Wednesday, October 28, 2009

taking a break

so i am officially on sabbatical, and i am taking a break from the photography blog. until i return, i hope all is well with you.

grace and peace,

Monday, September 7, 2009

married: andy and patti

it was fitting that my last wedding was a sweet one spent with friends. on august 29th, i traveled to the cliffs at glassy to photograph andy and patti's wedding. now, as i've explained before, andy's brother danny and his wife tammy are great friends of mine and john's. we've spent many times at their house sharing meals and celebrating holidays and birthdays, which means that we've often spent time with andy and patti. i was honored when patti contacted me to be their wedding photographer, and it was a privilege to be a part of their day. here are some of my favs.

andy and patti, i hope that alaska is amazing! thank you again for choosing me.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

a relaxing weekend ...

john finally had a couple of days off before the end of this audit. (we have one week left!!) we tried to relax as much as possible, including taking a trip to the park and walking around the lake. i got a cute shot of henry in his stroller ... you will note that his hair is out of control again. we go tuesday for his second haircut!

we leave for puerto rico on saturday, so i will be out of commission for a while. if you need to reach me, call or send me an email before thursday! and stay tuned for photographic amazingness from the caribbean!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

sneak peek: sala wedding

i am putting the final touches on andy and patti's wedding, but i had to share this one. happy saturday!

Monday, August 31, 2009

miscellaneous monday

i've been neglecting my pretty little blog, so i thought a miscellaneous monday was in order. and i have a lot to share, so ...

1. this weekend marked the temporary end of my photography and the beginning of my sabbatical! i am excited to take a break for a while and focus on rest, my family, and growth. but i have to say that i ended things on a high note ... patti and andy's wedding was fabulous, and i can't wait to share their pictures with you! stay tuned - i hope to have them up very soon!

2. the weather here in wisconsin has taken a turn towards fall! it was 47 degrees when we woke up this morning, and the high today will be 70. another reason i know there is a change in season happening - my skin! it has become all red and blotchy and itchy, which it tends to do during a shift in seasons. like the weather, hate the skin.

3. henry turns 13 months today! he is just the best thing ever ...

4. i got news last week that a dear friend of mine found out that her young son has muscular dystrophy. i am heartbroken and fervently pray for strength and peace for them. if you pray, would you join me?

5. while we were in greenville this weekend, we stayed with our friends melanie and brian and little bennett. of course i had to get my camera out and take some shots of bennett bear, and this one is my all-time fav. i mean, just look at this face ...

just precious.

6. i don't know if any of you are into celebrity news, but i heard that dj am died of an apparent drug overdose. for those of you who don't know, dj am was a famous disc jockey who had overcome so much in his life. he battled crack cocaine addiction and obesity, recovering from both after years of struggling. he survived a deadly plane crash in columbia, sc, last year, and he had just finished filming a show with mtv where he helped other addicts into recovery. after working with addicts and alcoholics myself, i find this story incredibly sad. it is yet another example of the sickness of addiction ... all it takes is one line, one hit, one drink to end not only years of sobriety but also the chance to live. so sad.

you have the chance to live today. what are you going to do with it?
peace to you on this monday,

Monday, August 17, 2009

may God's love be with you ... always

one of my all-time favorites.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


the day after henry's birthday we took him on a cheese tour through southwestern wisconsin. the tour itself was designed by our CAS friend meredith, and it started with a stop in madison to have brunch at marigold's kitchen, and it ended with a late lunch at an awesome pizza shop in new glarus. if you get a chance, check out the link to new glarus - they call themselves "little switzerland," and they don't disappoint. the entire town is like a transplant from switzerland, architecture and all. it was really cool.

the cheese tour was definitely an experience. i have always thought that "curds" just sounded gross, and i needed stay far, far away from them. the thought of cheese squeaking in my mouth has never been appealing, frankly, but john always tells me i need to be more open to new foods and flavors, so i thought i would give them a try. and they actually weren't that bad. the fact that the fresh curds were warm kind of grossed me out, but overall i was able to eat a few and be moderately surprised.

the best place we went by far was the arena cheese store. our visit there was by chance - we passed it up and decided to go back, so after a long detour in a wisconsin cemetary, we made it there. (wierd, i know.) before we made it inside, we had an interesting chat with a gentleman who had ridden in on his harley to get some curds and was sitting alone outside. he struck up a conversation with john about politics and ge and healthcare. john listened patiently and intently to the man's concerns, and i think it made him want to be president a little. once inside, we got to see the cheese being made, try on cheese heads, sample some fresh curds, and purchase some goodies for later. check us out.

i am bummed we didn't get a picture with meredith, but we still have a month or so left on this audit to accomplish that.

all in all, i would say it was a fun day trip that took us through beautiful wisconsin countryside, and it was a cheese-a-licious adventure!