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You're so Wrong


I must admit, I am super excited that Gavin will be coming home in just one day!  He'll be picked up by his amazing Grandparents tomorrow at 1pm and driven home for the holidays.  He wants to surprise us; though I am sure he must know that we know he's coming home & when, since his commanding officer sends the parents letters with such information!

I am so proud of my children.  How lucky am I to have children that are out there living in this world on their own, being successful & making a difference.  It's funny because along the way, I would hear negative remarks from my dad or one of my brothers about how they would never amount to anything, or how someone else would be so much more then they would-since they didn't receive accommodations and scholarships when graduating High School!  What they said never held weight with me, because will looking at their lives I figured anything would be better, even just working at the local dollar general.....sort of like "consider the source" type of thinking.  But still, it's unnerving sometimes when people who say they "love you" or "care for you" seem to be your worst critics.  Well, take a look.  Take a look at them kids/adults now.  Yum Yum Crow!!!

The moral of this story is, don't read the book by the cover.  Don't assume you know more then you truly do.  I have watched a lot of people eat crow in the past few years & it's pretty amazing to sit back and be like "I told you so!!!"  <3

LOVE & BE LOVED PEOPLE!
& GO GATORS!!!!
with love, Lela
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Merry Merry to Me












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Minis DONE






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Thanksgiving 2014


We had a very busy Thanksgiving this year, so busy that I didn't really get to shoot many pictures while out and about.  We spent the entire day at moms this year, and it was a lot of fun.  We got there early, so long before the turkey was done the guys & I road out to the pit so the fella's could shoot some skeet.  Billy and I got Xander & Weston a new shotgun just for this occasion.  We were lucky enough to have Matthew & Shawn with us too!  YAY!  Now Shawn didn't shoot any skeet, but he sure was a good helper & just adorable to look at in general.  About 1/2 way through the shoot Gavin called, he was having a great Thanksgiving-had a bunch to eat for lunch & was generally just really excited and in a good mood.  We actually got to talk to him for about 15 minutes total.  He told us he made expert, shooting 40/40 during qualifying and is getting a badge for that.  I am one proud momma.  I guess all those video games and airsoft gun wars really paid off, lol.

Billy picked up Olivia right before dinner, and in the last set of pictures you can see how much Layla just loved Olivia.  This was their first time finally meeting each other-officially!  They were both at Gavin's graduation - but Olivia was smaller & it was pouring down rain that day!  It was a amazing Thanksgiving-I am looking forward to Christmas!





with love, Lela
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Gifted Pretties


Today I was gifted with three beautiful  scarves from my dear friend Christine.  I just had to share!  I can't wait to wear them :)


I truly have been blessed with a few amazing friends in my lifetime.  Some are still around, others I have lost touch with for one reason or another-but all still wonderful for my past life or my currently life.  I can't wait to see what the future holds with some of these ladies!
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Merry Christmas - Early


xoxo, Lela
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Photography


One of the best things about owning your own part time photography business is that you have the luxury of only shooting when you want to & only edit when you want to - said no photographer ever.  I feel so swamped right now, I am in the process of editing three sessions & have five sessions left still to shoot for the year & a big wedding next month.  Uggg.  Where will I find the time?

I receive emails almost daily from moms asking about Holiday Photos & have had to turn down several people because my wait list is to long already.  This is the part that sucks about only shooting part time, working full time & having active boys in sports, oh and a one year old.  This evening, the boys will be playing their next to the last baseball game for the fall ball season & I will be there of course, I never miss a game (unless I am sick).  But the entire time, I'll be worried about all those photos that need to be edited & uploaded for my clients.

Ah well.  I am very very pleased, on the other hand, to have been blessed with some amazing clients this year!!!  Thank you all :)
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Few Shopping Bags


It's not often that I get to splurge on a few things for myself, well today I did!  Eeek.  I shouldn't have since I have a mini vacation coming up with my friend Yvonne (who will be in town in 7 days) but I have been working so hard lately & my calendar is all booked up with fall sessions, Christmas sessions & a wedding next month-I deserve it!  Yes?  Good!





 & some other amazing free samples of stuff that smells great (well at least I hope it smells great-lol)  What would be great is if these items, clothing mainly-come in before my trip with Yvonne.  I should have asked for quicker shipping, rats.

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No. The answer is no.


It's been almost a year since my niece has been born. Right out of the hospital, she came to stay with my family for a few months before being moved back closer to her parents home.  During that time period, my own family was dealing with O coming into our lives & just getting settled emotionally with all things surrounding that.  During the process of having my niece move in for a few months, my husband spread the word to some family.  One of the comments made at that time was "I bet Lela is happy!"  At the time, I didn't have time to really think about their comment-didn't have time to really process it & give them an "answer".  But Miss S has moved out and is since been reunited with her parents, so I want to answer the question/or comment on that statement once and for all.

The answer is no.  No I wasn't happy that my darling little precious niece was taken away from her parents at birth.  No I was not happy seeing my sister & her husband in pain having their newly born daughter fostered over an hour away from them.  No I was not happy that I had to leave my job on medical leave for three months.  No, I was not happy that I had to get up 3-4 times a night with an infant I wasn't ready to take care of 24/7 in the aftermath of having O every weekend.  No I was not happy that I had to miss a significant chunk of my boys playing ball due to the situation.  No I was not happy having strangers poking their noses into my life.

The answer is yes.  Yes I am happy that my darling little precious niece was able to stay with us for a few months.  Yes I am happy that I have a job understanding enough to allow me to take paid medical leave.  Yes I am happy that I had enough sick leave to cover this time out.  Yes I am happy that she was a great baby & didn't really have any issues.  Yes I am happy that she has been reunited with her loving parents.  Yes I am happy that I was not to old to be able to get up 3-4 times a night and still some what function during the day.

Now having said that, I want to say also that I am very insulted still that you would smugly say something so heartless-not just towards me but towards my sister.  How could you possibly feel that something like that would make anyone happy!?  Did you feel like I was desperate for a "child" of my own & I saw this as an opportunity for Billy & I to "have" a child of "our own"?   Let me clear that up as well while I am at it, no.  No I didn't feel that Miss S was brought into our lives to be "our" child.  We didn't take her on to raise, we simply took her into our home, as my niece, to take care of until she was reunited with her parents.  We never for a second thought she would be "adopted".  Just to be perfectly clear-WE NEVER THOUGHT WE WOULD BE ADOPTING MISS S.  Or did you simply feel that having Miss S live with us for a short period of time would sidetrack me from the O situation?  Trust me, I was busy taking care of the tiny female-but still had time to think about the giant one that is associated with O and we'll just leave it at that. lol.

In closing, I will never ask this person why they said what they said, but I feel comfortable with finally being able to give them an answer, even if it isn't to them directly.  It's out there in the universe now.
with love, Lela
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Davis Kids


Well, I was lucky enough to round the Kids Only Mini Sessions to an end with the Davis Boys.  This is the second time I have been able to work with this cute family!  Feeling kind of blessed about that.  One of the boys, Tanner (2nd Oldest) plays on the same team as Weston & Xander-so we have gotten to know his family a bit.

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Mr. Ashland


Click here to view the blog post of this handsome little guy!  ENJOY!


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Home.


This year, I plan to spruce up the home.  I feel the need, the house certainly must because she's been complaining lately LOL!  Maybe just adding a few new throw pillows & changing the curtains/or rugs-pictures on the walls will help!  My "theme" or "decor" has always been a little rustic/Americana-I don't feel like my style has changed much-but there sure are some cuter things out there then when I first decorated my home.  Time for some freshening up!






Living Room Ideas




Bedroom Ideas

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Must.Shop.Soon.











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Chilly Gulf Trip


Well my parents camped this past weekend (Halloween Weekend) & the kids decided that on Saturday they wanted to go spend the entire day.  Now, mind you that they decided to do this about a week before we actually went & actually knew it would be so cold.  But we went any way & we had a great time.  Mom made chili and my Uncle Bert cooked frog legs & deer heart (yuck and I didn't try that).  The boys loved the deer & thought the frog legs were alright.  Olivia on the other hand LOVED the frog legs (& I wouldn't give her any deer heart-again YUCK).  Here are a few snaps I got with my iphone!  You can see more on instagram (lelaj5)


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GO GATORS


 The beautiful view!

Love my new Gator scarf...always a fan ya'll!
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Autumn Essentials


To cute not to share!  Click here for where it came from!
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Note from Georgia


After being gone for two weeks we finally heard from Gavin.  He called me at work yesterday first, the conversation was only two seconds long-just long enough for him to tell me he was good & he loved me.  Made me tear up, it wasn't just me that teared up but it made our entire front office tear up when I was telling them about the call.  All moms, so they all understand.

Got home from work yesterday & we had a note in the mail box from him too.  NO return address on the envelope OR on the letter-but it was great to hear from him.  I miss him so much & hope he's doing better now since these was obviously written a week ago.  I know from what everyone says, the first week is the worst.

Pray for his safety, comfort and strength.


with love, Lela
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