Friday, September 27, 2013

random photos from the past month...

||  A collection of photos I have taken recently & never shared  ||

And I have even more photos to share soon... I have been pretty busy lately & I have gotten really behind on processing my photos. And I do have a lot of photos from lately!! Hopefully soon I will be sharing hot air balloon photos, shots from my mini-trip to Pagosa Springs, from apple-picking, & more... Also, lately I have been busy with editing wedding photos & that has been pretty time consuming. Anyway, there is a lot that I have to share & hopefully I will be caught-up soon.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

He came to my rescue...

Falling on my knees in worship
Giving all I am to seek Your face
Lord, all I am is Yours
My whole life, I place in Your hands
God of Mercy, humbled I bow down
In Your presence at Your throne

I called, You answered
And You came to my rescue and I
I wanna be where You are

In my life, be lifted high
In our world, be lifted high
In our love, be lifted high

I have had this song on repeat lately... It is so good!!
....And this one too!!

So, I will just leave it at that, because most of the time other people say things better than I can. 

last Rockies game of the season...

Family tradition... Going to a Rockies game for my brother's birthday at the beginning of September!!
(Last year's game was amazing, because my brother got a foul ball!!) This year, the game itself was not
 so good, BUT I did end up being interviewed and put on TV during the 5th inning, so that was... fun!!! Haha! 
Even though the game was not so good, it was a blast to watch #17 play!! This is Todd Helton's last year 
with the Rockies, the team he has been with his whole career. So, knowing that it would be the last time 
I would see him play live was a bit sad. He has always been a favorite!! This game was a big deal because, 
Helton had a chance to get the 2500th hit of his career, so every time he was up to bat the whole crowd 
stood up & cheered. So, that made the game really special, even though we didn't win and he didn't 
get that big hit until the next day... Oh well. It was still a really great day with my family!
And this new family tradition is one of my favorites!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

a casual engagement session...

Just stopping in to share a few engagement photos that I took recently for a friend & her fiance... 
This weekend I will be taking photos at their wedding, so I am a bit nervous, because I am really not a wedding photographer... I have a couple of books about wedding photography & I am going to read up a bit today. 
I will probably look around Pinterest too! Hopefully they will give me a few good tips... 

Friday, September 6, 2013

thankful for: colorado wildflowers

Today I am thankful for the presence of pretty little yellow wildflowers. These bright & happy little gifts from the Creator have begun to fill up the usually dry & dull prairies where I live. Seeing them line the roads as I drive by brings a smile to my face. They called out for me to photograph them during "golden hour"... And, of course, I could not resist!!! Any time I am able to capture even the tiniest bit of God's creation, I feel so thankful, blessed, joyful.... This is my small way of being thankful to God for all that He gives. The only reason these photos have any beauty at all is because of what God has given. He gives to us simply because He loves us and He gives abundantly. The least I can do is give Him thanks! All of this beauty is from Him & ultimately for Him. Every day there are little gifts all around us, not because we deserve them, BUT instead to constantly remind us of the love & grace of the Giver.

Slow down & don’t miss what the Creator & Giver has for you each day!

{ Currently inspired by One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp }

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

august recap, in snapshots...

August was a busy month. It got away from me & I didn't blog much... so this is kind of a "catch-up" post, with a collection of snapshots from my phone..... So, here we go!!!

In August... my church had it's VBS! My sister & I taught the 1st & 2nd Grade class, like we do every year. We had a great group of kids! And it was a crazy & fun week, like it is every year! This year, we had the kids give their offering money to Compassion International, which made me so happy, because it is such an amazing Christian organization. 
I took a group photo of the kids in my class to send the the little girl that I sponsor through Compassion, because she is the same age as the kids that were in my class!! So fun!!

In August... I worked very little on my chevorn crochet blanket... I am still hoping to have it done by fall/winter. Fall is just around the corner, so I don't know if I will make it in time. Everyday has still been in the 90s, so it has been hard for me to get in the mood to crochet & knit. However, now that August is over, I am feeling it more & more... Bring on the cooler weather!!!

In August... I began reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I have not finished it yet, because lately I have found it hard to sit down and read... but so far it has really impressed me. I have highlighted a lot! I love the idea of it... being intentionally thankful, everyday, even for small things. True joy comes from taking time to give thanks to God for all that He gives, because He gives SO much!!!

In August... I got a great deal on a new laptop. So exciting!! It has been very helpful for editing a lot of photos that I have been taking recently. I have been editing family photos, engagement photos & plenty of other summer-y photos that I have taken lately. Plus, I have had a couple of other little jobs that it has really helped out with... It is much better than my old desktop. I am so thankful to have it!

In August... I have begun to "teach" myself to play the piano. I really have no clue what I am doing, but I have actually learned a few things & have gotten a bit better just in the last couple of weeks, with the help of a couple of library books & practice! This all started because my mom bought a beautiful antique piano from a thrift shop, that she had been eyeing for a while. It is amazing & it has turned out to be an amazing purchase! My whole family loves it!

In August... I have been enjoying the peak of peach season. Peaches are probably my favorite fruit. 
My go-to breakfast lately has been a sliced Colorado peach with an egg sandwich, simple & perfect.
There have also been peach pies, peach crisp, peach coffee cake... I really can't get enough of peaches!!

In August... I went to the Colorado State Fair. For a few hours in the morning & than a few more at night, I worked with members of my church to give out free water, Bibles & to share about God. It went well, however, it felt like the hottest, longest day of the summer to me. I am not a big fan of the fair anymore, it feels so commercial & everything is so expensive. I still really love the horses though! :)

In August... I went to two Rockies games!! The first game was their "Faith Day" game. After the game there was a concert from David Crowder, which was great! He has always been a favorite of mine!
The other game was for my brother's birthday... It was especially exciting to go to this game, because Todd Helton, who has been with the Rockies for his whole career, was expected to get his 2500th hit!! There was so much excited throughout the whole game, just because of that. Sadly, he didn't get the hit & it was a terrible game... BUT because my sister & I wore our "Helton" shirts to root for him, we were noticed by one of the announcers and she interviewed me & I was on TV.... I still can't believe it!! I feel a little embarrassed by it all, but it was fun too. And Todd got his 2500th hit the next day, so I watched it on TV!

And, after all of that... we have finally reached September! YAY!! I am so happy it is September!
We started off this new month by going to the Hot Air Balloon Festival, which we do every year on Labor Day weekend! It is always one of my favorite traditions! Of course, I have several more balloon photos to share later!

Well, now I am all caught up! Thankful for a so many great times in August & thankful for a new month!
I know I am a bit late, but I hope you all had a lovely August as well!