Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He works steadily.
Oftentimes He weaves sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget that He sees the upper
And I the underside.
Not until the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This past weekend I had two photo shoots. Both taught me some things about life and how quickly it can pass you by if you don't pay attention. As you all know, I'm starting a new business and with that comes the challenges of finding work. Many of the shoots I have done so far have been family or friends...a few paying customers but mostly freebees to get things rollin'.
Anyway, as you also know, my younger brother Brad and his family live in Virginia. He was back in Iowa for a few weeks and spent some time with his "family" while here. To make a long story short, Brad was very lucky as a junior high/high school student to meet a family that lived here in Des Moines when he came down for a basketball camp or something. The important part here is that the Meskimens became his "family"....truly in every sense of the word. On Saturday the Meskimens were together for a baptism so I was allowed (ok....I strongly suggested that they let me!) to take some shots of the family together. Jolynne (mom of the family) lives here in Des Moines, Jen (Jolynne's daughter) and her daughter live in Las Vegas and Brent (Jolynne's son), Mary (Brent's wife) and their son live in North Liberty, Iowa. Jeez....this is taking too long to explain. HANG IN THERE...I'm getting to my point! This shoot was with one 1.5 year old, two 2 year olds, an 8 year old and an (almost!) 10 year old. Challenging, yes, but very fun.
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands! Clap...clap!
THIS ONE MAKES ME LAUGH....As soon as I put the camera down, this is what happened....everyone started running around, getting ready for the next shot! It was so funny. Look at Jolynne....she just laughed. I don't even think anyone knew it happened...I didn't really until I saw this! :)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
3) Thank you for teaching me that I am a VICTOR, and no longer a victim. (Ok...still working on this one but I am trying)
4) Thank you for teaching me that my past is no longer my shame....it is now my STORY.
8) Thank you for toilet paper. Seriously.
10) THANK YOU for restoring my feeble and broken soul.
More later....I have so much to be thankful for!
JC is my BFF!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
First -- the 3v3 tourney. I just walked around taking random shots of players and coaches so that we can use the photos in next years promotional materials. As I did that I had several teams ask for team photos. Many asked me if they would be for purchase...gave them my card and said send me an email. :) In the last few weeks I have been thinking about getting into wedding photography...scares me to death as I've seen one too many episodes of "Bridezilla"! Having never done a wedding, it's hard to get someone to hire you without examples/experience so that is a hurdle I have to overcome if I decide to go down that path. About halfway through the day a lady walks up and asks me if I do wedding photography! Gave her my card and told her I hadn't done one but was looking into the possibility. She seemed excited and she said she'd call.
God hears us when we talk. I just know it.
A team of about 14-15 year old girls walked up shortly after this and asked for a team photo. One of the parents yelled "Tell her about the ribbon on your socks!" so I bit and asked what it was. At closer look it said "R.I.P. JJ"...I had immediate goosebumps as they explained that a 14-year old friend of theirs had died last Wednesday from an accident on a 4 wheeler. They were going through what no teenager should ever have to and it was tough to watch them. Totally my pleasure to take their team picture....see below. What a cool group of girls.
I honestly believe that God puts people in front of us to remind us of certain things or show us how He is working on our behalf when we don't even realize it....you know....making our "crooked paths straight." Looking back at the 3v3 tourney and what has come out of it, I see God molding me and allowing me to show Him in me to those who cross my path. What a blessing for me!
Later that evening I spent some good time with a 2 year old named Dylan and his parents at a park here in Waukee. He was absolutely adorable.
We were almost done with the shoot and there, at the other end of the park, was a beautiful hot air balloon getting ready to take off. You should have seen his face! Then....God's timing is so good...a firetruck pulls up to make sure the hot air balloon is going to go up ok! WHAT A DREAM! A firetruck for a two year old boy! We were allowed get some shots of Dylan and the truck. The photo above is Dylan after he got to sit in the firetruck and one of the last photos I took. You are probably wondering how I see God in this but I certainly do. I've got a new photography business going and not that the shoot was going bad at all, it wasn't, but how many times does a photographer get a setting like this one without setting it up! I believe that God has a master plan for me and my business and He is doing things to make it easier for me to get my job done well.
And I'll take all the help I can get!
JC is my BFF!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
JUST LIKE GOD.
He sees what we don't, He knows what we don't, He understands and has a plan that we just cannot see...as hard as we try. This picture struck me as a perfect image of the kind of protection we get from God if we accept it. He is our protector, our guardian, our shield and our strength. IN THAT CIRCLE OF HIS ARMS AROUND US, WE ARE SAFE.
Huh. I love it when God does that.
JC is my BFF.
So the title....LEMONS. Right now I have a huge pile of "lemons" in my lap. What's the old saying? "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"? I'd like to but I'm sorta stuck in this chair with the lemons piled up all around me unsure what to do next....my heart aches and it seems to have paralyzed me temporarily. I do know that God is speaking directly to me in many ways these days. I am unsure if what is happening in my life is God's will or the devil's interference, but because I am hearing God very clearly, I believe I now know the truth. Still going to go strong with the business and I have some big plans for other things too. I'm going to read the bible from cover to cover, I'm going to join a women's small group / bible study at my church (finally), I'm going to spend some good quality time with my girls....and I am going to ENJOY sleeping kitty corner in my king size bed -- my dog Buddy is back home now and he takes up so much room (he's only 10 pounds soaking wet!) that I have to sleep sideways...which means I actually missed the screwball!
Two things ran through my head non-stop as I was trying to go to sleep last night. The first..."REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS". So I did...and I do...and I will. The second...Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." This hurt and lack of understanding why this is happening will all be worked out for good because that is God's promise. Sucks going through it now, but I know (that I know that I know) someday I will be changed...and better....for having gone through it. I know that...I do. I really do. (Can you see I am convincing myself?!?)
Someone please pass the lemon juicer....I got a lotta squeezing to do.
JC is my BFF.