Alive, Well, and Expecting

Dear friends,

Thank you to all who have checked on me . . . I never meant to stop writing for so many months.  We are, delightfully, expecting another sweet baby this summer and the first five months of pregnancy were very difficult on me.  Kate Middleton-difficult, without the fancy title or expensive shoes.  I know that many of you can relate- the all-day extreme nausea that makes each day seem like a mountain to climb, with another mountain the next day and the next . . . I crawled into bed many nights in January, February and March and said to my husband, “I did it.  I made it through today.”

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And here we are now, the beginning of beautiful April, like a long-awaited gift. A long, cold winter behind us and life bursting forth from the ground and the trees and a tiny miracle flutters inside me, strong and well.

james and the daffodils Mar 15 color final

How great the Father’s love, how vast beyond all measure.

Goldy Locks

My Boy turned 5 years-old last month.  I know.  He is such an old-soul.  So much like me.  I understand his emotions and his heart in a unique way because he is wired, for better or worse, just like me.  He is getting to be more of a helper to me all the time.  We started homeschooling in the fall and made good progress until I started to be so sick this winter.  We will hopefully pick our lessons back up this spring and summer.

sleeping in the sun

Our sweet baby James is now two and a half.  He is our constant entertainment.  Wherever we go, someone remarks about his cowlick.  He wants to be held or to hold my hand all hours of the day.  He is love and full of mischief.

james christian

For anyone interested in my photography, I had a beautiful new site built back in December:, where you can see a lot of my work (and our life) in one gallery.

Thank you for forgiving my hibernation this winter.  We are eagerly awaiting this new chapter and thanking the Lord for His mercies that are new every morning.


  1. Congratulations! You’ll be in my prayers God grows that new little blessing. What a nice surprise to see a new post from you on this Good Friday. It has cheered me to see such beautiful photographs and such good news for your family. It makes me think of a Carl Sandburg quote that our minister often shares during baptisms “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.”
    I understand about not having time for blogging when real LIFE is calling. I hardly read blogs at all and I’ve taken a sabbatical from social media for the most part this winter because God revealed that it just wasn’t life giving to me while time with my boys and time in His word was what would quench my thirst for connection. Your blog and photography are always the exception.
    We are starting homeschooling too, but very slowly and gently with my eldest son who is a very precocious 4 year old and my very curious 1 year old son toddling alongside.

  2. Your boys are just the sweetest and I am so happy to hear your news! Praying you will be feeling better every day until that healthy and loved new one arrives. Can’t wait to see her/him in pictures. Blessings to you and your family!

  3. So, so, so very happy for you and the family. And I can’t wait to see what you cook up decorating-wise for this sweet bundle of joy.

  4. Yay! Me too! I’m expecting baby number three, and my two boys (age 3 and nearly 2) are very excited to meet the new baby. Morning sickness has been bad for me too for the first trimester, but is easing now.
    Here’s hoping your pregnancy goes well, and the birth, and I love the beautiful photos you take of your boys.

  5. Congratulations Erin! That is very exciting news indeed. I have been checking your blog periodically and was excited to see a new entry. I’m so glad you’re feeling better!

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