Real Reason For The Season

Jedidiah & Billy Baby Portraits by Ave

Most children around the world believe that all present under a tree they had received is come from Santa Claus. Even days before Christmas comes along, there are children who sends a letter to the North Pole for St. Nick with a list of things they wish Santa would bring them this year. They’ll stay awake to hear Santa come through their door with a bunch of presents in his hands. Presents and Santa Claus. Is that really all our children believe that Christmas is all about? Isn’t it unfortunate that our children are more in love with the story of Santa Claus and his flying reindeers than the actual birth of Jesus?

We hate to break it to you, but let’s just assume that we all know that Santa is fictional character made by a certain soda company in one of its Christmas campaigns a long time ago. He isn’t real. And all the presents wrapped under the tress with a card sent by “Santa Claus” is actually the work of parents who want to bring the best Christmas stories for their children. No, you don’t want to be the kind of parent who burst the magical bubble that makes this season feel precious for their kids. No parents wants to ruin their children’s imagination about the joy of Christmas. But actually that is not what your children needs. They need to know what Christmas is really about. They should know why we celebrate Christmas every year.

Teach your kids that Jesus Christ is the real reason for the Christmas season. It’s not about Santa Claus, but is all about Jesus.

Teach them to not compare their gift to their friends. Teach them to appreciate what they have received. Teach your children about giving and sacrificing for others. Remind them that they already have the greatest gift in their life, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Teach them to keep their focus on Jesus’ miraculous birth and not the story of Santa Claus. Rather than let your kids write a letter to Santa, encourage them to write a thank you letter and a gratitude list to Jesus. Keep the real Christmas spirit by reading the story of Jesus and His birth before they open the presents. Talk with your children about why we celebrate Christmas. It is really important to focus our Christmas activities around the birth of Jesus, so that can become a Christmas tradition in itself.

Happy holidays! 

 

Love,

Baby AXIOO

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26 Dec 2016

The Real Gift

Jonathan Ricardo Baby Portraits by Herna

Christmas always remind us of the birth of a Savior two thousand years ago into this world. He came to give hope for all mankind who can freely accept salvation and eternal life for everyone who believe in Him. That's why every year, when we celebrate Christmas, we can feel the atmosphere of joy fill the world as a sign that we already received the good news. Christmas is about celebrating a birthday, and as a tradition, someone who celebrates his birthday should be receiving a gift from someone who loves him, right? However, how did we make this season about presents for ourselves? Why are we the ones who are always expecting gifts? Why aren’t we giving the gifts, but receiving them instead? 

Even on the day that He was born, He has already given this world the best present - Himself. Christmas serves as a reminder of God’s grace, of His undying love for us, of His gift to us. Christmas is never about what or how much we receive; it’s about how much we can give. That is the true meaning of Christmas.

Let’s have a slightly different view on our Christmas this year. Instead of dreaming of the presents under the tree waiting to be unwrapped on Christmas morning, let’s think about how we can be the real gift to our loved ones, to everyone around us, to our family. Let’s become a gift that’s not wrapped in beautiful packaging on the outside, but one that will delight the hearts of everyone who receive it. Let’s become the gift for the One who has given everything for us. And the best gift we can ever give is our hearts and our lives. 


Merry Christmas everyone!


Love,

Axioo

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21 Dec 2016

Christmas Comfort

Creamy Comfort Christmas Catalog by Herna

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and everyone at the whimsical world of Creamy Comfort sings, “Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t know?”

The world of Creamy Comfort has always been a magical land filled with chocolate covered trees, sugar paved roads and comfort at every turn. But during this season, everything is white with icing sugar as snow, pine trees covered with gingerbread ornaments, and the warmth of family in a home filled with the scent of freshly baked cookies - basically the best our house will smell all year. We love everything about this season.

Especially for and inspired by our favorite season of the year, we have created a series of Christmas cakes - made with the dedication to premium ingredients, a pinch of passion, and a whole lot of love. Whiskey Hazelnut, Peppermint Eggnog, Choco and Rum, Sparkling Raspberry and White Chocolate, Toffee Nut Latte… all our Christmas cakes encourage the spirit of Christmas within every forkful. And it comes in the most adorable and pretty box too! 

Additionally, the build memories that will last a lifetime within this wonderful season, we have also created Gingerbread Kits, a package that comes with a set of items for you to build gingerbread houses, trains and characters of your own. Each box consists of gingerbread cookie panels, Christmas characters, colourful candy assortment, and decorative icings. You don’t need to bake it. It’s all ready for you to assemble, decorate, and turn into your very own gingerbread house. The best part is that you can even eat it too! This project is the perfect Christmas project because we have teamed with Wahana Visi Indonesia to help build an early childhood education center for the children in Sambas, West Kalimantan. A portion of the profit from the gingerbread kits goes towards this cause. 

I hope that you’d come away with us on this festive season on a delicious adventure through the merry world of Creamy Comfort and to build your gingerbread kits so you can help the children in Sambas to build their childhood. (For more information, visit our Instagram page: @creamycomfort)

From our home to yours, we want to wish you a merry Christmas. 

Love, 

Jilliane 

(Founder of Creamy Comfort)

We’d like to thank our beautiful muses from the bottom of our hearts, Julie Taslim & Rara and Cecil Xu & Jose.

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10 Dec 2016

Before i knew your name

Grace Maternity Portraits by Vania

Before I knew your name,

Before I saw your chin and your nose,

Before I counted your fingers and toes,

I asked heaven for someone as wonderful as you,

And ever prayer and wish came true.

I dreamed of you…

Before I knew your name.

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04 Dec 2016

Waiting In Wonder

Inri Maternity Portraits by Herna | Written by Inri

When I got married, I knew that I would get pregnant… Maybe a year or two after we were married, but I never expected to be pregnant this soon. We haven’t even gotten over the excitement of our wedding, we barely recovered from our honeymoon trip, we haven’t fully adjusted to the change of lifestyle and we haven’t grown accustomed to our new roles yet, but here we are… about to experience yet another change and about to acquire yet another role. 

I never planned on this baby to grace us with her presence this soon, but I find myself being increasingly expectant of her arrival. To be honest, when I first found out that I was pregnant, I was panic-stricken. How would I take care of her? I can’t even take care of myself sometimes and now I was expected to take care of another - even more helpless - human being? I grew worried. The agony deepened as I was forced to abandon my active lifestyle and hung up my thai-boxing gloves. That was, for me, the biggest pain I had to endure in the first few months of my pregnancy. However, as the baby grew stronger, so did I, and I learned to satisfy my cravings for a good exercise by doing pilates once a week. 

I thought to myself once, would I be even more ready for my baby had I given my marriage, let’s say, two years, before getting pregnant? Would I have received the news of my pregnancy without being panic-stricken? I think not. I would still be panic stricken. I still wouldn’t know what to do. I would still be worried. Because I think it’s a normal reaction to have. Would I be more fascinated by what my body can do? Would I be more amazed by the miracle that is growing inside of me? Would I expect more, anticipate more, wonder more? I think not either. I would still be fascinated and amazed and expectant just the same. I would wait in wonder just the same of this precious being to come and grace us with her presence and make our little family complete. Even if she came later in our marriage, I would have waited for her in wonder just the same. I’m glad that God chose her to come earlier than later. I cannot wait till I can finally hold her in my arms (okay… and till I can put on my thai-boxing gloves back on again!) 


Love, 

Inri

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20 Nov 2016

God’s Goodness

Nastusha Alinskie Baby Portraits by Vania

”A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She's quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: "Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!" Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!” (Proverbs 31: 10 - 31, The Message Bible) 

Dearest Nastusha, we pray that you will grow up to be a Proverbs 31 kind of woman, whose eyes are focussed on the Lord, whose heart delights for the work that He has given, and whose feet joyfully walks in the path that He has set. We pray that you will be the answer for your generation. We pray that God lends your parents His wisdom to be the extension of His hands to grow, shape, fill, and celebrate you. We bless you, sweet baby Nastusha. May you live in abundance of all the great things that God has in store for you. 

Congratulations to the happy parents, Glenn and Chelsea. She is beautiful! 


Love,

BabyAXIOO  

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12 Nov 2016

Hello Baby!

Newborn Portraitures by Ave

I saw the work of a photographer a really long time ago when I was (still very) young. Her work with sleeping newborn babies was pretty popular back then - there were all kinds of calendars and notebooks and planners that had her work in it, and she got even more popular when her concept  was used in Celine Dion’s music video for “Miracle”. Her name was Anne Geddes and she worked with newborns. 

Oh, I had loved her work since the first moment I saw it. She made the babies look so calm and peaceful. I remember looking at it thinking that there is no better feeling in the world than to gaze at a sleeping baby, whether they were tucked in flower petals like Thumbelina or wrapped in a cocoon of love, they all remind me that everything in the world, at that exact moment, was good. 

Years later I have the opportunity to do the same and to be inspired by Anne Geddes professionally. I have fallen in love deeper with the art of baby photography. Plus I’ve always had a soft spot for babies. Every time I look at their angelic faces sleeping so peacefully, I feel at peace too and they remind me once again about how everything in my world is good. And that’s not even the best part! Better than making me feel good, I feel honored and privileged to be trusted by their mothers to capture the first few moments of their lives. Babies grow up so fast. They learn new things at rapid speed. Their face changes, their hair grows, their bodies fill up… and these moments, these precious moments at the beginning, will never come back. It is truly a privilege for me to freeze the moments and to create something their parents can treasure for a lifetime. So, thank you… thank you, thank you, thank you. 

 

With all my love, 

Ave

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29 Oct 2016

Motherhood is a choice

Vanessa Maternity Portraits by Vania

I’m not a mother, but I know that I definitely want to be. I really want to be and I cannot wait till I have a child of my own. I must admit that I have spent some of my daydreams on pondering what kind of mother I’ll be. I’ve seen my friends, sisters and clients who have become moms and I know that while they share the same kinds of sleepless nights and walking around with their hearts forever outside of their bodies, they are unique. The choices that they make, make them unique. For instance, some choose to deliver their babies naturally, at home, in the bath, under the moonlight, while some choose to welcome their bundle of joy in a hospital, spontaneously or scheduled. Some choose to fully breastfeed, latched on, while others prefer to bottle-feed expressed milk or from a can. Some choose to stay at home after their newly acquired roles as moms while other choose to continue to thrive in their careers, to work in a company they believe in or to grow their own businesses or to challenge their creativities in doing or becoming something that is entirely new to them. 

There isn’t one choice that is better than another. They are simply choices, made by one person, for herself, who thinks that their decision is the best for them. And those choices should never be questioned or, worse, judged. 

I am not a mother (yet) and so I haven’t been through any of this. However, I feel like these different types of mom should enrich moms - not strike panic or even make them feel insecure. I think that all moms should own up to the choices that they make - for themselves, for their children, and for their entire families - and wear those decisions on their chests with pride, like a medal of honor, for I believe that every choice a mother makes is for the best of their families, to make every moment in the lives of their loved ones beautiful and memorable, and that through the decisions they make everyday, they will conquer the world. 

I want to take this moment to thank each and every one of my client - the moms and moms-to-be - for sharing their special moments with me. You may think that I’m just taking your pictures, but I know that I’m getting much more than that. You are really making me want to be and getting me ready to be a mom someday. When that day comes, I’m pretty sure that I’ll say that I am a lucky woman because I got to learn from all of you.

So, thank you. 

 

With love, 

 

Vania

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16 Oct 2016

Magic!

Jose Portraits by Aveline

I’ve been a fan of Jose since I first saw him on the set during his baby photograph session with Fen. He was one of those adorable 6 month old cuties who stole my heart. And I have been following his growth - through his mom’s IG pictures - ever since. A few months later, I had the pleasure to meet this little stud in person during some wedding reception. I can’t remember who was getting married, but I do remember how taken I was by Jose at the event. He really is a little charmer. So, you can imagine just how thrilled I was to hear that he was coming on MY set for the annual session that his mother arranges for him. 

He just turned three. A baby turned a teenager. No wait, a threenager! He has turned from a tiny cutie into a little man who can captivate anyone who crosses his path with his charms. And having met his entire family during the shoot, I can get an idea of where he gets it from. 

Happy third birthday again, little man. Thanks for spending the day with us. We really had a great time pretending to be turned into little animals when you were the magician and we especially enjoyed watching you eat cake over and over again at our little cake party! I hope that you grow up to be a man who loves and honors his mom and dad, and when you look back on these pictures, I want you to remember just how happy you make everyone.

 

Love,

 

Auntie Ave

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08 Oct 2016

Can Hardly Wait!

Nana Pregnancy Portraits by Herna

"Cute little steps, lots of baby gibberish

An adorable pout you will soon cherish.

A gorgeous little smile, your toddler’s laughter

You are about the experience 

The joys of being a mother."

 

Congratulations again, Nana. I cannot wait till your little bundle of joy arrives. You are going to make a wonderful mother! 

 

Love, 

Herna

 

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24 Sep 2016
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