Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mother's day is coming up... are you prepared?

 Ah mother's day.  It's coming fast people!  My sis in law and I decided to start a tradition a few years ago, of gathering our hoodlums together and doing a little photo shoot, then giving the pictures to my mama.  This year we decided to coordinate our girls.  Both in mint jeans, brown boots and gray tops.  So fun.  We spent about seven minutes doing this because my niece is two and does the most adorable cheese face smile then she's done and ready to run. 

I remember the days.  Ha!  We worked fast and I think my mama liked them.  This top picture was my fave because they are all laughing and my niece is throwing her head back.  Just hysterical. 
 We gave her a dandelion to distract her and this shot was accidental.  Sometimes those are the best kinds.  You should have seen me instructing Joe and Ava "Smile no matter what and just keep smiling until I tell you to stop!"  They were good sports and they adore this baby niece of theirs.  Sometimes my heart bursts watching them with their little cousins. They are so tender and sweet, always quick to give piggy back rides and play chase. 

 Yeah, Joe thinks she's pretty special.  You can see it written all over his face.  I love this shot of him and it's coming out at his wedding some day.  (Will probably embarrass both of them! Ha!)
 The cheese face. I think she was even saying, "cheeeezze!"  Seriously is this not the best?! You work with what you've got and that's how you get the shots you love.
 Then she ran off for a minute to get a bite of bribery candy and Joe pretended to be over the whole thing. That kid cracks me up!
One final shot before we were done.  I can't wait to see a big stack of these mother's day photos someday and see how all of our kiddos have grown up. 
If you need a great idea for Mother's day-(or for yourself for mother's day- or just whenever) look no further than Lisa Leonard's shop!  She has got the most darling items in stock.  This one is my favorite.  A mother's unbreakable heart. (I think this one spoke to me as we have been going through a particularly rough patch with one of my darlings lately and I'm realizing exactly what unconditional love really is. It is a beautiful thing, and makes me so grateful for the unconditional love of God the Father.  Doesn't motherhood teach you so much about God's love for us?  So thankful...)

If you would like to grab something from Lisa's shop, she is offering all of you sweet readers of mine a coupon code good for a 20% discount in her shop!  Isn't that the best?!  I love her heart so much and she is so encouraging and generous.  She is just a dear lady and her story as a mama inspires me constantly and I LOVE supporting her in her business.  This coupon is good until May 7th so don't dally!  Use "sunshine" when you place your orders here, to use this offer.  
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  1. I just LOVE the dandelion shot....Oh my! All the kids have great smiles for sure! :-)

    I love Lisa's stuff, so awesome and thanks for sharing, have a great day.

  2. Sasha, these photos would melt any Momma's heart for sure! I wish I still had a Momma to celebrate on Mother's Day but I am so thankful for the rich heritage she left behind.

    Yes, Lisa Lenard is tops!!!!

    Blessings my dear!

  3. Love the photos!
    Did you notice the heart shape in the lemon?

  4. so cute, her stuff is adorable!! love your kiddo's pix, darling!

  5. Wonderful photos - you are so talented and had the cutest models.

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  7. Nice looking pictures. You can check gift baskets for Mother's Day at
    Best Gift Baskets

  8. Those pics are G-R-E-A-T!!! I cannot believe how mature miss Ava is looking all of a sudden!!!! So crazy how quickly it goes! What a great gift idea for your mama <3 those are going to be treasured gifts for sure!!

    Love Lisa Leonard - heading over there now!!