Monday, May 28, 2012

Fundraiser overview

yesturday was a long day.
My sister and I had our fundraiser lunch for our trip to South Africa.
I was so blessed by my church family & friends.
We had so many people help us out by buying groceries we needed, making soup & salad, helping set up, serve & clean up.
I had photos for sale, all the ones I had up are in this post.

I had 5X7 & 8X10 prints available.

My friends gave me ideas for order forms,
which ended up being a great idea!


(set of photos-can do any size)

I was so blessed by the people in my church.
My pastor bought one of every print.

There are some people who don't realize I do photography,
so some people were asking where we got the photos.
When I said I did them all they seemed surprised. :)
Anyway, all my worries were put to rest.
God blessed  & provided.
My sister and I are now closer to our goal!
We still are praying for about $3000.
Please pray with us about this.

Also, these prints are available for sale.
If you are interested in any of them comment or email me at:

All the proceeds for these photos go towards the trip to Africa.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tomorrow is the day.

Tomorrow is the day.
Fundraiser lunch at my church.
My sister and I are going on a missions trip to South Africa in July.
Things have been so crazy and it seemed like last week we both realized we had one week until this fundraiser lunch. Kinda looked at each other and were like "AHHHHHHHH!"
Thankfully we seem to have everything together. God has blessed us with so many people to help out.
Friends & family have made soup and salad, bought groceries we needed for the dinner.
Today we slaved in the kitchen making cupcakes and bread....  I will be really glad when tomorrow is over, praying everything goes well.
Praying for many people to come and donate.
It is so hard to ask people for financial support, and I have my worried but I know God is good and will provide!
At the fundraiser lunch I will have photos for sale/auction, I have never done this before so I am again a little apprehensive. People have told me they like my photos but I get a little nervous wondering do people really want to buy my photos?
Anyway, be praying for my sister and I that we would be calm and not anxious about anything but bring things to the Lord.
Pray for the Lord to provide it great and mighty ways!

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Apparently I was on a bit of an absence, sorry about that.
Things have been crazy around here.

this week has been really busy,
I have felt very stressed out.
there are a lot of things on my plate
& I feel like I am making no progress whatsoever.

From last Monday to this Tuesday, my only day off was Thursday.
The majority of that day was spent babysitting my "nephew",
which was great & a tad frustrating at the same time.

Currently I am working on so many things:
edits for two senior shoots,
student notes for a class I am teaching in June,
South Africa fundraiser dinner things
(which include a photo sale/auction),
music & lyrics slides for a training in June,
mix in regular work in there plus now I will be making a
daycare video for a pre-K graduation
(for the daycare that I use to work for)

I am trying to balance all my "jobs & responsibilities"
then when you add emotions & feelings in there I just go crazy!
I feel like I am loosing myself,
honestly those of you who balance being
a wife/mom, a job, home responsibilities, church involvement are awesome!
I am really thankful that I am not there yet,
even though so many days I just wish I were.
God is still working on me,
I always have to remind myself that
I will never be perfect.
My perfect or ideal fails in comparision to Gods plan for me.
His plan can't fit in a box,
He can't fit in a box.

This week has been a struggle,
my mind has been set on something
& I am having trouble figuring out if I am dwelling or just thinking.
Then if my thinking is hurtful to me or not.
I sort of suck at any sort of relationship,
my insight is off, I don't catch certain things
There are some lines & boundries that I am unsure of or don't go anywhere near,
or do because I am a space case.
Oh, Lord Jesus help me!

I am really praying for peace & discernment.
My brain & heart get mixed up.
Pray for me this week, it will be busy!
Lots of editing & work to be done.
Also my sister & I are planning to go to South Africa in July/August.
Next Sunday we are having a findraiser dinner,
I am also doing a photo sale/auction, I have never done this before & I am a little nervous.
Please, please pray for her & I as we get ready for this.
Pray for God to fulfillthe financial needs we have.
We are so excited to go to South Africa to minister,
we know that God is the great provider,
of everything, so please pray with us & for us this week!

Love it...

Several, several days overdue, sorry!!!
Life has been crazy!

This week I am loving the tad bit of a tan I got at the beach in Holland.

This smoothie, it was good!
Yes that is a dino cup.

The girls whose feet they belong,
(more pics from Holland trip)

This cute, little cafe in downtown Holland is great!
It is called Cranes in the City...
below is what we had.

Some sort of salad with chicken, feta, manderin ornages, cranberries...

Chicken salad sandwich & chips...

Grilled cheese, chips & a pickle...

Windmill Latte, ginger, almond & cofffee.


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I don't know what I think of this, 
I like it but I don't,


funny.. funny

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012


I was about to cry for a second.
When I first logged in to blogger this morning...
in fact I was being told I didn't follow anyone!!!!
Thankfully, logging out and logging back in fixed that!
I would hate to loose of all of you!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weekend away...

Last weekend, two of my good friends & I ventured to Holland, MI for a girls weekend.
One of the girls is headed to Mozambique in two weeks, she will be there the whole summer.

(Gina, Heather-Mozambique bound, & me)
I also had a lot of time to practice with my new camera!!!
It was such a nice time with my dear friends.
We had some time to walk around downtown & see the stems of "Stem Fest"
Holland has a tulip fest every year, this year the tulips came early so by the time the festival came around,
all the tulips were long gone.

As we were pulling out of the hotel driveway,
the back passenger window of my car malfunctioned, so for the rest of the trip it would slide down a tad when we drove over bumps,
slightly irritating. :(

Regardless, we had fun exploring shops and taking pictures, we were craving tacos so I looked up online & found a place, we didn't know what to expect but we went & it wasn't jenky at all! The food was great!
Later we hung out in the hotel room watching a movie/doing nails & such.

The next day Heather & I went to a gym,
it was a little jenky
& old.
I definitealy like Planet Fitness A LOT BETTER!
Saturday morning was really chill,
we got ready, had some Jesus time
(of course I had my Greek Bible)
*BTW does anyone know which passage this is?

Because it was rainy & grey we decided going to the beach (Lake Michigan) at Holland State Park wasn't going to happen. We had plans to meet up with some of my friends from Muskegon later so our plan was to explore some stores, we landed at Target....of course.

While we were there my friend texted me saying he was at the parade downtown, I was super excited about this because this friend has been at school in PA and I tend to only see him once a year (the last time was in December). Downtown we went, walked 4ish blocks in the rain, my friends were so great about ne dragging them downtown in the rain so I could see my friend. Finally found him and we stood in the rain under an umbrella chatting for over and hour, he is also a fellow Greek geek so that was great to be able to discuss that with someone who understands it. He is better at it though because he is about a semester or two ahead of me. I am not a big parade person nor would I have normally walked blocks in the rain, but to see a good friend and have great conversation about life, theology, Greek & random funny things..yes so worth it! (Friend Kris------->)

Later we didn't meet up with my other friends, which was ok because I had found a Starbucks to meet at, but it ended up being in a grocery store so that wouldn't have been an ideal place to meet up...

We ended up going to a few thrift stores
one of them was called "Africas Child" and the proceeds go towards missions in Zambia.
At a Goodwill I found Banana Republic dress pants for $3.00! Woot woot!

After wandering through there we made our way to Barnes & Noble/Starbucks.
eventually we all sat down with some coffee and a book.
We were all so different in the books we choose.
Heather had travel books.
Gina had a magazine/garfield books & also had her Bible/&Bible study book
I had a wedding photogrpahy book.
Sitting there with our books and coffee was so relaxing and nice.

I seriously love these girls so much!
They are both such wonderful, godly young women,
I am so blessed to have them as my friends.

-More later....


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Jesus, hold my heart in Your hands tonight.
I am scared my mind will wander to dangerous places.
Father I don't want to take one step out of Your will for me.
Teach me how to guard my hear & mind,
may I see my fellow brothers & sisters in Christ as You see them.
Help me to hold them in that esteem,
to pray for them,
not for selfish gain or to just think about them,
but to bring them before Your throne.
help to do nothing out of selfish gain or conceit,
but in everything esteem others better then myself.

I have struggled so much in my personal life,
how I see myself, my attitude, lack of contentment
or my self-conciousness....
In Your eyes Jesus, You see me as beautiful,
a wonderful masterpiece, Your creation.

I   F O R G E T   T H A T...

Thank you for Your grace and mercy,
may everything I do be based on what Your word says.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Love it & big news


1. key lime cupcakes (from Cinco de Mayo)
2. my shoes, silver heels with bows
3. lip balm (for my crusty crusts)
4. last nights reading
5. samoas ice cream, I want some
6. really cute house I saw today


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100 Healthy Snacks

3 day

Free font downloads


HEALTHY LEMON SQUARES. I have dreamed about this day...


I have discovered how to download fonts,
why did I not know this sooner?
I am also loving....

 I have been looking at one for a couple weeks but I had decided to wait for a few weeks. However, on Sunday I looked at it and found the camera to be on sale for $100.00 less then what I had seen it before. 
Not only that but there was a two day sale going on, with the purchase of that camera it came with a Canon camera bag worth about $70.00, a 8 GB SD card and express shipping for free. So after a bit of praying I decided to take advantage of that deal.
Thank you Jesus!!