Life has been busy lately…too busy. We are trying to sell a house (blah!), school started, and we moved and I am still putting things away. Have I mentioned that I loathe moving? I’ve had some pretty serious thoughts about becoming a minimalist…the “keep it all” in me is fighting that thought, but it may loose out eventually. Needless-to-say, selling a house and moving has increased my stress level…exponentially. The move is complete, but the selling part has become challenging. Lately, my every day has been more about houses than anything else…and that is not me. I am about the people IN the house rather than the structure but my attention has been diverted against my will. Since my thoughts have drifted to the “what-ifs” of this selling mess, my 365 project has suffered…I won’t even tell you how far behind I am on that endeavor. The more behind I get on that, the more stress I feel…because I am behind. I don’t like being behind.

Last night, I was thinking about all of the things going on right now and I came to the conclusion that what I needed (besides winning the lottery) was to give these things to the One who can handle them and go about my merry way. God gives us an invitation to give Him our “stuff” and let Him will deal with it…in return He gives us rest. My way of dealing with things has not produced rest so His way is definitely worth a try.

Matthew 11:28: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Letting go of things that seem so important is not easy for me (read: control freak), but if my loving Father, who wants only good things for me, wants my junk…why would I hang on to it? God has good things planned for me if I will just unload my worries on Him and trust him to handle them.

Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

So today I gave God my stress and tried to think less about the house that won’t sell. Maddy and I left the house with no real plan other than we were going to take some pictures. About 1/2 mile from our house, we found a little patch of grass and some flowers from the side of the road. Focusing on being with her instead of other things was such a welcome relief.

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She “arranged” and “un-arranged”  the flowers in the jar countless times. One thing she wouldn’t do was sit down on the ground. No amount of coaxing could make her sit all the way down. She didn’t like the damp ground or the bugs crawling around. “Dirty Mama! Dirty”…

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With all of the “love and attention” that Maddy was giving to her bouquet, some of the flowers were losing their petals. So she collected them in the jar and scooped them out by handfuls to blow in the wind.

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I needed today…I needed to spend some time with the cutest.girl.ever. ♥

by Melissa Lloyd

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to meet this gorgeous family and do a family photography session for them.  We had a great time despite having to meet twice!  This session was all about getting images with lots of warmth and sun flare. Our first attempt was going great until a huge cloud came out of no where and covered up the sun and when I say covered….I mean covered completely. No rain…no wind…no “weather”….just a big cloud that planted itself over the sun. How that happens I don’t know, but this family didn’t skip a beat…we just set up a “take two” a couple of days later and we were rewarded with beautiful lighting.

One of the things I love the most about this job (can I really call it a job?) is meeting such wonderful people.  It was a pleasure working with you guys! You have a beautiful family. ♥

Aren’t they gorgeous?  I’m loving the shades of pink, beige, and mom’s awesome turquoise dress…

professional family photographer san antonio texas– oh, and Elliotte’s endless facial expressions.  Precious! ♥

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And her older sister Haley…such a sweet personality ♥

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Her mom’s favorite…

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And my favorite from the session…the lighting and sun haze is gorgeous and her intense eyes are a-m-a-z-i-n-g.

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by Melissa Lloyd

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Peyton’s mom and I planned a super girly family photo session to celebrate her first birthday. I’ve watched her grow over the last year as her parents have posted pictures of her on Facebook, but seeing her in person was so fun. I am always amazed at how much they grow and develop from newborn to age 1. (Check out her newborn session.) This girl has the sweetest little personality and is so happy…

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by Melissa Lloyd

I spent time with Dylan a couple of weeks ago to celebrate his 1st birthday. Boy, has he grown since I saw him last! Check out his 3-month session and look what few months will do! It is amazing how fast they grow and develop (and a little sad, too – why does it have to happen so darn fast?). He is one of the most laid back, easy going, smiley, happy, sweet one-year old’s I have ever met. This family is such a joy to work with and be around. Watching Dylan’s interaction with his mom and dad, you know he is loved.

We played with balloons and he brought his favorite friend to take a few pictures with him. I love this age…watching them explore and get excited over simple things is so much fun.

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