Monday, September 28, 2009


Hello out there! It has been way too long!
I am trying to get back in to the swing of blogging
so I thought I'd start with a little photo contest from I ♥ faces.
The Theme this week is "Blue".
Can you get more "Blue" than sweet little Natalie's eyes?

Friday, August 21, 2009


Matt & I took a little vacation this week
to go see some friends in Gentry Arkansas!
We had a blast!
I have tons of pictures and video to upload,
but here is a sneak peak!
We spent a few hours Wednesday afternoon
at a drive through Safari! It was so much fun!
The highlight of our day
(other than the white buffalo using our car as a scratching post!)
was this little girl!
She was so cute!

Isn't she adorable!

Jafari is only 4 months old!

She may be little, but look at those claws!

Matt was in LOVE!

I thought she was pretty cute too!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Sleeping Sweetly

For more Wordless Wednesday go HERE & HERE

Thanks Josie for letting me borrow your sweet baby for a photo shoot!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Life changes...

Sorry to leave you hanging.... Life for us has been kinda crazy lately!
In the middle of May I found out that on May 27th I would no longer have a job. I had been a nanny for "my boys" for 2 1/2 years. This came out of nowhere! I had no idea that this was going to happen. So, we took it all in and then started praying and trying to figure out what I needed to do.
I interviewed for another nanny position that week, but it just didn't work out. So, I am currently unemployed!
I am currently looking for a job, but staying busy with life... I have been baby sittings some, decorating cakes, having garage sales, and picking blueberries!
I have been trying and trying to figure out what to do since May. I have applied for some jobs, but have nothing yet.
So, after much persuading from my wonderful husband and some great friends, I bit the bullet and got some business cards printed last week. That's right, I'm starting a photography business! I've got mixed feelings about it. I am excited, don't get me wrong. I guess I just am nervous. I have always loved to take pictures, but as with anything, I'm worried about how everything will play out.
My sweet Matthew has built me a website and it looks great! Go check it out HERE!
Thanks to all my wonderful friends who have let me experiment with them and their kids!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Show and Tell Tuesday

This weekend my whole family went to Branson for a little vacation.
We had so much fun spending time together and exploring
Silver Dollar City.
It has been years since I have been there.
We had a blast!
At the end of the day, we were all so very tired,
especially my sweet nephew and niece.
Nothing more precious than a child snuggling with his papa.
I love those eyes!

For more Show and Tell Tuesdays, visit my friend Jenny.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Two years ago today....

Two years ago today,
I stood nervously in a beautiful church
waiting for my groom to turn around...
I was waiting for him to see me
for the first time in my wedding dress!
When he did, there were tears rolling down his face,
and time stood still for me.
I looked at the man I was about to marry
and thought I could not possibly love anyone
more than I loved him at that moment!

Two years ago today,
I stood by his side while we vowed
to love each other for the rest of our lives.
We vowed that no matter our circumstances,
no matter the cost,
we would cling to one another and serve God together.

Two years ago today,
we were prayed for by four dear pastors,
one amazing sister in Christ,
and many other family members and friends.
They prayed that our relationship would grow,
that we would follow Christ,
and that we would love each other more each day.

Two years ago today
I celebrated one of the most incredible days of my life
with lots of family and friend surrounding us.
Two years ago today we started a new endeavor,
and we didn't look back!

Today, I look at this amazing man I married,
the man who has given me everything for the past two years.
The man that has been by my side though everything.
The man who has worked full time,
taught a college class,
and took classes full time and still made time for me.
The man that has been with me as we looked for
and bought our first house together.
The man who trusted me enough to buy
the house I loved even when he couldn't "see" my vision for it.
The man who I tell all of my secrets too,
who knows me better than any other person on this earth.
The man that buried his grandpa just minutes
after we found out my grandpa had passed away.
The man who always knows what I need,
whether it's chocolate, or a foot rub,
or just a sweet kiss on the forehead,
he always seems to know exactly what I need in that moment.
The man that has held me when I've been sick,
who has loved me when I've been an emotional mess,
the man who has celebrated silly milestones,
the man who defends me, protects me and keeps me safe...

As I look at this man,
I can't believe that I could love him more today than I did yesterday,
but I do.
You see, some how,
this love I have for him just keep growing.

God sent me the most precious gift when he sent you to me.
I can't imagine my life without you.
Thank you for ALL that you do!
You are so very special to me!
Thank you for being by my side for the last two years.
I am looking forward to many, many more!
I love you!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Happy Birthday to the BEST Sister in the world!

Today is my amazing sister's birthday.
Since I can't be with you today Christi,
I thought I'd put together some of my favorite pictures of us together.....

There she is, the proud big sister
holding me after I came home from the hospital!

And here we are in our Muu Muu's!
Aren't we the most precious things you have ever seen...
(Mom, I love the black dress shoes with the Muu Muu!)

I so remember this night... Christi, your hair is AMAZING!
You have gotta love the tights with the hearts embroidered on them!

My sister loved this leotard! She wore it everywhere!
We had so much fun playing together!

This is our Unky.
I don't know why I have a bowl on my head,
but Christi thought it was funny...
I don't think I was amused!

Classic World's of Fun Picture...
We are so stylin...

There we are building a snow man with my daddy.
What's with the creepy beard?

And who could forget my sister... The Virgin Mary.
Now that was a great costume!

One of the greatest day's of my life!
I will never forget watching my almost
10 pound nephew make his way into the world!
My sister is THE WOMAN!

Me and the Best Matron of Honor ever!
Aren't we just Beautiful?

Christi, Josiah, and I got to spend a week together at Disney world...

Thanks Chris for being the greatest sister in the world!
I love you so very much! You have always been such a great example
and role model for me. I know I have driven you crazy,
been a brat, and done things just to annoy you,
but you love me anyway, and for that, I am so very grateful.
God has given me a huge blessing in you!
Thank you for being my friend, partner in crime, and sister!
Thank you for all the laughter we have shared,
all the tears we have cried together,
and all the memories we have made.
My life would not be the same without you!
I wish I could be with you today...
But know I'm counting down the days till I see you next weekend!
Happy Happy Birthday!

All my Love,
Rah Rah

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Through Rah Rah's Lens: Day 4

My Must have item.....
I have had many ideas for this post. My initial thought (and my husbands) was my camera. Sure it goes with me EVERYWHERE and I use it ALL THE TIME, but when I thought about it, I thought it was too obvious. I guess you know that my camera goes with me everywhere, most of my blog post have at least 1 picture!
So I though some more... Music was the next thing I thought of. I love listening to music! I had some really good ideas for pictures for that "must have item", but the longer I thought about it, The more I realized that neither of those were my must have items!
If you know me very well, you know that in my purse there is ALWAYS a book (right now there are 3, but who is counting). Those books go with me EVERYWHERE! You never know when you will have time to sit down and read a good book! I have ALWAYS Loved books! The highlight of my week in grade school was getting a book order. I would spend hours reading the descriptions and deciding which ones I HAD TO HAVE! Going to a books store was even better! I could actually pick them up and look at the books there! I have spent so much money on books over the years! So, here is my must have item... well, items.

Some of my favorite children's books.
Not A Box & Not A Stick By Antoinette Portis
Mary Had A Little Jam By Bruce Lansky
Sam, Bangs, & Moonshine By Evaline Ness
The Frog On Robert's Head By David Cleveland
Knuffle Bunny & Knuffle Bunny Too By Mo Wilems
The Sunflower Garden By Janice May Udry

Some of my other favorites on one of my many bookshelves.

My Favorite Series growing up: The Jennie McGrady Mysteries By Patricia Rushford
These are great Christan mystery novels for middle school aged kids!

Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events...
Another one of my favorites!

Some of the best books I have ever read:
Thorn in My Heart
Fair Is The Rose
Whence Came a Prince
& Grace in Thine Eyes
All by Liz Curtis Higgs

All of these books are my "favorites" I know,
I'm pathetic! I couldn't pick just one!
But, this last book is my all time favorite.
It is so very special to me!
My husband gave it to me the day we got married.
It is a wonderful treasure.
Not just because it came from Matthew,
but because it is the Word of God!

My Bible.

To see some other "Must Have Item", Go visit my friend Jenny!

Through Rah Rah's Lens: Day 3

Where I relax...

This chair may not look like much, it may not match my living room where it currently lives, but I LOVE it!
For many, many years, this chair sat in the home of my aunt. Any time I was at her house, I would sit in it, curl up and read, sleep, or snuggle one of my cousins. I have always LOVED this chair!
I once told her many years ago if she was going to get rid of it to let me know, because I would love to have it. Well, just a few weeks ago, my dreams came true! I was happy to rearrange my living room to make space for this chair! This is is where I sit at home now, to chill, watch tv, blog, read, and especially relax!

And what chair would be complete without a very soft snugly blanket? This was a wedding gift and probably one of our most used! It is a must have when relaxing at my house!

Go visit my friend Jenny to see where she relaxes!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Through Rah Rah's Lens: Day 2

Today's theme is "Something that irritates you". When Talking about this weeks photo project with my husband Matthew, I named off all of the themes to which he named what he thought I should photograph. Funny thing was, he named himself for all 5 days! I must admit, he could have been the subject for all of the themes, including today's. ;-) I guess he is pictured in the photo below, but not for the reason you might think......

This is my alarm going off at 6:00 this morning...
I am so not a morning person,
so the sound of it screeching and vibrating
against my nightstand is very irritating!

...and when I get up to get ready for work,
I have to leave this behind!
That irritates me too!
I would rather be snuggled up right by his side!

To see what irritates other people, check out Jenny's Blog!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Through Rah Rah's Lens: Day 1

My new friend Jenny started a photo project this week. Today's theme is "Something that inspires or motivates you". I thought a lot about what inspires and motivates me. There are lots of things, but not a lot of things I had pictures of or could take pictures of at this time. So, here is what has motivated me this week!

This is my new Stove!
After being without a working one since December 5th,
I was so excited when Sears finally made thing right and replaced it!

Not only does it work,
but it has 2 adjustable burners AND a warming zone!

So here is what my new stove has inspired!
For a long time I have been wanting to make
cinnamon rolls from scratch.
This is something I have never tried before.

Here they are before they went in the oven!

Fresh out of the oven!

Ooey Gooey Goodness!

And who wouldn't be inspired to make yummy food for this guy!
My husband eats ANYTHING I make even if it isn't good!
Thanks for inspiring me to try new things Matthew!
I love you!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Stop teasing us!

Don't get me wrong, I love the warm weather! 
I just hate that it can't make up it's mind! 
Tuesday it was 70 degrees and
less than 24 hours later it is snowing! 
Come on Spring! Stop Teasing us! 
We want to play outside!

Here are some pictures from our fun day on Tuesday... 
We just can't wait for more!

Jessica and "Peanut" Flying!

Silly Boy!

My Little Monkey!

How can you resist that smile?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Momma!

Happy Birthday Marme!

Mom & Dad in Colorado a few years ago.

This is me & My Mom on MY Birthday!

Mother Daughter Weekend when I was in College.

My Mom & I on my wedding day!

Happy Birthday to the most amazing mom in the world!
You will never know how much you mean to me! I love you more than I could ever express.  Thank you for always believing in me, trusting me, teaching me, encouraging me, and loving me. You have helped shape me in to who I am today and without you I would be lacking in so many things! You have been an amazing example of a great wife, friend, teacher, and mom. Thank you for ALL you do! I wish so badly I could be with you today! 
I love you!

Rah Rah