This time of year I am always, always swamped with work. Just as the accountant has the tax deadlines looming, so photographers have Christmas and all the images that need to be delivered before then. So work is busy, plus there’s just life with 5 kids, add to that 17 birthdays in our immediate related family in August, back to school in September, Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc. This year we added moving to that list of just busy-ness. Seriously, I end up SO behind on personal photographs.
But I made myself a promise a long time ago that I would always do my absolute best to keep up with my kids birthday dates. Our special, much anticipated date where I get to photograph them one on one and then take them out for a Timmies treat. They help me stick to that promise by harassing me constantly, asking when we are going on said date. I don’t always get to editing them quickly, sometimes it takes months, but I want to blog them every year with a note from me to them on what they are like at this age. I don’t journal, never kept baby books, my memories are all locked up in images. Images that bring back floods of memories that I cherish so much.
This year, Eden turned 8. She is just the most beautiful girl, I wish she could see herself through my eyes. She’s not concerned with her looks at all but she doesn’t have a ton of confidence. Sometimes I wonder if that’s because her vision wasn’t always great and we didn’t know. She is always looking to hold my hand, nervous and uncertain in new situations. She is the most loving of our children, full of affection for all of us. Hugs and snuggles and special cards and presents abound. She is thoughtful and kind, incredibly smart and an avid reader. She has a pure heart, innocent and sweet. She also possesses a joy that I just don’t see in many people. It shines from her eyes, it overflows from her heart through to her body. She simply cannot be excited without jumping up and down and giggling. It’s the most beautiful thing to see. Eden, you are God’s special princess. I pray that you may always know His love and that you lean on Him all your life. Love, Mumma
As an artist, Tamsen’s primary goal is to create imagery for each of her clients that takes their breath away. She consistently captures in her imagery the excitement and wonder of pregnancy and those perfect and unique details that make your child your own. Specializing in maternity, newborn, & baby portraits, her style is natural, simple, & organic. From her home based studio in Niagara she serves all of the Niagara area & beyond (including Stoney Creek, Burlington, Aldershot, Mount Hope, Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas).
If you are expecting a new baby in the Niagara area, I would love to talk to you about creating a collection of natural and organic maternity and newborn portraits. Please contact me to begin planning your organic portrait session.
The 4th annual Celebrating Women Giveaway is full of talented artists and incredible business women. This year we have added some great new retail locations as well! I’m so proud to introduce each of these ladies who are working hard not only to build up their businesses, but to make each one of us succeed. It’s just so awesome to see all this local talent! There are 38 vendors on board this year and together they are donating over $3300 in prizes! I am completely blown away with their generosity and can’t WAIT to see who will win ALL of this!
Entering the giveaway is simple- scroll down to the bottom of this post, and be sure to like each vendors Facebook page. Our vendors are all excited to get to know you, and spread the word about the work they do! It would be amazing if you would also take the time to leave them some love or check out their websites. For extra entries, be sure to leave a blog post comment and/or share on Facebook!
Now for the prizes-
Alisha Meeboer of Alisha’s Lines & Designs is offering a 28″ customized wooden clock, valued at $165
Jacqueline Groen of Aloette is offering a gift certificate and a Facial and Makeover, valued at $100
Chandler Joosse of Arbonne is offering Ultimate Facials for you and up to 5 friends (valued at $150 each) and a Preferred Client Membership FREE for 1 year ($24 registration value , 20% off all year long plus other advantages) , AND a gift bag of sample sized products, valued over $200
Alyssha Scanlin of August Baby Co. is offering a beautiful a custom taggie blanket, total valued at $39.99
Aimee Ludwig of Be Inspired is offering a personalized 20×20 pillow, valued at $35
Miranda Montgomery of Broken Giraffe Function and Fitness is offering a month of personal training (8 sessions) at her Beamsville studio, valued at $400
Tamsen Donker of Creative Clicks Photography will be offering a Mommy & Me session, 5 digital files and 1 5×7 matted print, valued at $550
Charlene Tenhage of Creative Memories is offering $25 gift certificate, sample borders, vellum quotes, tape runner + refill, adult colouring page, catalogue, valued at $40
Stephanie Lovato of DoTerra is offering a trio of oils, booklet, and mini diffuser, valued at $45
Jennifer Jensen of Epicure is offering a gift, valued at $50
Ashley Groen of Groen Designs is offering the winner any of the wall hangings in her Etsy store or a custom hanging, valued at $45
Becky Turnbull of Have it Maid is offering 4 hours of cleaning, valued at $113
Angie Vis of Ingrained Designs is offering a 20″ wood feather in the winners choice of colors, valued at $75
Ashley Heemskerk of It Works! is offering a Lip and Eye Cream, valued at $70
Karen Vanderhoeven of Jamberry is offering wraps and lacquer and application tools, valued over $120
Sharon Vis of JK Apparel is offering two pairs of leggings and any tunic/top (or equal savings off a dress, skirt, or sweater, instead of the top), valued at $85
Jennifer Rogers of J.R. Watkins is offering a Foot Care Kit, valued at $35
Kristin Kingma of Kristin’s Cakes is offering a $50 gift certificate and 1 dozen cupcakes, valued at $66
Erin Hogeveen of Lux Artistry is offering one makeup application (including false lashes), valued at $50
Laura Donker of LV Massage Therapy is offering a one hour massage, valued at $75
Mary Lou Miszuk of Mrs Greenway is offering a gift basket of goodies, valued at $50
Christina Jansen of My Lovely Blonde Closet is offering a vintage music sheet table runner, valued at $25
Janine Costello of My Painted House is offering a Coffee Serving tray, with mugs and a bag of fair-trade coffee, valued at $70
Stephanie Visser of Nailed It! is offering a full mani/pedi to the winner, valued at $50
Jessica Diek of Needle Life is offering a gift certificate to something of the winners choice, valued at $50
Sharon Vis of Norwex is offering an assorted basket of Norwex items…enviro, window, dusting mitt, kitchen cloth and more, valued over $150
Meaghan Gizuk of Oliver & Rust is offering a gift certificate to her store, valued at $40
Steff Jansen of On the Block is offering a gold bar “mama” necklace, valued at $60
Terra Sim of Origami Owl Canada is offering a classic hinged locket with one charm and basic 14-16 inch chain, valued at $55
Andrea Piraino of Overstitched is offering a twist & wrap wired head band, valued at $20
Laurie Buma of Pretty Little Ladies is offering baby and toddler headbands from her shop, valued at $50
Myrica De Hann of Roses + Twine Floral Studio is offering a hand crafted, garden inspired bouquet, featuring local blooms, valued at $75
Sarah Dietz of SD Designs is offering a giraffe teething buddy and pacifier clip set, valued at $27
Kelly Miller of Steeped Tea is offering a Matcha Green Tea Starter Kit (includes 100g Vanilla Matcha and a Matcha Shaker), valued at $50
Amanda Stoffels of The Artful Eye is offering a 12×24 inch custom canvas (from the “Amazing Grace” collection), valued at $65
Mary Jo Clements of The Happy Baby is offering Matter Iron Mama Tea, EcoNuts Laundry Soap, Love Raw Gift set, and a $10 gift certificate, valued at $55
Elysia Northrup of Thirty One Gifts is offering a Canvas Crew Tote with additional Rope Handles, valued at $90
Brandy Ford of (For the Love of) Tupperware is offering a stack cooker system set, valued at $139
Sylvia Antonides of Yoga by Sylvia is offering 3 yoga classes, valued at $35
Now that we’re halfway through March I find myself desperate to catch up on things that have fallen to the wayside. Editing and blogging personal pictures are the first thing to go when life gets busy, and since most of my kids are born in the busiest season of all (late fall, early winter) I find myself doing this each year… straggling. However, no matter how late it is, it’s better than no images, better than no letter at all. And so here we go.
My darling firstborn. How is it that you can be so much like me and yet we fight such a bitter fight? I look at you and see a reflection of myself, and I want so badly to help you through life. I can see you will struggle with many of the things I battled against and I want to protect you from all of those hurts. I want to wrap you up in a bubble, to give you a protective layer against every unkind word. You have a sweet, sensitive, caring and giving heart… and already it is learning to grow callous as you deal with rejection and pain. Growing up is so hard, especially as a sensitive girl. I pray every day that you will hold onto that sweet and caring heart, but that you will be strong enough to stand up for yourself as well. I pray that you will grow confident and always feel comfortable just being yourself. I pray that you will have wonderful friends who remain by your side your whole life long. I pray that you will always love God and that you turn to Him in every situation. Life is not always easy baby girl. I hope you always feel like you can talk to me but when you can’t, when it’s just too hard, talk to Him. He’ll always be there for you. Love, Mumma