Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When there's nothing to believe in, I believe in you
Forget the past and let my hand in yours be the proof
Though the strong could be my company, you're the one I choose
So remember, I believe in you

I know it feels like every eye is watching you
Waiting for you to fall, expecting you to lose
But I see victory, so all you have to do
Is remember, I believe in you

I believe, even when I see you crying
I believe, let me dream for you
When nothing comes from trying
Remember, I believe in you

There will come a day when love will lift you out of there
There will come a day when love will bring the truth
There will come a day when love will free you from your fear
And you'll remember, I believe in you

I believe, even when I see you crying
I believe, let me dream for you
When nothing comes from trying
Remember, I believe in you...

"I Believe In You" by Bethany Dillon

Sunday, June 12, 2011

honored to capture these moments!

I just have to share some of the latest photos I've taken!! Makes me EVEN MORE anxious to have a sweet family of my own someday!

Christy is like a sister to me, her sister, Katie, has been a dear friend and confidant of mine for the past decade! (Yikes! Such a grown-up word!) I was actually in Europe when she and Kyle got married. This, in and of itself, broke my heart... thankfully she had an amazing photograher with a huge heart and who was fabulous, not only with photographs but with words as well, Lydia Jane Photography -- (click the link, then scroll down to 'Mr. & Mrs. Chaplin')... Lydia's ability to capture these precious moments of Christy and Kyle's big day brought tears to my eyes while I was far, far away a year and a half ago... and still have the same power today!

NEEDLESS TO SAY, knowing Christy and Kyle had such a phenomenal photographer for their wedding photos, I was incredibly honored that they'd ask me to take pictures of their family!

They sure make a great team!

Another Katie-friend of mine, has a super cute friend with a super cute baby bump... the two talked, cute little miss baby bump contacted me, and here you have it! My very first maternity shoot!!! SO MUCH FUN!! :)

These two were not only fun... they were troopers too! Rain and all!

Haha... Did I mention they were fun?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sometimes... okay, a lot of times when I blog, I just need a place to store signifigant quotes and the thoughts that go with them... today's focus: Mother Teresa.

“May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones. Let it allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.” Mother Teresa

My dear friend, Hannah, saw this picture and said something along the lines of how it was very true to who I am. When I first read the previous quote of Mother Teresa's this moment in time and photo were what popped into my head. All of the details she mentioned were true at this time. I can't help but believe God's creation pulls those confidences out of me. :)

Such a great truth. Ah. I think someday I shall walk around with this as my walking billboard. :)

'The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow, do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough, give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. —Mother Teresa'

How easily I forget this! How easily I am discouraged not even by someone's words of disapproval, but by a facial expression or some other body language that probably does, but might not even pertain to me in the slightest! Good grief. I really need to meditate on the fact that it's always first between me and God, and hopefully through my encounters with Him others will be blessed.

Sometimes I really struggle in life because I allow myself to become complacent. I neglect to search for the answers of questions I've always wondered. I forget to sit in awe of the magnificent things I never will understand. I forget to explore and find the unknown/unfamiliar. I stop going out of my way to be kind to strangers. But then I remember this little nugget of gold. And I remember the joy of being enlightened by truth. I remember the wonder of awesome things our Creator has made for our enjoyment. I remember the excitement of new beauty, new birth, fresh air, adrenaline, exhileration. I remember how my heart swells when people respond to kindness from a stranger... I remember how by making someone else smile, it makes me smile too... I'm getting off quote... must. re. focus.

Lately I've been dwelling on hurts of the past few weeks. I've been replaying them in my head and letting them change my demeanor and response to others... not for the better either. I need to remember that yesterday is gone and with more love there will be no hurt, right? :) Reminds me of my third grade teacher, Mrs. Loughren. She always would encourage us to 'kill our enemies with kindness'. I'm not talking about any enemies, but she's so right! Love conquers!