Sunday, May 22, 2011

In a Nutshell

My life has been busy recently.

Not too crazy.  But busy nonetheless.

My sister, Samantha, celebrated her birthday last week on the same day my parents celebrated their wedding anniversary.  My brother, Joshua, opened all of his birthday presents yesterday because we will be out west for his birthday.

Love you, birthday kiddoes!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I Just Can't Understand...

... how this child does it!

Update and a "Need to Read"

Hey Ladies!

Sorry I haven't been posting much recently.  I've been sick off and on, plus I'm getting ready for my BIG TRIP TO COLORADO then WYOMING!!!  My best friend of 10+ years is getting married next week and I am so excited to be singing a special at her wedding (please pray for my health to return in time!  Also, I won't be meeting the man playing the guitar accompaniment for my song till probably the day before the wedding... so things might get interesting!).  The next week, another great friend will be getting married... so lots of weddings!!!  Not to mention at least one more wedding I'll be going to this summer...  two childhood friends of mine will be tying the knot then too!!!  So, Emily and Brandon, Logan and Rachel, Will and Bethany... I'm so excited for you all!!!!  Congratulations a bit early!!!  :-)

This morning I read a beautiful guest post by Bailey at Unplug Your Family.  Bailey's post was so beautiful and heartfelt, I just had to give you all a link to it!  Come and read "Are You Worth It?" here.  And don't forget to visit Bailey's blog.  Even though she is years younger than me, she has a true heart for the Lord and inspires me constantly.

May you all have a blessed day!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

What Six Years Can Do

Yesterday was a good day.  Weird sometimes.  Surreal sometimes.  But, overall, very good. 

There is a family that my family has been friends with for over ten years.  Yesterday their oldest son celebrated his completion of highschool AND college!  We travelled to his open house and were able to see people that I haven't seen in a long time.  Most people reaction with wide-eyed smiles, "I didn't know you were going to be here!".  Honestly, most of what I heard was, "You are so TALL!"  Yes, I did grow in the last six years and I was also wearing heels  (5'9'' without heels is pretty tall when the extra inches of your shoes put you close to 6' and the average hight of all the other young women around your age is 5'4''-5'5''). 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Media Moms...

In honor of yesterday's celebration of mothers, I wanted to make a blog post about some of the mother figures we see in films and TV.  Honestly, it is hard to find great characters in the Hollywood world... and finding great parents in films is even harder, as most main characters have had an unpleasant childhood resulting in their present troubled, desperate, or vulnerable state.  Pretty pathetic.  Some mothers we see in films drive us MAD!  They can be just plain annoying.  Others make our blood boil they are so evil.  Some mother-figures that come to mind are charcters like (warning... MANY spoilers for many films):

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Wow... I love you, Mom!  You are the most amazing woman I have ever met.  You inspire me.  Your laughter, words, and simple presence lighten a room.  Your creativity, enthusiasm, and encouragement are incredible.  The list of things I love about you is SO long...  Your beautiful singing voice.  Your creative drawings on note paper.  Your crazy spontaneity.  Your bright, gorgeous blue eyes.  Your delicious cooking.  Your tender nature.  Your listening ear.  Your heart that treasures your children, adores your husband, and is wholly devoted to your Savior.

As I said:  Wow... I love you, Mom!

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Walk with My Sisters

I love cameras.  I love taking pictures.  I love trying, failing, and trying again to capture the essence and beauty of the life around me.  And when I'm able to capture the beauty of a day, of a person, with a click of a camera...  my joy mounts to a level only another photographer can understand.  :-)

Yesterday was a beautiful day.  Chilly later on, but beautiful.  My sisters, Dad, and I had lunch together at our town's Senior Center.  I want to be like the elderly people that come there when I'm ninety!  They are amazing.  One man, Raymond, is ninety-eight and still can get cocky while playing cards with the other seniors.  The comedy between these people is amazing too.  One conversation between two of them, Bettie and Russel (both probably in their late seventies/early eighties) went like this:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A book you should read...

I just read through a short book that I hadn't looked at in a long time and was so touched by its story that I had to share about it.