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It is that time for the yearly Christmas post.  As I contemplated what to would write, I was led to a more personal discussion from the heart for this years Christmas post.  What does Christmas mean to you?  I usually give the typical church answer and say that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of our Savior.  There is obviously nothing wrong with that answer, but while meditating on why the month of December is our absolute favorite time of year, the answer (or feeling) became apparent as I listened to my absolute favorite Christmas song.  Casting Crown’s “I heard the bells on Christmas day” describes the purpose of Christ’s birth.  “Peace on earth” the chorus beautifully sings!  No  matter what had happened throughout the year, starting Christmas Eve and through Christmas day there was always peace in my heart.  All the parental arguments gone, the sorrow for the loss of my grandfather gone, and the neighbor who picked on me was now friendly.  On Christmas day everyone was kind and gentle hearted to each other no matter what had happened the week before.  For one glorious day, there was peace on earth as I think God intended us to live.

With recent tragedies heavy on the heart, Tami’s favorite Christmas song brought an overflowing of tears to me as I contemplated how there could possibly be peace on earth for just ONE day with so much evil in this world.  While listening to “here with us” by Joy Williams.   Joy’s radiant voice proclaiming ”heaven’s love, reaching down to save the world…Servant King, you’re here with us” renewed my heart with hope as I remembered the meaning of Emmanuel.  Despite all the pain in life, loss of loved ones, financial difficulties and other struggles; our Savior is with us.  Though He was born in the darkness of night, no evil of this world could stop the dawning of light to follow and give hope to all the world.  The world has never changed, but my perspective on Christmas day is always a little brighter because of his Love.  He is Emmanuel, God with us.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and since no post can go without pictures; I have attached our family pictures by one of our best friends and outstanding photographers who we have always looked up to, Adam and Allison Hudson.  You can check out their stuff at http://www.adamplusalli.com/.  Tami and I are so blessed and thankful for our family.

We also continued our tradition of Elf on the Shelf with the boys.  We found it difficult to top what we had done last year, but I think we had fun and the boys enjoyed seeing what Mr. Jingles would do next.  Since Henry is big into superhero stuff this year, Mr. Jingles dressed as a Batman, Spiderman and even Hulked out!  My favorite were the sugar cookies he made!  The recipe from Sweet Sugar Belle is amazing.  This year we learned to keep Mr. Jingle high and out of the reach of Isaac since on the first day he knocked him over and chewed on him.  We had to get the Elf on the Shelf recovery kit from Santa to give him his magic back!

 

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  • December 25, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    alana - y’all are SO clever with all the Mr. Jingles activities!!
    Beautiful family!

Our last wedding of the year ended up being an awesome one!  We went to the ever quaint and historic town of Natchez to capture Kimberly and Dalton wedding day.  Kimberly and Dalton both love animals and even included their dog in the ceremony as the ring bearer.  The wedding took place at the historic Devereaux that was built in the 1800′s.  The house is a family home that has been well maintained with striking elegance and true southern charm that made a beautiful site for the ceremony.  With a live band, fire pits, beautiful lighting, photobooth, great food and a fun crowd; the reception was not lacking anything! We had a blast hanging out with you two and wish you a Merry Christmas with the best of luck in your future.

 

 

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  • December 22, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    Risa - Great job!! These look amazing.

  • December 23, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    Kimberly Little McCaffrey - These are FABULOUS! Thank you!

  • January 1, 2013 - 7:26 pm

    Jan Little - The pictures are awesome!!!!

  • January 8, 2013 - 6:26 pm

    Elaine Stockdale - Oh my, I am so sorry we were unable to come. I’ve heard the word “magical” more than once, and that is what these pictures depict. How wonderful…how happy I am for the two of you! elaine

  • March 29, 2013 - 6:25 pm

    Mary E. McCaffrey - D.L., congratulations on your marriage. When I was visiting Debbie in Georgia this past Christmas, she told me that you had married. Please contact me. I would very much like to add Kimberly to the McCaffrey family tree. I would also like to add Lance and his wife too, but I do not know how to reach him. I love you. I always have and always will. Your Aunt Mary Jane

Mid November has to be one of the best times to get married.  The weather could not have been any better for Sydney and Russell’s wedding day.   These two have to be one of my favorite couples of the year.  They are both so friendly and easy to get along with.  The ceremony was at the chapel of the beautiful First Baptist Church of Jackson, which has to be one of the largest churches in Mississippi; and the reception was at the always fun Duling Hall.  When the lights went down, the DJ broke out the laser lights and everyone had a blast on the dance floor!  We had so much fun hanging out with you two and wish you the best of luck in your future.  Thank you for choosing us to photograph your beautiful Jackson wedding.

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  • December 7, 2012 - 9:01 am

    April Russell - STUNNING!!!! Great job guys!

  • December 7, 2012 - 9:22 am

    Heather Stockett - What a beautiful couple! Her dress and veil are absolute stunning! I love you’re b/w conversions here. Lovely photos!!

We had a blast photographing Mallory and Tommy’s wedding day! We had the privilege of meeting Tommy’s dad a couple of years ago when we photographed another wedding he officiated. We were excited to hang out with him again and to finally meet Mallory and Tommy. Their wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect.While the girls were busy getting ready, the guys were hanging out at Mr. Rodgers watching the game. Hail State!!! Before I get several hate comments, just kidding, Hotty Toddy! I believe the Rebels won that day. That has to be a good sign for Mallory and Tommy’s marriage, right? I love this moment between Mallory and her dad just before entering the church.Tommy’s dad officiated the ceremony. I have to say it was a very beautiful ceremony!What a perfect and fun day! Thanks for letting us be a part of it! Congratulations you guys!

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  • November 19, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Letitia - Great photo’s! Captured the joy, fun and love!

  • November 24, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    Heather Stockett - These are just gorgeous! I always love the dancing pics-so fun! Their photos outside of the church together are some of my favorite. Adore the guitar pics!

I must admit, when Alison told me her wedding was going to be in Satartia, I was a little concerned that I might not find it since it is so small.  We have done weddings all over Mississippi from the Gulf Coast up to Clarksdale in the delta, but have never been there.  Let me tell you about Satartia, Emmaus Retreat Center is one of the most beautiful chapels I have ever seen.  The grounds at the retreat center, alone with such a beautiful couple, made our job very easy.  After we rocked out the chapel and grounds, then we drove down a dirt road (I just washed my van that day) for several miles, and then rode on 4 wheeler down a trail to an awesome field with a pond to catch some pictures of them with their dogs.  It has been several years since I  drove an ATV, so I had to get Scotty to drive it up one of the really steep hills.  We had so much fun hanging out with you guys and I can’t wait for your April wedding.

 

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  • November 13, 2012 - 2:29 pm

    Alison Harden - Ahhh! Stephen and Tami, Scotty and I love all of the pictures! Yall are truly amazing! Thanks, and we cant wait for the wedding.

  • November 24, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Heather Stockett - Wow! These are beautiful! The one with the pups is my favorite :) They are a gorgeous couple!

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