this morning, tom and i went to a funeral, for a friend's mom, at our local catholic church. scott's brother is a priest serving in the military in baghdad iraq and he officiated the service. it was the most touching, beautiful funeral service, i think i've ever experienced. very heartfelt and spiritual, with just enough humor to keep everyone at ease. i grew up in the missouri synod lutheran church, so i know the sense of awe that exists in a large, liturgical church, and i must say that i miss that. i adore my church...but, whenever i visit a catholic, lutheran or other liturgical service, i realize that a part of me, misses the sense of awe, respect, and reverence that is a part of a more traditional church. i was moved to tears more than once...and it had a lot to do with feeling the presence of God, as well as the sadness that comes with loss. whenever i go to a funeral, i think of my own mortality, and sometimes, i think about what i would want at my service. i know i want *my* boys to carry me, jared, josh, ryan, kirby and my grandsons. that is important to me. i tell tom that every time we go to a funeral. today, he said he wants that too. i know i want the songs, "amazing grace" and "lift high the cross". i want uplifting, encouraging Bible verses read, and i want a message of Jesus' love and grace given. okay, now it's in writing, and the world knows! if i die soon, you guys all know what i want! anyway, while we were at the funeral, i couldn't help but think about what a great chaplain scott's brother must be. he had such a great sense of humor and seems so very kind. i'm sure he gives a lot of comfort to the military personnel who he serves. that was encouraging. another sort of unrelated thing that i thought was this: we all worship in different ways and have slightly different doctrines, and yet if we worship the same Savior, why can't we all respect each other's faith? an ecumenical body, united in the same purpose. as long as the bottom line is the same? Jesus is our Savior. period.
i guess my mind is really focused on life and death, because not only did scott and kathy lose scott's mom, but my bud donna lost her mom very unexpectedly yesterday too. i know one of the biggest cliche's in the world is, "life is short", but it's so true...and none of us knows the time or hour of our death. i want to be ready. i don't want to have any regrets. i want to spend time with the ones i love, and not hold back on living my life...doing what i love, and hopefully being a blessing to others. i don't want to be so driven, that i miss out on real life, killing myself to "make" it.
so, i mentioned that i would share my favorite products from the show today. since it is late, i will wait and post that another day when i can give it some proper thought. however, i will share some pretty faces that i promised. i love these girls.
this is kim. kim and i have so much in common. i think the main thing being our values. she is a gem.
tracy has taught me more about this industry than anyone else. she is so proper and businesslike...but at the same time, so fun to be around. love tracy!
i am so sad that i didn't do any headshots of jenn. she looks so good! oh well, her facebook profile pic that she took herself is awesome!
wendy. gorgeous, intelligent and on the same page politically with me :)
kelly is so funny...she says that every time we work a show, i try to talk her into headshots! you can see why, right?
iliana is so sharp...she always has the best clothes and accessories.
amy & kl...two of my favorite peeps. love these girls. so glad i got to see them and hang out a bit. i wish i had taken more photos. i always say that at the shows.
update on photography workshop: i'm doing a beginning photography workshop on saturday march 7 at the loft. i have a few openings left, so if you're interested, let me know! there is a lot interest, so i anticipate that it will fill up :)
one more thing photography related. i would like to find an adventurous young couple who ice skate. you don't have to be good...just willing. and not wimpy about cold temps. cute snow gear would be beneficial too. i would also like to find newborn twins to photograph. i am actually dying to do a shoot of multiple newborns....so if you know of anyone that might fit the bill, pass the word.
wow. i've covered the gamut today. i hope you have a great day and weekend. God bless!