Blurry Goodness

This past month has been a blur. We have been INSANELY busy. It seems this week we were able to catch our breath just a little. Here is a quick look at the past few weeks via Instagram:



About a month ago, we had two of our friends from Uganda come and stay with us. I can not tell you how precious this was. Ruth & Innocent live on the Islands of Lake Victoria in Uganda. This was their first time out of Africa and this happened to be Ruth’s first time trying pizza. She loved it. I can not begin to tell you how different life in America is from that in Uganda. We had so much fun together, but I also found myself asking a lot of hard questions. Embarrassment doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt as I brought them to my home, where my kids have rooms filled with toys and where I have every kitchen gadget ever created.

I am so selfish. But I am thankful for the time with my friends and I am thankful that God is using their stay to change me.

I learned something else about my sweet friend. She bakes all of the cakes for birthdays and celebrations on the islands. So we did a little baking together. Ruth tasted and made her first cupcake while she was here too. She will be heading back to Uganda with some new cake decorating supplies, which she is thrilled about.


Easter Love.

dessertEaster Dessert. Carrot cake with a cheesecake layer in the center. Not the best picture ever…however it is the only picture.

It got good reviews from my favorite critics.

The first half got eaten, the second made a huge mess on the way home.

Uganda Run

Last weekend was the 3rd Annual Uganda Living Water Run. This is one of my largest events of the year. This year (thanks to an amazing anonymous donor and our wonderful community) we raised over $4,000.  We have funded one well for Uganda and are on our way to our second.


Strawberry Hearts

Pink HeartsHere is a cute idea for Valentine’s week. Strawberry heart ice cubes to make your milk a little sweeter.

I saw this idea while browsing pintrest, and thought Ean would love it. He did, he even helped make a batch. A special thanks to the Target dollar section for the heart molds.

Strawberry Heart Cubes

1/2 cup milk

Strawberry Syrup – you can use a little or a lot whatever your desired color

Mix milk and syrup. Pour into heart molds. Freeze for at least two hours. Pop out and make someone feel loved!

Hello & A Few Pics

Hi. I’m Jen. It’s been a while. I’m sorry.

This fall has been insane. Mainly for three reasons. 1. I now have 2 kids. 2. I have been photographing families, babies, seniors and engagements every weekend since September. 3. I had a really big project at work. Those three things kind of made the blog (and sometimes my house) take a back seat. I had hopes of posting lots more and I had hopes of redesigning my little piece of the internet by now (it is way past time), but alas those things did not happen and I’m sorry. I would love to play catch up, but that probably isn’t going to happen either since Christmas is just a month away. BUT I thought I would share a few pics from a shoot I did with some of my favorite people in the entire universe…my brother and his sweet sweet family. If you know my brother at all, you know how much he loves having his picture taken (if you don’t know him you must know that statement was pure sarcasm), but I loved some of these pictures because I managed to get the real Mike Gott smile…I know it because I feel like it is one of the ways you can tell we are siblings. Can’t tell you how much I love this guy, Tina (one of the most amazing women you will ever meet) and my nephews and niece. I am thankful that we get to share so much life together.

I hope you had a delightful Thanksgiving. It is Christmas time and I couldn’t be happier. I already have two recipes so I shouldn’t keep you waiting all that long.


Nora’s Room

These are a few pictures from our little girls room. Besides the furniture, the lamp from target and the bed skirt, her room is a DIY room. Matt did the painting and the gutter shelves. My very talented mother-in-law did the sewing using fabric from the Kumari Garden collection (the sheets, bumper, curtains, amazing little giraffes and the changing pad cover). I tackled the artwork, bow holder and the pillow. Now we are just waiting on Miss Nora.