We have a new family photo!
What a relief! I have new photos for my blog, new photos for speak engagements, and best of all — our Christmas picture is done.
I have to confess that it was not easy to get this accomplished. With fourteen of us, there were so many details to cover, the first of which was selecting a date when everyone agreed to be present, including the photographer.
Next we had to coordinate our clothing and find shoes that fit the kids. I tried to look through the kids’ clothes several times during the week, but the days flew by and although I knew what a few of them were wearing, there were many gaps in my plan. Saturday found me digging through closets, dressers, and bins of hand-me-downs, sure that I would find something. After trying on one thing after another, I finally ran to the store at 7:00 to buy Eby a pair of jeans, and a sweater for Honeybee. Did I mention that Russ and I were supposed to have dinner with friends at 6:30?
My family can attest to the fact that I did not handle Saturday well. My list was so long and I couldn’t seem to get any of it done. I feared that Sunday would come and one of the kids would not have shoes to wear, I wouldn’t have decent snacks (bribes?) to keep everyone happy, or one of the older kids wouldn’t show up in the right place at the right time. In the end, I had to send a text to all of my older children seeking their forgiveness for my rotten behavior — they forgave me.
We went to the early service at church, raced home, fed the kids a snack, did some last minute ironing, dressed everyone, and headed out to the university campus where we met our photographer. Once we got started, everything flowed pretty well. Mimi and Rusty had ideas about posing everyone, while Russ and I focused on keeping the kids happy. Who would have known that a bag of Easter jelly beans found in the back of the pantry could be so helpful?
We wrapped up the photo shoot at our house, where Russ’ parents joined us and we got some pictures with them.
I never did manage to make the special Sunday dinner I had planned, but I was one happy mommy at the end of the day.
If you are thinking about taking a Christmas picture, don’t delay! You will be so relieved to have it checked off your list.
A special thank you to Chris Walker who did a phenomenal job taking loads of photos all while keeping the kids happy. That was no small feat.
#341 – 350 giving thanks
smiling faces in our family photo
clothing that worked!
shoes that fit all of the kids
a new photo in my blog sidebar
Sweet Pea here for the weekend
Mom and Dad Q.’s visit for the afternoon
landscaping with our church small group for a local elementary school
sore muscles from shoveling gravel
sisters – one older, one younger. I love them.
ready for a productive school week
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