January 1, 2015

Two Thousand Fourteen


Once again I’m sitting here scrambling last minute to write a year end post.
I’ve had an ongoing New Year’s Resolution to post monthly updates so this kind of thing doesn’t happen.
Maybe 2015 will be the lucky year I documented better & get organized? Just maybe 🙂

The words in this post don’t even begin to touch the highs and lows from 2014
The photos don’t even begin to touch all the captures … especially what’s on our IPhone’s
I know I’m leaving out so much but I wanted to quickly post what I can remember here.


Brett turned the big 3-0! We celebrated him bowling the night away & with a party at Dad & Pam-la’s
My dad came home from his heart surgery, everyone was so impressed with how well he was doing <3.
Brett started working on garden projects and got our produce seeds planted for the summer garden



I had just had foot surgery – I kept score and took pain meds in my stylish boot <3.





 my daddy-o <3.


 vegan birthday cake made with love by Pam-la <3.


… produce seed grow stand built by Brett



Brett coached boys basketball for his fourth year
I took a lot of food pictures and was cooking up a storm
The weather was crazy!
Nice warm weather one day with so much sunshine all our nephew needed to wear was his guitar …
then snowing the next week.






… sunny days at my sister-in-laws <3.



just a boy and his guitar <3.




Vegan Soup – “Forks over Knives”


Took our niece on a date night <3.
Had many bonfires over at Dad & Pam-la’s
Celebrated Pam-la’s birthday with her family
Dad’s new heart journey began <3.


Little A with Sweet Kitty <3.


… my favorite of her smiles <3.


… plays with her hair when a little shy – precious!
she’s putting Sweet Kitty’s heart inside <3.


… so ladylike <3.


… honestly, she teaches me more then I could ever teach her <3.



…bonfire junkie cooking vegan dogs <3.




… my best friends baby & I on his first restaurant outing <3.


Easter with my family (Brett worked)
Babysitting adventures – the weather was freezing!






Easter 2014 <3.




… wind blown hair ain’t got nothing on him 🙂
When did you go from a toddler to a little boy?


… two of my most favorite people!
You’re a couple that empowers others – I really love that about you two <3.


… just a girl and her bff <3.


… super cool kid (aka young man) <3.


… just a boy and his Pop <3.


… my sister always says it takes a village – so true <3.


5 years married <3.


… we went to a 80’s themed Murder Mystery night for our anniversary dinner – so fun!


… clearly we won cutest 80’s couple <3.


… our garden randomly went nuts with strawberries!
Brett finished the garden expansion <3.



… our summer 2014 backyard garden


… one of my dearest friends came to town for a visit – this girl has positively impacted my life in so many ways.
Amazing friend, mom, wife, sister, daughter and woman of God <3.


… being sneaking to get some awesome pictures of deer in the backyard <3.



Shady our camper!


… niece & nephew playing in a beautiful sunset


… the D crew – minus Jack


4th of July perfection <3.


… the world needs you little man <3.


… four tough dudes on a playground – I love these guys <3.


… summertime


… it’s their signature pose & I adore it <3.


glimpse of our 2014 summer garden harvest


Mr. & I canned for the first time this past summer (strawberry jam, with strawberries from our garden)
… it went perfectly with Pam-la’s homemade super fresh bread <3.


… looking at hummingbirds <3.




… more garden goodies <3. Really proud of you Brett, you worked so hard and it payed off!


Beaver Lake trip with my boys <3.

deerdeer were everywhere!


… our campsite was steps from the crystal clear water <3.


“I’m gonna sit right here and breath in the fresh air.”



I pulled the boat for the first time with Brett’s truck!




… he wanted to swim with the big boys so bad!


Beaver Lake lobsters <3.


… I took way too many pictures of the dogs!



… bonfire by the lake at moonlight hour <3.


We probably have 2 years worth of spaghetti/pizza sauce and salsa – 100% organic tomatoes from our garden <3.


Chicago Trip <3.




OSU alumni in Chicago – super fun night <3.




jazz night








famous Chicago comedy club <3.


went camping with Brett’s childhood friend at Keystone Lake
… lots and lots of Oklahoma State University football
I did a family photoshoot of my most favorite family <3.
Also did my first senior photoshoot <3.











… more OSU football
I turned thirty – Yikes!

This is 30 babe <3.






my sister-in-law made me a yummy 30th birthday breakfast <3.


… my MIL – I ❤ her!


We put up our first Christmas tree as a married couple
Hosted a Polar Express party for the niece and nephew <3.
Celebrated Christmas – Happy Birthday Jesus!









Yes, I made Mr. wear that apron – worlds best uncle!






This year completely got away from me, its soul turning to think 2015 is right around the corner!

I wanted so severely to do something bold, take a huge risk or adventure, positively change someone’s life or accomplish something mind blowing in my last year of my twenties. I yearned for splendor so badly I beat myself up daily/hourly for not thinking of what I was meant to achieve. Is there a 29 year old condition for these symptoms, clearly I’d like to slap a label on it. Now I know it was my roundabout way of avoiding some soul-searching.

I made this year so incredibly hard by being inflexible and determined to find my grandness outside of myself, outside of my relationship with God. He never stopped trying to pull my heartstrings back together, but the amount of force I was holding inside just kept bursting them back open. It took me a year to quit avoiding, but the Lord showed me something hidden deep inside my being. That I need to quit this vicious cycle and break free from my insecurities, fears and anxieties that have held me back, and caused me to shut down so many times.

It’s human nature to take pieces that you love, admire and respect from others and vigorously strive to make those pieces a part of your own identity. I don’t want to do that anymore, it’s exhausting and I’ve lost myself in the shuffle of who I am, who I should be and who I want to be like. I struggled so incredibly hard to build my “ideal” self throughout my twenties. I looked to others, instead of within and His Word for what the “perfect” woman signifies.

It’s really sad that working to meet the woman God created me to be wasn’t mind blowing enough to satisfy my yearning for significance, and that it took me a year of slapping away God’s helping hand to bring that truth to light. I think it’s very important to know God doesn’t always show us the way with flashing bright lights. Choosing what you do while waiting is sometimes part of the plan, for me waiting was the plan. Stillness scares me because without distractions I have to see myself and that can be a difficult reality.

As much as I’d love to be outgoing, witty, athletic and spontaneous …. I must remember I’m fearfully and wonderfully made by my perfect Creator, that’s so unique and special. Makes me excited to get to know me and discover what my heavenly Father created me to do in His glory. Learning and strengthening my God given gifts is one goal for my thirties. An important key to faith is to remember God never arrives early or late … just in His perfect timing.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” 
Psalm 139:14

I’m ready, so here I come 2015 <3.


January 14, 2014


“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Hebrews 11:1


“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Luke 6:31
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8
“The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
Psalm 118:14
hugs & blessings,
January 12, 2014

Gimp Thoughts

Haven’t been up to very much, wearing this boot has put a limit on just about everything.
Wear good shoes people, bunions are zero fun, and the surgery is a long healing process.
I must say God is constantly reminding me of the importance to humbly accept help from others.
Honestly, it’s easier to offer support, because it makes you feel good,
but to openly accept aid from people is a step in defeating pride.
I greatly appreciate the sweetness I’ve received from family, friends and co-workers
during the past few weeks <3.
paint.jpgI haven’t really gotten to shift this little blog to its new direction being temporarily gimp.
I miss photo walks, and until I can take them again…
I guess my ramblings will have to do (:
So here is a little update of life lately.
stuff.jpgSince my dad’s heart surgery, we’ve all been teaming together to improve our health.
Dad & I are limited exercise wise, so a healthy diet, has been our goal.
Not a crash diet, but a lifestyle change.
Brett’s been developing our 2014 garden expansion.
I ordered some healthy cookbooks on Amazon,
eager to prepare meals with truly organic produce from our very own backyard.
Also, ordered some frames for my paintings, stoked to get them on the wall.
Been snapping pictures of the boys with one of my Christmas gifts,
a polaroid camera has been a dream of mine forever.
Watching food documentaries, reading up on how food is the best medicine, and praying about new opportunities are just a few other things this gimp (nicknamed bootsie) has been doing in her downtime.

Hope this post finds you having a blessed new year <3.

Be well,

January 3, 2014

Whole-HEART-ed Faith


Thankfulness fills my heart, I never reached panic as an emotion.
There was no heart attack, events weren’t exactly planned, but everything felt controlled.
I can’t emphasize the strength not feeling panic gifted me – thank you Lord <3.
Emotions of worry, surprise, gratitude and humbleness floated inside my entire body.
Human nature worry, the kind you can only control with help from your Father above.
Surprised by reaching the point of maybe we’re over reacting …
to praise the Lord you listened to your body dad.
Gratitude for the people & findings, that would stretch over 100 pages if I wrote them all out.
Forever grateful it was fixable,
and I was able to hold his hand, kiss his forehead.
Humbleness to witness the power of prayer and how badly I’ve taken my health for granted.
My mind and heart have been racing, impossible to write it all down …
I believe some feelings are meant to stay inside of you, become you.
I’m sure they’ll emerge someday, even if not in words – I’m still processing.


After updates had been sent to family & friends, and I had remembered we needed to eat …
there were moments of pure reflection.
Have I been a very good daughter?
Is justifying a donut because it tastes good a sin?
Do the people I love and adore know?
What am I changing from this experience going forward?
Then tears would come, then a smile – it was such a jungle of mixed memories, views,
and the realization that worrying over plans that might never come to life, seems like such a waste.
I allow anxiety and worry to run certain aspects of my life,
that’s lack of faith, and I’m so ashamed.
My dad going through this exposed me to myself.
Below are a few shortcomings at the top of the list:
1. Eating junk, because it tastes good isn’t worth my health.
Honestly, I think it’s sinful to abuse the body God gave me filling it with garbage.
2. I cannot live my life worrying about tomorrow,
I’ve wasted part of today on something I’m not even promised.
3. I have to be just as open to receive help from others,
as to give help to others.


Just as all that was settling in, I was reminded even more.
We went to church that Sunday, and what did the Pastor preach about Exodus 16: Manna and Quail!
Talk about feeling convicted about your faith,
then the Lord using His messengers to show you exactly in the Bible where you needed to read.
To sum up Exodus 16-20 the best I can …
The Israelites had set out from Elim to the Desert of Sin. While in the desert the entire community grumbled against Moses & Aaron, saying they were starving to death. So the Lord told Moses He would rain down bread from heaven for them to eat, but they must have faith and only gather enough for one day, no more. Moses specifically tells the Israelites to not keep any bread until morning, that God would provide for them daily.  However, some of them ignored him and tried to stock up, but when they woke up it was full of maggots and smelled bad.


It’s embarrassing to admit the stress I create within over having enough for the future.
And I’m not even in a desert starving ):
It’s okay to be responsible and ready,
but to let it break away at my faith is so wrong.
To not tithe or help others in need, because I must have enough for me isn’t trusting in God.
Just when I think I’m on track and improving, I’m reminded of where else I can grow.
I know I’ll fall down again,
I also know He’ll pick me back up,even when I forget.
Thank you Jesus for my dad,
thank you for his healthy heart,
thank you for the message in his heart journey,
and thank you for never giving up on me.


January 1, 2014

Two Thousand Thirteen

I greeted 2013 with strep throat.
Brett made the most of it by picking up some flowers, bubbly & poppers.
Love that about him – always knows how to make me smile.
We celebrated Brett’s birthday with our favorite people.
I traveled to Colorado to visit my best friend from high school, Cassi.
She is the bestest host ever, and hands down the cutest pregnant lady I’ve ever seen.
I only have a few IPhone pics to prove I went to CO, because I lost my camera … again ):
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Brett surprised me with a new camera for Valentine’s Day!
I didn’t deserve it; I’m so unorganized – Mr. is forgiving.
Several mini photo shoots were a must to break in my new toy.
Pumkin’ (our niece) turned 4 years old <3.
Mr. & I went to an OSU basketball tournament with his parents in Stilly.
The highlight of February was Brett qualifying for his job,
so incredibly proud of him! Thank you Lord for this opportunity <3.

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One of my best friends and I took a day trip to the city for some MaryKay training, adore her.
I won a photography e-course, thanks to Tammy of Rowdy Kittens!
I spent the month of March taking tons of captures of just about everything <3.
Two of my dearest friends welcomed babies (Charlotte & Grayson)

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We welcomed our local Farmers Market – my favorite!
De-winterized Shady (our camper) for our first 2013 camping trip (:
Marley (our nephew) turned 2  <3.
I did my 4th photo shoot of my co-workers grandkids – so fun!
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I started cooking out of the blue … and healthy cooking at that.
We took advantage of pretty weather with lots of walks.
Mr. & I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary <3.
Our state was hit hard by the tornado in Moore, OK

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We celebrated 4 years of wedding bliss (and hardships) in Cabo!
Hosted a Father’s Day BBQ to break in our new deck <3.
Brett’s garden took off!
My best friend Rach let me take pictures of her beautiful roses,
for my photography ecourse.
She also braved zumba in the park with me!

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Took a little break from blogging to just enjoy summer.
Went camping, enjoyed the garden.
Did some soul-searching & took quite a few pictures.
God is good <3.
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I participated in The August Break,
a 30 day photo challenge – it was pure awesome!
Brett & I braved Route 66.
Had a blast camping at the river with Brett’s family
We ventured to Red River, New Mexico with my Dad & Pam-la for a trip of a life time.
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Mr. & I started drinking coffee.
Brett had acl knee surgery – bless his heart <3.
Auntie A & Uncle Ubbs had our very first sleep over with the niece and nephew.
While Brett was recovery, I edited tons and tons of pictures.
We made salsa, pasta/pizza sauce and meals with produce from our garden!

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I did two photoshoots
We ventured to Houston, TX with Brett’s parents to watch the OSU Cowboys
play their first football game of the season.
I took a trip to the city with Dad & Pam-la <3.
I did my first corn field maze.
My dear friend had the sweetest baby shower.
I took Brett to his first Food Truck Wednesday!

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Started making our own chemical free lotion
Visited Brett’s sisters family on a camping trip
Did lots of lunches & walking – drank lots of coffee
Did my final photoshoot of the year
Got sick several times ):
Celebrated my last birthday in my twenties <3.
Thanksgiving in Branson with my dad & Pam-la!
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Difficult month, but God was beside us the entire time.
I had foot surgery
Pam’s Annual Cookie Exchange Party
Rhema lights with dear friends.
For a moment I didn’t think Christmas was coming this year.
My dad had unplanned major heart surgery.
Then it happened, God gently reminded me of the true meaning of Christmas.
Not gifts, holiday parties, trees, or lights,
but family, faith, togetherness, strength, being humble and trusting in Him.
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I wrote this very quickly this morning just as a wrap-up.
I know I’ve missed so many details and even major events,
but I wanted to document what I could remember quickly.
Think I need to make it a habit to do this at the end of every month going forward.
I’m soooo excited about this fresh New Year!!
Brett & I have prayed for God’s direction in our lives,
and I’m hoping some changes will come about in 2014.

God bless,

December 25, 2013

Fresh & New


Making some changes to Capturing Simplicity’s direction for 2014.
A little less of me, a little more photography.
Thinking that’s how it should be.


Merry Christmas
from Mr. & I’s family to you & yours <3.

hugs & smiles,

November 25, 2013

Birthday Celebration Dos

People say you can change yourself, improve imperfections.
My thoughts have only seen negativity, when thinking about my anxiety.
It’s been a grey chunk of my heart, one of my biggest flaws.
My viewpoint is changing, a new direction is emerging.
I believe God made my heart slightly melancholy, so I can appreciate gratitude on a different level.
Turning 29 was hard for me, not because of the number,
but because this is the happiest I’ve been in my entire life.
That scares me … the thought of change or something being taken away from me.
I wouldn’t be so happy, if I wasn’t a little scared.
It’s how He made me, and that’s in His image, so I’m embracing it <3.

bird.jpgThank you Debbie for my birthday lunch <3.

us.jpgMr. joined us <3. 


cars.jpglove love love flowers &  birthday cards <3.



Hopefully, I’ll get through documenting my birthday celebrations,
before my birthday month comes to an end.


November 20, 2013

Birthday Celebration Uno

painting.jpgmy painting …

My birthday celebrations began with my oldest, bestest friend in the world
taking me to my most favorite place ever, Pinot’s Palette <3.
I believe we have a birthday tradition developing!

friend.jpgshe looks gorgeous as always, I had experienced a very long day at work,
5 minutes into our ladies night, all my worries vanished – really great friends have a way of doing that (:

paint.jpg… sweetest human being alive <3.

After painting, Rachel treated me to a late dinner where we stayed up past our bedtimes chatting the night away!
It was like the old days where midnight was our 9 o’clock.
I have so many priceless memories with this girl, memories that go all the way back to 2nd grade <3.

rink.jpgyum <3.

painters.jpgThank you for such a fun evening friend!
You & your family are one of my greatest life blessings from the Man upstairs <3.


November 15, 2013

Parks, Coffee, Leaves & Change


Before taking the photoshoot in my previous post,
I met a friend for  a quick coffee and to scope out the park where the shoot would take place.
The weather was as delicious as the coffee!

friendss.jpgJess & I – the photographers (:

books.jpgthe coffee shop <3.


This time of year does something to your heart <3.
Watching the leaves change, makes you think about personal change.
Tis the season for growth and letting the leaves of doubt, fear and mistakes fall off your heart.
Make room for the new blooms of hope, cheer and forgiveness.


Jess4.jpgshe is awesome (:

beautiful.jpgI see beauty in some strange places <3.
This building stopped me in my tracks – gifted me a big smile (:

parkk… moments like these, I cant thank God enough for my life, for my sight <3.


Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”


Wishing you & yours a splendid weekend!


November 14, 2013

Photo Shoot #7

A couple weekends ago, I got to take pictures of my good friends family.
It’s crazy to see my friends as parents … and really good parents at that!
Not that I doubted they’d be good parents, but to see how natural it comes to them melts my heart <3.

sunshine.jpgthe love <3.

boys.jpgdaddy & baby <3.

famsunshineLove this family <3.

water2.jpglittle waterbug <3.

rockbaby.jpg… and rock climber (:

PARK.JPGbeautiful day at the park <3.

photoshoot11.jpgI love how they are looking at him <3.

waterlook.jpgwater gazing <3.

bwsunny.jpggot them all looking at the camera – yay!

handsuna little walk to soak up the sun <3.


kisses.jpgwater not kisses – lol! I love it (:

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A quick coffee afterwards to catch up made the morning perfect <3.