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    My name is Jess.  My hubby is Brett.  We are crazy about each other, our 4 babies, and our art.  Welcome to our world.

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Monthly Archives: June 2011

I want only this.

I have a post in the works regarding something near and dear to us: FOOD.

It’s a big post, because it’s something we are very passionate about in our family. We love to eat. And Brett loves to cook. It works out quite nice.

As I was looking through photos this morning, an overwhelming feeling came over me. I feel so blessed. Since I was a little girl I dreamed of a simple life filled with love.

It reminded me of a favorite song by The Weepies….If you haven’t heard it, go give it a listen.

Simple Life

Can I get up in the morning
Put the kettle on
Make us some coffee, say “hey” to the sun…
Is it enough to write a song and sing it to the birds?
They’d hear just the tune
Not understand my love for words
But you would hear me and know

I want only this, I want to live
I want to live a simple life.

I dreamed you first
But not so real
And everyday since I’ve found you
Such moments we steal
Like little thieves, we rub our hands
We hold our hearts between them.
But will you hear me and know?

I want only this, I want to live
I want to live a simple life.

Move on, move on
Time is accelerating.
Drive on all night
Traffic lights and one-ways.
Move on, move on
Parking violations waiting
Turn off the car, breathe the air
Let’s stay here.

I’ll kiss you awake, and we’ll have time
To know our neighbors all by name
And every star at night.
We’ll weave our days together like waves
And particles of light.

I want only this, I want to live
I want to live a simple life.

June 15, 2011 - 10:10 am

Maya Laurent - Love this Jess. Everything about it! I’m working on a food post too…there’s something about family dinners that are magical, especially when home cooked. Love your family!

June 15, 2011 - 10:33 am

Cassie - A-men. Big fan of The Weepies–actually had one of their songs playing during Avram’s birth.

Those salads look yummy.

June 15, 2011 - 10:41 am

Clary - Oh Jess! I’m so excited to see your food post. ps-this song is awesome

June 15, 2011 - 6:52 pm

tracie - Looks yummy. I had to stop by and tell you how amazing I think your photography is. Love your blog. I stalk it often. Take care.

June 15, 2011 - 8:01 pm

Jenny Walters - It doesn’t get any better than this… it just doesn’t!

June 15, 2011 - 11:58 pm

Amber Lykins - Your posts/inspirations/perspectives are such a blessing to me (and many others). I just adore your family, thank you for sharing them. This is one of my favorite songs also, I use it as a mantra when things get chaotic, it serves as a reminder to return to the important and lasting things.


June 16, 2011 - 7:51 am

Rachel B. - What a precious photo! It brings tears to my eyes. Gabe’s little head is almost on the table. So cute. I hope you will take a photo just like this one in another 10 years and marvel at the changes. This is so heartwarming!

June 16, 2011 - 9:58 pm

gina - made me weepie;) i’m admitting i’ve never heard of the weepies and will need to look them up.
a beautiful life and family you have my dear. we really do have all we need, don’t we?

June 17, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Tobi - Hi,
there are so many inspiring posts from you. Great to see that you combine your work with your life.

I would love to come over and eat with you guys!

Greetings from Germany!

uncle “j” visit {film}

Recently, one of the kids’ favorite people paid us a visit.  Uncle “J” time:

June 13, 2011 - 1:36 pm

Uncle J - great trip! miss those kids

June 13, 2011 - 1:52 pm

meghan - where were these taken?? that structure is unreal!

June 13, 2011 - 7:26 pm

Rachel B. - Love the colors and the LOVE! And yes, I must know what and where is that freaky storybook structure.. Too cool!

June 14, 2011 - 12:49 am

Holly - where were these?!?!!?! possibility for our shoot, perhaps…if they were nearby.

June 14, 2011 - 11:14 am

emily - HA! I use to live near that funny structure and everytime I ran passed it I would giggle on the inside.

To the other commenters – it’s on Erie Ave in Hyde Park (maybe Oakley – i’m not sure where the line is in between the two areas)pretty close to halfway between Hyde Park square and Hyde Park country club.

June 16, 2011 - 10:00 pm

gina - i know exactly where you are! i hope you got a chance to stop in and have some goodies while you were there…one of my fav places to sit and sip and chat.

July 24, 2011 - 4:40 pm

Annie - I just saw Uncle J at Comic-Con this weekend! I only know him from your blog, but it felt like I had spotted a celebrity.

April 8, 2020 - 2:08 pm

Proje - Very good post. I like. Thank u.

four years of more happy.

Four years ago my life changed when I had my third little boy. It’s no secret to those who know me that I was thinking (dare I say hoping) that I was having a girl. When he arrived all smooshed face and wrinkly, let’s just say it didn’t take long for my heart to turn into complete mush over him.

My little blond haired beauty….I can’t believe he’s four. Such a big boy- taking after his big brothers, but still such the cuddly baby. I cherish this time.

Normally I do a portrait session for the kids’ birthdays since we don’t have “school portraits” in home school. ;)  I haven’t had a chance to do a session yet for Gabe, so these are just some recent moments in his life.

At the beginning of May we decided to try him out on a two-wheeler. All of our other kiddos rode before their 4th b-day, so we decided to try even though he had not asked for his wheels off like the others had.

Brett held his seat, went around a few times, and after a couple times of letting go and him falling a bit Gabe was tired of it.  I chocked it up to him being the baby. It’s really no secret that we have noooo problem letting him take his sweet time at growing up.;)

A week or so later Brett and I looked out the window to the scene below. We were a bit scared, but decided not to intervene. Come to find out Adin asked Gabe if he could try and help him on the bike. After about 5 minutes, Gabe was riding all over…..like a mad man!!

I’m so proud of Adin. For his loving heart. For his patience with his baby brother.

Playing outside, drawing, playing with friends ( below is Betsy’s Miles), painting, shooting baskets, and cuddling….these are some of Gabe’s favorite things. :)

Somewhere along the way this spring amongst crazy Ohio storms, tornado sirens, and trips to the basement, Gabe formed a habit of sneaking into his sister’s room for comfort. He just adores her. I adore how much they love each other.

Whenever Brett or I have a bad day, we scoop up Gabie and he just loves to love on us. On any given day if Gabe’s not playing, he is found like this:

From Priya, the brothers, to Mama and Baba….we are utterly smitten with you Gabriel. I thank God every night for the precious time I have with you. Can’t wait to watch you grow into who you will become, Lord willing.

So blessed to have you, little sweetheart.

yours ~mama & baba

June 9, 2011 - 1:19 pm

Betsy - Happy Birthday precious boy!

Miles MISSES you so much! He needs a lesson in bike riding! So cool!!!

June 9, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Gabe - amazing!! really can’t say much else. happy birthday little man!! (oh and you..with a doubt..have the best name one could ask for :) )

June 9, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Shannon - So sweetness! You made me cry…

June 9, 2011 - 2:10 pm

melanie - dang time flies! hbd gabe!!

June 9, 2011 - 2:14 pm

Ashie - I cannot believe he is 4!! This post is so precious. Love you Gabey Baby (and love you too Sissy)!

June 10, 2011 - 8:32 am

Gail - If I didn’t already have every reason to adore your family, this post would pretty much seal the deal.

What a SWEETIE!!

PS – You know this already, but your kids are so beautiful!!!!

June 10, 2011 - 10:31 am

meredith - He is such a nugget of goodness..

June 11, 2011 - 11:38 am

lucy - happy birthday gabe…happy birthday to all beautiful years of you, precious baby boy!

June 11, 2011 - 2:03 pm

Donna - The photos of your boys – the oldest teaching your baby to ride a bike made me cry!!! How wonderful to see such love – kuddos girl, you are doing something right!!!!

June 11, 2011 - 8:48 pm

gina - such a wonderful wonderful post for your littlest guy. he is a sweetie and i always think of him as a happy little birdie taking blueberries out of my hand…nonstop;) xo happy birthday to you gabe!

June 11, 2011 - 11:14 pm

Char - This post makes my heart melt. Reminds me of my boys. I LOVE the way your photos capture so much emotion and realness!!!

June 12, 2011 - 8:01 am

Holly - i love that boy. such a sweet little flirt! :)

June 12, 2011 - 6:21 pm

Shannon Selim - I love the way you love him, it is so precious! :)

June 14, 2011 - 6:21 pm

patty - he is beautiful, truly.
happy birthday to him!

christina & eric

On their wedding day, I noticed that whenever Christina saw Eric she had the biggest most beautiful smile I’ve seen, and she laughs so freely. When she was near, Eric couldn’t help but stare at her….most often with the sweetest smile across his face. You could just see it in each of them. They are absolutely crazy about each other.

We were so honored to capture their special day, as they became husband & wife. Here’s a bit of their sweet story.

Venue: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Photography: studio3z
Videography: Lifetime Films
Florals: Katie Elfer (Inspired Floral Design) & Christina’s Mom and family
Hair: Holly at Wild Hair Salon
Greek Band and DJ: George Karras
Cocktail Band: The Hedgehogs
Catering: Angelo’s Family Restaurant
Appetizers: Ban Thai Restaurant

Thank you Christina and Eric for allowing us to document this special day in your lives!  Best wishes to you both.

jess & brett

June 7, 2011 - 9:04 pm

Gail - GORGEOUS! And the groom has SURELY been told he has an Orlando Bloom thing going on, yes? ;)

June 8, 2011 - 12:09 pm

Kelly - What a beautiful couple!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the bridal portraits :)

June 8, 2011 - 12:10 pm

Christina - Yes Gail, he get’s it ALL the time! :)

June 8, 2011 - 1:48 pm

Gabe - incredible guys. you nailed it. well done my friends!!

June 9, 2011 - 2:55 pm

Christina - Dear Brett and Jess,

I just want to say that I loved having you guys at my wedding. The pictures were so fun and they turned out so beautiful! I can’t wait to see the rest of them! I will be raving to all my friends :D and showing off the blog til then!

With love,
Christina and Eric

June 14, 2011 - 6:24 pm

patty - beautiful!