Book Party *The BFG*

Well we started the BFG back in November I think! I honestly don’t even remember. The combination of life, Christmas, kids getting sick, and the insane tongue twisters in the book, we finally finished it 3 months later!!! I wanted to celebrate with the kids (because really, who doesn’t like a party) so we bought the movie, got a few supplies from the grocery store and decide to have a book party!

I got Salem and Shiloh a sketch book strictly for the books we read (and I realized that was absolutely not okay! Judah NEEDED one.. or so he told me about 50 times). If they felt like it, they would open their books during the story and draw either what I was currently reading, or what I had read previously. They really seemed to enjoy following along with their own drawings. We are reading The Secret Garden next and I think I might have to purchase my own sketch book for that one!!

During the day today, we drew giant footprints and hand prints in the dirt and decorated them with rocks and flowers. We hopped back and forth from one foot print to another, and we imagined how tall the giants would be by looking at different tree branches. I needed a little bit of time to set up the party so the 3 big ones watched a show in the family room while Jasper finished up his nap. I was working as fast as I could to get it all together since I only had just a bit of quiet time. I was working so fast that I noticed that I spelled one of the words wrong. So just to address that, yes it IS frobscottle and yes I DID write frobsquattle. I blame it on the exhaustion.

Here are a few pictures from the party!

The Frobscottle is Mountain Dew with green sprinkles to give it that fizz!

Salem chomping down on some snozzcumbers!

Judah went on to show us all what happens when you drink frobscottle!!

Salem and Shiloh drew their own dreams and labeled them. “Judah Destroys the Earth” and “Mom’s Hard Day.”

Gee, I wonder how she got that idea….

Jaspy woke up and couldn’t miss out on the fun!

After the laughter died down, we went on to talk about our dreams. Our hopes. Our wishes. We talked and I wrote a few of them down and placed them in their dream jar. They had so much fun decorating them, and I loved hearing the things that they wanted to achieve.

Shiloh found some rope and we decided Salem was one of the mean giants and tied him up! Then they all turned on me!

When Jeff got home, we sat down with some subs and turned on the movie. It was super cute but the kids were amazed at how different it was from the book. Salem kept yelling,”That didn’t happen right!”

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies here. It’s not always peaceful. Perfect kids that never fight and always listen tentatively to every page you read just aren’t real. It is a home full of effort though. Lately, The Lord has been showing me about peace from discipline. If you work for peace, it comes. It rests on you. It comforts you. I haven’t touched the surface of what I know He wants for me, I mean hell, I yelled at Shiloh this afternoon for crying! Crying! Lol! The correct response sometimes is the HARDEST one!! What I am trying to say with all of this rambling is that something as simple as reading a book and having a book party can bring your home real peace. It is about togetherness. It is about doing something fun with your children and for your children that they will remember. Who cares if they remember the thematic or literary elements of the book and all of the meanings and messages behind it?! They will always remember the celebrations and the pride of finishing something as a family. That is something that I will remember too. Because after all, I am growing with them too.

We are starting The Secret Garden this week! I hope to be done by April, just in time to start planting our own garden. If anyone wants to join us, you best believe there will be a party to celebrate afterwards!!!

Family camping trip.

We had about 2 days last weekend to completely spend together. TOGETHER. NO WORK, NO CELL RECEPTION, JUST US.

It was pretty great. I have been mentally preparing myself for homeschool life in the fall next year so I wanted to test out a few of the things/lessons we will be doing in homeschool and this short trip was the perfect place to do it. I will go into why we are homeschooling next year in another post sometime soon… I honestly just don’t have time (or the mental endurance to type out words) to go into it for this post. I will say though, that it was completely Jesus. It was not part of the plan and I will need His help every second of this homeschool experience BUT I am super excited about it!

One of the main goals of our homeschool program is to enjoy and study nature. You look at the world around you, talk about it, ask questions, and even draw and write about your explorations and findings. We got to put this in to practice and my little creative artist heart is exploding with every new page the kids draw in their nature journals. Even if you don’t plan on ever homeschooling, I strongly encourage you to do this with your children! It is so rewarding!

Here is our sweet little weekend.

 

 

I made a little video of our hike too. It is super cute so if you aren’t tired of looking at my kids, check it out! Lol!! Thanks for letting me share some of my personal life with you!

Cayla and Travis *Engagement Session*

I am just so excited about these engagement photos! Indian Springs State Park was the absolute perfect place to shoot on this chilly evening. I love the color in the trees during the sunset, and then the wintery feel of the landscape after the sun sunk behind the earth. Cayla and Travis definitely had to cuddle up to stay warm, but I don’t think they minded 😉

I hope you guys enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed spending the afternoon with you both, getting to know you and photographing your love story! I am so looking forward to the wedding next summer!

I can’t wait for July!!!

Mandy and Zack 11*5*16

I mean seriously. The day couldn’t have been more perfect. A Cool breeze, the warm sun, and all of the glowing leaves in all of their fall glory. It was the perfect day for a wedding. The perfect day for Mandy and Zack’s wedding.

This couple is THE CUTEST. They kept me laughing throughout their engagement session this summer and their playful flirtatious love is something that is such a joy to photograph. I was super excited for the wedding just as I am sooo super excited to share these images!! Mandy is gorgeous, the venue (which is Zack’s parent’s house!!!) is as cute as can be, and the connection these two share is just beautiful.

Congratulations on your beginning, Mr. and Mrs. Massey!

Zack and Mandy decided to do a first look before the ceremony. It was the sweetest most intimate time of the day and I just love the way the pictures turned out.

 

Congratulations guys! It was an honor to capture your big day!!!

XOXO-

Courtney

Song of Solomon Bridal Session

I have so much to say about this session. I’m not a writer though, I am a photographer, so bare with me.

About five months ago, God gave me this vision of a Song of Solomon themed stylized session. I knew that I was supposed to do it and I knew that The Lord wanted to bless my heart, the hearts of others, and also my business with this session. I had a goal in mind for my business and that was to get the photos published. I styled the entire session myself and worked with the most AMAZING vendors that helped bring this vision of mine to life. This session reflects my style as a photographer as well as my heart and who I am as a person. Jesus is the lover of my soul and he will always be my first love. The book in the bible, Song of Solomon will always have a special place in my heart and the goal for my heart with this session is to minister to others. My prayer is that these photos would be a visual representation of Song of Solomon and that Jesus’ love would be poured out into the hearts of all who view them.

So now you know the “why” let me talk about the “who.”

Pepper Sprout Barn is the loveliest little venue in the Jackson/Locust Grove area. Though I mainly used the field by the pecan tree for this session, they have a gorgeous barn that is used for weddings. They are the sweetest people to work with and Kristi – the “Day Of” coordinator was super helpful with everything.

Twigs, Leaves, and Flowers did the floral design and I COULD NOT be happier with the way they turned out. We talked on the phone and sent a few messages and she. got. me. When she pulled up to the venue with all of the arrangements, I just about fell out. Cyndi is just fabulous and she was such a blessing to work with.

I can’t rave enough about my sister Chandler Price and her incredible talent with hair and make up. She is just wonderful. You will soon see the amazingness of her talent in the photos below. There is no one else that I would have picked to do the hair and make up for this session.

I had the most amazing assistants that literally kept me from falling while I was taking shots over the table. Thank you so much to Erin and Bailey!

And lastly, the GORGEOUS -and real life married couple- models. I have known Micah and Lindsey for as long as I can remember and I couldn’t have asked for better models. Their love for the Lord and love for each other is something that is rarely seen. They are truly beautiful people, inside and out. *Fun fact* the first time that Micah saw Lindsey that day was captured in the photos below. It was almost like a second wedding day for them.

We prayed before the session. Worship music played throughout the night. Scriptures were read aloud during the shoot and the poses were inspired by those words. I hope this visual of Song of Solomon touches your heart the way it has touched mine. Thank you Jesus for your love and devotion to us, even when we are so undeserving. You are good.

“Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade and his fruit is sweet to my taste. He has brought me to the banqueting table and his banner over me is love.” SOS 2:3-4

“Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love.”

SOS 2:5

“How beautiful you are my darling! Oh how beautiful! Your eyes are like doves.” SOS 1:15

“Arise, my darling, my beautiful one and come with me. See! The winter is past, the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth. The season of singing has come.” SOS 2:10-12

“My beloved is mine and I am his.” SOS 2:16

“Let him kiss me with this kisses of his mouth, for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes, your name is like perfume poured out.” SOS 1:2-3

“We rejoice and delight in you. We will praise your love more than wine.” SOS 1:4

“My beloved is radiant, outstanding among ten-thousand.” SOS 5:10

“His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.” SOS 2:6

“All beautiful you are my darling. There is no flaw in you. You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride. With one glance of your eye, with one jewel of your necklace.” SOS 4:9

“I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me.” SOS 7:10

“Who is this, coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved.” SOS 8:5

“You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride. You are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain. Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits.” SOS 4:12

“Place me as a seal upon your heart, like a seal upon your arm for love is as strong as death, it’s jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love. Many rivers cannot wash it away.” SOS 8:6

“…….HIS banner over me is LOVE.”

Susan Randolph - October 3, 2016 - 5:28 pm

Beautiful expression of Love!

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