1. Me! What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2010?
This year has brought so much change. People say having a child changes everything, but you truly can't understand or fathom that until you have one of your own. The above photo was taken a few hours after we arrived at the hospital on March 27th. The following morning Bennett was born. I am proud of how much better I have become at managing our household. I am proud that I have learned the value of saying no. I am proud that I have poured my time, heart, and mind into writing and photography. Each are hobbies I am truly passionate about, so it has been a joy to blog and to learn so much about photography in the process.
2. I LOVE YOU
This year I have learned to love my husband in a new and deeper way. Watching him father our son has allowed me to see the more sensitive and gentle side of him. I love them both......soooooo much!!
3. STILL LAUGHING...a moment you're still laughing about
I wish I had taken photos of more things I am still LAUGHing about. However, I was taking some photographs of my sister's family when my brother-in-law and my nephew fell into the water. It was hysterical. Braxton had so much fun and everyone was more relaxed after this moment. I love the expression on Braxton's face.
4. Winter Wonderland
I wanted....I prayed for it to snow while we were home for Christmas. My prayers were answered!! We had a blast playing in the snow. The above picture perfectly captures our day. My sister and nephew laughing with the snow spraying in their faces. Plus, Jazz (my sister's dog) is so stinkin' cute chasing them down the hill.
Even Bennett was able to enjoy the snow. Well, I know he looks scared out of his mind here, but he laughed a lot while we were sledding.
I know I have shared three photos, but I was that excited to see snow. This is a photo taken from my granny's back yard. It is so peaceful and the mountains are so relaxing.
It is kind of crazy, but somehow I have managed to go 12 months without capturing a single birthday that truly embodies BIRTHDAY. I have one of my husband, but he is lighting his own candles. That's what happens when you turn 30. This photo was taken during Jack's first birthday party.
I love this photo, because these boys inspire me to be a better friend. Josh, Ben, Nate, and my husband met in college. Since graduating, they (Ben has just joined the last two years) have met for a "guys" weekend every year. It may not seem like a big deal, but they live in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Florida respectively. They have jobs, wives, and 2 of them have children. Their bond is so strong and each one of them loves the LORD Jesus so much that it inspires me to have authentic friendships.
7. I WAS INSPIRED
Earlier this year Ashley posted a tutorial and inspired me to create my own planet. Ashley and Courtney at Click It Up a Notch have both inspired me sooooooo much when it comes to learning more about photography. I have a long way to go, but I will keep practicing, reading, and taking classes hoping to get better and better.
8. SPRING FEVER
Many of you may be wondering why this picture reminds me of spring. It doesn't really, but it was taken during April. We live in South Florida, so there is very little (here) that reminds me of the Kentucky springs I grew up experiencing. However, this was Bennett's first trip to the beach and it was a nice spring day in Florida.
Again, not a technical photo, but one of my favorites. I can't believe how little Bennett is in this photo. He looks so cute and summer-ie in his hat and shades.
10. SUMMER DAYS
This cracks me up. My nephew was hanging out by the pool eating his snacks and stylin' in his shades.
11. A DAY IN MY LIFE
12. ALL SMILES
13. AUTUMN HARVEST
We hosted "guys" weekend at our house this year and the "guys" let the girls tag along. It was a fun celebration.
Preparing to celebrate all of those who have fought and survived heart disease, those still fighting, and those who have lost their battle.
16. LET'S DO IT AGAIN...
Let's take a short drive over to Orlando, so we can revisit Harry Potter World and drink Butter Beer (non-alcoholic). We have a three day pass, but hope we can go without little B, so that we can enjoy all Universal Studios has to offer.
17. I MISS YOU
My grandfather passed away in August of this year and oh how I miss him. He impacted my life in so many ways. What a blessing it was to call him papaw.
19. DRESS UP
So I am skipping this one, because I don't have a MACRO lens and I couldn't come up with a shot, I liked enough to post.
22. MY FAVORITE
Top 10 of '10.
Of all the photos I have taken of our family the above 3 are my favorites.
23. DON'T EVER CHANGE
I took this photo during month 3 of Bennett's life (read more HERE) when things were really difficult. It makes me think of something I hope to never change....my honesty. I have, within me, a deep conviction and desire to speak truth. I need to continue allowing God to improve my gentleness, as I speak truth, but I am thankful that He has placed a desire in me to be honest in all things.
24. JUST BECAUSE...SO THERE!
Nothing technical about this one, but isn't it AWESOME!!! I cut it from my Top 10 of '10, so I thought what better time to share it than now. Bennett was tuckered out after a long day of my cousin's wedding events.
25. HOPES AND DREAMS
I don't care much for resolutions, but it is nice to reflect on the past year and to
consider things I hope to do/experience in the year to come.
In 2011, I hope I become better at budgeting our money, so we can save and give more. I hope I am able to take a few photography classes, learning more about lighting and exposure, in particular. I hope my son continues to grow, learn, and be healthy. I hope my grandmother is healed of cancer. I hope Sam and I are more in love with one another and the LORD. I hope I intercede (through prayer) for my family and friends more consistently. I hope I live more simply, speak more truth, and develop a gentle and quiet spirit (something I do not have). I have many more hopes, but no one wants to read a book.
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