Apr 30, 2011


This week just ended one of the busiest weeks of the entire year, but also one of the most productive.

It started off with Easter...

And also the beginning of my church's annual Preaching Conference, an event
that takes place every last week in April.
We had services starting Sunday that led into Thursday with special speakers
from all over the world...quite literally! (This year we had Dr. Cloud from Nepal)

On Monday, I was able to attend my second Sustainer's Banquet for Fairhaven Baptist College
(I attended my first one as a senior in college)
The food was absolutely delicious and although I did not bring my camera along, I can
distinctively remember how delicious and moist the Parmesan chicken was (that might I add
was prepped for cooking by Chef Mi Papa) and how I ate the best wildfire chicken salad ever.
And the desert...wow!  A piece of strawberry heaven!  :)

I was excited to be attending with my parents but then a little disappointed to find out I had 
not been seated at their table.  However I got to sit with a bunch of older, mature, and
so much fun ladies!  I enjoyed their company thoroughly and was so glad that
I was able to fellowship with people I normally do not get to!

The rest of the week was a whirlwind of special services, amazing messages,
nursery chaos, an alumni breakfast and reuniting of old college friends!

After staying up late and getting up early, Friday served as a great day to have off!
Brooke and I used the day to drive over to Orland Park, where we did some shopping
(mainly for my littlest sister's b-day) and had a great time just hanging out! 

Potbelly's + Starbuck's Vanilla Bean Frapp + Charming Charlies + Archivers = GREAT day! :)

{PS:  Be sure to head over here to enter a great giveaway and a chance 
to win something from my etsy!}

Apr 26, 2011

Flashbulb Moment!

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to attend my first photography workshop hosted by Jack.  The flashbulb event was held in Chicago and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day.  After a week of rainy, cold weather, I was getting alittle worried, but the sun shone brightly and temperatures were in the 60's!  Jack is a great photographer, and I enjoyed learning from him and observing his style of shooting.

Some portraiture practice::

So glad my sisters were able to come along and model for us!

You can view his pictures here.

So glad to have been able to meet Emily, Jack's sister; 
she is alot of fun and a great subject!

Jack gave us a few challenges:

 A "car" shot

Reflection shots

A food shot

Hancock tower shot

Architectural shot down the Chicago river

 Resting after standing in line over an hour to get to the Hancock observatory...

Some well-worth-it shots:

It was a great day full of laughs, good times, new friends, and fun-filled memories!

Sweet Shot Day

Apr 21, 2011


Ever since I can remember my Dad  has headed up a Nursing Home Ministry in which we hold a service for the elderly on Saturdays.  It was when I was a small child that me and my sisters began to develop our singing "skills", we would serenade the senior citizens as they were wheeled into the service.  Singing has always been something we all enjoy doing, whether it be in the car, nursing home, or even when attempting to make our own music videos!  Here is one of our bests...enjoy!  

PS  They will be coming out with a CD soon ;)
PSS  This was "filmed" approximately 7 years ago, and my sisters will probably be mortified when they see  this!

Apr 19, 2011

a touch of green

{textures used:  sweettreat, silence, & love}


Sweet Shot Day

Apr 18, 2011

Weekend Recap

 It was a good and profitable weekend, in which alot was accomplished. 
First off was a project on the cricut for my mom::
 Got to love vinyl & antique window panes!

Next on the agenda was attending the bi-annual library book sale,
something I look forward to with great anticipation!!

 My great finds which totaled $9.50

 I really can never have enough classics...
And even though I already have a copy of Great Expectations, I couldn't pass
up another.  (I did refrain from buying a third copy of a Tale of Two Cities, even 
though it was very hard...) :)
 I always like to find new things to do in Pre-school,
so this was a great find for $1-

Enjoyed this book in highschool, and despite not agreeing with Lance
Armstrong's later life choices, I still like this book...


an absolute favorite of mine,
that I literally almost cried with joy when
I found it nestled among the other books!!
A must read for all Reagan-lovers.

The rest of my Saturday was spent cricut cutting
Western objects to decorate my sister
and my buses for our Spring Push Campaign at church...

And then yesterday completed week two of our bus push...
We were a little low number wise, but it was a great day!
Yee-haw!  Until next time...


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