Christmas Outtakes

Hello Bravehearted Beauties! How was your Christmas week? Are there any portions you’d like to do-over…or delete altogether? Don’t feel bad; you’re not alone! There’s no such thing as the perfect Christmas, remember? Without our imperfection, there would be no need for Christmas!


A photo shoot with teenage girls will remind you of the imperfection of Christmas in a heartbeat! It’s a lot like photographing toddlers…only without the matching dresses and hair bows. Actually, I think my girls like the outtakes better than the real deal. And while they didn’t want me to use a funny photo on the card, they wanted them archived somewhere. So, sweet girls, here you go!









And a photographer who couldn’t nail the shot {me!}:


Have you ever watched the outtakes from a movie and thought they were the best part? That happens from time to time, but for the most part, outtakes are the mess-ups…the parts you’d rather not repeat. Such was the case with all that happened in our house over the last week, but here’s the deal: Jesus still came. He’s still Emmanuel: God with us. And that makes all the difference on Christmas and all the days that follow.

And in case you’re wondering, we did end up with a keeper for the card:


Whatever Christmas brought you {or whatever it bought up in you}, I hope you can see the beauty in the brokenness, the joy in the chaos, and the humor in the outtakes!

Get ready New Year. We’re coming at ya…with increasingly brave and beautiful hearts!

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P.S. When the cousins weren’t down with the stomach bug, we had a fun time on the farm. Grateful for the sacrifice my sister’s family made to be with us. It’s a LONG drive…especially with three toddler boys! When it was time to pack up and go home, they said they wanted to stay. I’ll take that as the best kind of compliment!





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  • Gracia @ Gracious Offering - Linsey, your girls are simply lovely…growing into such beauties, like their mother. Your nephews are so handsome too…fun to see all the smiles and joy. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Your daughters are beautiful, just like you. I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Happy New Year. Wishing you all the best in 2015.ReplyCancel

  • Beverly - Great photos that show what loving fun two sisters can have together! Thank you for sharing them with the rest of us.

    I believe I see that you have Osage Oranges on the ground. The first time I went to Franklin, they were absolutely everywhere. I assume you enjoy decorating with them occasionaly since they are so unusual.
    I enjoy your posts.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - Linsey, yr girls are growing up way to fast! And they are stunningly beautiful! And the cousins are precious. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel