I'm totally excited to share this news with you. In February I taught a class to the women of my church about photography because so many were interested in learning how to improve their basic skills. Well, it was a great success I still have women coming up to me about some techniques that they've used and I'm so excited because I absolutley love what I do and I wanted them to love what they do too. So 10 Ways to Bring Life to Your Photos was born.
This is just a basic photography class with some ideas on improving your photos using any kind of digital camera. If you have a desire to take better pictures of your kids, your family or you pet I beleive this class would benefit you. It's free so just bring a pen to take notes and an eagerness to learn. The Scraporium in Lutz is hosting this class twice in April on April 12th from 11am -1pm and on April 26 from 6pm-8pm so if you're in the area please come on out. It's a free class and will be lots of fun! Can't wait to see you there. If you have any questions comment or e-mail me.
I have been praying my little heart out for a friend, someone who was in the same unique baby season as me, someone who is creative and likes to do creative projects, and someone who loves the Lord and can sharpen me in my love for the Lord. Guess what? The Lord answered my prayer.
My newest friend is Ginese! She's totally hip, she loves the Lord and her family, she's got great creative ideas, she's encouraging and did I mention she is totally hip. It's fun to have a friend that you can make plans with according to nap schedule and they won't be offended, a friend that doesn't mind if she's spat up on and a friend who is easy to talk to even if 3 babies are crawling and fussing all over the place. Ginese is my answered prayer.
Today I'm grateful the Lord answers the longings of my heart.
We took a little trip to Dade City and of course had to take out the camera.
Wesley Chapel, FL Children's, Families and Senior High Photography
He was so taken back with the beauty of her long flowing hair that he took the plunge and facebook messaged her. Luckily Stephanie's sister advised her to at least go out for the free dinner and ever since they have been inseparable.
Stephanie and Stephen I'm so excited to see all that God has in store for your beautiful life together.
Stephanie I'm so grateful for our friendship and being able to watch you grow over the years.
Every morning after a good breakfast has been eaten by all and the sticky is wiped off of all 20 fingers and 2 button noses we have our morning devotions. As I pull the 2 baby bible devotion books off the counter all eyes are glued on me and when I begin to bring them to the table clapping and cheering abound. I read the story as the babies wait in anticipation to see the pictures. First we read a bible story then we read our daily devotion with the scripture and thought for the day. It amazes me most days how the Holy Spirit grips my heart and speaks to me through the Preschoolers daily devotion. I guess we’re never too old to go back to the basics. The babies love to worship so we sing our little hearts out and clap our hands and praise God. It’s so fun! Then we pray together. We’re still working on folding our hands so we don’t get distracted but we know God hears and loves our prayers anyways. This truly is the best part of my day. I love to see their excitement for the Word and worship. My babies know the name of Jesus and there isn’t any greater gift I could give them!
In a world full of despair where bad things happen, scary things happen and sad things happen I get the great gift of introducing my children to the Hope of the World…Jesus! Before they know disappointment they’ll know the one they can run to when they’re disappointed, before they know sadness they will know the one who gathers all their tears, before they know they need forgiveness they will know the one who has forgiven them. My life knows no greater purpose then to show and tell my children about Jesus!
Today I'm grateful I get to teach my children about Our Savior Jesus!
There are few people in this world that truly inspire me. Not that casual inspiration that at one point in time you said, "Oh they're cool” and forgot their story the next day. Those people are a dime a dozen. I'm talking about those people that you meet and it truly lights a fire under your rear-end and gets you going to new places.
Inspiring is what I think of when I think of my friend Claudia. She is the kind of person that takes risks, never settles and believes God for the BEST!! I sit and listen to where she has been and believe me I am inspired, but with her it doesn't stop there because she wants to tell you where she is going. She's going to the next level, she's believing God for new things, and no matter what she’s not growing complacent. I love this about her! She is a mom of two teenagers, a wonderful wife, she's traveled the world, she's a successful entrepreneur and so many more wonderful things, but to her that's the past. What is important to her is to keep living the best she can and not settling for anything less than the BEST God has for her! She inspires me to live life to the fullest and keep pursuing more of what God has for me!
Today I'm grateful to be inspired by a great woman!
I love those moments in between responsibilities, in between plans and chores, those moments when it seems life really starts to happen. You didn't plan for these special moments but somehow they just are there when you slow down a little, when you lose your cell phone, move away from the computer and just focus on spending time together. My pastor always says the only thing you’re taking to heaven with you is your relationship with Jesus and your relationship with others. I think that makes a pretty good priority list for us. Relationships are the heart of God. He sent his only son to die for us so He could have relationship with us. Relationships are important! Yes relationships are hard at times, they take effort and responsibility, but I think there is no greater reward then knowing someone and them knowing you. It seems this genuinely begins to happen in the in-between.
Today I'm grateful for the in-between moments that relationship becomes the most important.
Christmas was incredible with these two little joy bugs to share it with. They pretty much got the present thing down by the end of Christmas day but it was fun watching them figure it out. Zaya took the eating approach as she does to everything and Chase took the throw it on the floor and watch it bounce approach. The best part was being together. We spent Christmas Eve and Nana and Papa's and enjoyed a ncie dinner and The Candle Light Service. Christmas day was so nice just a slow day hanging out in our Christmas jams, eating good food and enjoying our gifts. The Lord is so good! I'm overwhelmed with such blessing! Christmas used to have a sting of sadness for me, but the Lord has redeemed this wonderful holiday for me and I'm so grateful!
Today I'm grateful for a Jesus, for Christmas, for gifts, and for family!