Tuesday, August 19, 2014

bww - Saturday mornings should be savored

The last few Saturday mornings I have been completely surrounded by babies.

This little family was so sweet and accommodating to me, I practically rearranged their whole living room for our session and they were so helpful.

I really love babies, but more than that  . . . I love the amazing surprises God puts in my camera each week.  This little guy lying in his father's hands . . . don't you love it?

Link up your favorite black and white shots from this week.


Monday, August 18, 2014

I won't take less

Recently, while riding in the car with Santa I heard this really old country song.

I Won't Take Less Than Your Love - 1988 

written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
performed by  Tanya Tucker with Paul Davis & Paul Overstreet

"How much do I owe you?" said the husband to his wife,
"For standing beside me through the hard years of my life.
"Shall I bring you diamonds, shall I buy you furs?
"Say the word and it's yours.

And his wife said: "I won't take less than your love, sweet love.
"No, I won't take less than your love.
"All the riches of the world could never be enough,
"And I won't take less than your love."

"How much do I owe you?" to the mother said the son.
"For all that you have taught me in the days that I was young.
"Shall I bring expensive blankets to cast upon your bed?
"And a pillow for to rest your weary head."

And the mother said: "I won't take less than your love, sweet love.
"No, I won't take less than your love.
"All the comforts of the world could never be enough,
"And I won't take less than your love."

"How much do I owe you?" said the man to his Lord.
"For giving me this day and every day that's gone before.
"Shall I build a temple, shall I make a sacrifice?
"Tell me Lord and I will pay the price."

And the Lord said: "I won't take less than your love, sweet love.
"No, I won't take less than your love.
"All the treasures of the world could never be enough,
"And I won't take less than your love."

"I won't take less than your love, sweet love.
"No, I won't take less than your love.
"All the treasures of the world could never be enough,
"And I won't take less than your love."

"No, I won't take less than your love."

It reminded me about not only my relationship with my husband and my children but mostly of my relationship with God.  God doesn't want 

our money . . . like so many causes would have us believe.

our martyrdom  . . . like so many Christians believe.

our time . . . like so many project leaders believe.

our good deeds . . . like society believes.

No, He won't take less than your love.

God wants us.  He wants to have a relationship with us.  

These days between media circus, social media and our society dictating to us how to live.  With all these outside forces getting in our face every minute of the day, I wonder if we ever step back from it all and really express our love to God.

This is what worship is to me. . . that time, whether on Sunday morning, or in my car on the way to work . . . that time where I express to my Jesus how much I love Him.  I can't live without Him and I can't live without praising Him.

I am blown away sometimes at the things that drive people to action.  A facebook app update can cause a riot on social media.  A murder can cause a riot in our society.  A lie can throw the media into overdrive only to find out that they jumped the gun . . .there was no crisis after all it was all a lie.

Yet in order to get someone to praise God pastors have to beg church members, fellow Christians have to plead with friends, and parents have to implore family members to come to church.  

It's pretty much out of whack.

This song just reminded me that God won't take less than our love, sweet love.  

If you haven't told God how much you love Him lately, you still can . . . He misses you and He loves you.

I don't normally link up with Monday Music Moves Me over on X-Mas Dolly's page, but today, well I just had to.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

*eh hem* - a little perspective on Saturday morning

I woke up early because I have 2 back-to-back baby sessions that I get to do, only to find more stupidity on social media than I am willing to let slide off my back.  My little baby fingers poised on the keys and ready to strike.

The randomness and absurdity of my facebook feed has reached a new low.

I read about Lily who is a small child struggling with a new heart transplant.  Touching.

I read Mike Hucabee's response to "evil" in Iraq.

Then I read where facebook was going to require users to install Messenger.


People seriously?  Do we really need to vent and complain about facebook's terms of service and an app?  Really?

I think you should read this article:


Now tell me how important it is to rant on facebook about the latest app you have to install on your mobile device.

I'm sorry, but Americans (in general) are spoiled and a little oblivious to some harsh realities in this world.  I can't just sit on my comfy couch and not at least give you, my lovely readers some Saturday morning perspective.

I don't want you guys to be offended if you shared any of these posts.  I just think there are bigger things to get our "panties in a wad" over than mobile apps.  I'm just sayin' . . .


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

bww - reality

Okay black and whiters . . . the new name I have for all your wonderful black and white photographers.  I am sorry for not posting a black and white picture and link up for you this week.

I am wedding planning with Reese's, working with Skittles, wedding stressing with Lollipop and talking allergies and tubes for Tootsie Roll with Tootsie Pop.

Praise above all praises for the week.  My niece Mounds got baptized by her father on Sunday!  Hallelujah!  I know the angels were dancing when this sweet little one was baptized, I was dancing in Arkansas!

On top of all this I have been to multiple doctor appointments to try to have some relief for my back problems.  AND  . . . while I am typing this post they called to schedule my appointment.  Praise the Lord!  Next Tuesday I will be on the next step of this journey that started with an MRI on 7/24/14.  Oh my!

No one gets in a hurry these days and I didn't want to wait until I couldn't move like I did last time with my neck surgery.  But it's still aggravating that I have to remain in pain for weeks on end just waiting for to get in the "system".

So maybe the next two weeks we won't have black and white Wednesday link up.  Hang in there with me, I am hoping that when this adventure is over my back problems will be too.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

I'm lovin' it

Well I have discovered a new blog to read . . . . and like McDonald's . . . I'm lovin' it.

Quite simply, this North Arkansas mother is blogging about life on her farm.  Small space living, raising chickens / eggs, making soap and all the other wonderful details of life in a small town on a farm.

I was introduced to this blog by Santa's sister.  The "Brood" is located in the same town as Aunt S. and she actually works with the dad.  It's not that big of a stretch for a connection . . . not really.  I am just captivated by it and I love reading it.  You should check it out and see what you think.

They have a facebook page as well:  https://www.facebook.com/broodfarm


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

bww - baby parts

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

bww - sunset

Monday, July 28, 2014

happy 2 years to Kisses and Skittles

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Day 5 - grateful challenge

Ah . . . you thought I forgot about the last day of the challenge?  No, I just didn't want my black and white Wednesday linkers to miss out on the cute little Tootsie Roll photos.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

bww - i got a great idea

Day 4 - grateful challenge

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