Cuzzin' Time

My Aunt Wanda and I have the same type of furniture, the same decorating styles, the same singing voice, the same goofy expressions...the point is, we have a lot in common. And I love her so.  I still remember when she taught me to braid hair...and when she played guitar...and when she and my mom rented a house together...and...and...she's just fun:)

She and Uncle Jim have 3 boys...and somehow they have grown up and I blinked and missed it.  I hardly recognized them with all their facial hair and having them tower over me.

It's not a secret that I sorta like being her "adopted" daughter.  So, when she was inquiring about family pictures, I was happy to oblige! 

Well...except that it's below freezing outside and "OH MY GOODNESS" I don't think I could feel my fingers...but, hey...we all have dreams of being Kate Winslet looking wistful through chattering teeth and frozen hair...we just traded the Titanic for a large red caboose:)  Enjoy a sampling of our cold afternoon:)

Once we were frozen to the bone:)  We headed over to the church I was married in and got a few inside shots.  And though I joke about the weather, this really was a first Winter Photo Session that I've had and I was so over the top happy with the result!!! Thanks again Uncle Jim, Aunt Wanda and the guys for letting me spend the afternoon with you!  Please jump over to my facebook page to see even more images in an album:) 



It was a year last September that CTPhotoMemories has been in exsistence.  It was born out of a love of capturing memories and personalities and a love of people.  I had NO IDEA what it would entail with regards to the business side of things and I had no direction in what to actually hope for...

Although, deep down, being the people pleasing person that I am...I secretly hoped that people would like what I captured...that they'd be giddy over pictures of their children and happy that they had chosen to use CTPhotoMems...

And it seemed like God just started blessing it...I had an abundance of family photo sessions (sometimes to the point that I was overwhelmed, but not quite)...then came a couple of weddings...then senior photo sessions and now the opportunity to photograph's been an amazing journey. 

In this, I've been able to purchase my camera, a Nikon a new lense that affords me the opportunity to photograph batteries that seem to die fast when my finger starts clickin' the button:)

Outside of these purchases, my family is not in great need...God has allowed my husband to remain in a job that is able to support our family and even extras:)

Because of this, I told God and my daughters that profit that was made from Mommy's christmas card designs/sales this year would be going for those that didn't have all that we have...

And can I tell you, that once you start down this road of giving...your heart runs the risk of being burdened and blessed all at the same time?  Burdened, because you realize that you can't even make a dent in the needs that are out there and Blessed, because even just one person's life can be changed...

Because so many of you entrusted me to take your family photos and turn them into christmas card gifts to all of your extended family and friends...we were able to give to some needy children and families in different parts of the world. 

I wanted to share with you what your moneys have done...

First off, the girls and I went a little crazy on putting together shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child  If you aren't familiar with this organization, please feel free to peruse the link.  We crammed dolls and toothbrushes and headbands and gum and strawberry shortcake toys and just all sorts of things that we thought some little children might enjoy into a few shoeboxes.  We sent them off with a prayer and a hope that it will make someone who doesn't have all the things my girls have, feel special and loved.

And then we went scrolling through World Vision dot com and after a longggggg discussion about what we might like to give...(let me tell you, it was a long eldest was set on getting  a bike for an exploited girl in India, my middle child wanted to support a child going to school for a year in Africa, and my youngest thought a cow was just cool!) 

I'm happy to announce that your moneys provided for a goat, 2 chickens, 3 ducks and 2 rabbits.  You can go to the link to read how these animals help to provide not only food, but a way of income for those that have next to nothing. 

THANK YOU a million times over for using CTPhotoMemories...I am praying and looking for other ways for your moneys to be used for 2011.  It has been a privilege and blessing to be able to do this this year.  I will be expecting great things in the new year...anticipating what God will do and how He directs me! 

Merry Christmas...hope to see you again in 2011!!!


Best Friends

We've known Graig and Sara since college...back in the "good ole days"...back when we had "rio" good times, when the guys were "wooing" us without us really knowing it, and Sara & I scribbled in blue books and ran across campus to turn them in... if you don't know us, NONE of that stuff is really funny to you or really makes any sense...but, if you're ME or're totally cracking up and getting all the inside jokes:) 

However, since I hope hope hope that people other than myself and Sara actually read this blog, I will cease with my trip down memory lane and continue on with the present day story...

Remember this little girl?

My youngest was (and still is, quite frankly) completely obsessed with little Macie...
We took care of Macie for a, I don't capitalize YEAR because it was some long, arduous task for us to care for Macie...however, a YEAR is a longgggggggggg time for Graig & Sara and their little girls to live in Kenya, Africa! 

They went there to adopt THIS little sweetness!
And YES...her cheeks ARE that kissable...
She now has 2 big sisters...although one only has her by about 10 months...Let's just put it this way... Sara has her hands full!

And now their family of 4 has grown to a family of FIVE!  We love them sooo much!!!
Come back to see us soon!!!


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