Monday, August 31, 2009

You gotta see this!

Check out Katie's post- the last video is J man playing with Ruthie- they are such great friends!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Another World

This sight met us as we were going up the bend in 151 towards my folks house last weekend... a sun and moon set over Lake Winnebago!
Well, needless to say, I j-hubby very politely to pull over so that I could take a picture.


Friday, August 21, 2009


Oh, how I missed photographing girls for High school senior portraits- I had done 5 senior guys in a row- so last night's shoot was really a breath of fresh air.
Not to be sexist or anything, but girls, in my experience, tend to be more natural in front of the camera.
Which, if you are a photographer, makes the whole shoot that much easier.

Here's one of my fave's:

Thanks, Meghan!


Photo Challenge #29

I gotta admit- I love this challenge :) (I am not biased at all)

Here are the rules (and the other entries)

I had in mind the exact place that I wanted to go because there was absolutely BEAUTIFUL graffiti all over this abandoned building. But when I got there, somebody whitewashed ALL of those walls. AACH! I was totally bummed, but fortunately there were some freshly tagged areas, as well as spots that were missed by the whitewash.
Another "issue" that I ran into was that I couldn't get onto the property- it was surrounded by chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. So 2 of these shots were taken with my camera up against the chain link, which actually helped to create a natural vignette.

Oh, and did I mention that I took these right after an actual photo shoot- so here I am, a little white girl, walking around with my huge professional digital camera, wearing my nice clothes, in a place that was abandoned. In a neighborhood that, well, you wouldn't find too many gals like me hanging out there. But that just added a little more excitement to the whole thing :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Family Photos

I had a lovely time taking pictures of my friend, Abby, with her family.
They were just awesome people to work with- and a VERY happy family, which made taking pictures even better :)
Thanks, Guys!

Sunday, August 16, 2009




that's me.

in one word.

so, so many things happened/happening/going to happen.
it's a little overwhelming.
where to start?





“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Are the things I have done, am doing, and will do - contaminating my life?

I find myself asking the question "Is this really good for my business/family/me?
But where is God in all that?

I should ask:

Is this really good for God.

So simple.
So easy to forget.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Big 'n' small

Photo Challenge #28
This week's theme:

BIG and small

1.) One photo and one photo only.
2.) B/W or Colour is fine.
3.) No tweaking please.

This BIG sunflower comes from my small garden,
and this BIG sunflower has many small,
intricate details that make it just gorgeous!


Monday, August 10, 2009

Frogs, S'mores, and more!

This past weekend we had a wonderful time eating, drinking, playing games, etc. with family down in Savana, IL.
The kids kept busy during the reunion looking for frogs and toads, and after the festivities, we met up at Grandma and Grandpa's house to relax playing Bocce Ball and making S'more's. Jonathan and I spent 2 nights at their house, and enjoyed watching the weather from their porch.

Izzy with her "Boggy"

Ayden and a cousin (yeah, I don't know his name- I am SO bad... ;) Showing off the toads they found

Evan enjoying a S'more

Lightning from a storm that blew through on Sunday night

Evan and Ayden showing brotherly love

Our wonderful hosts, Grandma and Grandpa, saying goodbye


I wish...

This (ahem...LAST) week's challenge is:


I Love........

I want........

I wish for.......

1.) Please submit three photos by Sat. Aug 8th.
2.) You may pick one fill in the blank and submit three photos for it, or do one photo for each fill in the blank.
3.) B/W or Colour
4.) Tweaking allowed

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

Sorry these are so late, guys- for some reason blogger wasn't letting me upload photos- and then I had to leave for our family reunion.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Work, Work. (cont.)

I was able to get up to my mom's school again today,
and had a couple of good chunks of time to work on the mural again-
this is what it looks like now:

Now, what does my little J man do while I, his mama, paint? (since grandma- my mom- had surgery last week and can't watch him while I work)
Remember, this is a kindergarten classroom.
They have this super cool floor mat that he fell in love with- it kept him well occupied for a long, long time.

After he tired of this, the pastor's daughter took Josiah for a walk over to her house to hang out with her other 7 (yes, seven) siblings. He had a blast!
When she brought him back, he was more than ready to eat and nap- and slept from 1:45 until 4.

Plenty of painting time for mama :)