8 Weeks Old


Corbin is 8 weeks old and already has such a great personality. He is growing like crazy. Monday was his 8 week check up and he now weighs 13lbs 7oz and is 24 1/2″ long. He is a BIG boy! Most books say that babies double their birth weight at 6 months…well, I don’t think Corbin can wait that long:) He also got his first round of shots…not fun. Thankfully they spread them out every couple months because it’s torture seeing your baby in pain.

5 Most Common Digital Photography Mistakes

Here’s a great reminder (or lesson) for all of you digital photographers. Jim M. Goldstein shares his list of 5 Most Common Digital Photography Mistakes. Admittedly, we’ve made some, but some we never even considered. I guess we’ve a ways to go before turning this into a business. Anyways, here’s the list. You’ll have to visit his site to get the details.

5. Not Having A Second Battery
4. Not Double Checking Your ISO Setting
3. Not Reformatting Your CF Cards Between Use
2. Not Cleaning Your Sensor
1. Shooting JPEG Versus RAW

7 Weeks Old


Corbin is now 7 weeks old. He is very alert and enjoys playing with his toys on the floor gym as well as smiling and making lots of sounds. I have a feeling he’s not going to stay still for long. Today I put a 3-6 month outfit on him….my baby is growing so fast.

The Store is Back

PhotoJuliaShop is back!

With so many people having babies, you probably have a lot of shopping to do. If you’re like me, you’ll do a lot of that shopping online. That’s why I created PhotoJuliaShop. It’s a portal to the Amazon site but by following my link, I’ll get a referral fee for every purchase. You get the gifts you want and help support my site all at the same time. So, follow the link to PhotoJuliaShop and bookmark it for future purchases. And thank you for your support.

Here’s a preview to get you started.

6 week update


Corbin is now 6 weeks old. He is growing so fast. He loves his cradle swing, spending time with mom and dad, going for walks and does really well in the car. His smile will melt your heart and the little sounds he makes are so cute. Pretty soon he will be going to his 8 week check up. I am really looking forward to going so that I can find out how much he weighs now, but I’m not looking forward to all the shots he has to get. Just thinking about it makes me sad. Hopefully he’ll be super strong and won’t be affected too much by the multiple shots.

Has your baby smiled at you yet? If not, he will soon. At 6 weeks, about half of all babies can recognize their parents, and many of those babies are so delighted that they welcome Mom or Dad with an excited, gurgly grin. This is one of the first signs that your baby is developing an ability to socialize. In fact, it’s called a “social smile,” and it’s one of the more emotionally gratifying milestones you’ll see your baby reach.


Sleeping through the night

I have been praising the Lord the past three days because my son who is now 6 weeks old has been sleeping through the night. When I mean sleeping through the night, I mean from 11pm to 6 or 7am. I have been waking up so refreshed. I literally feel like I brand new woman.

The first morning I remember waking up to my husbands alarm and thinking to myself “did my son cry last night?” and then I talked myself out of going to his room to check on him because I didn’t want to wake him up if he was sleeping soundly. An hour later he started to cry and I went and picked him up for his morning feeding. It was awesome. The second morning he woke up a little earlier, but after I soothed him, he went to bed for another hour. The third morning he woke up a little after 7am.

I tell you…I am counting my blessings. Things have been emotionally draining with all the financial issues, postpartum pregnancy stuff, fatigue and just being a mom. Sleep is truly a kiss from God.

Settlers of Catan


I am addicted to a game I thought I never wanted to play. My husband has played Settlers of Catan several time with friends in the past and has raved about the game, but I never thought I was interested till last weekend. My husband borrowed the game so that we could play it with his family and I got roped into playing the second game. By the end I actual won. I think that’s what really hooked me. I’m sure it was all luck, but it was still fun to win.

In Settlers of Catan, players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. On each turn dice are rolled to determine the current production on the island. Players collect raw materials to build up their civilizations to gain enough victory points to win the game. This game is a Spiel des Jahres (German game of the year, 1995) winner, primarily because of its amazing ability to appeal to non-gamers and gamers alike.

From Mayfair’s web-site:
“For 3-4 players ages 10 and up.”

With God, anything is possible

I really need your prayers.

We have been rocked yet again and are in need of much prayer. Many of you have already heard of the outrageous condo assessment that was just passed which requires us to pay a large amount of money we don’t currently possess by the 15th of January and now I don’t have a job to go back to. My mom’s company has not been doing well after the economy plummeted and our hope was that after my maternity leave was up (I was supposed to go back next week) things would pick back up and I could go back 3/4 time. Well, I spoke with her this morning and things have picked up some, but not enough. We discussed unemployment over the phone and I have to admit that I’m scared. I am also extremely hormonal, maybe even going through baby blues/postpartum depression which doesn’t help. Even as I write this email I can’t stop crying…it’s ridiculous really.

Luke and I are counting the endless blessings our Lord God has gifted us with and we have much hope that this trial will bring great understanding, perseverance and appreciation for our God, but we are also man and have times of doubt and fear. Please be praying for wisdom, discernment as well as what we should do financially especially now that we have a baby that we also need to provide for. Oh, and if this is God’s way of having me stay home, then I just pray that He would show Luke and I how we can make it happen on a tight budget that just got tighter.

I really appreciate your prayers…they mean so much to me.

Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Matthew 11:28-30 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”