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When my family made the choice to move away from our {busy} life in Georgia to pursue a more intentional {and less-busy} life in Arkansas, Rayna was heavy on my heart.  Not only was she leaving her “Gigi” (my mom), but she was also saying goodbye to her best friend.

As I prayed for my quiet little girl to find a friend, another mother down the road from me was praying for her quiet little girl to be bold in showing God’s love to others.  The result?  A beautiful, new friendship that started with a shy girl leaving her comfort zone to try to make a connection with the new girl.


Along with Madeline, God also gave us the REST of her family to enjoy as well…

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April 28, 2017 - 1:37 pm

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Our Christmas “Gift”: 2016 Cruise


“The purpose of life, after all, is to LIVE it, to TASTE experience to the utmost, to REACH OUT eagerly and without fear for NEWER and RICHER experience.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Matthew’s had some really good ideas during our past 17 years together, but I think my FAVORITE was his idea in 2015 to totally SKIP Christmas GIFTS and do a FAMILY TRIP instead!

Our 2015 trip was pretty incredible.  My sweet grandparents gave us a week of their timeshare to use in Colorado.  After a really long drive, we arrived in Pagosa Springs, stocked-up on groceries and started to explore God’s gorgeous creation!  (Here’s the FIRST BLOG POSTLAST POST & PICTURES… and VIDEO!)

Rayna and Matthew would be perfectly happy living in the snow, but Ross and I voted for something WARM this year! Since Matthew and I enjoy cruises so much, we thought it would be fun to let the kids experience it as well.  Just like me and Matthew, Ross, Rayna and Ruthie also LOVED being on a great boat filled with TONS of things to do and explore!

I love Ross’ face in this picture!  Such a good sport!


Like any normal kid who thinks it’s a HUGE treat to fly on an airplane, there was plenty of pre-flight arguing over who got the window seat.  We had just figured out our 30-minute ‘rotations‘ when Ross invited “Ru-Rues” to sit with him…


Sooo much to do on Independence of the Seas:  Ice skating, rock climbing, surf simulator…

The kids could not believe how beautiful, clear and turquoise the water was in Mexico… 


Ruthie wanted to climb the rock wall like Ross and Rayna, but (until she gets taller) had to simply cheer for them…

“Formal Night” for the Martins is kind-of an oxymoron since Matthew usually stays in gym shorts and the kids and I are totally happy in hand-me-downs!  Ruthie came through for us though!  She fell in love with a little dress from Mexico that she wore to dinner EVERY NIGHT!

When we booked our cruise almost a year ago, we told the kids about the excursions offered at our ports.  Rayna quickly decided she wanted to start saving her money to swim with the dolphins! Ross, not being a follower nor money-saver, resisted; but decided he didn’t want to miss this chance either!

Even though I’m a pretty thrifty gal (I’ve used the same $14 purse for the past 6 years), to me, there’s NOTHING I value more than PHOTOS and documenting memories!  For me, the photos offered at Chankanaab National Park were worth it!


It may sound silly, but I bet a lot of moms and/or photographers can relate…
Because I LOVE taking photos of my family, I’m normally behind the camera and not IN any photographs with my kids.  I asked Matthew before the trip if he would do me a BIG favor and be intentional about taking photos of me and the kids together.  Although this was not natural or fun to him, he still did a great job snapping highlights of our trip!  

Thank you for being part of our trip!  Here’s a few of our FAVORITE parts in a short videoEnjoy!



Anyone else consider ‘memories>things’ !?!?!  I’d love to hear!

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The Tangs

It was a cold morning in Georgia and the winds were stronger than I had ever remembered.  I considered calling the Tangs before their session, but I knew this was our only day to capture the family photographs she had waited so patiently for.  Before pulling into their driveway, not only did I specifically pray for the winds to calm down, I text Matthew asking him to please pray as well.

As much as I wanted to give the Tangs the photos they desired, I could feel the wind growing stronger and temperatures dropping even more.  However, shortly after Anjolie started to cry and Christine and I began to discuss the possibility of having to cancel their long-awaited session, I noticed something…

The wind drastically calmed down.

Hair was no longer being blown out-of-control.
Instead of frigid winds, the gorgeous sun started to peek out from behind the clouds.


We played!
We laughed!
The time flew by as we captured LOTS and LOTS fun, Tang memories!


On a side note, although I normally LOVE to share personal stories on my blog, doubt and insecurity crept into this story and I had decided to simply post these images without sharing the answered prayer.  My heart changed when I woke-up and read an early-morning text from Matthew’s dad with this ‘random‘ verse,  Job 37:5-7:

“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
    he does great things beyond our understanding.
He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
    and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
So that everyone he has made may know his work,
    he stops all people from their labor.”

As always, THANK YOU, Sean & Christine, for allowing me to photograph your family and watch your super-special and beautiful girls grow-up! 

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December 2, 2016 - 6:55 pm

Anonymous - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family!

The Floyds

There was no reason for me to be nervous.  Not only was I getting to photograph my FAVORITE subject (children), I’ve enjoyed photographing Meredith and Nick before and consider them friends.  Yet, I was STILL anxious for some reason.

As I talked to my sister on the phone about my feelings, she reminded me about the importance of totally RELYING on God in EVERYTHING we do.  As I thought about the idea of DEPENDENCE, I started praying God would allow me to capture memories that would bring happiness to their family.  Within a few minutes, my worry quickly turned into JOY and excitement.

YES!  JOY and EXCITEMENT over enjoying a beautiful night with this wonderful family!  What FUN we had together chasing kids, horses, leaves and light!  SO FUN!  


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November 27, 2016 - 10:40 am

Anonymous - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family!

Something to Celebrate

If you were to ask my kids what our family ‘celebrates‘, you’d probably be surprised at their answers.
Although our family values good grades, school plays, new karate belts and finishing piano books, it’s far from where our praise is found.

For our family, there’s NOTHING worth celebrating MORE than seeing God’s plan being carried out in someone’s life!
That’s why Matthew, the kids and I were super excited to drive to Mississippi to celebrate my niece’s recent engagement!

I am SO incredibly proud of  Madison and the example she sets for everyone around her!  (More of her story and photos are HERE.)


Being that it’s FALL, I didn’t pack the kid’s bathing suits; however, when we all saw my brother-in-law’s gorgeous pool with WARM water, we couldn’t resist!  Ross, Rayna and I swam in our clothes.  Ruthie… well, you all can guess what Ruthie decided to swim in! 


ALL the grand-kids together from 3 states!  (Clothing optional, as always!)


Counting down to the wedding!!!

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Five Generations, Over 100 Years…

I’m so happy I got to be there when “Granny” (my great, grandmother) got to meet her newest GREAT, GREAT grand-daughter, Naomi!


Over 100 years… Five Generations…

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November 7, 2016 - 6:56 pm

Debbie Fortner - I love <3 these Christy, please send me a copy of them I will gladly pay you just let me know how much they will be. Just a 4×6 of each will be fine. I was wondering if she ever got to meet Naomi. And I know this made her day. Such sweet pictures of her & Naomi.