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blown away by the talent every. single. year. | onstage 2016-17

My husband and I are blown away each and every year. The talent coming out of Rosemount High School is absolutely amazing.

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Our youngest even graced the stage this year with a special appearance by the drumline:

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And then, of course, there were MULTIPLE appearances by our youngest son’s closest friend (formerly known as Pippy):

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And this beautiful senior who shined in more ways than one this year:

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And so many other familiar faces:

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What a spectacular group of kids and an amazing school we have the honor of calling our own.

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9 months

9 months

It’s hard to believe that our oldest left for Madison nearly 9 months ago. I realize I have shared very little about the experience… unless you follow me on Instagram where you will find bits and pieces of everyday life. Letting go was hard but a lot of growth has taken place through the experience – for him and us. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here we are 9 months later, his return within arm’s reach. And big changes ahead for the 2017-18 school year. Our badger is becoming a gopher and will be attending the University of Minnesota next fall.

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Something I am very happy about.

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beautiful girl 2018 | a crafting retreat to nourish mind, body & soul

beautiful girl 2018 retreat

Have you ever taken a moment to listen to the things you say to yourself? We can be our own worst enemy at times! There is a beautiful girl within each of us longing to be recognized, valued, and accepted. She is one-of-a-kind. Precious. These thoughts and more have been swirling through my head since returning from Camp Craftalata in February. And when Crystal and Kelli mentioned they were no longer interested in hosting their annual crafting retreat, an idea took root and started to grow. To make a long story short, I will be taking over their spot next February!

Beautiful Girl is the theme of a crafting retreat I will be hosting in 2018, just days shy of my 50th birthday. Beautiful Girl is not only our theme, but a personal reminder based on this piece of scripture:

You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way. – Song of Solomon 4:7

Beauty has been a struggle for me from very early on. Recovery from an eating disorder required a change in attitude about beauty and the way I treated myself. Some seasons are more challenging than others but as women, I believe the struggle is universalBeautiful Girl is a reminder for you as well.

Our weekend will include made-from-scratch meals, Spa Night, fashion inspiration, a trip to Dancing Dragonfly Winery, mini photo sessions & all sorts of treats/optional activities to nourish the body, mind, and soul. There will also be fruit-infused water, hot beverages & an assortment of snacks. Everyone will be asked to bring one item to share using a signup form posted in advance of the retreat.

WHEN: Thursday, February 15-Sunday, February 18, 2018 (Presidents’ Day weekend)

WHERE: The Trails Retreat (St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin)

COST: $195 (a $50 non-refundable deposit due by 7/1 reserves the spot with remaining balance due December 1, 2017)

There are eighteen (18) THE RETREAT IS NOW FULL! – just shoot me a quick note, text, email, or FB message if you would like one held for you! If you are interested in attending but don’t consider yourself crafty, perhaps one of the following ideas would appeal to you:

1.  Make it a letter writing weekend. Bring along some lovely stationary, cards, stamps & your address book. Use the time to write meaningful notes to the people in your life.

2.  Create a legacy journal. Click HERE for instructions.

3.  Spend the weekend reading or resting or journaling; use the weekend as an opportunity to refill the well.

4.  Pick up a copy of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and work through the creative exercises at the end of each chapter.

5.  Create a vision board. Click HERE for instructions.

6.  Assemble a mini album. Turn your photos into 4×4 prints and use them to create an adorable gift for yourself or someone you love. Click HERE, HERE, and HERE for a nice selection of 4×4 albums.

7.  Bring your camera and check out the local area. Click HERE for details.

If you have any questions about the weekend, let me know.

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another chapter in scarlet’s story | celebration of life

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I first met Scarlet in 2013 when her momma invited me into their home to capture a bit of magic (click HERE for the full post). Over the years, I have had both the privilege and blessing of being able to capture bits and pieces of her story.

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And through it I have witnessed firsthand the power of love, overcoming obstacles and surpassing odds. A little girl without a voice of her own, making a heck of a lot of noise with the help of her parents:

Winning over heart after heart.

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And if it hadn’t already been made clear by life unfolding before me, it was unmistakable as friends and family gathered in her name last week.

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Her parents asked that we all wear red in Scarlet’s honor as we gathered to celebrate the life of this sweet child. Her momma asked if I would bring along my camera.

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And it seemed only fitting to capture this chapter as well.

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Small but mighty, Scarlet has left a lasting mark.

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She has touched countless lives – doctors, nurses, family members, teachers, friends, classmates, parents of classmates, hearts across the world – and I don’t believe her story ends here. Scarlet’s life-changing legacy will remain even as her magical little soul runs free.

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And I stand ready to capture that chapter as well.

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Mark 10:13-14

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the everyday photographer workshop | march 2017

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Here’s a quick recap from our last workshop which took place little more than a week ago.  A handful of us gathered for several hours of teaching in my home.

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There were treats, of course.

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Along with loads of photography practice.

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Including time with a live model!

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Two of the attendees were grade school friends of mine:

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The third, a senior session client from several years ago:

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The workshop covered equipment, lighting, composition, storytelling, and how to consistently capture great shots using manual mode instead of relying on unpredictable automatic features.

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Our time together was information packed, inspiring, and fun.  Thanks again Cheryl, Kelly & Bethany for being part of it AND to our adorable model (& momma) for stopping by.:)

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