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daughter of god, wife, mom
Hey guys! I just wanted to let everyone know I started a new blog. I wanted to try and get this one going again but it just doesn’t feel right to continue one that holds so much of my past. It’s just not who I am anymore.
I got a new camera and am working on taking pictures daily. My plan is to post one a day so that is my goal for now. 
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Hey guys! I just wanted to let everyone know I started a new blog. I wanted to try and get this one going again but it just doesn’t feel right to continue one that holds so much of my past. It’s just not who I am anymore.

I got a new camera and am working on taking pictures daily. My plan is to post one a day so that is my goal for now. 

jamieraephotography.tumblr.com

solomon’s first cousin

Solomon’s very first cousin should be here sometime in the next few weeks. Little Miss Emeline Marie is going to be quite the excitement for this holiday season and I just can’t wait to see her beautiful face. Lots of baby news has been floating around (especially on FB) and I couldn’t be more happy about the season that our family and friends are in. Babies are such a joy and I love me a little newborn!

I know I haven’t been on in a while and I hope this explains a little of it.
John, Solomon, and I are so excited to be welcoming a second babe into our family sometime in June! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

I know I haven’t been on in a while and I hope this explains a little of it.

John, Solomon, and I are so excited to be welcoming a second babe into our family sometime in June! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

grainy photos on a rainy day

My dad just moved back to Dallas from New Mexico and got a job at a graphics designs company, and now that he is closer we can see him a little bit more. He is coming down on Friday with my Mema to see us so I have a lot of cleaning this house to do, but I am so excited to see him! He has only seen Solomon twice, at a week old and 4 months old.

In other news, Solomon is pulling up on everything he can in the house. He is crawling at lightning fast speeds and climbing the two steps we have in the house so I’m having to leave the bathroom doors closed because he likes to get into the trash and play with the toilet brush. He has his two bottom teeth in and he is learning how to drink water from a sippy cup. He likes the pull up on the book shelf and pull the books off the most, which is not so funny. He is still taking a few tumbles but is getting better everyday, and not crying so much when he does. He does cry when he has been standing too long, though, because he hasn’t learned how to get down after he has pulled himself up. John has a hard time changing him because he flips and is sitting up faster than you can stop him. He knows he can’t get away with this with me, though. It’s really hard for me to believe my little munchkin in already 8 1/2 months, time has flown by and before I know it I will be planning his first birthday! I’m so proud to be his mommy.

diy: canvas art

This canvas art is very simple, would even be a good project for kids to do as gifts.

What you need:

Canvas
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Scrapbook paper or book pages 
Stick on letters
Watercolors

1. Brush a layer of Mod Podge onto the canvas

2. Turn Scrapbook paper face down and lay canvas on back side. As you can see, I was going to use Bible pages but they were too thin so I went with scrapbook paper instead.

3. Mod Podge sides of canvas and fold 2 opposite sides of scrapbook paper up to meet the canvas

4. Fold the other two opposite sides like you would when wrapping a gift. Make sure to put enough Mod Podge to hold all the creases.

5. Mod Podge the back and fold the remaining paper around the back. Then cut off any excess paper the sticks out past the edges.

6. Place letters on front. Don’t press too hard because you want them to come up later, but make sure the edges are down.

7. Paint any color water color that you want. Make sure you cover over all the letters. As you can see by my shirt, I got a little carried away while brushing.

8. Peel the letters off very carefully, go slow. WAIT TILL IT’S DRY!

9. Last, but not least, it’s time to slather on a top layer of Mod podge to seal everything in and make it shine! Again, I cannot stress the importance of it being DRY. The water color may bleed a little into the letters so go slow and be careful.

As you can see, it turned out quite wrinkly which I was not happy with. I took it inside anyway and left it there overnight. The next day I noticed that most of the wrinkles had straightened themselves out. I guess they just needed a good dry in a cool house. So that first picture is the final look, but I will post it here again so you can really see the difference.

This weekend was nice and relaxing. Saturday John and I stayed in with Solomon and caught up on some TV shows. I also tried my hand at some watercolors, because I have literally been dreaming about it lately, and sipped on Nutella hot chocolate. John’s dad was sick so he asked John if he would preach Sunday, so John ended up studying the rest of the day and Solomon and I kept out of his way in the living room. A cold front blew in Sunday morning and I was very excited to dress Solomon in his new jacket and hat. I didn’t get a picture but I promise to do that soon. Church was great! I had childrens church this week, which my sister-in-law helped me with since John had to preach on short notice, and she was a big help in keeping the kids wrangled. All in all, the weekend was beautiful, and the cold front has stayed so it looks like sweaters and hats are here to stay!

This weekend was nice and relaxing. Saturday John and I stayed in with Solomon and caught up on some TV shows. I also tried my hand at some watercolors, because I have literally been dreaming about it lately, and sipped on Nutella hot chocolate. John’s dad was sick so he asked John if he would preach Sunday, so John ended up studying the rest of the day and Solomon and I kept out of his way in the living room. A cold front blew in Sunday morning and I was very excited to dress Solomon in his new jacket and hat. I didn’t get a picture but I promise to do that soon. Church was great! I had childrens church this week, which my sister-in-law helped me with since John had to preach on short notice, and she was a big help in keeping the kids wrangled. All in all, the weekend was beautiful, and the cold front has stayed so it looks like sweaters and hats are here to stay!

his first lesson

This is an easy project that quickly transforms simple clothespins into something fun for a party, shower, wedding, or just for your home. I found a similar tutorial here.

First you need:
Mod Podge
Clothespins
Box Cutter (my husband was using his so I only had the blade)
Scrapbook Paper
Paint Brush (I highly recommend foam brushes or cheap ones that you can throw away because I ruined my husbands good paint brush…boo)

Optional:
Cardboard to protect the surface you are working on 
Paint Pen to draw or write on the clothespins 

1. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the front of the cothespin.

2. Place clothes pin on the back side of the scrapbook paper.

3. Cut around the edges of the clothespin.

4. Repeat for opposite side if you like.

While I was gone for a while, a lot of you missed my entire pregnancy and looking back now, I wish I had been blogging because I didn’t document it like I would have liked. I think this is the only real picture I have of Solomon’s first home, all the others are iPhone pictures. Boo. My goal is to actually document the next pregnancy and hopefully blogging will help encourage me to do so. This picture actually makes me miss being pregnant a little. A lot of things make me miss being pregnant, like my sister-in-law, who is due to have Solomon’s first cousin around the first part of January. Pregnancy, for me, was no walk in the park but it has it’s irreplaceable moments and, after all is said and done, I did’t mind bearing the hard stuff to enjoy the good. No, I’m not pregnant and we are not quite ready for #2 yet, but I do look forward to it when the time comes.

While I was gone for a while, a lot of you missed my entire pregnancy and looking back now, I wish I had been blogging because I didn’t document it like I would have liked. I think this is the only real picture I have of Solomon’s first home, all the others are iPhone pictures. Boo. My goal is to actually document the next pregnancy and hopefully blogging will help encourage me to do so. This picture actually makes me miss being pregnant a little. A lot of things make me miss being pregnant, like my sister-in-law, who is due to have Solomon’s first cousin around the first part of January. Pregnancy, for me, was no walk in the park but it has it’s irreplaceable moments and, after all is said and done, I did’t mind bearing the hard stuff to enjoy the good. No, I’m not pregnant and we are not quite ready for #2 yet, but I do look forward to it when the time comes.

encouraging fall

Solomon’s clothes: H&M
My clothes: H&M      Boots: Steve Madden

Solomon and I went on a random trip to Dallas with my mom last Wednesday and came home Friday night. It was the first time I had ever been away from my husband and I really missed him but it was nice to see my Mema, Aunt, and cousin and do a little shopping. Solomon and I are officially ready for Fall to fall. Get it? But really, it seems like here in Texas we have to encourage cooler weather a little by prematurely dressing in our fall clothes. I’m so eager for a nice cool breeze and a comfy striped longsleeve shirt that I don’t mind jumping the gun a little, if it means Fall knows how much I anticipate his (her?) arrival. But then again, who wouldn’t want to dress a babe in suspenders? TO. DIE. FOR.


He promised he would make funny faces too, but apparently he tricked mom into looking silly all by herself.

He promised he would make funny faces too, but apparently he tricked mom into looking silly all by herself.

the good life is made of these

older-than-dirt gas stations
suspenders on babies
babes naping in tents
stuffed jalalpenos
camp fire dinner
naked babes
playing on picnic blankets
s’mores
s’mores
and more s’mores
marshmallow covered, sticky babe fingers
skip-bo by lantern light
laughing deep into the night
morning sun
babes waking in tents
great friends 

fleeting moments.

It is rare that I am away from Solomon longer than a minute to step into the other room. Every now and then I leave him with John or our parents for about 2 hours to have a date or attend a womens group at church. Every time I return and I see him, my heart skips a beat. You would think I had been gone for days. I just hold him or look at him in awe as my heart swells to a size I didn’t know was possible.

Sometimes, I hold him and close my eyes while trying to burn this moment in my mind forever. I think, I never want this moment to end. I fight back tears thinking this will all pass too soon. I never want to let him go. I never want him to let me go. It usually doesn’t take long for him to squirm and I’m forced to let him go. I think, just a minute longer, but it’s too late, the moment is gone and his attention has already been diverted. He doesn’t know how much he means to me, he only knows he needs me. He doesn’t know that I am always waiting for the next moment.

The moment he is out of my arms, I see the resemblance to my relationship with God, and then I can’t fight the tears back any longer. 

Remember the song “A Little Longer” sung by Jenn Johnson? In the song, she is asking what she can do for Lord, she will dance for him, sing for him, anything, just tell her what she can do and she will do it, and this is the Lord’s response.

"You… don’t have to do a thing 
Just simply be with me and let those things go 
'Cause they can wait another minute 
Wait… this moment is too sweet 
Would you please stay here with Me 
And love on Me a little longer” 

This is the blessing a child brings, the understanding of the Father’s heart towards you. As a mom, the most precious thing is to feel loved on by the one your heart bleeds for (at least that’s how it feels sometimes). I long for those moments and try to hold on as long as I can when they come, I never want them to end. How much more does my heavenly Father long for me to come and love on Him? How much more everlasting love does He have for me? How much bigger does His heart swell at the sight of me? How often does He wait, patiently, for me to turn my affection towards Him? How often do I cut our moments short because my attention has been diverted? I can’t even begin to describe how much my body aches at the literal feeling of love for my son, and I know that is not even a fraction of how God loves and longs for me. 

I desire to be the daughter who turns the moment my Father whispers my name. To sit at His feet and lavish my love and affection on Him. There is no greater place to be than in the arms of my Father, to feel the warmth of His breath and the steady rythmn of His heart. It beats for me. I long to truely know Him. To fully desire Him. I don’t want fleeting moments to pass me by. I want to reside in a moment with Him.

After we had Solomon, my Mema gave us this “Baby Sitter” for the bath tub. This is what she said, “I got this when you were born but I forgot to give it to your parents.” Whaaaa? She has had this since 1987? Well, I’m mean that is obvious when looking at the box, but hilarious. My parents also had my brother and sister after me, and she still never gave it to them. I’m glad she finally remembered it after 25 years, because Solomon loves being able to sit in the tub! By the way, he is not alone. Dad is in the tub with him, but I didn’t think y’all would want to see his hairy beast legs. You’re welcome.

Two of John’s good friends were in town this last Friday, Wes (left) in from Waco, and Brian (middle) in from NYC, so we took Friday off to hang out and walk Main St with them. Wes is a photographer by profession and Brian by hobby, and are both really great! We don’t get a lot of pictures of us so I was glad to have a few shots for fun along the way. Solomon also got to meet a new little friend, and I think they hit it off. Josiah is Wes and his wife’s first babe, too. I love me some cute babes! Friday was rainy and brought in some nice crisp air which was very refreshing from the stiffling heat all summer, I was happy to be able to break out the sweater and Solomon’s killer vest. Seriously, I die, it’s so cute! The rest of the weekend was nice and quiet, while it continued to rain. Thank you, Lord! I hope you all had a good weekend. Now onto another week.