Friday, April 29, 2011

Wedding Friday

While most girly-girls got up bright and early to watch the Royal Wedding this morning, I did not. Now, that's not because I didn't want to. Cause boy did I want to! Instead, I thought it would be mature (ha!) to practice some responsibility and get some sleep before the crazy day ahead. Plus, I'm pretty sure my cold already hates me for not getting enough sleep this week. It would have hated me even more if I deprived myself of more. So instead I got up, got ready for work, had my quiet time, and then hurried downstairs to catch a *little* bit of the wedding. I made good use of the time by putting my makeup on while I watched. hehe. I was happy with the 15 minutes I did get to see...but definitely second guessed my decision to sleep instead of watch the ceremony ;-)

So then it was time to head to work! I gave Alex breakfast and got him ready, and we headed out again. We stopped by to see Brittany at work, and to take her a morning doughnut! He was pretty excited about that! After that, I brought him to my house. We played outside for a while, and then Lindsey took over for me so I could go get ready and leave for the wedding. Bek's wedding!

My best friend's sister was getting married. But she's not just my best friends sister, or my sisters best friend, but she's one of my favoritest people too :) We call ourselves the foursome...because, that's basically what we are! Remember when we got together one last time before she got married? This is what that was all about.

On my way out the door, I knew I was forgetting something. I had all of my camera equipment and purse..what else was I missing? I realized later it was my drivers license. Yikes! Yes, I do panic when I realize I don't have my license with me. It's ok, I made it there and back with out being pulled over ;-) I got there, pulled out my camera, and started clicking away! I love the time while everyone is getting ready. So much fun :)

The weather was perfect, and the wedding was beautiful! It was so "Bake and Jek", as I kept calling them. Congratulations Bek, I'm so so so very happy for you!! =)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday Ramblings

Last week I had almost an entire week off. When I first found out I would be getting the week off, I was all like, "I should go to the beach…or somewhere!" haha. Unfortunately, even thought I had time off, everyone else still had their responsibilities ;-) It turned out to be a fantastic week. I had time (and energy!) to get things done that I don't usually get to do. Things like going out to coffee, meeting with clients, and even spending an afternoon with my friends!
I'm getting back into things this week…and it actually feels kind of nice! Even though I could probably use a little more time to sleep off this crazy cold I've had since Wednesday!

While the baby I watch was napping this morning, I got to watch some HGTV. Pretty sure I'm extremely inspired every time I watch those shows. I'm in the process of redoing my room…er…I'm not sure "in the process" would be the right way to say it. I'll just say I'm in the thought process ;-) It's 10x harder when it's YOUR room, cause you want it to be just right! I've changed my mind about 100 times trying to figure out what I'm going to do…but I think I finally have an idea of it ;-) I can't wait to get started on it.

Oh! Something exciting happened today! I was trying so very hard to figure out how to make an email sign-up list in Open Office. After quite a while, I figured it out. I was so excited! All of you computer wiz people, don't laugh! Actually, you probably don't even have to be a computer wiz to laugh at the fact that I didn't know how to do that. So go ahead, i give you permission to laugh.

Well I'd better bring this random assortment of words to a close. I'm pretty sure this entire post was very bad writing. Nothing had to do with anything. Oh well! Im going to go start on dinner. Mexican casserole. I'm so excited. It's going to be amazing!

Here's a pictures of my little (ha!) family from Easter! I think I've decided Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I absolutely love what it stands for. "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow!"

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Goodness of God

I've been reading a book called The Knowledge of The Holy. It's written by A.W. Tozer. My goodness…he's a good author, but I'll admit it takes me forever to read one little chapter. Part of that is due the fact that I'm a super super slow reader, but I feel like I have to read just about every sentence twice to make sure it goes through ;-) hehe. But it's still a good book. In fact, it's a GREAT book! And I think it's a must-read for every believer!!

A few days ago I was reading the chapter about the goodness of God. I wish I could just write the whole chapter because it was so so so good!! And so timely for me! Since I can't write it all, I'm going to write a few of the parts I underlined.

"The goodness of God is that which disposes Him to be kind, cordial, benevolent, and full of good will toward men."

"If God is not good, then there can be no distinction between kindness and cruelty, and heaven can be hell and hell, heaven"

"All our religious activities and every means of grace, however right and useful they may be, are nothing until we understand that the unmerited, spontaneous goodness of God is back of all and underneath all His acts"

"He has never been kinder than He now is, nor will He ever be less kind."

"Prayer is not itself meritorious. It lays God under no obligation nor puts Him in debt to any. He hears prayer because He is good, and for no other reason."

"The God of heaven, though exalted in power and majesty, is eager to be friends with us."

"Even if our sins were as great in number as all mankind's put together, still God would not count them against us, but would have so much confidence in us as if we had never sinned."

Wow. Pretty amazing huh? His goodness is so unfathomable.

As I was reading this chapter I was reminded of how "no good thing will He withhold from us". A truth that I really, really needed to hear then.

It's always so cool when God brings truths that you need to you just when you need them. The last several weeks, my pastor has been preaching about God's sovereignty. The messages were just so good. Remembering those truths a long with this chapter were so encouraging.

Why have I needed these truths? Well, that's another story for another time. Like…maybe a blog post tomorrow. But for now, I need sleep. Goodnight everyone!

(Pictures by Anna Hammond...while we were out in the storm Friday...with tornado alarms)

News, news!!!

I'll start this off with a little background story. When excitement is happening, I want to be right there in the middle of it! (which is one of the biggest reasons i love being a wedding photographer) I was the annoying little sister who would come pop her head up half way into the conversation and say "what, what, what!?!?". I hated it when mom made me go to bed before the older girls because I was sure I'd miss something exciting. Actually to this day, if I go to bed early and I hear the girls laughing and talking, I'm VERY tempted to get out of bed and be involved in the excitement. And sometimes I do get out of bed. All of that to say, when something exciting is happening, I want to be a part of it.

Now, fast forward to my "news"! I'm going to camp! Yes, your probably wondering why I labeled that as "news" or maybe your even wondering why it should be THAT exciting. Well, it's because I'm going for the summer. Yes, the whole summer. And I'm no longer going as a camper, but a worker! (Yikes!!! that's for the old mature people…not me!) But God is so good and has given me to opportunity work their this year!! Andddd….I'll be a waitress. Don't laugh…we'll see if I can keep the food/drink spills to a minimum….miracles CAN happen after all.

I've gone to the Wilds 8 years as a camper. It was basically the highlight of my summer every year. I remember at the beginning of each year, Anna and I would get the brochure and plan which week we would go. We usually went early July. It was half way through the summer. We couldn't go too early or the fun would be over, but we definitely couldn't wait until the end of the year. Oh, and we were always sure to have our registration in by January so that we could get the early discount ;-)

This basically explains the reason for my post about God's goodness and everything He's showed me. When I got my contract and signed it, I was excited. I knew this was what God wanted me to do with my summer, and I was excited to be serving kids and teens all summer long! But….with that came lots of "no's". That meaning, I turned down several weddings for the summer. After I signed the contract to work at camp, several more wedding offers came AND a trip to italy. ITALY! With IPS. Are you kidding?? Every time a new opportunity came I kept thinking "ok God. ok….but REALLY?" Yeah…i felt like i would be missing out on all of these fantastic opportunities that I have been working SO hard for, for SO long! I mean, Italy and 5 weddings? But, as I've already written, God showed me so so so clearly in so many ways that that's not what He has planned for me this summer. Which means….He's definitely got some amazing things in store for this summer.

ANYWAY! Enough with the rambling already! Yeah…i'm officially REALLY excited.

And another reason to be excited. I get to see my sister. ALL SUMMER!

And dress crazy! Cause that's what you do there....

Lots of hiking and yummy food. Sounds amazing right?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Big Photos on Blogger

I've had several people ask me how to get their pictures to appear larger on their blogger site. So I started to write out directions on how to do this….and I remembered the site I googled and used to figure it out. I'm definitely a visual person, so I decided to link you guys to this site. They have pictures of the step-by-step process. Check it out here.

Hope this is helpful!! Now for a few pictures to make this post a bit more exciting!

This is my favorite pen right now. I'm convinced it makes my handwriting better...

My sperrys....or sperries...either one. I love these. But I'll confess....they're fake. That's ok, I still love them.

Annnd my little list of things to get done. They have almost all been scratched off. YES!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Natalie and Jason

I had the wonderful privilege of second shooting this wedding for Angelina Gonzales (aka, Babbs). Thanks for asking me to come, Babbs. I loved it!!

If I were to describe the day in one word, it would be FUN! Natalie was so so sweet, and Jason was one pretty cool groom! Not to mention how hospitable and sweet their families were!

They were such a sweet and relaxed couple! Where they up for anything? Totally. It was super.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blog post on it's way!

Hi all to all of you blog readers! I have some fantastic wedding images I'm dying to share with you all. Unfortunately my image hosting site is under maintenance. Hopefully it will be up and running very soon!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Birthdays....are fun!

Yesterday was my birthday. And it was fun.

For my birthday I got this from my friends....and yes, I've already gained 200 lbs.

On my birthday....

I went shopping with Linz.

I hung out with the nephews.

I got to be with my dad who is home recovering (!!!).

I got to see my two grandfathers, former pastor, and an old friend.

I also taught Timmy how to play baseball...and he did GREAT!

I watched Ethan help Linz wash the dog.

The birthday fun continued today at work. Alex and I share the same birthday! So it was only right to celebrate!

First we had Moes. Pretty sure it's a favorite for both of us.

(Yes, I know I'm the only one in focus...I'm already bad at taking self portraits, much less with a 3 year old!)

(This was before the cup was dropped and cracked in about 4 different places. Drink everywhere? Yes!)

I gave him a t-ball set for his present. We had a blast with it.

Goodness, this picture makes him look so BIG!

Anyone have a birthday anytime soon?