First Grade Friend

16 04 2013

Do you have a first grade friend? I have one. I met Shawna in first grade and we became fast friends. I moved schools the next year but would occasionally run into her, even in my new town. Turns out she had moved there also. In seventh grade, we were reunited at middle school! Shawna and I remained close friends throughout middle school and high school. I love how God kept her in my life and I love the story of our friendship.

Well, Shawna got in touch with me recently because her oldest son is graduating from high school this year. Talk about coming full circle. Being able to spend some time with Shawna and Jacob recently was a pleasure. He’s become a pretty amazing young man and here is a sneak peek of a few of the images captured that day. I can’t help but think about the friends that Jacob spends time with today, as a senior in high school, and how they will have impacted his life years from now.

Congratulations, Jacob. I truly wish you the best – in your friendships and in your future!

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Always Remember

9 04 2013

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“If ever there’s a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember.  You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

I seriously can not believe this girl graduates from high school next month. It truly is crazy how time flies.  Where is the little girl whose hand I used to hold? Christopher Robin had some great advice to his friend, Winnie the Pooh.  I want Jordan to always remember those things. There are a few more things, however, that I’d also like this amazing girl to always remember.

Jordan,

Always remember that you are “fearfully & wonderfully made” – God uniquely crafted only one of you.  The special talents, gifts, abilities and personality traits you possess are from Him.  Use them as a gift to God, yourself & others. 

Always remember that you can do more than you think.  Don’t give up too early.  Push yourself & you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Always remember that God is good.  Life can be hard, but God is good.  Seek Him and He will show you His goodness.

Always remember that your smile goes a long way.  Your caring spirit and beautiful smile brightens others on a daily basis.

Always remember that serving others is a perspective-changer.  Not only does God use you to help others and teach you about yourself, but serving others reminds you of all that you have to be thankful for. 

Always remember that you are worth it.  You deserve someone who opens doors for you, laughs at your jokes, lifts you up, pays for your dinner, respects your boundaries and loves your God.  You are absolutely worth it.

Always remember that there’s a home that is full of people that love you, 100%, unconditionally.  Always.  We’re here to cry with you over heartache, rejoice with you over victories and listen to you sort things out.  We love to act silly with you, pray with you, meet your friends, throw a football around in the front yard, hear what God’s doing in your life, play board games and just hang out.  We are proud of you, always.

Always remember.

 





Plans for You

21 03 2013

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” — Jeremiah 29:11

Meet Emma. She is friends with our daughter and we absolutely love having her in our home on occasion. Seriously – this girl is funny, smart, postive, beautiful and going places. Emma graduates from high school in May and we know that God has amazing plans for her future. Thank you, Emma, for the gift of your friendship to our family. Be blessed.





the only thing

8 01 2013

Our friends, with a house full of girls, decided to be surprised by the gender of their newest baby.  And guess what?  It wasn’t a girl. 

Needless to say, everyone- including the girls, are smitten with their little man.  And who wouldn’t be?

“A boy is the only thing that God can use to make a man.”  — Author Unknown

Enjoy the cuteness.

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New Year, New Life

2 01 2013

It’s just a few days into 2013 and I have to admit, I absolutely love the beginning of a new year.  There’s so much hope, so much resolve, so many blank pages to fill with adventures, goals and love notes.  Who doesn’t love a fresh start?

Two of my sweet friends had babies in December, so this year they get the miraculous pleasure of nurturing new life.

Take a peek at family # 1’s pictures.  (Family #2, yours will be up soon!)

Baby Girl is a-dor-a-ble in the pink tutu.

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Check out those tiny toes peeking out!

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And Big Brother loves her.

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Too much cuteness for one family.  I love this picture.

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Happy New Year!





A Girl Should Be Two Things…

20 11 2012

“A girl should be two things:  classy and fabulous.”  — CoCo Chanel

Meet Dustyn, senior in high school, who is most definitely classy AND fabulous.  Seriously, this girl is amazing-so sweet, beautiful, strong, caring, great sense of style, creative, funny & mature for her age.   If you don’t know her, you should!!

Here’s a sneak peek of Dustyn’s senior photo shoot…I had a great time exploring some new (to me) areas of downtown OKC and love the looks we captured.

Thank you, Dustyn and family, for allowing me to see this beautiful girl again, now all grown up.

 

 





The Rest is still Unwritten

15 09 2012

This beautiful girl is a senior in high school.  Crazy, because it seems like just yesterday she was sweetly hugging her elementary school teachers.  This is a sneak peek of her first senior session, there will be more to follow throughout the year.

“Feel the rain on your skin.  No one else can feel it for you.  Only you can let it in.  No one else, no one else can speak the words on your lips.  Drench yourself in words unspoken.  Live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins…The rest is still unwritten.”  — as sung by Natasha Bedingfield

Jordan Paige, we are so proud of you.  Follow your dreams and write the rest of your story, with God’s gentle guidance and your family’s constant love and support.  We love you!