I'm Jennifer and this little blog is my family's living scrapbook. It sprang to life back in 2008 just after we moved our little family from Texas to Virginia.  It was a great way for us to keep in contact with our friends and family while living so far away. We've since then moved back to our home state of Texas (yipee!!). I enjoy recording all our special memories here and then printing my posts into a book each year. 

I'm married to the same handsome fella that took me to my junior prom "many moons ago" --never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined we'd meet back up one day after that fateful night and marry 14 years later. God had a plan for us, that's for sure.

I'm an adoptive mom to two, a foster mom to a precious 2-year old boy we're hoping to adopt, a Mormon, a native Texan, and an educator and school principal by trade. After adopting our two precious children--I made the decision to stay home full time and mother our babes. 

In my free time, I enjoy curling up under a blanket with a great book, writing, going RV camping with my family, antiquing across the Texas Hill Country, baking sweets, and never miss a day of drinking hot chocolate.  I love photography--absolutely love it. Nothing fancy--I'm an amateur---but I love capturing my children in their everyday moments and taking photos of all the places we visit when we travel.  I primarily shoot with a Canon 7D and my "go-to" lens are my Canon 50mm and Sigma 24-70mm.  I also have fun shooting with my handy-dandy iPhone camera--I like to edit w/ lightroom and pictapgo apps. 

I am very grateful to my husband for working so hard to provide for our family so I can spend this time at home with our children in their younger years.  What a blessing it is to spend my days with them--watching them learn and grow and helping them navigate their way through this uncertain world.  I had always hoped and dreamed of being a mother someday and while the journey to get here wasn't as easy as I imagined it would be--I have seen the Lord's hand in mine and Jody's life as we've moved forward in faith. We faced great challenges and heartache with infertility and several failed adoptions over the years-- but as I sit here today, I can honestly say how thankful I am for the difficulties we faced to become parents.  They made me stronger, they made our marriage stronger and more importantly--they increased my faith and understanding in Heavenly Father's plan for me as a wife and mother.  I feel truly blessed to be sharing this earthly life with my dear husband and the special children He sent our way.  

It's a dream come true.  

"God gave us families to help us become what He wants us to be— 
this is how He shares His love...
for the family is of God."

- Jean A. Stevens

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