family photo booth strips

September 12, 2014

family Photo Booth stripsThese were the photo booth strips we took at the OC Fair. We pretty much only go to the fair to take these photos. I love these pictures so much. All our photo booth and polaroid pictures are just extra special to me, especially since I rarely print out photos (I’m just so bad at it). Oh and it was so hard to get all the girls in their own photo for that strip on the right. It goes so fast, and you’re trying to switch them out quick (and keep them close at the same time), it’s a feat I tell you!

I feel like my days are fuller than ever, and I’ve been trying to set more evenings aside to relax. I did get caught up on most my emails this week (high-five!), and I think I answered most of your blog comments back (if it warranted a reply), and with the girls gone on vacation with my parents next week, I’m hoping to cross lots of things off my to-do list. I always have a to-do list, but really, who doesn’t?!

I’ve been thinking a lot of how motherhood can feel so isolating sometimes. If you’re a working mom, stay home mom, or work-at-home mom, it’s still a lot of work and pressure no matter how you slice it. Your heart (and mind) is all over the place trying to love on everyone and do everything, but the busyness can be overwhelming. I’m trying to serve my kids well, love them well, feed them well, and teach them well (oh and of course Ben too), but sometimes I lose sight of grace and Jesus, and then I end up not doing so well after all. I’ve been reading the book, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full, and listening to this sermon on “Grace Filled Parenting,” and both have been a really good rebuke and encouragement to my heart.


11 comments on “family photo booth strips”

  • Amanda says:

    We’re pregnant with our first baby, and I’m thankful for mommies like you who love on their kids and take the time to teach them about our Savior!

    • Rubyellen says:

      I try, but I fail so often. I’m learning, albeit a little slow, but I try to rear their hearts towards God as much as I can.

  • Amanda Rose says:

    That last photo strip — one block for each girl — THE BEST! <3 <3 <3 <3

  • Vénusia says:

    Thanks for the sharing. I’m totaly feeling all over the place today. Being a homeschooler, stay at home mom is kind of hard, mostly in my corner of the world, where I am an alien. So seeing other moms like you on the net help me feel less alone. Thank you, keep going !

    • Rubyellen says:

      I know, I feel so isolated too from time to time. I’m glad my story gets to encourage you. No one is a perfect mother and I definitely have lots of shortcomings.

  • Thanks for finally talking about > family photo booth strips : CAKIES
    < Loved it!

  • nikki says:

    looks like fun! love photo booths!


  • Lisa G says:

    Hi Ruby, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you talking about your relationship with God in such a personal way. I’m often experiencing something similar and your words go straight to my heart and help me see what I need to see. It’s one of the things I like most about your blog, along with your super sweet family and great style. Thank you.

  • Cait says:

    I have been (slowwwly!) reading the same book! The author’s husband actually planted a church from our church when we lived in Dubai, so we knew them a little bit, but certainly not enough. They are an amazing (and adorable) family. Have you read Rachel Jankovic’s book, Loving the Little Years? It is SO good. Quick to read too, which is perfect for moms! There is a sequel called Fit to Burst, which I have not finished yet.

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