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Conversations with my Mom…

I am not sure that I should be writing this post right now, because I have been fighting back tears all day…and I can’t say that it was very successful. I just finished spending several days with my Mom since she was able to fly in to Dallas after going to her Silpada conference in Kansas City. (If you want some amazing jewelry, you should check out their website and email her at !)

The first few days were all fun, we eat, laughed, watched Netflix, did lots of shopping, bought cute things for the baby and just had a good time. We had fun with Jeremy all day and then had some girl time in the evening when he would go to work. Last night was our last night and we just sat on the couch and talked, laughed and cried. We talked about the hard times we have come through and the ways that they have shaped our lives and made us the people we are today. Reflecting back on our fun times, and the conversations that we had I realize that the situations in my life have shaped me, but she has shaped me more. I could have never dealt with everything I have faced in my life if it were not for her.

Tears run down my cheeks as I write this post, and I realize now why it was so hard to say goodbye this time. I want to be for my little girl what she is for me: the one who I have laughed with and cried with, the one who has taught me in school and in life, the one who led me to Christ, a best friend and a shoulder to cry on, the best mom she could possible be…

I am so thankful for who she is and pray that I can be to my little girl what she is for me.

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Jeremy Schmucker

I love all three girls in that picture!

Jeremy Schmucker

just notice I think you both have the same Silpada necklace on! lol – like mother like daughter…

Margaret Dorsett

Wow what a beautiful testimony of gratitude. This revelation will bless all 3 in this picture and the one taking the pic, assuming it’s Jeremy. :) Life changing week and inspiring.

Cindy Jones

Moms are so special. It is good that you have realized these things while you are still young. Thanks for sharing.


Loving you and watching you become such a wonderful woman, has been one of the most enjoyable and blessed times in my life. I have seen God do his work in your life, as I have tried to love and guide you on a path with eyes set on Him. When I look at you I see that I have accomplished great things, “but by the grace of God”. I do believe you will continue on this path and do great things not only for your family, but also for God. Kristin, I am very proud of the girl you were, and the woman you have become. I love you.

Megan Andzulis

I started tearing up just reading this! Haha makes me want to spend a day with my mom.

Caitie T

This post almost made ME cry! I feel the same way about my mom! You’d think that saying “bye” would be easier the older you get, but I think it gets harder every time. Thanks for sharing your heart! I love you, Kristin!

Karen Stott

Teared up… amazing post… you are so blessed.

When life hands you lemons…

Well, I guess life didn’t really hand us lemons, but Jeremy and I did make some amazing homemade lemonade today…and it was amazing! We were out this morning with my Mom buying produce when Jeremy saw a big basket of lemons at the fruit market. I suggested we make some homemade lemonade for lunch and Jeremy was all for it. We would need a bunch of lemons, but they were only $0.69 a pound so it wouldn’t be much…right? Well when we got to the cash register, Jeremy realized they were $0.69 each…still a good deal, but it might be some expensive lemonade…oops. :)

Jeremy did an amazing job of squeezing all of the lemons, and we had a ton of fun making it together. I am not sure what was more fun making it or drinking it…

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That lemonade looks amazing!!!

Margaret Dorsett

YOu all know how to enjoy the simple things and that is refreshing:)

Elaine Joy McDonnell

What else did you put into the water besides lemons, if I may ask?

Pretty!! And now I’m totally craving lemonade!

Jeremy Schmucker

@ Elain McDonnell. 8 cups water, 4 squeezed lemons, 1 sliced lemon (pretty for the picture, lol), a squirt of lemon juice, 1 cup of sugar. Yum!

Rebekah Slaughter

I miss you 2…

Damaris Mia

Looks SO yummy!

I love making homemade lemonade…well, limeade. Such a summertime necessity!

Baby Bump

It is hard to believe that it has already been a month since I posted the last picture…things have changed a bit don’t you think???

Here is me at 22 weeks…only 18 weeks to go!

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Margaret Dorsett Ransonette

I’m your mom’s new from the airplane.
You look very much like your mom, in the face that is! My daughter in law is expecting the first of Nov. Your adorable!


you’re BEAUTIFUL!! :)

Stella is getting bigger!

Brandi Hawkins

awwwwwwwwwwww SO SO SO cute! I miss you guys lots!

Kristin Schmucker

We miss you too!

Deborah Z. Parker

yay, congrats:):)!

My Random Life #5

It’s Thursday….Jeremy and I were just talking about how much this week has flown by. I know that if this week flew by, the next will for sure. Tonight Jeremy’s mom will be coming into town and staying at our place until Saturday and then on Sunday, my Mom will be coming in until Thursday…it will be a ton of fun…and I will probably  need a big nap next week.

Speaking of big naps…I have learned that pregnancy makes you more tired. Today while doing some cleaning around the house in preparation for the houseguests and decided to lay down for “just a few minutes”, over an hour later, Jeremy had to come wake me up. I guess I should enjoy my sleep before little miss Stella Grace gets here…lol

I am working on the most fabulous bridal session right now…such a stunning bride. Can’t wait to share all of these gorgeous photos with you in a few weeks when she is a married woman!

Jeremy and I will be taking my mom to Ikea this week…and if you have read my blog recently you know that I think Ikea is better than Disney World. It is going to be a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to see what treasures we will bring home.

Jeremy has been such a trooper with all of the baby shopping that we have been doing. I must admit, I have learned the secret to him being a happy shopper…find anything that references how much our little girl loves her daddy and it is going in the cart. He just can’t resist all the “I love my Daddy” and “Daddy’s little princess” outfits out there…good to know for those long shopping days.

Was that random enough??? Putting up the gorgeous ring shot from the above mentioned bridal session…more to come soon. :)


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Ikea is like Disney World! I could stay there all day. Hope you find lots of goodies :)

Very beautiful ring picture!

There is nothing like a nap! Enjoy it!

I can see Jeremy being that way :) This makes me smile :) Ikea is a wonderful place to go shopping! Worse comes to worse feed him some of their wonderful meatballs! :D

Why I do what I do…

Every once in a while I need a reminder of the reasons that I do what I do. Of course, I do what I do because I love photographing weddings and I love seeing people in love and ready to commit their lives to one another. God has blessed me so much with what I really believe is the greatest job in the world, and I am so thankful that I get to do what I love every day.

Over the past few weeks, I have been getting a little reminder of another reason that I love being a wedding photographer. Everytime I log onto Facebook I see a little status update letting me know who has changed their profile picture. Nothing makes me happier then to look through those little thumbnails and recognize photos that I have taken at engagement sessions and weddings. It makes me smile everytime I see it. I remember the thrill of putting my own wedding photos on Facebook for friends to see and the joy of my mom and sisters with Jeremy and I huddled around a laptop looking at our wedding photos for the first time.

I am a wedding photographer because I love love, and because I want others to feel the joy I felt the first time I looked through our wedding photos. Thank you to all of my clients…I am honored that you have allowed me to be a part of your wedding day…I do what I do because of you.

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I love how the sun is barely gleaming over the dune… got to love that word “dune”