Sunday, September 29, 2013

changing seasons

We sat side by side in church this morning.  The meeting was nearing the close and she was bored.  She had been sitting close most of the meeting with her head resting on and off my shoulder throughout the hour.  She began playing with my hand...comparing matching freckles (the spots that we have freckles in the same location).  Then she spread her palm and fingers wide.  She placed my hand on top of hers and what seems like all of a sudden her hand is the same size as mine.  I asked her right then if I could take her picture after church.  The only thing that changes more quickly than the season changing from summer to children who grow faster than weeds.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Come, come ye saints...

My emotions have been raw and on edge this weekend.  I was feeling overwhelmed about nothing that I could definitively put my finger on.  I am not normally this emotional so I searched my feelings over and over again for what might be triggering this in me.  As I thought of the changes that have been part of my life lately it felt like I had found the source.  All of these changes...shifting in our church responsibilities (a recent release for me and a new calling for Danny), our girls being in school all day long (first time in 11 years I haven't had someone as a companion all day) are probably my two largest changes.  These things on their own are good but together---left me feeling lonely.  If I thought about it logically, it made no sense at all---but in my heart it felt large and cumbersome.  This morning as I drove the girls to school THIS song was playing.

I am sure I have heard this song a thousand times...and this version at least a dozen.  This morning as it played throughout the car it pierced my soul---and I was changed.  My "burdens" were lifted and I truly felt at peace...

Come, come, ye saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell -
All is well! All is well!

Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
'Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell-
All is well! All is well!

Come Come Ye Saints by William Clayton

Not only did I feel uplifted...I remembered the pioneer experience Danny and I had this summer.  I decided to (FINALLY!) go through the images today.  What a sweet experience we shared with these friends in our neighborhood.   These are amazing people...the leaders that planned, organized and lead...and the youth that, among the blisters, dirt and sun, found an increased faith, appreciation and friendship. 
All is well...all is well~

Thursday, September 12, 2013

scheduling for fall

UPDATE:  THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH for your response!  These sessions are booked.  If you would like to be added to a waiting list please email me-  I will contact you if there are any cancellations or if I feel like I can add a few more.  THANKS AGAIN!!!!

I am excited (have butterflies to be honest!) to announce some openings in my schedule for family portraiture!
I have some time available this fall for mini-sessions (Salt Lake + Davis county).
The sessions would include-

mini sessions:

1 hour session + 20  digital images with copyright release
(1 to 4 individuals and $25 for each additional)

add-ons available:

holiday cards, invitations or announcements (5x7 flat) $50 per pack of 25
(other sizes and options available, prices will vary)

12x12 professional album (hinged pages) - $250

canvas gallery wrap 30x40 - $325
(other sizes and options available, prices will vary)

the dates available:

September 28th 

October 4th

October 16th

October 26th

November 16th

November 29th
(time to be determined)

If you are interested, please contact me via email- !
To hold your reservation I will need a non-refundable deposit of $100.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Happy birthday Mom!!!!

Mike and Annie were in town…so we celebrated Nana's birthday a day early!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Sundance cabin

Saturday night we ended our day roasting smores in our backyard.  We sat around talking- just us, Danny, the girls and I.  Our conversation was casual and relaxed.  Our campfire stories turned into stories of how our family began...our dating, engagement and marriage.  Part of that story includes a cabin tucked into the woods at Sundance.  This cabin was built by Danny's grandpa.  He has so many memories helping him maintain this spot in the woods.  We hadn't realized that these three girls had never been there.  We decided to change that the next day.  After dinner we piled in the car and took the drive.

Danny told them about the totem pole that grandpa had commissioned.  A tree had died on the property and grandpa found a man to carve this structure from that tree trunk.  Danny remembered the artist being from Montana who was a chainsaw carver.  This was his first "in place" totem pole.

Grandpa laid rock all around the property.  Danny helped him with mortar and carrying stones when he was young.  

recreating the picture where our bridals were taken...over 18 years this guy!

There is a hole in this tree.  When grandpa worked up on this mountain, herding sheep, they would leave his mail and correspondence in this very tree.

 The cabin needs some work a lot of work.  Maybe the love and enthusiasm of this younger generation will inspire some more time spent in this beautiful spot!