Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Joel & McKenna

Engaged couples are such a delight to photograph. 

Both the exuberant and tender smiles, 
the young love, 
the excitement of planning their lives together...

Times that by ten and you have Joel and McKenna, who had been engaged for less than 3 hours when I snapped a few 'day of engagement' announcement photos for them.

Happiest 30 minute session ever -- that made me run home and kiss my husband because I'm such a fan of marriage! 

Happy wedding planning, you two!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

6 years and counting...

We celebrated six years of marriage today; I love doing life with this man! 

#hemakesmesohappy #thebestisyettocome 

"Two are better than one...for if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up...a threefold cord is not quickly broken."

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Thursday, December 17, 2015

this Christmas

slow down // rest up // love well

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Good bye, Wisconsin

a host of goodbyes...
yet another moving truck rental...
friends helping both load and unload the truck...

hello new adventures...
hello to being home owners...
hello, West Virginia!

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Plexus 7 Day Challenge

The last month my life has consisted of packing (in preparation to move in three weeks!!), recovering from getting my wisdom teeth removed, editing recent weddings pictures, and as you know, not blogging in my spare time! Oh! And we had family pictures taken! Picture overload happening soon. [grin]

Until I am back to posting here regularly, feel free to follow me on Instagram @capturedbybeth for updates and happenings!

Now...on to the reason I'm finding time to blog tonight...

I love this picture.

Not only because I think my littles are cute while playing peekaboo after their bath, but also because my son's skin is as clear as his big sister's. This is a big deal. At two months old he broke out with eczema that made his cheeks, arms, legs, and back all raw and oozy, even bleeding at times when I couldn't keep him from itching as he slept. It hurt to see him suffering so much, and tho it's been a journey with lots of ups and downs and trying many different things, my heart is so happy tonight as I see the healing that has taken place.

In the past 6-9 months, Plexus products have made all the difference for my little boy and have been such an answer to prayer. They have been a life changer in dealing with Caden's food sensitivities and skin issues. If Caden eats the slightest trace of dairy or eggs, his face and hands break out immediately and he begins itching like crazy. Within minutes of giving him plexus and using their body cream, he stops itching -- and his skin clears up within the hour.

Previously when he broke out, it would take 24-36 hours for his system to flush and during that time he'd itch his skin raw again, which meant another week of healing (if he didn't scratch his scabs open during that time). Believe me, dealing with it for an hour instead of 3-7 days has made for a much happier toddler and mommy.

The reason I'm taking the time to share this right now is because Plexus is offering FREE SHIPPING the whole month of November. Also, if you are curious or want to learn more without making a lengthy commitment, I invite you to join the 7 day challenge my sister Ruth is organizing! I'm so excited about this. Every time I see the difference in my son, I want to share the products with  all the other mommies who are hurting and frustrated and searching for answers for their littles, or themselves!

I tried so many things. Creams, the doctors prescription, stricter diet, etc... I was skeptically hopeful when beginning Plexus. As much as I wished for it, nothing else had worked. I just wanted something to make a difference and help my baby heal. And now, months later, I see and live with the difference in our lives. My experience with Plexus deals mostly with eczema, but I have read many testimonies of  people of all ages finding answers and healing.

So here are the details:

The seven day challenge is starting on Wednesday the 18th. First, you need to get your order placed NOW so you can participate, and I have 10 spots for friends to sample Plexus for 7 days. 

Here are the requirements:
*You purchase and sample a 7-day trial pack of Plexus products.
*You participate in a closed secret Facebook group with the others.
*You give me HONEST feedback at the end of the 7 days.
First 10 people only! (Trials must be ordered by the 10th so they have time to ship)

(As with the other products Plexus sells, even the 7-day trials come with our 60-day Money Back Guarantee! And they are super inexpensive!)

*Must not be working with another Ambassador

Please let me know if you have any questions! If this is something you are interested in, please leave your email address in the comments, or email me at photosbybeth@yahoo[dot]com

Happy weekend y'all!!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Banana Bread

With Caden being sensitive to dairy and eggs, I've had to search for a new repertoire of favorite recipes that we all can enjoy together. 

And folks.  
This banana bread. 

I think my family inhales it -- it disappears so fast! It's moist and yummy; I find myself buying extra bananas at the grocery store just to ensure I have them on hand to bake bread later in the week.

Here's what you need:

4 small bananas
1/2 C coconut oil, slightly heated & melted*
1/2-3/4 C brown sugar
1/2 C coconut milk*
1 t baking soda
1 t vanilla
1 pinch salt
1 1/2 C flour

Combine mashed bananas and oil. Add milk and vanilla, then stir in sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add flour and stir just until combined. Pour mixture into greased and floured loaf pan (or 3 mini pans). Bake at 350 for 60 minutes or until wooden toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from pan(s).

*If you aren't concerned about dairy & lactose, you can of course use milk and butter instead of coconut products. 

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I want to be that mom

"...The mom whose faith is real, whose Bible is open, and who stops fretting about all the time she doesn't have but makes use of the hours she's given. 

My children need me to diligently teach them the gospel. And it isn't just beneficial for their hungry souls. God uses it to feed my heart too. Independent and collaborative Bible reading, memory verses, and prayer time—there is time to seek Him snuggled in bed, in the play room, the backyard, and the breakfast table. God is faithful to use the noisy and the quiet, the long and the short, the messy and the clean times. I need only to welcome them." 
~Grace Anna Castleberry 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Arianna Mae

"Can I take your picture, Ari?"
"Because I love your adorable three-year old smile."
"Because you are growing and changing so fast and when you are all grown up I want to always remember your cute three year old face."
"Will you take more pictures of me when I turn four? and five? and six?"

such blue, blue eyes

trying so hard to hold up just three fingers


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Toddler approved

These long, cold, snowy days seem endless. Ari keeps asking: "can I go out and ride my trike now?" One of these days I'll be able to say yes, but until then I'm always looking for ways to keep her busy indoors.

Stamps and play dough!

She loves using ink pads and paper, too, it just takes a little more oversight with a two year old!

Ari is already a huge play dough fan, so this was a fun, new activity that she enjoys, too. 

What are your favorite ways to play indoors with littles during the long winters?

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

My Little Man

A year ago I was snuggling my newborn, amazed at his perfect little size.

Now I'm watching a little boy waddle around the house; listening to him giggle and laugh at his sister's antics; picking up after him as he displays his increasing delight in the law of gravity; and constantly, constantly feeding him.

His top 10 favorites are currently:
time with Daddy
bath time
bedtime cuddles
...and did I mention bananas?

Happy first birthday, my sweet Caden James!

What a face. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Looking ahead

Wait -- is it too late to share some of my goals for this new year?

I'm attempting something new as I look at things I hope to accomplish this year: instead of a list goals, I'm going to focus on something different each month. As I learn to balance wife/mommy/home/personal responsibilities, I'm looking forward to using my little bits of extra time and energy to push myself in 12 different areas this year. (Is it a cop-out to admit I don't have each month's theme planned quite yet? I like to call it being flexible for the needs that might arise!) 

For January, I prioritized health and fitness.

My specific goals were:
--work out 3-4 times a week 
--drink more water each day
--experiment with egg/dairy free options for Caden

I was so excited to find a few other mom's who wanted to exercise consistently, too, which not only pushed me, but also held me accountable! Three mommies, six kids -- and we made it happen 4 or 5 times each week this month. I have discovered that when I exercise on a consistent basis, it makes me think twice about what I eat, it makes me pay more attention to my posture, and reminds me to drink more water! What benefits do you find when you exercise?

Did you write up goals for this year?
And can you believe January is almost over already?