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Genevieve is 4. And obsessed with all things girly. So, naturally, she is obsessed with ballet. Latisha helped me curl her hair, and then we went out for a quick shoot to dance in the snow. It was just before Christmas, and the warm weather combined with the snow was perfect.

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Happy birthday, sweet girl.

xo.

 

This year we got to be  a part of Troy Streets Alive in downtown Troy, Ohio.

It was so inspiring being surrounded by so many other artists of all kinds.

Each block was lined with painters, potters, musicians, and many more.

We got to meet lots of cool, new people; and give tours of our studio!

We so inspired that we couldn’t resist the chance to document this wonderful evening! Check it out!

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Come see all the amazing artists next year at Troy Streets Alive!

xoxo

molly & rachel

 

I can’t believe my baby sister is a senior this year. She has grown up so much.

You can see her sweet personality and gentle heart shining in these photos, but don’t let that fool you.

She is the biggest troublemaker of the five of us. ; )

These photos were taken on our family’s properties. My Uncle Frank’s house with our favorite horse, Star;

and my Grandpa Fred’s old house where so many sweet memories were made.

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Congrats little sister. I’m so proud of you!

xoxo

molly & rachel

 

This little beauty has been like my own little sister for over a decade now. Claire was only 6 when I met one of my dearest friends, Bri. And Claire was the sweet little sister that I have gotten to watch grow into the beautiful and talented, charming and thoughtful, smart and considerate  young lady you see below. I love you Claire. And I am so proud of all the things that you have already accomplished: I know it is only the beginning.

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Xoxo, Molly.


Let me preface this post by saying that I am well aware that we are fully two months past St. Patricks Day.  But some memories are too sweet, and you want to write them down and share them with your friends. So that is why I did this post anyway icon smile Feeling so lucky.

We had such a lovely Saturday. It was beautiful out, and I had a photo shoot in the morning, but I snuck out to the kitchen and surprised the kids with a Lucky Breakfast before I had to leave. We had Lucky Charms and green milk and gold under the”rainbow”.

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We had an amazing time. And I was all prepared to photograph our dinner as well, but frankly, green mashed potatoes look disgusting.

xoxo,

molly.

Ps. Almost all of my ideas came from my pinterest board, which you can find here .

 

You are about to witness the happiest day (so far) of my life in photo form.

I must start by saying I hate being photographed, let alone publishing a zillion of my faces on our blog for the world to see.

Thank God for Molly and her mad skills at making me look half way decent. Literally, thank you, Lord.

But before you browse, I have to tell you a little about our story. : )

 (if you don’t already know, considering half the world knew before I did!)

My lovely Lance & I have been dating for about 5 1/2 years, and not once has he ever been able to keep a secret from me.

I always knew what he was getting me for my birthday and Christmas or where he was taking me out to dinner. He is so predictable.

But he/they tricked me this time! I had asked Miss Molly if she would do a small styled fair themed session of Lance and me last fall for

our 5 year anniversary since we met as the Darke County fair. Adorable, right? Well we didn’t make it happen, so when Molly decided to

finally start planning our carnival shoot in February,

I didn’t really read into it. When I started to get suspicious, they (the secret design team) would smooth it over with ease.

Lance acted totally not interested.

Much, much, much to my surprise, the shoot was Lance’s idea to cover up his proposal at the fairgrounds. You sneaky Lance.

Of course Molly went above and beyond and, with the help of some lovely people, pulled off this amazing shoot.

So as you peek, keep in mind I had no idea what was really happening until halfway through the shoot.

I hope you love it as much as I love him.

(that is.. well.. impossible.)

<3

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The next series is right before he gets down on his knee. You can just see how nervous he looks! As if I would ever in a million years say no. Silly boy. : )

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This is the real deal. Drum roll please…..

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At this point, I am still so so clueless…. and then I turned around and saw him. : )

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Credits:

Photography: MOLLY DUES Photography

Clothes: Molly and Latisha

Pink dress (end): Nancy Wagoner

Flower sash: m.blooms  (etsy.com)

Hair & Makeup: Andria Garber and Molly

Props: Molly, Andria, Latisha, and Lance

Nosegay: The Ivy League (greenville, ohio)

Thank you SO much for making this day a fairytale.

xoxo

rachel


 

 

my husband, brett has always wanted to jump out of an airplane. i think he is a little crazy for that, but what do i know? i am NOT an adrenaline junkie. and my dear friend chelsea has always wanted to do the same thing. we talked about getting her and brett together to do it quite a while ago, and on May 22nd, they made it a reality. a few more people came too, and so in all, there were 6 skydivers. we went to Hook Field in Middletown, and after waiting what seemed like an eternity, ( it was in fact 6.5 hours) it was time. i have to say, i was very excited to capture it from the ground. i have no desire to do it myself, but it was amazing to see the plane climb in the sky and then suddenly the sky is littered with these little spots of color as they all came gently floating down. i loved how they looked like those tiny parachute men that we used to throw out the window when i was a kid, and watch them waft to the ground. there were some weather holds and a couple big thunderstorms blew in, so the sky was dramatic and beautiful when it was brett’s turn. when he got to the ground, he was so elated. i am thrilled he got to fulfill a dream.

if you have ever had a dream to go skydiving, you should make it a priority to go this year. it was amazing, and lifechanging for my loved ones. and it’s gotta give you courage…. after all, what could scare you after you’ve jumped out of an airplane?

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05/20/2011 My own alamo.

it started in August of 2007, and was excruciating by the time they diagnosed me 2 months later. Excessive sweating, severe abdominal pain, constant diarrhea, and bleeding.  after 3 nights in the hospital and a endoscopy and colonoscopy, I was told i had ulcerative colitis.  i was given information on a low fiber diet and a prescription to Asacol. this condition is chronic, and the nurse told me that i was one of the worst cases she had seen for my age. i reacted in my way, with fear and denial. i took my prescription and ate the white flour and white sugar, cooked veggies and fruits that i was instructed to eat. as i went into my first remission, the fear went away, and i rebelled by returning to my normal terrible habits; be it fried, carbonated, or chocolate-covered. i have had several flare-ups since then, and some of them have been pretty rough. The sight of blood in the toilet, and the pain would scare me back into behaving, but only until the symptoms were gone.

However, this past month has been one of the worst flares i have had, and by the grace of my Father, i have been finally able to wrap my head against how serious this is. if i didn’t make a serious change, a colostomy bag was in my future. by the recommendation of a dear friend, i picked up a book called ” Breaking the Vicious Cycle ” that introduces the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. the SCD diet is grain free, sugar free, and dairy free. and so i stepped out on this terrifying but hopeful journey. today is my 3rd day on it, and it is so so hard. i can have exactly 5 things in the intro phase: overcooked carrots, homemade apple cider, grape juice, eggs, and a variety of lean meats. one of the hardest things has been giving up soda. i drank {gulp} probably 3 a day. and the surprising thing is, i had no idea giving up sugar and caffeine cold turkey would feel so awful. my colitis is recovering by leaps and bounds- in 2 days, i have had almost no pain, and i don’t spend any more time on the toilet, crying and feeling in labor. a miracle!  but my body has crashed through sugar detox, and so the past 2 days have brought nausea, fever, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and severe aching all over.

but i know i can do this.   because of the most amazing support system God placed in my life before i even knew i would need it. Like one of my kindred spirits that has had her own baptism by fire through a painful and nutritional battle for her son’s health. or the dear dear soul who is doing the diet with me, just to hold my hand and give me strength. many miles separate us, but i feel so much less alone because of it. or the best friends who gave up soda years ago, and promise me that i will get to the place where i don’t have to have that Coke.

and also because of you. You have read my story, and my pain, and i feel the support. thank you so much.

i love you all. xoxo.

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Why hello there! Thanks so much for meeting me here! :) I am a bit unnerved at the prospect of blogging, but excited to give it a shot. First, my disclosure: I am NOT a writer. so forgive me in advance for run-on sentences and uninspiring wording…. i try to say what i want to with my camera ~ if you know me personally, you know that i love to talk, so surely i can learn to write my thoughts. icon razz Debut for both my blog & SPRING!!! {at long last...}

As with any working creative/stay-at-home mom, when it comes to photos, my poor little family seems to get the leftovers of me, while i give friends and clients the best i have to offer. i don’t think that’s ok. don’t get me wrong, i love my clientele, and am so grateful for them.  but my loved ones deserve my best effort, too. so i started planning this shoot in my head months ago. The ducklings worked the perfect charm they were supposed to- i would have never gotten these priceless expressions if i had only begged and cajoled~    the sun came out, just for a day, but it was all we needed.   it felt so good to laugh and play and drink in the sunshine.   Thanks to my dear friend, Chelsea-for the lovely images.

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Here’s to a beautiful week for all of you~ xoxo.