Friday, July 23, 2010


My other half is out of town on a little trip with the guys to Kansas City to IHOP.  I have enjoyed the free time and been able to get lots done, but I sure am lonesome.  I guess I have gotten so used to having him here all of the time that I don’t know how to live alone anymore!  Thank goodness he will be back in the morning before I have time to go into full out depress-o mode! haha :)

Another part of my gloomy state of mind is coming from an aching deep inside me to be holding my baby in my arms.  Yes, the one that is not even on it’s way yet.  I have a session tomorrow with a baby girl, so I have been thinking about babies and getting ideas from the web… and all of the cute pictures I see just make me so much more ready for it to be my turn!  In the last two years, I am quite sure that at least 50 people I know have had babies or are currently pregnant.  That is just crazy to me!  I guess I’m just at that age and/or stage in life.  I’m just being impatient for my turn to come around.  Justin is telling me that I’m next… and I sure hope he’s right! 

In honor of all the baby talk, I think I’ll post one more precious picture of Carlie Ann.   I finally finished and uploaded her gallery last night and cannot wait for her mommy to see it!


Now I need to get off this computer and get un-gloomy.  I have a full day ahead of me including dinner with some of my favorite girls and then a home group meeting where my great friend, Jenna Henderson, will be speaking!  

Sunday, July 18, 2010


I have a huge problem with it.  Like right now I have a to-do list of about 10 things to get finished before tomorrow.  But instead of working on that, I’m browsing through old pictures on my external hard drive and new pictures on my camera’s memory card.  And since I never blog anymore, I thought I’d blog about some of our most recent pics.


A little while back while in LA visiting my momma, we also got the chance to see these two sweethearts.  These are my cousin’s girls, Riley and Taylor.  I couldn’t believe how big they had both gotten.  They are so precious to me.  And Justin is just IN LOVE with Riley (the younger one).  He wants to bring her home after every visit we have with her.  I hope it’s not too long before we see them again.  This picture makes me miss my family.  :(


This picture, on the other hand, makes me smile on the inside.  Since Justin and I have decided that we want to start a family soon, I have started taking prenatal vitamins every night with dinner.  It’s just a tiny little thing, but it means the world to me.  If you know me in person.. you know what I mean!  :)


This past week our church hosted a youth conference called “Collision”.  It was insanely powerful and awesome.  Youth from all across the country came and got rocked by the power of God.  People were set free and delivered from all kinds of addictions, suicide, depression, etc.  Some were also physically healed of migraines, scoliosis, heart problems, vision problems, and more.  Justin was on the prayer team, and I volunteered to help do whatever needed to be done.  It was a great week, and I’m so glad we were a part of it!

Well.. I guess it’s time to make my grocery list and get out of here.  We need some food in this house!

Monday, July 12, 2010

longest day of my life

So this past Saturday I woke up about 5am, which is beyond early for me.  Even on work days I don’t get up until 7.  I was excited Saturday though.  I was dressed and ready to leave by 5:45.  I got in the car and drove 3 1/2 hours.  I ended up in a little town called Benton, LA.  I stayed there for a few hours, then got back in my car to drive home.  It started raining… no pouring.  I had to drive super slow and thought I’d never make it home.  Little did I know that the rain would be the least of my concerns.  Turns out on my way home I encountered 2 major wrecks on the interstate.  One was like an 8 car pile up, and one appeared to be an 18-wheeler that basically barrel rolled and ended up covered in mud, grass, etc.  I traveled about 3 miles in an hour’s time.  It was CRAZY.  I almost went crazy.  Haha…  All I wanted to do was get home and rest.

When I finally did get home and settle down after being gone for about 18 hours that day, I figured out that it was all worth it  :)


Because of this….


and this….


That whole trip Saturday was so that I could go meet little miss Carlie Ann and do her very first photo shoot.  Her family was so sweet and welcoming.  And she was a true little doll.  I would do it all over again if I needed to!

Congrats, Cara and Hunter on your precious angel! 

I am SO in love with photographing newborns!!!!  :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

guess what game i’m playing..

I’m playing catch up again!  Seems like I barely have time to sit and blog these days.  We finally got all moved into the new apartment.  I still have a desktop computer coming my way, as well as a new art piece from the fabulous Lacey Herring.. and then I will be satisfied!  Can’t wait!

Besides moving and working at the preschool, I’ve been keeping busy with editing pictures that I took on my recent trip to West Monroe. I have two sessions down and one to go.  You can see a little peak of the first two on my photography blog.


And I’ve also been doing a little side job with a photographer in Denton.  I haven’t gotten to actually assist on any shoots or learn very much technical stuff, but it’s fun and easy money so I’m not complaining!  We have talked about the possibility of that turning into my primary job starting in the fall.. but that is still a long way off.  We shall see!!!  I wouldn’t mind it one little bit :)

Now for one other little tid bit of news that I’m basically documenting for myself and any family that reads..  Justin and I have decided that if everything goes according to plan, we will start trying for our first little angel this fall.  I really couldn’t be more excited.  Well.. I bet when the time comes I’ll be more excited, but for now I’m thrilled!  We have decided to start being more aggressive with paying off debt as well as putting money into a “baby fund” in order to be semi-prepared.  Woo-hoo!!! :) :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

is it just me?

Is it just me or did the months of February, March, April, and May just seem to slide by so fast that they almost disappeared?  I seriously feel like it was just January.  Like, sometimes I still wanna write ‘09 on my checks.  It’s crazy.

I’ve always heard that the older you get, the faster the time goes by.  I’m really starting to believe that one.  I think staying so busy also has a lot to do with it.  Lately it feels like we can’t get a break.  There is always something going on.

Last week we headed to West Monroe for a few good reasons.  Evangelizing stuff that Justin and Dustin had set up with Jeremy Lowe and his youth group, photo shoots, and family visits were the main reasons.  As always we didn’t really have quite enough time to do everything and see everyone that we wanted to.  It was a good trip though.  I was very grateful to be able to do a few photo shoots while in town.  Hopefully I’ll have some of the images posted on my other blog soon.

Then as soon as we got back to TX, we started the process of moving. I say process because we started early Monday morning and are still moving.  I still have a car load full of boxes and have boxes all over the apartment.  I might post some pictures of the new place if we ever get everything settled.  My goal is to have it done before I go back to work on Tuesday, but we will see!  It has never taken me this long to get unpacked in a new place.


In completely unrelated news.. I’m asking everyone to please say a special prayer for my momma.  She thought she was having heart problems last week and went to the hospital.  They kept her overnight for observation, but then sent her home.  Well a few days later she was having severe pain right under her breastbone.  She went back to the hospital and found out that she has gall stones.  They did a procedure to break up the stones, but are going back in Tuesday to remove her gallbladder.  She is a little bit scared and nervous.  I’m praying for health, healing, peace, and joy through the entire process for her.  I hate to know my momma is in so much pain.  :(