To the Love of my Life

It’s hard to find the words to describe you as a father. As I’m sitting here, sorting through the beautiful moments captured between the two of you, I can’t help but swell with pride and tears of pure happiness. Thanks to you, our son will grow up to be a good man. He’ll be raised to be respectful, insightful, kind, generous, loving and nurturing. He’ll open doors like a gentleman, lend a helping hand when he’s needed, he’ll cherish his family and hold sentiment to the memories made, and he’ll love the Lord with all his heart.

I am so proud of the memories we’ve made as a family so far, and I look forward to continuing to watch you be the amazing dad you are. Thank you for fulfilling my every hope and dream as a husband and a father. You make it look so easy and natural to lead our family. You work so incredibly hard to provide us with the life we live, and you amaze me with how you somehow find the time and energy to make every moment count when you are home with us. Baby J and I are so lucky to have you, I hope you know how much we love you today and every other day as well. Happy Father’s Day, sweetheart. Thank you for being you.041112062160175172072045007029015023013039014162119IMG_0924087

“The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.” – Proverbs 23:24

 

 

 

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Snap Lovely Photography

We have been abundantly blessed to have such an amazing photographer, Betsy Hawley of Snap Lovely Photography, to take pictures of our family since before baby J even made his big debut.  Betsy is a Tucson based photographer who shoots weddings, engagement sessions, portraits, and so much more throughout Arizona and Southern California! She has the eye and raw talent for capturing very natural, candid and beautiful moments.

She has already given us gorgeous maternity photos , took our very first family photo session, and captured the best moments of  J’s first birthday party. Recently, she came to do a lifestyle shoot of our family right here in our little town of El Segundo. It was so fun to feature some of the cute little areas of the town we’ve chosen to raise baby J in. As always, Betsy handled our crazy little family with ease. Here they are!IMG_1175IMG_1180IMG_0932IMG_0924IMG_0964IMG_0968IMG_1002IMG_1006IMG_1004IMG_0952IMG_1030IMG_1037IMG_1040image (1)IMG_1378IMG_1410IMG_1333IMG_1262IMG_1285imageIMG_1119IMG_0744IMG_0757IMG_0872IMG_0802We love these pictures so much, they really show the personality of each of us so perfectly! Thank you, Betsy Hawley, from the bottom of our hearts!

One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. – Psalm 27:4

Sneak Peek!

So excited to share a quick look at the fun little family photo shoot my best friend, Betsy Hawley of Snap Lovely Photography took this past weekend! We wanted an urban feel, and wanted to capture some of the cool little spots in our town that we love so much! Here’s just a glance at the amazing (as always) work that she does!

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More to come soon!!

Play Time!

20130511_111632It is so fun to watch baby J learn new things! Even the little things brighten my day, and it brings so much joy to my heart to see him swell with pride! Today, he finally figured out that it’s fun to put the blocks back ON, instead of just emptying them off all the time. I love to see the determination, sometimes frustration, and eventually the elation of accomplishing his goal! Here’s a little video, I love his reaction!

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.” – Psalm  28:7

 

Exciting News!

contributorRecently, I was offered a really fun and exciting opportunity to contribute to the most adorable blog, 4men1lady.com. Michelle is so creative and inspiring, and I feel so honored to work with her! She is so accomplished and talented, I feel so humbled and excited to learn so much from her! Her introduction of me on her blog featured the party I had for J’s first birthday. I will be contributing a few little projects of my own in the coming months, so keep an eye out!

Click HERE to see what she had to say about J’s party!

“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” – Psalm 105:4

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My Little Baby Model

Today J had his first photo shoot, and he did such an amazing job! He was charming and cooperative, and made his mommy so proud! He will be one of the cute little ones wearing the newest and cutest fashions available on bloumebaby.com this summer! I’ve had the honor of working for and being inspired by the owners of this absolutely adorable store. Here’s a little blurb straight from their website about the awesome things these two amazing women are doing!

“Totten launched Bloume baby to provide consumers with a place to purchase stylish, healthy, sustainable products and to promote a green lifestyle that she is passionate about in her own day-to-day activities. As the Bloume baby brand continues gaining momentum, Totten hopes to inspire a larger audience of followers to utilize more environmentally friendly business practices.”

Here are just a few snaps I took behind-the-scenes. I can’t wait to share the pictures when they’re up on the website!IMG_20130508_151938 IMG_20130508_195102 IMG_20130508_152139 IMG_20130508_142920 IMG_20130508_144815“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:14

 

Aquarium Day

We took J to the aquarium for the first time a couple weeks back! He and his cousin had a blast together, as always. Here are some pictures we took of the fun day!024 027While J was a little skeptical of petting the fish, his cousin was ready to jump in with them!031 034Daddy warmed him up to the idea, and then he was loving it!039 043 045The shark tank was, by far, J’s favorite part.048 050 053The boys even managed to meet a lady friend while we were there. Boy, are we in trouble! 056 058 060 061066All in all, it was a fun day and I can’t wait to take them back soon!

“The kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind.” – Matthew 14:37

Pearled Couscous Tabbouleh Recipe

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One of the my favorite side dishes we made for J’s birthday bash was this delicious cold couscous salad. It was fresh and tasty, complimented the kabobs so well, and looked so pretty on the food table! It was really easy to make and I added things as I went, I didn’t follow any exact recipe. I’ll cut the portions down to size, since I originally made enough to feed 50 guests!

What you’ll need:

2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Box of Israeli (pearled) Couscous (Trader Joe’s has my favorite)

1 3/4 C Chicken stock

1/2 C Flat leaf parsley, chopped

1/2 C Mint, chopped

1 pint Grape tomatoes, halved

1 Seedless cucumber, peeled and chopped

1/2 C Toasted pine nuts

1 TBSP Garlic, minced

2 Lemons, just the juice

2TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Cook the couscous in chicken stock until it is a nice al dente texture. (you can substitute the chicken stock with water) Let cool for a bit, then toss in the rest of the ingredients! Chill and serve! (If it chills for a while, you can always add a little more lemon juice and toss to liven it up a bit! Super easy, fresh and delicious!

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Enjoy!

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. – Psalm 34:8

– Photography by Snap Lovely Photography

The Days Of Dawn

When I first began blogging, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to write about. I knew I wanted to share my heart and my life with friends and family, and I knew it would mostly be about my sweet little J that came into our lives and rocked our world. What I didn’t realize was that there are actually more layers to me than being a mom and a wife! While those are by far the most important roles I play in life, I have found some hidden passions and new adventures within myself that I never expected to find! I find so much joy in things like delicious foods and fun little projects, that I decided that the name of my blog didn’t exactly fit anymore. Not only have I found things to talk about besides my sweet baby boy, I’ve also realized that, although bittersweet, my sweet baby boy might not be such a “baby” anymore. He is growing more and more every day as a person, and I guess what I’m realizing is, is that so am I!

My new name is The Days of Dawn. I’m so excited for new things that are coming my way, thank you for following me through this fun little adventure in finding myself and all the beautiful things life has to offer!

xoxo,

Kimberly Dawn Dekker

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