Owen + Robbins Engagement

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Yesterday afternoon I didn’t need to travel far to capture this couple’s engagement photos. The groom lives around the corner and down the road from me and the bride is just up over the hill. If you’ve been a long-time follower of my blog you may recognize Ainsley from senior photographs I took of her back in 2015. We originally scheduled for last Saturday but it rained all. day. long. We decided to reschedule and then around 5pm the sun decided to come out and shine! Then when it was cold and rainy every day this week I was nervous yesterday wasn’t going to pan out but we were blessed with a most beautiful day, a mild temp, little breeze, and gorgeous sunlight. I am so happy we took the chance to reschedule; it was especially nerve-wracking because we are so close to losing all color on the hills. But it turned out perfect!

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We started the session at Bryan’s family farm. From corn fields to giant grain bins to tractors to water puddles to a creek that runs through the back yard, we made use of all of these great locations.

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One thing I loved is that they are currently building a new structure on the farm and it will be used for their reception next summer. Ainsley had the idea to snap a photo of them in front of it and it will be a good reminder of the changes and how far they’ve come.

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This adorable pup is “Maci.” She was great through the entire session and gets a few photos of her own.

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Then we took a (very) quick drive down the road to his grandfather’s property where many old barns stand. I probably could have done the entire session here, so many beautiful textures and backgrounds to work with. I especially loved this stone wall.

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Did I mention the light was perfect?

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And these two?!

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We finished up the session at Ainsley’s family farm which is a slice of Heaven on earth. Anywhere you look there’s beautiful landscape, adorable animals, and meticulously groomed outdoor spaces. And I do think we hit the tree colors just perfect, you’ll see why.

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I look behind me and see this… Maci waiting patiently. Or maybe she’s bored as heck. Either way, so cute watching her humans intently.

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So we go up the path/road a little ways to turn around. We pull into an opening to this field and I was just stunned by this view. This spot wasn’t necessarily planned but how could we pass it up? I kept going on about it. During the summer they hold bonfires up here, how amazing does that sound? Watching the sun set and the stars come out while listening to the fire crack and absorbing that warmth. Mmmm.

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We wrapped the evening up with a few more shots just as the sun dipped below the hill.

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Lastly they changed into matching T-shirts from the place where he proposed, we grabbed a couple photos and then I thought the shirt would make a great background for the ring shots. I was setting this shot up when a super sweet kitty jumped up on top of it. Thank goodness he was gentle, I would have felt horrible if the ring went flying! Then when I went to return my camera to my car (I had left my door open briefly) he was inside, must be needing to hitch a ride HAHA.

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The darkness started to close in on us as well as the chill so it was time to wrap things up. It was a most enjoyable time capturing some moments for this couple, and I wish you best wishes for your marriage, Ainsley & Bryan!

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New Adventures in a New Town [personal post]

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When my husband was hired by the local fire department, one of the stipulations upon hire was that he needed to maintain permanent residence in the city. At the time, he had always lived in the same town and this was his dream job so it wasn’t really a big issue living there. We got married and as time passed we both expressed how we wanted a place of our own in the country. We always escaped to family-owned land whenever we could but it wasn’t the same. Through a very trying couple of years with the department he ultimately lost his job which at the time was devastating to our family but I knew that better things were yet to come. Those times sucked but the Bible says:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

We had no idea what was to come, what we would do, how we would do it, how we would be able to financially support us. My job certainly couldn’t do it alone and if it weren’t for family we would have sunk and we’re truly appreciative of that. But what I’m getting at is I knew he was out of his job for a reason but it just wasn’t clear in the beginning. 

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Fast-forward about 1.5 years and it has come full circle. We actually live in a small country home – something I really doubted I would ever say at least until he could retire. It is an 1875 charmer, with just over 1,000 sq ft of floor space. It’s quaint and humble but it has felt like home since we walked in. There’s a lot to be done. It has great bones and it’s just cosmetic stuff that needs fixin’ like flower beds, a deck out back, eventually it needs a fresh coat of stain on those adorable shaker shingles… etc.

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Yesterday was our first full day in the house. I took the week off of work and I’ve been busy unpacking and arranging things. At this point I am beginning to feel slightly overwhelmed the more stuff we move in (like where the heck am I going to put all this crap)?! I thought we had purged a ton of stuff……… But I took a few moments to walk down to my Mother’s house last night (yes, our properties connect) and brought my camera along. It was a beautiful night. I can’t explain how happy it makes me to know that this is now my life and what a testament to the meaning of “be still.”

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Rhilyn really loves picking currants from her Grandma’s currant bushes.

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“Hey little buddy!”

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You guys, I couldn’t teach her this if it tried. I was dying going through these photos. Total poser.

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I think my Momma’s dog Nutmeg is equally happy as she gets dog company often now.

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Another perk of living in the countryside is of course taking a walk in the horse pasture and picking wildflowers. Look at this super sweet bouquet we made yesterday!

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I liiiiiiiiiiiiive for the light in these photos.

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Don’t they look adorable on my little farmhouse table? Now the only thing I have to do is make my macrame table runner.

I think “Fluffy Fletcher” approves of the table too.

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And a little late-night snack before bed, special request “PB&J and fluff.”

I hope you wouldn’t mind seeing more photos of our life as it unfolds because truth is I’ll probably be taking lots as I find myself very inspired over here at Five Mile Creek. If you’re still reading (thank you!!) there’s really just one message I’d like for you to take with you and that is if you’re feeling down or at a point in your life where you don’t think it could ever get worse, or that you’ll never dig out of your hole – please know that it can happen. We rely heavily on God at all points and times of our life but especially in times of despair, He will be there. It will be better on the other side you just have to keep the faith and persevere.

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July 1st Swelter [personal post]

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The first day of July is almost over and BOY it was a hot weekend. I guess you could say summer came in with a bang. We don’t have central air in our home, (only AC units for the bedrooms) so we had to get along with old fashion fans throughout the house. It was OK though, Grandma & Grandpa Barrett opened their pool yesterday and just in time too! RDP didn’t waste ANY time trying it out. I even got in half-way because I couldn’t stand to sit there in the sun and the water was actually pleasantly warm.

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She swam for the good part of an hour, and then went inside to try to stay cool with H2O and a bologna sammich of course! You can’t keep her down for long though because soon afterward she was back outside dancing in the street (it’s one-way and very quiet… I was right there too). Grandpa was trying to listen to some oldies but Rhilyn chimmed in: “Alexa, play Boomerang by JoJo Siwa!” And away she went twirling.

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You just can’t end a 99 degree day without some ice cream though and I have developed quite a fondness for a peanut butter extreme sundae at a local ice cream stand. Rhilyn enjoys a variety and chooses different each time but I can’t bring myself to do it.

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She has said a number of times now that she wants to be an author & illustrator when she grows up. I kinda hope that sticks, but for now I’m really enjoying watching her creativity flow. She brings books and a pencil with her almost everywhere and I’ll never tell her no. It was so adorable watching (and listening) to her write her story on the bench at the ice cream stand.

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We pull into the drive way and I look back… she’s still writing away. . . Perhaps maybe someday we’ll be reading something of hers.

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