December 30, 2008

A Walk Down Memory Lane

I have been wanting to take the time to make a post to show all the changes Jack has gone through physically since March of 2005 when he was diagnosed with a baseball sized brain tumor. His body has been through so much, his spirit has stayed strong except for when the medicine took over last year while he was on steroids. He is a tough young man.

This first picture was taken right before he was diagnosed. He was in the last 90 days of his kindergarten year at school.


I took this picture several weeks after his brain surgery. He was in the midst of posterior fossa syndrome at this time. He couldn't speak or eat which is why he has the feeding tube. We stayed at Our Children's House in Dallas for about a month until Jack could eat again.


This was taken while Jack was in chemo. He had had his port inserted by this time, you can see the scar below his collar bone, and the scar on his head where the shunt was put in for a couple of weeks after his brain surgery. (this pic doesn't show the shunt area). He is also dealing with ptosis at this time which is the name for eye lid droop. The chemo causes alot of muscles to just kind of drop out and not work properly. Jack's flat feet got flatter, and his eyes drooped. The eyes went back to normal, but Jack's feet are flatter than an inverted pancake today. Can you say arch support? ; )


This picture was taken while we were in Orlando, Florida on Jack's Make A Wish Trip to Disneyworld. We stayed at a great Make A Wish property called Give Kids The World Village. It was a dream trip for Jack and my other two kids. What a blessing.


After Jack's Gamma Knife Radiation treatment in March of 2007, six weeks after the procedure, Jack's brain started dangerously swelling from all the radiation. His face became paralyzed and after taking him to the local ER and then transported to Dallas Children's he was put on high doses of steroids. The steroids quickly helped the brain swelling get under control, but wreaked havoc with his physical, emotional and mental self. You can see the difference physically, what it did to him mentally was cause him to turn within himself. He could not interact with others easily. He lived in a little shell for almost a year. Books were his refuge. During this time he had his 2nd eye surgery to correct the eye from turning in which was caused by the brain swelling, and he underwent Hyperbaric treatments at the hospital 5 days a week for about 3 months each morning. The Hyperbaric was to help the healing happen quickly and efficiently in his brain.


And now here is the picture I took a month or so ago for our family's Christmas Card. He is back to himself again, still has right side facial paralysis, we are continuing to ask God to heal that, but we are overwhelmed that Jack is doing so well and couldn't be more content to look upon him with amazed and enamoured eyes just grateful that we can walk through our days together.


Jack has touched many lives with his courageous spirit, not the least of all mine. Seeing how Jack faced 3 years of treatments and an unknown future with a smile, it has allowed me to grab onto life and face each day with a smile and a desire to make the most of each day given. I am grateful for all the prayers of our friends, family and blog readers who have been our greatest cheerleaders. God heard each prayer, and we are eternally grateful for your part in Jack's life.

December 29, 2008

A pic a day for 365...who's in?

I'm SO IN!!. I have linked Blissfully Domestic before. It is a plethora of information, cooking, fashion, health, photography, design...There are over a hundred contributors to the blog, so there is always something new and interesting posted. If you haven't marked it then you should do it a.s.a.p.

Today there was an article about participating in the 365 Day Challenge. Take a picture everyday, a picture of what is around you, a self portrait, a pic of your kids, of the landscape around you, then post it on your blog. I love the idea of it. Click the link above and read the info. Sounds like a fun and creative thing to do. As I generally take thousands of pics a week for others, I will commit to taking atleast one for me.

I would love for you to join me in this little photography adventure, if you do be sure and let me know so I can add you to my rss and check on your pics each day.

Our days go by SO quickly and this is a good way to catalogue a snapshot of your day.

Here is my first official day on the 365! Pictures of my new kitchen torch and my very first attempt at creating my most favorite dessert...Creme Brulee. I wanted to make a special something for Rob to welcome him home from his first day at his new job. Nevermind that I finished my special desert at 9:15 at night, the thought still counted. So here is day one of 365, my torch and creation.


Volunteering then a Show for Lunch

Denise who never writes on her blog any more ; ) signed her family and my family up to volunteer at the Food Bank of Abilene today. After about an hour orientation we got to start sorting away. The kids had a great time and it was fun for us all. Here is a pic of all the kids after we were done working.


After volunteering we went to Bonzai for terriyaki chicken and a little sushi for lunch. It was Dee-Lish. Here is our chef making our food and Kenny looking on. Jack is reading a book, which made the chef laugh a bit, not too many kids bring a book along to read instead of watching the cooking show. Apparently Jack just needed to finish a chapter, then he watched the cooking.

December 28, 2008

Half Way Mark, Christmas Holiday is Great.

Sunday morning. Rob and Jack woke early as Rob is working in the sound booth at church this morning and the kids take turns going with him. Jack decided to sleep in his clothes so he wouldn't have any chance of being late and missing out on his sound booth day.

Christmas vacation is going splendidly this year. The best one I can remember actually, it is low key, the kids are loving their presents, and the best part of all is that Rob is home. His last day at the bakery was the 24th, he starts his new job tomorrow, so he has had 4 days off in a row. Except for when Jack was in the hospital and a trip out of town Rob has never had 4 days off in a row, free to do as he pleases, for 17 years. It has been such a blessing to have him home.

The kids and I will be watching the weather this week, we might take a trip to the Ft. Worth Zoo. We will see how that works out. Tomorrow might be the best day to go with the New Years holiday coming up this week.

Derek turns 12 years old on the 31st. He is pretty excited about his birthday! I am not a big fan of sleepovers, the staying up late part doesn't bother me, but the grouchy kids for the day or two after makes me crazy. That was what he had wanted to do, but I am going to let him pick something else. Mean mom I know.

Read another's review on Seven Pounds, she was not happy with the movie either. Unless you want to be depressed and slightly confused don't go and see it.

Enjoy your Sunday.

December 26, 2008

Tammy's Movie Reviews

3 movies in 2 days.
First there was Marley and Me, the whole family enjoyed it, tear jerker. I give it 4 stars. Jennifer Anniston and Owen Wilson were both delightful in this movie. I love true stories which makes it even better.

Next Bedtime Stories, I went in with low expectations because the rating on the web gave it 1 star. Most of the time I wont even go to a movie that has only one star, but we really wanted to take the kids to the movies again today, so we gave it a shot. All of us liked it, it helped that I went in with low expectations. I would give it about 2 and a half stars.

Then Rob and I went and saw Seven Pounds with Will Smith tonight. It was VERY long, and quite heartbreaking to watch, there were many sniffles in the theatre and at the end the tears were a flowin' I would give it 3 stars. It is a much darker movie than I expected, and pretty slow moving. It was a movie that one doesn't soon forget, it will be in your head for days after.

We like to see movies at our house while the kids are on vacation. Something we look forward to and anticipate on Christmas vacation.

I bought the book of the Tale of Despereaux for Jack for Christmas, once he finishes reading it we will go see it in the movie theatres.

Haven't really heard great reviews on anything out there, I had heard that The Boy In The Striped Pajamas was wonderful, but unfortunately it is only showing during the afternoon, and I don't think it is for kids. Other than Pajamas everything seems to be mediocre on reviews. If you have seen a movie just released and love it or hate it leave it in the comments and that will help me out, we still have over a week left on vacation after all.

December 25, 2008

My Day In 15

A List of Today.
1. Heard sweet giggling and whispering of my kids at 5:15am.
2. Cooking and Baking
3. Present-ing
4. Brunching
5. Cleaning
6. Apples to Appling
7. Marley and Me-ing
8. Spaghetti-ing with family
9. Cleaning
10. Blogging
11. Emailing
12. Folding
13. Reading
14. Reminiscing
15. Falling Asleep

The last 4 haven't happened yet, but I am anticipating #15 to happen soon.
Best Wishes.

December 24, 2008

My Feelings Exactly on Family

I love this commercial. Saw the link for it on Preacher Mike's blog, he's on the sidebar if you want to click over there. I am being lazy, it is Christmas Eve.
This is how I feel about family. There is always room for more.

Merry Christmas

If you are in my family....."Christmas Eve Gift!!!!!!"
For everyone, Merry Christmas.

December 23, 2008

Linus shares some scripture.

I watched this in its entirety last night while wrapping presents. There is something about the way Linus speaks this that makes it so simple and clear. For unto us a child is born.

December 22, 2008

Wedding Image Link

Posted a couple of pics at my photog blog from the wedding this weekend. Dreamy.
Click on over and check them out.

A Great Weekend

What a great weekend. Friday night started out with Rob's and my special date which I wrote about in the previous post. We went to Cypress St. to eat, then walked the city sidewalks to the Paramount to see my most favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life. The evening was awesome. Here are some pics of the night.

These first two pics are of Rob and I in the restaurant. They are a bit grainy but I wanted to be able to catch the ambient light to see the fire place behind us, so no flash.



Here are the lights of the Paramount. Might even frame this one to remember the night.



And here is the red curtain that covers the screen with snowflake lights shining on it to commemorate the season.


Lovely night.

Saturday I was in Brownwood and Bangs for a wonderful wedding. The bride lived in Bangs growing up, she lives in Virginia now, for a few more weeks anyway, as her groom is from England so they will be living across the pond for several years then maybe returning to the states. It was a gorgeous day, I will be blogging that a bit later on my photog. blog, so I will link it here when I do because the couple is precious and the pics are amazing.

Sunday our church hosted a community wide church celebration at the civic center. We sang a mix of Christmas music and our regular Sunday music. It was beautifully put together. There were 1450 people there and it was so much fun. Rob performed a monologue called the Nativity Set, here is a pic of him while he is in performance.



Then one of our friends had a large group over for Sunday lunch so we met some new friends and visited with the "old".
Rob said last night that this was a great weekend, and I totally agree! Thank you God for these sweet blessings.

December 19, 2008

It's a scene From The Godfather I tell ya, only better.

I am so excited about tonight. My favorite movie has come to my favorite movie theatre. For those that live or have lived in Abilene you know the Paramount Theatre . For those who haven't let me tell you about an old fashioned movie house that we are so blessed to have in our little town. The theatre was built in the early 1900's and then restored in 1986. It is old fashioned and beautiful. A large red curtain covers the movie screen and draws back when the movie starts, the sky of the movie theatre is filled with twinkle lights and moving clouds, there is an old fashioned box office that sells the movie tickets. The snack bar has old fashioned prices, so you can actually afford popcorn without breaking what is left of the piggy bank for a wonderful night out.

So tonight the stars have converged, the planets are alligned...the most wonderful night of events. Rob and I are going to go out on a date which is wonderful in itself, but it is cold out, The Paramount lights are lit, It's A Wonderful Life is showing and it is almost Christmas. Each time I think about tonight I think about the scene in Godfather where Michael Corleone and Kay are out in the snowy city shopping for Christmas and then they go see a movie, she is in her fur coat and holding on to his arm, the lights are blinking at the movie house and they are happier than they ever will be again in the trilogy. So picture me on Rob's arm walking down the sidewalk in the cool brisk air with the Paramount grandeur of lights shining off of our faces, and we will be starring in our own production tonight. I wont be wearing a fur coat, but I do have this fun little fur wrap that goes around my neck that I could pull out in a pinch ; ) And I do expect that our happiness will continue in greater scale than even today, so it's better than the movie.

I am just as excited to go out with my husband of 13 years tonight as I was when we first started dating.

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I am feeling nostalgic and wordy at the moment, but it is time for me to get to work. I have friends coming over for coffee and brekky in just over an hour, time to make the German Pancakes.

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From your giddy cyber friend. Merry Christmas.

December 18, 2008

1,304 Football Pictures in 3 minutes.

I follow a blog of a photographer named David Bergman. He shoots sports, concerts and musicians. I found his work during the Beijing Olympics. His rocks the camera. He created a slideshow of over 1300 hundred images he shot for Sports Illustrated of the 2008 SEC Championships, the Gators playing the Crimson. The video is about 3 minutes long plays almost like a movie wish adrenaline running through it. To see slideshow and what he wrote about it you can click over to his blog. Tried to just embed it here, but it is too wide a format for my blog layout, wouldn't have the same effect to only see one side of the picture. ; )

December 17, 2008

Sugar is not my friend.

Two more school days for the kids then it is time for vacation. It has been a busy week. I have been feeling poorly over the last couple of weeks. Too much sugar. I finally put myself on sugar arrest, cutting way back and making it mandatory to eat a protein if I eat something sweet. I am feeling much better. Not necessarily an easy time of year to watch sugar intake, but it is certainly better than feeling so sluggish.
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Many people who don't live here in Abilene have asked me about my husbands new job. What is DRI? Disability Resources Inc. I shot a Day In the Life out there a couple of weeks ago. Rob will be a Resident Coordinator, he will have some administrative duties as far as keeping up with the government required paperwork, he will also work some with the residents. I love DRI and I am so excited for him to be out there with the people. That still doesn't really answer what DRI is, it is a place where disabled people can live and work in community. There are many types of disabilities, Downs and Autism being the most prevalent I think. The residents love being there and they bring such joy to all who are around them. I am excited for Rob to start, his first day will be December 29th. To see the Day in the Life Slideshow of DRI you can click here.

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One of my friends sent a great You Tube video to me yesterday. Sarah put it up on the Coffee Group Blog. The video is of a writer reading about the blessings of friendships. I have watched it 3 times and it has made me tear up twice and cry once. The words are beautiful and it is so well written. Click here to see the video on the Coffee Group Blog.

December 15, 2008

Simple Christianity

Monday morning. Last week of school before the kiddo's are out for the holidays. I am excited for their holidays as I am taking a holiday too! I have a wedding to shoot, but other than that I am taking time away from my computer work while my kids are home. It is a much needed break for all of us. One thing I have figured out with my job is that there is always work to do, there is never downtime unless I make it intentionally. I am a rough boss to have as I don't give myself very much time off, I should give myself a raise ; )

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I continue to think about all the content of the Christian Spiritual Formation class that I audited at ACU this last semester. It was such a great class, but I think I have said that like 100 times here already. I am so drawn to people who are searching for God, taking their walk deeper, not afraid to be put out of their comfort zone. I love being challenged and inspired by the people around me. One of the things that I am thinking about today is how many Christians are constantly seeking and searching, but not necessarily putting into action what they already know. That stopped me in my tracks when I heard it the first time. Why am I seeking if I am not acting on what I have already learned. More information does not a better Christian make. I immediately thought about areas of my life that were not aligned with God's will for me, things I knew that I had not addressed even though it was clearly in scripture. My desire for myself is to focus on the simplicity of Christianity, the fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control, think about the Beattitudes in Matthew.

I have met people who simply write off a bad temper as a character flaw rather than see it as a sin, or others who might not be kind and gentle with people around them in a disagreement. Then there is the "go to the person you have a disagreement with and make amends" scripture, even if it is not your fault, be the first one to step up to the plate. These are basic Christian expectations in scripture, they are simple enough for a child to learn, but the question is if we are humble enough to seek and follow the will of Christ.

My life experiences have taught me that there is nothing worth separating myself from God in any area. I pray that God will show me and help me go back to the basics and see what areas that I need to address to have that firm foundation in Him. All the learning in the world will not shine the love of Christ through our eyes, but kindness and gentleness and acting in love and patience screams from the rooftops that Christ is the Master we serve.

One of my favorite books written that talks about how simple Christianity really is, is The Simple Path, written by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She is someone who walked the talk, and this book really affected me and helped me see the importance of the simplicity of following Christ.

I will always be a seeker, God continually calls all of us closer in our walk, deeper into Him as He has so many things to teach us, so many mysteries and so much power that I can't help but being drawn to that, but I must focus on the 101 and make sure I am not neglecting my basics in Christianity.

December 12, 2008

Faith IS the victory.

Faith is the victory. How many times have I sung that song and never thought about what the words meant? Every time.

How many times have I thought the outcome is more important than the journey? Alot.

Faith IS the victory, believing and trusting God to take care of me and work His masterpiece around me for His glory and not to appease me in my circumstances, and to be good with that, now that's a victory.

How often have I found delight in God's workings even if they don't seem to line up with where I want things to go? I find that completely invigorating, extremely humbling, and freakishly exciting. I am glad that God does not give me the boring life I ask for, where everything lines up perfectly, all hospital corners are tucked proficiently, He gives me a life full of adventure, learning to trust Him more everyday. He rocks my little world. The challenge for me is what I choose to do with those messy hospital corners.

December 11, 2008

Christmas Candy Anyone?

Thursday morning.

As I have nothing at all new to say today...I know this is a rarity ; ) I want you to tell me what your favorite Christmas Candy or Cookie recipe is. I am in a nesting and cooking mood this season, not really in a shopping mood at all, which causes a bit of a problem and this must be rectified quickly, or my sweet kids will not be happy. I made some super delicious Toffee Squares a.k.a. Pine Bark last week with my daughter and they were super yummy. I want to make some more goodies so help me out and tell me what is deee-lish.
Here is a link to some recipes from Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts.

December 09, 2008

Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

Monday night. I have been uber busy today. I wrote a couple of days ago about a fun shoot that I am doing tomorrow. After it all takes place I will probably write about it a bit more, but I have been preparing for tomorrow along with many other things going on today, so no post, until now that is.
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I have put Esther back in on the cd player in my car. Took a week off to listen to some Christmas music. I just can't wait to do this study at church. It is so full of life application. Jack went to school today, he is feeling better, not at 100% yet, but soon I hope.
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I read the book of Ruth last night for my bible study. There is just something about the words, "where you go, I will go, your people will be my people, your God my God," that make me just want to shout out. That might be one of my top 100 quotes out of the bible. Do you have a favorite?
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I went to help out at City Light's tonight. The 2nd Tuesday night is called Rockin' Mom's. It serves many women in Abilene. Some might say less fortunate, but I think that many of them are more fortunate than some with a bunch of money in the bank. Many have a strong relationship with Jesus, and others are learning who Jesus is and how much He loves them. When the leader was asking for prayer requests tonight one of the ladies asked for prayers for her family as her son was shot and killed here in Abilene last week. He was 18 years old, then while at the funeral another attendee of Rockin Mom's house burned down. After prayer requests were done a precious woman stood up and asked if she could bring a meal to the woman whose house was burned down. Please keep these two families in your prayers. The speaker tonight was a young woman who had been r*ped and then turned to drug use to deal with it. Over the course of a couple of years and many hardships she turned to the Lord and He has blessed her with a new direction. Powerful testimony. It was a fun night, the ladies made a Christmas swag, they were beautiful. They were served turkey with all the trimmings. I really like being with all the women.
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After 17 years of working at the bakery, it is official that this will be Rob's last holiday season. He was offered a job today working at DRI and we are SO excited for this new opportunity. He will finish out the holiday season and his last day will be December 24th. Papa's got a brand new bag.

Well there you have it. Shine on my friends.

December 08, 2008

Monday Morning

Good morning on a Monday. Just a couple of weeks before Christmas! I have had two somewhat free weekends with my family and I have thoroughly enjoyed doing holiday stuff. Yesterday was Christmas card addressing and finishing of the tree. Jack came down with something this weekend, took him to the walk in clinic on Saturday, the Nurse Practitioner didn't test him for strep, but thought that might be what he has, either that or something else that would be treated with the same antibiotic. I made the mistake of letting her talk me into NOT giving Jack a shot. Big mistake. I just assumed he would get a shot and be back to normal to go back to school today, but the nurse said that the antibiotics work just as quick as the shot, and she said she doesn't give the kids a shot unless it is necessary. Jack is still on the couch not feeling well, but he is feeling better, so the medicine is working, the shot would have put him back on his feet much quicker. Oh well live and learn.
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Rob took me to see the new Bond movie this weekend. It was good. I like the new way Bond is going much less s*x and skin, and more action. I forgot how racey the early Bond movies were as I hadn't seen them since I was a kid, too racey for my kiddo's to watch, or me for that matter.
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I just read on yahoo news in the headline that Obama smokes cigarettes. Who knew? Apparently he munched away on nicotene gum while on the campaign trail to keep his addiction at bay. He told the reporter he had quit but that he falls off the wagon. I found that odd for some reason. He seems so healthy, and like someone who would make healthy choices. I took care of my mom along with my siblings in her last weeks after she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Small Cell Carcinoma, diagnosed and in just weeks she passed away. It was a difficult several weeks for her. She was healthy in every way, ate more healthy food in one week than I would eat in a year. She kept herself in good condition. But the cigarette smoking killed her like a thief in the night. I am grateful that we had time to say goodbye, and I am grateful that even though she suffered it wasn't for years, it was for a handful of weeks. After my mom died Derek who was about 3 at the time would tell everyone who had a cigarette that smoking killed his grandma. He was concerned for their health too. As someone who has never smoked, (sitting in the back seat of a car with the windows rolled up and two parents chimney smoking in the front seat cured me of ever even wanting to give it a try), I only can imagine how hard it is to stop once you start. So that will be my prayer for Obama this week. God give him the strength. All things are possible through Christ Jesus.
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Here is a link to a Day In The Life that I shot last week. The family is precious. I haven't linked my work in a while and I love shooting Day In The Life sittings as the images are alway so personalized and just real life happening. Click here to see some images from the day.

December 06, 2008

Babette Ate Oatmeal

Saturday night. Rob, Sophie and Derek just went up to ACU to see the theatre production of The Wedding. My cousin's son is in the play and we were all SO looking forward to seeing it. Jack woke up with a horrible sore throat this morning and a fever. Took him to the walk in clinic and they put him on antibiotics. They didn't test him for strep throat, but that is probably what it was. So Jack and I are a bit bummed to not be at the theatre tonight ; (
Earlier today when Jack thought he might be up to going this evening I asked him if we should take Corban some flowers as this was closing night for the play. Jack said, that boys get chocolate not flowers. So we bought him a big candy bar.
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I found a cool web site today and bought this shirt and this shirt. I could have selected about 10 more, but how many Gilmore Girl t-shirts does one girl need. I might not ever outgrow my love for t-shirts. I have this "you are 40 years old now" start dressing like it bubble looming over my head on a pretty regular basis. But I am continuing to ignore the bubble in most cases. I LOVE fun t-shirts. You could ask my sweet friend Judy who drove me all around Dallas one afternoon so I could buy an inspi(red) t-shirt. That is a good friend I tell ya! It continues to be my most favorite t-shirt, but it will be a close call once I get my new shirts in.
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I just finished reading Twilight, and thanks to M'chelle have the next 3 here at my house ready to read. Started on New Moon and am about 40 pages into it. I am enjoying the series. I went and saw the movie by myself last week at the first showing before the kids got out of school. Rob hasn't read the book and I am thinking he probably wont, so I thought it would be easy just to head to the show myself. One of my favorite things to do is to see a movie by myself. I LOVE seeing movies with my hubby and friends too, don't get me wrong. But there is something totally vegetative and calming sitting in a dark theatre totally engrossed in the movie on the screen when I am alone. So the movie was good and fun to watch.
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I have a project that I will be shooting this Wednesday that I am pretty excited about. I have always enjoyed expanding my photography business to learn and experiment with new types of shoots. This shoot will be more of a commercial shoot, many women involved, set design, lighting...mmmm. So excited. This is really an area of photography I see myself pursuing as I get older. See it's that 40 year old thing again.
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Note to self: start shopping for Christmas this week!! 2 gifts down, many more to go.

December 04, 2008

Great MRI, and Great Reverse Offering Stories

Thursday night. Jack and I arrived home from Dallas today happy as 2 pea's in a pod. Jack's results were great, no change from the last MRI, NO TUMOR. I can't really even explain how I have felt while walking away after hearing that news, twice now. It is almost surreal. I used to say that when Jack was diagnosed we just found a new normal, that normal included lots of doctor visits, trips to Dallas, Emla cream, chemo, gamma knife, steroids,...that was our normal for 3 years. I do believe it is time for me to begin a new normal again. I think that life is always providing bumps in the road, as long as I am flexible and will adjust to whatever speed bump or large boulders are currently knocking at my door, then life is good. It has just been the times that I have looked back to before the bump and wished for how things used to be, especially with Jack's health, those times have been much more challenging than just facing where we are this current day and moving on from there.

Jack's illness has taught me in a huge way to just be content. Not wishing for this or that, but to find peace with my circumstances. I am so grateful to God for that, because it has been a journey.

Praising God for His continued faithfulness.
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I wrote briefly a week or so ago about a fun event our church planned out. 85 envelopes were filled with different amounts of money, then 85 volunteers were asked to participate. The plan was to take the envelope given to you and then bless someone with the money enclosed. It was so totally fun. We still have our envelope, I told one of our minister's that I was waiting for some divine leading on where it should go, I think I got the nudge today and am excited to send it on it's way. The cool part of this post, is that people are submitting the stories behind their reverse offerings and handing out the money in their envelopes. If you click on Reverse Offering you can read them too! God is working through His people.

December 03, 2008

Day In The Life

A couple of weeks ago I took some pictures at D.R.I.
I spent time in the Amber House and with the residents that live there, and also visited the infamous place where all that good Picante Sauce is made. Here is the slideshow of a Day In The Life at DRI.
The residents are awesome, smiles everywhere. The personalities behind these pictures make me smile.
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Jack and I leave today to get the results for his MRI in the morning.

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Back to work, a lot to do before we head out today. ; ) Have a great day.

December 01, 2008

The Light

Some of you readers know my story. Some have just stopped by recently.
Everyone at some point in their lives has walked through some forks in the road. One single change of direction can change your whole life. When I was 23 I had a day, the big fork in the road day. The day that I fell out of my bed with the hot Arizona sun pummeling through the windows and me crying and asking God to lift me from my messy life filled with too much of everything. He did and my life has never been the same from that day on. Because that day is SO special to me, the day that I asked for grace and mercy and God rained it down on me, the day that I learned what it felt like to be truly aware of my frailties, truly aware of my inadequacies, truly aware of my sin, and truly aware of how it felt to be forgiven and completely and utterly loved by God. Because of the memories of that day I asked a friend, T.M. Gand, to create a canvas painting for me. She and I talked about the details over coffee, then she went with it from there. I received my painting about two weeks ago, but today she sent me the digital print, so I can share it with you. This is my day of redemption. She called the painting "The Light."


Tracy's work is amazing. I knew that it was she that I wanted to paint this canvas for me. She uses bold colors and texture. Her work is very fun and bright. She is always open at Artwalk and her studio is around the corner from mine, in the Cockerell Building Downtown on N. 2nd. She has been featured in print, and has made a great name for herself because of the quality of her work. Be sure and stop by her studio to check out what she is working on currently during the next Artwalk.

Le Make Up.

I am working away today to get a bunch of orders in, but thought this little you tube video on a photography shoot for cosmetics in France was totally cool. Make up flying, poofing, pouring...it was fun to look at. Enjoy.