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the prospects w/tim mahoney

I never had a chance to post information regarding my husband’s last gig ahead of time.  (Click HERE to follow The Prospects on FB where you will receive the latest news on upcoming shows.  You could also join their mailing list by clicking HERE.)

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It even made the local news!  Pretty cool for the band.

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Their next show is on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Rosemount Carbone’s Pizza and Pub) which is a fundraiser for Moms and Neighbors.

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Hope to see you there!

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everyday family session | elko new market photographer

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This sweet little thing just celebrated her first birthday and her momma invited me over to capture a few images.

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Being around this adorable family reminded me of how quickly moments like this pass by.

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Little ones are not the only thing on the move.

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Our time with them is as well!

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Take it from a mom of two teenagers, these are precious moments my friends.

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Precious.

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It was so much fun working with your family, Leslie!  Thanks again. :D

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on speaking to 20-year old me

20-year old me

The above images were captured more than twenty years ago.  Ouch.  As I think back to that time, I wish it were possible to speak to Young Me.

More than that…

I wish I could speak to her in a way she would listen.

Despite what anyone said, I was determined to do things MY way.  I rarely accepted advice, even from those who were deeply concerned for my health and well-being.

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Perhaps leaving Young Me an anonymous gift would have softened her up a bit - a flowery ruled journal, Garden of Eden incense, and list of questions might have gotten the ball rolling.  Questions like:

1.  Do you feel like you’re running in circles instead of moving forward in life?
2.  What are you afraid of?
3.  If you knew that life could be exciting on its own without creating drama, would you choose that path?
4.  What are you afraid of?
5.  Are you open and honest in your relationships or do you keep parts of your self and life hidden?
6.  What are you afraid of?
7.  You feel God tugging at your heart, speaking gently to you about the things you do in secret.  Are you trying to hide from Him, too?
8.  What are you afraid of?
9.  Where do you think true contentment, lasting peace, and joy come from?
10.  What are you afraid of?

Young Me spent several years making and cleaning up messes because she was afraid of moving forward in life.  She was afraid she might fail.  Afraid that someone might get too close and discover the truthincluding God.

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Because of this, my heart aches for young ladies who hurting.  I pray for their hearts because I remember what it was like not to listen – to believe you know better than your parents, teachers, doctors, and any other living soul bold enough to approach you in love.

My advice to those of you with a struggling young lady in your midst?  Ask questions to get the ball rolling, then LET GO.  No forcing.  No finger-wagging.  No shaming.  Make yourself available.  And most importantly, pray for their hearts.

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a day of photography with lori

Really, it was more like one day split into two parts.  Part 1 took part at the 2014 Spring Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat when Lori learned how to shoot in full-on manual mode.  Woohoo!!!

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Part 2 took place this morning at Lori’s house and included a quick tour of Lightroom.  And pics with one of her grandbabies.  They are so totally precious but I didn’t ask for permission to share so you’ll just have to take my word for it. :D

BTW, I wanted to be sure to share information regarding a benefit taking place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 for Lori’s brother (at the VFW in South St. Paul).  Details are below:

benefit information

There is a silent auction, bake sale, and spaghetti dinner with a $10 donation!  Click HERE to learn more.  [Too, they looking for additional items to include in the silent auction and bake sale!!!!  You can get in touch with those organizing the benefit HERE.]

If you have any questions, let me know!

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a little of this & a little of that

Artwork for each family member, courtesy of my 4-year old niece.

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No more retainer for Lorenzo, yay!!!

lorenzo after a surprise attack by drinking fountain

Pumpkin pancakes and baked pears for dinner, because snow in April does that to a person.

pumpkin pancakes & baked pears

We had a mini Star Trek-a-thon, Tony and I introduced the boys to Giuseppi’s, we saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier (one of us TWICE), and I met this sweet little family:

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We also unplugged from our iDevices for the second Sunday in a row.  (Very nice.)  And to top it all off, I received a sneak peek of our Family Mission Statement artwork:

our family mission statement by Patty Godfrey Design

It makes my heart SO happy.  [I'll be sure to share the final piece once it arrives in the next two weeks.]

Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well. :D

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