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Six full hearts in Hawaii.

"We lose ourselves in the things we love, we find ourselves there, too." -Kristin Martz s_0074

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This beautiful mama, Alea, wrote a little background as to the reason for this session and their specific location choice. Here are her warm words...

 

"I don't know what Heaven is going to look like. But there is a part of me that believes that Heaven will look different to each one of us. God has designed our hearts so unique from the other which is why are heart's stirrings are uniquely our own.

My husband and I met in college and we found our common ground was a love for Hawaii, and its beautiful islands. How we loved the mountains, the ocean, and the places where the two meet. Hawaii was a place for each of us where our hearts grew and we truly discovered the beauty of our creator. Since then, he and I have traveled back to Hawaii as a place to find rest, sanctuary, adventure, romance, beauty and a reminder of our one wild precious life.

We had longed to bring our four girls across the pacific, so they too, could see a part of their parent's hearts. So, we planned, we packed, and we went. We wanted the girls to dive into the culture and experience it fully, so we stayed for 5 weeks. It was incredible to wake up each day with the anticipation of what was in store. We hiked down crazy trails, we had to be really brave, we swam with the fish, searched for sea turtles, climbed down rocks, jumped in waterfalls, took naps in the sand, made friends with strangers, ate tons of shave ice, put flowers in our hair, surfed the waves, traveled through off beaten paths, ate pineapples, and mangos, and guava, some right off the tree, and watched the sun set over the horizon, and soaked it all up, with hearts full, ready to do it all again the next day. It was truly an adventure, and one that I hope my girls will be able to look back and remember how their parents took a risk to allow them to experience.

The place for this session was a place off the beaten path that my husband and I had found when he and I had come out to celebrate our ten year anniversary and where we renewed our vows. It was special to us, and we so thankful to share it with our girls. All our loves in one beautiful place. Joy captured such treasures for us, and gave us such beautiful reminders of our summer under the palm trees.   - Alea"

 

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"Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. Its not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary. He simply invites us. God asks what it is He's made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, "Let's go do that together." -Bob Goff

 

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The Prouty Garden!

all throughout the winter we daydreamed of our garden.  what we would plant, how big we would make it, what style of gardening we would hope to follow, how the children would be involved and how it would feel to have the sun shining on our shoulders.  we planned for every evening as soon as the last frost passed to be spent out there under the great big sky soaking it all in.  the day finally came and it was glorious.  donny spent every day for a few weeks digging up the garden beds - we used the raised bed method - and hope to adopt the Back to Eden method come fall with all the good compost and wood chips we are currently working on.  we have 14 garden beds, each averaging about 2' by 12' and a good foot deep with our soil with mulch and organic compost mixed in.   i dug the holes for our plants with my great grandfather's handmade spade in the freshly rained-on pacific northwest soil and the kids all picked their favorite veggies, fruits and flowers to tuck into the beds.  when reading up on how to begin our organic garden specific to our area, we devoured the books Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades and the favorite in our house for young and old, Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life.  it took us a few weeks to piece together our patchwork fence.  i first just wanted a picket fence but there were so many sweet options that we just did a little bit of everything.  the kids helped us build the wattle fence (we did a race of boys against girls to see who could finish their's first - the girls won).  then we picked up a few wooden pallets for $3 each and used those to anchor the corners of the fencing.  we found some great salvage picket fence panels at the ReStore to fill in some of the sides and then we used other random things like an old door and pieces of other furniture that we here on the land but being used for other things. we are on our way to a more self sufficient life!  we started with just a patch of grass.  everything that we have planted is organic (absolutely no genetically modified food!) and is seeming to grow as though there is magic in the soil.  we did our best to grow lush gardens in our backyard raised garden beds in southern california yet it was always so tough not to have our plants scorched by the sun.  it's just so moist here.  we have heard that it is the ash in the soil here in the PNW that makes everything grow so well.  we are still learning but are happy to share our adventure as we fumble our way through it.  we hope our garden will supply for us through this season and next, we hope to only have to purchase meat (organic, grass fed), fruits we cannot grow ourselves such as bananas (organic) and for baking items and such.   our chickens are also laying a dozen eggs a day now which provides two eggs a day for each member of our family!  i am currently learning about canning and preserving things for the winter and will do my best to post updates on how our garden is doing every month.  i currently have these books on my beside table to read next:  Ball Complete Guide to Home Preserving and The Foxfire Book.  here are the photos of our beginning with our garden!  it is about 150'x 250' in size.  i can see the sheep pen just outside my kitchen window and then just on the other side of that is our garden space.  just beyond the garden space is a line of apple trees and a big space we plan to plant our pumpkin patch.

we are currently growing: broccoli, brussels sprouts, spaghetti squash, early girl tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, kale, acorn squash, zucchini, green beans, snap peas, sweet corn, green and white onions, artichoke, spinach, cauliflower, beets, peppers, cucumber, stir fry greens, garlic, potatoes, mint, cilantro, lots of lavender, peppermint, thyme, lettuce, lots more herbs, swiss chard, strawberries, raspberries, pink lemonade blueberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, dahlias, sunflowers, peonies & sweet peas.

these photos were taken three weeks ago right when we finished and it's grown more than a foot in height since then!

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