Another month down. I just cannot wrap my head around the fact that we are getting really close to the halfway mark. By this time next month, we will be there! May had several favorites. My sweet girl had her 3rd birthday this month. I say that to explain why my top picks consist mostly of her beautiful self. It was a real treat having many of them featured on a variety of Instagram hubs. You can see the rest of my project pics over there, as well. I love sharing my life (the good and not so good) with you all. I have appreciated everyone’s kind words and encouragement throughout this project. It really means so much to me. Thank you!
My loves and I enjoyed the evening at the park. It is not surprising that I took some photos, right? After putting the kids to bed I imported my images and got to work. My main goal was to choose a picture for my 365 project. Oh my word, it is impossible! How can I choose just one? Well, that is how this blog post was born. The amount of photos that I was trying to choose from just kept getting bigger. I still have to choose just one for my daily pic, but at least I still get to share the rest of them with you.
What a beautiful session this was! I am super excited to share it with everyone. The weather was just perfect. Kimberly decided to have their session at home. She wanted to document real life moments and connections but also wanted to have some of those beautiful grassy field photos, as well. You know the ones I am talking about. Well, lo and behold, she had the perfect spot just behind her house! So, not only did we get to capture her sweet girls reading, coloring, and playing, we also took advantage of the gorgeous light to capture those to die for family shots. Thanks again Poore family. It was a real treat!
This month was a challenging month. Having spent the previous 90+ days photographing our everyday, I felt compelled to get a bit creative. I didn’t want the same old, same old, if you get what I mean. I studied light and shadows a bit more and was able to capture some really lovely shots. Having one of this month’s photos featured on @dearphotographer was a real treat! Honestly, I could really blog every single photo, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few of my favorites. You can always check out all of my photos on instagram.
I had the pleasure of chasing this little fire cracker around the other night at his at-home session. His mother contacted me because she wanted some photos of her baby boy in celebration of his 1st birthday. Naturally, I asked her if she wanted to do a cake smash or something similar. Her response was, “I want some natural shots of him. I like what you do with your kids.” I was thrilled to hear this! Don’t get me wrong, I love cake smashes. I love the cake smash photos of my own kids, but I love that she chose a more lifestyle approach to her photos. She wanted real moments of her little man. Moments that she can look back on and know that they captured Hudson being Hudson. So that’s what we did. He played, and I snapped away. Hope you enjoy!
Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” ~JOHN 13:8
I wanted to write this devotion prior to celebrating the Resurrection. It would have obviously been very fitting to write about this event at the same time that it actually happened. However, I was unable to do that. We were busy. I knew this devotion was still supposed to be written, but I felt a bit discouraged that it did not line up the way I thought it was supposed to. That changed when my Audrey came out of children’s church this morning telling us how Jesus washed his friends feet because they were dirty. You see, part of my devotion is a picture. I wanted to capture Marshall washing Audrey’s feet. We had not been able to do that, yet. Today, was the day to do it. Now, it would be more meaningful to Audrey. Now, she would be able to connect more dots to why her Daddy would be washing her feet. Not only did we get the picture, but we got the exact vision I had in my heart. The light was beautiful as it sparkled through the water while Marshall rinsed the feet of his precious little girl. God’s timing is good. While I thought the perfect time for this to be written was long past, He had other plans. This makes my heart happy.
During the week before Easter, I had the pleasure of serving alongside other precious women of God. We were asked to take part in a ministry called Water Angels. This ministry serves the homeless and at-risk people of Knoxville. That evening I ate with, sang with, learned with, and prayed with a group of beautiful ladies. Ladies who were hurting. Ladies who were there for nourishment both physically and spiritually. Ladies who needed the love and acceptance of a Savior. My good friend who had invited me to come, taught the devotion that evening. She taught on John 13. She taught about a leader who became a servant to his disciples and showed them how to love. Showed them how to lift others up above themselves. As she taught through this passage a striking truth came to my heart that I knew I needed to share with each lady there.
Many of us know the story. Jesus was with His disciples as they celebrated Passover just before He was to be crucified. He did something quite unthinkable and began to wash their feet. When it was Peter’s turn, he adamantly refused.
Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” ~JOHN 13: 6-9
It was the servant’s job to wash the feet of his master, not the other way around! Peter knew that Jesus was his teacher, his master, his Messiah. How could he let him belittle himself in such a way? Peter felt absolutely unworthy. Yet, Peter did not understand the heart of his master. He would in time, but just not yet. We learn that to be a true leader, one must become a servant. Love constantly thinks of others. We learn that spiritually it is Jesus and only Jesus who washes away our filth and shame. Who daily washes away the junk that we keep stepping in. But, we also learn that we have to cast aside any feelings of unworthiness and let him wash us! How many of us feel or have felt unworthy to come to Christ. Unworthy to accept his forgiveness. I mean, just think of all that we have done! This was pressing on my heart that evening as I sat and listened to these women who have so much baggage burdening their shoulders. I felt that they probably believed like Peter. How can Jesus forgive them knowing where they have been, what they have done, what they continue to do? How can they allow him to wash their feet? This is the beauty of our Savior. He is a gentlemen. He doesn’t force himself upon us but rather gives us the choice. We can hold on to our “humility” like Peter tried to do and not allow or even ask for Jesus to cleanse us. Or, we can be obedient and let him wash us! Don’t let thoughts of unworthiness keep you from receiving from the One who is worthy. He died for you. You are worth dying for.
We ended the evening by washing the feet of those precious ladies. Yes, we washed their feet! We also gave them hand and foot massages. One of them was 9 months pregnant! She thoroughly appreciated the love. She planned to name her baby girl Nevaeh. What a beautiful name, Nevaeh. It is pronounced nuh-vay-uh. If you didn’t catch it, it’s heaven spelled backwards. I thought that was just so lovely. Heaven. Lord Jesus, help us to be heavenly minded as we sojourn in this place. Help us to accept your forgiveness and know that hope is to come! This life is but a breath compared to your eternity. All our hardships here will cease. All our tears will be wiped away. Help us to have a servant’s heart and to love others well. Help us to think on these things. Amen.