Monday, December 2, 2013

8 years...

It's hard to believe it's been 8 years since my life changed forever. Let me think back to 8 years ago. 8 years ago I was 17, a senior in high school, and getting ready to go on a missions trip to Russia the day after Christmas. 8 years ago I was excited about decorating for Christmas, complete with lighted garland and white twinkle lights in the bushes. 8 years ago I was also helping my sister plan her wedding which never happened...

I'll never forget sitting in the car about to visit the cake vendor for last minute touches. Rodney Atkin's "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" was on the radio and we were both singing it as loud as possible. It was her favorite song at the time. My sister pulled out a shade of red lipstick that always made her blue eyes pop and applied it with perfection is one swoop. I had yet to master the art of the lipstick; heck the idea of tweezing my eyebrows was still a bizarre concept to me. I remember telling her that I didn't know how she did it; I would never be that good. She smirked at me with the side of her mouth and said "It's like with anything you need to learn. Commit to doing it and it will eventually work itself out." I smiled at her thinking "yea right..."

I miss her so much sometimes it physically hurts. I miss harmonizing with her while singing The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World" while clearing the table after dinner. I miss experiencing fireflies for the first time during our trip to North Carolina when I was 12. I miss venting my anger and frustration over whatever stupid fight I got in with my parents in her room while we both colored Disney princesses and she silently listened.

I miss thinking that no one would ever be as gorgeous as she was.

I trust God completely and I rest in knowing that He does work terrible experiences for His perfect will. It doesn't mean I'll ever understand it....but that's ok.

Whenever I freak out, convinced that I'm going to wind up being the only 30 year old woman who ever lived that never had a serious boyfriend, I always hear my sister's voice as she told me that one day there will be one boy who will be the one person I had been waiting for. I always knew she was brilliant... ;)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Holiday Mini Session:: November 16th

Hey all!

Have you wanted to get some photos of you and the kids but didn't want to deal with a 2 hour shoot with screaming kids and the lovely Florida winter sun beating down on you? This year I'm offering Holiday Mini Sessions for you to get your annual family pictures just in time to send out those Christmas cards! Contact me for more information. 

I look forward to photographing you and your family!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Event:: Uncommon 2013

I've been doing recreation for the middle school summer camp at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale for 9 years....

9??? 9????? WOW!!!!!

God has been so good, He really has.  Every year, about 1 1/2 months before we leave for camp I go into panic mode. Complete. Panic. I begin listing all the things I have to get done and get so overwhelmed that I shut down, shove my notepad aside, and go to sleep. Because if you know anything about me you know that when I get thrown too many things as once I just kind of look at them and walk away, not wanting to do it and not knowing where to start. And then every year I get to camp and am in awe of God and what He has done. For some reason He's chosen me to do this job and I love it. I mean absolutely love it. I get to experience Him using me in such a simple way to bring an environment to these kids where they can have fun and learn how to love Jesus more.

That's why I come back every year. I want to be used by God and He uses me at camp so show me how good He is. It's crazy.

It's been a crazy ride, honestly. The pictures I take each year bring me back to where I was in life during that time and it just brings me back. I've been through the mountain and the valleys but each year I come back to camp. Camp Geneva. Good Lord, Camp Geneva...

I pray for the team I'll have with me each year and am constantly provided with some of the best people I'll ever meet.  They're heart to serve-I love it.

Here's a couple of pictures from this year- Uncommon 2013.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Family Shoot:: The Maurilus Family

She's like my sister from another mother. My Haitian twin. The peanut butter to my jelly. Emmy my love, you are amazing. And your family is hilarious. I think I knew the instant your father peered at me over his sunglasses and said "I make this look good." I hope you guys enjoyed yourself and the pictures even more!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Engagement: Jose + Sheena

College has its ups and down. You go to class, take some tests, pull a couple of all nighters and eventually you earn a degree. Something you can be proud of. One of the best things about college is the chance to meet new people and form new relationships. Occasionally those relationships can turn into more than friendship; as is the case with Jose and Sheena.

These two met working at the college book store together. Just friends of course. I feel like sometimes that's how some of the best stories begin. Side by side they worked together, enjoying each other's company and learning more and more about one another's character. Fast forward some time to a road trip to West Virginia for a community service project called Alternative Breaks. It was here that their friendship blossomed into something more and they eventually fell in love.

I asked both Jose and Sheena what they love most about each other and their responses were the kind you hear in books (can you tell how much I'm loving this couple?!). Sheena told me that the thing she loves most about Jose is his presence (swoon). She said that even if things are crazy and hectic its as if nothing else matters. Best. Line. Ever.

Jose told me that he loves Sheena's heart. "She has a good heart. She makes me want to be a better person because of her dreams." Family is important to Jose and he loves that both of their families go well together and get along. You're loving this groom too, right?!
Jose and Sheena, I adore you. I'm super excited to help you prepare for forever with each other this March!