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Jagger Michael

Harvest 2015

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It’s Thanksgiving Eve! Tonight I will be reminded how thankful I am for friends, family, laughter, church pews, bar stools, Captain Morgan and the Dylan Bloom Band. But what else have I been thankful for this year?

2015 has been one for the books, and when I start to list off the things I am thankful for I can’t seem to stop… I got engaged to my best friend, my sisters family moved back to our hometown, my other sister is pregnant, I saw Garth Brooks in concert and Justin Bieber has finally made a comeback. But to be completely honest the one thing that I am the most thankful for is my farm family … and the fact that I’m marrying into another farm family. This year brought a beautiful harvest, and although grain prices aren’t so great, there is much to be thankful for. Everybody made it through harvest safely, the crop was harvested in a timely fashion, and I was provided with beautiful sunsets that let me go wild with my camera. When everything in the world seems to be going wrong, it’s nice to take my camera and find something to take a picture of that doesn’t bring sadness, hatred or fear into our hearts. The images below are a collection of my favorite photos from this harvest season. I think the world needs a few more farm families to get their priorities straight, but hey I’m biased.

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Don’t get me wrong I’m as basic as they come. I love pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters, and scarves … but dusty gravel roads and John Deere tractors are a few of my favorite things about fall.

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This is what happens when you are released into an open field after 8 hours in the combine with Grandpa.

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I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Leviticus 26:4

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I know I said John Deere, but the New Hollands are part of this whole “for better or for worse” part of marriage. 🙂

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Oh hey, that’s my fiance in the grain cart!

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Youth Group Hayrack ride on a Harvest Night.

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The Lord will indeed give what is good and our land will yield its harvest. PSALM 85:12

Until next year… #Harvest16

Riley Class of ’16

One word to describe Riley Tenopir… photogenic!

I was so excited when Riley contacted me to take her pictures. I had only taken Sean’s senior pictures, so she would be my second senior session and first senior girl photo session! How brave of her 🙂 Luckily, we were blessed with the most beautiful day and I love how the photos turned out. We strolled around the Tenopir farm and it was such a fun and casual photo session. This girl is extremely kind and patient. I wish her the best in her final year of high school and know she will have great success in whatever she chooses to do. PLUS there were lots of cute animals to play with!

Sean Class of ’16

August 21, 2015 = engaged.

August 23, 2015 = Sean’s photo shoot.

To say the least my mind was spinning. When? Where? Colors? Music? Bridesmaids? Etcetera.

Wait wait wait… pause those thoughts because the Mendliks have arrived! And if none of these pictures appear in Grandma Tawney’s annual family calendar then I have failed as a photographer.

Alright back to Sean. He’s a senior this year, a Bergan Knight and easily the least obnoxious out of my younger cousins. Sorry kids #truth. Sean helped me paint my chicken coop earlier this year and helped me with remodeling projects around my house the year before that. He’s always smiling … and just like Taylor I think he actually thinks I’m funny. Don’t believe me? I’ve got the photos to prove it! 🙂

Taylor Michelle Turns 6

On September 2, 2015, my oldest niece Taylor will turn 6. SIX! Yes, I said six years old. It’s really hard for me to believe this girl started kindergarten this year. This is the perfect time to listen to Taylor Swifts “Never Grow Up”… wait don’t listen to that, you’ll start crying. I about did.

Taylor is full of energy, and sweet dance moves. If you are around her for more than five minutes it’s likely she will ask you to play one of her favorite songs on your phone so she can perform a dance for you. She performed to “Tutu’s and Tennis Shoes” at her dance recital earlier this year. She’s the ringleader of my nieces and nephew. She loves kittens, we have that in common. She’s at an age where she still thinks I’m hilarious and I’m going to take advantage of that for as long as I possibly can!

Our conversation before starting this little photo shoot…

Me: Taylor I like your jewelry!

Taylor: Well we went shopping today, and when we go shopping Mom always wears jewelry, so I said, “MOM I need to wear jewelry today too!”