Monday, May 26, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Wow, this is crazy...Sophie Rose is like a little sister to me. She was just a baby whenever we all met at our home church in Old River and now she is graduating high-school. Shawni, is her mama and was my hairdresser until I moved to Houston and couldn't make the drive back and forth to Dayton. They are like our family and we just love them all so much. Sophie is so pretty, it's just not fair. I love her style, her heart, and just pretty much everything about this girl. It is fun taking pictures of her, as you can tell we had a blast.
This is long overdue. I took their pictures months ago, but today is the day I wanted to post some of them. I saw them on my desktop and thought, I need to share these with my blog friends. Rachel is one of the nicest and just purely a wonderful girl. She grew up in our student ministry and it is a true blessing to be a part of her life and now her engagement. It is a joy to see the man that will be her future husband. I am very happy for the two of them. Their wedding is this summer. I can't wait, it will be beautiful.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I had so much fun taking Dean and Tara's pictures. We started in their awesome bedroom, taking family shots, with their adorable two kids, and then we went to a little Museum house in Friendswood. I have to honestly say these are some of my favorite shots ever. I loved how unique the photos were, especially in their house. And Tara is so beautiful, her eyes were brilliant to shoot. What a fun day.
Monday, April 21, 2008
How cute is Koby Cravens?
This has been long over due. Since Andrew and Susan's wedding, I've been so behind in all my work. But I finally got their wedding finished and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you all. I love this couple. They are both so wonderfully artisitc and unique. I think Susan is just one of the most classic beauties.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
This morning at our Awaken service we talked about Hungry People. Russell talked about how as Christians, we need to help and share the Gospel with those around us, but also we need to help and love those that we don't know. Those in other places that are suffering and in need of so much. After Rus shared his heart and his message, we had our good friend Bush come and share his heartbeat for the poor. And he was able to be so open and Real with our whole congregation. He shared his story and his journey these past few years. I think Bush really helped leave an impact on so many today. To make all of us be pro-active. To know that there are "real kids and people out there with souls and deep desires...dreams." And we can help those come true. He told us about one of his friends that help with a homeless ministry, and his friend told Bush "when there's a need, there's the calling." And just like that stuck with Bush, it will forever stick with me. I don't feel like I'm one of those people who can hear a story of hurting, and just walk away. I am probably quite the opposite, which sometimes I feel comes to my disadvantage. I get completely involved, I see or hear about a child being hurt or abandoned...I can't stop but crying and thinking about them. I feel like I'm too sensitive, and thus I tend to tune it out. I tune out not because I don't care, but because it hurts too much and I feel like I'm not able to help. Or I don't know how. I hate that there are children dying from hunger. I hate child abuse. I hate that a simple well can be built in Ethiopia for only $5,000 (a well that can change a community's life), and it doesn't happen. I hate myself sometimes for just sitting back and feeling too overwhelmed with the world's problems and not helping with what I can. I understand that compassion is something we need right here in our everyday lives. We need to exemplify it to our neighbors, family, closest friends, co-workers, and to those we don't know. I just love what Bush said, "when the need is there, it's the call." That takes so much pressure off of someone like me, who I tend to want to help everyone and be so nice to everyone. And I know that there is too much hurt and too much strife all over the world, I can't possibly take it all on. But I can do my part everyday. If it's listening, really listening to a friend in need, sharing Christ with my neighbor, showing kindness to strangers, sending money and donations across the seas, going on a mission trip, hugging my husband, playing Planet Heroes with Rylor, praying for those who are hurting, and just resting in the knowledge of a Loving Savior...that is my part. I don't know everything, I don't even always know how I feel about certain topics, but I do wish there wasn't hate or hurting...but there is. And I know until the Savior comes there won't always be peace. But until then I want to love, I want to be a Godly woman, I want to not tune things out, just because I might not be able to handle it. So, the need today was a little boy in Rwanda...his name is Niyomuhoza Emmanuel and our family is sponsoring him monthly. Thank you, Rus and Bush for sharing your hearts today, they really did stir my heart and open my eyes. And Thank you Compassion Ministries for helping children all around the world. I'm honored to be a part of this ministry, as are so many others today.