Lifes moments

Personal Post // A Wednesday

Well, its freezing rain outside and its sweat pants and coffee inside.

Thursdays usually consist of 8am Discipleship group in our homes, which did happen this morning, but, as the weather got worse we decided to cancel classes for the OTW students. This created a different sort of day for me, getting some projects done around the house and time to think and reflect.

Sometimes time outside of normal schedule can be a good thing.

It's such a blessing to be a part of community, living life in close proximity, learning, growing  and being able to be open and honest with one another, even when it's not easy or fun.

Yesterday, Wednesday, is normally my day at the desk, getting editing done, emails, blogs, all that fun stuff (or not so at times!) But yesterday, I took a day out and spent it with good friends.

The Whitney's! Whitney K has been an incredible role model for me, she has 3 very energetic children who keep life interesting. She is such a great mum, hopefully someday she can teach Trav and I a thing or two! Just over the past couple of years I've got to know Whitney N, she is due to have her little baby any day now and we are super excited to meet their little girl! Maybe we will get her on the blog soon too :)

Apart from talking about life, a lot, we spent the morning learning how to make home-made detergent. Using this process is supposed to save a good bit of money. This will be my first time using it so I will have to let you know how it goes.

- thought I would share it with you!

                

        

After making this numerous times Whit discovered a trick to crumbling the bars of soap. MICROWAVE! It creates these awesome looking bars of goo. We microwaved Ours around 1 minute turned it over and then again and just keep an eye to it. Make sure you leave it to cool completely before trying to crumble. Once you've crumbled what you can by hand, if you want it finer put it in a dry food blender.

Or you can grate it, this just takes a lot longer.

                                                      

And here's our lovely model, Whit, looking awesome while she works!

  

Dump all the powders into a tub where you can mix it. (we were making a double batch so that's why there's two of everything!) Now...when I say dump it, I mean very carefully! Even trying to do it carefully we were sneezing and fighting our way through the dust clouds!

We even had a little helper! Poor wee Evie must have sneezed 20 times in a row at one point!

And there you have it! just add 2 TBS to a full load and 1 TBS to a small.

You can also add scent boosters if you want the wonderful fresh laundry smell!

Detergent recipe

1 box Borax

1 box arm & Hammer Washing soda

1 box baking soda

1 box Clorox

2 stain fighter& color booster

3 bars of ivory soap (finely grated)

3 bars of Fels naphtha soap (finely grated)

2014 // Year in Review - New Faces, New Friends

So, I think its time I get back at this blogging. I have a couple of sessions I can't wait to share with you. I didn't do a very good job at keeping up with my blog last year. This year my goal is to really get a grasp of this whole blog thing, my hope is that I can share with you some of my clients, my adventures and ultimately whats going on in life. I love getting to do what I do, shooting weddings, meeting new people, being involved in discipleship ministry (www.offthewallministry.com) drinking excessive amounts of coffee, being a wife, laughing (a lot) and following Christ.. wherever he may lead me. I am completely and utterly blessed to be living the life that I am. This morning while sipping on my coffee I was reading John pipers devotional and I was reminded again to "Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth." (Colossians 3:2) So as I get geared up for all that 2015 will bring my desire is to consider Jesus in all I do and say, as I interact with all of you I pray that Christ would be evident in my life.

Below is a small sampling of some of the moments I got to capture this year.blog2014#1 blog2014#4blog2014#5blog2014#2blog2014#3blog2014#6S.Flynn Designs - A great friend and an awesome Interior Designers - I get the privilege of capturing the beautiful spaces that she creates for clients. I get a little jealous of her skills at times too...

Der Bake Oven - Berlin Ohio

Delicious (I may have eaten here a few too many times!) My canvases are also for sale here too!

blog2014#7Residential - Home remodel

blog2014#8Holiday House - Wooster OHblog2014#9

MILLER, 2014 // Andrew & Tiffany

This beautiful country style wedding took place at "Uncle Dave's Barn". Tiffany and Andrew definitely brought out their country, from barns to horse shoes to cowboy boots! It was a cold day but that didn't stop the beautiful bride from smiling all day long - she was so excited to marry her best friend!

*Click on images to enlarge

When fear turns into Love

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Back when I was a little kid I had an unhealthy fear of dogs. If we went to visit friends I would lock myself in the car until I was sure there was no dog in that house. Going for a walk through Ward park (our local play park) .…that was a challenge. I needed to be near enough to dad that he could ward off any terrifying beasts (small friendly pups!)

Mum and dad thought enough was enough and along came Sophie.

I remember it clearly, we all got called into the living room and dad was standing there holding a cardboard box. He set it on the ground...it moved, and so did I! Inside was a small black ball of fluff.

It was time to face my fear. Somehow this pup didn't seem so intimidating, she was friendly, fuzzy, and playful. She became my friend, Sophie.

Just over a week ago, we had to say good-bye. It was from a distance for me as I am now living in the USA, but it was still very real and made me process a lot.

God is so much bigger that any fears or doubts we may have. He so often works in ways that we wouldn't expect. Just how he used a little pup to get me over my fear of dogs. This may seem weird and insignificant to many people but to me it was an illustration.

My parents cared enough for me so that I would not live in fear. They sought to bring healing while showing me how much Christ cares for me. They wanted me to realize how this fear could be overcome. With the help of a small puppy, but  much more with the help of God. They showed me that God could bring healing to areas of our lives that we may not see as important, but if left un dealt with will cause us to not be able to live life in all it's fullness.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2Timothy 1:7