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Mommy Perspective

Children are a blessing. I think that is something that I have heard all my life, and when I became a mom I realized just how true it is. I don’t think society as a whole believes that statement though, or at least they don’t always act like it. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that little ones are a lot of work, and require a lot of sacrifice. I have realized over the past two years that our perspective of our children affects so many things, and sometimes we just need a reality check to get our perspective where it needs to be.

Our perspective of our children affects every aspect of the way we parent. The mindset that children are a burden is seen everywhere in our society, and if we aren’t careful it can so easily creep into our hearts.

We get annoyed when things are taking too long, without realizing that we have the opportunity to train these precious hearts.

We are bothered by the noise and the mess, without thinking of how lonely our home would be without them.

We feel like we are surrounded by so many mundane tasks, without thinking about how training a child may be the greatest impact we ever have on this world.

We hate the way that pregnancy has changed our bodies, without thinking of the women struggling with infertility who would give anything to be in our place.

It breaks my heart to see this mentality so prevalent, and it hurts even more when I realize that I sometimes let it creep into the little parts of my life. Help me Lord to have the right perspective, and remind me of how blessed I am to train little hearts.

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“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.”    Psalm 127: 3-5a

 

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Jillian Tree

So true! Love this Kristin! <3

Caitie Sheppard

Love it! Can’t wait to experience “motherhood”… <3 and miss you all!! xoxo

I Know Who Goes Before

It always amazes me when I find the same concept repeated over and over in Scripture, and then in all kinds of places in my life. It is usually a clue to me that the Lord is trying to tell me something. I started reading Deuteronomy a few weeks ago…and if I am honest it wasn’t because I was so excited to read the law…but I have been working my way through the Bible usually alternating between an Old Testament and a New Testament book and this was one left on my list that was staring at me. I am not going to lie and tell you that I was spiritually filled by reading about the dietary restrictions of the Israelites…but I have gotten so much out of this book.

It seems that God had planned for me to read this book at this time. As I look ahead at the next few months and the planner in me tries to figure out how I am going to juggle two sweet kiddos, a home, a husband in Seminary, and a business among other things, I have been reminded that God already knows. I have read this month about how God takes care of His people…even in the wilderness. Now I am not saying that my life is a wilderness…though as I think about it sometimes it does feel like my living room is a wilderness of toys, books, and sippy cups. I have been so encouraged by the fact that I know that He goes before me. He knows what lies ahead because He is already there. Deuteronomy 31:8 says “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” I don’t think it gets much more encouraging than that.

About the same time I started Deuteronomy, and read these words over and over in variations throughout the book, we picked up Chris Tomlin’s newest CD, and one of the songs has lyrics of these verses. It has been on my playlist for weeks…and I can listen to it over and over. You can listen to it here. We have no need to fear, or worry, or feel overwhelmed because we know that He is by our side.

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Marilyn Schmucker

Beautifully written from the heart! Amen and Amen!

Shadow Ridge Farm Wedding | Lucy + Cole

There is just something about these two. They have never met strangers, and they light up every room they are in. You don’t have to be around them long to see that they are made for each other. They perfectly compliment each other and they just fit. They got married at the lovely Shadow Ridge Farm, and the day was perfect. Everything was beautiful at their rustic fall wedding, and the personal details that they had added so much. There were cowboy boots and mason jars and all of the southern details fit them perfectly.

Lucy and Cole, Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your wedding and your lives. We love you both and we are so excited to watch you start your life together. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the two of you!

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Lucy Woodard

Absolutely beautiful. I could not ask for a more amazing couple and true professionals to capture our wedding day. Jeremy & Kristin are a joy to work with, and we feel so blessed to always have their art to remember the day we became husband and wife. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

Simplified Life | Preparing

The past few months have been good, in a quiet way. I haven’t been blogging as much, and I missed it…but I also needed a break. There is something about pregnancy and then having a newborn that will make you think about your priorities. For me it has been a time to think about what matters, and what excess I have let creep into my life and drown out the things that really matter. Now I am well into my 2nd trimester…and as I write this I realize I am just a few weeks away from my 3rd. I think the exhausted pregnancy haze is starting to clear and I am ready to prepare for the changes that will take place in our family in the next few months.

I have been nesting the past week or so as evidenced by trips to Target and purchases of anything to organize our little house. I have realized more and more that clutter hinders my focus. when things are organized I feel happier and I am more productive. When my desk is clear I want to sit and write…and when it is not I want to close the office door.  I don’t think that this principle just applies to our homes though…it applies to our lives. When my life is cluttered with things and activities that are not important I feel overwhelmed and unproductive. But, when I focus on the few things that really matter I feel energized physically, emotionally, and spiritually to make what matters happen.

So for now, I will be soaking in our last few months as a family of three, organizing as much as I can, writing more blog posts, reading Scripture and journaling, and trying to stay focused on what matters and not overwhelming myself with the things that don’t.

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Brandy Cotner

Kristin,
Your blog posts and Facebook updates are a constant encouragement to me. You are really still my floor leader in many ways! I often think of you and the pictures of your Bible and journal in those times when I think I am too busy or just don’t want to do my devotions. I often need to declutter my life, and this is just what I needed to hear. Thank you again, and please keep writing!
Love, Brandy

Downtown Fort Worth Engagement Session | Michele + Tyler

This Downtown Fort Worth engagement session is extra special to us because it is of our wonderful associate photographer Michele and her fiance. We had so much fun with these two downtown and they look fabulous in front of the camera. We are so excited to shoot their wedding in January. Here are just a few favorites from their session!

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Vee Bryant

Michele, y’all look great. I am sure your wedding will be beautiful! (Virginia, Liz’s Sister)