Archive for 2009

Reconnected friend, Pam, who’s a needlework expert, designer and shop owner sent me the petite, silver tree that she designed and stitched with those teeny, tiny little stitches.

Another new and favorite decoration is one-of-akind unique, stained glass star. It was as close as the house next door where friend, neighbor and artist Sue lives. The stars are very delilcate and it adorns one window of my office. Also, in my office is this funky tree that I happened upon while perusing the back of Marshall’s in Rockford. I stuck it on my file cabinet and was done with my office decorating!

Merry Christmas to all of you – praying for safe travels and a peaceful New Year!

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This year, we will not have a family celebration at our house for the about the first time ever, I believe. Therefore, we didn’t even decorate our big tree but did get out a few precious decorations and added a few new ones for this year. One thing I purchased is the round, Anthropologie candle because I am sooo fond of their signature scent this year. The Snowman cookie jar gets to remain on the counter until at least Valentine’s Day and was given to me years ago by my good friend, Deb, from Luecke’s gift store when it was still in downtown Freeport. Jason made the napkin holder years ago and SIL Barb gifted the cool glass pane lights. The small Noel and Santa are what remains of my MIL’s decorations and always have a prominent place on my china cabinet. Last, but not least, are these two funky and whimisical ornaments that Molly brought to us at Thanksgiving. Molly has so much silliness in her and these ornaments are special because they will remind us of our Christmas holiday all together in Florida this year. MORE COMING TOMORROW –

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Snowman Cookie Jar

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Anthropologie Candle

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Gift from Barb

Noel from Wilma

Noel from Wilma

Jason's Napkin Holder

Jason's Napkin Holder

from Molly 2009

from Molly 2009

Michael is the son of Kim, Kelby & Erins’s former babysitter. However, she’s much, much more. She had so much fun in her and caring and zest for life that I can already see she’s bringing all those wonderful qualities to her own family. The kids used to call her “Kim Possible”. Kelby has, what we affectionately call, “BIG BUNNY” and now Michael has one, too! It wasn’t hard to get these adorable photos of him and his gorgeous eyes and cute, pudgy six-month body. Six-month old babies are my absolute favorite to photograph. They are usually sooo happy and happy to stay where I put them!

Yes, I have been a very bad blogger. I don’t think I have ever let a whole month lapse between posts. What can I say – I’ve made two trips to Chicago and one to Iowa City in the last month but will finally have a weekend home to finish getting ready for Christmas. All of my client orders are fulfilled and now I will be working on some family time –

Big Bunny

Big Bunny

Birthday suit

Birthday suit

Michael's Hat

Michael's Hat

Santa's Helper

Santa's Helper

Now that our episode has aired, I am able to reveal a few more of the photos that I took as part of the M45 photography team. My shifts were scheduled at odd hours of the night but I knew I would have the opportunity to see some great work being done with some dramatic lighting. I was told that the place would be lit up like a football field and that was absolutely the truth. The volunteers were impressive and I felt somewhat guilty documenting the progress rather than doing hard, physical labor like so many others. I sure got tired, though!

I was enthralled each day to note how they utilized the cameras and the big boom arm that swung the camcorder out over the poured basement on my first night there and also, as seen in the first collage, that they had little yellow pieces of tape to indicate the purpose of each button. Now, that is something that I had to do when I first started my photography business – just to put up a light stand with an umbrella!!

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I want to include this last photo because, while the production that aired Sunday night was indeed heart-warming and revealed much of the family circumstances, for time’s sake it had to omit much of what happened in front of the ABC cameras and in front of my camera. I was astounded on Reveal Day to see so MANY video cameras follow the Stott’s up to their house – what, is there seven of them?

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I received a tip yesterday that Larry Elliott was planning to revive his brick-laying skills to help Jack Miller’s masonry team. So, when I arrived this afternoon Larry and crew were already hard at work. They are making some pretty quick progress on the West side of the church. Larry explained to me that he used his brick-laying skills to pay his way through the University of Wisconsin even though he is from Ames, IOWA. Guess he didn’t want to be a Cyclone.

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These photos are from last Wednesday and already so much has changed. The cross inlay on the North side was in progress and today, at church, we saw it was completely done! I really like the combination of textures: brick, three kinds of stone and the stucco. It makes the facade so much more interesting, doesn’t it?
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I had a friendly talk with the men working on the stucco as they had a few questions about the baptism tub and stage area. Our wide stage is made more intersting by the sweep of a generous curve.
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The old fellowship area will be used for classroom space, I believe – note the addition of the designer-look columns. The fellowship area will be relocated to our old gym which will actually be a muti-purpose area with the new kitchen seen her in the background.

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This photo shows our own Bob Logothetti wiring the stage area which will now be handicapped accessible with the addition of ramps on each side. The curves are continued in the windows and a few of the door frame openings – very nice design element.

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I stopped in yesterday to take more photos of our “writing on the beams” and was mesmerized by the shadows and light falling through the wonderful new windows. They are such unqiue shapes and so big! I really have a feeling of being at home there even though the space is still partially exposed to the elements. They are currently working on the divisions for these huge windows and will be installing the glass soon. The drywall is also slated to begin this week and I’m told we will see major changes in the interior of the old basement area this week. My flash died on me so I will return for my photos later in the week.

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We Have Doors!

October 27, 2009

Yes, we actually have doors on the South side of the church addition. I was suprised to see them because I sure didn’t notice them on Sunday. Sunday was a gorgeous day and at the end of each of our church services the congregation filed into the new sanctuary to grab permanent markers and “sign the beams.” What a cool idea. Even though our thoughts and praises will soon be covered by dry wall, it was something that each family, child or individual could take the time to add a little bit of our hearts to the heart of the church. I know it meant alot to Jim and I and since I didn’t have my camera on Sunday to capture the actual event I wanted to show you what it looks like.

The last photo is an acquaintance, Jack Miller, who is the mason on our church project. Jack is from Freeport and is working with his son, Adam, to lay the bricks. They look like they match the rest of the church quite well!

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Today I intended to post a couple of images from the last time I photographed the construction progress at our church. However, since they’re so out-of-date now I’ll post a couple of current ones instead. It’s getting more difficult to see outward progress from Stephenson street so I will be focusing more on the interior in the future. Like I tell my students, interior photos aren’t usually as pretty photographs, though, due to using flash. All sides are enclosed except the south side and they were pouring some cement areas today.

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I finally got to meet almost four-month-old, Michael, last week for the first round of his “Cuter Every Day” photos. Michael wasn’t that into me or his pumpkin costume, but wow, what a cutie. This little boy has gorgeous blue eyes with just a hint of reddish blonde hair crowning his head. Thanks to Kim and Dennis for driving all the way to Freeport.

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