Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls & one boy. Wife of an undertaker.
Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King. Chicken and goat raiser.
Lover of Jesus and all things pink and vintage. ♥
I’m spending the afternoon with my mom and my girls .. the best way to spend this special day, don’t you think?
I am very blessed to have the mom that I do – I used to call her Princess Mommy when I was little. I still think she’s a princess, but I now realize how much hard work has gone into her royal role. Little did I know until I, too, became a mom!
I consider my mom my friend and I love hanging out and chilling with her, talking and sharing a coffee together. She’s a driven, hard working, exceptionally clean, organized and wonderful woman! My mom, Brenda, is an inspiration to me in many ways – she knows how to set goals and achieve them. She is very generous. She is loving and forgiving. She is a beautiful woman of the Lord.
I would be thrilled if, one day, I can be just like her.
Mom, happy Mother’s Day!
(Mom, the Ls, and I after church this afternoon …)
(New auction below – check it out! Yeah, that’s where I got the title for my post – I know, I’m ridiculous.)
I just got back from another La Tienda party, hosted by my darling mom in Cookstown (about an hour from here) – and this party raised over $875!!!! How exciting! I know Rachel and the ladies of La Tienda will be SO blessed!
They showed a video at this party and I knew right away that I wanted to show it to my blog readers. So many of you have already helped in various ways with La Tienda – either by donating an auction item or donating beads and medical supplies for our trip down there in June (only a few more weeks!!!) or by purchasing the La Tienda jewelry! You guys have all been absolutely amazing.
I feel so honoured to be chosen to go to the D.R. next month and document this ministry in photographs. The whole trip weighs heavy on my heart though … I know I will come home and want to return with MY family and just give it all up here and become a full time volunteer/missionary!… that calling, that desire to be a part of the missions world, is very close to my heart.
I am REALLY hoping that I will find an internet location in the D.R. so I can keep up my blogging while Tamara and I are there … and another photographer suggested I make coffee table books out of the images and I am *SO* going to do that. Great idea! I will create them and sell them with all the proceeds going back into La Tienda. Yeah! 🙂
Watch and see the lives that you are touching, even though we are thousands of miles apart. Be blessed.
Here is a bit of an e-mail that Rachel, the founder of La Tienda, sent out, thanking the ladies who put on last night’s party … I’m sure she won’t mind if I share it here on the blog.
“I’m so thankful ya’ll were so generous with your time and energy, setting all that stuff up, and hosting the party. The thing is it actually does make a difference to the women. If you could meet Ismena or Jislena you would feel so PLEASED by all the work that you’ve put into all of this. Ismena is so faithful and trusting, even when I act crazy, and was always willing to work with 100% effort even when there was no money to be had. She works on those cards. Oh if you met her it would give you SO much life and inspiration. and Jislena and Anise who spend most of the afternoon Laughing at me and rolling their eyes, but still come in EVERY day, on time, to make paper.
Just know that even though you don’t get to meet these wonderful women you are blessing, that you are impacting their lives and the lives of their children. And MY life. I’m totally flabbergasted by the enthusiasm and faithfulness, and excited by it too, because it gives me hope that we can do something to help people if we co-operate. Which is cool news. It really is Glory to Christ when we co-operate to serve others in his name. When I run into the co-op today I’m going to tell the women the good news, and we will all life our hands in prayer and thank Jesus for providing our needs.”
Another way – besides the jewelry parties – that we can help out the work of La Tienda is through our ONLINE AUCTIONS! Have you been following them?! They are so fun and TONS of FABULOUS local businesses have donated items that I am auctioning off (virtually – gotta love technology!) to help raise support for La Tienda! 100% of the money raised goes STRAIGHT to the women of La Tienda! How awesome is that?!
This week’s auction is sponsored by Johanis’ Karate School – so all you moms and dads out there, listen up! This auction is for your kiddos!
Here are the fantastically-wonderful details:
Bid on a three month membership to Johanis’ Karate School – specifically for Little Ninjas (ages 3-5) or Kinder Karate – This auction item membership is valued at over $400 (WOW!!!!) , with the opening bid set at $50.
100% of the proceeds of this auction will be donated to help the work of La Tienda, a fair trade co-op art store, located in the Dominican Republic. La Tienda.
Located in Orangeville, Ontario, Johanis’ Karate School will help develop positve and social defense skills in your child, all in a friendly, high energy and structured setting. This membership is welcome to new members only.
The winning bidder should contact Gillian Gauthier (that’s me!) at firstname.lastname@example.org to finalize their payment and receive their membership.
A baby girl…one of the most beautiful miracles in life, one of the greatest joys we can ever know,
and one of the reasons why there is a little extra sunshine, laughter and happiness in your world today.
— Author Unknown
Can you believe this Adorable-Cute-Pregnant-Goddess is already past 30 weeks? Keri, you are SOOO cute with your tiny baby bump … and I’m just THRILLED that you are having a third girl to enhance your beautiful-pink-world.
Hard to believe you’re due soon,Keri! Your little baby bump is so tiny!
Wow. Can you say GORGEOUS?!?!
I cannot wait to meet your sweet baby girl … in the meantime, enjoy this beautiful baby bump (despite lack of sleep, back pain and tired feet – how I remember those days well!) – these truly are precious days!
When I got the call to book in these two gorgeous ladies for their band photos, I just KNEW we would have fun.
I mean – c’mon!!!!! Guitars, fields, beautiful ladies, pooped-on-by-birds-dirty-old rustic couch, gorgeous lighting – my cup of tea!
The photos are to be used for their website and marketing tools, CDs, etc. Together, Connie Rossitter and Beth Hamilton (who many of you may recognize – yay Beth!!) make up Beckon, a gorgeously-smooth-sounding group of musicians, based out of the Owen Sound area.
We had SUCH a blast with their session and I just LOVE the results …
They were troopers … see those little annoying flying things in the photo? Those were blackflies! No joke. They would sing and then choke on a fly! Very nice. Good thing they are country girls and could laugh despite the ambush of little flying bugs.
Watch for these girls … they are up and coming for sure! They sang a bit for me while we were shooting and I just LOVE their voices…! I can’t wait to get my hands on their CD!
Beth & Connie, you gals were AWESOME to work with! SO much fun! I can’t wait to reveal your full gallery to you – and don’t worry – I can edit out the blackflies!
Also, because it’s a gorgeous Monday, let’s do a giveaway! I was so excited to find this website the other day and I cannot WAIT to get my girls’ silhouettes done – alas, I have to wait until their hair grows in a bit more (you all remember the tragic hair cutting incident?)
These are SO original and so darling, that I think EVERY mother and grandmother should have them on their walls, on their desk, on their dressers …
Using your child’s side profile image, the wonderful folks at Simply Silhouettes create a magical, timeless heirloom to be cherished for years to come.
Can you just picture these lined up on the top of your piano or on your favourite bookshelf in your house? They are DARLING! They are completely customizable and printed on archival premium matte paper using archival inks designed to last 100+ yrs.
This week’s winner will receive a complimentary 8×10 print – all by entering your name into this week’s giveaway! How do you do that? Simple. Just leave a comment here on this post and at the end of the week, I will use a random number generator to determine the lucky winner.
A big thank you to Angela Flynn of Simply Silhouettes for hosting this week’s giveaway, despite the crazy orders she’s already receiving for Mother’s Day! Make sure you check out her website at: Simply Silhouettes.