For the first time, I decided to forego the usual school pictures and tackle the job myself.  As I poured over the images in Lightroom, narrowing the choices to a few, I couldn’t help but fall head over heels in love with them again.


These two babes of mine. So grown, so mature. So special because they’re mine.

Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, children, a reward. - Psalm 127:3

Surely God is a giver to the unworthy, for what could I have done to deserve them?

Lord, I am so incredibly grateful.

And here are a few more beautiful things I’m thankful for this week:

  • bringing out the fall decorations
  • first week of school
  • lighting the candles at dinner again
  • completing and turning in my first assignment
  • hearing the high school marching band practicing (from a half mile away)
  • moisture in the air carrying the sounds afar

May the joy of experiencing one beautiful thing be yours this week.

In hope,

Today I am joining Brooke and sharing One Beautiful Thing in my life.

About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.


  1. Hi Shelli, I’ve enjoyed my visit back here today. I’ve been off and on with blogging and haven’t visited too many sites recently. I’ve been trying to get caught up. I love your blog design. I too am wanting to simplify mine and come up with a different logo. I also hope to begin a photography website on either Zenfolio or Smugmug. I am commenting here because of this beautiful photograph! What an amazing job you’ve done and are doing with your photography! You mentioned Lightroom here. Is it difficult to learn? I’ve been thinking about purchasing it, just not sure. I want something that I can teach myself how to use. I have Photoshop Elements but never use it. It’s too overwhelming. Anyway, thanks for sharing. It’s been a blessing to stop by here again today!

    • Hi Stephani, thank you for your kind words. I was excited for you when I read last night that you were working on a new photo blog. I always love seeing your images.

      Lightroom is great! I do 95% of my photo editing in Lightroom. I also have Photoshop Elements, and I agree, it’s a bit overwhelming. I only use it to smooth skin and blemishes on close-up shots, and to resize and add my logo. I learned Lightroom on my own, so I’m sure you can do it, too. I think the hardest bump initially was figuring out that I had to import images into the Library. After that, when you switch to developing, it’s as simple as moving a slider. You see the results immediately for lighting, contrast, sharpening, saturation, etc. Then after a few months, I realized I can process one image in a batch the way I like it, copy the settings, and paste it to all the other images in the set. That is such a huge time saver when you have a bunch of photos that need the same processing.

      Do you shoot in RAW? If you do, I think when you import the photos to Photoshop Elements, it opens them first in Adobe Camera Raw. Lightroom is similar to ACR, and while I can’t remember exactly why, I know I compared the two and liked Lightroom better. If you get Lightroom, I’d be happy to help any way I can. My knowledge is limited, but I’d be glad to share what I know. 🙂