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The weather has changed (it is so stinkin’ cold!) and my boys have been forced to start wearing shirts again. Although the second we get home they still race upstairs to take their shirts off and throw on a pair of shorts. They are longing for summer already. So am I. One day back in August, Jake was toddling around the garden with his dump truck so I ran inside to get my camera.

img_9633newI have been meaning to post these photos forever and while they have nothing to do with Christmas, I hope they at least bring warm thoughts of summer at the beginning of a very cold and busy week.

img_9635new“What doin’, mama?”

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img_9673newIf I ever needed to keep him busy this summer I would tell him to fill up his dump truck with something. Tiny, go collect sticks in your dump truck. Tiny, go fill up your dump truck with rocks from the driveway. Tiny, go find some acorns and fill up your dump truck. Tiny, go take your dump truck out to the garden. It worked every time.

img_9644newA shovel and his dump truck is all he needed. Now it is winter and I need a new trick because three little boys running around with dump trucks inside my house makes a mama go crazy. Ha!

img_9676new img_9685newI don’t know how he is growing up so fast. This summer he went from baby to little boy and now all of a sudden there are no more babies in my house! I don’t know if I am okay with that.

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img_9713newHe was my best tomato picker this summer. If his dump truck was involved he would pick tomatoes all day.

img_9734newHe was always so proud of his work too.

img_9651newI don’t ever want to forget two-year-old Tiny and his dump truck. I am no professional photographer, but I am so thankful that I learned how to use my fancy camera to capture these moments. The photos I have of my kids are some of my most precious treasures. Everything I know about composition, storytelling and my camera, I learned from my friend, Ashley. I took her DSLR class about five years ago and learned how to shoot in manual. I wasn’t sure if I could ever learn but I am so, so glad I tried! SnapShop is now a subscription based photography site with two anchor courses– SnapShop: DSLR & SnapShop:Phone. I have taken the phone course as well and it is just as great as her DSLR course! By subscribing to SnapShop you have access to both courses, new information is added monthly and you can learn at your own pace. It is such a great deal! I love Ashley anyway, but she is really the best teacher. If I can learn this stuff, so can you!

Do you want to learn how to capture the beauty of your days through photography? Do you want to learn how to use your DSLR or phone camera better? Ashley is generously giving away a one-year membership to SnapShop to one of my readers! Yay!

Learn to Capture Your DaysGiveaway Details:

SnapShop (one-year subscription)

ONE winner chosen at random

ONE entry per person

Giveaway ends Tuesday, December 20th @ 10PM (CST)

To enter…

Leave a comment on this post telling me what beauty you would love to capture in your everyday.

And if you missed the Cyber Monday sale and are still wanting to join SnapShop, use code JESSMAC to get $10 off your registration fee (this will allow you to register for $40.00 with the $5.00 monthly subscription fee still applying). Make it a goal to learn how to capture the beauty in your days using your DSLR or phone camera (or both!) in the new year!

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  • Rebecca S. - I want to capture the everyday moments with my kids and the feelings that go along with those moments!ReplyCancel

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  • Mary - I have been blessed to be a stay-at-home Mom for 13 years now, and I became an amateur photographer right around the same time… I upgraded to a DLSR almost a decade ago, but continue to be discouraged with my (lack of) photography skills. Would love to work through this in the New Year! Thank you for the giveaway and for your encouragement!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Joni - I would love to capture the sunrise and sunset on my daily commutesReplyCancel

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  • Melinda - Oh how I miss summer! I have 3 boys also, and I’d love to be better at catching the daily things that we do. I have a DSLR, but never learned how to really use it beyond auto.ReplyCancel

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  • Lizzie - The messy and hard parts of this beautiful time with three small children that God has blessed me with.ReplyCancel

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  • Cassie M - I’d love to be able to take better pictures of my kids-I love pictures and the memories they capture. I have a fancy camera that I’d love to learn how to use better:) Thanks Jess!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren - I got a DSLR a few years ago and have never gotten off automatic. It’s been my goal to switch to manual to get great shots of my little ones. I would love to just capture our everyday moments together!!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa - I would capture pictures of my girls.ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney Daugherty - I have a 2yr old little boy and prayerfully more babies to come! We’ve struggled with infertility for years now and although I trust that God has a perfect plan and even if He doesn’t have any more biological babies for us… He is still good. I don’t want to forget these days of being a Mama to a little.ReplyCancel

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  • Meg S - I have so many friends and family members that I just adore and can never have enough pictures of!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristen S. - I’ve had a DSLR camera for 7 years and I haven’t yet learned to shoot in manual so the Snap Shop classes would be perfect! I have 4 kids and I would love to be able to capture their personalities in a shot.ReplyCancel

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  • Laura Moffat - I want to learn to take pics like you and Ashley!!! 😘 I’ve wanted to do this for years! Pick me, pick me!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kasey - What a great giveaway! I bought my first DSLR last Christmas and still am shooting on auto! It seems so overwhelming every time I try to read my manual that I just give up. This would be perfect for us, because I could learn at my own pace from home. The beauty I would capture would be the everyday with my three kids. I love taking their pictures and would like to do a better job.ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - I’ve always wanted to sign up for Ashley’s classes! As my kids get older, I’m learning that the way I take pictures of them is completely different. Perhaps her classes would give me the boost of creativity I need! πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy M - I took her phone class a few years back, and I really want to take the DSLR class. My main subjects for daily beauty are my horse and my dogs and the beautiful Texas Hill Country πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel - I would love to win this giveaway! I feel like I have so many things I can still learn about capturing my children in pictures. They are my greatest muse.ReplyCancel

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  • Julia - Our family and travels!ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - I would love to capture photos of my boys!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - I would love to improve my photography skills so that I can always remember these precious days with my young kiddos. =)ReplyCancel

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  • jen - sports are an everyday in our house, and I’d love to capture great shots of both boys sports my oldest has just started high school so I only have a few more years.ReplyCancel

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  • Keli - Sweet little snip-its of life as they are hurrying past. For me, the camera seems to slow it down just a little.ReplyCancel

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  • Christa M - We currently have three little girls ages 2 and under…some days I feel like my mind is a blur…but goodness I would love to capture the tremendous bless and joy of it all too!ReplyCancel

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  • Amber - Sweet little boys!!ReplyCancel

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  • Jody - Just everyday life with my 7 year old niece.ReplyCancel

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  • Carolyn - I’m getting married in 2017! So, all of the wedding prep πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth Cannata - I would LOVE to learn how to capture my new nephew Luke. I waited 41 years for him to be born and just can’t get over what a tremendous gift and blessing he is. Thank you for the opportunity! Merry Christmas everyone!ReplyCancel

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  • Tina Miles - I LOVE how she captures doing school with her kids and herself in the pictures with the kids…I want to do better at that.ReplyCancel

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  • stacey - I would love to capture better pictures of my dogs. They are the most wonderful creatures on earth with the biggest hearts and I want to be able to show that in a photograph. They truly bring so much light to my life and to others and to capture their simple love would be a gift.ReplyCancel

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  • Cristin Thurman - I would love to learn how to use my manual setting better to capture the dirty loving boys in my home!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - I would love to learn to use my DSLR to capture those special and every day moments with my five kiddos. We homeschool, and I would love to do a better job with pics during the day-to-day stuff!ReplyCancel

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  • Emily Baker - My little growing family!ReplyCancel

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  • katherine - I would love to better capture my little guy growing up!ReplyCancel

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  • Johanna - I am frequently blown away by the breathtaking beauty of God’s Creation and would love to know how to better capture that beauty in the photos that I take.ReplyCancel

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  • Emma - I want to capture the everyday moments with my three little ones. They are growing up waaaaaaay to fast!!ReplyCancel

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  • Jess - Would love to take better pictures of my kids!ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth Kelly - YES!!! This is an awesome give away! I almost pulled the trigger to purchase when she had the big sale last month and just couldn’t justify spending on myself with birthdays and Christmas ahead. I have 3 little ones to capture everyday moments with! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Abby Rooks - I would love to capture the joyful moments in my day to day. Sweet memories frozen in time. Thanks Jess!ReplyCancel

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  • Mackenzie M - I would love to capture the every day joy in my kids lives. Love the idea of capturing little everyday moments too. Time flies by so quickly and I love looking back and remembering special moments in our lives!ReplyCancel

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  • Missy Allen - I would love to learn to capture those special moments of my three kids lives!!ReplyCancel

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  • Christy Treffer - Sports and 4-H cattle/horse activities of my three children.ReplyCancel

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  • Laura W. - I would love to be able to capture the special moments of my granddaughters and be able to tell a story with my photos. πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas, everyone! (Or anyone who may read this…LOL)ReplyCancel

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  • Emily Rowland - I have three beautiful kids that are growing too fast! I would love to use this to grow my camera skills!ReplyCancel

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  • Macie - I’d love to be able to take better family photos, especially of those relatives who are getting older!ReplyCancel

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  • Katie Carnahan - We homeschool and I love to document our days with pictures, but would love to learn how to better use my camera.ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth - I want to capture the wonder in my 5 gorgeous grandbubbas. I take so many with my phone but often miss the best photos.ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica - I would love to capture the beauty of our daily lives raising four children. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • Megan - oh just life!! Like many others posting here, I’ve got super cute kids that I just want to remember their little lives some day. Why does life have to come at us at such a rapid pace?? Slow down, little ones!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kasie - I want to capture the everyday moments of my little girl WELL. I take pictures daily and treasure them! Kate has such a personality that it is hard to catch-up all the time….ReplyCancel

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  • Nikki F - I would love to learn how to capture great shots of three busy munchkins πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Brady W. - I want to capture my kids getting along! We’re about to have several days at home together (which is a blessing) and I’m praying for minimal amounts of fighting and a LOT of bonding time over the holiday break! I need to capture the moments because they seem few and far between–ha!ReplyCancel

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  • TLL - The beauty of my beautiful life!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay - I vowing to be in more pictures with my kids. So I need to help my kids learn a few things about my big camera so they can do this. I know they know they are loved but I want them to see it and remember it when I’m gone. Thanks for the great giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • Candy Foster - to see the calm over the chaos and the good over the badReplyCancel

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  • Laurie P - I have three little girls that are growing up so quickly. So just everyday life with them. The oldest is getting her own “big girl” camera for Christmas. Her and I have so much to learn and it would be great to do it together!ReplyCancel

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  • Lucy - I would capture the simple things in life. Creating memories of those whom I love.ReplyCancel

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  • Stacey - I have a DSLR and am having the HARDEST time learning to shoot in manual mode. I would appreciate the course to see if learning online at my own pace would help. (I have taken classroom classes but they move too fast for me). As far as the beauty that I would capture are the details. We like to go visit towns around us and find things that make them unique, like a cafe, a memorial or a garden. I like to take photos of those things and then also get the details of things such as the doorknob of a building, the floors of a cafe or a leaf from the tree in the center of town. Many of those details have a story of their own and may be gone somewhere on down the line. It is like preserving a little bit of history. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelsey Pope - I want to capture life on the ranch and my growing boy!ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth H. - This post resonates w/ my heart so much!
    My husband and I are blessed w/ five boys (age 8-15) and a sweet pea (age 5).
    As a stay at home, home schooling mom, the days often felt quite ordinary; even still, I grabbed my Kodak Easyshare and snapped photos. Now that they’re older and im not drowning w/ three littles in diapers at he same time, I cherish those grainy, poorly lit photos bc they remind of the beauty I often overlooked at the moment.
    I LOVE Ashley’s heart for photography as a mom ~ to capture what often seems insignificant but in reality is absolutely lovely and beautiful! My brother in law “passed on” his DLSR to me and I’d be abundantly grateful to learn an ounce of what Ashley has to offer!! These days w/ my children are what I cherish most ❀️ReplyCancel

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  • Gran - Love, love your photography. Would love some boy and dog photos – the best!ReplyCancel

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  • Elke - I would love to capture my not-so-little-anymore baby turning into a toddler, it is so fun seeing her personality emerge πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Heather Shults - I would love to learn how to use my DSLR again…as it is sitting collecting dust right now. However, in my busy day life as a mom to 3 boys as well…I would love to capture the beauty of my boys and the memories they share or make together using my cell phone.
    Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah Cox - I’d love to be able to capture the little moments that I yearn to remember but so quickly forgetReplyCancel

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  • Tonya Evans - Everyday momentsReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - I would capture pictures of the beautiful little boy that God blessed us with after 5 years of trying to have a baby.ReplyCancel

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  • Logan - I want to learn to capture the beauty in my everyday. Ashley’s photography is stunning. I’d be honored to take these courses. She’s an inspiration as a person and photographer.ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - I’d love to catch and capture everyday little moments around our house and family that might otherwise be forgotten years from
    now–it’s those tiny moments where all the growing up and learning and becoming a family really happens and I’d love to learn how to snap that better and hold onto it all forever!ReplyCancel

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  • Amber willis - The every day mundane of my family and kids. It’s what I want to remember. The small things that don’t always Stan four years down the road.ReplyCancel

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  • Lexi Kelly - I want to capture my four sweet kiddos, play time, school time, just being together doing our ordinary days.ReplyCancel

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  • Amy Shotts - I would love this better capture all of the precious moments with my family! I was just discussing with my husband tonight how much trouble I have getting good photos! This would be awesome.ReplyCancel

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  • Christen - My boys in their teenage years!ReplyCancel

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  • Stephanie - I want to capture my sweet kids at this time in our lives that can be such a blur sometimes. The days are long, but I know the years are short. One day I’ll miss those chubby little cheeks so much!ReplyCancel

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  • Courtney R - Would love this!!ReplyCancel

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  • Emily F. - I love capturing the every day moments of my two boys (4.5/2.5). The years are going by so fast that I don’t want to miss a moment!

    But, if I won, I would actually give this to my SIL who just got a fancy camera!!ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - farm adventures and my kiddos!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Leatha - My daughter growing up.ReplyCancel

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  • Mallory oosterhouse - My IVF miracle baby!ReplyCancel

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How are you doing on your Christmas shopping? I am actually almost done (totally a miracle!) Just in case you are still wrapping up your shopping or need a few last minute ideas I wanted to share some favorites from DaySpring. They are even generously marking down a few items just for you! Even if you are done, make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway. You won’t want to miss it!

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This Gather Together – Hammered Metal Tray would make such a great hostess gift. It also is great for serving fancy hot cocoa! DaySpring has marked this one down just for you! Use code TOGETHER15 to get this tray for $15.08 (regularly $36).

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I loved adding this O Holy Night Framed Wall Board to my Christmas decor this year. This would be another great hostess gift or would look great in your house too! Use code NIGHT20 to get the O Holy Night Board for $20.02 (regularly $28).

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When I saw this mug and necklace I thought of so many people that I could give this to that are going through really hard things this Christmas season. The Hope is an Anchor Jumbo Mug and Hope Anchors Necklace would be great gifts to encourage a loved one or friend with the sureness of God’s promises. He anchors us through the fiercest storms. Wouldn’t it be fun to fill the mug with gift cards for someone who is in the middle of a storm right now?

I also love the Share Giving Platter, Brass Lanterns, and Hallelujah Christmas Ball Ornament.


Two more things…

1. Today is FREE SHIPPING DAY! So finish up your Christmas shopping today and get it shipped for free through Monday!

2. DaySpring is generously giving one of my readers a $100 credit. Yay!

Giveaway Details:

$100 Credit to DaySpring.com

ONE winner chosen at random

ONE entry per person

Giveaway ends Sunday, December 18 @ 10PM (CST)

To enter…

Visit DaySpring and leave a comment on this post telling me what is on your Christmas list (to give or receive!).


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  • Tomi-Marie Court - I love your stockings and the initial letters hanging with them! Please share where you purchased! I adore your decor! xoxoReplyCancel

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  • Janelle - I want that O Holy Night framed sign for my house!! I also love the nativity hurricanes!ReplyCancel

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  • Stephanie Boswell - I love the Everlasting Light candlestick set. Would look so pretty on my mantleReplyCancel

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  • Keri - I love the O Holy Night sign!! Merry Christmas!!ReplyCancel

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  • katherine - Would love the oh holy night sign!!ReplyCancel

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  • Cassie M - I love their mugs, candle holders, and I’d love to try one of their illustrated faith sets!ReplyCancel

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  • Katie - I love the nativity hurricanes!ReplyCancel

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  • Macie - Love the “salt & light” wooden trivet! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • Joni Roberts - I would love some illustrated faith journaling things for me and for others on my list.ReplyCancel

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  • Kendra - I love the “everlasting light” candlesticks!ReplyCancel

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  • Carrie M - We are always better together pillow. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • Leah S - I love that anchor mug!ReplyCancel

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  • Ginger - The hope anchors is my fav for someone special and the wooden cross about she is strong.ReplyCancel

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  • Joelle - I want to give a gift to a friend weathering a storm, didn’t know what that was until i saw the hope anchors mug – thank you ❀️ReplyCancel

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  • Jen - Love the O Holy Night sign and cake pedestal stand. Too many cute things to list!ReplyCancel

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  • Jolie Darby - That tray is darling!!ReplyCancel

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  • Heather Sebastian - Ahhhh πŸ™‚ your home is so PRETTY. I’m wishing for a new robe and slippers and I’m gifting my kiddos a new bike and a scooter!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristy W - I would love to gift the anchor mug and necklace to a friend who is going thru a difficult time this season.ReplyCancel

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  • Megan L - I love the anchor mug!ReplyCancel

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  • Mary Stafford - Love those gorgeous lanterns. Would love to have them.ReplyCancel

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  • Mary - Thank you for the giveaway! I would love more Christmas decor that focuses on the TRUE meaning of the season, which Dayspring is so faithful to promote!! Would love the “O Holy Night” sign as a centerpiece for that!! Thanks for your encouragement!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Toni Dreist - I love wind chimes and mine have all broken here so I would love to replace them with one of the ones from Dayspring. Soooo beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • Mary Ann - Day Spring has so many lovely things. I think I would give or would like to receive one of the wall hangings. So many inspirational quotes from the Bible.ReplyCancel

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  • Laura w. - I would love to choose and also buy for friends the “choose Joy” necklace…it is a lovely reminder that no matter what the enemy cannot steal my joy….& I would love to share this message with my friends…or whoever God would lay on my heart to share one with.ReplyCancel

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  • Jane Phillips - The Hope Mug. One of my best friend’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer. She and both of her daughters use this saying as inspiration and in fact, they are all 3 having anchor tattoos when she gets a clean bill of health!ReplyCancel

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  • Kim Z. - I Love Dayspring and I love your ideas! You always have such an eye for fun and cute things to have and to give from Dayspring! Thanks for your suggestions! Love the hope mug and necklace-I would know just who to give it to! Also, I loved the Illustrated Faith correspondence cards…would be great to write a little note of encouragement or thanks on. Also loved the nativity ornaments and the Illustrated Faith adore him ornament…would make great gifts to give to Sunday School teachers.ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - There are so many awesome things on the Dayspring site. I really like the Hope is an Anchor mug…would love to give those as gifts to a few of my friends who are struggling this Christmas season.ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica - Love the Lisa Leonard Hope necklace paired with the Hope mug. After visiting the site, I like to see that they have a selection of KJV gifts available. I just put two of their KJV metal bookmarks in my shopping cart. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • Carley Morse - So hard to decide! I really like the “His love endures forever” wall clock. And the journals. And any the scripture wall hangings.ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth Kelly - I’ve wanted letter press blocks for a while, but can never justify spending on myself at Christmas. There are some awesome gifts I’d stock up on that would be great for anyone- teachers, hostess, friends, etc.ReplyCancel

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  • Erin Young - i really want to read Because of Bethlehem. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Jerri Walker - I love any of the jewelry and the illustrated faith sets. Thank you and Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • Candice R - I love the tray.ReplyCancel

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  • Jody - Any of the Illustrated Faith products. I also thought the Sadie Robertson items were super cute…even if I’m too old to have them.ReplyCancel

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  • Tina - I LOVE the “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” wall canvas.ReplyCancel

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  • Cara Yeh - So many wonderful treasures… the “Wow God” necklace, the Illustrate Faith collection of items, but I would probably choose the Christmas Candlesticks!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - There are several DaySpring items that would make wonderful gifts, jewelry, tableware, lanterns, mugs. Beautiful pieces and often including the gift of scripture.ReplyCancel

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  • Heather Shults - The Gather Together tray really is unique! I would want to give that to my mom for her big table πŸ™‚ I would love all the pennants sayings for my entryway! Thanks for the chance. I love their sitReplyCancel

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  • Barbara Payne - I would definitely get several anchor necklaces and mugs to give to friends struggling in their life right now. One in particular just lost her job and I think that would be the perfect pick me up.ReplyCancel

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  • Sara S - That “O Holy Night” sign is so sweet. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • ranee - I love the It Is Well wall art and the O Holy Night as well!ReplyCancel

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  • Roma - I would love to give my teaching partner the Cross of Faith bracelet. I, myself, being a huge fan of all things Lisa Leonard, would love to receive the Have Hope necklace.ReplyCancel

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  • Wehaf - I like the Willow Tree Nativity – 3 Gentle Animals set. They’re so peaceful!ReplyCancel

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  • Mackenzie - The Oh Holy Night sign. ❀️ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle Sandon - I love the “O Holy Night” sign in your post and will absolutely purchase the “His Royal Names” ornament set! Those are beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Amberley Weir - I love the Oh Holy Night sign!!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah Johnson - I would love to get the”now I lay me down to sleep…” pillowcases for my kids!ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel - So much awesome stuff at dayspring! I’d really love to have one of the journaling Bibles.😊ReplyCancel

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  • Lesley - The hospitality serving trey or one of the sterling silver necklaces…can’t decide on which one!ReplyCancel

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  • Jenny damewood - Everything would be amazing to give or receive but our family could really use a nativity set and stocking for my babyReplyCancel

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  • Amy - Love all the things. But would love to get my Mom and my Mother-in-law the lazy Susan’s for Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • Jess - Anything by Lisa Leonard! I’d love to give and receive her jewelryπŸ’—ReplyCancel

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  • Sara - Love the three peas in a pod necklace! As I have two little ones and am expecting my third in March!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - I love the Jesus is the Gift metal tray and the Savior is Born plank wall art. And the mug/necklace is just perfect for so many people.ReplyCancel

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  • Julie A - I love the Gather Tray! And your Santa mugs look so fun on it!!πŸŽ„ReplyCancel

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  • Candy Foster - They carry Lisa Leonard! I love her stuff!ReplyCancel

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I bought my first DSLR camera right before my daughter Cora was born. I had no idea how to use it. I shot on automatic and didn’t bother even trying to learn anything else about my camera. It was too overwhelming. I thought fancy camera = good photos. While I am so thankful for any picture I have of my daughter, I look back and wish so much that I would have known what I do now about composition, story telling and my camera. I wish that I would have captured more of those precious everyday moments with my girl that I miss so much.

In 2011 (I think that’s when it was??) Ashley Ann told me about an online photography class she was getting ready to launch called SnapShop and asked if I would want to try it out. Ummm….yes!!! I jumped into SnapShop knowing absolutely nothing about photography. I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to learn how to shoot in manual. You guys, Ashley is the best photography teacher!! Each section is so easy to understand and put into practice. Ashley teaches you all about your camera, elements of composition, how to tell a story with your photos, and how to shoot in manual. I turned my camera to the manual setting when I began this course and I never turned it back again. I am by no means a professional photographer, but I love knowing how to use my camera and capturing the “extraordinary in my ordinary” as Ashley describes it.

Cyber MondaySnapShop is now a subscription based photography site with two anchor courses– SnapShop: DSLR & SnapShop:Phone. I have taken the phone course as well and it is just as great as her DSLR course! By subscribing to SnapShop you have access to both courses, new information is added monthly and you can work at your own pace. It is such a great deal! If you are wondering if this course is for you, the website says,

SnapShop is for the person looking to capture the beauty of their days through photography. It is also for the aspiring photographer hoping to hone skills without the constraints of sticking to class times.

So….I am telling you this because I love SnapShop. I love using my camera to tell the story of my family. And I love a good sale.

Today only, Ashley is offering 50% off the initial registration fee of $50. This is their last large discounted sale this year. Use code CYBERMONDAY to get a $25 discount on the initial registration and access to all course content. The $5 a month subscription fee will still apply until canceled. Or give this as a gift and use the code to get $25 off a $100 annual membership fee. I promise this is such a good deal for the amount of content you will have access to! Promise.

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  • Mary Ann - I saw your post on Tuesday…a day late. But I’ll check into her product. I bought a nice camera (Canon Rebel) as a present to myself when I retired. But I am afraid of it, to be honest. So I need a class for sure. I love your photos. You capture some of the most honest and sweet photos of your boys and family.ReplyCancel

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DaySpring’s Black Friday sale is going on now. Here are a few of my favorite deals…

picmonkey-collageGive Thanks Wooden Caddy $30 $10

Illustrated Faith Starter Kit and ESV Journaling Bible $89.98 $60

Shine Your Light Pillow Cover $25 $10

Really Wooly Plush Gift Set $29.97 $15 (I had to include Flora, Cora and Nora!)

Give Thanks Letterpress Block Set $78 $25

Everlasting Light Wooden Candlestick Holders $60 $25

Illustrated Faith Gratitude Devotional Kit and 18-month Agenda Set $59.98 $40

Everlasting Light Star Tealight Holder $44 $15

Illustrated Faith Praise Book $57.99 $35

Make sure to check out the rest of the specials too! They have added even more products since I started this post. You can also take 30% off the rest of the site by using the code FRIDAY16 at checkout. Happy Christmas shopping!


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img_0280newHalloween came and went and it is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! Every year we go trick or treating with the cousins on my side of the family. We torture the kids with a group photo before they take off running for the candy!

img_0283newIt is always worth it though. Love these cousins!

img_0287newThis year Levi told me he wanted to be a scuba diver. I was so excited he wanted to be something new (and super creative!) this year. We asked Griff if he wanted to be a scuba diver too and he thought it was great. Originally I thought all three boys would be scuba divers but then at the last minute the boys thought Jake should be a shark. We asked Jake if he wanted to be a scuba diver or a shark and he growled at us all…definitely a shark. I found this cute costume and it sealed the deal.

I searched Pinterest for a DIY scuba diver costume and there were a lot of cute ideas. This one and this one were the most helpful. I spray painted two liter soda bottles for the air tanks and made a little backpack thing by sewing together elastic. I got tubing and a little metal plumbing piece from Home Depot. The mouth pieces were from our breathing machine…they were perfect! I cut the flippers out of a piece of foam and attached elastic to go over their shoes. The flippers looked so cute but they said they made it too hard to walk and took them off after about 2 minutes. The masks were from Amazon. I ordered the two pack and one was pink which didn’t go over very well with my boys. Ha! We ended up using a permanent marker and colored the pink part so it was purple instead…just a warning if you have boys!

img_0288new img_0289new img_0293newI wish I would have taken some close ups of each of them in their costume but there was so much pressure to get to the candy that I forgot! A few swimming pictures and we were off. These costumes were so fun and those scuba divers were too cute. And that little shark…cute, but super scary!

You can see the boys’ past costumes here, here, here, and here. Football players, a football, superheros, and cows. I love boys. And oh my goodness…I can’t handle how much those cute little boys have grown!

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  • Kelly - My son was a shark this year too! love it! so cute!! KellyReplyCancel

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  • Jody - My niece wanted us to be Piggie and Elephant this year. So she was a cute Piggie and I was Gerald. We went in January to the p&e musical and they are her favorite books.ReplyCancel

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  • Mary Ann - How adorable. We are so lame, we usually just buy a costume. Braxton my grandson was Bumblebee Transformer. It was a cute costume and he word it to bed, so I guess it was a hit. I was so sad though…he got sick in the early morning hours of Halloween Day so he missed school, his class party, and the parade. But he had fun later in the day. I love your costumes. Jake being the shark was so cute.ReplyCancel

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