Thursday, January 26, 2012

Goodbye, Blogger blogspot blog!

Hello, Wordpress combo website-blog!

If you've been following me here, please follow me at my new address: I would miss you terribly if you weren't there!

I think you'll enjoy the new site just as much as I do. My latest work will always be featured on the home page, and you can click on lots of buttons around the big banner photo to find important information and portfolio samples. It's the perfect combination of constancy plus change, plus you can always click on the Old Blog button to come back here for wallks down memory lane.

So come on over and don't miss out on a single minute of fun!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Approximately 72 hours until lift-off.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Maggie and I had an adventure yesterday. We painted a Very Hungry Caterpillar nursery for a lucky little girl who's due to arrive in a few months.

We had been working for a while when Maggie decided to take a short rest. That's when the baby-to-be's furry older siblings FINALLY got what they'd been hoping for: a chance to snuggle with Mag.

In the meantime, I finished my main contribution to the room. I hope Baleigh enjoys being smiled down upon by this happy sun during diaper changes!

Maggie handled all of the detailed painting, mainly because she's really awesome at it and I can't be trusted with anything smaller than a 1" sponge paintbrush. We both did our best to make Eric Carle proud.

Our first collaboration was the tree (YAY sponge paintbrushes!), chubby caterpillar (really, is Maggie awesome or what?) and cocoon (again, give me a sponge and I can do most anything semi-decently).

Then we set to work on the crown jewel. But what could it be?

Ta-da! Three guesses as to who did what on this one.

We got the room put back together, stood back to admire our handiwork, and bid our little friends adieu.

I think the room is going to be a big hit, and Baleigh's daddy is looking forward to hanging out in it with his precious baby girl.

There's just something about daughters that makes you love hanging out with them.

Thank you, THANK YOU for sharing this particular adventure with me, Maggie dearest. You're my favorite artistic collaborator and have been since the beginning. And thank you, Matthew and Danielle, for letting us do this for Baleigh. What good hands God has placed her in!

And Moses said to the Israelites, See, the Lord called by name Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and wisdom, with intelligence and understanding, and with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, for work in every skilled craft. And God has put in Bezalel's heart that he may teach, both he and Aholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with wisdom of heart and ability to do all manner of craftsmanship, of the engraver, of the skillful workman, of the embroiderer in blue, purple, and scarlet and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of those who do or design any skilled work.

Exodus 35:30-35

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Shockingly, I did not manage to add a daily blog post during the past few weeks as I'd planned. I still have some favorite shots to share with you, however, so I'm going to squeeeeeeeeze them all into one post. Woohoo! Happy New Year!

We'll start with a four-generation session featuring some sweet ladies.

Kaylyn is the apple of everyone's eye, so she was naturally the star of the session.

Strong ladies tend to have strong opinions, and Kaylyn is no exception. I have my own strong opinion about this bunch, and that is THEY ARE WONDERFUL. The End.

I predict that Mason will be a young man with strong opinions as well. It was hard to hold onto my camera while giggling as I was getting this first shot.

All of Mason's people think he is wonderful, and so do I.

He does smile when his Mommy sings just the right song at just the right pitch ...

... but mostly he just looks at everyone as if he's thinking, "Just you wait until I decide to start talking. You will be amazed by my opinions and profound-little-man thoughts."

Kristin's general opinion is that everything and everyone is awesome and wonderful. Her smile lights up the world and makes that opinion become the absolute truth.

She is an awesome and wonderful discus thrower and was kind enough to show me her award-winning form.

With a non-stop twinkle in her eyes ...

Kristin herself is most awesome and wonderful!

Speaking of twinkling eyes, please allow me to introduce this fine family.

Skyler, Camryn, Chelsea and Spencer are experts at keeping Teena and John entertained. It's a tough job but someone's gotta do it.

This is a family that's really good at seeming normal but psssttt.... they're really not. What a relief!

The sand in the 2011 hourglass is quickly running out, so I'll hurry and share just a few more of silly friends at the beach ...

... silly grown-up kids conspiring with their sneaky dad to surprise their mom ...

... big-hearted Friends throwing a party for the folks of Oyster Creek and inviting them to stop by for a cup of coffee (with a side order of silliness) ...

... little friends who just happen to be some of my littlest cousins ...

... and two very serious musicians who stopped by to say Oh, Hello.

There was more, much much more, but this is all I have time to show you. I'll be back next year with more, and I will love every minute of it. I hope you'll be back too!

My hope is that my visit with you is going to be

one of Christ's more extravagant blessings.

Romans 15:25 MESSAGE

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and
a blessed New Year!

Fuel, a flame and a cannon.

Three canisters of ashes, three men saying goodbye, and a great bon voyage idea.

Brazoria Historical Militia members, a chilly December afternoon, and a quiet Quintana Beach.

Family, friends, and an admiral of the Texas Navy.

Final preparations, one last check of the pocket watch, and the all-clear.

A signal, a KABOOM, and an involuntary shake.

A second signal, a second KABOOM, and a steadier shot.

The final signal, the final KABOOM, and the final hurrah.

Smoking, swabbing and standing guard.

An up-close look, questions asked, and education shared.

Mission accomplished, stories remembered, and hearts lightened.

Farewell, Godspeed, and until we meet again, know that you are loved, Susan.

When our time was up, they escorted us out of the city to the docks.

Everyone came along - men, women, children.

They made a farewell party of the occasion!

We all kneeled together on the beach and prayed.

Then, after another round of saying goodbye,

we climbed on board the ship while they drifted back to their homes.

Acts 21:5 MESSAGE

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sometimes the good stuff really is worth waiting for.

Just ask Sherry and Scott.

Their journey toward one another has been filled with twists and turns, but it's only given them time to become better matched.

At first glance, Sherry is the obvious instigator, joking with Scott and getting him to laugh.

Scott is initially the quieter, calmer one, listening patiently and attentively while Sherry spins a tall tale.

But then they seamlessly trade roles. Scott gets Sherry tickled, and Sherry looks up at him from within a deeply peaceful place.

And in the blink of an eye they are perfectly synchronized, floating on air, landing on both feet, dipping for a big finish.

You'll only get better with practice, Scott and Sherry. Dance on!

Oh! Teach us to live well!

Teach us to live wisely and well!

Surprise us with love at daybreak;

then we'll skip and dance all the day long.

Psalm 90:12, 14 MESSAGE