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My promise of “more blogging and less Instagram[ing]” hasn’t yet happened so here’s a peek at everyday life since my last personal post. Everyday life is winding down from the autumn session frenzy… in fact, my final edits should be completed TODAY! Time in the kitchen keeps me grounded and I have been intentional about creating a sense of warmth and coziness inside as the temps continue to drop outside. Cinnamon, apples, roasted turkey breast, and egg not chai lattes are in rotation. Seasonal flavors keep me in the here-and-now. Our college boy is enjoying life and even though he is much closer than last year we see him less. Our youngest will be boarding a flight to NEW YORK tomorrow, marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday (making his appearance around 10:35 am)! The 2017 Winter Weekend Crafting & Relaxing Retreat is around the corner (THERE IS STILL AN OPEN SPOT FYI!) and I have been making preparations for it as well, accumulating gifts and crafting supplies. I turned the family advent calendar into a personal BE LOVE quest and can’t wait for December to roll around. Speaking of December, every four years or so I create a December Daily album – documenting seasonal traditions and daily moments. I’m doing things differently this time, documenting everything in Ali Edwards’ December Daily Journal before diving into the project. Annnnnnnd to top it all off, I am feeling so much better these days – surely signs that my copper and iron levels have moved back into the normal range (earlier this year I struggled with persistent anemia, further testing revealed leukopenia & a copper deficiency).

Grateful for so much this season: cozy pink sweatshirts, big sweaters, IF:Table, being paid to eat good food in a recent marketing study, date nights with Tony, boomerang blessings, sunshine, apple cake w/maple caramel ice cream, sour cream raisin pie, fun mail, a night on the couch with my entire family, dinner/drinks with friends in town, Sunday morning worship, Spotify playlists, stolen hugs, and celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary with family last night.

All good. So very good.

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red for scarlet | minnesota family photographer

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Here’s a quick peek at a recent session with a family close to my heart.

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At a location very dear to them.

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Jenny wanted to make sure Scarlet was included.

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So we weaved in all sorts of meaningful reminders throughout.

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Here are a few more of my favorites:

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Thanks again for the special afternoon, Jenny!

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I met my cousin Jennifer and her darling little family for a session in Minneapolis a few weeks ago.

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The girls braved the cold with the help of their momma’s knitting skills (LOVE THE HATS!) and the promise of hot chocolate.

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Here’s a peek at a few more from our time together:

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Thanks again for the fun, fun afternoon!

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it’s that time of year

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Time to reflect on what has worked and what hasn’t in the last year.  What do I want more of?  What do I need less of?

Time to start dreaming about the weeks, months, and year ahead.  What has been tugging at me?  What makes my heart soar?

Time to consider what is most important to me this holiday season.  What do I want to radiate?  What do I want for my family, friends, and the world around me?  What are some steps I could take to get a little closer to that vision?

Time to be mindful about spending.  How can I create a sense of warmth and coziness this season without breaking our family budget?  How can I reduce in all-about-me areas to make more room for others?  Am I motivated by the desire to bless others or acting out of obligation?

Time to put the phone down and attack neglected projects.  Which areas of overflow should I hit first (drawers, cabinets, school papers or closets)?

Time to review the way I have been living.  Am I moving through the days with intention?  Am I taking time each day to write?  Am I spending time in God’s word?  Am I talking and listening to God?  Am I taking steps to reach out to others even when it’s out of my comfort zone?  Am I mindful of those hurting around me?  Am I being a light in this dark-at-times world?

Time to zero in on my word for next year.  What repeated themes have I noticed in my journal?  What words keep coming to mind?  When reading through the definitions for each word, which parts speak most to me?  What are the antonyms and synonyms for each word?  Which word will best help me move towards my goals?

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Making plans to cultivate the things that matter most is the heart of Lara Casey’s mission.  If you haven’t a clue where to begin, I highly recommend investing in (and working through) her PowerSheets in 2018!  You will find details HERE.

[The images above were captured a couple of weeks ago, I believe this was our 14th year mingling with neighborhood peeps on Halloween!  The sweet little family above is one of my favorite parts, they stop by every year in cleverly coordinated costumes.]

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elizabeth | minnesota high school senior photographer

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My last senior session of the season took place a few weeks ago at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  Elizabeth is the daughter of a bible study friend.

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A lovely young woman inside and out.

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Here’s a peek at some of my favorite images from our time together:

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Have a great senior year, Elizabeth!

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