Blessings

May 31st, 2013

The month of May is already coming to an end!  I have been reflecting the last few days on all of the blessings that have surrounded me this last month.  I have had to opportunity to photograph beautiful babies this month!  I love this picture of Cassidy and Natalie.  Cassidy is such a loving big sister!  She picked out the blanket that she has resting on her lap.  I was delighted that she picked this particular quilt.  It is the one that my grandma made for me when I was little and it has been well-loved!    Our family was blessed with the opportunity to watch our son go to state track meet in 3 events.  This week we watched our daughter play at her piano recital.  We had the opportunity to celebrate many h.s. senior graduation parties, I was honored to capture memories for many of these students by taking their senior pictures.  The rain has made our surroundings so green, and today we are blessed with beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures!  I read a neat quote about blessings today.  It was,“When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.”~ Joel Osteen   I can’t wait to witness the blessings that abound this summer!

Connections…

April 29th, 2013

Photography is a business based primarily on connections:  our connection to our subjects, the connection within ourselves while we create, and connections in the industry and those involved in it.  I love witnessing so many connections within this amazing industry!  I wanted to share an image from a session that I am currently working on. The connection between Lawson and his little sister, Lexi, is so beautiful!  And to have the opportunity to witness relationships such as this is a privilege.

Track Mom

April 19th, 2013

These days find me running and running, although not as much running as my children have been doing lately.  I love that fact that my job revolves around my family’s somewhat hectic schedule!  I would not miss these moments for anything.  Work will always be here, but these moments are fleeting.  I am enjoying every single minute!

Pretty Princess!

April 3rd, 2013

How precious is this?  This little girl came in to celebrate her 6th birthday last week and we had a ball creating images to celebrate this occasion.  She already looked liked a princess, we just added the crown to complete the look!  So sweet!!!

A Day of Music

March 24th, 2013

Today, I worked for a couple of hours at the solo and ensemble music contests at our high school.  Listening to the music and observing the flurry of activity and excitement among the students took me back to the days that I was involved in these same contests.  The good feelings lasted throughout the day and I cannot wait to attend next year and listen to even more performances from our amazing, talented students!  By the way, my son’s men’s group got a I rating for their rendition of “What do you do with a Drunken Sailer.”  They were wonderful and it was so fun to watch!

Getting Healthy

March 19th, 2013

I recently celebrated my 46th birthday, and for the first time since I can remember, I am starting to feel good.  Let me explain…

 

I have lived with chronic pain for many, many years.  I was diagnosed with cancer – Hodgkins Lymphoma – almost 17 years ago.  After radiation and chemo, I just figured that my body would never be the same and living with pain was something I was just going to have to deal with.  But looking back, I don’t ever really remember a time when I have not experienced, in my opinion, an abnormal amount of day-to-day pain.  I was constantly plagued with headaches, backaches, general body aches, etc.

 

Several months ago, I had my hormones tested.  I discovered that my hormones were severely imbalanced.  Cortisol, the hormone that helps us deal with stress, was almost non-existent.  I am sure that these imbalances became worse gradually over time.  They were not helped in any way by my cancer treatment, but they were also affected by a combination of things, including diet, exercise, and also my type A personality, which makes me a perfectionist and perhaps do not always deal with stress as I should.  The official diagnosis of this is called adrenal fatigue.

 

So, I began taking multiple supplements throughout the day to start countering the effects of my hormone imbalance.  I addition, I had my hair analyzed for toxins and found that my system had many metals (this is not normal) in it.  So, in addition to the supplements I am taking, I added even more supplements to counter these effects.

 

In the last month, I have added yoga to my routine 3 times/week.  Studies have showed that this tends to be the best  exercise choice for those suffering with adrenal fatigue.

 

So, the process of getting well has been time-consuming and expensive.  But, I can finally say that there are days when I am not experiencing pain.  I sat at a track meet this last Saturday for 3 hours and wasn’t crippled when getting up to walk afterwards.  My sleep patterns are getting better.  Even though I haven’t lost weight, I feel “lighter” and overall happier.  And as my husband recently said, “If you don’t have your health, then what do you have?”

 

Being as sick as I was took a long time.  And recovery will take a long time.  But seeing these little changes already has me so excited to see what my future will bring.  The goal is not to stay on all of these supplements forever.  I will need to continue to get tested every few months in the future, but I am so excited now to see what the future holds!

 

PPI Winter Convention

February 27th, 2013

I had so much and the Professional Photographers of Iowa Winter Convention the beginning of the month!  Members have the opportunity to witness amazing speakers/photographers during this 5-day convention – the best in the country!  I was thrilled when I placed 3rd in the illustrative category!  This print placed a merit that will go towards earning my masters degree with the Professional Photographers of America.

An Angel

February 23rd, 2013

Have you ever seen a more beautiful angel? 🙂  I had so much fun trying some new lighting techniques with this beautiful woman, today!  Cannot wait to work on more amazing images of this special lady!

Engagement Congratulations!

February 17th, 2013

A few years ago, I had the privilege of taking senior pictures of these 2 amazing students.  They possessed beautiful spirit about them.  They were happy, and kind, and just incredible individuals.  This beautiful couple just became engaged and I could not be happier for them and their families!  Blessings to you, Janice & Damian!  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together!

Happy Birthday!

January 22nd, 2013

This darling lady is one of the busiest women I have ever met!  She volunteers at multiple venues, including the hospital.  She has a bubbly personality and keeps busy with her bridge friends, working at HyVee, working on her family’s geneology and helping whenever and wherever she is needed.   Happy 80th Birthday, Diane!  Wishing you many blessings in the coming year!  🙂

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