Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One Change at a Time

Well I have officially fallen off the blogging wagon. I have let life, all of the busy little nothings and the huge somethings get in the way of my inspiration and dedication. Which is so silly. It makes me sad to think that I will have blogged about the recipes I liked, the little trips I have taken, the momentary passions, all the random and essentially meaningless topics, and then have missed out on writing about some of the most important and life changing times in my life.

Life has been crazy lately. And the thing is…. It is only about to get crazier. In more huge ways than one. But I will start with one.

And so here I am to share the biggest life change that will ever come into mine and Cory’s happy home. It has taken me a long time to get to a place of readiness for this change. And even then, I am not quite there. Are you ever really ready though?

I am nervous and excited. Cory is over the moon with his excitement and anticipation. God has abundantly blessed us and I am so thankful. We are eagerly looking forward to this next phase in our lives and the plan that God has for us. 

I wanted to take pictures to announce our news months ago.... but alas, life once more got in the way. So here I am, fifteen weeks along with my "announcement". Better late than never.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Little Angel Baby

Well another little bundle of joy has enlarged our ever growing family. Roland was an angel during the entirety of his newborn shoot. I was so blessed to have my dear friend and amazing photographer, Rebecca, throughout the session. I learned so much!

I was so happy with the way these pictures turned out. I had lots of help, because he is definitely a very photogenic little buddy.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ellisen - Coming Soon

October brings yet another new member into our ever growing family. My sister, Emily, is going to make her first contribution to the grandchildren gaggle that congregate at my parents.
This week I had the pleasure of capturing on camera this exciting time in her life. A beautiful mommy to be and such a cute baby belly! We are all so looking forward to meeting little Ellisen.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It's Just a Matter of Opinion

Most of you know that I am a reader and literature enthusiast. More than that…. I am a classic literature enthusiast, there is a great distinction there. Trust me, choosing my major in English was not because I felt it would be the most practical or lucrative degree in the world. Rather I felt I could not choose anything else because that is what I loved.

When life gets busy sometimes it is easy to neglect those friends on shelves. Oftentimes the Bible will be the only book I read throughout the day, I am sorry to say that I have done so for weeks at a time in the last few years. (Although, next to “what would Jesus do” I do keep in mind, “what would Jane do” and therefore do not go very long without picking up Pride and Prejudice or one of her other magnificent works.)

However, since my conquering Les Miserables I have been going through an amazing enlightenment in regards to my reading, this world we live in, the habits we keep, the compromises we make etc. Can you learn all that from an irrelevant book written hundreds of years ago? Oh yes, you can.

And so I have gone into something of a reading frenzy… well as frenzied as one can get in the midst of all the other necessities of life (and yes, watching an episode of some mystery in the evening with my parents is one of those necessities). But not just any books. I have decided to ban modern literature for a time, maybe forever. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to be bashing any of you Harry Potter or Twilight lovers. I have had my fair share of enjoyment from a Nicholas Sparks novel myself. But those go only so far as to entertain. If you want something deeper, I am afraid you will have to go a century back to find it.

The reason why I love reading is not merely for the sake of entertainment, I want to be inspired, I want to be challenged, I want to be enlightened, and yes, I even want to be convicted. The morals that existed in societies of the past are so far above the societal norms of today, and it inevitably comes across in the story.

I am appalled to discover how many classical works I have not read! But not for long, one by one I will make friends with the great characters penned by great authors, both the obscure and the renowned.

I recently read several books by E.D.E.N Southworth, which I highly recommend. Such a book would be stuck in the religious category and rarely read in today’s society. But when she wrote it, it was common belief, common thought, common values. Oh how far we have fallen!

Here is a brief quote that demonstrates the faith strewn throughout the book which sits juxtaposed to the world we live in now. The character quotes, “I do love to live in an atmosphere of Christianity, and I hate to live out of it… [those individuals] were such irredeemable atheists. There was never a visit to church, never a prayer, never a grace, never a chapter from the Bible, never any sort of acknowledgement of their creator, never the slightest regard to His laws.” (from Self- Raised).

The character laments a hedonist acquaintance. But is her description not consistent with our society on a whole? Is she not speaking of books written today, movies, music, television, news, the work place, the schools…. Everywhere.

And so, this quote struck a nerve within me as I looked at the vast difference between the two societies. Yes, the ones of the past have always been imperfect, yet the Western world has never overlooked God so much as we do now. It is always refreshing to make friends with people who are like minded – even if those friends are old authors and the characters they create.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Where I've Been

The fact that I haven’t blogged has been hanging over my head for weeks. Not for anybody’s sake but my own. I love the self inflicted pressure I have had with writing regularly… and the fact that I have been slacking makes me disappointed in myself. After all, in my heart I am a writer, and though I will likely never make a buck from my ramblings, it is important for me to let the inspiration of the moment flow.

I have allowed another inspiration take over and snatch much of my free time recently. As I have been interested in photography since I was a teenager, being blessed by the apprenticeship of Rebecca at Fresh From God Photography is an incredible opportunity that I am taking full advantage of. In the last few months I have been able to practice, learn, and study photography in a new way which has been invaluable.

I initially had intended on doing a post for each of these separate shoots, but as the time is getting away from me, I am just going to share a few of my favorites. And so here we have a compilation of many wonderful moments in life involving marriage, children, and the happy expectation of a baby.
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