Candid Moments with Isaac

When I first found out I was pregnant some of my first dreams of life with baby included taking candid pictures throughout the day of day to day life of this little guy and our life. One of my biggest inspirations is Kelle Hampton. She documents her kids lives so well. I’ve always looked up to her in how she blogs, writes, and story tells. Its beautiful.

Well, its been three months and I am just now getting to it. Yes, I have an iphone and can take pictures at any given moment but being a photographer and having the gear inspires me to document life. I never want to forget the little moments in life. So here is to starting to track lifes candid moments. It’s only a couple shots but its a start. I am playing around with a couple different editing techniques till I find what I love for documenting life…

Welcome to our real life. Messy sheets, pillows throw everywhere, clean clothes on the bench, dirty clothes everywhere…sometimes laundry gets done. Sometimes it doesn’t. It will all be okay though.

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Why nothing can prepare you for marriage

I thought I knew what I was getting into when I got married. Little did I know, I had no idea. I had even spent my single years leading up to meeting my husband trying to better myself. Working on my issues, trying to “ready” myself for when I met him. Truth is nothing prepares you for marriage.

Six months before we said I do my mom passed away after her second battle with cancer. Where I was suppose to be preparing for a new chapter in my life and the happiest day of my life I could barely put a sentence together let alone truly smile. With the death of my mom, my world came crashing down. All I could successfully do is stare straight at a wall without a single thought in my head and tears pouring down my face.

While I had this devastation hit at the “worst” time. I do believe there is a silver lining is just about everything that happens to us. In the tragedy I discovered perfection and trying to be “ready” or perfect for a season of life is pretty much impossible. I would have never imagined that I would have to face the darkest days in the midst of what was suppose to be the happiest days of my life. No one prepared me for that. Then again we never imagined she would die. We thought she would get better…She never did.

In our first year of marriage I was faced with my demons, the demons I never knew I had. I had been so focused on other aspects of myself that I thought would help make me a better wife and one day mother. Turns out there were some other deep seeded issues that needed stirring up to see. Issues I needed to address and face head on. At this point I didn’t really have an option. They were staring me in the face. I could ignore them and slip into a depressed state of mind or I could take my husbands hand a start to work on them. The grace he showed me the first year of our marriage is beyond anything I can put into words. Over the last three years he has helped me become less Type A and more relaxed, a little less “cray cray” and a little more patient. Now don’t get me wrong Im no zen mama but I sure have grown since then.

The truth is you can’t prepare for every situation but what you can do is be open, and honest and in that you’ll be able to work through your sh*t no matter how painful.


What about you?

Did you think you were ready for marriage and then face something that made you realize you weren’t?


Lash Extensions

I am OBSESSED with lash extensions. I had them last year but when I was 3 months pregnant my eyes had some kind of reaction to them (insert sad face) so I stopped getting them. Yesterday though I went back and got them on and I feel like a whole new woman!! It’s seriously amazing what a difference lashes make. Here is a quick before + after. I took before picture moments before getting lashes on. Nothing else was done in the after picture except for the lashes.

Have you ever had lash extensions? Do you love them too?


If you’re in KC area looking to get your lashes done I HIGHLY suggest Danielle at Midwest Anti-Aging KC. Make sure and let her know I sent you!!


Newborn Pictures

Here is a quick little sneak peek into our newborn session.

Thank you so much to Allison Marie Photography. She is an absolute gem and was so incredibly patient with our little guy who just a tad fussy😉






Blue Arrow Swaddle Blanket: Sweetheart-n-Sunshine

White Swaddle Blanket: Swaddle Designs

Dress: Pink Blush Maternity

Newborn Outfit: Onesie: H&M Baby // Leggings: Old Navy // Shoes: Old Navy

Husbands Outfit: Shorts: H&M // Shirt: Old Navy

Couch: Nebraska Furniture Mart // Pillow Covers: H&M Home

Black & White Blanket: Target

Bedding: Ikea  Pillow Covers: H&M Home

Honor thy father | Fathers Day Edition

photo credit:KJP

(re-post from 2012)

Today is fathers day. One of the Fathers Day traditions in my house is to make dad breakfast. I have always done this task. This year he choose Belgian Waffles with fresh strawberries. So 45 mintutes before breakfast I rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth, got in my car and drove to the store. I walked into the store, grabbed my organic strawberries and got into line. All seemingly mundane tasks. Until I began talking with the clerk and the man behind me.

The clerk asked a typical question. “Do you have any plans for today?”

“Yep, I am making my dad belgian waffles with strawberries” I replied.

The man behind me grumbled “I wanna come to your house, all my kids are asleep.”

“Oh no” I told him.

He continued “I gotta make my own d*mn coffee. I asked them if they wanted to go out to eat for breakfast, but I am gonna have to go to breakfast myself…to h*ll with them” He said. Obviously upset.

It was in that moment of talking with this once stranger that I realized the simple task of making my dad breakfast was much more than that. It really is a way to honor my father. To take time out of my morning to say thank you.

[Food is the way to a mans heart after all right ;]

The seemingly small things can mean the world to another. Don’t underestimate taking time out of your day for someone.

So today I want to challenge you to take 5 minutes out of your day and honor your father. Whether that be in words, in action. Take time to say THANK YOU. No father is perfect, no father has it all together. I know that. Not sure what to say to dad? Ask God for His heart towards your father, and speak that life over him. Today I learned that the little things really do mean something to dads. Maybe you haven’t talked to your dad for years, maybe you haven’t said I love you for awhile. Why not start today?

Today my hope is you choose not to be the child of the upset father that I encountered at the store, but choose to be the child of God who desires to honor and love their father in there imperfections and weakness.

The hour that it took to wake up, go to the store, and make breakfast meant more to my dad than even I know. Choose to honor your father today ladies. Would love to hear what you are doing today to honor Him.