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Hello! Welcome to 10-on-10 February Edition! Those of you who came from Breanna Peterson’s blog, thank you for following the blog circle to me!

Portland rarely gets snow. The last time we had a significant snow storm that stuck was back in 2008. So when we got several inches of snow last weekend, it was a novelty! The city more or less shuts down, as we just don’t get enough snow to have all of the equipment needed to deal with it… so everyone is snowed in more or less. We embraced the hell out of it, and had a marvelous family time. And man, was it a beautiful change of scenery!



Now the snow is covered in a layer of slippery, crunchy ice, and it is slowly melting away. Thank goodness because 3 days was just right.

Next in the circle is the wonderful Alana Rasbach! Please go have a peek at her beautiful life and leave her some love.


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  • […] now pop on over to Jen’s blog, she saw things- they’ve been getting snow in Portland (& we have almost none in […]

  • TraceyFebruary 10, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Love getting off of Instagram and coming over here and seeing your photos larger than a tiny square on my iphone! You capture “life” so beautifully. 🙂

  • Alana RasbachFebruary 10, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    Of course I love all of these. We just got snow too!

  • Missy DayFebruary 10, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    Love the way you captured the way snow FEELS to a child. Magic!

  • staceyFebruary 10, 2014 - 9:34 pm

    These are so lovely. I live in snow country. Lots of snow and this year, lots of bitter cold. As much as I lament about our long winters, I do love seeing my kiddos enjoy the snow each time it comes down, as your kids are here.

  • alpanaFebruary 10, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    Love that you are doing this, Jen! I love how honestly you capture your loved ones.

  • Katherine HeiseFebruary 10, 2014 - 10:56 pm

    <3 You make me want to see snow so bad! The other day Amelie saw snow on a T.V show she was watching, she asked me what it was and I told her it was like frozen rain. She only looked at me sceptically, I don't think she believed me. Frozen rain, what a crazy idea.

  • Kristin HallakFebruary 10, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    So great! Love how there is always a fun lighthearted playfulness in your photos! 🙂

  • DeAnna McCaslandFebruary 11, 2014 - 2:24 am

    Love seeing your family love in your images Jen! You seem like such a great soul. I wish we lived closer so we could meet!

  • Breanna PetersonFebruary 11, 2014 - 5:39 am

    so much joy! I can only imagine the excitement they were feeling, & of course you captured it because you’re a rockstar 🙂 these are all beautiful <3

  • Katy TuttleFebruary 12, 2014 - 12:03 am

    love those kiddos <3 lovely, lovely, lovely...

  • Annie OtzenFebruary 12, 2014 - 5:10 am

    I was living in Portland back in 2008 and I still remember that snow event so clearly. It’s always so much fun to see kids embrace snow. It makes it feel so magical. Your children are so beautiful and I can just feel all their joy in these photos.

  • Heather RobinsonFebruary 13, 2014 - 9:37 pm

    Jen, these are so fun!! I love the last few with them enjoying the snow as a tasty treat. Snow eating is my daughter’s favorite thing to do with snow!

  • Justine BoulinFebruary 13, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    your photos really make me wish is snowed here more. these are beautiful and so much fun! I love the 2nd and 3rd ones of your kids catching snowflakes. such a great childhood moment! xo

  • kariFebruary 19, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    The fern fronds against the snow are gorgeous. Lovely photographs.

  • Ginger Ingley UnzuetaMarch 12, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    It’s so crazy for me to think Portland doesn’t get snow?!! You learn something new everyday right! Love these….makes me miss the days in NC and VA where we got a snow storm a couple times a year. It is fun for a day or so. My florida bones don’t do well with cold for too long. I love how the pops of color just stand in contrast to the white snow..and the mouths catching the flakes. priceless.

Well hello there! Its been awhile!

I was delightedly invited to join a most awesome group of photographers for a 10-on-10 project for this year.  I am notoriously awful at projects… when I think of doing a 365 photo project I feel a panic attack coming on. Last year I attempted the Sundays weekly project, and that was just too REGULAR for me. I found myself not always in the mood to take photos of my own life every Sunday! But this one, 10 frames to tell a story from my every day life once a month, sounds JUST RIGHT! And when I saw who the fellow photogs who are participating in this blog circle were, I could not say anything but YES! YES! YES!

Thank you to everyone who followed the link from the incredible Deanna’s page! So lovely to have you here!

The past couple of weeks have been funky. After a quick after Christmas jaunt up to Seattle to see friends, my whole family got sick with a cold/flu. Then just as we were all on the mend and the kids went back to school, Rob had surgery to have his tonsils removed this past Tuesday. No one has felt much like being photographed, but I managed to grab a few shots over the past couple of days that tell the story of how the beginning of 2014 has looked.



My wonderfully talented friend, Breanna Peterson, has her 10-on-10 up over on her blog. Do go have a look at the beautiful images she’s sharing this month!xo,


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  • tara pollard pakostaJanuary 10, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    so lovely! I would love to join in something like this someday!
    I am going to do portrait 52, once a week portraits of my kids, can’t wait until I get my lens back! Haven’t taken any pics since halloween!

  • Bethany PetrikJanuary 10, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Oh Jen. I’m really happy that you documented this. Love the smily photos of your daughter! But the photos of your husband really took my breath away. And the Jello is the perfect detail shot. xoxo

  • Suzanne GipsonJanuary 10, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    love them all!

  • Missy D.January 10, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    I love every image. And, WOW, is that beard impressive! 🙂

  • Lamb FoxJanuary 10, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    These are all so beautiful. I’m so, so glad to be a part of this circle.

  • AnnieJanuary 10, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    I am so in love with these Jen!! Each one tells a story and the 3 photos of your daughter laughing just make me smile! Hope your husband starts to feel better soon. I’m so happy to be part of this group with you!

  • Stephanie JacksonJanuary 10, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    i love your kind of family

  • Breanna PetersonJanuary 10, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    I’m so happy you’ve joined along! these are all wonderful, but that first one & the b&w one of Rob, wow!!

  • Kristin HallakJanuary 10, 2014 - 7:42 pm

    Jen… These images, WOW! Wow! Your humor in the first few make me smile.. So sorry about your husband, hope he is on the mend! Can’t wait to see next months!

  • Stacey MontgomeryJanuary 10, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    Ack. Fantastic.
    Your daughter laughing, the b&w of your husband, your (?) sweet golden… Love.

  • Lindsey Scott BergstromJanuary 10, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    I see such contentment and love in these images. thanks for sharing.

  • deanna mccaslandJanuary 10, 2014 - 11:28 pm

    Jen! At first I was going to say the laughing photos of your daughter were my fave, but then I saw the photos of your husband and wowza…so good! I love that you are picking up your camera in those hard times. So happy to have you in our circle! xx

  • Heather Lindsey RobinsonJanuary 11, 2014 - 4:24 am

    good grief these are wonderful. each and every shot is eye candy. your photos are brimming with a unique beauty and so much love. i am thrilled to be in this group with you.

  • justineJanuary 11, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    oh jen these are beautiful and tell such a wonderful story of your family. I love the first one and the b&w of your husband in the hospital bed. Lots of speedy get well wishes to him. xo

  • AndreaJanuary 11, 2014 - 1:10 pm

    These are great! Cool to see you are in Portland! I’m in Camas. 🙂 We’re almost neighbors. 😉

  • Katy TuttleJanuary 11, 2014 - 11:49 pm

    oh, jen…. just gorgeous. and true. love, love LOVE!!!

  • Roxanne Ricciardi BryantJanuary 20, 2014 - 1:10 am

    Jen, this post is gorgeous. The pics of your husband are just so raw and emotional. I adore them and this post. I looked the first time you posted…and couldn’t shake the images. Still with me. The three in-a-row of your sweet girl really sings to me as well. Had to come back to let you know. xo

  • alana rasbachJanuary 21, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    love love love your work! so honest.

  • Ginger Ingley UnzuetaMarch 12, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    I have loved sitting and looking through your 10 on 10 this morning…your images of your family just draw me in, and make me look longer. I love the ones here with your husband in the hospital, such a real moment there..and your girl and her smiles, and laughs..and your son..that face. All of these…really special. It was a lovely bit of time to see all of these this morning !!

  • […] have a new & exciting blog circle for 2014; for those of you who stopped by way of she saw things, big thanks! & make sure you continue your way through our  circle- next up is Phood & […]

Just had to share this from my session yesterday. We started with breakfast making and eating at the kitchen table, and the whole session evolved in a totally natural way. I love that! This is quite possibly my favorite Family with Dog photo I’ve ever taken! Note the drool…

And these two spent the morning enchanting me with their realness…

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In case you don’t know, my son is on the Autism Spectrum. The part of the vast, expansive spectrum that includes significant language delays, executive function challenges that manifest in a lack of impulse control, extreme bouts of anxiety, sensory processing difficulties, and global developmental delays. Please don’t feel sorry for him or for us. He’s amazing! And parenting him is the richest experience of my life, teaching me things about transparency, compassion, patience, acceptance, and LOVE that I would have never experienced had I not been honored with the job of being his Mother. And as true as that is, it is also truth when I tell you that some days are  REALLY HARD. Caring for a human being who requires 100% hypervigilant supervision and attention is an all consuming, often times exhausting position to be in. One that you really can’t wrap your head around unless you’ve lived it. We do our very best figuring out, day by day hour by hour what is best for Sam, his older sister and our family… we have custom designed our life so that that kind of creativity and flexibility is possible.

When you are Sam, you are sometimes thrown for a loop by things like getting out of the bath and finding your fingers and toes all pruney. Its upsetting and you might cry and wail and say you’re going to cut off the wrinkly parts of your body. Its pretty hard to feel uncomfortable in your skin and not have a grasp on the concept of time and not trust that your fingers and toes will be back to normal in a short bit. And if you’re lucky you have a Dad who will help talk you through it and eventually make you laugh and know that the world is an alright place to be.


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  • Katy TuttleAugust 4, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    you have quite the team… your challenges may be more in numbers, but your gifts both received and given are more than one could ever dream of… you are a love. and I feel lucky to (internet) know you. for realz.

  • Sherri DavisAugust 4, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    I love the way you have captured all of it so honestly. I completely understand what is going on in every one of those images. My heart goes out to all of you. He is so lucky to have two such loving and understanding parents.

  • Lili LoveAugust 4, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    these are wonderful and your family are wonderful. and what a gift you and your husband created in this moment. thank you for sharing this small but precious story.

  • Tara Pollard PakostaAugust 4, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    so sweet and special photos.

  • Jen Long LucasAugust 4, 2013 - 9:02 pm

    I felt it all here. <3

  • Kate DavisAugust 4, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    Thanks Jen. I love this. My nephew is on the spectrum and I love your blog.

  • Amanda O'DonoughueAugust 4, 2013 - 11:42 pm

    this. I just want to hug you and your husband for sharing him in his world with us. feeling so blessed to see his little fingers. Your images are so strong and beautiful just like your family.

  • Dina Divya ZuccaroAugust 5, 2013 - 2:26 am

    Gorgeous transition! What a beautiful thing to have seen through your words, photos, and heart. Thank you.

  • MeganAugust 9, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    I love this blog post. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Efi panagoulaAugust 14, 2013 - 5:05 pm

    You have created one of the most treasured memories and passing along this gift this boy has, his family… Love every single one of them….

  • MichelleAugust 14, 2013 - 11:12 pm

    Oh do I understand this so so much.

    It’s an intense love and at night I’m tired.

    Beautiful images.

  • Sara KellyAugust 16, 2013 - 2:28 am

    These are amazing. Thank you for sharing them with the world.

  • Nina TantzenNovember 6, 2013 - 1:52 am

    beautiful! thanks for sharing these special photos!

  • Carrie ChengNovember 17, 2013 - 9:19 am

    Wow. I truly know very little about autism. Thank you for sharing this real life perspective on it in such a beautiful way. You must be such a strong person.