Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Month of Blogging-23/23-The Last Day

This past month of weekday blogging has really pushed me. 
To be creative. 
To be consistent. 
To be honest. 
Thanks for joining me on this journey. Encouraging comments, on the internet and in passing. Participation in the giveaway. Those who read my thoughts, look at my photos, you make this worth my time, effort, energy, and preparation.
I'm thinking I might try something similar for November, but I've got a few hours to think it over. (smile!)

Stay with me, though.
There are still going to be some good things coming.
For now, enjoy our most recent updates of "school photos" (photos of we 5)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Month of Blogging-22/23-Pie

One of my favorite pie recipes includes melty chocolate, caramelized nuts, and buttery pie crust. 
I made it for my grandma's birthday a few weeks ago, and she was quite delighted. 
It has many different names, including NestlĂ© Toll House Pie, chocolate chip pie, or chocolate pecan pie. 
It is a fairly easy recipe, but results in an impressive dessert. 


  • unbaked 9-inch pie shell 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup Chocolate chips 
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


PREHEAT oven to 325° F. 

BEAT eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy. Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in butter. Stir in morsels and nuts. Spoon into pie shell. 

BAKE for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Don't overbake.  Cool on wire rack. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Month of Blogging-21/23-Hebrews 12:1-2

These verses can be such an encouragement when life's journey takes a troubling turn or fearsome fork.
Today is the three month mark of when our basement was flooded. Three months of disarray, disorder, chaos, confusion, high hopes, and dashed desires. 
Three months of provision, protection, friends, family, hymns, and Scripture.

Part of the first verse reminds me that because of our sinful, depraived nature our life is full of carrying burdens. But, when we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus, we can cast all our cares and burdens on Him because He cares for His own. 
(1 Peter 5:7)

As the moments pass, it is easy to become entangled with "civilian pursuits" (2 Timothy 2:4.
Daily cares and concerns can draw our focus away from the One who requires of us perfection, and He who lived perfectly, enduring the complete and utter wrath of God, that we might be seen as perfect, atoned, and guilt-free. (Isaiah 6)

How do you respond when your human frailty gets in the way of complete dependence upon God?
What encouragements aid your journey of life?

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Month of Blogging-20/23-Andrew & Keegan | Engagement

As much as I love taking senior photos, I think my up-and-coming new favorite is going to be engagement couples.

I had my first ever (eek!) engagement shoot a few weeks ago for some dear friends.
They have known each other for a few years, and on their 2nd anniversary of meeting each other in person, he proposed, and she said yes.

There was only a short time to capture them, as the light was quickly fading, but we had a wonderful time together, and definitely got some lovely images!

Andrew and Keegan, I am thrilled for you both! It has been an encouragement and challenge to see the way you have let the Lord lead your pathways.
Blessings as you begin this new season of your relationship, and prepare to be married!

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Month of Blogging-19/23-Friday Funnies

10-4? Roger!


I'd like to take a picture of her right after the flash fired!



There's no way I'm getting out, so I'll just stttreeetttcchh out!

But, is it anything productive?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Month of Blogging-18/23-Kaylee | Senior

Below are a few more images from the session I had with Kaylee a few weeks ago.
Senior year is such a special time, and as I've mentioned before, senior photos are a particular favorite of mine.
One of the ways we brought Kaylee's personality in the photos was using musical instruments.
The other was utilizing a bright red VW bug in honor of her acquiring one recently.
Since she was unable to bring her's to KS, a friend of mine graciously let us borrow her bug that is just the same as Kaylee's. (Thanks, Mrs. S!)

We went downtown to use use the urban backgrounds, and I found this delicious light near the alley.
I love the way in lights up her hair, softly wraps her body, and gives overall beauty to the photos.

Thank you again, Kaylee, for giving me the opportunity to capture you during this special season of life!