Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Our Not So Picture Perfect Family Series: Tarah's Family!

Our Not So Picture Perfect Family Series

In a world where perfect only looks perfect
we want to take a glimpse into the fun behind the scenes 
of that beautiful family picture and what 
you love most about your not so perfect family!

Today's Featured Family:

Tarah from Growing Goodsons

I’m so excited about Sarah’s “Our Not So Picture Perfect Family” Series. Don’t we all see pictures of our friends or of acquaintances and think to ourselves how perfect their families look and how they have it all together? But looks can be deceiving. If we could get the behind the scene we’d really get a better idea that their families are a lot like our not so perfect family. Even if somehow a picture is snapped and for a moment we look perfect. Thanks Sarah for inviting my family

When Sarah contacted me, it was perfect timing! We did just have family pictures done when we were home for the 4th of July with my family and they turned out great....well some of them at least! However, I didn’t want to use those. The perfect timing was not because we just had family pictures done. It was perfect timing because we found out (2 days before Sarah contacted me) that our family was going (in 8 short weeks) to Africa for 10 weeks! What a great way to tell others about what we were doing and have an excuse to snap some pictures, with my new to me camera, of our family with Africa in mind and use them not only for Sarah’s series but to use and ask people to pray for our trip. I was excited. It was going to be perfect.....or so I thought.

Tarah's family

Behind the Scenes: I was supposed to have the post to Sarah on Sunday. While nursing my little guy at 4 am on Monday morning I remembered about the post. Bummer! Not only had I not written anything yet but I had not even taken the pictures of my family yet. So after nursing the babe and heading back to bed myself I fell asleep reminding myself to take pictures first thing in the morning. My wonderful hubby let me sleep in so by the time I got up the girls were already dressed, in clothes I probably would not have picked out for the picture, but at this point I didn’t care, except I did cause I made the little one change her shirt. Thankfully their hair was done...from the night before...talk about bed head! This was going to be harder than I thought. I had my husband move our big map from the extra bed room where it hung to where we were going to do the pics, while I fixed the girls hair, got dressed (but didn’t shower, thankful that I didn’t take my make-up off from the night before) all while Ephraim followed me around fussing, in nothing but a diaper cause he wasn’t dressed yet either, because it was now nap time. Thankfully in almost all the pictures instead of crying and being miserable he had the glazed over I’m-going-to-fall-asleep-at-any-moment look. 

We were finally all dressed and ready but now I have to set the camera up, remember how to set the timer, pray that everything is in focus (cause I am still learning my new camera) and keep the kids from bumping or moving it. Everything was finally ready but could we get that, “my family looks like we have it all together photo?” Cause that’s what we all hope for right?! Even though in all reality it’s a miracle if we get one. We did....get one...just one and the lighting is off (my fault still trying to figure out my camera.)

Headed to Africa!

Behind the scenes of our life right now: We are going to Africa and this picture is fairly accurate about how we feel. We are taking our 3 young children, for 10 weeks to do some missions training....to AFRICA!!! It still hasn't completely sunk in yet. My husband has no job, we are moving out of our house at the end of August, days after our daughters birthday. We get back in the states mid December, my sister gets married late December and come the New Year we have no plans, no house, no job, no idea what God is going to do. My house is upside down right now, trying to pack some stuff for storage, pack some stuff for the orphans in Africa, give stuff away (we have no kitchen table at the moment and sold one of our couches and recliners.) Everything is crazy and up in the air and the kids have noticed, there have been tears, big tears. Kids saying they don't want to go to Africa, thankfully and not surprisingly, after talking through it they really want to go they are just scared of the unknown. Parents unsure at times if we are doing the right thing. A not so little baby not sleeping. One family completely trusting God!

To find out more about our trip to Africa and if you want to support us check out my blog.

not so picture perfect family series

This is how most of the pictures turned out. I’m busting a gut at my funny Havey girl. I had to set the timer and quickly get in place while Haven was trying to get to the map to point to where we’ll be going in Africa but she couldn't decide if she should go in front of or behind me so she ended up not even being in the picture. Jericho and Seth both look like they are choking Seth and Ephraim is wondering when in the world we’ll be done so he can go take his much needed nap. 

What I love about my family when I look at this picture: No matter where we go or what we do we’ll be together and we’re going to have fun. We are not perfect but God will use us! I look at the pictures and I love the strength I see in my husband as he leads our family and completely relies on God for everything. I love the willingness in my kids to give up everything they've ever know to befriend and help orphans. I love the willingness, humility, and adventure that I see my family through these pictures. We have no idea how God is going to use this or what is going to happen with our young family once we get back but we are willing and excited!

A Note from An Inviting Home ~ When Tarah shared with me what was on their heart and the great adventure that their family felt called to, I was beyond excited for their crew! This family is the real deal. They have been through the fire, experienced great loss and are walking fully ahead to the calling that they feel God is directing them. Orphan care is heavy on my heart and so is seeing families experience life to the fullest...together. I would encourage you to check out Tarah's blog and see how you could play a part in this amazing adventure! ~Sarah

We would love to have YOU be a part of this series! 
Email us your family photo(s) at aninvitinghome(at)gmail(dot)com 
with a "behind the scenes" description and answer to the statement, 
"What I love about my family when I look at this picture:" 
If you are a blogger be sure to attach your blog name
 and we will link it to your family's feature. 

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