Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dailee Christine

As many of you know, we recently lost our baby girl. I'm terrible at blogging (something else that you already know), so I never got to the point of posting about being pregnant. I got very very sick. The whole 6+ months is a long story (maybe I'll write a book). For now, I want to leave you with this...

I took this picture of Dailee soon after I delivered her still-born. I created the image using apps on an ipad while we were in the hospital. Her tiny little feet were the size of the top portion of my thumb. I miss her so much.
Posted below is an article I wrote for the magazine I shoot for. This month's theme of the magazine is "Share the Love," so my publisher asked if she could use Dailee's picture and if I would write something. Here is the actual article:

Hopefully I'll post again soon, but please don't be surprised if it's not for months. I do have a plan to blog once a week through my photography website. I plan to add more of a personal touch to it, so maybe that will actually work out haha. I will be posting this on that blog as well.

Thank you for reading and God bless!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Holy Cow!

I have been so busy it's crazy!! It's a good problem to have though.
Check out my website and you will see some of what I've been up to. I put a link at the bottom of this post.
I know that I am not the best at blogging, and I'm definitely not any better with blogging on my website, but I am trying to do better. I've decided to schedule "blog time" into my week. I hope to update both blogs, but it may just be one and then a link on the other to that blog.

Anyway, I've been very busy nannying, and even busier with photography! I started doing pet photography, I now do Sales and Giveaways on Facebook, I bought a book on how to market with Pinterest, and I even looked at a studio the other day!! I don't think that studio will be happening (which is a bummer for me, but is super exciting for someone else!), but I have my eyes set on another one that may be a bit more gentle on my wallet.
I've been making myself get on Facebook more so that I can get my work out there and offer those sales and what not. I have 100+ followers!! That may not seem like a lot, but it's huge to me! It took a lot of work to figure out how to get them to follow me haha! And I'm continuing to think of more ways to get peoples' attention.

Well, I've missed you all and hope you're doing well!!
Much Love!!!

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Highland Stables

Check out my post from Saturday when I got to hang out with goats and horses. Too much fun!!
Just click this link.

One Small Step...

You're in Good Hands.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

David: A Man After God's Own Heart

David was brought home yesterday by ambulance. 
Tonight, he is slowly going Home to Jesus. 
Please pray for Marina and for David's parents.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Postcards for David

Hi everyone!

I wanted to update you on our friend, David. I'm a timeline-type person, so I will write out how the last week has looked.

If you don't know, David Cone was born with Cystic Fibrosis. 7 years ago he had a double-lung transplant. 5 years later his body rejected his lungs and he needed another transplant. By the grace of God, he got it! So two years ago he had his second, double-lung transplant. The odds of making it through that second transplant are 50/50 on the table! This last November, David got sick again. He was in the hospital for a few weeks, and ended up coming out ok, but not great. 

Here is the update:
Monday 2/25- David's doctor informed him he has chronic rejection of the lungs. He came to our Young Adults group and told us of the news. He also told us that he wants God's Will to be done. He said he knows he will be healed whether that's God miraculously healing him here on earth, or taking him Home.
Tuesday 2/26- David's health started to decline.
Wednesday 2/27- His health declined so rapidly that he was taken to Stanford Medical Center. His lung capacity was at 0%. He was put on a respiratory machine; he would die without this life support. He was nervous to go on the machine because this was how his first wife had passed away. He told Marina (his wife now) that he knew how horrific things can get, and that she had his permission to take him off of it if she couldn't handle it. At this point the doctors were giving David until the weekend to live. 
The doctors noted that he was fairly coherent through (and after) the procedure, which surprised them. They said that most people are just out of it, and that they usually only live for a couple of weeks after being put on the respirator. It's also rare for anyone to get out of bed, but there have been some cases, though no one has walked more than 500 feet.
The doctors were also surprised when David was able to pick up a pen and paper and write to his doctors, nurses, and friends and family that came to visit. 
Friday 3/1- David was able to get out of bed (while still on the machine) and with the help of his nurses, he walked the entire ICU.... Twice!!!
Saturday 3/2- David was taken off of the respirator and was breathing on his own!!! THEN, he was able to walk the ICU again without the machine!! His doctors and nurses are calling him a miracle.

Wednesday 3/6- David is still at Stanford and is still off of the respirator (Praise God!!) He isn't getting better, but he isn't getting worse right now. PLEASE continue to pray for him. Help us fight with prayer.

During the time he was on the respirator, he would get a word from God and write it down, then give it to the nurse or doctor that God told him to give it to. God is using David to encourage and change lives, even when David is not able to speak. I spoke with Marina yesterday and she said that when David was on the respirator, it wasn't him anymore, it was the Holy Spirit, and when he came off of the machine, David was back. Incredible!!

David's birthday is next month (he will be 35 years old) and he had really been wanting an Apple laptop computer. Marina wants to get it for him now so that he can enjoy it while in the hospital. This would be a huge financial burden on them. Marina is a hair stylist and only makes money when she works; and she took all of last week off to be by David's side. David is not able to work and they still have rent to pay, food to buy and the hospital bills are adding up.

To help fundraise money for David and Marina, I made beautiful postcards with Bible verses on them. I am selling packs of 10 cards for $10.00 and 100% of the profit goes to them. If you are interested in buying a pack, please let me know. If you feel led to donate more money, that is greatly appreciated. If you are not able to do either, your prayers are warmly welcomed! 
Below are pictures of them over the last couple of weeks.

Thank you again for your prayers. Please feel free to share this with friends and family. The more people diligently praying for David and Marina, the better.

Again if you would like to purchase a pack of postcards, please leave a comment and let me know.

Thank you and God bless,

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

When Nature Calls...

My husband wanted me to teach him how to use my camera. We both think it'd be such a great thing to be a husband and wife photography team! This last weekend we went around town and I showed him how to shoot in manual setting (he's a smart guy, he can handle it). He got a shot of a branch that I love! I told him when we buy a house, I will be hanging that on the wall. I'm so proud of him and am looking forward to many more photoshoots together. The picture below his branch was one that I took on our nature outing, will probably end up hanging that one too.
If you would like to purchase either of these, they are for sale on my website: