A Fun Morning with Friends at Miss Effie's Country Flowers in Donahue, Iowa

When you meet new friends and they’re not from around here, you end up discovering all sorts of hidden gems right in your backyard! I never knew Miss Effie’s Country Flowers existed, and now I know it will be one of my new favorite places to go! I’m already planning on semi-annual visits and hope to do some photo shoots here. It’s only a $25 fee to use the land and would be well worth every penny!

I highly recommend checking it out if you live in the Eastern Iowa area. You fill a bucket with as many flowers as your heart desires. No flowers are off limits and they have tons to choose from! When you get home you can easily turn your bucket of flowers into multiple bouquets. They are open to the public Thursday to Sunday (hours vary by day). Visit their website http://www.misseffiesflowers.com for all of the details!

Get some friends together, make it a date with your significant other, or even take the kids on a flower-picking adventure. Our kids had a blast making bouquets, enjoying a little picnic, seeing chickens and of course petting the kitties. It’s a beautiful place; you won’t be disappointed!

Francine Violet, the Blonde Bombshell

This sweet girl gets to see her humans today after what has been (especially in dog-time) a long time apart! Her mama Erica has been a loyal client of mine for many years and I have truly enjoyed capturing their family photos since practically the beginning of my career. Her son Sam has grown up in front of my camera ever since he was a week old!

Francine “Franny” is the four-legged-fur-baby that joined their family last year and completely stole their hearts. She is so incredibly loved and adored by them and it was with heavy hearts that they had to hug her goodbye (temporarily) and begin the adventure of a lifetime.

Erica got an amazing job opportunity that moved them from Minnesota to Singapore! Unfortunately they couldn’t take Franny with them, but luckily aunt Cari stepped in and has been spoiling her and giving her just as much love as Erica and Sam would. I can only imagine how exciting and happy-tears-filled their reunion will be!

I couldn’t let a year go by without getting an Ebensberger in front of my camera (lol) so I asked Cari if we could meet up for a quick photo shoot with the beautiful Francine Violet, and she was more than happy to oblige! My hope is that having some new photos of their pretty girl will make missing her just a little bit easier. I got so many adorable shots, but here are some of my favorites!