Monthly Archives: November 2011
hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!! did you stay home with family or travel for the holiday? for thanksgiving this year, we all packed up and traveled to have thanksgiving at biltmore estate. it was such a lovely thanksgiving! we went along with my parents, brother and sister and stayed at the inn on the estate. the inn was already decorated for christmas (as well as the house) and it was gorgeous! the food was amazing, and it was totally a blessed trip. i took sooo many pictures and had to share some! on the way home, we stopped to visit the mountains and spent the day in the national park. it was definitely a lot of fun and leland was a little trooper traveling along with us!! (i bought a portable dvd player a month ago and it is so helpful! he loves, loves, loves watching the wiggles. his fav!) here are a few pictures from our trip….there are a lot! the first few are all from the inn where we stayed…
we took a rooftop tour on…well, the roof! and it was a little scary….and leland had to be escorted but the views were amazing!
my sister, mom, and i!
hahaha…jay being his usual self..
my little brother and sister are growin up so quickly…crazy how time flies!
little leland and his bear. he is holding that bear in almost every picture….he takes it everywhere, he loves it!
visiting a national park and a valley…
my sweet sister, loved the lighting in this old house!!
so lately, leland has been making THEE funniest faces. everywhere, all of time, wherever we go! when we’re checking out at stores, talking to people, sitting around at home…he makes these little faces constantly. he is also quite the flirt and it is too cute. he has been in such a good mood lately and i think he might be very outgoing as he grows up! i understand that one day these pictures might embarrass him but i had to take a few of him in his lumberjack hat with his little expressions. ;)
it’s late, i am the only one awake in the house, and i really should be working and editing but to be honest, i just want to sit and be still. alison krauss is on, and so i am writing some things have been on my heart lately. questions like “where do i find my value?” and “where do i find my worth?” keep going through my head. most days i feel as though this is just a blog in the midst of millions….a photographer in the midst of (probably, millions….new photographers pop up daily it seems.) so there is naturally a desire in me to want to succeed and be known. this is true.
however, lately….all of my extra time and energy has been put into reading photography blogs, looking at photos, photography books, yada yada. it is constantly on my mind. all of the time. with the goal end of wanting to be “known.” to “make it.” while that’s great and all and i do want to learn and i do love photography- i do not want my worth to come from that. that should not be my desire. i do not need to be “known” because my worth is already found in Christ.
i think the world puts a lot of pressure on young women to be independent, to succeed, and be known which makes it sometimes difficult. there are certainly expectations for women and careers and all of that. but what if i just lived in a small country house on some land, with a few kids, and raised them to know and love Jesus? to live a simple life, with very little stress, and lots of love? would that be enough? i absolutely would love to say yes. raising a family, and being an example of Jesus’ love to my little boy is far greater than “making it” at any job or career.
i wrote a song when i was fourteen that says “Lord, take my dreams. take my desires. they are not my own. i come before You know laying all that i am, all that i have before You.” and that’s exactly what i need to be reminded of time and time again. to lay it all down. to be great in His eyes is enough, and to find satisfaction in Him alone is even greater.
The other day I was in Anthropologie and saw these awesome miniature snow globes. I picked them up to see the price and was a little surprised at what I saw…they are a bit pricey (the large mason jar alone is $38!) Then I had the clever idea of simply making my own. Really, these are SO easy to make and you can find all of the things that you need to make them at Hobby Lobby or Michaels! So here is my own little Anthropologie snow globe DIY :
Things you will need:
Small trees (I bought a whole bag of them for $11 at Michaels)
A Large Mason Jar, Small Mason Jar, or any other jars.
Little ornaments, etc. you may want to add
Pine Cones, Glitter, and a glue gun
Simply glue (with a glue gun) the trees to the bottom of the jar’s lid along with pincones, ornaments, etc. Add ALOT of glitter! Either glue or screw the lid back on the jar and ta-da! You have your own little snow globe that looks just like the ones at Anthropologie :) ….but for much, much cheaper. I’m going to have ours on the piano or our fireplace mantel, love them!
Last week I celebrated my (22nd) birthday! So far it feels pretty similar to 21 :) Jay took me out for dinner, and he gave me a new record player! I was pretty excited because our old one broke and have been wanting a new one for a while. I’m so excited to start playing some Christmas records on it. My mom took me and Leland out shopping and I bought a coat, some boots, and a pink beret!! (in the picture below) So, yep it was a lovely birthday and I am truly thankful! I have been blessed with such an awesome family, great friends, a loving husband and little boy. The Lord taught me this past year, and I know that I’ll continue to grow and learn this next year as well.
Anywho, I am just about caught up with everything with photography which feels SO wonderful. Think I’ll be blogging more here more often :) Not as much photography business sort of stuff, but mainly just personal. Woohoo! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend and have a great week… Be back soon!
Phew! It has very busy which means very little time to blog. Things are starting to slow down which is nice :) I have one session and three weddings left for the year. I was talking to a good friend last night about having to say “no.” I didn’t say no the last few months, overbooked and I felt it- I definitely learned my lesson! I need to learn to say no more often (which easier said than done!)
Anywho, last week I had a day to get away for a bit and meet up with Jennifer! Jay and I met up with Jennifer and Jonathan this past June, and it was such a blessing meeting them. Welp, Jennifer was in Chattanooga last week and it was only about a three hour drive for each of us to meet up! She lives in Alabama (I live in Kentucky) and I think that’s like a fourteen hour drive so three hours isn’t so bad! :) We met up in southern Kentucky and went to visit Cumberland Falls, went to pizza hut (yup!), I got to hear about her recent trip to Ethiopia, and of course….since we both love photography, we took some pictures. It was so great meeting up again- she is a beautiful friend, inside & out!
Not the greatest picture of the falls but it was in the middle of the day and really bright when I took this. Also, I’m sure we looked pretty funny to all the old folks that were there visiting the falls as we walked around the woods in our dresses- haha.
Oh, and I took a couple portraits…Jennifer, you could totally be a model for a vintage clothing line!! ;)
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