“Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours.”
~Rich Mullins

Jul 16, 2014

An Adventure

"I'm going on an adventure!" 

Yes, yes......that is exactly what I'm doing. And, quite honestly, what I've been doing for the past week. One long grand, glorious (exhausting) adventure that will continue rolling for the next couple weeks.

It all began last Thursday with the set-up for the 2014 AFHE Homeschool Conference. For the first time, I had a booth there to advertise my photography, and man was it awesome!! Tons of interest, lots of business cards given out, and so much encouragement.......combine that with other amazing friends, giggles, chocolate, and marshmallow gun wars - it was something else! Here's a couple quick pictures from that.

My little helpers (aka comic relief, eaters of chocolate, causers of trouble, and more!)
The Great White Hunter...........I'd say I'm in a pretty dangerous position, doncha think?
We had too much time on our hands, made an epic dark-chocolate-kiss star, and got countless compliments on it!! 
So. Much. Fun.
  After a jam packed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I had a nice break on Sunday, then headed out bright and early Monday morning to photograph a wedding. Yup, a wedding! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! My first one!! I was second shooting for Jocelyn Klotz of www.JoscePhotography.com and I honestly couldn't have enjoyed it more. The night before, I was so nervous that I felt sick, but it ended up going so smoothly and I came away with some of my favorite shots to date. You're going to have to wait to see them till Mrs. Klotz posts hers, though....then I'll put up mine :) 
Shooting a wedding was even more exhausting than I'd imagined.....mentally and physically draining. But it was also so much better and so much more rewarding than I'd expected. My absolute favorite time was when Mrs. Klotz and I got about an hour alone with the bride and groom just wandering around their property and documenting their love. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever been a part of. Seeing their love for each other, their focus on Christ, and the joy they were so full of was amazing all by itself........but getting to photograph it? What an indescribable privilege!
I could do a whole bunch more weddings like that! 

Soooooooo.............I've now had yesterday and today off, but during those two days, I've been packing like crazy! Why? Because of the next leg of my adventure!

I leave for Reno tomorrow morning at o'dark thirty!!

This weekend in Reno is the Western Regional Championship show! Mom and Jessie left this morning with 5 horses and some other friends and they're driving up all day today. 

They'll get in late tonight, I'll get in early tomorrow morning, and Dad and Anna are staying behind to hold down the place here. I'll actually be working for some friends during the show, and then on Monday, Mom and Jess will go home, and I'll drive back with said friends to their farm in Salem to spend a week enjoying the cool weather and beautiful horses!! I. Can't. Wait. 

All that said, it's been and is going to be a whirlwind of a month. Prayers are greatly appreciated for safety for all of us traveling and those of us staying. God is so good!! 

I will be back in a couple weeks with hopefully tons and tons of pictures and stories!! Thank you so much to everyone making all this possible!