Weekly Image of Life: Children and Their Gifts

Psalm 127:3 (NLT) Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

A little over 9 months ago, my husband and I were blessed with the greatest gift.  A sweet baby girl who makes us wonder how we ever lived life without her.  She is my personal sunshine and every day she lights up my life.  I want to remember every milestone and capture every moment, while sharing the happiness she brings me with the people I love the most.

This year, the majority of the gifts we gave for Christmas were pictures of our little family, with my darling daughter at the center of it all.  Our hope was that her sparkling eyes and infectious smile would bring warmth into the hearts of all who received one, and as I share these pictures I hope they do the same for all of you!

All photo credit goes to our incredibly talented friend and professional photographer, Squint Foto, and I hope you’ll take a moment to visit his website:  www.squintfoto.com

Blessings to you all!!

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My personal favorite. They have my heart. xoxo
My personal favorite. They have my heart. xoxo

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!

Monday Motivation: Ain’t No Failures in This House!!

Sometimes we all require a swift kick in the pants, and yesterday my extraodinary husband was there to give me just what I needed…

It’s been exactly 2 months since I began my new, Insanity Workout.  If I would’ve followed the regime to a tee I’d be just about done, but I ran into some hiccups, and the additonal days off have me a bit further behind than I’d like to be in this 60-day plan.  Nonetheless, I’m sticking to it, and the results so far have been excellent!!  Yes, I see a change in my outward appearance, but more importantly I feel better than I have in quite some time.  I’ve been losing weight and toning up, but there was still one goal that alluded me:  I wanted to wear my wedding ring again.

Now I don’t live in a fantasy land, nor do I have unrealistic expectations.  I know that physical change takes time, and that there would be some aspects of my body that would never be the same again.  After all, I had a baby, lol, and I’m ok with that!!  But every so often I’d slip that band on and fight the discouragement as the tight pinching enveloped my finger.  In my mind I’d say “JUST FIT!  Don’t you miss my finger as much as my finger misses you?  Stop being so stubborn!!”  It didn’t listen.

About a week and a half ago it dawned on me that I’d gone nearly a year without being able to wear it.  With an upcoming family photo shoot, and a trip to visit my parents in Georgia, I wanted the symbolic jewelry to adorn my hand once again.  It became obvious that if it meant that much to me I’d need to get it resized.  Ugh.  What a terrible word. Resized.  Stupid Silly, right?  But I’m being honest. Somewhere in my mind I thought that having to make this adjustment meant I had failed.  Maybe I didn’t work hard enough or eat enough of the “right” things.  If only I’d had less off days and pushed myself more.  If only…

This past Saturday we went to the jewelry store  and my husband noticed my excitement.  He would no longer walk alongside a woman with bare hands, and I would look down and that slightly pale indentation would be covered once again.  All systems were go, and within 24 hours I’d be back in action!  But even as we walked back to the car I had to ask the question.  “Kevin, am I a failure?”  He replied “No, of course not!  Get those lies out of your head!”  And I did for the moment, but the next day I was hesistant.  There it was, sitting inside that pretty blue bag, and all I could think about was defeat. 

So I asked my husband again. “Babe, are you sure I’m not a failure? Maybe I could’ve worked harder, maybe I could’ve done more.  Maybe I-” He jumps up from the couch and in a booming voice exclaims  “AIN’T NO FAILURES IN THIS HOUSE! I’m not a failure, you’re not a failure, Alexandra’s not a failure.  Look at this beautiful little girl we created.  Look at how much God loves us.  WE ARE NOT FAILURES!”  I couldn’t help but laugh as his face contorted and his eyes popped out of his head, 😉 but I finally got it through my thick skill.  I was fine.  In fact I was more than fine and it was high time I started acting like it!!

Friends, you are not failures either!!!  You have people in your life who love and appreciate you, and none more so than our Abba Father!!  There are no failures in your house, God’s house, and as my Pastor always says“There are no losers in Christ”!  Believe it, receive it, and remain encouraged in Him!!!

Ring ON as I type this morning! 🙂

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV) But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:37 (NKJV) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Remember, you’re always a winner in Christ!!!

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Weekly Image of Life: October Magic

Hmmm.  October Magic.  What is October Magic?  This challenge almost had me stumped, because I don’t view this month with any particular enthusiasm.  In fact, I always hoped I could fast forward to November so I could celebrate my favorite national holidays (my birthday and Thanksgiving ), but it hasn’t happened yet! 😉

It’s expected to be about 80 degrees tomorrow, and I’m not being swept away by beautiful fall colors or a distinct change of seasons.  Our visit to the pumpkin farm isn’t until this upcoming weekend, so what’s a girl to do?  Then it came to me.  My incredibly talented friend and brother in the Lord, Squint Foto, recently took some pictures of my little darling and they literally took my breathe away!

The “magic” is in these moments, and comes from the reality of knowing I have a relationship with an extraordinary God!!  He’s blessed me with my family and friends, and saw fit to make me the mom of the most precious angel. These special memories will never be forgotten, and I hope you will embrace the gifts that surround you each and every day!!

For more inspired photography please visit www.squintfoto.com

His work is also featured in my “Weekly Image of Life: Passion” and my “Featured” page

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!

Weekly Image of Life: Passion

I am passionate about many things.  Today, however, is a special day and I’d like to share my love, passion, and gratitude for being blessed with the best husband a woman could ask for.  2 years ago my prayers were answered.  It was our wedding day, and family and friends gathered as we entered into this sacred covenantI knew my life would be changed forever, but I couldn’t begin to imagine what the Lord had in store for me!  Because of him I am a wife and a mother.  Because of him I have an earthly sense of the unconditional love God has for me.  He is my spiritual head, my rock and my support.  He is more than I could’ve asked for.  He celebrates the woman I was created to be.

Last year we had a photo shoot to commemorate our first anniversary together.  I’d like to share these photos with you and give a very special thanks to our photographers.  Larry Davis was our wedding photographer and planted this idea in our minds.  I’d heard of a “Trash the Dress” shoot as a symbolic statement that there will only be “one dress for one man”.  The idea of getting all dolled up and getting to frolic about in a pretty dress, greatly appealed to my inner-child.  Besides, who else gets to wear their wedding gown twice? 😉

After a day of going where no bride had gone before, it was time for the grand finale.  Here we were joined by our dear friend and professional photographer, Squint FotoAs my husband’s best man he was unable to take photos on our wedding day.  Let’s just say he more than made up for it!

Want to know a secret?  There were 3 of us in these photos.  Our sweet baby girl was just beginning to grow inside of me.  I’m teary-eyed thinking of how my whole world has been changed.  I love you babe!  2 down…100 more to go.  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

For more brilliant photography, please visit the following sites!:

www.larrydavisphoto.com

www.Squintfoto.com

http://lifeofaministermom.wordpress.com/featured/

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey.  If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!