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    What does BEAUTI mean to you?

    beau-ty (n.pl.) Any of those attributes of form, sound, color, character, behavior, achievement, etc., which give pleasure and gratification to the senses or to the mind. Something excellent of its kind.

    BEAUTI is more than physical attractiveness. BEAUTI surrounds us in many forms.

    BEAUTI portrayed inside and out. BEAUTI at every age, in every stage of life. BEAUTI of this incredible world we live in. BEAUTI of emotions and feelings of the moment. BEAUTI that cannot be put into words.

    Discovering. Cherishing. Capturing.

    Thank you for checking out my blog, feel free to look around and add a comment or send me a note. Sharing life’s BEAUTIs from my perspective…enjoy! Jenelle

Happy Valentine’s Day 2012

It was a party for the kids.  A Valentine’s brunch party to start off the weekend.  They filled our home with so much cuteness and playful noise!  Happy babies and happy kids.  There are incredible “big” people in their lives, so thoughtful and wonderful to be around.  I really enjoy to entertain, not because I feel that I am any great host.  These photos don’t show the beautiful, wonderful people that came but it really is the guests that made it a fabulous party!

Happy Love Day!  Wishing you a wonderful day filled with love, sweet treats, hearts and more love!

For the chocolate lovers: this delicious, moist chocolate cake is from Quinoa 365

Thanks to pinterest.com and MarthaStewart.com for inspiration for some of these party ideas.

5 March 2012 - 8:27 am

Michelle W - Awesome party decor Jenelle! This is what I hope for when we do parties but we are lucky if we end up with a party tablecloth and cake. Ha ha. 🙂 Great images.

16 February 2012 - 11:48 pm

laurie - you did a ton of party planning….. so awesome! love it!!

15 February 2012 - 5:19 pm

Kim Spears - What a fun idea !!! Love it 🙂 I bet everyone had a great time!

15 February 2012 - 3:25 pm

Melissa - WOW! this is a ton of work and it turned out beautifully! wish we could have accepted the invitation!

14 February 2012 - 5:49 pm

Joan - Wow that was a lot of fun.Too bad I left before the cake! Thx Jenelle, Joan
We loved the decorations they are really cool. Anna & Mary

14 February 2012 - 1:10 pm

Momma - Jenelle – that was a wonderful party!! The photos are just the way the house looked – all warm and inviting for a happy Valentine Party!! Thanks for all the work you did so we could all enjoy the delicious food….cute kids…..warm atmosphere…and friendly visits!!

14 February 2012 - 12:10 pm

jenn - Looks like a fun party!
Wish we lived closer!

What’s Your Language ?

I wish I could slow down 2012 a bit.  Here we are already less than a week from Valentine’s Day.  At least this year, in the month of love, we do get a bonus day.

A link on a blog led to a link to another blog to a link to a website…..bringing me to 5 Love Languages.  We were given the book, How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, as a wedding gift.  Expressing and showing love.  In the language that each understands.  Filling love tanks.  And it’s not just a concept that applies to couples.  But on their website they have a challenge starting on Valentine’s Day.  To love your spouse according to their love language for 5 weeks.  Who needs chocolates, roses, a card…unless receiving gifts of course is the language you understand.  If you’re up for the challenge ~ it takes a few minutes to determine your love language and you can enjoy having your love tank filled to the brim!  I think it’s a neat idea.  To be really giving what someone needs.

If you would be loved, love and be lovable. ~ Benjamin Franklin

January Photo Adventure

A couple weeks back while these two stayed with us, we headed off on a photo adventure.  Not sure where we’d end up but headed to the hills nearby.  Well above zero and not having snow, it was splendid to be out in the sunshine.  Mesmerized by the wind blowing the golden grasses, breathing in the quietness, enjoying the vast expanse of our prairie scenery, hearing giggles of these sweet kids running and watching the things that attracted their attention for even a moment.  A good memory of our time together.

Have a wonderful weekend!

5 March 2012 - 8:29 am

Michelle W - Beautiful beautiful images Jenelle. The children are beautiful as well! I love the golden tones.

15 February 2012 - 5:20 pm

Kim Spears - Oh my gosh they are precious !! That first one just melts me 🙂

29 January 2012 - 7:42 pm

Joan - Jenelle these are wonderful! I love the grass and blue sky but most of all the children:):)

28 January 2012 - 12:58 pm

Shirley McCarthy - I love these kids! Bring them to New Zealand with you so I can have a cuddle!!XX

27 January 2012 - 10:33 pm

Elizabeth - Great pictures of just fantastic kids!!!

27 January 2012 - 9:55 pm

Carla - LOVE these kids!!! Awesome pictures!!

27 January 2012 - 8:20 pm

Kim Maloney - These are amazing!! I love them, such cuties!

27 January 2012 - 7:51 pm

Jess - Those kidlets could NOT get any cuter! Great shots!!! 🙂

27 January 2012 - 7:18 pm

laurie - awesome pictures….. very cute kids!!!

27 January 2012 - 7:12 pm

Melissa - Beautiful location, ever more beautiful children!

27 January 2012 - 6:58 pm

Lisa w - Absolutely gorgeous photos of gorgeous children. Those curls are so beautiful!

27 January 2012 - 6:34 pm

Nona - Beautiful Grandchildren!! Great shots of the undulating landscape covered with the blowing prairie grasses!

27 January 2012 - 6:23 pm

Shauna - Soooo sooo cute, just love them to pieces and miss them!!! Love these Jenelle, I would like many canvasas!! Awesome 🙂

27 January 2012 - 5:55 pm

Daysha - Love LOVE these!! great job with these cute children!!

Colt, Ashley + Shelby

Now that images from their session have been given out as gifts to their families, I will share a few with you all.  I love the idea of giving photographs for gifts.  At any occasion.  It’s special and meaningful.  These two are such natural parents.  Of one of the cutest baby girls!   I’m glad we’re already talking about and planning for the next photo session.  When the wind chill is softened and the air is warm!  To spend more time with their happy little family will not be difficult.  I hope you’re having a wonderful time over the holidays!  Thank you for having me capture these images for you.

Duncan family

We woke up to the ground covered with the white stuff like a thick blanket.  And it continued to fall all day.  Really it is quite pretty, and magical the way snowflakes twinkle, but that was too quick a season change for me.  Winter arrived.  Abruptly.   Knowing there was a chance of flurries in the forecast we were still planning to shoot some family portraits while the Duncan’s were in town visiting.  Thinking there might be a few snowflakes in the air and a light covering of snow.  Well, there ended up being a lot of snow for the first snow and a harsh, cold wind.  With their sweet personalities and beautiful smiles they braved the weather.  Thanks for making time on your busy weekend to have me photograph your lovely family, cozied up by the snowy evergreens.

4 December 2011 - 10:22 pm

Michelle W - What a beautiful session Jenelle. Winter portraits are the best! This is a gorgeous family.

30 November 2011 - 8:32 pm

Kim Spears - WOW !! What an awesome backdrop for their photos. Love it !!

22 November 2011 - 7:46 am

laurie - awesome winter photos! cute family!

12 November 2011 - 5:09 am

Starla - This is a great site.

10 November 2011 - 10:20 am

Daysha - Great winter family photos! Love how happy they are!

10 November 2011 - 7:35 am

Nona - These are wonderful winter wonderland photos!
The family looks like they are enjoying life and the photos reflect that – even in the cold and snow!!