Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fun breaking the rules...

I had so much fun breaking the rules of photography today. Sometimes I access the situation too perfectly. Waiting on just the right spot, just the right lighting, ect... Today I took what I would normally deem a terrible situation and made art! I love getting creative and more than that I
love breaking the rules... Tip on Exposure: To get the tree or the hammock properly exposed I covered the top of the lense to block out the sun set my manual settings for proper exposure then removed my hand and snapped the shot!

Sun Flare Fun

Monday, August 31, 2009

It is well with my soul...

Perfection lies in what the soul desires...DL You can quote it, from me...He, he!

Sometimes my soul needs to be in worship, sometimes it desires to be surrounded by friends, family, strangers or in the still quiet of nothing. Tonight all my soul needed was some quality family time. Funny the things we take for granted when we have them. Sometimes it takes their absence to realize how important they are.

Perfection was found in the quiet stillness of the dark night, which soon abound with laughter, stories and jokes, roasted marshmallow's and sticky kisses! It's hard to explain the peace I felt in the rejoicing my heart was doing. Nothing much better than a good night at home with the 5 people I love most. The bliss spilled over into the next morning...I woke to show how appreciative I was of the family I love so much...country ham biscuits and fresh pot of coffee on a Sunday morning before church... Simple pleasures confirmed as a small Lynch tippy toed in to tell me good morning. The 2nd thing out of Micah's mouth was, "mommy tomorrow night was the best night, cause we roasted marshmallow's." Yes dear, last night you mean, was a great night because we roasted marshmallow's. Simple and sweet memories!

Belly talks...

Oh little boy, son of hope and joy, you are so loved before you are born. I can't imagine the flooding of our hearts on the day you are born...

The girls are so into my growing belly. Micah just keeps saying mommy's belly is big, really, really big...I can't help but laugh. I'm 23 weeks tomorrow and at my last visit, 20 weeks, I had only gained 5 lbs. Let me add; of all belly. It feels like so much more...I know the baby is real, and connect with him on all types of levels, but I thought that was because I was carrying him. I have a real connection. The girls talk to him and love him like they can see him and since him already being here. It's quite amazing and like nothing I've ever heard or experienced before. I can't express how much joy it brings me! :)

So during Maci's daily talk with Merrek the other day. She tells him about her two front teeth missing, then goes on to tell him that it probably won't matter much to him, because she should be getting two permeate teeth by Christmas and he'll be born after that. LOL She's already been singing, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth." It's like they don't want to leave him out or let him miss a thing. So sweet!!! And Marley the love bug of few words, just wants to hug and kiss all over my belly. I just love how they talk and think of him so much and always call him by name. Micah loves to sing and play him songs from her singing build a bear. This past week Maci couldn't wait to read to him because he can finally hear. I don't think that calling Merrek SPOILED will do him any justice. He will be BLESSED...more than we can imagine! And all of us more blessed before he is even born...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Crazy Dreamer...11.5 weeks

The dreams are getting more vivid and intense...M asked me what I was eating before bed, but I think it's just the pregnancy, cause I've not been eating before bed. The other night I dreamed I was adopting a baby girl. Not knowing that I was currently pregnate. Something happens with the baby's mother and I have to carry her child the rest of the pregnancy....(No details on how this happens or really any thought about it not making any since at all...it's a dream!) So I'm about to deliver and they realize that there is another baby who is not due for a few more weeks. A boy!!! I can even remember sending my dad into our attic to search for another crib for the second baby...which is mine! Strange I know...

Last night I dream we are in for our first ultrasound and we find out we are having a girl and a boy... Twins again??? I remember crying a lot. Oh and their names were Mereck & Mallory! :) Cute!!! I'm hoping that this dream was just from the terriable upset stomach I had before bed and not a sign of anything else!!! :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A mix of emotions came over us as we found out we were expecting baby # 4. After the twins I had almost convinced myself that 3 was enough. I honestly didn't think I could handle any more. Or give any more children all that they deserved and needed. God is teaching me how very deep and wide my love will go. Not that stretching it between the three lil' one's has been hard, it's been natural!
Michael of course was the first to know, June 1, 2009. I was shocked by how very excited he was. I at that time was still in pure shock, as this was not something we were planning or at all expecting! SHOCK!!
His excitement and anticipation was contagious. It was not long after we told the girls, Wed. June 3rd, our family and friends. They were all so supportive and encouraging. What an unexpected blessing. I've already fallen in love with another Lynch baby and I'm only 10.5 weeks pregnant today! Our baby is due January 12, 2010. Michael and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary next year and boy do we have a lot to be thankful for...A wonderful blessed marriage full of life and love! :)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sick BUG...

Micah and I spent the morning in the Dr's office this morning... It turned out that she has strep and a double ear infection. I feel so bad for her. She woke up last night with a high fever complaining of ear and mouth pains. As any mother would know, when you child is sick your schedule for that day gets erased. Everything changes and you have one focus and one main concern. I had a Women's Society meeting at church that evening, was supposed to pick Garrison up from pre-school that afternoon, and get Maci to basketball practice that evening. I knew that the meeting was important, but there was not questions as to if I would miss to stay home to take care of my sick child. So in attempt to not take things for granted this year, even the littlest of ones, I'm sharing the blessings that enabled me to do what love calls us mother's to do in times like this. My meeting was canceled so I no longer had to worry about what I would be missing. Trey & Katie offered to take Maci to and from basketball practice...What saviors! And I was able to focus on getting Micah better. Even the littlest of blessings can give you a since of overwhelming peace...and that is what I have felt all evening because of a few special people in my life...Thanks! It feels so good to not one see the hand of God take over, but to acknowledge and share it intensifies the feeling!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Aunt Peggy Jo Visits From AZ
Barker Reunion/Father's Day
They sure do love Uncle Benny...

Boyce & Michael
Faber & Dawn

Barker Reunion
Garrison's Birthday

Karter & Drew

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Where is your Faith?...

From the beginning of time faith has been offered to us. And God has tested that faith. I do not believe he test us to see us fail. We are tested to stay strong or grow.

Gen 15:6
And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD declared him righteous because of his faith.

Where is your faith?
Is your faith in your hands that work manual labor day in day out?
Is your faith in your self?
Are you so focused on your children that you do not take time for God.
Do you put so much faith in their triumphs and successes?
Or do you place your faith in the hands of your wealth?
Where you become so dependant on your income and bank accounts?
I know you want to ask me, "Well if I do not put a little faith in these things how will I find work, take care of the kids or pay the bills?"
If you choose to leave these things in God's hands He WILL...

Choices... Gal 5:17
The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict.

God does not make us believe, nor does he force a relationship with Him on us. It is our choice daily to believe and come to grow closer with Him in prayer and scripture reading or not.
The choice is ours but the plan is His.
If your life seems to be filled with more grief than happiness,
more stress than peace
or more conflict than resolutions,
maybe we are looking or filling our lives with
all the wrong things in all the wrong places.
I have a hard time understanding why Christians become angry with God.
It is our own choices that bring downfall. God is sad to see us slip and falter.
He desires a daily relationship with us so He can have the opportunity to lead us
back to the path of the plan He has for our lives.
You may never hear Him calling or
answering prayers if you do not take time alone with Him.

2Ti 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.

Our God is a Mighty God...
Deu 10:17
"The LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and takes no bribes.

Do you not have faith that the God who parted waters, healed the sick, brought the dead back to life, feed thousands with very little and sacrificed his only son can handle our little stresses, finances, families?
Well, if you put it like that...Of course He can.
Sometimes it's not a matter of loosing faith. It's a moment of realizing the power of our faith. We serve a powerful God. He mealy spoke this entire world into existence.
Sure he can handle anything. And even more perfect, He desires to.
Our choices without God are like swimming in the middle of the ocean without a life belt.
We are determined to sink. God knows no failure. So place your life in his hands.
Keep your faith on Him always.

Psa 150:2
Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Gone to Campmeeting...

If everyday could be lived this simple there are so many lessons I could learn.
We moved into our tent last weekend for camp meeting. Every night last week we
slept there and ate dinner there. Now we do come home during the day for a little break
and some nap time. Then every evening we are back again.
A lot of people ask why.
I wonder why not?
Wooden tents surround an arbor, where daytime and evening worships take place...
Just think of how amazing our communities would be if they were built like this.
Around one church!
When it's time to eat there is always enough to share....
Your neighbors are two steps away. ...
Communication is face to face...
Whole families are together...
Children's laughter is ALWAYS in the air...
It is hands down the best way to live.
I was not born into camp meeting like a lot of the area Denver residents.
But camp meeting has changed me and will forever be in my heart.
My grand children's, grandchildren will be apart of this wonderful event!
What deeper seeds could I sew?

Marley, Maci & Micah just outside the arbor
Lynch Family 2008
Erin & I hanging out at Tent 81

My nephew's: Dillon and Jack
Sister-in-law: Melissa, Mark, Dillon & Jack
Friends: Erin, Garrison and Rodney
Maci Grace catching petals from the flower tree
Deer in our yard
Sunday's at the campground are great! Preaching, Good Food and lots of laughter.
Here are a few pictures I took this past Sunday at Rock Springs Campground.
When we came home for a little rest Sunday afternoon Maci spotted these deer in our yard.
Her dad and I blew it off when she first mentioned she sow some deer. I was thinking
like lawn statues or something. When we pulled into the driveway she said, "Look over there."
Sure enough there were 3 deer. I think the apples from the apple tree is what attracted them.
The storm from the other day left a lot of those apples on the ground.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Another day

Back to that reoccurring question...How do I do it?

This morning it was done pantie less. LOL Sorry, you just have to laugh about that. Well not me but one of my children. I'm sure that one day they will write this amazing best selling book about the craziness in their life with a young mother who had 3 children under the age of 5 for 3 years in a row. And I will gladly toast to their success... Remind me of this even if I'm made out to be the crazed psycho woman in their lives...

OK back to my story. Three kids in the Dr.'s office bright and early this morning for their well check ups. Maci is getting her Kindergarten shots...All four of them...M&M their second round of Hepa. A. Maci jumps right on the table for her examination. Next it's Marley's turn... When to my horror I realize as the Dr.s pulling up her dress to examine her that she is wearing no panties. The thoughts that must have crossed through the Dr.'s mind....

Mornings are usually pretty relaxed around our house. Except on the days we plan to go out. (Which isn't often.) Getting to a 9:15 am Dr's. apt in Mooresville calls for an extra busy morning. I wake first again, thank goodness! Get myself ready, get the kids up, fix breakfast, pack my gym bag while they are eating, change their clothes and pull of Marley's pull up from the night before. By this time she is already in her dress. Whops...I never remembered to put panties on my poor child. You'd think she would remind me. HUH? Get in the car, buckle them up, still not noticing... Until the shocking revelation at the Dr.s' office. Thank goodness I had a spare in my purse...Of all places....So now not only is the Dr. questioning, silently in her mind, why this child is not wearing any underpants, but also why the mom has a spare pair in her purse?

And these are the days of my life...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

10 years ago...

A lot of things went through my mind this morning...
My first call was at 7:15 am telling me that they had taken Daddy back early.
I slowly start to rise, mind you I'm RARELY up before 9 am.
I think it's a good idea to get myself ready before the girls get up.
Again this is something I RARELY do, fix myself up.
I'm bathed, hair dried/curled and make up on by 8 am.
I ponder as I'm getting ready how things used to be, pre three kids that is.
Wait a minute...I used to do this everyday. Take time in the morning for myself
to get ready for work. I must say that I thou rally enjoyed it, even if I had to get up early.
I'm sure at the time when I was working I totally took it for granted. Hating every minute
of getting up early and getting ready for work.
If anything being a stay at home mother has taught me a million times Gratitude for the little things in life....

I get the girls up and dressed and get a call from Aunt Meg. Asking if we wanted to meet her for breakfast. What a pleasant nice morning I thou rally enjoyed...

On my way to the hospital I become a little nervous about the drive to Charlotte. Mind you I made this drive for almost 10 years prior to my three children. Was the anxiety actually coming from the drive? Or was it coming from a life I so suddenly gave up. Sacrifice hardly explains what our family has gone through since I left work. The emotional tug of war that I battle almost daily brings me to think of what might have been. Well if I was working things would not be as hard. I know, I know the grass always seems to be greener on the other side. This is defiantly not the case. But I feel that both my parents raised me to be very independent. And giving up that independence has been a struggle at the least. Not that I doubt my calling in life at this present time...mommy. I have become a much different person than the Dawn I looked at in the mirror 10 years ago. I must say that I would hate to have missed the opportunity to become the woman I am today. And if I have to start all over in two years when my twins begin Kindergarten, then I will begin a much stronger person. The things I would have missed you could not have offered me a million dollars to suffice.

My Daddy pulled through his surgery like a champ and will be ready to go dancing on Saturday. (So he says.) LOL The road to total recovery will be a long one with physical therapy. I thank you if you lifted him and our family up in prayer and ask that you continue to through out the next three months. It was defiantly nice to be there for my Father today. I did also enjoy the time I spent reflecting on why I am where I am today. And how totally content I am with being the person I have become. Life lessons...learned...cherished...and forever changed...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Finding JOY in my life...

Christian, Mother, Wife, Friend, Photographer, Teacher, Baker, Chef, Dentist, Trainer, Referee, Judge, Neighbor, Butler, Receptionist, Launder, Maid, Driver, Financial Manager, ect...

How do you do it?... I get this question almost every time I am out alone with my children. If you are referring to how my children are loved and happy but my life is quite chaotic I'll tell you... It all begins with how my winter coats are still on the rack in the middle of the summer. When it comes to the second and third layers of cleaning, there is just no time. Because your five in a half year old is starting Kindergarten at the end of summer and next year your twin three year old will be bringing home homework from PRESCHOOL. What?...

Or how I just took a break to get a fresh smellin', slippery wet 3 year old out of the tub so she could go potty. It's quite humorous at the end of most days. When you think of all the little things that make up your day that become the happiness in your home.

Take for example last night. Micah and Marley get into some make-up Maci has brought home from Grandpa's house. (Which by the way we need to talk about G, I was 13 before you ever let me wear makeup.) I decided that it would be best if I applied it. I could just foresee the mess on the couch if it were any other way. Oh yes... I'm a Psychic too! I was amazed at the excitement on their faces as they sat so still letting me glam them up with body glitter a little gloss and eye shadow. Their demeanor's changed almost instantly. When Micah walks up to her daddy with the sweetest little made up face and says, "Daddy I'm a pretty woman now." It's how her daddy replied that made the world of difference. His words will forever ring in my heart and probably hers too as well. "Sweetheart you were beautiful before." It's the simple things.

When my day comes to an end, though my sanity may be long out the window,

I can always sit back and say that I am blessed.

I'm reading Yours Are the Hands of Christ, in a small group at my church.

Learning about Holy Hands I loved this quote by Mother Teresa.
When she was asked "Why are you so holy?" She responded: "You sound as if holiness were weird, or abnormal. To be holy is to be normal. To be anything else is to be abnormal."

Being holy is a process, not an overnight, turn around, instant thing. Phew....Huge relief...LOL No, but it is about filling our bodies and minds with goodness. What we think about we bring about. I think that it is also true trash in equals trash out. Holiness is a decision we have to make everyday to bring us a few steps closer along the way. Things like holding reverence to the sabbath day, freeing our minds from judgment of others, allowing God to intervene, carefully choosing who we look up to as an example and prayer, just to name a few. I desire to be normal. Gosh that feels good...Just say it!

"The pleasures of holiness, once grasped,
are the deepest, most exhilarating, and most enduring."
James C. Howell

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech

Monday, July 21, 2008

Lake Day...

The Edmonson's invited us out on the lake.

We went to a place called "bug island".

I have to be honest that I was not thrilled by the name at first.

But did not cast too much judgement before trying it.

It turned out to be the perfect relaxing spot.

Bugs...more like butterflies.

Though her boys were not thrilled at

the thought of us changing the name of their

manly spot from bug island to butterfly island.

Erin's Engaged...

I've known her since birth.

She is 7 days older than me.

Our mother's are best friends.

It was inevitable that we turned out to be lifelong friends.

Oh, the stories we have made together...

Which we will never tell...(Right E?) Shhhh...

Good friends like this are rare and precious jewels.

Meet my friend Erin...

She's getting Married in 9 short weeks.

I'm honored to be in her wedding.
The pictures are from her engagement party a few weeks ago.

Below is her with her fiance', who is great!

I love that I really like the man she is marrying.

That means so much more. Adding Chad to our friendship

will only make it that much greater!

Erin & I
Chad & Erin

Bachelorette Party Weekend Destination:
Folly Beach ~ Charleston, NC

7 short weeks and we will be here!

We are connected...

READ: Romans 12:3-13

Have you ever been around someone that finds something negative to say no matter how optimistic you try to be? Negativity breeds unhappiness and misery loves company. It is amazing to think of the power we may posses just by our own actions. Bad attitudes breed bad relationships while at the same time loving ones breed happiness. We are all here together no matter where we came from, what we believe in or what hardships we may have endured as children. No one is any better than anyone else in the eyes of our Lord.

Can we live together in harmony? As Christians that is what we are called to do. So that our actions can bring fourth the type of compassion, love, humility, kindness and faithfulness that the scriptures describe. Therefor we should rejoice in the joyful things that happen to our brother and sisters. Not letting jealousy, hate, envy or regret guide our lives. Better accepting people where they are in their lives and rejoicing in their joys with them.

We can live together in harmony if we focused inward on making ourselves and our paths the best example for others to follow.

Romans 12:9-13
9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
13Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Little Things...

It always seems to be the little things that can build us up or break us down. Think of the tongue and how small it is verses the whole body. But it still holds a lot of power. Try to think of some little things that have big potential. Like a; flame it starts of small but holds huge devastation, or a tiny insect can bring about disease.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me? We heard it on the play yard at school, perhaps even used this famous line a time or two. Does it hold any truth?
Are words just words. Meaning nothing unless you allow them to. This may be a decision we make for ourselves, perhaps, putting up a barrier to block the hurt and sting of some potential harmful words. This may be used as an emotional blocker to prevent us from getting hurt by words, but we can not soften the bit or sting of the harmful words we use.

James, Jesus half-brother, reminds us of something else that is small that can also be destructive.
James 3:1-12
Taming the Tongue

I don't think so. Nor do I think that we can praise the Lord with the same tongue that we curse with. Just like the Bible said, " 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?" I think that whether we allow words to become destructive in our lives is a choice we make. It's about understanding the difference between a harmful word and and encouraging word, then making the decision not to allow that to be destructive in your life. But there is no way to determine what impact a harmful word has when you use one. It's better to not use them at all. Only become encouraging, uplifting and positive with your words. Choose them wisely, because they will shape who you become.

A careless word may kindle strife,
A cruel word may wreck a life,
A timely word may lessen stress,
A loving word may heal and bless. —Anon.

It is better to bite your tongue than to let it bite someone else.
Inspired BY:Our Daily Bread, daily devotions

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Summer Time...

Looking outside to see if there's rain.
Packing up the car cause they say it's safe.
Traveling to our favorite picnic spot.
Finding the perfect shade tree cause it's hot, hot, hot.

Inviting friends over for some good company.
Lighting up the grill, cooking food to eat.
Listening to the laughter of kids in the yard.
Calming them down and putting them to bed, is hard.

Summer days, there is nothing like them.
Spring, Fall or Winter can not compare.
To bare feet, cold drinks, good friends
and sweet ice cream treats.

Spur of the moment get up and go.
Leaving the windows rolled down so the wind can blow.
Watching the flowers bloom.
Sitting outside by the light of a full moon.

Simple life taking it easy.
Wishing it could always be this way.
Watching the days fly by.
and listening to the crickets cry.

Butterfly kisses, Dandelion wishes
Flying like and airplane through the sky.
It's no lie, Life's what you make it.

Life it good...Blessings overflow...It's all in how you look at it...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Lil Surfer Guy...Garrison

Monday, July 14, 2008

Beach Beauty...

Maci playing in the water, and no I did not make her pose.
This is all her all natural. LOL

Beach Bums...

I love the excitement in Micah's face.
She played in the sand all day every day at the beach.
Marley with her beach treasure (airplane) and shovel headed to the ocean.