Category Archives: Five on Friday

1.  Almost 6 years, and 3 boys… and we just yesterday had our first “Should we go to the ER for stitches” experience.  Gage hit the back of his head on the window sill and ended up with a pretty good bleeder.  I still cringe at my initial reaction to his fall … “Well, bud, that’s what happens when you’re messing around on the chair.”  Then I saw the blood, and immediately felt awful.

And faint.

Thank goodness for my mother-in-law and her experience with crazy little boys (well, one crazy boy in particular).  Gage didn’t end up needing stitches and he won’t miss the patch of hair on the back of his head, one bit.

2.  We’ve had a few minutes of sunshine the past week and I was able to get out and see that Spring is on its way.  I have a thing for new growth on my plants.  I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling rejuvenated by the sight of God’s renewing creation.

It never ceases to amaze me.

These are two of my most loved shrubs… a “Freckles” mountain laurel…


… and a “Magic Carpet” spirea.  Actually, if I could pick ONE plant to have in all of my gardens, this would be it.


3.  Kaden is still content in only using the phrase “Dada” for everything wonderful.  He doesn’t call me anything, but when he’s excited about something he practically hyperventilates repeating “Dada!  Dada!”

And yes, he does the same thing when he hears Matt’s car pull in after work.  He thinks all good things = “Dada”.

So do I.


4.  In regards to my camera gear… thank you for your interest!  I love that!  However, my “eggs should be hatching on the 15th” so I will count them then… and keep you posted.

5.  I will say, though, that I am officially NOT spending any more money on myself until my birthday (august 23rd).

Have a wonderful-on-the-verge-of-Spring weekend!

And, don’t forget Daylight Savings Time.   🙂


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  • Auntie Dianne - I don’t of too many dads that come home from work and sit on the kitchen floor with their little ones…AND he truly looks thrilled to do it :0)ReplyCancel

  • heidi - Oh! I am glad to hear no stitches necessary!!! Oh, the 15th…cannot wait!ReplyCancel

  • Mom - Sweet girl,
    You have such a way with words and with photos. Your blog is a pleasure. But just know, that if you don’t have time to blog daily, I can always look at past entries and be happy!!


  • Lori - Wow, I really like that magic carpet plant – so very interesting! I laughed about your son getting excited when he hears your husbands car in the drive. Mine does the same thing – he runs to the garage door and just waits for his Daddy to come through the door.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - You’re making me jealous of your garden. I’m so done with winter and ready to see things growing again!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Wilkerson - The colors and bokeh in the spirea shot are phenomenal – so simply beautiful. And sometimes I feel like I am reading my own life story on your blog — your “THAT’s what happens when you mess around on the chair” so sounds like something I’d say (so glad things turned out okay!!), and Beckett is currently loves hearing himself say “DaDa,” so we hear it all day, too, lol.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Cieloha - My just turned one year old very rarely says Mama… it’s all about Dada… which I love, but sometimes it would be nice to be acknowledged by name, instead of just being fussed at 🙂ReplyCancel

1.  On Wednesday, I posted my 250th post.  I thought I’d mention it on that day, but I was distracted by chocolate…

2.  Speaking of chocolate, isn’t this color lovely?  I found these flowers on my venture to Fabric Depot and made my tiny clients some custom headbands.   I really enjoy crocheting hats, but this…


… is SO much easier!  And perfect for Spring and Summer newborn sessions.  These light, airy headbands can’t wait to be photographed!

3.  I would LOVE to suggest that you check out this blog post written by my dear friend, Kari.  I couldn’t have read it at a more perfect time, as I have been feeling such a need for validation from my peers.  It is a wonderful reminder that His validation gives us our worth…

4.  On the same day that I went into the city with my boys and couldn’t return quickly enough to our home in the country, these guys visited us during dinner…   undefined

One of our deer was just as interested in the herd of elk as we were…



We counted about 30 elk and they were right on time for the annual visit they pay to our home.  Yet another reason why I cherish where I live!

5.  And finally, a big loving CONGRATULATIONS to my sister-in-law (Matt’s little sister) on her recent engagement!  WhooHoo!  We’re heading to Kentucky!!    (We love you, Auntie Meril!)

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  • Mom - Sweet flowers. Yes, it’s amazing how that herd is nowhere to be found in hunting season. But how magnificent!

    Tell GCK that I’ll give them XOs in person this afternoon!!ReplyCancel

  • Mom - I just read Kari’s post. I agree, it’s a wonderful reminder.ReplyCancel

  • Auntie Maril - Hi there! I was out of the office Friday and just got to reading this; it made my day! Thank you so very much!

    Love to you all,

    Auntie MerilReplyCancel

  • Lori - Wow, that land is where you LIVE? I am so jealous! I would love to live somewhere like that and see what you get to see. *sigh* It’s crowded houses and postage stamp yards for me for now.ReplyCancel

1. Over the course of the week I usually start thinking about things to share on Friday.  But all those thoughts went to the waste side when we got dumped on with snow.  My mind doesn’t work as well when my arch-nemesis (ie. snow) comes to visit.

The boys, however, love it…

undefined… and there was actually enough this time to make a snow man.  Carrot nose and all. undefined

2. You may notice that in the right-hand sidebar there is a new, big blue, Facebook icon.  It takes you to my Facebook ‘Business’ Page, where you can “Like” me.  Consider those quotes, “air quotes” because I’m not to fond of the suggestion that you go over to my business page to “Like” me.

But, considering you visit my blog, I assume you must kind of “Like” me… unless you just visit my blog to reassure yourself that you’re not the only one who occasionally feels lost in the life of motherhood.

Either way, when you “Like” my business page on Facebook, it really helps to get the word out that I am open for b.u.s.i.n.e.s.s.   And I’d REALLY appreciate your help in doing that.  😉  This is, I’m sure, not the last time I will put out that plea…

3. We are being bombarded by deer.  And here’s why I think that is…

The snow is masking all of the natural smells of the forest.  The ONLY smell, therefore, filtering through the air is that of the Pioneer Woman recipes I am cooking.  SO.  The deer smell it and flock to our house.

That’s the reason they stare into our windows at dinner time.

undefined4. Kaden.  Oiy.  I’m too tired from whisking him off of the table top about 63 times today to even get into discussing his latest shenanigans.  That will have to wait.undefined

5. I watched Minute to Win It earlier this week and the girls who were competing kept saying they were “Too Blessed to be Stressed.”  Corney sounding, but so true. That phrase has resonated in my mind ever since then.

I find myself getting stressed out with my kids and think of that phrase.

I stare out at the snow and get anxious about it…  then I see these little bitty birds and I remember that God says He takes care of even the birds… so why would we think He wouldn’t take care of us?  undefinedToo blessed to be stressed.  Really.

And on that, rather serious note, have a blessed, not stressed, weekend! 

Oh… and by the way!  All of these shots were taken with my 100mm 2.8 Macro.  Proving that it is SO much more than just a Macro lens!


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  • Mom - What a fun selection of photos. What a sweet one of Tado “writing.” I love the photo of the bird in the feeder and the four on the fence. Oh, I see some on the log too. Cute 🙂 And look at that Cooper without gloves & a hat. Well, at least he has a coat and pants on!! Hopefully, the deer won’t nibble on the new growth on your plants next to the house!

    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

  • Rezika Zurch - beautiful- so much funReplyCancel

Here are FIVE highlights from my week…  in no particular order… {except for number one…}

1.  Studying the Bible with Matt.  I’m ashamed to say that we don’t do this together nearly enough but I enjoyed it so much that I’m praying it becomes a regular part of our day…

2.  Matt installed a sensor in our laundry room so that the light turns on automatically when I come into the room.  It is silly how much I appreciate this.  It sort of reminds me of the feeling I had when everyone stood up for me at my wedding.

3.  Gage read Cooper his bedtime story last night.  THIS was awesome.  Utterly awesome.  The reading, the cuddling, the quiet time…

… it doesn’t get much better than that.

4.  A few days ago I signed up for Momtog Moms.  It is a blog started by DrewB, an amazing photographer who began the whole ‘Momtog’ idea (as far as I know).  The next day, she, DrewB, visited my blog and commented on this post.

I was floored.  That she came to my blog and that she commented!  Its like a celebrity coming to your house!  And to have someone whom I’ve admired for a.long.time shed me a compliment… well, that’s pretty cool.

5.  I had the blessing of working on photos of this little princess throughout the week…

… and more photos of her to come on Monday…

Have a weekend full of highlights!

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  • Mom - It sounds like you had a terrific week. Even without “celebrating” Valentine’s Day, you gave and received a lot of LOVE. Tears came to my eyes seeing Gage reading to Cooper. Oh, my….

    XOXOXOXOXO to MLGCKReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Those are five fabulous things to share on Friday! I would say that was a good week:-) And I love my sensor lights too, they make me feel so special…ReplyCancel

  • maren - I too love watching Reece read to his sister and brother…and when he reads all alone for hours on end! that is awesome! Can’t wait to see your new photos…the last one is just precious. Happy Friday!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Lovely series Lacey!! Your boys seem very comfortable & natural around the camera.
    I stopped by Pioneer Woman this morning and noticed a photo of your cousin in the finals!! Have a wonderful weekend!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I remember my boy reading those books too. And the photos of them smiling as they read are too too precious!ReplyCancel

  • Christy - I came over from CMs and your photos are great, loved reading through your blog. I was super encouraged by your faith. Your boys are so cute too!ReplyCancel

1.  Did you catch the part on Monday where I mentioned showing up a week early to my hair appointment?  I feel like my mess-up deserves a little more making fun of.  And that my hair stylist, Sheryl from Salon Joie De Vivre deserves A LOT more praise and recognition for me.

As I’ve mentioned before, just about everything is at least a 45 minute drive from my house and the hair salon is no different.  That, plus my hair looking atrocious, made me pray that Sheryl could still fit me into her already booked schedule.   As a side note:  whoever tells you that shorter hair is easier is lying to you.  Unless, maybe it is REALLY short.  But chin-length?  I feel like I’m due for a trim after about 2 weeks.

Anyway, because she’s amazing, Sheryl DID work me in, in between 3 clients. And during that time I was blessed with a chance to catch up with one of my dearest friends (who just happened to have her appointment scheduled for when I THOUGHT my appointment was), I was able to relax and crochet yet another hat, and I was able to visit with a complete stranger who proceeded to encourage and support and motivate me regarding motherhood and homeschooling!

My mistake turned out to be a pretty darn good outing!  (And I LOVE my hair!).

And you can see one of Sheryl’s darling daughters here… and here…

2.  The boys and I are headed back up to Seattle this weekend for another newborn session.  I can’t believe how giddy I get about these!  I’m praying that my time spent with this little one can be a relaxing gift to her parents.  🙂

3.  We had a wonderful day with some wonderful friends yesterday… 

These two crack me up…

4.  A shot of Kaden’s newest trouble-making ability…

… nothing is safe!

5.  What do you think of the changes I’ve made to my blog??  I’m trying to make information easily accessible… especially older posts.  I’d love to hear what you think!  (Maybe if you totally hate it, you can email me.  🙂 )

Have a great weekend!

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  • Auntie Dianne - I really like the new format…Except the writing is cut off on the far right column again.ReplyCancel

  • Lacey - How much is cut off? I see that the end of ‘Custom Photography’ is… any others?


  • Mom - What great photos! I love that group shot….such precious little faces. And sweet Miss Em taking care of Tado 🙂

    Yes, on my screen, just the y in Custom Photography is cut off.

    See you this afternoon – hooray!

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  • Becky - Cute pictures, so fun to see you yesterday! Have a great trip to WA this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Great photos Lace! I love that (almost) all of the kiddos are looking in the group shot. Those pictures will be classics in the years to come! Thanks for taking the ones of my Ellie, I always love to see pictures of her:-)ReplyCancel

  • Amber - Hi Lacey, I came to your site off a “related posts plugin” forum. I’m wondering if you’d mind telling me how you got yours to work? I’m also on prophoto and can’t seem to find one that is compatible. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - By the way, your photography is beautiful!ReplyCancel