the simple life

I used to think I needed to keep up with everyone, to have amazing clothes, the perfect hair style, nice cars, live in the best neighborhood, etc. But over the years I’ve learned that I love the simple life with all of my heart.

I love the early mornings with my baby cuddled up beside me as we play and watch the sun rise. I love the sound of my boys thundering down the stairs (and the occasional sleeping bag race down as well). I love the walks through the woods in the fall. Our family gathered around playing a game in the winter. I love the smells of a good, home cooked meal floating through the house.  I love making our house a home that they WANT to come home to, a place they feel safe in. I love the daily challenge of raising my children to be confident, respectful people who love God with all of their hearts. I love the reward of working hard with my hands and growing the food that we eat. I love being there when my children get home from school.  I love the simple moments I find each day.

So while I’m normally found in a t-shirt and jeans, have crazy curly hair that is never perfect, drive the typical mom mini-van, live in the middle of nowhere in the country  and my house is often full of loud, messy kids, my heart is beyond full.

A simple evening last week.

Little Lilly in a big world.

Silly Lilly

Silly Lilly face.

Practicing standing!

He is sooo good with babies. He’s going to make an amazing dad someday.

She takes after me and is fascinated by big, beautiful skies.

What happens when I try to photograph my brood.

*all photos edited with the Peach Fuzz action from the Lilly Set.

6 Responses to “ the simple life ”

  1. Marla Says:

    What a well written post! I feel EXACTLY the same way!

  2. Lisa Epp Says:

    What a beautiful post full of love.
    All these beautiful images really touched my heart. It is a wonderful life you have created for yourself and those wonderful children.
    Thank you for sharing a piece of it with us.

  3. Valeka Says:

    Your photos so well fit this text. Beautiful.

  4. Rachel- Wildflower Photography Says:

    all such lovely photos. 🙂

  5. Cindi Landers Says:

    Love these photos of Lilly! Makes me love her, and she’s not even mine! Ha! Oh how funny the ones of all four together are. Getting my two to cooperate is a task, so I can only imagine with four. Love, love, love (as always) your photos! Enjoy your evening…by the looks and sounds of this one, I know you will!

  6. Audrey Litfin Says:

    These are so so beautiful, looks like my dream home! Can’t believe how big Lilly is!!

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