Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kara:: One years Old

   This lovely little lady turned one and I got to take her pictures!! Isn't she just a doll?



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Change

 Change...a word that carries so many meanings.  My life in the last year has carried so many changes.  My life is pretty normal....as well as you can define normal.  In the last 3 months, it seems like so many things have gone spinning out of my control and there is nothing I can do about it.  I spent 2 months of this year in Pennsylvania at Sharon Mennonite Bible School.  It really was a great experience and I learned a lot and made some amazing friends that I don't know how I lived without all these years.  While I was there, I found out a friend of mine had found out her baby was Downs and was very much considering aborting it.  My heart was broken.  I had felt like I had connected with her and that she had accepted the fact that she was going to have a baby even though it wasn't exactly how she had her life planned.  The whole school was praying for her and the community was rallying around her and people were all ready to welcome that baby.  But she chose to abort her baby. It was hard for me.  Why?? When we prayed?? Where are the answers?  During the same time this all was happening, I found out my grandma has cancer and is choosing not to treat medically.  Even though I know that this stuff can come with age and everyone has to die sometime, it doesn't necessarily make it easier.  Coming home from Bible School brought a whole new set of challenges.  My dear friend is moving to Ohio for a year to teach school.  9 hours away.  It just makes me want to be 13 again.  Things are just changing all the time.  And sometimes its just hard.  But I know that God doesn't want us to just sit in our comfort zones because then we would never grow and we we wouldn't meet new people and experience new things.  

   WORSHIP WILL GET YOU THROUGH THE ROUGHEST TIMES IN YOUR LIFE, BECAUSE IT SHIFTS YOUR FOCUS FROM THE PROBLEM TO THE PROBLEM SOLVER.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Vanessa--Newborn Pictures


          So this post is way late. Vanessa is 2 months old already and half grown, but I guess better late than never right?? I have been helping her family for the last year about one day a month so naturally I took her pictures when I was over there.  She is such a little cutie and I loved being able to photograph a newborn.  I think I will be doing some more of that.

                                          I can never decide between black and white or color.


                                    Love this contemplative look, like "what are you doing?"

                   

Monday, October 13, 2014

"I do not at all understand the mystery of grace- only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us." -Anne Lamott

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Where I've Been

  I'm not even going to apologize for not blogging, because I am not terribly sorry for one.  I have been living life hard and full and blogging hasn't really been the top priority.  This summer has been one of the best in my life.  I have been so many places and have learned so much stuff, and it is sad now that most of it's over.  So here's a few pictures of the places I've been in the last few months.
                                                               
                                                  I visited Mountain View in VA.
                                                         Ya it's pretty gorgeous.
                                                       This is the lovely lady I went to see.
                                              Culpepper is a photographer's dream town.
                                                                Flying home.
                                           I went to Chicago for the Legacy Conference.
                                 
The crazy group that went. :) 
    I went to the Creation Museum in Kentucky and held a very real very alive snake.
                                                              100 lbs.  14 feet long.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Neat and Tidy Christianity

 I haven't blogged for awhile and since I am kind of sick and nothing is taking my time, here goes.  I've been having some interesting conversations with people lately that have probably made me think more than the other person.  About a week and a half ago, I was chatting with several women and the subject of God came up. :Lady #1 said something to the extent of believing in God, but she doesn't like God because her baby died before she was 1.  How do you respond to something like that? Lady #2 said she is a Christian, but doesn't go to church because she hasn't found a good one. The conversation then turned to gambling and their mutual like of it.  I sat there in confusion.   Is my view of Christianity warped?  Am I so keyed up in how I believe that I don't make room for other peoples' views? So I was trying to wrap my head around that conversation and then I had another one with another lady.
  She said, "I'm a Christian", but I do a lot of bad things.  For instance, living with her boyfriend, not going to church, rebellion, alcohol, etc.  I told her that she could repent, but she said that she would keep doing those things.  The crazy thing is that she has a pretty strong Christian background and a lot of her family are still very involved in the church, and also homeschool their kids, which she thought was sooo weird.  She thinks she's going to hell and she doesn't care.  I sat their...I cannot wrap my mind around such indifference. How could you not care???  It kinda rocked my neat little picture of Christianity.  I'm still wrestling with some of those questions.
  For all my life I have had my views on how Christianity should be.  The church has standards and ideals and maybe that is why I often subconsciously think it is the only way! I feel like I have judged those that don't believe like me, but maybe I'm wrong??  Anyway, that's enough rambling for awhile.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My Poor Neglected Blog

  The title says it all.  An it's an excuse.  When I started my blog I didn't want it to consume me.  But it looks like I went in the other ditch since it's been like 3 months since I posted.  Maybe because it's winter and I don't do very well with going out and taking pictures when it's snowing all the time. Or maybe because it is so bone-chillingly cold here and either me or my camera would freeze. But anyway, here are some pictures from a shoot I did when I was in the Dominican Republic.
                                    I threatened to jump in the freezer for this little man. :)
                                                                                   Tyrel
                                                                      Kelsi
                                                                        Jasmine (Jaz)


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and one more because it looks warm and it isn't warm here