Thursday, November 25, 2010

giving thanks.

I'm pretty sure I have the best friends in the world.
I surely don't deserve them, but I give thanks for friends like the Larsens.
We had planned to take family pictures outside (and one day we will),
but today was too cold and yucky. 
So instead, we moved every piece of furniture in their great room
to capture some Thanksgiving Day shots.
Then my kids showed up, and we all had pie.
All in all, a lovely afternoon.
I'm giving thanks.
Jim.  Mich.  Sara.  Holly. Sean.  Kirby.  Tess.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

goodbyes. dislike.

I hate goodbyes.
Today in the Panera parking lot I hugged my friend Carrie goodbye.
I didn't like it very much (yes, I cried).
She and her husband are moving to Austin, Texas. 
They are taking this cute little boy with them.
Carrie and I have been friends for a long time. 
We worked at Eastview together.
We traveled to Trinidad together.
She lived with my family for a few months before she was married.
We once decided to take a trip to Michigan,
and within a half hour were packed and driving north on I55.
I was a (very old) bridesmaid in her wedding five years ago.
We've celebrated the best of times and learned from the worst of times. 
I know she's over in the next neighborhood, and she knows where I live.
Our friendship is comfortable and easy.
I love her.
I will miss her.

Earlier this fall, I took some pictures of her little boy Ryan, who just celebrated his second bithday. 
The images were a surprise for Daddy, so I haven't posted them until now.
Ryan is obviously an adorable little guy. 
He is also happy, smart, and plays a mean peek-a-boo.
I hope he comes to visit often.
I will want to catch up with his mommy, see how he's grown...and of course, take more pictures.
Until then, God's richest blessing on you, dear friends!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Uptown Normal was the spot for Daniel's senior session.  If you live in our area, you know that "uptown" has undergone a huge facelift in recent years, and we had a great time exploring all the nooks and crannies...mostly of the backsides of shops.  Daniel was a great sport.. and a handsome subject to photograph. Enjoy your sneak peek!
 I love this image in both color and black & I posted them both.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

round one, part two.

No words needed.  The images speak loud and clear.
"...and a little child will lead them." (Isaiah 11:6) 
Okay, so that's a little out of context, but still....
The Brown Family

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

trick or treat.

Our photo session with the Arnolds on Halloween afternoon was definitely a treat.  I love this beautiful family and we had so much fun wandering the quaint brick streets of a Bloomington neighborhood.  The trick-or-treaters were out, the air was crisp, the colors were gorgeous.  Definitely a treat.