Wednesday, July 28, 2010

black & white wednesday

wordless wednesday

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I love to read blogs that post amazing recipes and beautiful pictures of food.

I LOVE amazing images of food!

Love them!

This is definitely NOT one of those posts.

small pancakes for my big boy

Sunday, July 25, 2010

weekend trip

This weekend I had the AMAZING opportunity to travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to attend a lifestyle natural light workshop taught by Lisa from The Long Road to China.  I met Lisa through her blog and we instantly began a long distance friendship/mentor relationship.  She is extremely talented and even more giving of her expertise!  When she advertised the workshop on her blog...I jumped on it!

And so glad I did...

This was such a wonderful blessing for so many reasons:

I got to take a little trip ALONE.
Now, usually, I don't like to be alone.
But for some reason {wink, wink}
the peace & quiet time of traveling solo
and staying in a hotel room all alone
was just what I needed.
I miss my boys & hubby terribly, BUT
I have embraced all aspects of this trip and enjoyed every single minute of it!

I got to spend the weekend doing something I am truly passionate about.
I was so eager to soak up all of the knowledge that Lisa
{and so may other talented ladies} were willing share.

I know that this weekend will continue to further my career as a photographer,
which at this point is helping not only feed my passion,
but provide for my family, as well.
I am so thankful for this opportunity.

{photo collage courtesy of Felicia - thanks for the permission to use it - I was actually in these shots!}

I also got to meet some wonderful ladies.
Before, I had gotten to know most of the ladies from the workshop through their blogs.
However, I have never spoken to any of them {not even Lisa} until this weekend.
It was so neat being a part of this group, finally meeting everyone in person,
and I know that I have made "new" friends
& created some wonderful relationships that will continue to last!

We spent alot of time working...but we spent alot of time playing, too!
We have already started planning next year's trip!

{these photos are not so great considering they were taken with either my phone or Lisa's}

I have added a column on the far right of my blog
listing all the wonderful ladies from the weekend and their blogs.
I can't wait to keep up with their lives and their talent as a photographer!

I even cried today as I said goodbye to everyone!

Lastly, I feel truly honored to be a part of Lisa's journey.  Lisa is heading to China this month to meet her new daughter after waiting 50 months for this blessed day.  This weekend workshop allowed her the opportunity to raise some of the funds required for the adoption.  I am so happy for her and so anxious to continue to follow her story with a prayerful heart.  I wish her the best and know {after spending time with her this weekend} that her new little girl is so lucky to have Lisa for a mommy!

Most of the women attending this workshop have also been blessed with little girls from China.  Everyone was overwhelmed with emotion and truly moved by this experience.  We did a little sneaking around and secretly took up a collection for Lisa.  We presented her with a BIG FAT gift card to help her buy some fun goodies for her new baby girl!  She was so surprised!  And, YES, she cried {and so did we}.

Check out that adorable cake!  Yum!!


I have already started editing my images from the weekend 
{we snapped shots for 6 hours on Saturday - whew!!}  
I can not wait to post them soon!

My flight leaves Pennsylvania at 6am tomorrow 
and I can not wait to get home to my family.
But, I am sad that the weekend was too short!

Bye-bye Bethlehem, PA.

Check out Lisa's amazing images of this little town & the hotel we stayed in.

Friday, July 23, 2010

summer fun



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

preparation for the race

I love it when I read my daily devotion & it starts out:  Dear Kim,"

{insert from my daily devotion: A Daily Hope with Rick Warren}
The day you resign as General Manager of the Universe

you're going to find that it doesn't fall apart. 
You can relax in faith, trusting that God is able to run things 
without your help.
Twice in this passage it says, 
"Don't be afraid," 
and "Don't be discouraged." 
When you face a seemingly impossible situation, 
don't be afraid and don't be discouraged. 
Has God ever lost a battle? 
No. He doesn't lose battles.

You stand firm on two things:
  • The character of God - He's faithful. He does not bring us this far just to let us down. He doesn't bring you out on a limb and then cut off the limb. Have faith in the nature and character of God.
  • The truth of his Word - God's Word is faithful. You can count on the promises found in the Bible.
Ahhhhhh, the truth hurts sometimes.

I know I am not the General Manager of the Universe.
....I see myself as...the assistant General Manager.

alright, alright
Give up control and let Him fight the battles.
I get it, I get it.


Friday, July 16, 2010

good for the soul

Typically, if I take some time off from my blog...
or facebook...
it means I am just a little too grumpy to be "real" with my words.
Real & uncandidly truthful
just ain't pretty
when your just plain grumpy.

However, I have finally made time
for my walks around the neighborhood
my only means of exercise
and truly my only quiet time
which does wonders for my soul {and my bad mood}.

I listen to my ipod and pray
or make deals with God
{highly inappropriate, I know!}
But,  my "God" music does wonders for me
when I need to put things into perspective.

I have been feeling very small & tiny
in this big ol' bad world.

"I know God won't give me more than I can handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much."
-Mother Teresa

Amen, Sista!
I'm just sayin'.
Enough already...

I have been reminded
however small I may be
my God is ultimately huge.

Time to put on my big girl panties and march on.

I got no time to pout!

As for my walks & my God music...
my best friend introduced Jennifer Knapp's
music to me many years ago.
Still, today, her music speaks volumes to me!
Good for my soul.

I have been singing these words...

"I am weak. I am poor. 
I'm broken Lord but I'm yours. 
Hold me now." 

Check out these links
I made {wink, wink}
of 2 of my favorite Jennifer Knapp songs:

So turn on the light and reveal all the glory
I am not afraid
To bare all my weakness knowing in meekness
I have a kingdom to gain
Where there is peace and love in the light, in the light
Oh I am not afraid"

I admit, I have been a little afraid...
{in this big ol' bad world - pout - pout}

For now, 
I seek faith in place of my fears.
I yearn for peace in place of disharmony & frustration.
I long for contentment in place of my consistent wishful thinking.
I seek forgiveness in place of my ever growing resentment.

And, most of all,
I pray for God's will in place of this time of uncertainty.

"And like a lamp on a hill 
Lord I pray in Your will
To reveal all of You that I can"

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