Monday, August 24, 2015

Sunday evening happy sigh


This mom's heart was happy tonight


to see this girl back in the kitchen.


She has been busy twirling flags and rifles
practically 24/7 for the last month,
and it is amazing!


But we have barely seen her.
She had three blissful days off, 
and finally had enough down time to start living a little life with us.





Of course, she was making cookies for color guard tomorrow, but I'm good with that.


She headed downstairs and started playing with her brother.
(Note the consistency between the Sunday night kitchen and the Sunday night family room.
Cleaning up can wait for Monday.)



You just have to love him, right?


They got out some Wii games I haven't seen for a few years.





Girlie, you are doing some big time work these days.
Please remember that message on your shirt, OK?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Thread of Eternity

"He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the human heart."
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Miss B.

Meet Bernadette.

We had a really unique session that was all her.

Bernadette Music

Bernadette is a musician, so we wanted to capture her making music.
She loves her flute, and plays it in marching band.
She has played the piano since she was little, so I got to hear some of that, too.
She chose the grand piano at her church.
It was, well, heavenly.


I was captivated by her bracelets.

Butterfly story

She told me the stories of the friend who gave her the one with all the butterflies--
because they were the only insects she liked.
Of how the friends had met in middle school and been friends ever since.
It was a story filled with surprises.

Rosary story

Then she told me about her rosary.
How it helps her remember to focus
on the character and the mysteries of God.
If that's not a jump-start on life, I don't know what would be.

Church Verticals

Church Trio


Bernadette also loves her math.


She wanted to incorporate some of that into her photos,
so she did a little designing for me.

Maple 2

She told me about a friend who had to answer an essay question on a college application that was the best ever.
She was asked, "If you were a mathematical model, what would you be?"
That got Bernadette thinking, and she said she would be a sine wave.
When I asked her why, she said they look cool, and they have no beginning or end.
They just go on forever.
That's why she loves pi too.


Bernadette, I loved how the theme of eternity kept coming up during our time together.
If you can keep things in the perspective of eternity,
your future is unquestionably bright!
God will guide you through every hill and valley,
and fill your heart with hope.
You shine for him so beautifully!