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“There is such a place as fairyland – but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way. One bitter day, when they seek it and cannot find it, they realize what they have lost; and that is the tragedy of life. On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they, can bring us tidings from that dear country where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles. The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.” ― L.M. Montgomery

I’m almost 32, and still have not forgotten my way to fairyland. Some people might call it their …happy place, …a light hearted attitude, …or an imaginative way of thinking. For me it’s a daily decision to think on things pure and lovely …worthy of praise. Finding joy and delight in the detail of a flower, the colors in a sunset or sunrise, laughter… A good mocha, a book that you can’t put down, a good old fashion floral print… The game that light plays in the forest, the tiny fingernails of a newborn, seeing the love of a child and mother, the sound of Lake Michigan, and reminiscing with family. I’m beginning to find how important light hearted Mirth is. How important laughter and joy is in my life. Mirth to me is deep rooted joy. If you were to do a search for joy in the bible, you would see an overwhelming amount of it! We really are suppose to be a joyful people! I’m such a serious person, and I suppose that’s why God paired me with someone who loves laughter and deep thought. That’s why we’ve (Nathan and I), have decided to say goodbye to The Whimsy Tree… It’s been an adventurous season in my life and I’ve grown a lot through out. I’ve met some very great people that I now consider to be friends. I’ve seen a lot of success and shared in creating memories for some lovely families and couples. God has moved me down a new path….

With that, I’m saying hello to a new adventure for Nathan and I, Mirth and Whimsy, LLC. It’s going to be our creative endeavors, not just mine. God created both of us with such complimenting and similar talents, and it seems strange not to use them together as a pair…a team. Nathan (Mirth) and I (Whimsy). Psalm 119:2 NLT
“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” Mirth and Whimsy will be our outlet for sharing our creative works, our love for God’s word, and forming connections with like-minded people. Let us know if you have any questions about our services/talents (photography, videography, design, handmade, events, making music, etc.). We’d love to hear from you! With that, we’ll be gently merging everything to our new website Mirth and Whimsy. Click here to see the new website! You may contact us at elicia@thewhimsytree.com …or check out our new facebook page. mirthandwhimsy mirthandwhimsy mirthandwhimsy mirthandwhimsy mirthandwhimsy

The winner of the mini children’s session is…Jasmine Stacy!

Congratulations! The mini children’s session includes: 45 minutes with up to 5 children ($25 per extra child), one agreed upon location just before sunset, an online gallery of 15+ images for ordering prints, 5 of your favorite images available through digital download for your own printing (with my printer recommendations).

Contact me to set up your mini session! email me at elicia@thewhimsytree.com, by the website contact form on the bottom of the home page, or by phone 219-851-1466 (however I’m out of the office for my birthday).

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes and for entering the giveaway! 🙂

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I decided to take some images during, and after Winter Storm Saturn (why are they naming every storm?). I believe this was North Judson’s largest snowfall this winter, and we were all very excited (even though it felt like only half of what we would normally get in Rolling Prairie!). This conveniently happened on Tuesday to Wednesday, making it perfect for one final wednesday walk series for the winter. The later images were taken by Nathan.

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I’m starting a new weekly series called, Wednesday Walks, of which I’ll share imagery of my walks and adventures. Bits of nature not appreciated, glorious skylines, strange weather, etc. Today, still January and a high of 50 degrees, it certainly feels like peculiar weather. These images are from the other night when a heavy fog rolled in, another oddity for this month. It did provide some excitement on a rather dreary looking day.

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Today I was preparing to ship a cd of images out and had to capture another aspect of why I love my job. I think of it kind of like Christmas, and the experience of unwrapping a gift. You’ve invested in custom portraiture, and I believe every aspect of your experience should be delightful, and be a reflection of The Whimsy Tree! I love details!

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