Bumblebean Giveaway


This year we’re participating in an awesome Bumblebean Holiday Giveaway that we’d love to share with you all! Bumblebean is the destination for unique brands for moms and kids. They’ve put together a special holiday giveaway and scavenger hunt for parents to learn more about these great brands. You will have the chance to win one of three Bumblebean bundles with up to 35 prizes in each prize pack! They’ll be giving away over $5,000 worth of top baby and kids items. You’re invited to be part of this amazing holiday giveaway and join in the Bumblebean fun!

How it Works

  • Giveaway will run from November 20th – December 20th.
  • Entering is easy, just click the button below to go to the entry page with full instructions.
  • 3 lucky winners will receive a bundle prize pack with 35+ hand-selected items!
  • You may also enter the “find the bean” scavenger hunt to earn extra chances to win! 3x a week we will hide the Holiday bean on Bumblebean.com. Visit this entry page on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the new CLUE to find the hidden Holiday bean! When you find the bean, make sure to enter your answer (the link to the web page you found the bean on) in the form below to earn your extra chances to win. Clues will also be posted on Facebook so make sure to like Bumblebean.
  • Open to U.S. residents only.
  • Click on the button below to enter and see all the cool prizes! Check them out!


REMEMBER, the more points you earn the better chance you have to win! The entry page link is below. LIKE Bumblebean on Facebook to see updates and who wins!

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Little Things Thursday

It’s been a busy fall around here.  I feel like my blogging has taken a huge backseat these last few months.  I’m so ready for the slower months to work on some personal things, like this blog!  Can you believe that we will be officially kicking off Christmas season in just a week’s time? This year has flown by. I’m so grateful for this year though, because I feel like I have learned so much and have really put some leg work into growing my passions.  I’m excited to see what new things will come about in 2015. But, I’m not quite ready to jump ahead to the New Year just yet.  I’m ready to savor some family time. I have visions of a peaceful December.

Rosie on bed-web

Rosie joined our family in 2014.  She’s cute, but she is trouble. Good thing she smiles at me a lot.

Now a bit of housekeeping.  I usually take Thanksgiving off, but since we have so many international friends I decided to keep LTT going on Thanksgiving Day.  Come if you can, but if not, enjoy your family time.  And hey, if I haven’t said it lately…I’m thankful for you!

On to the show…

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Exploring the Light

I’m down to just one session to go in 2014.  It’s almost time to begin photographing personally again.  The winter months usually provide enough quiet fodder for exploring. Yet, the winter months can also be challenging in finding the light.

I picked up my camera today to warm myself up for  these very things that take a backseat during busy season.

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It just so happens that a photographer friend of mine challenged me to the Black and White challenge a couple weeks ago, but I was drowning in edits. I think I’ll start now, though.

It’s time to chase the light.

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Do you ever write down your thoughts because you need to talk or process them outside of your own mind? I think we used to call this journaling or keeping a diary.  I write to process.  I also talk to process, except my habit of listening often gets in the way.  Writing usually wins the day. So, I thought I might start a semi-regular series here of processing some thoughts.  It’s risky.  People are often judged for being real. I am going to take the risk.

How about a cup of tea while I vent?

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Dear Suburbia,

I think we need to break up.  It’s you and its me.

You see, I am craving something very different than you offer.  I’m craving community and authentic connection with humanity that just can’t be fabricated with programs, events, and entertainment.  Those things are just a shadow of the real thing and only serve to keep us busy, but not really serve.  Those things have beginnings and endings.  I want continuity and longevity.  I want to be part of what truly matters.

I don’t want to spend my life in my car driving back and forth to feel in touch with humanity. I want it organically. I want to touch it in the everyday.  I want life on life. I want to walk among it.  Instead, you guard it behind closed doors, surface appearances, and busy calendars.  I’m guilty of participating.  I’m just too busy keeping up with what you keep tossing at me.

Life with you feels overscheduled, programmed, and burdened.  Words like “in the bubble” do not comfort me, but rather make me feel like a hamster on a wheel. Bubbles don’t always protect; they also cage.  I don’t want to be protected, anyway. There is a whole other world outside of your borders.  Not everyone can, but I can. Not everyone is willing, but I am willing. WE are willing.

I’m not soothed by stuff.  I’m not comforted by more. I do not want to pour my  life into managing my stuff and my calendar of trivialities.  I know that life anywhere has elements of this; yours is out of proportion.

I’m resolved, and confused. I want a different kind of more.  Something has to change, and I think it’s my move.




Little Things Thursday

Thursday totally snuck up on me this week.  At 6:30 Wednesday night it dawned on me that I needed to pull my Little Things Thursday post together.  But here we are! I made and you made it.

I just blogged this session on my professional site.  I had the opportunity to photograph triplets as part of an adoption fundraiser this past summer.  I loved that my simple offering of photographs helped bring two girls home from China, whose adoption was so timely as they were aging out of the system. Really, so many people brought their simple offerings to get these girls to their forever home.

The triplets’ mom won a session with me and we just completed it a few weeks ago.  It was such a fun time filled with loads of personality!  These are a few of my favorites.

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What’s keeping you busy this week?

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Click and Edit

Click and edit has been my life these last few weeks.  It’s been a whirlwind and I’m still working through the workload.  I haven’t had anytime to capture my life.  It wouldn’t be pretty.  You’d find a haggard me slumped over the computer.  So maybe it’s best to just show the pretty things. Even so, it’s a joy to be working and bringing joy to families. I can’t share much yet since galleries are still open, but soon there will be little glimpses of this busy session season.

I’ll throw this one out since it already was part of a sneak peek. Aren’t they cute?

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Someone might need to pinch me to keep me going through the next couple weeks! That, or keep my coffee cup full.

Linking with Good.Random.Fun and Songography.


Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday! I’ve been a little MIA this week on the blog. I’m right in the peak of busy season with fall family sessions. I’ve been glued to my computer screen this week with edits so that clients can order their prints and Christmas cards.  I haven’t even edited my own Halloween photos from last Friday. I can’t miss sharing something in the general time frame, so I guess Instagrams will suffice.

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This year we had a Batman Jr., Ironman, and an huntress turned Elf. We collected more candy than we need, and one little superhero has been sneaking more than his two piece a day limit. 55 wrappers were found stuffed in his pumpkin. Whoops! I almost don’t care so that we can get rid of it faster.

Well, edits and print orders are still waiting on me tonight. I’ll be visiting shortly!

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Little Things Thursday: And the winner is…

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday.  I’m going to announce the winner of my Thai box of goodies in just a second.  I’m keeping it short today, because I’m up to my eyeballs in editing fall sessions! Tis the season, fa la la!

So the winner is…


Lisa, please email me your address and I will send you your surprises! I hope that you enjoy each and every thing in your goodie box! Be sure to let us know what you got!

Now, everyone else, let’s see what’s going on this week for you.

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This is my last post on this trip to Thailand.  I thought it would be fun to wrap it up with my Instagram photo dump.  It was hard to see this trip come to an end, and I did my crying on the tarmac, per usual. It’s always right when the plane starts to taxi for take-off. It’s always a few quiet tears.  They are tears of joy, sadness, and the fear that this truly is the last time that I will see Thailand.  I don’t want to assume or presume.  I’m glad God keeps surprising me with His good gifts though, because I’ve done the runway cry at least 5 times.  This elephant shaped country has been a huge part of my story.

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It was amazing! I’m grateful. My heart is full.

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Thursday I will announce the winner of my Thai treats giveaway! Be sure to leave a comment on last Thursday’s post to enter!


Thailand Day 7: King’s Park

Honestly, I don’t know what day this happened to be.  There were days where I did more Instagramming versus dSLR photographs. This post ends my dSLR shots. I already regret not getting more, but there is always that conflict between photographing and being present that I have to battle.  Sometimes just soaking it in won the day.  In reality, I don’t regret that.

Right across from our second hotel is The King’s Park.  It is a gorgeous, albeit roasting, green space in Prawet District. It’s far better to visit in the early morning hours, but as schedule would have it we visited in the afternoon.  Umbrellas provided us a little relief from the sun, but we were soaked with sweat. I was.  I should probably only speak for myself.

King's Park

Monstrous Lily Pads

You may feel tempted to play a little Frogger on these like I was.

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As hot as it is, the groundskeepers dress like this to protect themselves from the sun.

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Beautiful scenery

There is much more to see here than I captured. During our years here we would have a picnic, ride paddle boats, and stroll through the gardens.  I love the serenity and secrets of nature hidden here.

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