// cultivate joy

Last week I took the kids to the park. While they were playing on the playground — running around, climbing, jumping, going up and down the slides — I sat down on the swing. I started swinging back-and-forth. Pumping my legs, going higher and then higher still. Suddenly I was flying through the air. I…

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Reflection in May

The past few weeks have been non-stop. I’ve been really busy in good ways. Last weekend, I shot a beautiful wedding on Friday, did head shots for a recently published author on Saturday. On Sunday, we spent all day working in the yard. This week, I’ve been editing photos so that I can get them…

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instagram snaps of life // 05

Just a few random iPhone snaps from the past few months. It’s amazing how quickly Roman is growing & changing. It takes my breath away. This summer has been so blessed & lovely — these pictures are a beautiful reminder of that. / / / all photographs via my instagram. follow me @denabotbyl. instagram snaps…

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instagram snaps of life // 04

wildflowers in the kitchen windowsill beets from the farmer’s market sliced dinner: shrimp, broccoli, onions & eggplant sauteed in curry powder/almond milk. red cabbage, celery, radish salad. jasmine rice up at grammy’s cabin, chillin’ on the couch nap time poolside under the umbrella dinner: wild rice, red & gold quinoa, red & green peppers, onions,…

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instagram snaps of life // 03

morning sunlight filtering into our dining room mommy uniform: nursing bra, tank, and messy bun so cute when he’s sleeping ;] our backyard in the morning a flower basket for our deck my valentine roses, four months later playtime! getting so big, right? dinner: red quinoa, mushrooms, baby carrots, green & red bell peppers, and…

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what spring does…

“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.” ―Pablo Neruda Although she held out as long as she could, Spring has finally made her grand appearance — even up here on our little mountain. The front yard is littered with bright purple violets + golden dandelions. Our flowering bushes (which…