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pumpkins & cider & candy, oh my!

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Gearing up for a big week with two deadlines and all sorts of Halloween happenings.  Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come: 

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We began the Halloween tradition of passing out big candy bars and hot cider when we first moved into the neighborhood 8+ years ago. It has since evolved to include special treats for the grown-ups.

Which means I have a day of baking ahead of me tomorrow.

The next couple of days will be filled with pumpkins, treats, munchkins, edits [somehow], and caffeine.  Lots of it.   Too, remember the neighbors with the ADORABLE and creative family costumes?  (Click HERE and HERE and HERE for a refresher.)  Just wait until you see what they’ve cooked up for this year!

Be back soon.  🙂

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getting refocused

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We’re already in Week 2 of Soul Restoration 2 and I am loving every single second of it! The journaling really has us digging in deep and happens to coincide quite nicely with my bible study homework… both pointing in the exact same direction.  I was reflecting on this quote by Melody Ross last night. She was encouraging us to grasp hold of the idea that we were each created for a specific purpose. She said:

“I have a mission in this world and so do you!”

And then I was hit with this at bible study this morning, as Kelly Minter encouraged us to grasp hold of the idea that we were each created for a specific purpose:

“You have a place.  You have a place and God wants to use you!”

Both reminding me very much of my life verse HERE. He has a plan. A good plan. In the craziness of life, it’s pretty easy to lose sight of that at times. Feeling grateful for the opportunity to get refocused on the things that really matter.

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tim & kate | minnesota engagement photographer

I met Tim and Kate at Como Park a few weeks ago for their engagement session.

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Kate and I met over coffee a couple of months ago to discuss wedding details but this was my first time meeting Tim and seeing them together as a couple.

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I enjoyed their company and both were extremely comfortable in front of the camera.

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Actually, what they really were was extremely comfortable with each other – I just happened to be at the right place, at the right time.  Lucky me!

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Very little direction was required on my part…

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Aside from a few “experimental” shots I had in mind (which they were totally game in helping me create).  Here are a couple more of my favorites:

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Thanks again, Tim and Kate, for the fun afternoon!  I am soooo looking forward to your wedding next summer.  🙂

Molly - October 22, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Those turned out great!!!! I am so excited you will be shooting Kate’s wedding!!! What a fun time we will have! 🙂

Tina - October 23, 2012 - 10:19 am

I wasn’t even thinking that you will be there! Very, very cool. 🙂

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my heart is caught up in this

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These images are from a recent senior session with a lovely young woman I introduced to you once before (click HERE for details). Her mom is a dear friend who ministered to me during a terrible season of grief. Sadly, their family recently suffered a deep loss of their own and my heart is all wrapped up in it.

I found these two images especially poignant and wanted to share them in a post all its own.  The jersey in the image below belonged to Julianne’s brother.  She wanted to incorporate it into the session. 

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I knew the sunlight was spectacular when I captured this shot but it took my breath away when I saw the image on my computer.  To me, it looked as if she was basking in the healing light of God’s presence.  A reminder that He is there watching over her heart.

The Lord is my light and my salvation –
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life –
of whom shall I be afraid?
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock…
I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.

– Psalm 27:1, 5, 13-14

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he was lying at the bottom of the stairs

I stumbled upon this scene last weekend:

he said he died

And when I asked the child what happened, he told me he’d died.

Died?” I asked.

And he responded, “Yes… of boredom.

StaceyD - October 5, 2012 - 2:05 pm

What is on the kid’s head?

Tina - October 5, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Head gear! He has to wear it 12-hours a day to help fix his mouth…

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