Friday, December 30, 2011

8 years and more

It's been 8 years with the love of my life today. When you get married you want to believe that it will be a cinderella story and that you will live happily ever after, that things will go smoothly, that there will be no bumps along the road, but truthfully I've yet to meet a single couple who has had it perfect. We've had many hardships, had our share of ups and downs and yet through it all, I can honestly say I love him more today than the day we said "I do". We have had three children, spent 3 years with our son battling cancer, lost 4 family members, moved 4 times, quite a few other things and I can say I did it with him by my side. He is truly my best friend. He makes me laugh so hard at times my stomach hurts, he encourages me and supports me, he holds me while I cry, picks me up when I'm down and is always there to put a smile on my face. He's an amazing husband and works hard at what he does. He's the supporter of the family and a wonderful father to our children. Oh how I adore him. I'm blessed God gave me him and fortunate to have found my soulmate. He is the prince that I was always looking for. Happy Anniversary Babe! Here's to many more. I love you forever and always! Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas

It's been a busy month. We've had lots going on and I haven't really been doing the photo thing. I guess I have kind of taken the month off after having caught up with all the photo editing and to top it off, my computer CD drive is down. :( I guess I should get that fixed. It's been nice not feeling like I have to do photo work but I have been busy homeschooling and doing Christmas projects with the kids. There really isn't ever any down time with 3 kids and schooling but that's life. I like it. It's also a hard time with the holidays and the loss of Paul. We all feel it even more. :( Now that Christmas is over and the New Year is about to begin I will kick the fundraising for his playground into high gear. It's something very dear to my heart and I want to get this done in his memory and in his honor. He's missed and everyone should know it! I hope you all had a lovely holiday season. It's always been one of my favorites. The birth of our Savior and the festivities is brings seems to be a mood lightener. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!! Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wreaths Across America

This past weekend we spent up in Arlington. It was the family and I that traveled up there to help place wreaths at headstones of our nations fallen heroes. They had 100,000 wreaths that were to be placed with thousands of volunteers helping to do it. This was my third year participating and it will probably be something we do every year. We like being the ones to place Paul's wreath. It's such an experience that can't be put into words. It's also nice to meet new people and catch up with old friends who we have come to know along this heavily traveled road. Afterwards, we ventured over to the White House where we were invited to view the Gold Star Family Christmas Tree. It was a gorgeous site of course and pretty neat to see the White House decorated for the holidays. Because we weren't allowed with cameras inside, after the tour we went back to Arlington to take some photos for friends. If you have not had the chance to view Arlington at Christmas time, you should really make a trip out there. There is nothing like viewing 1000's and 1000's of headstones with wreaths placed in front of them. It's peaceful and breathtaking... beautiful. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Veterans Day Events

I was asked to photograph some of the events from Veterans Day and even though this was two weeks ago, I've been meaning to put the images on the blog. Veterans Day is very important to me and I can't thank the men and women in uniform enough for all they do. My heart was heavy as I couldn't help but think of my brother all day long, not that I don't think of him all day long already. Some days just hit me so much harder than I ever expect and this happened to be one of them. I felt like and emotional mess the entire weekend. But, the events were nice and great to attend. Thank you to all of our service members.. past, present and future! We love and appreciate you!! Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Survivor

4 years ago today, our son, Montana was diagnosed with cancer. The details remain vivid from that single phone call that changed our entire future. We spent the next months at St. Jude finding out the details, new vocabulary, medications, and new friends. Nothing was ever the same and it will never be the same. We are forever changed by that one little word.. leukemia. Today he is a healthy and happy 6 yr old. with two little sisters. He loves swimming, art and eating. We are so thankful to everyone who has helped us along the way. Those of you ho have prayed for him and for us, who have sent cards and gifts, who have stood by us as we cried, laughed and worried. We are so thankful for a God who has allowed our son to live more years on this earth. It definitely was not easy, but we are thankful he is living. Amen. Photobucket

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Engagement Photographer

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting this lovely couple in Colonial Williamsburg. She is going to school at William and Mary to finish her PHD and he works as an Engineer. They are one of the sweetest and kindest couples I have ever met. The weather was perfect as we walked around and scouted out locations for places to shoot. It was the leaves and the colors we were after. I do believe we were blessed with perfect timing. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

sun and love

What a wonderful couple I was able to meet this past weekend. They were fun, loving, and sweet. The weather was perfect, the sun was bright and their love for one another was real. They will be getting married next summer in Yorktown which I'm sure is going to be an amazing event. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Monday, October 24, 2011

Christmas Card Sessions

I know it's hard to believe but it's time to think about Christmas photos and Christmas cards. When you actually think about it, there really isn't much time left. I have so much to do myself with planning for the holidays that right now I'm just not going to think about it. :) I'm still playing catch up on so many other things as well as working on other new projects that Christmas time just doesn't feel here yet. But, it is and I need to kick myself into high gear. I'm having a time slot for mini Christmas sessions with the Info listed below. If you have any questions please email me! Photobucket Photobucket