Sunday Encouragement-Thanksgiving Thoughts

It’s Thanksgiving week. Yes, we get to eat some turkey and stuffing. But that’s not all. This week comes with all kinds of emotions for each of us.

It’s a time to look at our life. We look at the blessings but we also look at the difficult seasons. It’s knowing through all of it Jesus was with us and that’s what we’re thankful for.

Sunday Encouragement-Thanksgiving Thoughts

I remember my first Thanksgiving without my Mom. It was hard and I wanted to get through it quickly.

Right before Thanksgiving week we sang, Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redmon, in church. The words were hard to sing…

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say, Lord
Blessed be Your name, Lord

Those words pierced me. Jesus gives and he takes away but I will choose to say Blessed Be Your Name. For the first time I understood those words.

Let’s be honest, none of us like the “taking away” part. Loss is never easy.

I’m learning more and more that thankfulness doesn’t mean that life is easy. But thankfulness is a choice. No matter what the journey brings, I want to choose to say, Lord Blessed Be Your Name.

I know many of you have lost loved ones this year and Thanksgiving is going to be different. There’s one less seat around the table.

Please know that I’m praying for you! I may not know your name but Jesus does. Trust Him. He is always faithful.

Of course, I’m going to share, Blessed Be the Name Of The Lord. Maybe listen to it today with a different perspective. It’s easy to praise Him on the good days but can we praise Him during the difficult days?

 

Have a blessed Sunday friends!

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What To Wear In Family Photos

Welcome to our 12 Days of Holiday Outfits series!! Today we’re going to talk about What to Wear in Family Photos.

I’m partnering with Kristin from BonBon Rose Girls and Jo-Lynne from Jo-Lynne Shane to bring you 12 days of posts about what to wear for EVERY event this holiday season.

12 Days Of Holiday Outfits and More!
This post has made me realize we NEED a family photo!! It’s been a few years and we’re overdue.

First, let’s talk about 5 photo tips that will help you get ready for your pictures.

1. Coordinate but don’t match. Gone are the days when you want everyone in a white shirt and khaki pants. I know it was popular at one time but we’ve moved on. Try to be a little more creative!

2. Pick one focal piece. It’s good to have a child in a patterned outfit, you can use a floral dress for a girl or a plaid shirt for a boy. Then everyone else can pick colors from their pattern.

3. Textures are your friend. Add scarves, necklaces, vests, cardigans, or hats to your outfits. Layers & accessories add dimension to your photos.

4. Plan ahead. This is a no brainer but I’m typically a “fly by the seat of your pants girl” so I need this reminder. Pick out your outfits and then lay them out together and see what you need to add or take away.

5. Think classic and timeless. Remember you’ll keep these photos forever and fashion trends come and go. Think classic while picking out your outfits so they don’t instantly date you.

Now let me introduce you to Heather Ransdell Photography. (Heather took the photo of me that’s in my sidebar.)

She was nice enough to send me these photos she recently took and the families were gracious enough to let me share them with you!

I love the colors this family picked for their picture! They added texture with the daughter’s hair bow and her dress is the focal piece. Such cute kids!

What To Wear In Family Photos

Another great example of a family photo. The little boy has the focal piece and they built around him. The mom’s scarf adds some texture. Again, aren’t those kids adorable?

What To Wear In Family Photos

How cute are the hats? Not everyone could pull this off, but this family can. And again, their kids are adorable too!

What To Wear In Family Photos

I hope this gives you some ideas for family photos. I’m going to get on this for my family!!

How often do you have family photos taken??

Don’t miss my first post of the 12 Days of Holiday Outfits series, What to Wear To Thanksgiving, where you can enter to win a $250 Gift Card to Rack Room Shoes!

Make sure to visit Jo-Lynne and Kristin to see their tips on What To Wear In A Family Photo!

Beauty For the Heart~~Our families know us better than anyone. They see our good and our bad! But as women, we need to make sure we’re showing our families love and grace. We have an influence with them that no one else has!

A man (or woman) ought to live so that everybody knows he’s a christian… and most of all, his family ought to know. -DL Moody

Have a blessed day!

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