Monthly Archives: April 2006

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heidi rocks!

OK .. had to post again!

Heidi ran the Borgess Run for the Health of It today!

She did really well. 4th in her age group for women. 23rd out of 188 women. And overall 158th out of 838 runners. Pretty good for her first run!

On May 13th, she will run in the Fifth Third Riverbank Run! I know she will do awesome! I’m so proud!

GREAT JOB, girl!

trust and sharing

As I begin wedding season this weekend, I am praying hard. Praying that God will keep me sane through it all, that I will be able to maintain my home life and keep it separated from work (that’s a tough one since I work from home). I really need to rely on Him a lot and trust. So many things are uncertain right now in our life (no job for Jake soon). I sometimes get anxious thinking about it. I don’t know what will happen next and that drives me crazy. But I read this today on amazing photographer Mike Colon’s blog:

Psalms 1:1

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water.
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

This chapter in Psalms reminds me that I need to seek God as my counsel for everything. It’s easy to look to others who appear to be prospering for advice when we need help. Scripture tells us to meditate on God’s law day and night and we’ll prosper in whatever we do!

.. it’s so obvious that my time is better spent seeking God’s wisdom because God knows all things and created all things. He’s got the inside scoop on the entire world!

Just what I needed to read today. God made me. He gave me all these talents and abilities and this wonderful blessing of a business. I just need to trust and lay it all at his feet and He will take care of us! :)

And I thought I would share a couple pages I made last night using Heather’s new Cotton Tail kit. Love it! Love the colors. So happy to be part of the Heather Ann team! :)

yesterday today tomorrow

yesterday •
one child at school. one child with grandma. two parents very happy to get away for the afternoon.

Visited the new Chipotle mexican restaurant in East Lansing. Jake had the best burrito he’s ever eaten. I didn’t even have a burrito, just a chicken salad, but I should have tried that beano stuff you take before eating spicy food. might have helped with the burning in my esophagus all night. ugh!

Went to Photos to Scrapbooks in Okemos before heading home. Jake sat in the car the whole time recording an audio post for his blog that made fun of my burning esophagus.

today •
two kids. one mama ready to rip her hair out.

Chloe climbed in bed with me before 6 this morning. ugh! All I wanted to do was sleep since I was up late the night before doing some laundry. Why is it on the days we can sleep in, the kids get up so stinkin’ early … but on the days when Zach has school and needs to be up, I have a hard time getting them out of bed. Crazies!

Met Jake for his lunch break, but I didn’t want to go right home so I put “Ice Age” in the DVD player in the car and let the kids watch it while I drove around for a while. Kind of a waste of gas, especially at these prices – $2.89/gallon today, but it did make me feel better.

Once Jake got home from work, I sat down to work on my photography website. Finally got my FAQ page done. I’ve had it all written out for a while now, just needed to actually sit down and update it. One more thing I can cross off my list. :)

Just watched “Amazing Race”. Love BJ & Tyler. We were so relieved when Phil said “I’m …. pleased to tell you this is a non-elimination round.” Phew! Close one! And since “Alias” is on tonight and was at the same time, we are recording it and watching it later.

tomorrow •
one kid goes to school. one kid goes with me to grandma’s to exercise and then be an angel for the rest of the day so I don’t feel like ripping my hair out again.

Hopefully, it will be a quiet day tomorrow. Heidi is coming over in the afternoon so we can work on pictures from this past weekend’s engagement shoot. I put a little slideshow up on my photo blog with some pics from the shoot. :)

saturday •
wedding time!!!! woohooooooo! the season begins!

next week •
mom and I just got tickets to see “Phantom of the Opera” at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo. I’m so excited! :)

Nighty night!

what’s goin’ on

The engagement shoot went really well. It was cold by the lake, though. Heidi and I had numb fingers and toes by the time we were done, but it was worth it. Here is one of the pictures from our brief walk on the pier. brrrr … too cold out there to walk all the way to the end so we stopped about halfway. Christina and Alex were so nice and braved the chilly winds and we all got along great. Their wedding isn’t until September, but I’m already really excited about it. That’s one of the reasons I like doing engagement shoots so much. You get to meet and then the couple has a feel for how you work and they are more comfortable on the big day because they already know you. Heidi and I had dinner at Quiznos after the shoot. I had never been there and it was quite delicious. And, BONUS, right next door was Starbucks so I got me a mocha to warm me up and we headed home. It was a fun night.

Jake got up and took the kids to the sunrise breakfast. I got there in time for the service – a special drama presentation directed by my hubby. Everyone who participated did awesome. Especially my friend, Karleen, who played Mary, the mother of Jesus. Oh my word. Her monologue was all about Mary crying out for God to take her son down off the cross. She was crying and really letting the story come through and I was bawling just watching her. She’s so talented. God has really given her a gift and she totally uses it to share the truth. Love her! Jake did really great, too. He’s also really talented when it comes to acting. He’s my husband and I still believed he was Pilate telling the story of his part in Jesus’ death.

After church, we rounded up the kids and headed to my parents’ house for dinner for Easter/Jake’s birthday, which was also on Sunday. :) Delicious meal, as usual. (Thanks, Mom!) The kids got big Easter baskets from Grandma with toys and candy. She spoils them so much. It’s great! Then they went out hunting for eggs in the back yard. :) I even got to take like a 3 hour nap while the kids played, which was nice. Except for the fact that I fell asleep sitting sideways on the couch with my head all turned crooked into the cushion so I woke up with a pain in my neck. ugh!

Jake took today and tomorrow off. Using up the last of his vacation days before the shop closes for good. We dropped the kids off at his mom’s and went up to GR so he could spend his birthday money. Stopped at Home Depot and got some things we needed for around the house then had lunch at Panera Bread. Jake’s first time there. He liked it. :) Then, off to Barnes and Noble, where he got 5 books that were on his “must read” list and then to Best Buy, where he picked up a few movies that he wanted. We also got “Ice Age” for the kids and I picked up “In Her Shoes”, which I saw recently and really loved. Had to have it. One more stop … Bed, Bath and Beyond. Bought Jake a new coffee maker – he ruined his old one by actually sticking the base of the machine with the electronic controls down into the sink full of soapy water when he washed it. Oops! So … he made out really good today! Got lots of good stuff and got to treat himself, which doesn’t happen very often for us as parents. It was a nice day. Got a little frappuccino on the way back to pick up the kids. Now, I’m having a little “me time”.

Jake is dying to try the new Chipotle restaurant that just opened in East Lansing. So, while Zach is at school, we may take a drive and check it out. He’s heard nothing but wonderful things about it and has been talking about it for a while now. His “neighborhood” of blog friends have posted pictures of themselves eating there and he wants to follow in their footsteps so I will be bringing my camera along to capture the joy of food. :)


Went to my parents house this morning so the kids could decorate eggs. They had a good time writing on the eggs with wax so their words and pictures would show when they dipped the eggs in the colored water. Sprinkling them with sparkles. Stamping them with ink. Then, of course, eating the eggs that accidentally got dropped and cracked. We all participated. I even got in on it this year since Jake was there and I was able to be on the other side of the camera for once. :)

The weather is GORGEOUS today. Perfect for the engagement shoot tonight at the beach. I’m sure I’ll be sharing pictures from that in the next few days. :)

Happy day before Easter!


A while ago, I mentioned having family pictures taken for something I would reveal at a later date. Well, here is our family picture taken by my wonderful friend and assistant Heidi and …

I am finally allowed to
announce that I am a
VERY proud member of

There are 10 of us on the design team and I’m so excited to be a part and to get to know these talented girls as well as other digital scrapbookers out there who love Heather’s stuff as much as I do!!! :) Heather has just launched her newly designed site with a gallery for you to post layouts made using her products. It’s so fun and I’m so inspired by all the layouts already. There are 3 fun new kits available now for the one year celebration of her business! Go there right now and buy them!!!!! ;)

spring has sprung

Thursday, we had the most beautiful weather. I woke up feeling sick, but it totally lifted me right out of that. The kids played outside on the swingset and colored with sidewalk chalk. I took a ton of pictures. Thought I’d share just a few.

Enjoy your weekend!

AJAXed with AWP