Play Ball!

Jonah is an active little guy! He loves playing anything with a ball, especially if someone plays with him. You could say he is a social ball player!

That someone to play with was me during our ten day visit to Norman. We played soccer, basketball, tag soccer (a game I made up), football and more! He never got tired. It was always me saying, "I think it's time to go inside." 

Here are some photos of our ball games. These childhood stages pass by so quickly. I'm glad I was able to capture some of the joy and enthusiasm of childhood in these pictures. Enjoy!

The Gift of Life

We traveled the Norman, Oklahoma two weeks ago to see our new granddaughter, Darby Marie. What fun it was getting to meet this sweet little girl! Darby is the first girl born in the Pagel family in over 55 years! I guess that makes her special! Darby joins her older brother and six other very special grandsons in our family.

It's so much fun to capture the first weeks of a baby's life. The newborn phase passes by so quickly. These photos (and many more) will help us remember the joy we experienced as we welcomed Darby to our family. Welcome home Darby!

Going On An Adventure

We had a great time with Josh, Diana, Caleb and Clayton two weeks ago at the Indian Creek Nature Center. What an awesome place for kids to run, jump, play and explore! The weather was less than ideal but we made the most out of our time together.

Every family needs adventure. Getting outside to explore builds memories and is a change of pace to our daily lives. And of course, capturing these memories with images ensures that we can remember and share these special times together for years to come.

Enjoy the adventure!

Creation Declares the Glory of God

What a morning it was with the hoarfrost decorating the landscape. What a surprise to wake up to be surrounded by such beauty! This is the kind of beauty that we don't even have to pay for but just enjoy.

And enjoy I did. The fog draped trees and roadside were all dressed out, ready for a photo session. There was beauty everywhere I turned. What breathtaking sights.

Here are some pictures from this morning. Enjoy!

Trip to the Farm

What do you do when you have your grandsons with you for the weekend? You visit the farm and take your camera along with you to capture the memories. That's what you do!

Once we arrived at the farm, we were greeted by Chole, a golden retriever. She was anxious, like any proud mama to show off her new litter. Caleb and Clayton weren't too sure about the sheep, goats or chickens, but they loved the puppies!

It was a great way to spend a gloomy Saturday afternoon. We got to hold puppies, explore an old barn, visit a hen house, pet farm animals and make memories. And most importantly we captured the special memories so our grandchildren can enjoy them over and over again in the future.

It was a good day. It's always a good day when you get to hold a puppy and you're with the people you love.

Making Pancakes

I love to photograph grandparents spending time with their grandchildren! And what is better than having your grandsons help make pancakes for breakfast. It was a little messy, it wasn't very efficient, and we wasted some ingredients. But we sure had fun! And we made some great memories. And by the way, the pancakes weren't bad either! 

Manhattan Family Gathering

Our family gathered in the "Little Apple," Manhattan, Kansas, earlier this month. We enjoyed good conversation, hanging out with one another and time to connect. It's a little harder to do all this with seven grandchildren and one more on the way.

Here are some special times and moments that I captured while we were together. Enjoy!

Nothing Better!

There's nothing better than spending time with family. Thanks Josh and Diana for letting us hang out with you and your guys! These are memories I want to capture and savor. Enjoy!

Hiawatha Carnival

New Covenant hosted another awesome Carnival for Hiawatha School last Friday. The rain stopped and the sun came out. Around 600 kids and their parents enjoyed free food, games, inflatables, face painting, balloon creations, the Airwaves band and a special presentation by strong man, Mike Gillette. Here are some pictures from the evening. Enjoy!

Good Friends

When you serve with someone for 25 years you become good friends. We honored Ken and Colette Rieck at New Covenant last Sunday as they will be moving to Lawrence, Kansas to be closer to their daughter. Ken and Colette impacted the lives of many people and will be greatly missed. Enjoy!