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Becca Graduated!

June 25, 2010

I love when friends call me for pictures! Kathy and I met while working at Copart! We are both no longer there but have continued our friendship! I have taken family pictures for Kathy and did senior sessions for both of her now kids! Jake graduated in 2009 and Becca just graduated on the June 4th from Rodriquez High School!

Becca was super fun to get together with! We raced the sun to a few different locations! I LOVE sunset! Such pretty light!!

Here are a few shots!

The announcement that was sent out!

I was invited to Becca’s graduation party / open house and took a few shots! I also made the cute graduation cupcakes! So fun!!

It is so cool to walk in and see the pictures I take displayed in their home!

Kathy Jake and Becca! I love you guys!! Thank you for letting me capture your family and your special moments!

I am looking forward to another family shoot with Marc and the kids soon!!

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Logo Creation and PR Photoshoot

June 23, 2010

Meet Michelle! She is a local photographer specializing in children with special needs! We met for coffee one day just to catch up and as we sat there talking and I got inspired! I love getting together with other photographers! We become fast friends and offer support for each other in our businesses. I learn so much! I met Michelle through my fabulous friend photographer Sharon Sossaman and Me Ra Koh’s website!

Together Michelle and I came up with this logo for her business!

Then a few weeks later we got together to do a PR shoot! She was so much fun! I can’t believe she is so shy behind the camera! She has so much personality!!!

And a fun banner for a page on her blog!

Thank you so much Michelle for being a friend and letting me help you with your branding! I enjoy the time we spend together!!  Oh and THANK YOU for teaching me how to forward!! Aren’t you proud of me? This is day number 8 on the blog!! 🙂

Top Ten (ways to love someone in a crisis)

June 22, 2010

Ever wonder what you can do in a time of a friends crisis? My friend Leah posted this on her blog right after a friend started a crisis.

In Leah’s words:

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Just over two years ago, my 8-year-old-niece was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.  There are no words for how that feels, so I won’t even try to write it here.  I will, however, share 10 ways you can love a family, a person, or a community in crisis.

  1. Show up. Unless they’ve said they don’t want people there, it’s okay to show up.  Visit them at the hospital, go to the memorial service, and by all means, attend the fundraising dinner hosted at Chic-Fil-A. (But DO call ahead to be sure it’s a good time if you’re going to the hospital.)
  2. Leave.  Unless they ask you to stay for a while longer, go ahead and leave.  Once you know they’ve felt loved and visited and cared for, go home.  They probably need a break.
  3. Cook a Dinner. This one is obvious, but probably underestimated how appreciated it really is!
  4. Send a restaurant gift card. If  the family has to go to and from the hospital a lot, it’s hard to cook and the hospital food get’s old quick. Eating out is expensive, so this is an easy way to give a really useful $25.
  5. Send a letter or care package. Especially when it comes to people fighting a long fight.  It’s normal to get showered with love and cards and balloons and gifts the first few weeks…. years later it still matters.  It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, just thoughtful.
  6. Go ahead and call. I know, everyone thinks, “I shouldn’t call.. they’re so busy” and really, they probably are.  But it’s okay to leave a message, and say, “you don’t need to call me back unless you want to.. I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you or praying for you.”
  7. Take their kids. If it’s a family and there are other children, pick them up and take them to your house or to do something fun.  Siblings are often stuck going to doctor’s appointments and hanging out in hospitals.  They need a break too, but it’s almost impossible for a parent give them one when they’re taking themself or their child to chemo, or therapy, or for another consult.
  8. Be Available. Call and ask how you can help that week.  Watch a younger sibling while someone has a doctor’s appointment, pick up another child from sports practice, run to the grocery store for the parents, or go get their car’s oil changed.   If you can, offer to do something with consistency so that the family knows when they have help… then they can schedule appointments around it which alleviates a lot of stress.
  9. Educate your family. If you’re a parent and your child is friends with a child who has had a crisis, teach your child how to deal with that.  Teach them how to be that person’s friend, that no matter how their outward appearance has been altered by treatments and surgeries, they’re still the same person on the inside and they desperately want to play and be included in “normal” life again.
  10. Send a Starbucks gift card. You can rarely go wrong with coffee.  And, if they aren’t coffee drinkers…their favorite nurse might be.

I am easily overwhelmed by all the sadness I see around me.  I’m more overwhelmed now that I have ever been before, and often think my heart doesn’t have the capacity to read or pray or hear about one more person in crisis.

I can however, send a card, or make a care package, or babysit.

I couldn’t write this list without my family having been on the receiving end of hundreds of people who did these very things for us.  For those of you who live this list by your actions towards Gracie and the Kellys – thank you.

Two years later, Gracie is living well.  If you want to learn more about Gracie and her beautiful family, here is her story.

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In the last 6 months there have been more then enough events that have happened in my church family.

This sentence sums up the last 9 months for me.

I am easily overwhelmed  by all the sadness I see around me.  I’m more overwhelmed now that I have ever been before, and often think my heart doesn’t have the capacity to read or pray or hear about one more person in crisis.

Here are a few more ideas that I have either seen done or organized myself:

Set up a Fundraiser – sometimes there are sudden expenses that creep up and it is such a daunting task after you’ve lost a loved one to try to function let alone deal with all the details. Go to the local bank and open a savings or checking account. Create a Paypal account so that people can give online it they so choose.

Create a Prayer group on Facebook – prayer is such a powerful thing.

Backed up Household Chores – offer to clean, do laundry, cut the grass. The littlest things can help in so many ways.

The next time you have a crisis touch your life I pray that you find comfort in the arms of Jesus, your church and are able to help in any way you can!

Blessings to you!

Before the Morning

June 21, 2010

Do you ever listen to a song a million times and even sing along to it and then all of a sudden you actually HEAR the words for the first time? That is what happened the other day! I heard this song! Before the Morning by Josh Wilson!

There are so many different things happening to so many of my friends right now. Loss of loved ones, a long serious illness, fear of the unknown… The words of this song are so encouraging and such a GREAT reminder!

Do you wonder why you have to,
feel the things that hurt you,
if there’s a God who loves you,
where is He now?

Maybe, there are things you can’t see
and all those things are happening
to bring a better ending
some day, some how, you’ll see, you’ll see

Chorus:
Would dare you, would you dare, to believe,
that you still have a reason to sing,
’cause the pain you’ve been feeling,
can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

so hold on, you got to wait for the light
press on, just fight the good fight
because the pain you’ve been feeling,
it’s just the dark before the morning

My friend, you know how this all ends
and you know where you’re going,
you just don’t know how you get there
so just say a prayer.
and hold on, cause there’s good who love God,
life is not a snapshot, it might take a little time,
but you’ll see the bigger picture

Would dare you, would you dare, to believe,
that you still have a reason to sing,
’cause the pain you’ve been feeling,
can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

so hold on, you got to wait for the light
press on, just fight the good fight
because the pain you’ve been feeling,
it’s just the dark before the morning
yeah, yeah,
before the morning,
yeah, yeah

Once you feel the way of glory,
all your pain will fade to memory
once you feel the way of glory,
all your pain will fade to memory
memory, memory, yeah

Would dare you, would you dare, to believe,
that you still have a reason to sing,
’cause the pain you’ve been feeling,
can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

Would dare you, would you dare, to believe,
that you still have a reason to sing,
’cause the pain you’ve been feeling,
can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

com’n, you got to wait for the light
press on, just fight the good fight
because the pain you’ve been feeling,
it’s just the hurt before the healing
the pain you’ve been feeling,
just the dark before the morning
before the morning, yeah, yeah
before the morning

BEFORE THE MORNING – JOSH WILSON

Check out the video here. (I couldn’t figure out how to post it here. Sorry)

Best kept Secret

June 20, 2010

Guess where I am right now on this Sunday morning?

So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25 MSG

God is the absolute most important thing to me. I cannot imagine going through my life without my church family to surround me with prayer, encouragement and friendship. Being in a church family also gives me the opportunity to exercise those gifts that God has empowered me with to minister to those around me.

If you don’t have a place to be on Sunday morning join us at either 9:00 am or 11:00 at 199 Marina Blvd.  in Suisun.

If you are ever in the Northern California visiting I invite to to worship with us! We have the most amazingly talented worship band! You can hear our worship leader here!

Check out our AWESOME website!

www.1stchristianchurch.org Click on a place for real people

No call is more important then someone’s life!

June 19, 2010

I recently saw a flyer posted at work that had this typed out:

Then a friend on Facebook posted that her father was hit by a car and he lost his leg and had to go into surgery to save his life. A 17 year old girl was driving @ 40 mph. I have no idea if she was texting, talking or anything else. It just made me realize that in a split second you can change your life or take another.

I’ve made the decision to not be a distracted driver.  I am done deceiving myself thinking that I am a better driver then everyone else.

Studies show that:

  • Texting is MUCH worse then driving drunk
  • Crash risk is 4 times more likely while texting
  • Using a hands free is still dangerous
  • Both hand-held and hands-free devices increase driver reaction time and are equally as dangerous.

Please do a little research. You can go here, here or here.

What this decision means for me:

  • I will not put makeup on while driving
  • I will not eat in my car – if on long trips I will stop and eat there
  • I will not read email messages or Facebook status updates
  • I will program my GPS before I start my vehicle
  • I will not reach for something on the passenger floorboard
  • I will turn off my phone
  • I will keep my phone in my purse out of my reach

I know this will be inconvenient and hard at first. I will adjust and in a few weeks it will be habit and I won’t remember that I did it any other way.

The thought of me being responsible for killing someone or hurting someone so much that their life changes completely is something I don’t think I could live with. Nothing is worth that chance!

So to all my friends who text and call me and need things from me… I will get back to you when I get to my final destination.

Things go through my mind as I make this decision… What if there is an emergency? What if there is a change of plans and I need to drive another several miles to get to where I was going? What if my friend goes into labor? What if, what if, what if! I think of so many things that could happen or go wrong. But I remember 10 years ago I didn’t have a cell phone and I lived.

It’s important to:

  • Silence your phone before you begin your drive
  • Set up a voice mail message that explains you’re on the road, practicing safety to protect yourself and fellow drivers
  • Stop texting while driving. Research shows drivers who text are 8 to 23 times as likely to be involved in a collision
  • Pull over and park if a call is absolutely necessary
  • Encourage your friends and family to leave their phones out of reach while driving

Driving is a privilege, but it also gives you an enormous amount of responsibility. One that I have decided to take very seriously!

I hope you’ll join me! Now I am off to change my voicemail!

Blessings to you!

A Few More Things About Me

June 18, 2010

A few more things…

  1. I never eat breakfast
  2. I know I should
  3. I love to travel
  4. I wish I had more money to do so
  5. I want to go to the East coast (New Hampshire, Vermont) in the fall, New York in the winter, Disneyworld when it is not hot and muggy, Hawaii anytime
  6. I hate hot weather – I don’t like Texas in June – July
  7. I love green and blue
  8. I love to read
  9. I want to be married
  10. Waiting on God is hard
  11. I have been in 9 weddings – I refuse to believe or repeat the “always a bridesmaid…”
  12. I love planning showers – wedding and baby
  13. I love working / playing on the computer
  14. What did we do with out the WORLD WIDE WEB????    I love it!!! You can find EVERYTHING ANYTHING you could ever imagine!!!
  15. My favorite websites right now are: Google and my google reader that has all my favorite blogs listed
  16. I am inspired by my friends
  17. I look a lot like my mom and my sisters and brother look like me
  18. I love my family
  19. I have so many hopes and dreams
  20. I love helping my friends
  21. I went TPing a few years ago and thought I could get away with taking a picture with a flash… Dumb move. The teenage son came out with a paint ball gun scared all of us so bad that Naomi and I collided and I got a skin scrape on my hand. How embarrassing. Try explaining why a 28 year old has a raspberry and rocks in her hand
  22. I am so thankful for my life and friends
  23. I love a “Lori Salad”
  24. I love the smell of rain
  25. Beautiful sunsets take my breath away
  26. I love to take pictures of them
  27. I hate North Carolina
  28. Daisies are my favorite flower
  29. I love worship music by Chris Tomlin, Matt Redmond, MercyMe and so many more
  30. I love the song “I Can Only Imagine”
  31. I like country music
  32. Going on the KLOVE Cruise was the best vacation. I discovered I LOVE to cruise!
  33. I cry when I see others cry
  34. I LOVE my church. Check it out! 1stchristianchurch.org
  35. I love the smell of Bounce dryer sheets
  36. My room is almost always messy (I rent a room from an awesome family from my church)
  37. I try to have my room clean and organized but I ALWAYS find something else I’d rather be doing
  38. I don’t like to be alone or walking into a new place alone
  39. I am a geek! I love anything Apple creates! iPhone being my biggest obsession!
  40. Dave Ramsey is a genius! I took his Financial Peace University!
  41. I am on a mission to become debt free!
  42. I almost always have a piece of gum in my mouth
  43. I love babies
  44. Giving gifts to people is so fun and I totally enjoy it
  45. I don’t watch scary, sad or suspenseful movies. I can’t handle them.
  46. I believe it takes a long time to know a person. So this list is insufficient, but entertaining!
  47. I don’t enjoy laundry
  48. I don’t feel like a grown up yet
  49. I like silver jewelry not gold
  50. I have decided to turn my phone OFF and store it on the back seat – out of reach of myself while driving my vehicle. Life is just too precious to not do this. The “What-if” is just too great.

If you have read to here – Thank you! If you have any questions please let me know! I would love to spend time getting to know you better!