i know the war is real. but to watch video of a friend's husband exchanging gunfire and being in the middle of it, made it much more real this morning.
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i am not only proud of jimmy, but i'm also proud and humbled by the sacrifice stephanie and her sweet girls are making. such a beautiful, young family, affected in a big way. thanks jimmy, stephanie, harper and sadie. you will all be in my prayers EVERY day. and i am sorry that i haven't been more faithful in praying until now.
i think we all go along with our lives and it's easy to get caught up in the busy-ness. and then it hits me, that there are many people who are going through tough, tough times. war, cancer, sickness, job loss, loneliness, and so many other terrible things. i just have to keep believing that God is in control, and that all He wants, is for us to see Him in the midst of it and trust. to trust that He wants more for us. that He just wants us to recognize our need and turn to Him humbly.
"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, whose thoughts are fixed on You! trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock." isaiah 26:3, 4
i can't make sense of anything, without including the Lord in it. knowing that He is in control, and that He is not causing all the horrible things to happen, He is only allowing them, so that we see our need for Him and turn to Him.
i just can't fathom what stephanie must be going through. i just know that without including the Lord in the situation, i would feel hopeless. thanks howell family, and all the other military families...i appreciate you.
i almost feel guilty moving on and sharing images from recent shoots. but i think that images of the faces of young people, gives hope too. these are the faces that jimmy and his company, and many others are risking their lives for.
katie and her mom lori, and i hit the road after shooting a few headshots for the yearbook, and they humored me by just driving and stopping whenever there was a spot that caught my eye. i think we found some great new spots-
isn't she pretty? plus, she was natural with the camera. makes what i do, even better.
i had lots of people asking about our Christmas cards, and where i had them printed. i used my professional lab for the printing, but i don't think that is really the question. i think what people really want to know, is where i got the templates, right? i bought them at design aglow. BUT with that being said, i think the cards are only as good as the photos. not to sound uppity, or photo-snobbish....but i think it's once again a deal where *you get what you pay for*. i think everyone, myself included, wants a quality product or look, but may want to find it at a bargain price. yesterday, i had coffee at my friend chelsea's and i took brooke's Christmas cards, to give them to her. i heard several of the girls saying that they had gone to discount photographers, and had bad experiences. i take it all in. i think when you go to a discount photographer, many times you get lesser quality product. classic, "you get what you pay for". i'm not lacking clients, so i do know that lots of people *get it*. and not that i think i'm *all that*, but i do know that i truly care about what i'm doing, and want to give people a product that is not only quality in appearance, but that also evokes real emotion. that is my mission :)
where has this week gone? we've all lived a lot of life in this week, right? God bless your day today!