Friday, May 21, 2010

A Long Overdue Post

I can't believe nearly two months have gone by! Our trip to Texas was AMAZING!!! We spent a couple fun adventuresome days at the Prislovsky's house complete with Moonlit mid night hikes, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, a cook out, a picnic, a creek hike, catch phrase, singing and playing guitar together, a 5am run, playing with the kittens in the barn, walking/running to the road, rock jumping and pictures, lots of laughs and memories. After that we went down to San Antonio for my brother's wedding. It was a beautiful day, with a beautiful bride, and a beautiful setting, not to mention the handsome groom. I had the privilege of doing the photography, my first wedding shoot! We spent a couple relaxing days visiting and then headed north. The week after we returned Caleb, Daniel, and I got to work at NCHEA Children's conference. It was my first year and I had so much fun working with the children, learning and teaching and fellowshipping with the fellow teachers.
The next weeks flew by with various things to fill the days. Graduation parties, a ballet recital photo shoot, a 12 hour deck staining job, volleyball, working at the Ice Cream shop, music lessons, a college piano recital, church work day, to name a few. I must say I like the busyness, and all the fellowship opportunities:).
Right now I'm seeking to discern where God wants me right now and wat I should be preparing for, whether for years of singleness before marriage, or a life of singleness, or singleness for a short time before marriage. I'm excited with the opportunity that has come for me to attend the Christian Youth In Action CEF camp in NE this June. I love working with children and have greatly enjoyed the children's ministries I've had the privilege of being involved with. Another exciting opportunity this summer is the opportunity to work with the Let Freedom Ring drama.
Well I think that sort of gets me up to date, I really am going to try and be better at writing and posting.
Until next time... God Bless,

Saturday, March 13, 2010

For Sale: Canon Rebel XT kit with two lenses - $825

Dear Friends,
The time has come that I’m “out growing” my first DSLR. This Rebel has been an amazing camera to learn on and I’ve enjoyed getting to know it better over the past two years. In a way it’s replacing a friend but the necessity has arisen to move on. I thought I would first offer it to y’all as it might be easier to let it go to another friend rather than to a total stranger. As far as I know there is no problem at all with the camera and it has worked wonderfully for me the whole time I have owned it. The camera has a 5 year coverage plan that has two years left; it can be transferred to the new owner and covers any deficiency in the camera or problem that may arise while during normal use. This plan also allows for a free annual cleaning. As I’ve mentioned this is a great DSLR to learn on and I’ve enjoyed the opportunities I’ve had with it. However since my photography business is expanding and I need a more advanced camera I’ve made the difficult decision to sell my present camera. I’ve tried to assemble a kit that will get you started with everything that you’ll need, and as such I would need to sell this package together. The package is as follows:
Rebel XT black body w/ body cap
18-55mm automatic lens w/ UV filter
70-200mm manual lens w/ UV lens and Rebel adapter
4 – NB 2HL Batteries – 2 are only about 4 months old and have been used only as back up
Battery Grip - I think this was the best purchase I made for my camera
Rapid Battery Charger
1 GB High Speed CF Card
External Mounted Manual Flash
Eyepiece Extender and Eye Cup
Wireless Remote – Great for taking pictures in dim lighting and for portrait sessions
Lens Cleaner Solution and Special Lens Cloth
5 year Coverage Plan (2 Years Left)

If you’re interested or have any questions drop me a FB message or e-mail me at:, you can also call me at: 712-778-4469
Also if you know of anyone that would be interested, feel free to pass this info on.
Thanks for your interest!
P.S. Knowing how helpful my own “DSLR crash course” was when I first bought this camera, I would be more than happy to offer the same help and whatever continuing assistance I can offer.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Valentine's Day Dance

February 19, 2010
After weeks of anticipation and preperation... the day of the dance finally arrived. The weather report was laced with doom but thankfully the snow held. The two hours flew by quickly at the dance filled with laughter, mistakes, learning, conversing, fellowship and of course, dancing! I think my favorite was the Virginia Reel (probably cause I knew that one the best) but the Ships cook came in a close second! I'm going to try and upload a few pics from the dance here!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Finally In

Wow, I'm terribly sorry I've been so terribly bad about updating. We have been (and still sort of are) in the process of moving to our house in the country. It has been a busy, happy couple of days, or rather weeks. We are finally here in the house and I am immensely enjoying the amazing kitchen. It's so nice to finally be in a house. I've been working on setting up my room as well as the kitchen and getting back to sewing. My latest project is a regency gown for the Valentine's Day Dance that I'm attending. I'll try and post some pics soon. I'm in the process of trying to get the program that I need on my laptop to compress the pictures properly. Thank you for your patience and forbearance.
God Bless,

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Winds of Change

Well... the winds of change, kept change from occurring:(. Today we were planning on moving over to our house in the country, but the wind and snow collaborated to pile up insurmountable drifts. Thus, the move has been postponed, til when? I'm not sure, we'll try again tomorrow:). It's so exciting being this close to finishing and moving in! I've been sort of out of it for the past couple of days with a real bad headache, though it's somewhat better now. I'll try and keep y'all posted on the progress.
God Bless,

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Grady Family Visit

Today we had a delightful visit with the Grady family today. We played Apples to Apples while enjoying pizza, salad and veggies, with, of course, ice cream for desert. Then we all gathered back in the event room for a devotional that Mr. Grady brought. He spoke on the Love Chapter, I John 4. He brought out the fact that Love and Abide go hand in hand. God has given us the perfect example of this. He doesn't just say "I love you" and then disappear, only "popping in" every now and again, rather He ABIDES in us. So often its easy to "love" from a distance, but the true test is when we actually come in contact with those that we're to love. I know for me it's really easy to say that I love my family when I'm in my room doing devotions, but it gets much more difficult when I'm trying to cook dinner and little guys are in and out of the already small kitchen and littering the tile with cars (you know how painful it is to step on a matchbox car? especially some of them!!!). So... in the year 2010... I'm going to work on the Abiding love, not just the distant kind.

After the insightful devotional we watched A Widows Might, directed and produced by John Moore (check it out at:
After the movie, while Caleb and Daniel cooked up some hot dogs, the majority of the rest of us had a load of fun learning/teaching some "line dances". After dinner we squeezed in one more "dance lesson" and then the Grady's headed home.
And now here I am... writing and the guys are downstairs doing who knows what, oh wait, it's after 8pm, so... they're probably cleaning up the business.
Well I'm going to close and call it a night (I was up 'til 2am this morning, what a way to bring in the new year, tired and exhausted, hmmm I think I'm getting old or something!). Anyways... I'm also not drinking any caffeine SO... I'm pretty much exhausted! I think I'll make myself a nice hot cup of herbal tea and sign out!
I hope y'all had as good a New Year's Day as I did!
God Bless,

New Year, New Page... Sort of

I've always thought that the New Year gave us a "clean sheet" whereupon we inscribe the history of the year as it goes by. A clean sheet, a new start, another chance. Well in some ways this is the case, but as I realized today, the sheet might be new but I'm still in the equation, and so, though the sheet is new... the same old me is filling it! So... that requires a different approach, not just, "The history I write will be better this year, now that I don't have all the junk from the beginning of 2009" But "This year I won't try and write the future, but I'll stick to recording the past and follow God's lead, not seeking to blaze my own trails." We'll see how 2010 goes and what it holds, it's really exciting... in a frightening sort of way!
God Bless,