facts of the family

Unprofessional disclaimer (for the benefit of the Wal-Mart photo department, who frequently withholds pictures from me until I can produce the professional photographer's signature.  I'm flattered.  Really, I am.  But I'd like my pictures now, please):  These pics were taken by little old novice me using a tripod for a spur of the moment family shoot in the churchyard in front of our house.  I mean really, do you think we'd actually dress like that for professional pictures?  Okay, so maybe we would.  But  don't my poses give it away?  I literally had ten seconds to sprint from behind the camera, leap over a dog, grab a child, and pretend to not be gasping for  air.  Please put that in your copyright file.  Thank you very much.
I thought I'd share some little tidbits about our Family.  It's hard sometimes via blogworld to really get a true sense of what someone's family is really like.  So, here are just a few...

F A C T S  . O F . T H E . F A M I L Y

1.  Words that best describe us:  crazy, kinda loud, fun-loving, spontaneous, adventurous, passionate, loving, creative

2.  Favorite thing to do as a family on the weekends:  hiking in the woods, bike riding, roasting marshmallows over a backyard campfire, wrestling with daddy, dancing while he plays the guitar, snuggling on the couch

3.  What we value the most as a family:  Love for God and Love for others.

4.  What we value the most in relationships:  Authenticity, transparency, respect, compassion, forgiveness

5.  Weirdest thing about us:  We collect things...rocks, strange objects, old things, odd things and we're constantly "making" things (and this probably isn't the weirdest thing about us...we're pretty weird)

6.  Favorite family movies:  WALL-E, UP, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Chronicles of Narnia

7.  We like to eat____:  a lot of different foods.  We love Thai.  We heart sushi.  Love seafood but also love comfort food like roast beef and mash potatoes.  We really like broccoli  (well, everyone except for Joel).  Shrimp stew and crawfish bisque are his favorites.

8.  We are for:  World Missions.  Mission of Mercy.  Compassion International.  World Vision. GlobalRoar.  The Mission Haiti. AdoptionNOTAbortion.  Amazima Ministries.  Love146.  and a whole lot more...

9.  Favorite Bible Verse:  "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."  Matthew 22: 37

10.  Our most annoying habits:  we're too loud.  and rowdy.  and we play jokes.

11.  Parenting style:  pretty traditional.  supportive.  encouraging.  rules are expected to be followed.  grace is embraced.  I liked to think I was patient, but then I had four kids...

12.  Phrase that is wayyyyy overused right now in our household (and drives me crazy):  "pooh."  (why?  why do little kids love this word??!!)

13.  What we're most likely to be doing if you stopped by:  racing through the house with superhero capes on and having a tea party with fine china.  

14.  Our newest endeavor:  Charts, charts, charts.  Stars for good behavior and completed school work,  nickels for chores.  Anything to try to control this chaos of tiny people with attitudes :)

15.  Our most endearing quality:  cute kids!  very cute kids!


Ashley said...

Love this! :) P.S. Do you have a Walgreen's nearby or another pharmacy that develops pictures? I have WAY better luck getting my pictures developed hassle free at Walgreen's than I do at Wal-Mart, and it's cheaper! Also, Snapfish is a GREAT site that often has penny print sales and they have reasonably fast shipping! :) Just a thought!

Anonymous said...

These pictures are too cute :) What an adorable family you have.

Dee said...

your whole family is cute - not just the kids!! :)

(and i totally wouldn't have guessed they were timer pics if you hadn't said...)


Southern Gal said...

I'm sure they are just trying to make you give the professional a little credit. ;) Your picture are wonderful and I love the little tidbits about the family. Good stuff.

Katie said...

We've had problems at Walgreens too. Annoying, eh? Super cute photos, though!:)

lauren said...

i found you through your house tour-- adorable! and did i hear you hark from nebraska?? i am not from here but live here now... far far from my ocean home. :) our families sound like we would be great friends. :) i'm due in august with my fourth--- so if you find a chart that WORKS and doesn't take more energy to manage than the doing of the actual chore--- let me know!! :)

Mary said...

your pictures Do look amazing! :)
so much fun to learn a little more about you.
have a great day! :)

Lauren said...

you have an awesome little family!!! love all the pics... you guys are adorable!!

annie said...

those pictures DO look professional... what a happy family! :) i loved getting to see what your family is all about; there's almost nothing better than "meeting" people who are happy in their homes.

Holly said...

love the pics form your "shoot"

Chelsie Denson said...

Your family is super cute! And I love that your kids love sushi. too cool!


Melodee said...

adorable pics! what a sweet bunch you all are:)

Coby said...

I actually really love your photos! They're adorable!

I used to think I was really patient too, before I kids! I was also the perfect mom who always knew the right thing to do (before I had kids!) Ha!

Kate said...

Did you sign your name for the "professional photographer" haha!! Cute pictures and loved getting to know you all!!

ricebabies said...

I love this. We are having a really bad "poo" word issue along with pee pee and tee tee and butt . It hard. I one day had my middle one like soap. I felt awful after but I was trying to tell him those aren"t clean words. It's funny but a little out of control right now. ha ha

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Love this post...and the pics are so cute. Too funny that Walmart wouldn't release them thinking they were professional...that is a compliment. And, your pictures always do capture something special...love that.

Michelle Elkins AKA Mickey said...

oh my word, I love everything about your blog! Super cute pics and little fam!

Purposely at Home said...

L-O-V-E this! and the pics are TOO CA-UTE!!! :)


ginanorma said...

I can NOT believe I've gone this long, or we've gone this long not "knowing" each other, I am freaking out over here about you and this blog!
We have so much in common, and I think we might be soul sisters!

Loved this post, it's a super idea, I might "steal" it, if that's ok to do sometime!?

So happy we found one another!


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