Flat Stanley visits Fort Campbell, Kentucky


Hello Mrs. Lewis!

This is Stanley reporting back to you from Fort Campbell, KY.  My friend Chloe sent me here to visit her cousin Kylie and I have had a great time!  Fort Campbell is a military base located on the state line dividing Kentucky and Tennessee, however, since the post office happens to be located on the Kentucky side of the base, Kentucky is the official “address”.

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The weather here right now is COLD!  There is snow on the ground for winter time, although flowers start peeking through the ground for spring very soon.  Summers are very HOT – sometimes over 100 degrees.  Fall is beautiful with colorful leaves falling from the trees and breezy, cool weather.

Being a military base, there are many different cultures.  Families move in and out of the area often too.  Kylie wanted to make sure I felt right at home while I was visiting, so she made me my very own Army uniform to wear!

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She took me to see a memorial on the Army post and we spent time checking out old military aircraft too.  She even let me “fly” an old helicopter!

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Next, she took me to meet some HEROES that live at Fort Campbell!  They were very nice soldiers that wanted to meet me and take a picture with me.  I made sure to thank them for volunteering to serve in the military and protect our country too.

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Kylie wanted to introduce me to a few of her own favorite people too.  We met the local Girl Scouts selling yummy cookies.  They wanted to meet me too!  We took a picture, donated to help wounded warriors, and I got to pose with a GIANT girlscout “cookie”.

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Last, but not least, Kylie gave me my very own “scout” patch for serving at Fort Campbell for the day!

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I had a wonderful time visiting with Chloe’s cousin, Kylie and I hope to come back soon!  Maybe next time, I could bring Chloe with me.  I know Kylie would love that the most.

Thank you for letting me explore Fort Campbell, Kentucky!

 

Your Favorite Newborn Pictures of 2012 from Pictured Moments By April


On the Facebook Fanpage, I recently put out a plea for help in choosing some favorite newborn images from 2012 for my side-show header on my new (upcoming) website.  I have to say that I was blown away by the responses and feedback that so many of you shared – thank you for your opinions and willingness to help!  I didn’t want to let all of your hard work go to waste, so here are the results of your feedback:

In no particular order, these were the 30 FAN FAVORITE newborn images of 2012:

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Newborn baby girl with adorable afro and red flowers on a headband

From the choices above, I can gather a few things:

  • smiling newborn baby images are your favorites
  • lace with newborn girls photographed beautifully
  • you all sure love the multiples and military babies!

Thank you for commenting with your feedback and voicing your opinions.  It was a proud moment to see the love from all of you and to be able to share it with these babies and their families!  I feel beyond blessed and truly appreciated for my artwork – I hope every photographer has a chance to have clients, friends, and fans like all of you.  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

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Labor Of Love | Giving Back


Do you remember the Labor of Love, Happy Labor Day giveaway?  A complimentary newborn portrait session was up for grabs for the first baby born on Labor day in the surrounding areas of Clarksville, TN , Fort Campbell, KY , and Hopkinsville, KY.

Nia Joelle was the Labor of Love winner – born at 5:47pm on Labor Day in Fort Campbell, KY.  Nia’s newborn portrait session went well – she was a sweet little sleeper and her older sister stole the spotlight every now and then.  It was an honor to work with this family and to pay it forward by blessing them with a complimentary newborn session.  Here are some of my favorite images from Nia’s newborn gallery.

Are you loving these little newborn tutu and headband sets as much as I do???  Check out one of my favorite vendors Wren and Ribbon for more of her chic and unique accessories.  Be sure to become a fan of hers on Facebook too!

Labor Of Love | Giving Back


Do you remember the Labor of Love, Happy Labor Day giveaway?  A complimentary newborn portrait session was up for grabs for the first baby born on Labor day in the surrounding areas of Clarksville, TN , Fort Campbell, KY , and Hopkinsville, KY.

Nia Joelle was the Labor of Love winner – born at 5:47pm on Labor Day in Fort Campbell, KY.  Nia’s newborn portrait session went well – she was a sweet little sleeper and her older sister stole the spotlight every now and then.  It was an honor to work with this family and to pay it forward by blessing them with a complimentary newborn session.  Here are some of my favorite images from Nia’s newborn gallery.

Are you loving these little newborn tutu and headband sets as much as I do???  Check out one of my favorite vendors Wren and Ribbon for more of her chic and unique accessories.  Be sure to become a fan of hers on Facebook too!

Best Newborn Photographer – Xander's Feature!


Joseph Alexander – such a big name for a little newborn baby!  I had to give him some blog love since he made it to the Best Newborn Photographer Page last week.  He rocked the pose like a superstar too!

While we’re on the topic, let’s go ahead and give a shout-out to beautiful baby Liza who was also featured on the Best Newborn Photographers Page last week.  The image was taken by my beautifully talented bestie over at Jamie Lynn Photography.  Friends, if you’re the Fort Rucker, Newton, Dothan, Enterprise AL area then you MUST check her out!

 

 

Best Newborn Photographer – Xander’s Feature!


Joseph Alexander – such a big name for a little newborn baby!  I had to give him some blog love since he made it to the Best Newborn Photographer Page last week.  He rocked the pose like a superstar too!

While we’re on the topic, let’s go ahead and give a shout-out to beautiful baby Liza who was also featured on the Best Newborn Photographers Page last week.  The image was taken by my beautifully talented bestie over at Jamie Lynn Photography.  Friends, if you’re the Fort Rucker, Newton, Dothan, Enterprise AL area then you MUST check her out!

 

 

Mrs. Danielle and Kylie.


Kylie’s first teacher (for pre-K) was truly a blessing.  Mrs. Danielle consistently worked to help Kylie with the struggles she was up against.  She went above and beyond to make her feel special, and smart.  Kylie would come home and play school – dressed up as Mrs. Danielle with barbies, babies, and stuffed animals as students.  Kylie LOVED Mrs. Danielle.  When it came time to make her teacher a birthday present, we put together a homemade “book”.  Considering that Kylie’s main delay was motor skills (which involved writing/drawing) we knew that Mrs. Danielle would treasure the gift as much as we treasured her gift to Kylie – patience, persistence and love.  The pages were simple questions written by me about school or their class or favorites of Kylie’s.  I would write out Kylie’s answer, and then she would draw it.  One page read, “What does Mrs. Danielle look like?” and Kylie’s answer was “she’s so pretty and she’s gonna have a baby in her belly.”

I will admit that I was initially embarrassed because Mrs. Danielle was clearly NOT pregnant.  I even considered tearing that page out.  I remembered that she knew Kylie’s heart and would know how Kylie intended it.  Newborn babies are frequently little guests in our home, and Kylie absolutely LOVES babies.  Mrs. Danielle knew that I was a newborn baby photographer, so I was sure to bring that up again when we gave her the book for her birthday late last spring.  I wanted to be sure she remembered and wasn’t offended by Kylie’s drawing.

Shortly after, the school year ended and the summer flew by.  Kylie still talked about Mrs. Danielle often, and still played “school”.  Fall came around, and off to Kindergarten she went and this time to a different school.  She was one SAD little girl to not be in Mrs. Danielle’s class anymore, and not even at the same school!  I kept saying we would go visit “one day”, but the time never came around and one day turned into some day…

You can imagine my surprise recently when I received an email from Mrs. Danielle!  I thought to myself, I really need to take Kylie to see her soon!  I opened the message and after reading the greetings and how is Kylie, etc, I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Mrs. Danielle was contacting me to book a newborn session – she was expecting a boy and due in January!!!   I literally read the message multiple times – I couldn’t believe it.  Mrs. Danielle was just as surprised, and even had a mobile picture of the page from the book Kylie made her saved in her phone.  Apparently she had no idea she was pregnant before, no one did!  Well, except Kylie.

I was tickled pink (well, blue) for Mrs. Danielle and couldn’t wait to bring Kylie to SEE for herself what she hoped for Mrs. Danielle was true.  I told her I was taking her to see Mrs. Danielle and that there was a surprise.  We waited by the playground for the pre-K class to come out, and as soon as Mrs. Danielle came out the door Kylie saw her.  “She has a baby in her bellllllyyyyyyyyy!!!!!”  she screamed, and ran to her.

I’m so blessed to be able to witness little miracles like this every day<3

Just a little shoe love…


 

I love shoes♥ One of My favorite indulgences is a new pair of sometimes frivolous shoes. Who’s with me?? While I’m not knocking that guilty pleasure of mine (or anyone else’s), there’s an elementary school in my area that has an extremely high percentage of children in need. The statistics were somewhere in the range of over 80% are in the “free lunch” program because of the challenging incomes of their families. My church Woodlawn Community Church is doing a shoe drive to help make a difference. Would you be willing to join me in sharing our love of shoes for these children that need a pair that fit?

Shoes & Belts for Byrns L. Darden Elementary School
Bring new or gently used shoes and belts to meet the needs of
Students K-5th grade. Also need sweatpants for K-2nd grade

(Belts are appreciated too because most of the children are wearing hand me downs, donated clothing, or parent’s clothing so they’re too big!)

You can bring your donations directly to my church

or drop them off at my house and I will bring them.
My address is:
1365 Mutual Drive
Clarksville, TN 37042
Please just drop them off by my front door any time, thank you!

 

Project 12 – Back To School! | Newborn Goodness Forum


The project for August on the Newborn Goodness Forum is Back To School.  Kylie started kindergarten this year and she was ecstatic!  I was very excited too – for both of us.  My excitement is partially because running a {more than} full time business and being a stay at home mom has been one heck of a sleepless juggling act this past year.  Kylie being an extrovert and extremely social has struggled with being an only child – she NEEDS the consistent social interaction with peers.  I’m eager to watch her flourish with new friends.

How has “Back To School” gone for you and your children?

Check out these other Project 12, Back to School posts from my Newborn Goodness friends and come join us!

Laura Brett Photography

Velse Photography

Heather McGinnis Photography