Archive for 2007

United Way Auction

December 26, 2007

United Way Auction
Originally uploaded by NmB Photography

this is from tonight’s session which was a donation for our United Way fund raiser. There were six adults and two kids which is ALOT for my little studio. Gosh, their red hair works perfect with my new backdrop.

Our Tree

December 24, 2007

Our Tree
Originally uploaded by NmB Photography

Merry Christmas to all – happy Christmas Eve!

Ornament Envy

December 23, 2007

Ornament Envy
Originally uploaded by NmB Photography

Every year my old homecare group has done the steal-it ornament exchange game. This was a hot one this year as evidenced by my friend, Cheryl’s, face. Sadly, FHN has decided to close their Home Care business by the end of the year. It doesn’t seem possible that I have been gone from there for ten years!

Ice Storm

December 11, 2007

ice storm
Originally uploaded by NmB Photography

So much ice is on the trees in our yard but, so far, we haven’t lost any large branches. I had a snow day today and was able to make good progress on my backlog of photos.

This is from our front porch looking at our Christmas (disco) ball “ornament” hanging in the birch tree. The lights at the bottom are one of the larger branches that is laying down on the sidewalk. You can see the lights on the house across the street, too.

4 – 2 – 0

December 8, 2007

That’s the age of all the little boys from this past week. Last night was Grady and he’s only 14 days old. He came a little before his due date on November 20th. What a blessing for me to be able to see these wee ones with their funny noises and wrinkly knees. There are a hundred cute photos of him but this has got to be one my favorites. He was super cute on the bear, au naturel, but then Mom pulled out the red hat and just made the shot!

All Boys this Week

December 7, 2007
I just realized I have three sessions this week and they are all boys – that does not happen to me very often. This little guy, Andrew, wanted to play with our toys more than pose for photos, but that’s typical! Unfortunately, he started out by tipping off my big, Santa bag so, that didn’t help much. Love these dimples!

The inspiration for this 20×20 storyboard came from another photographer, Sara Ulrich. I’m afraid I’m not that creative! The saying reads, “son – a noise often accompanied by dirt, full of energy”

This cute four-year-old, Christian, has a perfectly natural smile. I didn’t even realize how perfectly he had strung the train together in this photo. I am always so intent on looking at faces and eyes that I miss other things going on in the shot!

I’m ALMOST caught up from being gone and processing late orders. I would love to be able to blog my sessions in a timely manner like this! I cannot believe it’s December 4th?

BTW – my husband and I have a routine with Our Daily Bread and breakfast each morning. Today, we didn’t have the newest book so, we used the laptop and had a multimedia devotion. It was a very nice, calm and relaxing voice with background music. It’s a wonderful way to start our days and we aren’t very disciplined with many things but we have done this for about seven years.

Attitude of Gratitude

November 25, 2007

We had a very meaningful sermon by Mark today titled, An Attitude of Gratitude. He referred to Luke 17:15 – “One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.” We are SO very thankful and praise God for His grace. Dawn asked me yesterday why I thought that Molly had to suffer through all this. All I can say is that Molly has been inspirational with her strength and positive attitude. I’m sure that she has come into contact with many people and her light has shone brightly. She didn’t dwell on the negative or blame anybody for it. She only worried and cried over her children. Her last roommate was exactly the opposite.

While spending all that time in the recovery room she made jokes with doctors and nurses. I recently had a colonoscopy and was quite a baby about it – needless, to say, Molly was on my mind the entire time. How many tests she has endured, trips to the ER, a burst appendix because she is so used to abdominal pain, no veins for IVs, fatigue and many other painful complications from Crohn’s disease.

Just want to share a photo from my last day at Molly’s – and also a slideshow! Nic and Jason played their version of one-on-one tackle football. They play until one of them gets hurt so, it’s fun until then! Funny, Nic looks like the tough one in this photo, doesn’t he?

If you’d like to see more, see this slideshow.

She finally got to come home on Friday afternoon, with all her family. How great is that!!? I came home on Thanksgiving morning with such mixed feelings. I wanted to be home, at least for a while, but I hated leaving not knowing what was happening for sure with Molly. Her infection seemed to be responding to the antibiotics and then, by Friday morning, they knew they were on the right track and that oral antibiotics were treating the infection. In some ways, I guess, it was a blessing in disguise. Molly had more time to get stronger (which helped her fight the infection) and, more times to work with the stoma nurses. Her last text message from the hospital about her last night were: I journaled, I read, and counted my blessings instead of sheep.

I know Jason and Nic are so happy to have their Mom and Dad back and their life! I’m sure it was the first time that I ever drove to MY house on Thanksgiving. I watched “The Witch is Dead” movie with Erin, Kelby and Paige and Molly and I agree with Dorothy: “there’s no place like home.”

We thank God for all of the great friends and family that prayed, studied her medical chart, kept the nurses on their toes, sat by her bed, fanned her when she was SO hot, brought food, sent cards and flowers, drove and picked up Dinna from the airport, prayed, kept the boys, and prayed some more.

More Fall Photos from My Walk

November 20, 2007