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Apr 21 / 2019

My husband asked me a question during date night the other week. He asked if I could change one thing in this season of life to make motherhood easier, what would it be. Without a hesitation I said, “Take away Micah’s SPD.” His sensory processing disorder is not the hardest thing I have to deal […]

Thankfulness In the Midst of a Life You Didn’t Choose

Jan 02 / 2019

I feel like I should have some deep or super inspiring thing to post here, but the truth is that I don’t! As I head into 2019 I’m not overcome with ambition to try to be more, do more, accomplish more, see more, or anything “more”. I feel like my life is super full already! […]

2018 Personal Recap

Dec 31 / 2018

Just a quick highlight of our last month as I’m doing a bigger blog post for the New Year that will include my top three favourite images from each month of 2018. December was filled with tiny adventures for the tiny humans. Our annual trip out to the farm to pick up our meat, a […]

December 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Dec 02 / 2018

This is mostly a November re-cap of my favourite 365 images but I also have a few October pictures to share since I missed posting a summary of that month due to the arrival of baby Theo.  I want to type something memorable and awesome here, but honestly I’ll just let the photos themselves tell […]

October & November 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Sep 28 / 2018

November is usually my busiest month of the year between editing and last-minute family shoot bookings before Christmas.  However, maternity leave made that month September for me this year.  Couple that with a 2.5 year-old, a 1.5 year-old, a complicated pregnancy with 2-3 appointments per week on average (and one shared car), and being 8 […]

September 2018 | 365 Project Favourites | Busy Season Confessions

Sep 05 / 2018

I feel like “self-care” is almost a taboo word in some circles, though with more recent articles and movements it’s becoming more socially acceptable and less “selfish”.  I find that I can be good at self-care with the small things in life, which keep me afloat, but I struggle with the bigger things that ultimately […]

August 2018 | 365 Project Favourites | Self Care Thoughts

Aug 03 / 2018

I’ve started and stopped, and then started over with this blog post both physically and mentally more than once now.  I’m all for being real on social media, but how real is too real?  For those of you that know me in real life, you know that I have very little filter.  If you ask, […]

July Favourites and Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Jun 27 / 2018

This blog entry is a little bit of a combo post.  It has my favourite photos and moments from June, but it also unpacks something that has been playing hugely on my mind and heart this past month as well, and that is how much I struggle with parenting.  I feel like I can rock […]

June 2018 | 365 Project Favourites and Parenting Thoughts

May 31 / 2018

May was a very long month and I felt like I was shooting to meet my daily quota vs. because I wanted to a lot of the time, but that’s to be expected now and again during the course of a year-long project.  It’s also to be expected when you have a barely 2-year old, […]

May 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Apr 30 / 2018

Every time I go to do a monthly highlight post I remember how thankful I am that I’m doing this project – even in the midst of the “hard”.  I’m on my 4th pregnancy in 3 years and it’s taking a toll on my body and my hormones.  My days are filled with lots of:  […]

April 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Mar 31 / 2018

I’m not going to lie – March was exhausting for me.  I don’t know what was wrong, but it was either low iron, first-trimester tiredness to the extreme, or who knows what.  But most of the month I spent on the couch, often struggling to catch my breath after walking across the room, and barely […]

March 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Feb 28 / 2018

February is often viewed as a more dreary month and it can be a struggle to find inspiration, to find beauty in the everyday.  But I think the added challenge of being cooped up indoors helped me to really be deliberate about what I wanted to capture.  It helped me hone in on what makes […]

February 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Jan 31 / 2018

This year will be my third 365 project (one photo a day for each day of the year) and hopefully my second complete one!  I’m doing it with a fabulous group of women for encouragement and accountability, and some of us will be doing a blog circle together at the end of each month where […]

January 2018 | 365 Project Favourites

Aug 13 / 2016

Dear Micah, Well, we are back from Iceland, re-establishing our routines, and playing catch-up.  You bounced back faster than either mommy or daddy did. Later on in the month, we took a rare weekend off weddings to go visit your great grandparents.  Since you’re going to grow up and probably destroy things, we thought a more […]

July – 366 – Letter To My Son

Jul 02 / 2016

Dear Micah, Another month has come and gone, and I’m pretty sure this is the last month I can pull off calling you a “newborn”.  Thankfully, I think the intense growth spurts have tapered off, and you’re staying in 9 to 12-month clothing now without us having to pull out new outfits constantly.  You still […]

June – 366 – Letter To My Son

Jun 14 / 2016

Dear Micah, It’s been 4 months now since you’ve joined our family and May was the month that you really became your own little person.  You are your father in every way.  You love people, you’re super friendly, and you’re pretty chill and laid back.  You also take after your mom’s love of sleep which […]

May – 366 – Letter To My Son

May 03 / 2016

Dear Micah, Life feels pretty normal now.  You’re no longer this strange being in our household that we are trying to adjust our lives around and learn to understand.  Don’t get me wrong, we’re still working on balance and you still bring constant newness to our every day, but you feel like one of the […]

April – 366 – Letter To My Son

Apr 04 / 2016

I can’t believe it’s already April!  At the same time, as I look back over my daily photos for the last month, some of them seem like they were taken ages ago now.  Anyway, here is March together as a family of three! WEEK ONE: The first week of March was full of taking care […]

March – 366

Mar 07 / 2016

As I was looking back at all my daily shots from February, I was thinking, “boy, there’s a lot of baby photos in there!”  Sometimes it’s hard to remember that he’s only been around for 7 short weeks and is still so brand new to us.  Back at the beginning of the month (when he […]

February – 366

Feb 04 / 2016

This year, I’m doing another 365 (a photo each day for a year), though technically it’s a 366 since it’s a leap year.  However, January is also the month our little one decided to arrive early so I’m combining this post into a “birth story” as well since I’ve had a few people ask after […]

January – 366 – A Birth Story

Jan 01 / 2015

The end.  The full project in its entirety can be seen HERE!  

Photography 365 Project: (Day 365)

Dec 31 / 2014

We are almost finished!  We made it through the longest personal project I have ever endeavoured (once I take the last picture today).  We were a couple hours late on a photo once, but other than that, we never missed a single day!  I say “we” because my poor husband was the subject of 73 photos […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 356 – 364)

Dec 22 / 2014

I can’t believe there are only 10 days left before I have completed the entire year!  This really was the perfect year to document with so many exciting adventures and things changing in our lives.  I’m a little sad to lose that as we start 2015, but not sad enough to keep shooting every single […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 349 – 355)

Dec 16 / 2014

Saturday, December 6th, Nick and I woke up to the pouring rain and promptly cancelled the morning’s photo shoot I had booked.  We crawled back into bed for a few more hours before deciding to tackle our Christmas shopping list.  We managed to hit up Costco for some groceries, stop to get some new jeans […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 340 – 348)

Dec 05 / 2014

Wednesday, November 26th, was guys’ night at Lifegroup, so I stayed home after teaching and had the house to myself.  I spent the few hours Nick was gone editing and polishing up a portfolio for submission.  I took a quick break to grab a photo, but the vast majority of my evening was spent staring […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 330 – 339)

Nov 26 / 2014

A couple things are in my mind as I start to type this blog entry.  1.  How did it already  get to be a week and a half already since the last time I posted?  2.  Do I seriously only have 36 days left in this year-long challenge? Well, let’s zip back to the 16th of […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 320 – 329)

Nov 17 / 2014

Sunday, November 9th, I spent the day catching up on editing and paperwork, but made a quick trip to the Dollar Store for some fun props.  I picked up some confetti and glitter, and waited for Nick to get home from set.  When he eventually came home, I instructed him to lay on a black sheet on […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 313 – 319)

Nov 09 / 2014

Alright!  Here is my first post since moving my blog over from my old site into our new website.  If you’ve been subscribing to posts at paraphrasesblog.blogspot.com, you’ll need to switch over and follow here now as I won’t be writing in two places! I hurriedly finished building this site over the weekend and beginning […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 306 – 312)

Nov 03 / 2014

Friday, I remembered one of the many benefits of teaching piano after work almost every day:  You don’t CLOCK WATCH.  Oh man, having nothing to do Friday evening other than hang out with awesome friends made the day just drag by.  Eventually the clock finally hit 3:55pm, and I was out of there!  My husband […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 297 – 305)

Oct 24 / 2014

Tuesday, October 14th, I tried to shoot a bit more deliberately.  I’ve been preparing an application for the last half a year or so and had a friend review it for me before submission this month.  Turns out I have a bit more work to do, so I threw out a bunch of images and […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 287 – 296)

Oct 14 / 2014

Tuesday, October 7th, I started a new project at work and we had two days of orientation.  I’ll be working at a different location every Tuesday and Wednesday from this month onward until, at the very least, next Summer, helping test new software for the hospitals.  I’m excited for both the change in task and […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 280 – 286)

Oct 07 / 2014

  Sunday, September 28th, I enjoyed a nice sleep in after getting up so early the previous day to accompany my dad to the shooting range.  Nick was an absolute sweet heart and let me rest while he prepared scrambled eggs with avocado, bacon, sliced salami, fruit, and toast for us with jam he brought […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 271 – 279)

Sep 28 / 2014

  Friday, September 20th, I “only” had to do a little bit of correspondence and exporting photos.  9.5 hours later, I was still right where I started (physically) :P.  So much for an almost day off! Sunday, I headed over to a wedding shower after church and it had all my favourite goodies that I’m […]

365 Photography Project: (Days 263 – 270)

Sep 21 / 2014

Somehow in my daily postings on this blog, I didn’t actually put up September 4th’s photo!  Well, here it is.  I had to dust off the old guitar to learn a duet part to play with a piano student.  🙂  Turns out it was in a pretty hard key, so I’m glad she just asked […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 253 – 262)

Sep 11 / 2014

  Friday, my husband took me on The Most Amazing surprise date!  I won’t elaborate more here as I wrote an entire blog post just about the awesome experience, and if you’re interested, you can check it out HERE. Saturday I was hired to shoot my very first Romanian baptism.  I read a little about it […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 247 – 252: Summer Adventure Recaps)