happy girls are the prettiest~ audrey hepburn


if i had to choose one word to describe emi, it would be a close tie between loyal & happy.  she’s honestly like the golden retriever of girlfriends.  ( emi-you know goldens are my favorite dog. please know i’m not comparing you to a doggy! ;)) always wants to hang out with those whom she loves. it’s funny because i’ve learned to never say anything somewhat critical of anyone in front of her because she’s the eternal giver of the benefit of the doubt & will rally for anyone at any time. she forgives super quickly and moves on. i remember when the girls were little, since she was the youngest for several years, she’d often times be the one fussed at or left out. i would watch her time & time again, quickly recover & then ask one of her sisters to play with her. dan & i often use “wanna play barbies?” whenever we see one of the girls be resilient in a situation.

the day of prom i had a session that was under a time crunch & already rescheduled due to rain. caroline had an event and as often times in large famlies, i couldn’t be in all places at one time. shocking. so emily went & did all her prom prep solo. when she walked in the door, she literally took my breath away.  as the evening progressed & phototime began, the thing that continued to touch me was how much fun she was having. while certainly she’s all dolled up & looking amazing, i think she’d have been just as pretty to me in her nike shorts, oversized T and a hair tie. happy girls really are the prettiest.

one thing i thought was so cute was that one of emi’s sweet friends asked caroline to do her makeup. she was headed out to her own party right afterwards hence the curlers.



some of the parents created the loveliest space for the kids to enjoy their pre-prom dinner. it was so elegant! & honestly, such a fun way to celebrate before heading out!


May 21, 2014 - 8:32 am

Lori H - So adorable, makes me smile 🙂 And the photo at the end of the kids during grace brought tears to my eyes. Love.

May 21, 2014 - 8:44 am

Susie - Stunning photos!!! The last photo of the teens holding hands, saying prayer took my breath away.


May 21, 2014 - 8:50 am

Ginger - Absolutely beautiful! The last photo of them all praying makes me realize that the future is indeed bright. Thank you so much for sharing.

May 21, 2014 - 9:05 am

Karen Chess - Paige,

Emi’s prom pictures are wonderful! You captured memories for a lifetime for her and her friends. My favorite is bowing their heads to say grace at the table….priceless. My daughter’s was this past Friday and it was beautiful too.

May 21, 2014 - 9:49 am

giosmama2626 - As I enjoyed every single picture and fell madly in love with the tablescape….. I came to the last picture of them praying and I got chills. Wow! Just WOW! That is one powerful picture, Paige. Talk about a picture worth a thousand words. Took my breath away.
Emi’s dress is beautiful. She truly is a beautiful girl. It looks like she had a blast with a great group to enjoy it all with. These are moments that are most tresaured. Thank you for sharing with us.

May 21, 2014 - 11:25 am

Jill - So pretty! What wonderful photos to capture the memory – loved the dude in the glasses, I think he likes the camera – ha! And that last photo…..ahhhh!

May 21, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Dana - Ahhhh youth!!!! You captured them all so well….the last shot with their heads bowed and reaching across the table as I can imagine a blessing is being said….how very “Southern”.

May 21, 2014 - 1:48 pm

chrissi - ahh paige, you did it again. you had me at the beauty shots and the girls certainly do look “beauty-full”, but then the shot of the boys jumping (love the whimsy). but the last shot, melts my heart. as always. just lovely.

May 21, 2014 - 3:39 pm

wynne - i’m just like a bucket of tears over here during blog reading nap time….sweet emi! pretty girl!

May 21, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Anna - So gorgeous! So fun!

May 21, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Kim from 3 peanuts - Love sweet, loyal, happy beautiful Emi. Just LOVE her!!!! the last photo is so special. Will and his friends pray too at these dinners but they’ve not held hands like this. Beautiful image of God’s work.

May 21, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Carrie - Pretty daughter — all of them really! What fun it is to be young and beautiful. The older I get the more I find the beauty from within is so much more powerful than surface good looks. Your Emi is lucky because it seems she has both!

May 21, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Michelle - Your daughter looks so elegant and pretty. The last picture is so touching. What a blessing it is to be surrounded by christian friends.

May 21, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Andrea - Lovely!!!

May 21, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Heather - Praying & holding hands – so beautiful!!

May 21, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Deborah - The last picture is probably most most favorite prom picture ever. Lovely.

May 22, 2014 - 6:53 am

Adrienne - Beautiful! And that picture of them praying at the table is my favorite!!

May 22, 2014 - 9:36 am

Catherine - Paige, beautiful pictures! You really captured the joy and beauty in Emily and her friends. I especially love the one of the girls looking down at their corsages. Lovely!

May 22, 2014 - 4:37 pm

tara - she looks like she’s got a magnetic personality..easy going…fun loving! Love that last picture….and that table!!! Your yard??

May 29, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Christina - You have some beautiful babies, that is for certain. Here’s what I want to know … That super cool ring – Which finger did Emi decide to wear it on, afterall? Am I the only one that noticed that? 🙂 And the pic at the end … I, too had tears in my eyes after that one. GRACE.

July 16, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Kim - Just came across your site. The girls dresses are beautiful. By any chance do you know where the dress that is white and gold, backless is from? Absolutely love your daughters dress too! Thank you!

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