Wednesday, November 30, 2011

the cuties in my life

I took a few photos of the kids when I attempted our family photo shoot.  Kids are so easy to photograph.  They always look good!  I posted my favs of the kids together the other day.  These are my favorite individuals of the kids.

handsome jman

sweet eg

Aren't they so cute?  {Smile.}

Linking up with And Then, She Snapped for Show {Off} Your Shot.  Be sure to enter to win a 16X20 canvas print from UPrinting!  Giveaway ends tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

blown away

I know you've heard the expression, "When it rains, it pours."

That's kind of how this week feels in a good, blessing of God kind of way.  I'll try to explain this week's events while not getting too wordy in the process.  During our sabbatical, God highlighted individual areas of creativity that we felt we were make space for in our future endeavors.  So when Jeremy was asked to go to Colorado Springs this week to lead worship in one of the YWAM schools, we were both excited.

I decided that I would go to a photography Dinner With Friends event with Jeremy Cowart because 1. it's always nice to get out of the house when Jeremy's gone, 2. I love Jeremy Cowart's work, and 3. my friend, Esther Havens, who I haven't seen for many years was going to be there.  I paid my $20 and began thinking of babysitters.  That's when a series of events fell into place that I still can't believe.

Jeremy Cowart is doing a LifeFinder Tour, an all day event where he shares such things as responding to lighting in pressure situations, his favorite post-production secrets, and lots more.  I briefly talked to the hubs about going.  The cool thing about the ticket price is that it included a +1 so you could give your ticket to someone in need.  To make a long story short(er) someone decided to give me their +1!


Then, last Tuesday (a week ago), I got an email asking if I wanted to go to the press junket for Alvin & The Chipmunks Chipwrecked.  Not just go but be flown out to L.A., be put up in the Four Seasons hotel, meet and interview Jason Lee, and also attend a special screening of We Bought A Zoo.  I thought the email was a mistake for sure, but it wasn't.  After me freaking out and much discussion, Jeremy and I decided I would go.

I am so thankful for my friends who are helping me out with the kids, so I can go.  Tonight I attend Dinner With Friends.  Tomorrow I attend the LifeFinder Tour all day and leave from there to go to the airport.  I'll get home from L.A. on Friday.  That's my crazy schedule!  I look forward to posting about my trip when I get back!

Monday, November 28, 2011

thanksgiving snapshots

I should call this Thanksgiving week snapshots.  We decided to put up a Christmas tree before Thanksgiving because we would be gone the day after Thanksgiving when we usually put it up, and we won't all be back together for another week.  I love the smell of pine and the sight of twinkling lights at night, so I couldn't bear waiting so long. :)

Decorating the #Christmas tree.

our christmas tree

We traveled West for Thanksgiving this year, and I cooked the meal while Emma G kept careful tabs on what was prepared and what still needed to be put on the table.  Brining the turkey is still my favorite way to fix a turkey.  However, when juice spills out due to a tear in the tin pan, it creates lots of smoke which makes its way into the food. :(  Lesson learned...don't use a flimsy tin pan with an 18 lb. turkey.


thanksgiving feast

food list

I did try a new roll recipe that was a hit, and I beat the kids in our after meal game of Sorry.  Everyone in this family plays to win. :)

game of sorry

Linking up with Communal Global for Sneak Peeks Around The World.  Don't forget to enter to win a 16X20 canvas print from UPrinting!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

happy thanksgiving!

I think Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year!  I love taking the time to pause and think about the things I'm thankful for.  In an effort to just be and savor time with my family, I'm taking the rest of this week off from blogging.  From our family to yours I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

my family

I'll see you all back here on Monday.  Until then don't forget to enter my calendar giveaway that ends tonight and my giveaway to win a 16X20 canvas print from UPrinting!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

heroes & villains of the bible {review}

heroes & villains of the bible

I recently received Heroes & Villains of the Bible in the mail.  I must say that I am quite impressed with this book!  This hardback is the perfect size for kid's hands to hold.  Although it shouldn't replace your child's full Bible, I love how it's structured.  Each chapter contains either a hero or villain straight from the Bible.  The story is Scripture, not a paraphrased story version.  I love that!

reading a book

My favorite part is the very first line of the very first chapter on God, The Creator.  "All good things begin with God, the greatest hero of all.  And just as he created the world and every good thing in it, God created you and every good thing in you."  Beautiful line!

heroes & villains of the bible

The end of each chapter has a short summary on the hero or villain of that chapter.  It's almost like a mini devotional that helps kids see why it's good to be a hero and bad to be a villain.  I think this book is geared for boys and would be great for the older reader in your family, say in the 8-11 year old range.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, November 21, 2011

canvas print {giveaway}

I am beyond excited about today's giveaway!  Being a photographer, I love any medium to display prints, especially canvas.  I love the texture that brings a uniqueness to the photo.  I attempted taking family photos this weekend.  With a tripod, a wireless remote, and kids that are older, it shouldn't be too hard, right? :)  I loved the ones of the kids but not so sure about the family photos.  I'm trying to decide if I try to take another family photo and print that on the canvas or print one of these of the kids.  Hmmm...

sibling love


The Giveaway

U Printing is generously offering one reader a 16" X 20" rolled canvas print!  The print can have a 2 in. border or no border.  One business day turnaround time, free shipping within the U.S. only.   Giveaway ends Thursday, December 1st at 9 pm CST when random number generator will choose one winner.



1st Entry  LIKE UPrinting Canvas Print Page and share how you would use the canvas if you win the giveaway.

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NOTE: Make sure to use the FULL URL ( and not use any URL shortening tool for the tweet. Twitter will automatically shorten the URL for you.

Example: I would use my U Printing canvas to hang on the wall & show off my family!

3rd Entry 
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4th Entry 
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Remember to come back here and leave a separate comment for each entry!  Also, make sure I have a way to contact you.  Want to increase your chance of winning a canvas print?  Visit Studio JRU.  She's giving one away, too!

Please note: Winners are only allowed to win once from UPrinting in a 6 month period.
Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting.  No monetary compensation was given.  I will receive a canvas print for hosting.

Comments are now closed.  The winner is #5, Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

chocolate chip cookies with sea salt

choc chip cookies w/sea salt

If you know me well, then you know my all-time favorite chocolate is dark chocolate with sea salt and almonds.  Oh, my word, it's amazing.  When I was researching for a cookie recipe roundup for Today's Mama, I thought, "Surely, there's a chocolate chip cookie with sea salt somewhere out there."  I found it at Savory Sweet Life, and I think it just might be the most perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe ever.  Sigh...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

a movember portrait

Emma's drawing of Daddy

The other day I was gone the entire day.  My afternoon was spent blogging in a location other than home when up popped on my Twitter feed the above photo.  To honor Movember, my husband shaved his facial hair only leaving a mustache and this was Emma G's portrait of him.  Isn't it great?

Friday, November 18, 2011

apple bunting

I love researching for my Today's Mama crafting posts because I find so many great ideas out there!  One of my favorites from my Fall Crafting roundup was an apple print bunting.  I kept it in the back of mind and finally this past weekend Emma G and I were able to do it!

making an apple bunting

I only wanted to use supplies I had on hand so we did a little improvising.  I cut some squares out of a painting cloth that was unused.  The back had plastic on it which was just perfect to keep the paint from bleeding through.  We used acrylic paint instead of fabric paint and that worked just great.  We also used a brown crayola marker for the stem and seeds.  I always have lots of yarn lying around, so I punched some holes and ran the yarn through to hang it.  This was such a fun project and I love the way it looks in my kitchen.

apple bunting

bunting in my kitchen

I have plans for some potato print buntings for Christmas.  I think I'm in love with buntings now. :)  With 2012 just around the corner, be sure to enter my giveaway for a calendar!


Linking up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for Sneak Peek Friday.  Have you linked up there?  It's such a great way to show off your creativity! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

i believe in love calendar {giveaway}

First of all, thank you so much for those of you who have ordered calendars!  I really appreciate the love.  The pre-order sale ends at 9 pm this Friday, November 18th, so be sure to buy yours before then.  For only $19.99 (and FREE shipping to U.S. addresses), you can have a practical art piece in your kitchen!

The Giveaway

Of course, I couldn't offer it up for sale without reserving one to give away to my blogger peeps!  {Smile.}  This giveaway is for one calendar that measures 11" X 17" open.  Giveaway is open worldwide (although it is printed with U.S. holidays) and ends Wednesday, November 23rd at 9 pm when random number generator will choose one winner!

2012 Calendar Cover


1st Entry  Simply leave a comment.  If you want, let me know your favorite month and why!

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3rd Entry  Tweet and / or share on Facebook the following...

Enter to #win a 2012 #calendar from @jenprice77! It's a practical art piece for your home!

4th Entry  Buy a calendar.  If you've already bought one, that's fine, too!

Be sure to come back here and leave a separate comment for each entry.  Also, make sure I have a way to contact you.  And if you want to buy a calendar, click here!

Thanks in advance for your support, my friends.  If you are international and would like to buy a calendar, shoot me an email and I'll figure shipping costs for you.  If you are buying one as a gift, let me know on the Paypal invoice and I will gift wrap it for you.

Comments are now closed.  The winner is B'ahava!  Congrats!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

who i really am

Lately I've been thinking about who I really am versus who I used to think I was.  What prompted these thoughts was when we recently housed some guests.  Jeremy relayed a conversation with me that I thought was very interesting.  Someone who had known me for several years talked about how I used to handle a lot of the Ten Thousand Homes accounting and logistical type things.  Someone who had just met me when he arrived at our home was surprised and said he saw me as an artist.  This is something I never thought would happen in a million years. 

photographer lady

When I was in high school (which seems like it was just around the corner but it's more years than I care to write here), I thought I was someone who liked to do secretarial type work.  I could type well, I could organize, I could do lots of those left brained activities, so I equated the fact that I could do those things with liking to do those things.  It wasn't until recent years that I identified that being capable to do something does not necessarily mean you like it.

with a polaroid

I've literally been on a creative journey with God, and it's been fantastic.  It all started in 2003 when I frustratingly muttered the words, "I am not creative!"  That's a big statement, and I can only imagine that my very creative God said something like, "Hold the phone!  What??"  I totally believed a lie, but my admission spun me into this journey that I am forever grateful for.

lots of cameras

Jeremy and I have had some interesting talks lately about this subject.  I definitely believe that there are those people who naturally think more creatively.  Their right brain is in full force.  However, I also believe that God created us all with some kind of creative something.  For more left brained thinkers (which, by the way, is still my tendency to think more analytical), I truly believe that the right brain simply needs to be exercised.  If I would have never exercised any kind of creativity, then I wonder if my love for blogging and photography would have emerged.

Can you pinpoint a journey that helped you discover more of who you are?

These photos were my creative photo shoot for the week, so I'm linking them up with And Then, She {Snapped} for Show {Off} Your Shot!  The 100 Devotions giveaway is still going on and you can still pre-order your 2012 calendar!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

autumn splendor

flag ceremony

The I Heart Faces photo challenge this week is Autumn Splendor.  We used to live in New England where those two words put together definitely meant something spectacular.  Reds, browns, oranges, yellows, it was amazing.  After suffering such a bad drought this summer here in Texas (which we are still recovering from) I haven't seen many traces of autumn.  There's some beautiful trees here and there, but it definitely doesn't feel like autumn.  (As I sit and write this, it's 80 degrees the middle of November.)

The boys went camping this weekend with the cub scouts.  It reminded me of last year's camping trip where the beautiful yellows felt like autumn, so I decided to enter this photo and remember cooler days and beautiful colors.


Monday, November 14, 2011

photo shoot at the farm

One of things I love most about family portrait photo shoots are the different locations.  Changing it up forces me to come up with different creative ideas, and I love that.  This beautiful family wanted a farm type location.  I had so much fun photographing them!  These are some of my favorites.

flowers for you

beautiful family

daddy daughter love

hanging out on the fence

in the sun

family fun

kids on the swing

on the tire swing

If you want some fall portraits done, email me!  I would love to tell your family's story.

Linking up with Communal Global for Sneak Peeks Around the World.  Also, be sure to check out my 2012 calendar and enter the giveaway for 100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

pumpkin scones

pumpkin scone

I made these pumpkin scones from Sweet Pea's Kitchen twice this week.  TWICE!  Jeremy said he doesn't usually like scones (I seriously had no idea), but he loved these.  Maybe it was the fresh pumpkin, but they were incredibly moist.  I only did the first glaze.  They are great without it, too.

Have you been making any pumpkin goodies?

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