Sunday, November 22, 2009

Savvy Photographer

I regularly follow over 100 photography blogs -- blogs of those I would like to emanate, those for inspiration, and those to learn from. One of the most resourceful blogs is The Savvy Photographer. I love the interviews with photographers, profiles on products, gorgeous images, and giveaways. It's always inspiring and energizing -- a great way to start your day! Check it out!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Birth of Hayden

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Creative Mama

Just this week I was introduced to a wonderfully inspirational woman - Angie Warren. Not formally...but through blogging. She has such a beautiful way about her and her photography is amazing!

This week, she is blogging all about photography and giving away some great things. Today's giveaway...Photoshop CS 4...check it out here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The End of an Era

Of course I have been sort of busy since my little man came into this world. But today, instead of breaking my sabbatical for him, I m breaking it in honor of my Love.

Today marks the day of big change in our lives. It truly is the end of an era. As of today, July 1st 2009, Brian and Jamie Moore are taking the reigns as the new Youth Ministers of The Connection Church. And while Nic and I couldn't be more excited about this transition, it also closes a huge chapter in our lives. (more his than mine)

At the ripe old age of 18, my husband ventured into the world of full time ministry. He spent the next 13 & 1/2 years pouring his life into the students of Goldthwaite, TX before moving onto Lockhart and finally ending up here, in Kyle. There is no way to adequately tell of how incredible my husband is and how great his desire is to "storm the gates of hell" for lost souls. I remember standing in complete amazement when I learned how long he had been at Goldthwaite. In a day and age when Youth Ministers last a mere 18 months, he had planted his life in this mall town and he gave everything he had to the students there. His life was their life, and the end result, many found their way to Christ. He called Goldthwaite home for nearly 10 years. His relational style of ministering has kept many of those students in our lives to this day, many we are blessed to be able to call our closest friends. His time there shaped him into the man he is today. I know that he learned how to be a husband and father because of the relationships he had and still has with men and families from Goldthwaite. And when we moved to Lockhart, it was the see students find a real, authentic relationship with their Savior. And nothing changed when we moved here.

As pastoral roles at the church are changing, Nic is fullfilling more of the administrative role of his Family Pastor duties. But I know his heart and desire have not changed.

Babe, thank you for loving and serving God so faithfully. Thank you for wanting to see the lives of students changed. I know that heaven looks much different because of your faithfullness...even when it wasn't easy, even when the money wasn't there, even when you had better offers, even when your way was too "out of the box"...thank you for perservering. Thank you for the example you have set for our son. Our life is truly blessed and I will follow you wherever God may take us. And although our life and your ministry look a little different, I know that God is not through with you. I love you.

Friday, May 8, 2009

This is Love

This is my world these days. I couldn't ask for anything more. These two men are my life!

Monday, April 13, 2009


Man I need to get better at posting! I know it has been too many months...

Well, the end is upon us. I am within a week of my due date. Can you believe it?!?! I cannot. It seems like just yesterday...well not really. It feels like it was ages ago that I was sick. Life got back to normal, the semester started, and things have been going great. Now I am tired all the time, but can't really sleep that well. My ankles swell to enormous proportions. And my hips and joints just ache. Little Hayden Russell has not "dropped" yet, I dare say it feels like he is creeping up higher and higher. But I know he isn't. He'll settle himself when his time comes I suppose.

I did want to let everyone know about this. We are having a little contest to see if you guys and gals can accurately guess when Hayden will make his grand entrance. You can vote here or there. And just to give ya a little more info than Nic: 1) I have not had a single contraction of false labor, which is pretty normal. 2) I am only dilated to 1cm...and holding. 3) According to an old wives tale, you baby is born 5 months from the day you feel the flutters of life for the first time, and for me that was here.

So let the games (errr...guesses) begin!! Oh and there is a prize for the closest guess.

Monday, February 16, 2009

A photo (or two) for you Ashley...

As before mentioned, I thought I would post a few pictures of my ever growing tummy. This one was taken around January 23
And this one was taken just yesterday. He is definitely starting to grow more out and making his presence known. He has knocked the breath out of me more than a few times over the last few days. We have less than 9 weeks left; crazy to think this journey is almost over and a new one is about to begin!

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