Wednesday, April 11, 2012

this blog is old news, i've moved on!

My new site is up at, and all my posting will now take place over there!!!  Won't you join me?  It's a cool place.  :)


Thursday, April 5, 2012

the coolest story

Today, my brother Jack, who passed away three years ago, would have turned twenty-nine.  I miss him every single day.  More than anything, I'd love to just have a long talk with him, and feel his arms wrap me up in a big hug.

Just two days ago, the coolest thing happened...

I got a phone call from Joann, the mother in law of my close friend Anna.  Joann and her husband live a few streets over from my parents.  Joann called to tell me that her husband had found a letter addressed to my parents, from my brother, postmarked February 27, 2003.  Over nine years ago!!  I guess their mail slot is in their garage door, and they had found the envelope stuck in the garage door header.  Isn't that crazy??

I feel like our family has experienced a sweet little miracle, just in time for celebrating my brother's birthday!

My favorite part is the end. :)

Happy birthday, dear Jack!  Happy birthday to you.



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

troy & megann engagement portraits, downtown okc

I first met Troy several years ago in a LifeGroup {Bible study group} at our mutual friend Anna's house.  Troy has always been the nicest, funniest guy, and I just knew he would make some girl very happy some day.  Well, that girl is the absolutely stunning Megann.  I can still remember meeting Megann, and being completely impressed by her inner and outer beauty!  She started attending our LifeGroup, and it was soon more than obvious that she and Troy made a perfect couple.

I am thrilled with how their engagement portraits turned out, and I am looking forward to shooting their sure-to-be awesome wedding in a few weeks!

Just a side note here for brides: I was super-inspired by Troy and Megann's sweet wedding invitation!  It is so indicative of their style, and definitely helped me choose some locations that I felt were perfect for them.  So, when choosing wedding details, remember to make everything very representative of the two of you as a couple. :)

Troy & Megann~
You guys are such a HOT couple! :)  I absolutely loved doing your engagement session.  Thank you for choosing me as your photographer.  I am so, so happy for both of you!

Love ya!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

yellow-orange sparkly nails

When I turned thirty, I started painting my nails, and I've never looked back.  Obviously, I sometimes painted my nails before I entered my thirties.  I am a girly-girl after all.  But these days, I feel practically naked without polish on my nails.

Here are what my nails look like today. :)

This is a terrible post about painted nails, because I can't even tell you what the name of this polish is.  I can tell you that I painted my nails at church on Sunday while serving in The Loop with fifth and sixth graders.  And no, I wasn't just chilling in there doing my nails.  We actually have a table of nail stuff set up for the girls who want to paint their nails before or after the message.  :)  Fun times.  I can also tell you that this polish was by OPI, I believe.  And it looks kinda neon orange in the bottle, but translates a bit more yellow on nails.  And I added a layer of cheap-o glitter polish.  Because all good girly-girls know that glitter makes everything better.  Plus, now my nails are pretty much Thunder colors! :)


Monday, March 26, 2012

cal is a handsome boy

A couple of weeks ago, I did a quick little session of this handsome boy.  {See his newborn photos here.}  Here's one of my favorites...

Also, just in case that photo didn't bring a smile to your face, here's a scripture to remind you to be filled with joy:

Philippians 4:4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

Let's have an awesome week!  Happy Monday. :)


Thursday, March 22, 2012


Sometimes at Thunder games, our awesome bison mascot, Rumble, wears stilts.  Last night, my friend B was clever enough to come up with this mind-blowing name for him on his very tall nights:


That's all I've got for you today, folks. :)


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

my kylie girl

This is Kylie.

I first met Kylie when she came to Switch, the youth program on Wednesday nights at my church.  I lead a small group of girls there, and she was assigned to my group.  I knew right away that we were going to get along well.  I didn't know what a big part of my life she would become. 

You see, after Kylie had been in my group a few months, she changed church campuses.  She left me. ;)  But by that time, we had become pretty close, and we decided we didn't want to lose touch with each other.  We started getting together pretty much every Tuesday night.  And I officially became a mentor for the first time in my life.  I also feel like I gained a for-real little sister.  I would say daughter, but I like to pretend that I'm not that old.  ;)

So, every Tuesday for at least the last year and a half, I've hung out with my Kylie girl.  Until this Tuesday.  You see, this past weekend Kylie moved to another state to live with her dad.  She left me again!  Even though my eyes are getting teary again just writing those words, I am happy for her to have this new chapter in her life right now.  I know it's a good choice for her at this time. 

And just like when we decided to stay in touch before, we're determined to remain close even though the miles separate us now. 

I love you so much.  It's hard to put into words our relationship and what it means to me.  Even though it sounds cliche, you've taught me as much as I've ever taught you.  
I'll miss the in-person hanging out times.  I'll smile whenever I think about the things like talks at Starbucks, trying cool new restaurants, hair appointments, searching for the perfect book bag and other shopping adventures, NOT running into homeless guys on bikes, having you do my nails, delivering jump ropes, and letting you drive the car in order to keep my promises.  But I know we'll have many more great times to come.  
I'm so proud of you.  I miss you.  You better stay in touch with me, dang it! :)