Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hanging With The Martins

After the love and prayer of good friends and God's calming hand on me, I feel much better today.  A bit under the weather, but who isn't right now.  Please continue to pray.

On Sunday I got to do what I love...well, one of the many things that I love and that is take pictures.  The more I take pictures, that more I love it.  I feel so happy when I'm doing it...being creative and allowing others to have memories that will always remain.

The Martins are a couple from Nevada that are in the same position we are here in Alabama.  They are great, God loving, and have never had pictures taken of just them.  I felt so proud to be able to do this for them and get to know them a bit more.

I'm working a bit slow on editing right now, but I wanted to show you the wonderful weather and spectacular prop that I had to work with, not to mention the beautiful couple...seriously, they are almost vomit inducing beautiful!  I guess you can tell the nurse in me.

This is the beautiful sunset I was shooting in over a cotton field.

...And this little beauty is Jeremy's pride and joy (besides his awesome wife).

Meet the Martins!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fear vs. Trust

Tonight I'm having trouble trusting God.  I know he has a plan for me and it is GOOD, I'm just having trouble wanting my own plan and not depending on him.  I'm praying that I will have the strength to trust Him completely.  Easier said than done.  I love Him and I know He loves me so much more and does not want me to hurt.  I also realize that my own untrusting is me hurting myself.

I ask you to pray for me.  Pray that I can trust God and not be afraid of what life holds.  To live in the blessings that he gives us no matter how long they last.

Fear and worry are two words I try not to ever say, it has just gotten harder lately.  Christ's love for me is ALWAYS enough, but sometimes we need to be reminded of that.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Landscapes

This weekend I traveled to Bluffton, SC to visit my friend, Ashley.  We had a blast!  Ate a ton of good food, watched some football, shopped and shopped, and I got to take some pictures of her (those coming at a later post).
On my way to South Carolina, which took 6 hours and just shy of 400 hundred miles, I was in awe of how beautiful the scenery was.  I stopped on the side of the road to capture a few pictures.  I couldn't help but praise God for the beauty we are surrounded by, not to mention the great weather.

I'm glad to be home now, but the trip was well worth it and did help this time without Caleb seem a little less lonely.

There is a lot of work to get done this week. Between the hospital and pictures, I will be very busy.   Take the time this week to take in all of this autumn beauty and thank God for the little everyday blessings we are given.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Little Survey

I think we've all come to realize...Worry is a waste of time

1.I’ve come to realize that my chest-size. . . is fine the way it is

2. I’ve come to realize that my job. . .is just a job, being a wife, daughter and friend is way more important to me

3. I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving alone. . . I get a lot of thinking done, I get more time talking to God, and my vocal cords get a workout from singing at the top of my lungs (yes, I'm that girl)

4. I’ve come to realize that I need. . . To workout more often

5. I’ve come to realize that I have lost. . . a few good friends

6. I’ve come to realize that I hate it when. . . people can only talk about themselves (I guess this survey doesn't really help that argument : ) when people think they can't live without a certain person...God gave you life and we are supposed to live for him not for other humans.

7. I’ve come to realize that if I’m drunk. . . its probably from sleeping medication

8. I’ve come to realize that money. . . is much less important than love

9. I’ve come to realize that certain people. . .never get out of high school

10. I’ve come to realize that I’ll always. . .be a clean freak

11. I’ve come to realize that my sibling(s). . . and I have had some of the best times and will continue to

12. I’ve come to realize that my mom. . . is the only person I trust with my hair

13. I’ve come to realize that cell phones. . . are great...I'm not one of those constant on the phone people, but I love having mini convos in the middle of the day with people hundreds of miles away

14. I’ve come to realize that when I woke up this morning. . . that I wanted to be asleep again

15. I’ve come to realize that last night before I went to sleep. . . I should have gone to sleep hours earlier

16. I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking. . . The only reason I'm still up is because I'm excited to see one of my best friends tomorrow

17. I’ve come to realize that my dad. . . is the person I get my sensitivity from

18. I’ve come to realize that when I get on Facebook. . . its usually to waste time

19. I’ve come to realize that today. . . is the day I'm living and I should just get out of bed and make the best of it!

20. I’ve come to realize that tonight. . . I have GOT to get some sleep!

21. I’ve come to realize that tomorrow. . . IS going to be a great day!

22. I’ve come to realize that I really want to. . . be a mom

23. I’ve come to realize that the same people…are the ones I always turn to for encouragement

24. I’ve come to realize that life. . . is a precursor to an eternity in heaven.

25. I’ve come to realize that this weekend. . . is going to be nine thousand different shades of awesome. - Ashley put this, but I love it!

26. I’ve realized the best music to listen to when I am upset. . . is something that I can belt out to and release some frustration

27. I’ve come to realize that my friends. . . are amazing and I consider all of them family (even if they already are)

28. I’ve come to realize that this year. . .has been pretty great

29. I’ve come to realize that my ex(s). . . were puppy love

30. I’ve come to realize that maybe I should. . . work a little more

31. I’ve come to realize that I love. . . my husband with all of his quirks

32. I’ve come to realize that I don’t understand. . .why people smoke when pregnant

33. I’ve come to realize my past. . . is something I've learned a lot from

34. I’ve come to realize that parties. . . get more and more low key the older you get

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Christmas Cards and t-18 days!

So I'm husbandless for the next 18 days.  I miss him so much already but I have a lot to keep me busy while he is gone.  Taking pictures, doing some shopping, working a lot, and paying one of my best friends a visit in Beaufort, SC.  I've also started designing this year's Christmas cards for us to send out.  FOr some reason, I LOVE doing this.  We only get to do it once a year and it is my favorite time of year.

This post is full of pictures that our friend Crissy took of us for our Christmas cards.  I cropped our bottom halves out of most of them because I'm so annoyed with how much weight I've gained! GRRRR!  Anyway, I'm really excited about the pictures.  I fell like I've been taking so many, but have none of the two of us.  SO, thanks a bunch Crissy!!!

I think Caleb said something jokingly offensive and this is my reaction that Crissy caught!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Red Hot October

I'm very thankful that the people we have met and become friends with at our Alabama home like having their pictures taken (or at least, they don't mind the camera in their face and EVERY get together). Because of their willingness, I get lots of practice.

This couple is Jason and Jen. Jason is in flight school with Caleb, and Jen is a florist. They have been married for seven years and are awesome! Such a funny couple. Jason likes photography too and despite his hurt leg and the 90 degree temp in the MIDDLE OF OCTOBER, they were great models!

I believe every girl needs a great picture of herself and even though Jen is beautiful, I took the picture : ) So I'd like to take a part of the credit.

Now I just need to catch up on editing. Caleb leaves for 3 weeks on Monday so the girl time will be in full speed!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Fall Sunshine

Last week I got to photograph this BEAUTIFUL little girl! She was a doll and loved the camera.

On the run...

Love this face!

I think she was wondering what I was doing on the ground.

Baby Blues

Sitting pretty.

I have another shoot on Thursday with a couple. I'm so excited about all the practice I'm getting lately!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Fall Wedding

Last week I took pictures for this couple. The new, Mr. and Mrs. Maquet. It was a low key wedding at the Coffee County Courthouse. After the ceremony I got some shots of the couple and some with their absolutely adorable, steal the show son, Ethan. I'm proud to say he gave me a hug out of the blue and I didn't even coax him to!!!

The couple a few minutes after becoming husband and wife.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

How to fold a shirt - Army style!

So, this might be the most random post I have written and you have read, but whenever I fold clothes around someone else and use this technique, I always get questions so I thought I would just demonstrate.

When Caleb came home from basic he taught me this mode of folding because 1) it takes up less space and 2) doesn't come undone. However, my favorite reason to fold this way is because you can throw the shirts like footballs and I think that's pretty awesome!

So, here are the steps, takes a bit of time to get use to, but now using the basic technique of the pocket, I fold a lot of things this way to save space.

First, lay the shirt flat on the bed with the bottom away from you

Then, flip about a 3 in section of the bottom under

Then, fold it in. This is a picture of just half of the shirt folded, but once you do both sides it be a long rectangle.

Once both sides are folded, roll from the neck to the tail.

Then all you have to do is tuck the shirt in the pocket that was made.

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