Deborah Maxwell’s Newborn Photos

I had the joy of taking Deborah’s newborn photos when she was 9 days old. We scheduled it for late afternoon, and we again used the master bedroom which we also used for Benjamin’s.

Deborah definitely gave some challenges, but with newborn photos, one learns to adapt and stretch their creativity. She didn’t sleep much, and she didn’t naturally curl into a newborn position.

We know some of you love photography, and newborn photos are a way to bless families with lasting memories. To get ideas and tips, you can Google it. You’ll find ideas from what kinds of props (you really can do with just a few items) to lighting to posing. After that, practice, practice, and practice.

I used my Nikon D800 with two lenses: Tamron  f2.8 28-75mm lens and my Nikon f1.4 50mm. I didn’t use a flash.


To begin with, I used the little boys to see what my lighting was like and the background. I used a fleece reversible blanket–white on one side and black on the other.
Yes, Deborah was only 9 days, but she seemed so much older!
Mommy + Daughter
Those bright eyes!
Finally asleep.
What a happy sibling set of SIX!
She looks just like a little doll! So grateful for another opportunity to do a newborn photo session!

“That the generation to come might know them,
even the children which should be born;
who should arise and declare them to their children.”
Psalm 78:6

Family Handyman Magazine

Christopher has gifted me with a subscription to The Family Handyman Magazine for a number of years. He knows that I’m always interested in learning better ways of creating and maintaining things around the home. If moms are looking for something very inexpensive and practical for your husband, you might consider gifting your husband with it. If you go to The Family Handyman’s website, a 1-year subscription is $10 or $15/2years.

We will have some ideas later from Titus2 for Father’s Day that will be a spiritual blessing to his heart.

“Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.”
Titus 2:6

Tears for Their Loss

Memorial Day, Christopher’s family took Gigi to the cemetery to visit Grandad’s grave. While there, they saw a young man, standing by himself, in evident agony. Gigi went over to give him a hug and listen as he shared his story. His dad died three years ago, and he loved him a lot. He’s following in his dad’s career footsteps, and this is the first time back to visit the grave since moving.

The above picture is a beautiful example of the comforting of a young soldier by an 87-year-old widow whose husband served in Vietnam and was critically wounded in that service, almost losing his life then. May we never forget the sacrifice people have made and are making for our freedom.

Heartache and loss are all around us. Are our hearts tender to discern the needs and then empathize and show Christ’s love?

“Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort,
according to thy word unto thy servant.”
Psalm 119:76

Memorial Day 2019

Today we the people of the United States of America remember those who gave their lives defending our freedom. They gave the greatest gift they could give us—their own life. Freedom is not free.

As we reflect on that, may we also grieve for the state of our nation. Where right is considered wrong, and wrong proclaimed as right. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” — Isaiah 5:20

May it be our hearts’ cry to share the gospel! “And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” — Jude 1:22-23

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is
the power of God unto salvation to every one that
believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Romans 1:16

No Shadow of Turning

(The blog moved to a new server, so this post and comments were lost in the shuffle. I’m reposting it.)

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of lights, with
whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

James 1:17 (underline added)

What a beautiful truth. God is faithful. There is no variableness or turning with Him. He can be trusted.

The New Old

Saturdays are the best times for family work projects. After Dad tore down Gigi’s porch (see this post), the next weekend, he rented a dumpster, and we filled it.

“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men,
be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.”
1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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