Thursday, June 30, 2011

sunflowers & sororities

i have officially lost my mind.
it's 12:51 
which means it's approximately 3 hours past my bedtime
& about 5 hours until my alarm goes off!

emi's flight just departed from Lima!!!
we'll pick her up from the airport in a few hours & i'm beside myself excited.
sadly, i'm out of my creamer 
& since i don't do black coffee
tomorrow morning may be a tad painful.

but anyway.

this photoshoot is maybe in my top 3 faves of all times.
i love sunflowers
i love big laughs
i love cowboy boots
& i really love these three girls.

for the last two years
we've worked with a group of 15 or so middle school girls
each wednesday night.
spending time with savannah, bailey & abby
& watching them pour into those girls
is a priceless memory that i treasure.

we wanted to do a little photoshoot before bailey headed off to ole miss
for summer school
sniff sniff
& begin a few for abby's senior photos.
the last several years that my family roadtripped to the sunflower farm
savannah wasn't with us
so i really wanted some of her.

savannah & i spent some time today chatting about all her upcoming excitement with college
& sororities.
she'll head to athens in early august for rush
& is so excited!!
the nursing school i attended didn't have sororities
so this is all new for me.

so many fun things going on right now.
sometimes i feel i can barely keep up 
with all that my girls have going on.
one day i know it will all come to a screeching halt
but for now
i sure do love it!

& abby
you three girls are such amazing young women.
& i am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for this
next chapter in your lives.
you have an inner light that shines brightly
that i know is from Him.
i pray you know the depth of His love for you
& sense that He truly goes before you
in all you do.

i love you dearly


Unknown said...

Nice to 'chat' with you tonight on FB!

Alecia said... did such a great job on the pictures! Fun times ahead for all the girls...sad Baily has to leave for summer school...hope they make the best of their time together!
It's awesome to hear how they are already pouring out their lives to younger's a wonderful gift for all involved. I pray the Lord continues to use them to mentor young women and to grow the characteristic of nurture in them.
On a less serious the necklace & nail polish Savannah is wearing said...

By far my favs also!! Great photos. Simply amazing..

Jenn A said...

They're all so cute and have such beautiful smiles! Loved the photos!!

traci said...

absolutely beautiful. nothing cuter than girls in sundresses and cowboy boots.

Jen Kershner said...

Beautiful pics! Of course you had the loveliest of subjects.

I'm so excited for you that your girl is coming home today. I hope you have a perfect reunion!

Anonymous said...

So beautiful, wish we had a farm like this in Iowa. Love these photos, they are beautiful young ladis.

Cheryl said...

Right now you must be out of your mind!!! Thinking of you and your reunion!!!! Such joy!
This photo shoot is wonderful. Ah, but to have such willing participants!! ;)
I brought my camera out to Graham's "workshop" to take a few candids of him making skis. Yes, he makes skis in his spare time, and he took one look at me and said, "NO"
I'll try another night.
Thinking of you today.

Alyssa said...

love love love bailey's red boots...been searching for the perfect pair down here in south tx, still havent found them :)

My favs are smk on the bike and withher hand on her heart...just wonderful!

Enjoy loving on your girl today! Cant wait to hear all about her adventure with the Lord!

Renee said...

What a great photo shoot. Have an amazing reunion today!!!!! ;0)

just ask beth said...

I love the one of themm on the Red Tractor..they are all beautiful, nothing like the sisterhood of good friends..I hope GOD keeps a good eye on them through college!! I know you are chomping at the bit to see your dear Emi!! Hope she;s going to be ok..let us know.and don't you hate not having your creamer!!

Just in Case.. said...

What beautiful young ladies and such a great shoot.

Ashley said...

Beautiful pics... I am praying for a safe delivery from Lima!!! I wanted to ask you about yours and your daughters bracelets. I love them, they look collected over several different times and places. I recently went back to Eiler's blog post about hers and ordered a few. Do you have a few places online you can tell me about?

christina said...

all so beautiful! these photos will be cherished. and may i say- the one of bailey, with her hand towards her face.... stunning!
great job you!

Kelli said...

This is a GREAT photo shoot. I adore absolute favorite. Ooh and I have a fascination with the red dirt in the south so that was neat to see in the pictures. I love the natural smiles and your love for those girls. Good luck Bailey...sniff.

Biz said...

What a beautiful photo shoot!
I seriously need to get to work learning more about my camera so that I can try to be as good as you by the time our first girl gets here in October! So many photo shoots ahead of us!

Courtney said...

Beautiful gals and photos, Paige! Yes, sunflowers and boots just seem to go hand-in-hand perfectly! ;)

When are you guys headed to the beach? We leave soon, too!

Shannon said...

Absolutely Gorgeous Paige!! I love the Sunflowers, cowboy boots and the cute lil' props you used. I wish we had a beautiful sunflower farm nearby!!!

Deborah said...

Love the pictures. I can't think of anything better for a photo shoot than girls in cowboy boots, in a sunflower patch no less.

Jboo said...

Wow - so pretty! Gorgeous photos of beautiful girls!

Enjoy gettiing your Emi back!


tessie said...

What lucky girls to have these moments captured by your great photography skills. Their 'sisterhood' shines through!

Katie said...

Sunflowers are my all time favorite flower!!! I love the one of Savannah on the bike.... I need a shot like this with my little one some day! Your a great photographer! Do you ever travel out of state? :)

Kristin said...

oh these photos are simply *stunning*!! beautiful, beautiful girls!


Sogni Siciliani said...

Great photos. You have a new career maybe......Senior photos???

Jodi said...

So pretty, I love all the pictures! The girls are beautiful and so cute with the cowboy boots; LOVE THEM!!! How exciting for all the girls and what their future holds for them!

Savannah's leather cuff that you got her is awesome! :)

I am sure by now that you have all your girlie's home now. I bet Emi is so glad to be home, i can't wait to hear all about it! :)


Bonnie said...

Looks like GREAT RUSH pictures!

Kristin said...

Sweet, beautiful images of three precious girls with great souls!

Lorri said...

Beautiful! Oh how I wish I could take pictures that perfect. As for the sorority vote is for Phi Mu. Just sayin. :)

3 Peanuts said...

EVERY singe shot is darling. The girls all seem to glow. I LOVE bailey's dress with her red boots:) What an exciting time for all of them I am going to pray for them. That they begin the next chapter exactly as God wants them to.

Bravehearted Beauty {formerly LLH Designs} said...

I love how you are taking it all in...just enjoying your girls exactly where they are. I think that's the key to enjoying our children to the full.

And these are great photos, by the way! You know I'm a boot girl!


Jeanne Oliver said...

These are amazing and such lucky girls to have such gorgeous photos of themselves!!!

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Just love the photos of the girls! Beautiful shots! I especially love the sunflower background also..... said...

AMAZING photos friend! wow! :)

Lulu and Co. said...

Fabulous photos!!!
So excited for your emi to return!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Lorri about Phi Mu! And can you tell me where the sunflower farm is? That's really neat and I'd love to visit with my family!

Leslie said...

Love them! Every.Single.One!!

Jo said...

Each and every photo is just beautiful {as well as the amazing girls!} How fun to have captured this time.


Privet and Holly said...

One of my
favorite photo
shoots of yours,
Paige {and THAT,
my friend, is
saying A LOT}!!
Happy Fourth!
xx Suzanne
PS: Love that
Jeanne O bag : )

Between You and Me said...

these are some of my all time favorite pictures that you've made....the girls are just beautiful!

dying to know a little more about the necklace that your girl has on with the white looks likea huge gold disc with a super big pearl.....where did y'all get it? i LOVE it.