Our Pink World.

**Just a quick note for clients: if you are curious about the status of your orders, Heather, my beautiful friend and helper who also JUST had a baby herself (she’s amazing!), has been working diligently getting all the orders placed over the past two weeks and we will be packaging up and mailing out orders shortly … we are working our little bums off over here to ensure you get everything in due time! Thank you for your patience! Please anticipate a bit ofย  delay as having a baby, labour, sleepless nights, nursing, four little kids, etc. does take a lot of my energy right now … ๐Ÿ˜‰ …but we have NOT forgotten about you …!

Because of how lovely and precious and AMAZING this time is with a newborn in the house again, I will not be booking any sessions until after Christmas. I LOVE taking December off with my family and enjoying the Christmas season- and that is one of the amazing benefits of this job. I feel so blessed to be able to focus on my kids and my family during the holiday season – there’s nothing like it! The years and days go by so quickly – I just want to cherish all those moments!!

I will post a notice when I’m able to book sessions again – ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Thank you for your patience!!*

I’m sitting here in my kitchen, listening to the quiet of the house. the only noise I can hear is the sound of the kitchen clock ticking away, the humming of the fridge and the gentle sweet squeaks from Lovelyn, who is snuggled up against my chest in a wrap. (I love baby wearing!) Abby has taken the other three girls to piano lessons and I have 1/2 an hour of this peaceful quiet.
Life has been amazingly FULL and blessed over the past two weeks. Amazingly busy but lovely. Things are starting to settle down now and we’re getting back into a regular routine of homeschooling, piano lessons, and life in general. I’m slowly becoming a bit more tired each day ๐Ÿ™‚ but am also remembering how *short* this time is in the newborn stage and honestly do not wish it away in exchange for more restful nights and energetic days.
Since Lovelyn was born, I’ve been thinking a lot about parenting … about mothering. About what it means to raise our little kids. To nurture and direct these amazing little lives. I’m doing a study with a great group fo ladies right now on the Power of Motherhood. One thing we discussed at our last get-together was how our children are little mirrors of ourselves. So if there is something you want changed in your kids, you better change it first in you!
I don’t know about you, but one thing I need to change the most is patience. Especially now as I am entering the newborn-tired-exhausted-but-must-keep-on-foggy-phase. All you moms out there know what I’m talking about, right? [Please tell me you do.]

I ask my girls to be patient with each other all the time. I ask them to share. I tell them they need to wait their turns and not speak mean words and to love each other.

And I too need to work on my own life in similar areas. How it never struck me before that our children mimic our own lives is beyond me … what a simple truth! Hyper parents have energetic kids. Calm, reserved parents usually have calm kids. Artistic parents often produce children who love to paint and dance and create.
Likewise, the negative characteristics of our personalities are reflected in our children.

Want to know what you need to work on? Study your own child and you’ll soon find out!

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you;
worry that they are always watching you.”

~Robert Fulghum

I managed to get the girls ready for a brief photo session in the studio yesterday. They were great listeners (yay!) and are definitely pros at holding their little sister. [This is something I have to watch as my 4 year old has shown me she certainly knows how to take Lovelyn out of the car seat and carry her across the room to the swing. I nearly died!]

This is my Christmas present, friends. Seriously. I am getting this on canvas and will treasure it FOR-EVER. and EVER. and EVER…

Lovelyn is two weeks old today!!!! I love that she has been in our life for two weeks (well, really, 10 months!) and we KNOW our family would not be complete without her.

She’s still an itty bitty 4 lbs 9 oz – she’s a pleasure to hold – like holding a little toy doll in your arms ….

tired after her photo shoot with her sisters ….

P.S. I am thinking of painting the studio pink – what do you think? Is that too much? Think shabby chic. ๐Ÿ˜‰

October 27, 2010 - 9:28 am

Nancy Love reading your blog!! Love, love your photos!!! Just stunning!! Your girls are absolutely beautiful and precious! Congratulations!! Lovelyn is so cute, makes me want another baby..but our family is complete!

October 27, 2010 - 1:19 am

Tabitha OMG what a precious image!!! And yes – we all know that tired as heck, foggy sleep deprived phase! And it’s amazing what are slightly older children can do! Lach also scooped Eachann out his car seat and was carrying/dragging him around the house, LOL. He’s not broken yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

October 26, 2010 - 11:19 pm

Mich I like your Gramma’s comment G, I too, have run out of words for your pics. I am in awe of the all L’s pic. It is just beyond beautiful and you SO DESERVE to give yourself and your home a canvas of that for Christmas. What a wonderful pic to treasure forever. I could not agree more that our children really are little shadows of us Mama’s walking around. I am definitely trying to look at myself more often.

October 26, 2010 - 10:26 pm

Nancy I absolutely adore the pictures and your updates. The picture of the 4 L’s is stunning and may you have many more blessings and memories to cherish with your entire family. Thank you for the update regarding orders….excited and anxious to know that part of Christmas shopping has been completed.
I have a little something for all your girls and will deliver when the order is ready for pick up.
All the best to you and your family…and thank you for being you!!

October 26, 2010 - 7:09 pm

Grandma Gerr I have run out of words to complement your pictures!
They are so amazing!! xx

October 26, 2010 - 3:55 pm

Brenda (Gillian’s Mom) OH MY GOODNESS!! These are the sweetest pictures!! I never think they could get sweeter but they do!!! GILLIAN, I WANT A CANVAS OF THE TOP ONE – for Christmas!! Pretty please ,….. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That can be dad & I’s gift, ok? ๐Ÿ˜€
And yes, you are so right …. it works for every relationship too …. change ourselves first and we will see the other person change! xo

October 26, 2010 - 3:06 pm

Samantha Fizzard These photos are beautiful! Love the one of all four L’s! They are all such gorgeous girls! Abby sure is going to have his hands full!!

October 26, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Petra Oh YAY! I get to be the first to comment!
A brilliant Christmas present – self-gifting is SO 2010!
And 4lb 9…? How are you finding onesies to fit the luscious Lovelyn?! Hope you’re well.

October 26, 2010 - 2:53 pm

krista beautiful world of PINK!!!!! love it! you can go on my pics on facebook to see how much I love pink! I “die” to have pink around so i put it on me! lol

October 26, 2010 - 2:35 pm

Lori I have sworn up and down for many years that I am done having children – well Gillian, you did it!! I am reconsidering. Love the pics. You truly are blessed ๐Ÿ™‚

October 26, 2010 - 2:23 pm

Lori Love, love the sisterly love shot!! Brought tears to my eyes!
Absolutly beautiful and is a great present to yourself for your home!
Happy Birthday dear lovelyn!!!

October 26, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Justyna what a gorgeous family. ๐Ÿ™‚ so true about modeling good behaviour, that’s always a good reminder.

October 26, 2010 - 2:07 pm

Sherri Pink & creme? Very soothing. Love your picture with all your girls. They sure love their littlest sister. Wonderful memories for you too! <3

October 26, 2010 - 2:00 pm

Erin What a beautiful picture of all your girls. It is truly priceless!! I am reading “The 5 Love Languages of your children” and it is amazing! Just a suggestion for your women’s group. It has really opened my eyes on my parenting!!

October 26, 2010 - 1:59 pm

Jen go for it – painting the office, I mean… I just painted my purple and I LOVE it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your pics brighten my day Gillian!

October 26, 2010 - 1:42 pm

Tammy The picture of your four girls is one of the most angelic pictures that I have ever seen. I agree with you about taking the christmas season off. This is one of the most magical times of the year and children make the season much more special.

October 26, 2010 - 1:35 pm

Lori G Oooo I just adore that photo of all your wee ones together! You are a very lucky mom indeed!! I can only hope with all of my heart & soul to have a child of my own someday & to know what being a *mommy* is all about…..
BTW…I like that bit on children are little mirrors of ourselves….it is so very true!!!

October 26, 2010 - 1:29 pm

Beate Gillian, this is just precious! I have been following your blog for over a year and it is such a beautiful place. I love your images and when you share about your family and how candid you are. You are such an inspiration. Congratulations on little Lovelyn.

October 26, 2010 - 1:28 pm

Brittany Your family is so beautiful!!! I am much too young to begin a family of my own but I have followed your work for about a year now and I hope I have many of the qualities you have as a mother. I just know all of your girls will grow up to be beautiful women (not just on the outside) ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on your new bundle of joy.

October 26, 2010 - 1:17 pm

Tara C I completely agree about the comment ‘Children are little mirrors of ourselves’. With life being SO hectic lately (and it’s only going to get more crazy..just in a different way) I’ve had quite a few Mommy fail moments and then cried and had to apologize to my children for my behaviour. I want my children to listen to me…but do I take the time to listen to them?? Thank you for this reminder. Something I really needed this week. I still can’t get over how tiny your little Lovelyn is – SO precious!! That picture of your 4 girls as a canvas is going to be absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy the newborn stage and this time off with your girls. Life really does fly by.

October 26, 2010 - 1:14 pm

Stacey Janzen I absolutely love following you on facebook and blog <3 You and your family are so amazing… By the way- loooooooove PINK… So you have my vote ; )