let's start may off with a post


i could go on blogging about all the happy things occuring in my life right now, but i know that's only avoiding reality. you followers deserve to know why my posts haven't been so frequent.

my mom was diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago. long story short, she underwent surgery and the cancerous tumors were removed succsessfully, but there's still a small count left in her bloodstream. the doctors are requiring her to have a full 6 month treatment of chemo therapy as soon as her immune system is back up and running.

anyway, its been a scary time for all of us. we're not sure what's going to take place, or what could happen. but trusting that God knows the answers and is holding her in His hands is our peace. we're praying for healing and comfort, we'll get through this.

a birthday.
may 1st is my mom's birthday. she's in the hospital right now, undergoing some more surgery, which makes this harder because she's not at home on her special day.
mom, i love you more than words can express.
you've taught me pretty much everything i know, one way or another, you've help mold me into the person i am today.
your willingness and hardwork never seems to end, you're always thinking of your family.
you're a fighter, mom, and together we'll get through this.
i love you.

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a senior shoot.
i was asked to take my friend's senor pictures this year. emily is a beautiful person, inside and out. her bubbly and genuine personality is what i love best about her. oh, and she's also got some gorgeous red hair, gorgeous. emily and i took a sunday afternoon to walk around mainstreet and snap shots. emily shares my love for photography and was a complete natural in front of the camera. we had a splendid time altogether. i'm sharing here just several of my favorites from the shoot. here's to you, my lovely graduating friend, you'll rock college!














in somewhat of a blur, this day went by. there was, of course, the traditional egg hunt at my grandparent's home. i've concluded that the children's inner expressions come forth during the search for the eggs. {these make for great pictures.} the golden egg was filled with the donning prize of forty dollars, courtesy of my generous uncles. pretty much everyone joined in the great search for the golden egg. after much wandering and tedious scouting, it was discovered by my twelve-year-old brother, who found it under a prickly bush.

despite the excitement of the hunt, easter would not be what it is without family. it is a time to gather and eat, share in eachothers lives. a day to remember the reason we have hope - because He is risen.







  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. That must be really hard for everyone. I hope she will recover soon.

    On a different note, I love those photos! Your friend is so pretty & you are so talented. :)

  2. I am so sorry! I will be praying for you and your mom and the rest of your family as you go through this hard time. Trust God - He has a reason and a plan!

  3. healing wishes to your mom! keep your head up high :)

  4. I'm so sorry that your mom's in the hospital! I'll be praying for her :)
    And WONDERFUL photos!

  5. I am so, so sorry about your mom. I will definitely be praying for you and your family.

    I love the senior photos! I think I especially love the third one. Great job! :)

  6. i hope your mum's operarions go by as quickly as possible. i love your pictures of your friend!
    be strong,
    -- zoe

  7. Sorry seems so inadequate, sweet M, but it's the only thing that comes to my mind at the moment. I'm praying for you, for your mom, for your whole family -- and even though I know it's hard and it may be difficult to see at the moment, Jesus does have a plan.


  8. I'm really sorry about your mom! Your family is in my prayers!

  9. I'm sorry to hear about your mom!:( :( I'll be praying for her, plus the rest of your family.

    Your friend is absolutely gorgeous! Her hair is ohmygosh so beautiful! I'm jealous=/ :) And your little sister, she tooo cute! :)
    Lovely pictures!

  10. I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I hope you and you're family all the best!
    Beautiful post. Love all the photos :)

  11. Wow, your friend is gorgeous!

    I will be praying for your mom...rest on Jesus, M.


  12. I'm so glad you shared this about your mom, I will keep all of you in my prayers. Beautiful senior shots. Your friends is beautiful and your shots are stunning I absolutely love the 7th one down.

  13. we're still praying. i love these pics, she really is beautiful, i love her hair.

  14. I'm so sorry about you Mom. I'll be praying for you and your family.

    Great senior shots!

  15. Your portraits turned out very nicely, M. :)
    I'll be praying for your mom.

  16. Oh that breaks my heart to hear about your sweet mom! Thank goodness the tumors were removed...and she'll be in my prayers as she goes through chemo. I'm sure she feels such love and support from your sweet family :)
    Happy Birthday to her!! I can tell you love her with all your heart, those words you wrote about her were so touching.

    And those senior photos of your gorgeous friend were all STUNNING! I can't get over her beyond lovely red hair and deep brown eyes :) You did a wonderful job M!

    And Easter :) Sounds like it was an extra sweet one :)

  17. Our hearts absolutely ache... but seeing these beautiful pictures help as I am sure taking them help you. I always enjoy sitting down with a canvas and some paints or heading outside with the camera when the kids nap. It helps when I can't settle my mind.

  18. Oh my word, I am so sorry about your mom! But God's in control!!!

    Awesome pics!


  19. Happy Birthday to your mom! I'll be praying for her. :) Love the senior pictures! My favorites are the one where she's looking down from the stairs and the last one! Great job! :)

  20. Everything is so great in this post! I hope your mom had a great birthday. Praying for her :) and those senior pictures are amazing!

  21. M, I truly am so sorry. I will be praying for you and your family.
    Romans 8:28 "All things work together for those that love the lord."

    The senior pictures are wonderful!

    I hope you have a beautiful day and that the Lord will bless it. :)

  22. I hope your mom gets better soon! When something hard happened to me, my Mom printed off the lyrics to "Trust His Heart" and they really hit home.

    I always love the pics of your siblings, btw. :)


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