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Baby Wren And The Greatest Gift

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When Vanessa and I received this book…..we were both heart eyes over the illustrations that grace the cover and the inside pages in this book. And then to have the book written by the wonderful Sally Lloyd-Jones….we were sold. What a fabulous combination!

I absolutely loved this book. Not only is it a beautiful truth for our children to learn and grab hold of at such a young age, but as an adult and mother…..this message was for me too.

My favorite line in the book is this: “What Can I Do Thats Wonderful?”

Throughout the book, this baby bird was in awe of creation. She started to question why she couldn’t do certain things that only specific animals could do. Isn’t this true in our own world? It’s easy to look around and compare ourselves to other peoples highlight reel, strengths and talents.

The question we should all be asking ourselves is……What Is WONDERFUL about us? What is our unique talent and gift….that we were CREATED for?

Especially since moving to Montana……the outdoors have become so inspiring to me and I love seeing Ezra explore and run wild and free. It’s usually on days at the lake at our family cabin….that we have some really special conversations. We are away from the hustle and the noise…..and Ezra asks all sorts of questions about nature and life, itself. So, it seemed like the perfect book to bring to the cabin, where we see lots of birds, bugs and fish…….which this books so beautiful illustrates.

IMG_7635IMG_7583IMG_7617IMG_7597IMG_7599IMG_7628IMG_7629IMG_7631IMG_7626IMG_7619IMG_7608IMG_7596I’ve recently decided to gift all kids in our life, BOOKS! [Can I get an AMEN for no more plastic toys? Im personally trying to minimize the clutter that comes with having a toddler.] I love picking out unique hardcover books….and Ezra is quite the helper. If you’re looking for a perfect birthday gift or just another great book to add to you childs library- this is one I highly recommend. Honestly. For quick reference, you can purchase this book here.

Easter Is Coming!

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Easter greets us early this year. If you haven’t already looked at your calendar, Easter falls on March 27th!

What I love most about our partnership with Zondervan Publishing is that we’ve been introduced to so many wonderful books, especially themed books around the holidays. They’ve been such helpful resources to us….as we’ve introduced such special Holidays to our toddlers. We’ve truly loved reading these books to our little ones, while adding to their library collection…….and at the same time, getting the opportunity to share these book titles with you!
IMG_6455I was really excited to receive the Angels in the Bible Storybook. We talk about Heaven often…..and how angels are all around us. The cover of this book is absolutely beautiful. Since Ezra isn’t reading yet…..this has just been a great book for me to read to him in the mornings. And for all you homeschool moms…..I think this would be a GREAT resource as you study the stories of Angels in the Bible.
IMG_6448Oh Berenstain Bears…..you are always welcomed and loved in our home. This book was a sweet one. Ezra loved the illustrations and I appreciated the way it touched on Easter eggs hunts and candy, but was intentional about those things not being the focus of Easter.
IMG_6470IMG_6431Curating a book collection for Ezra has been something that I’ve truly enjoyed this year. I recently purchased this magazine rack from PB Kids to neatly display his books. A friend of mine, who has encouraged me to point Ezra to reading/books since the day he was born…..also made it a point to tell me how important it was for kids to see the cover of books. The spines of books aren’t as interesting for our little ones……so this is how I’ve displayed books and I often swap them out with other books we already own- just to keep it fresh!

Also….instead of buying toys as birthday presents…..I’ve let Ezra pick a book out for his little buddies most recent birthdays. We’re all about books these days.
IMG_6426IMG_6422What are a few of your favorite childrens books? How do you display books for your little ones? And how will you be celebrating Easter this year?

Thankful

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Give THANKS to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. -Psalm 107:1

Thankfulness is a popular topic this time of year, as we are quickly approaching Thanksgiving. However, we all know that an attitude of gratitude will serve us well as we enter each new day. Every day. All year round.

Being THANKFUL is something that Ezra and I talk about often. Its the core foundation of our prayers…

In this book “Thankful” by Eileen Spinelli, she reminds us that we have so much to be thankful for. I love that she focused on the little things- found in everyday life. Its not just about the big things…..

The big things are easier to spot and be thankful for, but the little things- the little ways that God shows up and shows His love can often missed, if we aren’t intentional about always looking around us. Never taking anything for granted.

As the leaves have changed colors and fallen to the ground….we took some time and walked around our new neighborhood. We actually read this book in a big pile of leaves! It was super fun to get outside and outside of our normal routine. Who reads books in a pile of leaves? WE DO! The golden colors and endless shapes that can be found in the leaves are truly amazing. We serve such a creative and inspiring God. I love that we get to see glimpses of Him, in our everyday.

Vanessa and I consider it a privilege to be partnered with ZonderKids. We consider it an honor to be able to read new books to our children and share such golden gems with you, as you build your own library with and for you kids.

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The Fern, The Feather & The Fox

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Theres nothing greater than seeing your work in print. Whether its a wall print, hanging in a clients home or gracing pages of a magazine.

Im thrilled to finally be able to share images of this photoshoot from last summer. It was REALLY hard to keep this hidden on my hard drive, anxiously awaiting to see it in print….in a beautiful publication called SMITTEN MAGAZINE. VOL 12 was just released and you can view the entire magazine online, or purchase a copy to be held in your hands. Whats even more exciting is that you can not only find one feature of mine, but TWO in this gorgeous magazine, available worldwide.

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This was a collaboration between Darci & Arden of Beargrass Gardens and I. Our gaol was simple….to create something that inspired us deeply. To create and dream on a whole new level. To push boundaries and stretch far from our comfort zones. A personal project that we would put 100% of our heart into…..

When deciding on a theme, Darci instantly thought of “FORAGING”.  Finding beautiful and natural florals and botanicals growing right in her backyard.  Darci and Arden woke up early the day of the shoot and explored the woods and their property to find what would make up everything for our beautiful Bride.  We were all truly inspired and with this styled shoot, and our hope is to inspire others to simply look at their surroundings and imagine what can be created with the beautiful “basics” the Earth provides. I mean, we live in Montana and what better place to find natural treasures and photographing them in their element.

It’s truly an honor to have these images grace SMITTEN MAGAZINE. Thank you to Becky for choosing this to be included in Vol 12.

Below are a few of my favorite images from this shoot.

Photography: Kelli Trontel
Styling & Florals: Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events
Dress: Gossamer
Ribbon: Silk & Willow
Model: Brooke O’Briant

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ZONDERKIDZ BEGINNERS BIBLE!

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It truly is an honor to join in on the 25th year celebration of Zonderkidz Beginners Bible Series. What a blessing and privilege it is to have access to such great tools as we raise up our little arrows, pointing them towards the target, which is Jesus.

It’s easy to take a freedom that we’ve always known….for granted. But seriously, think about it….this freedom of ours isn’t a legal freedom for everyone in other parts of the world. Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian publications and they’ve been committed to this vision from their very beginning. These resources are for us…..as we teach our children about Jesus.

I love so many things about this Beginners Bible series. From the board books to activity coloring books. These are perfect for Ezra, at this toddler stage that we are in. The Book of Prayers [which is a board book] is one of my favorites! This melts my heart!!

So, we honor and celebrate Zondervan & ZonderKidz for the investment they are making on our lives and future generations. Check out their website for all sorts of helpful resources as we pour into our families.

IMG_3913IMG_3920zonderkidz beginners bibleIMG_3945IMG_3946Ezra really loves to pray over our dinner each night. He always prays for mommy, daddy, his family, friends and “people everywhere.”
IMG_3955IMG_3962THANKFULNESS is something we’ve been talking with Ezra about lately. I love the way that Ezra thanks Jesus for EVERYTHING! He’s reminding me to be thankful for all the little things in life….like the trees, the roads we drive on, our car, the clouds, the blue sky, our house ect….
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**A monthly collaboration between K&V and Zondervan Book Publishers.