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We are Erik and Jennifer Lankford...married for 11 years! We are the proud parents of Isaac Joseph who was born June 15, 2007 and Hadleigh Jane who was born July 15, 2007. They were placed in our home when they were 10 days old and adopted SEPTEMBER 12, 2008. On November 2, 2010 we welcomed Libby Louise into our family and we couldn't be happier. In July of 2012 we welcomed Isaac's biological brother to our family. Jaiden's adoption finalized on Feb 14, 2013. On November 21, 2012 we welcomed Mollie Ryan in to our home to bring us up to 5 children. We live in Aspermont, TX. I have been doing photography for 9 years. I shoot with the CANON 5D Mark II in hopes of buying the 1D eventually. My favorite lenses are the 70-200 2.8 IS and the 85mm prime! I LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing families, children, newborns, high school seniors and maternity!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Ok I know this is probably the longest post I have ever done (without pictures), but PLEASE read it ALL! The best part is at the END!!

Sunday our pastor, Dr. John Petty, preached a sermon titled: "What Holy Spirit?" (Acts 19:1-7). During his introduction he told a story about his 3 year old daughter Mara. Several things that she had done during the week one of which had to do with a brand new Suburban and the garage door opener!! I'm sure you get the gist!

Well he said something that really hit me because I am just trying to figure out why in the world I have to say the word "NO" so many times during one day! And what other ways can I detour my ONE YEAR OLDS away from something that could potentially be dangerous without getting on to them and raising my voice! TIME OUT does NOT work for me! If only you could see the look on Isaac's face when I put him in time out! I can't even look at him without laughing! Everything is a game to them and it's hard to "EXPLAIN" the difference of when you are serious and when you are playing!

John described Mara as spirited!

I thought, "What a GREAT description of my own children." They are so curious and so full of energy and wanting to learn. They take so MUCH into their little brains each day! I NEVER want to say or do anything to crush their spirit! We want them to be who they are and enhance those qualities that we LOVE so much about them, but that are so FRUSTRATING!

I just want to know how to channel those traits in the right direction, how to keep that Spirit they have but in the right way!

This is what my mom had to say about my children and she said it just perfectly:
On Isaac:

Isaac is a friendly and playful little boy with a smile that will warm your heart. He loves to talk, dance, read books, and climb. He is tender, loving, and sometimes cuddly (he's a busy boy, you know). He's already a bit of a protector of his sister when she is hurt or in trouble. My favorite thing is watching Isaac play on the floor with his Dad and snuggle with his Mother. He has lots of love to give and a personality that lights up his home. I love him so much! I forgot to say how much this little boy loves exploring. He loves wheels, knobs he can turn, buttons he can push, anything electronic, and even though he can't put things back together yet, he will figure out how to take things apart. Such a smart little boy! He is a problem solver and can tell you a tale a mile long. He too, like his sister, loves the outdoors, although not as daring as Hadleigh, he absolutely comes to life when there is dirt, sticks, grass, and rocks to throw or something to climb! Life is all yours, Isaac!

On Hadleigh:
Insomnia could be a synonym for little Miss Hadleigh Jane. She thrives on less sleep than most adults, or so it would seem. A catnapper, if you will. Her eyes looked right into my heart the very first time I met her, and they hold it still. Those eyes, they smile, they laugh, they sing, they wonder, they tease, and they even glare at times. You can almost always know what she's thinking by looking in her eyes. She loves to bounce, jump, roll, kick her feet up, and spin in circles. Hadleigh is full of energy, giggles (well laughter actually) and mischief. She loves to be at eye level with you, so you must be on the floor with her so she knows you are 'with' her or you must 'up please' (hold me) so she can be at eye level with you. 'Have no fear' Hadleigh loves to be outside, as does her brother. She doesn't mind at all getting dirty, rolling around in the grass, playing in the dogs water, sliding, swinging, running and climbing. She is all girl though, already in love with shoes (like her mother) and for the most part has learned to enjoy the roll of 'buttons and bows'! She likes to dance and twirl and generally 'show off'! She has a voice to be heard and sometimes a bit of an 'attitude', but when that little girl with her blanket and 'meme' (pacifier) comes climbing in your lap and snuggles up to you, your heart just melts inside and she's 'gotcha'! God has blessed her with the greatest of parents and I love they way they love and love on their babies! I love you so much!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Year's

For New Year's Isaac, Hadleigh and I went to Fort Worth to visit Papa (aka: Scotty) and Zizi (aka: Leighanne). We arrived Wednesday afternoon and the babies played with Payten and Madison while Leighanne and I went to the grocery store! We just ate and played and stayed up until the "ball" dropped! Hadleigh was awake for the whole thing as well!! Nana and Grandad brought presents so the kids opened a few more gifts along with gifts from Zizi and Papa!
Hadleigh got a new doll that she can dress herself! She also got some "uggs" from Zizi only when we opened the box there was one size 5 and one size 6. When we went to exchange them they of course did not have any more so we exchanged them for something else! Isaac got a new pair of camo boots as well from Zizi and Papa! They are so cute!!!

He also got some cars from Nana and Grandad! He LOVES these cars! He has some others that are race cars, and these are TRAINS!! His favorite book is "Go train Go" so these were PERFECT!!

On New Years Day we just hung out at the house and Leighanne and I went shopping! Then, Jayden and the kids played outside in the backyard with the puppies!!

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"Isaac Moving Dirt"

On Friday we went to play at the park and Leighanne took some really great pics of the babies! They had so much fun!!

We also went to the Botanical Gardens so the kids could run around and play! Zizi also took some great pics there too!

I took a few pics

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

Christmas Eve Service

Making Cookies with Mema and Grandma
Christmas Eve we let the kids open one gift! Nothing big, I bought them a each a pair of houseshoes! They both LOVE shoes!!SANTA CLAUSE has arrived!!
Mema made each of the kids soft pillow cases!
They LOVE to do their chores! heehee

Their VERY FIRST camera! Say Cheese Please!

Isaac Joseph Lankford

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Hadleigh Jane Lankford

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