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My Sister and Middle School | Priscilla Baierlein Photography {Proud Sister}

Hi there! Well, in case you didn't know, we are officially back from vacation...as of three weeks ago. Sessions have started back and I'm completely caught up from the sessions done just before vacation. It was beautiful and perfect...aside from the virus each of us had the first part of our trip. I'll do an official vacation post, but for now, how about some session love. I realized I haven't shown any of my sessions in a while and well, I have a lot to share. Perhaps the one I'm most excited to share is this one. My beautiful, growing up too fast for me, kind, old soul little sister, Myca. So many of you who have followed this blog forever have seen her grow up. In case you haven't been following along for long, you can click HERE to see one of the first photo sessions we ever had together. So much has changed with my photography skills and style since then, but even more has changed about Myca. For those of you who don't know, I have a very unique family make up. My birth mother had me at a very young age and my Grandmother (my Mommy) raised me from the time I was a baby until she passed away just after I turned 15. I have brothers and a sister from my birth Mother, but I wasn't raised with them, so we never were able to make that connection you get from living with someone, spending bedtimes, holidays, and many laughs together. When I was 15 I moved in with my uncle Mikie and aunt Erica. They became my Mom and Dad. The impact they had on my life is absolutely indescribable and irreplaceable. I feel so lucky to have had so many people who love me and were there to take care of me and completely transform my life. Mikie and Erica tried for so long to have a child of their own and weren't able to, until they stopped trying. I remember the call so vividly. I had a message at work that they were trying to get ahold of me and needed for me to call. Once I talked to them I just couldn't believe it. I cried tears of pure joy for them, but I don't think I ever had a clue just how much she would mean to me. Since Myca was born I was blessed with a sisterly bond that isn't like most and is absolutely beautiful. At the same time I gained Myca, I also gained Keisha. Mikie's daughter, who was going into high school at the time. Myca brought us all closer together. Keisha moved in and our bond strengthened with each visit home, each holiday spent together, each night we spent talking, each cry, each celebration, each disappointment, each thing we understood about the other that no one else did. Years later, we were all blessed with yet another sister, Macy. I know it was all so confusing for Myca and Macy to understand, but I think it's such a beautiful lesson they learned. Mikie and Erica eventually also brought another heart into our family, Chris. They have so much love to give and they give it out to so many who deserve it. Because of their love, we have learned that family isn't just blood. Family is so much more than that. We have a very unique family that is beautiful with it's imperfections. We know that love is what means more than anything.

Myca brought us all closer and taught us more about love. She has always been a kind, old soul. She is hilarious. She is sensitive. She is generous and authentic. She is now going into MIDDLE SCHOOL! What? As Myca goes into Middle School, I pray for her to see herself the way we do. We see the way she makes us laugh, the way she makes us love, the kindness in her heart, the way she thinks of others and wants to give to those she loves, the way she is strong and courageous, the beautiful hazel eyes...the beautiful wavy hair, the beautiful lips, the perfect little freckle, the way she crinkles her nose and her absolutely perfect crooked smile that I love seeing. I want her to show each of these things off and wear them proudly. There is no greater joy and beauty to me than when I get to see each of these. When I can see that smile, that real smile, I know she's happy. I know she's comfortable. I know she's in a situation where she feels confident. Myca I want you to show off that smile to everyone you see because when you do you are showing them so much more than just a smile. With that smile, they will see everything we love about you. That's a powerful thing my beautiful sister. With that, you can conquer anything. I was challenged with a lot throughout my middle school years. A lot I conquered with a smile, a laugh, and that same scrunched up nose (it is a family gift after all). I am proud of you. I am thankful for you. You are loved. You are so loved.

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I didn't mention her style. Sister has style.

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This smile...it's the one I want you to show to everyone. Everyone.

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Love,

Sis

Birthday Week Celebration Continues

There are quite a few things that have kept me sane, made me cry happy tears, kept me inspired, and satisfied my sweet tooth. I'm absolutely in love with each of them and I am beyond thrilled to be sharing them with one of you! Oh how I would love to have received a gift like this in the mail! It will be filled with...

Emily Ley gift certificate to purchase my favorite planner (or whatever you would like :))

Caramels from the Caramel Jar (not pictured)

Love Does by Bob Goff

Inspirational quote from Lara Casey (frame not included)

To be included in the drawing for this awesomely special gift, you can do one or all of the following on this post on the blog, Instagram, and/or Facebook.

* First if you are on Facebook or Instagram, you have to follow my Instagram page or have “liked” my Facebook page to be included

* One Like=One "entry"

*One Share=One "entry"

*One Comment=One "entry"

That's right, you can get up to three entries.

* The package will not go in the mail until late July.

* The lucky one to receive this gift will be announced on Thursday. Eek! I hope you're as excited as I am!

Also, don't forget that there will be one big giveaway on Friday for Newsletter and Blog subscribers. You can subscribe to my newsletter HERE and the blog HERE.

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Peace and so much love,

Cilla

Lots of lovely gifts to say thank you for the wonderful gifts you've given me

Today is my birthday...my 34th birthday. Yay! Happy birthday to me! I feel like 2014 has been so beautiful...heart wrenched, uplifting, a bit scary, grace filled, hopeful...beauty. I've slowly...stubbornly...worked hard at making changes that needed to be made deep down in my soul. I'm excited to make the second half of 2014 about showing those changes on the outside. I've had to take so much time to reflect and I know I'll need much more of that. But, I'm ready to do. Do you ever feel like you do so much planning, talking, dreaming and not enough of the actual doing? I know I do. I want to do those things that up until now I've only been dreaming of. I think my recent "be happy with me where I am now" has given me the grace to be okay with just doing...not getting it perfect...but just doing. I've been planning on showing and sharing more on my dear blog. Now I'm going to do it. I've been planning on running. Now I'm going to do it (my husband and I started the "ease into 5K program" this morning). I've been planning on spending more quiet time with God. Now I'm going to do it. I've been planning to do something fun and exciting with the business. Now I'm going to do it. The second half of 2014 is about doing. So let's get this second half of 2014 started right! In less than a week we will be leaving to visit my favorite place on Earth for two weeks. We will be away to Florida until July 6th. So why not pack this week with sessions, editing, packing, a wedding, and... GIVEAWAYS! Yay! Monday through Friday will be jam packed with awesome...fun...tickle-me-pink...happy happy...GIVEAWAYS! (If you could...it'll be much more fun if you imagined me saying this and announcing each one in my best Oprah voice...just sayin's all)

How do you get in on the fun? I'm so glad you asked! There are several ways.

1. If you reserve your session between today (June 16th) and Friday (June 20th), you'll receive 1/2 off a Signature Session fee and $100 off a Mini Session fee. You can reserve your session online HERE.

A few notes:

The nonrefundable session fee must be paid by the end of Friday. Reserve the session first with the session fee and then we will discuss specific dates and times. If you need a specific date, feel free to email first at priscilla@priscillabphotography.com

Signature Sessions must take place within an hour of zip code 40444 and after July 9th.

Mini Sessions are on specific dates and locations. Please see calendar HERE.

2. I will be giving away a birthday celebration package of some of my favorite things on Wednesday. Eeek. Oh how I would love to get this package in the mail. It will be filled with...

Emily Ley gift certificate to purchase my favorite planner (or whatever you would like :))

Caramels from the Caramel Jar

Love Does by Bob Goff

Inspirational quote from Lara Casey

* There will be several ways to enter, which I'll announce on Wednesday.

* You have to follow me on Instagram or have "liked" my Facebook page.

* The package will not go in the mail until late July.

3. There will be one big giveaway on Friday for Newsletter and Blog subscribers. You can subscribe to my newsletter HERE and the blog HERE.

4. Also on Friday there will be one big giveaway exclusively for clients only (This applies to new and old clients!)

* Nontransferable and cannot be traded for cash. If you purchase a session and would like to give it as a gift, that is perfectly fine with me, but that is the only instance it can be "transferred".

Now...I think that about covers all of you who have been supporting me from the beginning and those of you who are new around here. I love you all so dearly and feel extremely blessed that God chose photography as one of my biggest gifts. If it weren't for Him, my family and friends, and all of you, I wouldn't be able to do what I love. I also wouldn't have been able to have the flexibility to keep my son home on most days. That is the best gift that any of you could give me and as a collective, that's exactly what you've given me. I wish I could come give each of you an extremely big hug. I wish there were enough words to express exactly how grateful I truly am. I consider all of you and all of this a blessing. Thank you. Thank you. A million times over...thank you.

Since I can't finish any post without a picture...here's one of my favorites from our vacation last year. I absolutely can't wait to see my crazy little man on the beach this year. It feels like a second home to us and it melts my hear to share it with him. May there be many more days like this. Thank you to Stacey Woods Photography for the beautiful images year after year.

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Peace and so so much love,

Cilla

Summer Schedule Update

Anyone with a toddler knows that we all welcome the warm weather. No more sitting in the house with a cranky toddler. I may or may not be terrible at entertaining. We love warm weather. Bubbles, chalk, gardening, "washing" toy cars on the deck, and the list goes on. He mostly enjoys pushing the limits of how far he can get from us before we reign him back in. For some reason, he loves playing in the driveway. We try to keep him in the part where we can see him and he doesn't risk getting hit by someone pulling in. It's a constant battle. I love working in the garden and he likes going where I can't see him. He's just Mr. Independent. He does also love to be in the garden, but only for five minute increments. With the warm weather comes more sessions and vacation planning. I go through spurts where I get mildly obsessed with planning our vacation.

I am also thrilled...absolutely thrilled about so many of my upcoming sessions.

Don't forget that the popular Fair minis are at the end of this month and the Summer Camp sessions will be just following in June. All May and June Saturday evenings are filled up with only one Saturday morning available in June. Fridays are always last to be booked, so I do have some openings there. Also, if neither of these will work for you, please email or call and we will see what else we can work out as I have a little weekday flexibility at the moment. July and August are a bit more open right now, but that will change as we get into summer.

To reserve your session today, please follow the steps at http://www.priscillabphotography.com/blog/reservesession/ or simply contact me at priscilla@priscillabphotography.com or 859-792-6838.

Here are just a few recent images of my little Superman. He pretty much thinks he's big stuff.

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Peace and so much love,

Cilla