Monthly Archives: August 2007

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the end of summer

Took this fun picture of Chloe last weekend before we left for Indiana. She kept wanting to show me her new trick, so I had to whip out my camera and capture it. She is such a funny girl and she seems to get cuter as the days go by.

Poor Zachy has been sick with a cold and sore throat almost the whole week. I feel so bad for him. He’s been really grumpy and we can tell he’s just not himself. We took him to school today to see his classroom and meet his new teacher. I was hoping he’d have more kids in his class from last year, but we didn’t see any familiar names except one — Trinity. She’s been in his class every year so far. :) So he’ll have a familiar face on Tuesday, which will be nice. Can’t believe he’s back to school again in less than a week. On one hand, I’m glad because he likes school and he will be learning lots and playing with his friends. And this has been a long summer of the kids getting on each others nerves and I think they need some time apart. But on the other hand, it means summer is over and my baby is another year older. Time is going too quickly.

Went to Holland to the state park the other night for some engagement pictures. I took Jake and the kids along and they played in the lake and built sand castles while I worked. Holland was so crowded. It was really sticky and humid and there were tons of people there to cool off. There were also tons of photographers there doing senior pictures and engagements and families. It was funny to see. I’ve never been to a beach where there were that many other photographers working. I guess Holland is the place to be.

One more big event before school starts – the annual trap shoot/family reunion (my Dad’s side). That’s always fun. Then Labor Day – no big plans! I’ll probably just sit and reminisce about how my water broke on Labor Day 2000 and I had Zach the next day. :) Can’t believe he’s turning 7 on Wednesday.

One last picture from last week. Me and my girl.


Jake and I were blessed to be able to stay Friday night at the Maple Leaf Inn B&B in Waterloo, Indiana. We were really there for a project Jake is involved with, but it was a bonus that they put us up there for the night and on our anniversary weekend, too.

Ken and Candi, the owners, were so very kind and hospitable and the food was absolutely delicious! Definitely a nice place to stay in a quiet little town within a half hour of Ft Wayne.

I loved all the cool light fixtures. :)

Some of you know that Jake costarred in an independent Christian film a few years ago called “Dreamer: The Movie” – not to be confused with the movie about the horse that starred Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell (which I love, too, by the way). ;)

So this weekend was spent shooting some promos and interviews for the upcoming televised Dreamer event on Sky Angel, a Christian cable network. We had such a great time. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.

Director George Johnson

Jake and Ben (onscreen brothers Tyler and Kevin)

Jake got to help out behind the camera when George was being interviewed. :)

It was a really fun weekend! I took lots of pictures, of course. I always love being behind the scenes of shoots like this, especially when everyone involved is so much fun to be around. We’ve had a great time being involved with the movie. God has really blessed the whole thing and hopefully many more people will see it and it will make them think. :)

12 years

This man is my life. And for the past 12 years, he has officially been mine.
I love you, Jake! Can’t wait to see what the next year brings. :)

becoming jane

Took the afternoon off to go see Becoming Jane with my mom. It was just as good as I thought it would be. Romantic and tragic and wonderful! Loved it! And it’s always nice to spend a little time with my mom. Need to have more days like this.

Saw a preview for an upcoming movie called “August Rush”. It looks really good. Can’t wait to see this one. :)


When we were getting ready to leave for Texas and were telling the kids about our trip, this is what Zach said to me:

Z: If you see a squirrel, take a picture of it.
Me: (puzzled) A squirrel? Why?
Z: Because Sandy is from Texas.

He meant Sandy from Spongebob Squarepants and I laughed out loud at that. Such a funny kid.

So when we were nearing our destination in Texas and drove by this sign (above), I had to get a picture of it for Zach. :)

my sweet friend + daily devotions

Beautiful Kelley wrote some really nice things about the slideshow I made for them. She is just the sweetest and I’m SO happy that I finally got to meet her and Chris and Aspen and the whole family. Can you tell I loved my trip to Texas? :)

Also wanted to share something from my morning devotions. I have been thinking a lot about this so it was totally a God thing that this is the first thing I read this morning:

Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” Galatians 6:4-5

I was a little taken aback when I read this. I had to stop and just shake my head because God always knows exactly what we need when we need it. One of my favorite things to do is look at blogs. Lots of them. And I see all the wonderful talent out there in this photography business and am constantly inspired by it. But there is also that part of me that sees the accomplishments of others and I can’t help but sometimes feel intimidated by that and compare myself to their successes thinking that if I haven’t done that then I’m not successful. This is human. I know that. And I caught myself thinking this way recently and mentally slapped myself for it because I know that God has given me this talent and this business for a reason. No matter what others have done with their businesses, I need to concentrate on bettering myself and my business rather than trying to do what others have done. The same can be true in any facet of life. Be yourself. Be who God made you. Don’t try to be like other people. You are special just being who you are!! :)

Have a blessed day!

our little flower girl

Took Chloe to David’s Bridal today to try on a couple dresses for Heather and Jeff’s wedding this fall. She loved it. Being the girly girl that she is, she loved one with lots of bows on it. And she loved their display of purses. A girl after my own heart. :) She is going to be the cutest little flower girl ever. :)

home sweet home

What can I say about our trip to Texas? I don’t even know where to start. If it were not for blogs and scrapbooking, Kelley and I might never have known the other existed. So I’m really thankful for the internet right now. :)

We arrived in Fredericksburg on Friday afternoon and headed out to Trois Estate for the rehearsal. This place is so interesting and unique. Tucked away in the Hill Country with an awesome view of Enchanted Rock, you can wander around what looks like a little adobe village. There are all sorts of awesome spots for pictures and we made sure to take advantage of them.

The wedding was beautiful. A small affair in the courtyard at the Estate with about 75 of their closest friends and family. Everyone was so wonderful. So very nice and we fell into easy conversation with all of them. As soon as we met Chris and Kelley, it was like we had known them forever, which is another interesting thing about blogs. You read so much of a persons life that you feel you already know them so well. We had a great time shooting the wedding and chatting with new friends. It was a wonderful weekend.

And we really loved Texas. Jake had such bad experiences with people he met in the Army that were from Texas that he vowed he would never step foot in the state, but I made him and he has totally changed his opinion. Everyone was warm and friendly, the Hill Country is just beautiful, Fredericksburg was a nice little town. We will definitely go back to Texas again!

I’m still recuperating from our travels and haven’t had time to go through the wedding pictures yet, but I will be posting some over on my photo blog later this week.

AJAXed with AWP