ve made the #ThemeThursdayPhotos schedule for January and February, and I’m both excited and completely intimidated by it.  In January we’ll be […]

I’m Catholic because…

Tonight as I was putting Rosalie to sleep, I sat rocking her and thinking about all the gifts my faith has given me. It occurred to me that since I let my 3 Reasons (I love Catholicism) series go, I haven’t talked much about the “why” of my faith.  This week seems like as good a […]

Theme Thursday: Advent, week 3

Hi y’all! I’m rushing off to the Nutcracker in a few minutes but I didn’t want to leave you hanging all day.  Here is my first draft for this week’s Theme Thursday. Come on back later and I should have a few more photos for you.  <3 Rejoice   I was hoping to have an […]

Christmas card tips {five favorites}

I’m getting ready to write and mail my last few cards of the year, and I realized today that I’ve finally nailed down a method to this madness. Thought I’d share a few tips and tricks. ~1~ I prefer to send 4×6 snapshots of our family, rather than a photo card.  I love getting photo cards, but they […]

Theme Thursday: Advent, week 2

Ah the irony.  I’ve spent hours taking photos and editing them in Photoshop this week, but as they’re for a fellow blogger (bloggess?) they’re not mine to share.  I’ll share them here when she posts her Christmas pictures, though.  🙂 In the meantime, here is my meager contribution to the #HolyLens group this week: an […]

Theme Thursday: #HolyLens week 1

Sometimes Theme Thursday themes just sort of find their way into your photos.  And then other times, you reeeeeally have to force it. This week it’s the latter. Tuesday was Rosalie’s first birthday and we revisited her quite unusual birthplace. We bought her a balloon and attempted a photo shoot. Mostly, it was a no-go, […]

Theme Thursday: December prompts (week 1)

Hi all you Theme Thursday-ers!  This month we’re switching up our TT prompts a little bit, just for Advent and Christmas. As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, we’ll be joining Abbey of Surviving Our Blessings for her #HolyLens project. Each week has 7 prompts, based on the daily readings.  I’ll still be hosting the link-up here […]