Thursday, January 31, 2013

365 in 2013 {january}

January 1:  Red Letter Day

I might be crazy, but I am attempting a 365 project this year.
That simply means I intend to take one picture every day.
Some days will be calculated and careful.
Others will be a quick snap in order to get it done.

I'm not sure how the year will unfold.
I'm as busy as the next person.
I teach fifth grade.
And grade papers.
And schedule photo sessions on the weekends.
Have friends.
And kids.
And a husband.
I serve in our church.
I like to sleep.
So, why add one more thing to my list?

I think it's because I don't want to miss the beauty in the ordinary.
For instance,
This month I discovered that around 4:30 p.m. the winter light in my daughter's bedroom is golden.
I captured the sun coming up and the moon shining bright.
We celebrated our son's birthday and honored my father.
We began wedding planning and third quarter of fifth grade.
A friend took a huge step in expanding her business.
Ordinary January.
It was so beautiful.
I'm glad I didn't miss it.

Wish me well.
I didn't even complete last year's 52 project.
And that was only a picture per week.

January 2:  Parting Gift from the Dentist
January 3:  Back to School
January 4: Snow Inside and Out
January 5:  Prophecy Fulfulled
January 6: Stone of Remembrance
(brick from Eastview Christian Church's Towanda Avenue building)
January 7:  Monday Night Haircuts
 January 8:  Thrifted Spice Rack
January 9:  Classroom Stash
January 10:  Counting Pennies
January 11:  Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
 January 12:  Venue Booking (and Lunch Eating)
 January 13: Lamp Unto My Feet
January 14: Morning Glory
January 15:  Early Celebration
January 16:  Joyful Noise
January 17:  There's Always Pooh
(Happy Birthday, Nicholas)

January 18:  Faithful Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Grandma-Great
January 19:  Grandpa Loves Millie
January 20:  The Best is Yet to Come

January 21:  Pine cone or Pineapple?
January 22:  China-mania
January 23:  Choir @ ISU 
January 24:  Morning Bell
January 25:  Shoot the Moon
 January 26: Cookies by Katlyn
January 27: Bed by Katlyn
January 28:  Foggy Day Text from Hubby
Do you want some taillights to follow home from school?
No, thank you...but oh, how I love this man!
January 29: Feels Like Spring
 January 30:  Inside Recess
 January 31:  Celebrating a New Chapter for Sugar Mama

Sunday, January 27, 2013

back to where we started.

We begin our 2013 portrait sessions where we started 2012...
at Lucy's house.
What a difference a year makes!
Here's a quick review of her first year...

 I love getting to watch tiny ones grow.
When we only see them every few months, the changes are remarkable.
One thing hasn't changed...Lucy is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E.
It isn't always easy to get small people to sit (or lay) still.
Big brother Henry was sooo cooperative when I asked him to lay down and FREEZE!

Clearly, she's gifted.
Who knows?
Maybe one day I'll be attending her concerts!
Stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

kate & dan.

Kate and Dan needed a few publicity shots.
We were happy to oblige.
And the best part was that we got a free mini concert!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

the courtship of nick and katlyn.

 I saved this fortune from John's cookie and dated it:  
August 19, 2012.
I was pretty sure this was one time the cookie actually had it right.
December 12, 2012:
Nick asked. Katlyn said yes.
Prophecy fulfilled.

It has been a blessing to watch Nick and Katlyn's story unfold.
My camera is never far out of reach.
So before the engagement pictures are taken,
here's a peek into the courtship of my son and his bride-to-be.

Christmas 2011
He had his eye on that Kentucky girl.

March 2012
Climbing trees and what-not.

 April 2012
Weekend in Michigan (with three cameras...).

Labor Day Weekend 2012
Family Retreat 
 Celebrating one year together.

 Fall 2012
The essence of Nick and Katlyn. 

 Merry Christmas 2012
(yes, we stole this idea from Pinterest and we're not afraid to admit it.)

Happy Engagement!
 "I like having an excuse to be obnoxiously affectionate"
-Nicholas Chambers