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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Sneak Peek {Mother and Son}: Lori and Jackson

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Meet Lori and her super hero son Jackson!  Lori and I went to school together, and it’s awesome to see her as a mom!    She really is a super cool one and just as trendy (if not more so) as she was in high school.  This shoot was so fun!  Jackson brought different costumes, Wolverine and Spider Man, to wear and he definitely showed me his super hero side.  But he most certainly has a sensitive side when it comes to his mama!   It was so sweet to see this pair interact!  I even got to get some special shots of just Lori.  Thank you Lori for letting me catch a glimpse of you two together!  It was so fun to catch up!

A House Burning

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“It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways.”

Glenn Close

“I remember, I remember, / The house where I was born, / The little window where the sun / Came peeping in at morn.”

Thomas Hood

I don’t actually know the people who owned, lived, and grew up in this house….but I know that it was a happy home by the stories people tell.  I know that the girl who grew up there, while she apparently didn’t really mind them burning the house down, she didn’t want to be in town when it happened.  I know that if someone burned my childhood home down – the house that I still visit regularly two or more times a week, the house where my parents still live 27 years later – I would most certainly not want to be in town either.  But I also know that the burning of this house served such a great purpose.  It had not been inhabited in many many years.  And the owners surely knew that the church could use it for something since they handed over the property to them years before.  I had absolutely zero attachments to this house, but somehow (while I was excited and enthralled at the process of it burning down) I was sad.  Happy and sad.  A family played there.  They had memories there.  They ate and slept there.  Somehow, I just don’t see a house as sticks and bricks.

While I was a bundle of emotions, I couldn’t help but watch this whole process of burning the house down.  The firemen prepped and trained.  The EMS stood by prepared for anything that may go wrong.  The community came to watch.  Neighbors sat on their porches for the night.  People brought cameras, food, and drinks…lawn chairs even.  Children played on the church playground not more than 25 or so feet away from the burning house and were brimming with excitement….waiting for the big flames to come.  I witnessed some serious teamwork.  I’m not sure I can really say that I’ve ever seen people work together so diligently and calmly to make sure that not only the job gets done but to ensure that it gets done safely.  Those men and women are seriously dedicated.  Most of them are volunteers, the chief even.  It was fascinating!

Thank you firemen and EMS for letting me dart around you all evening and thank you for your dedication to what can be such a risky job!

Ps.  I can honestly say I have never had as hard a time choosing pictures to post here as I did for this.  So I just posted as many as I could bear to be patient for 🙂

Blog friends and viewers, please do not copy and/or use the pictures posted on this blog for personal or public use.  If you have friends or loved ones that participated in this event, I will be making copies of the disc with all the edited images available for a nominal fee.  Please contact me via email or facebook if you wish to have one.  Thank you!

Sisters and Sprinklers

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“A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite.”

Elizabeth Fishel

Elizabeth Fishel

I don’t have any siblings, but I am so glad these two have each other!  No matter if we have more children or not, these two will always have one another.  And although they are complete opposites of one another, I know that they will always be close and, because they are so completely different, each of them will be able to shine in their very own way.  We simply adore them!

Another must-have item!  My mom got this for the girls, and, while it will take them time to get used to it, they do love it and it will be so much fun (and something different from the pool) this summer!

On a side note, I was SO excited for them to be able to play in the water because, what does that mean people?!  SUMMER’S coming!!!!  WOO HOO!!!!  YAY!!!!  (whew.  Thanks.  Just had to get that out 😉 )

An Anniversary: Nine Years and Counting

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I simply cannot believe I’ve been married for nine years.  NINE people.  That is a long time!  (I can’t imagine how my parents feel…they’ve been married over 30).  I am amazed that we have made it through the trials we have.  I am amazed at how God has changed us and where he has brought us in nine years.  I really can look on our marriage as a story of love…of persistence, patience, heartache, healing, a story of work, of ups and downs.  I know many people who would have given up on each other long before nine years if having to endure what we have endured.  There is absolutely no human reason we should still be married….but we are.  And I am so thankful and so happy!  I have learned to view marriage differently…more than just about being in love, but about loving when there is no reason to want to.  I think our anniversary is always going to be a celebration, a landmark of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.  Thank you Sam for all of your hard work in our marriage and for loving me in spite of myself!  I love you!

And to commemorate, I have posted some pictures of us from the early years and added some quotes that really express how I feel about my marriage 🙂

“They asked her (Ruth Graham) did she ever think about divorce and she said, ‘No, I’ve never thought of divorce in all these 35 years of marriage, but,’ she said, ‘I did think of murder a few times”

Billy Graham

2001 – before our first camping trip.

2001 – Honeymoon in Charleston, SC

2002 – Just a random shot.

I think this was 2001 as well.


Sneak Peek {Newborn}: Asher Ray K.

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It was so special to be able to photograph Asher this weekend! Not only did I go to daycare with his mom but we went to school together through highschool! It’s amazing to see people I’ve known for so long grow up and have children!  On top of that Asher came into the world as his great-grandmother was leaving it.  He brought such a special joy to his family during a difficult time.  This is a super sweet couple with a super adorable baby, and they make fantastic parents! Kira, I think you are a wonderful mother and Asher is so blessed to have you! Happy (belated) 1st Mother’s Day!

What A Wonderful World!

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Not only am I in love with my husband, my children, and my camera (in that order, for those who may doubt ;-)), but I am now absolutely in love with this bubble machine.  I think every family with small children should own one of these!  I had the idea to do this photo shoot with the girls the second my dad showed me what he bought…a machine that not only blows bubbles, but huge bubbles with little bubbles inside!  Fantastic!  Thanks for the bubble machine, dad!  You rock!

On a more serious note, I can’t imagine our world without these two girls.  They so often are responsible for making our world a wonderful world!

Wow, I love this girl!!!

I know that when I’m having a bad day or they’re having a bad day – or both – that I can look at these and fall in love with them all over again.


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“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.”

Bo Bennett

Our girls were SOOOOOO (and that is SO not enough O’s) excited to go to the Museum of Life and Science that they were bouncing off the walls 24 hours before we actually went!  It’s so funny because they’ve never been to a museum really and so they didn’t even know what to expect.  I showed them pictures of what they would see there, but it didn’t match the bubbling excitement they had to go.  It was kind of pricey to go, but it wound up being worth every penny and then some.  It was SUCH a fun place and there was so much to do and see that we couldn’t get it all in before we had to leave.  Of course, I would pick the hottest day of spring to go…94 degrees.  Kudos to my sweet, good-sport husband who, after working in the heat all day long all week long, hung out in some more heat for his family and, mostly, for his children.  Here’s some shots, but I don’t feel like I really captured the museum.  I was too preoccupied with all the coolness this museum had to offer!

Our family picture on the train there.

He really was happy to be there….honest!  And brownie points for advertising his company!

She didn’t want to look away from the tracks for me to get the picture!

At the dinosaur exhibit there was a huge place the kids could dig for fossils!

There was a whole trail of life size, life like dinosaurs.  They were very cool.

Thank you God for this very central, very air conditioned cafe!  Nice place for a break!

I think that the insectarium and butterfly conservatory were my favorite part and Anabel’s too (next to the train ride).  I actually just picked this butterfly up with my finger!  I could have stayed there and camped out.  It was so beautiful!

My little ladybug with a ladybug.

The outdoor play area was too big for me to get a picture of.  It was really cool!  Bells, drums, climbing, slides, sand pits.  The girls had a blast making noise and running around.

The plants were even amazing!  All over the place was beautiful foliage and exotic (and non exotic) flowers!

It usually takes a lot for me to be impressed enough with something to tell others about it, but this place was awesome!  I would take our children there regularly if we could afford it!  I think I was just as enthused as the girls were and Bloke, well he’s a man.  He kept his enthusiasm all bundled up inside 😉  But it was there.  I know it was.