Monday, March 31, 2008

Andrew the emotional bunny

this is a little stop motion video i put together. it was andrew's idea. i think the best part about the whole thing was scrolling through the pictures on the camera and watching everyone fall of the floor laughing as they watched it over my shoulder. it's most likely one of those "you had to be there" moments, but oh my gosh was it funny! i need to do this more often!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

happy easter!

a friend sent me this video today in the hopes that i'd spend a few moments watching it and letting the words sink in deep. i did... and it's changed me. it's put my heart in that place where i'm ready to truly celebrate Easter for its real purpose... Christ died for me and conquered death so that i might have eternal life. i don't say this to be "religious". i say it because it's true and i believe it. Christ has changed by life and by accepting him and what he did for me on the cross 2000 years ago i get to spend forever with him... starting now. so i want to let His light shine through me. i might not be a perfect vessel, but i'm willing and that's all he asks for. come to me as you are... but don't stay that way.

i loved this version of romans 12:1-2 that they showed in the video. it's from the Message...

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

prayer is the antidote for worry

i wanted to share a few insights that I received from my small group study this week...

in reading some of the related verses to this week's scripture (matthew 6:24-34) i spent some time in philippians. philippians 4:6-7 says, "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

my footnotes said that the two greatest opposing forces in the Christian experience are anxiety and prayer. wow! are you anxious? pray. thanksgiving is the antidote to worry, along with prayer and petition.

i know this is so true for my life. when i find myself worrying about something i try to focus on my blessings and often my little problems don't seem so bad after all. for example, here i am worrying about my flight to chicago with jonah and dave this weekend. but you know what? i'm not addicted to heroine. i don't have cancer or pneumonia. i'm healthy. i could afford two plane tickets and a dvd player to hopefully keep my toddler amused. i'm going to visit friends and family that love me and can't wait to see me. what in the heck am i worrying about?!?! seriously.

isn't this exciting?! this journey we're on with God and with each other?! i'm excited to see what God's going to teach me this week as he stretches me!

God, you are Good, Gracious, Merciful, Gentle, Never Changing, my Keeper, my Hiding Place, Through All & Above All... and for that i am sooooo grateful! Hallelujah!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

gateway photography workshop

a couple of weeks ago i attended a photography workshop with the photog team at my church. we learned about studio lighting and posing. it was really educational and it was great getting to meet some other photographers from my church.

here are a few of the "behind the scenes" shots i took...

a little powder hides the shine
our adorable little model doing a little warm-up twirling
telling us all about the play she's going to be in... Annie
seriously, we could not have had a cuter model!
you know how much i love feet!
a little tip: get the model to stick out his or her tongue or make a silly face...
...and you're sure to get a genuine smile after that.
a couple other pointers i picked up at the workshop:

  • always turn your camera off when you're taking out or putting in a memory card or battery. if your camera is on when you are swapping anything out, there is a chance that an electrical charge could by transferred which could damage your equipment, especially memory cards.
  • when changing lenses try to point your camera opening downward. this minimizes the chances that dust will get into your camera or on your sensor.
  • a couple people recommended having your camera professionally cleaned if you ever get dust on your sensor. this is one of the most sensitive parts on your camera and if you mess it up... well, let's just say it's not good.
  • i also learned that your memory card will last longer if you erase/format the card in the camera itself, and not on your computer.
cool beans!

my first vendor show

last weekend i participated in my first vendor show. it was at my mother-in-law's school. they had a fun fair with raffles and a silent auction and they also had vendor booths set up in the gym. so here's my table and a couple of the cute little clothing models from the booth next to mine...

kat's kloset

j.w. tumbles with friends

last monday jonah and i went to j.w. tumbles on a playdate with one of the mom's groups we're in down here in austin. we had oodles of fun!
jonah got to swing...
weeeeee! swinging's my favorite! hang on! ...but i can't put my ball down.
being silly and dancing to the music...
shake it!
(just picture the butt waggeling back and forth)

now it's time for the zip line with my new girlfriend...
look at the wind whipping through his hair!
practicing for the rodeo...
barrel o' monkey!
watching the bird puppets...

the end!

Friday, March 07, 2008

faith's 3rd birthday flowers

faith's 3rd birthday is today. we found this note on the piano when we came down for breakfast this morning...
thanks nana!

our friends rachey, al, jaycob, zack and nana joy sent us these beautiful flowers...

and we got these sweet little tulips from my friend meredith...
this was the verse (one of my favorites) that rachael included on the card with the flowers. i just thought it went perfectly with this image...

Thursday, March 06, 2008

self-timer self-portrait

a few weeks ago i saw this photo challenge over at shutter sisters and thought i'd play along. the challenge was to set the self-timer, set the camera on the ground, click the shutter and get in front of the lens. the day i saw the challenge i did it, but i forgot to take the picture from camera to computer. so i'm late, but here's what i got...

i didn't pay for the magic trick with breakfast

step right up, folks! take a look at this amazing boy! nothing on earth can hold him!

so guess who houdini'd out of his high chair this morning?

we were just finishing breakfast and as i walked back into the kitchen from the laundry room after putting something in the recycling bag i see little mr. houdini wriggling around. just as i turn the corner he stands up in his chair. can you picture this? nose wrinkled and hands waving in the air... "all done!"

guess it's time to try out that 5 point harness, huh?

Monday, March 03, 2008


at small group tonight we just took some time to praise God. it was really powerful to me and i wanted to share this video i found.

first we listened to chris tomlin's indescribable and then we just took some time to praise God by lifting up his different names. some of God's names that stood out to me on the list we were using were: above all, comforter, counselor, doer of wonders, everlasting strength, excellent, faithful, father of the fatherless, good, lifter of my head, merciful, never weary, perfect, physician, potter, powerful, refiner, and rock of my refuge.

and you know, it's funny. even though there are hundreds of words we can use to describe God... somehow he's still indescribable.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

i ran over a banana because i think i need some serious help

here's another fun participation required game that i got via email. if you feel like playing along leave comments with your phrase.

Pick the month you were born:

  • January----- --------I kicked
  • February---- --------I loved
  • March------- --------I karate chopped
  • April------- --------- I licked
  • May--------- --------I jumped on
  • June-------- --------I smelled
  • July-------- ---------I did the Macarena With
  • August------ --------I had lunch with
  • September--- -------I danced with
  • October----- --------I sang to
  • November---- ------I yelled at
  • December---- -------I ran over

Pick the day (number) you were born on:
  • 1-------a birdbath
  • 2-------a monster
  • 3-------a phone
  • 4-------a fork
  • 5-------a snowman
  • 6-------a gangster
  • 7-------my mobile phone
  • 8-------my dog
  • 9-------my best friends' boyfriend
  • 10-------my neighbor
  • 11-------my science teacher
  • 12-------a banana
  • 13-------a fireman
  • 14-------a stuffed animal
  • 15-------a goat
  • 16-------a pickle
  • 17-------your mom
  • 18-------a spoon
  • 19-------a smurf
  • 20-------a baseball bat
  • 21-------a ninja
  • 22-------Chuck Norris
  • 23-------a noodle
  • 24-------a squirrel
  • 25-------a football player
  • 26-------my sister
  • 27-------my brother
  • 28-------an ipod
  • 29-------a surfer
  • 30-------a llama
  • 31-------A homeless guy

Pick the color of shirt you are wearing:
  • White----because I'm cool like that.
  • Black-----because that's how I roll.
  • Pink------because I'm NOT crazy.
  • Red-------because the voices told me to.
  • Blue------because I'm sexy and I do what I want.
  • Green----because I think I need some serious help.
  • Purple----because I'm AWESOME!
  • Gray------because Big Bird said to and he's my leader.
  • Yellow----because someone offered me $1,000,000.
  • Orange---because my family thinks I'm stupid anyway.
  • Brown----because I can.
  • Other-----because I'm a Ninja!
  • None------because I can't control myself .
p.s. i can't believe my computer is asking for a spell check on "smurf".