Thursday, December 29, 2011

December: Cell Phone Imagery Style

I've realized that if I ever get an iPhone, it will be used mostly for the Instagram app to take pictures — not to make phone calls.
Le Sigh.
Yeah, that's a photographer for you. ;-)

Here is a little peak of my December month through cell phone images.
Sometimes with my LG Lotus Elite phone, and whenever possible,
with my sister's super fabulous iTouch (and Instagram!)

I finally got myself a personal sized french press.
My favorite thing to do is brew my Aveda Comfort tea with it.

This would be me, after doing a family portrait session in 6"-8" deep snow!
I was cold, but it was fun. :)

Ahhh, Starbucks holiday coffee...


My sister Cheri came home from Georgia for Christmas.
She and I visited the 29th Street Mall in Boulder, CO, and had a fabulous time.
PS. I visited 'Anthropologie' for the first time...


I love a Peppermint Mocha.

We love coffee.

Us in front of the mall Christmas tree:

Bing Crosby & Frank Cinatra were played OFTEN in my car throughout the month of December.

I emptied out my antique desk to (hopefully) sell on Craigs List so I can buy another desk for my 'office'!

A pajama clad group of 9 people gathered in the livingroom
& around the Christmas tree on Christmas morning.
(Sorry, no pictures of Pajama-Clad persons) ;)

The after-math ;-)

Christmas Dinner. I especially love Mom's stuffing! It's loaded with butter. ;-)

Sparkling Grace Juice to drink with dessert:

I found the circular, green pillow at Hobby Lobby for 50% off!
At first I wasn't sure if all 3 pillows matched, but I think they might do!
(I've had the two pillows behind it for a while - they came from Pier 1 Imports)

My favorite ground coffee as of late: Caribou Coffee's Obsidian.

New business cards & a new moleskin journal to kick in New Year 2012!

I waited till the day after Christmas to buy a little Christmas tree for 50% off.
I also found some lovely red, glass balls to hang on it.
Haven't found a small string of white lights anywhere for it yet — maybe next Christmas!


On a more serious note, the Lord has been teaching me His All Sufficiency. No matter what it is — your business, home, family, friends, marriage, relationships, finances... it will all fall apart if not built on Christ. All of these things are not bad things in and of themselves, but if we're relying on them to make us complete, we will - without fail - be disappointed.

We like to ask questions like, How? What? Why? When? Where? But the answer is all about WHO. When Moses was bowing before God at the burning bush, he asked God, "Who am I that I should lead this people? What will I tell them who sent me?" God said, "I Am." All of life's questions are answered in 'I Am.' (read Exodus 3)

Unless my life is built on Christ and Christ alone, all else fails. As a person who has surrendered their life and all to Christ, I have no right to demand what my future will hold. When God says 'no' it only means that He has something BETTER for me. (And he knows me better than I know myself!) His plan is always for our good and for His glory.

Who am I to say that the God who created me, and knows me intimately, doesn't know what is the BEST for me?

"Now to him who is able to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Eph. 3:20, 21

Monday, December 26, 2011

2011 In Review

Psalms 65:11 says, "Thou crownest the year with thy goodness..."

As the year of 2011 comes to a close and another chapter closes in my life, I like to pause and reflect on what God has done throughout the year.
Two thousand and eleven had it's changes, twists, and turns, but as always, His faithfulness and mercy was there each day, and it was a good year. Over all, it was a "quiet" year and I stayed close to home. I didn't travel much, compared to the last couple years.

Here's just a little pictorial peek of some of the highlights from this past year!
(Both mobile phone & professional camera pictures) ;-)
On Valentines day, I flew to Spokane, Washington and totally suprised my my kindred spirit & dear friend, Sarah, who lives in far north Idaho. The look on Sarah's face when she saw me was priceless. :-)

Journey to Idaho

Sarah knows I love coffee, so one night she made me some french pressed! We sipped our coffee on leather couches and talked into the wee hours of the morning. Loved it!



I crossed off a bucket list item while I was in Idaho — I watched my first 3D movie with Sarah and her sisters!


In March, I started nannying 3 little children on a full time basis. I became like a mother... and loved every moment.


One night in March, I got dressed up and went to a piano concert by pianist Jim Brickman! That too was a bucket list item that was so happily crossed off.



I went to my church's Ladies Retreat in Estes Park, Colorado. It was so nice to sneak away for a weekend and be refreshed and encouraged in the Lord. My Pastor's wife was the speaker for the two day retreat.




The Lord so wonderfully provided a 2003 Ford Focus for me to purchase! It was in incredible condition and only had 73,000 miles on it. I love my car!


My very dear friend, Heather—who has become very much like a sister to me—got married in May. I flew to Indiana to celebrate for the very special weekend, and stood up in the wedding as a Bridesmaid. Not only was the wedding special, but I also got to meet incredible new people and reunite with friends from Dallas, Texas that I lived with for a year. I love my Dallas 'family'!

I drank so much coffee that weekend, no joke! (I needed it.) I enjoyed a grande Toffee Nut Latte with two shots of espresso on wedding morning.




Me and all of "my" Dallas girls!

Rebekah is from Austin, TX. She often came to Dallas to help out at the ministry center where I worked. In the spring of 2010, I rode a train with her and her sisters from Dallas to Austin so that I could take her senior portraits in her hometown. That's another story. ;-)

Me and 'my' Dallas girls once again. What can I say? We're just being normal. ;-)


In July, I took a missions trip to the Philippines and worked under the evanglism ministry of missionary Mike Redick on the island of Negros. We preached the gospel in multiple schools in multiple classrooms every single day. It was like nothing else I had ever experienced before, and I learned so much.




After my time serving with the Redicks evanglism team, I flew back to the main capitol of Manila. It was there where I met up with my newlywed missionary friends, Heather & Andrew, and stayed with them in Manila for 5 days!

Approaching Manila from the island of Negros. Notice the difference between the architecture...


Heather and I:

Heather and I both aren't exactly morning people, so long after Andrew had gotten up and gone downstairs, Heather and I would groggily sip our morning coffee and watched episodes of Megan McGlover on YouTube. ;-) ;-)

We also made chocolate chip cookies...


Andrew and Heather. I love them.

And then I flew home. I went from Manila, Philippines --> Tokyo, Japan --> Salt Lake City, UT --> Denver, CO! It was a long, twenty-four hour trip home all by myself, especially when I got delayed in Salt Lake City. I was extremely sleep deprived by the time I reached the US - I remember just feeling SO miserable.


I got layed off of my full time nanying job Labor Day weekend. So I took the 3 kiddos out for ice-cream cones as a 'goodbye' from 'Miss Leah.'



My friend, Sarah, and her family were visiting from South Carolina. They were out here to see their brother/son graduate at the Ludy's ministry, Ellerslie. One night while they were here in CO, Sarah's family invited my sister and I out to frozen yogurt! (Sarah is from South Carolina, but we worked together in Dallas, TX for a season.)

I also went to hear/see comedian Tim Hawkins live in September! =D What a hilarious highlight of my year. Need I say more? ;-)

My family and I went camping for a couple days in Divide, Colorado. It's a beautiful little mountain town just minutes away from Manitou Springs & the Pikes Peak area. The colors were incredible!!



Yay for IPS 'reunions'! :-) My IPS photographer friend, Heather J, got married and I got to see some other IPS photographer friends in attendance as well at the wedding.


The end of October, I flew to Columbus, Ohio to photograph the fabulous Passion4Christ Summit! Though being busy on staff as Photographer, my heart was encouraged in the Lord by the music & messages preached and I enjoyed sweet fellowship with new friends who are also passionate about Christ.





Thank you Lord, for such a - truly - fantastic year!
I'm eager with anticipation for what's in store for 2012!

Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee.
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.
Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.