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Friday, January 28, 2011

A new baby boy

Chance and I celebrated our 11th anniversary on January 1st! I can't believe we've already been married that long! I really wanted to go to Imaging USA in San Antonio January of this year. So, I took Chance along, we got an awesome rate on a 4-star hotel through Priceline, left all 4 kids with my mom  (bless her heart) and headed off for a couple of days. It was WONDERFUL! We had a great time on the River Walk the first day and then the second day was jammed packed with speakers, an expo, and thank God for Starbucks. Although all the speakers I heard were amazing my favorite one was David Williams. I don't  even know where to start to try and explain how inspiring this guy was.

Anyway, I came home feeling refreshed, excited, and ready to try some new things. I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of little Jude. Photographing newborns is one of my most favorite things to do!! Actually, I'm pretty nervous at the just never know what those little guys will do but when I get those pictures loaded and start to process them I just melt inside. It takes me back to those times when I had a newborn of my own...not so long ago. I remember their sounds, smells, and the way their soft skin feels. I tend to forget all that crying and stuff about a year after I've had one and that's probably why I have so many of those little munchkins.

By the way, Abigail and Jude's mom and dad are named Lance and Chelsea. They go to Cottonwood with us so that was kind of funny when they first started coming. Chelsea was also pregnant with Abigail the same time I was pregnant with Mackenzie...I think we confused a lot of people. Lance helps lead music and Chelsea spends time with the girls in the youth group. All that to say their family is really close to our hearts. They serve the Lord with all their hearts and its so sweet to see how God has blessed their lives.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

More Senior Pictures

Here are some more pictures from my session with Dillon, a senior from Godly.

And, sadly the last week of school before Christmas my grandmother passed away. She was diagnosed with sinus cancer about a year and a half ago. We decided she had nine lives. She had come so near death and was even put on hospice but almost fully recovered. She didn't want to go through the chemo and radiation and had done fairly well since her surgery. Her cancer came back in her lungs this December and she passed away before that could even be confirmed. 

Here are some pictures I took of her this summer with her favorite thing and what probably sustained her the later part of her life, her 3 Musketeers!

Even though we disagreed on almost every topic including our political views :) she left me with many things to be thankful for. She was always in my corner, she affirmed and supported me in most everything I did, and she would have given me the world if I asked her for it.