Web Gems – Round 14

Nacogdoches Photographer compiles great finds from around the internet

It’s time for a good ol’ gathering of internet gems, y’all!

  • Love love love this. I’m so thankful to have a husband who is more than willing to cook & clean, but I know many women don’t. And having not one, but two jobs while also trying to be there for my family means our house looks like a mess a lot of the time, even with Max’s help. And this reminds me that I really need to work on my word of the year, give myself some grace and be ok with the mess sometimes if it means tickle fights with Peanut, baby talk with Pumpkin, or a movie night with Max.


  • This is so powerful, and so true. I love her humor and honesty (if you’re a mama who likes some sarcasm and blunt honesty about parenting, read this), but this post is so incredibly real: “There is never any weakness in showing mercy and grace because those characteristics are the very heartbeat of God. Let’s live in a way that teaches our children the importance of loving our neighbor and that peers aren’t our competition. We can cheer each other on without being afraid it takes something from us when we realize that God has each of us exactly where we’re meant to be. The comparison trap is an endless vortex of nothingness that only serves to make us feel insecure and discontent because we are measuring our insides against someone else’s outside.”


  • This is absolutely hilarious. I can only imagine what moves Peanut would be putting out there! Also, I would take that class. 


  • This is incredibly cool! Takes love of photography to a whole new level, and I love how they stay true to the area while building the camera.


  • I can’t tell y’all how much I needed this! It was a great reminder to continue to focus on my word of the year, grace, and to give myself the permission to not do it all. Or maybe to demand that of myself. Because being stretched too thin isn’t pretty, and it’s worse when that streching was one I chose on my own.

My 2016 Word of the Year

Last year I decided to focus more on an intention for the year rather than a resolution, and I chose a word to use as a “home base” of sorts. I love how it was a way to impact many areas of my life rather than just a very specific part.

Once again this year I had a few words that made the short list for my word of the year. There are many words that I think I could focus on as a way to improve myself – my faith, my day-to-day life and choices, my business.

But only one word could be THE word for 2016. Only one was just right for what I need now.

Nacogdoches photographer word of the year for 2016


Focusing on the blessings His grace provides daily.

Focusing on doing my best to bestow that same kind of grace on others.

Making sure to remember to give myself the grace to try – and handle the results well, whether I succeed or fail. And to keep trying each day. Keep pushing in a way that honors myself and others.

Handling daily ups and downs in all aspects of life with grace.


Here’s to 2016 and living gracefully! What is your word of the year?

He Provides

I am always so thankful when God sends reminders my way that in the midst of all of the chaos, He has never left, and He is sending me just what I need for each and every day. When plans go awry, when the answer seems to just be silence, when I get caught up in my own wishes and desires.


It may be a gorgeous sunrise that takes my mind off of the lack of sleep that’s left me dragging.

It may be a request from Peanut for “fishy kisses” in the middle of a day where I feel totally inadequate as a parent.

It may be a simple text or a conversation with a friend that makes me feel less alone in the struggle and reminds me to continue to focus on Him and His will.

Nacogdoches photographer Bible verse 2 Corinthians 12:9 with image of clouds

I had one of those moments yesterday, and as always, it was in His perfect timing.


In all seasons, we need to remember that He will give us the grace we need to weather the storm or praise the victories. And even if His answer is “no” or “wait” or simply silence, there is always an answer. And a beautiful reason for it. He will provide. It’s our job to trust and to try our best to open our hearts. It’s not always easy to just sit in the circumstances that are causing us to rely solely on His grace, but it is worth it to strengthen your reliance on Him and allow His plan to take shape.