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)

SCALLY, 2014 // CORRY + OLIVIA

Getting to capture the wedding of people you know is a whole lotta fun. I always want to get to know my clients well, but it pays off even more when you've known them for a few years. Correy and I went through Off The Wall Ministry the same year. When you live in community with people, you get to know them pretty well; all their little quirks, their passions and desires and their heart. Correy is one extreme planner and organizer, so when he and his lovely fiance asked me to photograph their wedding, I knew it was going to be a good one! Every little detail had thought put into it. Everything about their wedding was, "Correy & Olivia." From their hashtags, to the chucks, books, vintage cups, lace dresses and awesome dancing. I just LOVE when clients bring their personalities and interests into their big day, it makes it very unique and 'just them'. Hope you enjoy this beautiful day as much as I did. Thank-You Correy and Olivia for letting me be a part of it!

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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!

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