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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Interrupting a blog hiatus with randomness

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That's right, I have been so enjoying everyone else's blogs lately that I haven't even felt the need to update mine!  Until I was looking over some treasures that I recently scored at a 'barn sale' and thought it might be worth a post.

I dropped by a barn sale this Saturday and did a little digging.  I was kid-free and had some extra time - just enough time to find a few little items.  I pieced up 2 sweet crates (one completely full of old mason jar lids), a mirror (not pictured), a solid wood desk, an old scale, a giant mason jar, one child's chair, a scale, an old mounted notepad and a sugar tin.  all for $30!! I couldn't believe it.  And you know what's even crazier than that, I was going to throw away the old zinc and porcelain ball jar lids because I had no idea what to do with them, but instead i listed them on ebay…and they are selling.  For a lot more than I paid for them.  And that just sweetens the deal!

I used my giant mason jar for some homemade laundry detergent.  Since I left my container at the farm this christmas, I have been a slacker using liquid detergent, and have really missed the homemade concoction.  It's not my recipe but one that can be found all over the internet!  

bar of fels naptha(grated) 
cup of oxy-clean
cup of baking soda washing powders
cup of borax
(1tablespoon per load)

I've also been booking some more photo sessions, that's been a lot of fun.  I have 2 newborn sessions this weekend and a one-year birthday party coming up!  I've even got a few families inquiring about the Fall which I can't believe!!  If you've liked or shared my Facebook page, thank you, if you haven't, go on over and check it out!  

The kiddos are both sick you might have seen that on instagram.  Something about summer colds and sinus infections.  Walker is swimming like a little fish - I seriously can't believe that he's swimming.  Marlee is more like a brick at swim lessons so we have discontinued those until a later date.  That sweet girl loves the pool - on HER own terms!  Mrs. Nan said she's "strong-willed", I haven't a clue where she gets it from ;)

So that's my random post - there are 13,000 other thoughts on my mind but I've got pictures to edit.  And YouTube videos to watch about picture editing, and one final swim lesson to attend...

Monday, June 10, 2013

An Incredible Opportunity!

When I lived in Locust Grove, I was looking for ways to get involved with other moms in the area.  I googled the closest MOPS group, filled out the contact form and within a few hours, someone contacted me back.  Her name was Tate, she was super helpful, welcoming and made it very easy to come visit!  Tate was the MOPS leader that year, and I also learned that she was a photographer.  After getting to know her a little more, friending her on Facebook and seeing her AMAZING work, we scheduled a family photo session with her.  Tate was so fun to work with, she was great with Walker and the pictures turned out better than I could have ever hoped.  

I have always admired Tate for her faith, her grace and her work (Taken by Tate).  I don't think she's ever posted a picture that wasn't absolutely amazing!  She is a bit of a "photographer idol" for me:)  So when she asked me to assist her for a wedding I was SHOCKED!  I could not believe that I might have the opportunity to see Tate work, learn from her and spend the day with her doing what she's passionate about!  

I had my typical nervous/anxiety dreams the night before, this time it was that we were supposed to perform a play at the wedding and I didn't know any of my lines!  Who performs plays at weddings anyways!?!?  Last time it was that I left my camera at home and had to shoot the entire wedding with my phone!

I wasn't even planning on taking any photos, I was just prepared to soak it all in, carry the clipboard, gather people for pics and straighten the dress.  I did get the chance to snap some pictures though!  I posted a few of my favorites on facebook here.  if you "like" my facebook photography page you can see some of the other sessions I've done recently too!

Melinda and Zach were so fun to work with.  They were truly a precious couple in every way!  When you see these pictures I have to tell you that the Bride made almost every detail that you see.  I have never seen so much time and effort poured into a wedding, and it was all so very Christ-centered.  I looked around thinking I had walked into a Pinterest showroom, it was that awesome!

Thank you to each of you have supported me in so many ways so far.  Through booking me, through a referral, liking my photos or through a simple text on a big day that reminds me that you're praying for me.  You'll never know how much each affirmation means to me!