Author Archive | Allison French

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Lessons from my Perfectly Imperfect Father

It’s strange, the seemingly instinctive progression of how we view our fathers. I remember counting down as a child until dad would walks through the door, attacking him with pent up vigor upon his return. However, as we grow in our independence, our stubbornness blossoms as well. Somehow in our unadmitted immaturity, our own wrongdoing pales and […]

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Please Don’t Say Cheese: And Other Things Your Photographer Always Wanted to Tell You

Meltdowns. Tantrums. Tears. We’ve all been there with a photo session gone wrong. It’s stressful, embarrassing and such a disappointment. And then add these same reactions from our kids? It’s the pits. However, having not only been in this boat myself, but having photographed hundreds of children and families, I’ve learned a few tricks to […]

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A Quiet Heart: The Importance of Prioritizing Peaceful Practices in the Home.

A Quiet Heart: The Importance of Prioritizing Peaceful Practices in the Home.

It’s not quite 9 a.m. and the dishwasher is going, the laundry machine whirring in ritualistic harmony. I’ve worked out, written three emails, balanced the budget, changed two dirty diapers (of two different culprits), held an attitude adjustment session, conducted a short reading lesson, fed four hungry little birdie mouths, started dinner, written a few […]

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When Marriage is on the Backburner

When Marriage is on the Backburner

He hung through one side of the mini-van wrangling one screaming toddler, and I doubled over through the other side trying to swing the infant carrier into the latch while in-between us one unnamed little one shoved another unnamed little one because they were taking too long to hike over the clogged center aisle and […]

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The Power of Mom

I expected late night feedings and piles more laundry. I expected bandaids and legos and sippy cups and navigating through these all strewn throughout the house. I expected noise and babysitter fees and diaper costs and peanut butter and jelly. I expected exhaustion. But, what no one told me before it all began is that motherhood […]

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Homeschooling: What it Isn't, What it Is

Homeschooling: What It Isn’t, What It Is

We homeschool. As I’ve already learned firsthand from awkward silences, enthusiastic embraces, disapproving glances and/or a looks of concern as the person I’m speaking with adds up the number of children calling me “mom” at that moment, this confession can result in a myriad of responses. In fact, I have learned that most have strong […]

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Life’s Greatest Adventure

When our first child was three months old, my husband and I decided to take a vacation together as a newly formed family. Thinking through the logistics and newness of traveling with an infant, we carefully chose an affordable beachside condo with the intent of keeping it simple, minimizing our expenses and complications while still […]

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Living with Lots of Littles

I’m not sure when it dawned on me that I was the momma of lots of littles. Having three in diapers, perhaps. Or, perhaps when I found myself holding three vomiting children at one time, all around my expanding belly as they all came down with a violent flu bug the day after my husband […]

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Nurturing Your Introvert

I wasn’t long into my motherhood years the word introvert was first suggested to describe one of my children. With little understanding of this term, I had come to believe the myths – that introvert is equal to shy, wallflower and withdrawn; that introverts can’t be leaders. What I found, however, was a list of characteristics […]

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