Labor of Love. Have a great weekend everyone.

Pinch me to remind me that this weekend has finally arrived. Summer is officially ending on the calender, but by looking at all the wonderful produce around me, Summer still wants to hang around for a few more weeks. I’m still loving the tomatoes that keep ripening on the vines and oh our watermelons are just starting to peak and plump out!

I was organizing all the images we captured during our Summer travels and re-lived some incredibly meaningful moments of food, discoveries and new friendships. I stumbled on this particular photo from one of our portrait photography workshops in San Antonio, Texas and it just makes my heart melt.

Meet Alexis, the adorable baby of Katie from Texas Tigers. When I look at adorable Alexis, I just want to eat her cheeks. How can you not want to kiss the heck out of this child?!

For the whole workshop, Alexis was such a good baby, didn’t fuss and was watching everything happening around her with curiosity and wonderment. She absorbed everything happening around her with big blue eyes.

Katie wasn’t the only Mom who brought kids to the workshop. Tara from Pennington Point, Stacey from Kids Stuff World , Colleen from San Antonio Mom Blogs, Michelle from Family Love In My City  along with many other local San Antonio mom bloggers were there with their incredible children as well.

This was the first time Todd and I taught a workshop with so many families in attendance. I absolutely loved seeing these Moms spending the day with their kids and doing what they love together. Watching these multitasking women fulfill their roles as bloggers, photographers, entrepreneurs and Moms inspired me beyond words.

iphone workshop photo assignment: Stacey capturing a moment with her son

Being in a room with humble and hardworking Moms reminds me that it is very possible to do what you love with those you love. Do what you love, work hard at it and great things can happen.

I’m making every effort to continue doing what I love with those I care about.  And being surrounded by all these amazing women make me want to do more of it every minute of the day! Though Todd and I feel very fortunate to be doing work that we love, it’s still so refreshing and inspiring to be immersed in a community that has the same commitment and encouragement.

sharing iphone photos

Back when I was in college, I struggled with choosing a career path that was safe vs emotionally gratifying. As an 18 year old, I didn’t have the understanding yet of how I could pursue a career that made me emotionally happy. But I suppose we all, at some point in our lives, experience this.

It took me a few years of struggling both financially and professionally to finally figure out that letting go of fear and believing in myself would be the starting point to finding success in doing what I truly loved.

” oh is that me?! I can’t look”

Labor doesn’t have to be laborious. I found this out soon after college and chose a career of labor that brought me love. And joy.

So as I enter this weekend of Labor Day, I can’t help but to think of a time of rest with those I love. And if there’s any labor involved, it’s always labor of things that I love with all my heart: like cooking, gardening, Todd and puppies!

Have a wonderful weekend of love everyone,



{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Becki Robins

    Dang, that is one seriously cute baby. 🙂

  2. Lisa Roussel

    As Gigi to darling Alexis I can say without a doubt she is a truly kissable little darling!
    (Proud Grandma much?) I know your workshop was fantastic. We are so happy to watch Katie’s photography skills growing with each experience and every photograph. (Proud Mom too!)

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Lisa- hello Lisa! Your granddaughter is a doll! you definitely should be proud of both Mom and Baby.

  3. Roger

    I love your use of lighting. In portrait photos you really understand composition and exercise wonderful technique. Your’s is the one site that I come to for photographic inspiration.

  4. @rendezvoushotel

    Labor of Love. Have a great weekend everyone.: Pinch me to remind me that this weekend has finally arrived. Summ…

  5. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    I too went through that struggle a few years ago. I started thinking that as long as I kept doing what I loved and focused on that everything else would fall into place, eventually. Thank you for such inspiring and reaffirming words!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Stefanie- It does take time for everything to fall into place, so you’re so right when you say “eventually”. It took me years and a few major career changes to be where I am now. So there’s much trial and error to get to this point!

  6. Catherine McCord

    What an amazing post. Your words just started my Labor Day weekend in a sunnier way! Thank you for being you. xo

  7. Andi

    Have a GREAT long weekend! The babies eyes are GORGEOUS!!!

  8. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    So true, I always try to remember life ain’t no rehearsal, this is it and we better find something and someone to make the ride as enjoyable as possible. I’m glad the kids were able to attend..who knows what seeds were planted in their little heads, maybe they’ll be working with the iPhone 10 in 20 years 😉

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Gerry- just seeing how fast technology is embraced by young kids, I anticipate that in 5 years these kids will all have their own iphones! 😉

  9. JulieD

    So precious!! And thank for your wonderful & encouraging words. xoxo

  10. Diane, A Broad

    Those eyes! Those cheeks! Those perfect little ears! What an adorable baby.

  11. Emily

    Oh my gosh, I could just eat that child up–she is adorable! And labors of love aren’t labor at all in the grand scheme of things. We often get more out of it than those we serve, and that’s the awesome part.

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    That little girl is just precious! As a mom, I think it’s DEFINITELY a balancing act to hold together family, marriage, blog, be a good parent, and try to stay true to who I am and immerse myself in the photography and cooking projects I want to do but it’s worth the juggling act. I love this post and your voice and sentiment in it, Diane!

  13. Alison

    Look at those big cheeks and big eyes!! SO adorable 🙂

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