Brother + Open field = Picture time :)

It was a perfect opportunity.  We were in an open field, he had  his cowboy boots and hat on, and there was a pickup truck to boot.  I had my camera with me, so I took pictures.

Josiah is my older brother.  He'll turn twenty this November.  I don't know where the time's gone or when exactly it was that he packed up his Tonka trucks but now he works as an airplane mechanic and IT technician.  I'm pretty proud of him. :)

My mom was with us and she snapped this one of us together for me.  - Thanks Mom! 


Mike & Sarah's Wedding: Revealed

When Sarah told me she was courting Mike it was easy to see her excitement.  She told me their story, how she had accidentally friended him on Facebook when her computer froze up, how he started hanging out with her family all the time, how she had purposed to guard her heart at a young age, and how Mike was the first guy she was specially attracted too.  Their story only got better as they sought to have Christ as the center of their relationship, grew closer to one another, and then one afternoon, as snow floated down from the sky above, Mike took Sarah for a walk in her family's backyard where he asked her to be his wife.

I had the pleasure of witnessing the marriage of Mike and Sarah on May 25th of this year.  I wasn't the official photographer (I was actually the guestbook attendant, kitchen helper, and flower girl wrangler for pictures).  This was the first wedding that my Nikon D80 accompanied me to and I'm glad we went together because even though the pictures aren't stellar, there what I'm about when it comes to photography - making precious moments last.      

Before Sarah's dad gave her away he said a few things to Mike and then asked the men to come and pray for the groom . . .

. . . and that's when one of the most precious things happened.  Sarah's little sister appeared to begin to cry and while the men prayed Sarah comforted her.  Precious!

After the bride and groom left and clean up was well under way, I slipped back into the room were the bride prepared for her wedding day and I snapped this photo . . .

. . . 'cuase it's just too precious not to be remembered!


Congratulations Mike and Sarah, may God richly bless your marriage to be a testimony of His love and grace!

The Gift of the Everyday . . .

It has been said that the problem with life is that it is so daily; it's eat meals, wash laundry, answer e-mails, etc.  Life is daily and I find that I grow so used to its dailiness that I can have trouble stepping back and savoring its beauty. 

This year I was challenged to find God's grace in every moment, to seek out the gifts that He has given in the daily.  I'm no pro that's for sure.  I'm blind to a lot of God's grace around me.  I want to get better at seeing it, though.  I think these picture are an excellent reminder to myself that life is perspective, we see what we are looking for.  Last Saturday I was in a hay field and this is the beauty that I saw . . .  

Do you stop and look for beauty/for God's gifts in dailiness?  
Please share in the comments, I love hearing from you!


Mike & Sarah's Wedding: Preview

Sarah is a sweet friend of mine.  This past year(ish) I had the joy of watching her meet and grow to love the man God had for her as a life partner.  Mike and Sarah have a faith in God that's tangible and to me that's what makes them such a fantastic couple!

Come back for more of this sweet couple!


Puppy Pleasure

I've grown up with dogs in the house, more than one (or two) at times.  Of all the dogs we've owned, Henry has to be one of the most laid back that we've had.

Yesterday, when I snapped this picture of him he was resting on the lazy-boy using the arm rest as a pillow.

He's such a great dog. :)

Summer-time Treasure

Summer has at long last arrived.  With it come those activities, those sights and sounds and smells, that shout "Summer's here!"  

This year my summer consists of putting up bales of  hay for friends who live on farms (the smell of fresh cut hay is so good), experiencing horse back riding, watching my brother's softball games at night, and enjoying sunny skies and breezy weather.  What are some of the things that make summer special to you?  I'm grateful to have my camera along to capture a few of this summer's priceless moments - smiling faces at an Ice Cream Social, home runs at a softball game, horse back riding at the home of friends . . . life is good! :)      

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