Friday, November 29, 2013

Farewell to Fall {Welcome Winter}

Good Evening (or VERY early morning...whichever you prefer...)!
Thanksgiving Day is over
and for me, this means that it is time to bid Farewell to Fall
and Welcome Winter with open arms. 
That being said,
I have lots of photos of Autumn Loveliness to share 
before the season is completely over.

So please enjoy one last post filled to brim with Fall Gloriousness!

One particularly fine Autumn day, I didn't have my camera with me
and had to settle for snapping photos with my iphone.

I'm rather proud of little iphone does a pretty good job.
But my camera is one true love and I much prefer shooting with it!
The last few days have rather chilly and the mornings have come with a frosty covering...

With that in mind and with open arms, I say:

Thank you for viewing!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Cheery Thanksgiving to You All! {Today, I'm Thankful for You}

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
I pray this finds you all in good health
and planning to enjoy this day to the utmost!
May God's Richest Blessings be upon your homes this Holiday!

Before we all close the doors on our prospective Thanksgivings
and begin focusing on Christmas,
I wanted to take a second and say,
"Today, I'm Thankful for You". 
All of you.
Those who read blog and those that don't. 
Those that are apart of my life and those that aren't.
Those that love me for who I am and those that don't. 
I choose to be thankful for all of you.
Today, I'm thankful for everything and everyone.
The ups and downs that make this a Roller-Coaster Life.
The good, the bad and the ugly situations that have shaped who I am.
The "Scary Stories" that are included in my life's narrative.
The fun, laugh-til-you-cry craziness. 
The weepy, sentimental times. 
I'm thankful for it all.
I am who I am because of what has occurred in my life
both past and present. 

I pray you all had a Wonderful Day of Thanksgiving
and ate entire too much turkey and pie! <3

Love Always,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

There's a Little One Coming...{Maternity Photography}

Good Morning, Everyone!
I hope this finds you all doing well...
particularly those of you in the Central Illinois area.
(For those of you who don't know, 
we experienced multiple tornadoes last Sunday morning
and several towns in the Peoria Area were devastated.)
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families
especially those residents of Washington, IL.
May God bless and keep you all during this difficult time.

In addition to feeling sadness from the tornadoes,
I seem to be having a bout of the Tuesday Blues
(I'm sure that's a real thing...I saw it on another blog...).
So I decided to cheer myself up by sharing some Maternity Photos with you.
Photographed by Yours Truly, OF COURSE! :)

Last month, I was privileged to take my GORGEOUS cousin, 
Shameika's Maternity photos.
You know, I've heard multiple times during my lifetime
that when a woman is expecting, she just has a glow about her...
Well...I couldn't agree more...
Meet the Lovely Shameika!

Thank you for viewing!

As closing note...Mr. Elijah is here!
And both mom and baby are doing great! :)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I'm Still Listening...{I Hear Voices}

Good Morning, Dear Ones!
Yes, I fully realize that I just admitted to hearing voices in my head...
You'll understand in a few minutes...:)
I know I haven't posted much lately.
And that's due to the approaching Holiday Season.
This Roller-Coaster Life becomes crazier than ever 
during November and December.

I've had some thoughts stirring in my head for the last few months.
I knew I wanted to write a post about them,
but I just wanted to wait for the right time.
This being the Season of Thanksgiving,
the season for being Grateful for All of our Blessings...
I have decided now is the right time to share these thoughts.

Most, if not all, of you know that I have 
a very strong religious background.
The church I was raised in, The Pentecostals of Peoria - 
previously known as the First United Pentecostal Church of Peoria, 
is my home away from home.
My church houses the Christian School that I attended K-12.
It's where I learned to sing and to act.
It's where I grew up.
My church has equipped me with many physical skills 
that will utilize for the rest of my life.

But my church also gave me something else.
My Church gave me much needed
Voices of Wisdom and Authority
to guide me on life's journey.

And that is exactly what I believe life to be: A Journey. 
Sometimes easy, sometimes difficult.
Sometimes crowded with companions,
sometimes lonely.
Sometimes dark,
sometimes brilliant.
To me, the Journey of Life is the epitome of opposites. 

But thanks to the Pentecostals of Peoria,
I have never been lacking in ministering voices 
to assist me during all the ups and downs of life.
Some of them were songs I learned as a small child,
others were verbal spankings I received 
(and completely deserved!) as a teenager and young adult.
I can still hear them today.
Apparently God has seen fit to give me a good memory :).

From my childhood, I hear the reminders: 
"Don't be afraid to pick and choose."
"Be thrifty."
"J-O-Y: Jesus first,  yourself last, and others in-between."
"Jesus is the Answer for the world today."

From adolescence I hear the guidance:
"Do (and say) unto others 
what you would have them do (and say) unto you."
"If you want people to respect you,
you have to respect them."
"Don't wear your emotions on your sleeve."
"Learn to laugh at yourself."

From those crazy, mixed-up teenage years, 
I hear the encouragements:
"If you need me to tell you 'I love you' 
every time I see you, I will."
"Hold tight to God during these teenage years,
Life can be confusing, but He can dry your tears."
"You CAN do this."
"God has not given us the spirit of fear,
but of Power and a sound mind."

From early adulthood,
I hear the reprimands:
"You're not a child anymore. 
Go pray through and get your attitude right." 
"Stop fighting your gift of brokenness; 
learn to embrace it."
"It's NOT all about you."
"Be careful, there are kids watching your every action."

I am thankful for all of these voices;
all of these words that have made me who I am today.
This is just a sampling from my memory...
I hear thousands more voices;
echoes of ages ago resound within my heart
almost on a daily basis.

Why am I saying all of this?
Well, as I previously stated, this is the month of Thanksgiving.
And I want to say "Thank You" to the voices I hear.
You know who you are.
It would take me too long to name you individually
and remind you of the exact words of wisdom you gave me so long ago.
Honestly, I'm not even going to try...

But I want you to know,
I haven't forgotten what you said.
Your words still ring in my ears
and prick at my heart.
I've done my best to not neglect the example you set before me.
I Hear You...
I'm Still Listening...
I promise.

And, if you have something to say now,
I promise to give you my undivided attention
and to take your words to heart.
I wouldn't be who I am without your influence.
With every fiber of my being,


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Photography for the Graham Family

Good Morning, Everyone!
It's been a while since I wrote a Photography Post.
Not because I haven't been taking photos lately...
QUITE the contrary!
I've been snapping away! :)
I've just had other things to share with you all!

But I think it's time I shared the photos of this GORGEOUS Family!
Meet the Grahams!

When I grow up,
I want a family like this. :)

Thank you for viewing!