Meet Kristine and Paul. Kristine runs her own daycare here in town, giving her lots of practice for being a mama, and Paul has one of the night watch positions at Rock Solid Refuge [you could say that is practice for him as well]. They are coming up to three years of marriage and the due date of their first child! When we did their shoot last week, Kristine was two and half weeks away from her due date. Now, with it being August tomorrow, she is only eight days away! I can't wait to meet their little boy or girl!
These two were a delight to photograph, not only are they photogenic, but Kristine and Paul were so fun to work with and extremely patient with my lack of maternity shoot experience. I was going for the look of an engagement shoot, except instead of emphasis on the ring, it's on the mama-belly.
The beautiful Kristine.
It was great to see how Paul and Kristine have fun with each other during a shoot, despite the relentless mosquitoes.
Thank you, Kristine and Paul! I thoroughly enjoyed photographing you two and am so excited for when your little one enters the world!
Earlier this week, I had one of those mornings when I read something which was exactly what I needed. With the Rock Solid Refuge students up north at Tobin Lake on the annual canoe trip, and my husband along with them as one of the accompanying staff, I've had this week off. I planned on using it as a personal wellness week - spending time reading, writing, in the Word, catching up on sleep, doing a bunch of to-do's around the house and trying to get back into some form of an exercise routine [I've been slacking since our honeymoon].
This is by no means an original thought, but I do hope it will be a reminder for you, just as it was for me. I read a Facebook post about how we need to refill our cup in order to pour out to others. You cannot pour from an empty cup. Picking up my Bible, I asked God to show me where He wanted me to read and what He wanted me to get out of my time in the Word. Without a destination in mind, I opened my Bible; the page had the start of Luke chapter 13:
6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
When I read the word, "fertilize," the thought of "refilling," instantly came to mind. If we don't do whatever helps us grow and refill, we won't produce fruit in our faith. The Facebook post and this passage of scripture were just what I needed that morning.
Take time to refill. You'll be able to give so much more when you do.
PS... above is just a cell phone picture, but as I was out for a walk this week, I couldn't resist capturing these incredible clouds and the sunlight!
Hi! I'm Maria Cappelle [née Wilde]. I live, work, play and follow Jesus with my husband, Tim, in the quaint prairie town of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.