Sunday, January 30, 2011

INTRODUCING... new website!!  please find me at from now on.  i've got a new blog and everything all in one place.  and i even got all these old posts uploaded to my new site, so if you're featured here, they're not lost forever!  look forward to seeing you at my new home.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"one" concert

i had the distinct privilege of being the "official photographer" for my first concert this past weekend!  our good friend, kevin boese, was releasing his new cd and hosted the best party i've been to in awhile in the process.  it was an amazing evening...the atmosphere was warm, the people felt like family and the music...well, it speaks for itself.
duncan africa is an amazing organization which is helping to empower students in uganda, not only by teaching them how to build guitars, but also by providing them with other life skills that will enable them to start their own businesses and be agents of change in their own villages.
kevin has surrounded himself with incredible friends, not only in life but in music and it was so sweet to see all the people who had been involved in the album on the stage throughout the night.
one of those friends happened to have a bright red keytar.  can you say "wicked awesome"?
my husband also happens to be a friend of kev's and he kept the mood light by royally roasting kevin, the gaither band and anyone else who dared heckle him.  ahh, the life of a comedian's wife: a good balance of pride + mild embarrassment.  thankfully kevin was amused. 

here's a shot of him singing "mary did you know" ( i can hear you saying "no he di-n't", but i can assure you.  he did.)

thank you for inviting me to be a part of this evening.  it was and will continue to be an honor to watch as you step into all God has for you and is calling you to be.  i have a feeling all your friends would say the same.

"may the peace of christ go with you wherever he may send you.  may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm.  may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you.  may he bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors." 
northumbrian celtic prayer

buy kev's album here and here.  if you're super old school, you can also find kevin in parking lots across abbotsford...rush concert t-shirt on, trunk popped, stereo blaring just waiting for unsuspecting worship music lovers to sell to.

one more note: this will be my last post on this blog!!  by this time next week, my new website should be up and running.  good timing too because google just informed me i was going to have to start paying for more space here.  i'll be posting the official "switch" link soon, so stay tuned and get ready to change your bookmark...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

american beauty

i can't even tell you - this girl is amazing.  totes gorge (for those of you who are unfamiliar with abbrevs, that's "totally gorgeous").
i don't know how she does it, but in approximately 2.2 seconds she's able to go from "i'm super hot"... "i'm the cutest person on the planet".
you inspire me.  your positivity, willingness to learn and ability to see good in're wise beyond your years, honey.  maybe i can be a little more like you when i grow up.
we spent the afternoon under the overpass and anticipating that we might be intruding on someone's winter home, brought some fresh chocolate chip cookies along to share.  we were sad not to encounter anyone, but pleased to see that abbotsford seems to be doing its job in taking care of those with no homes in these cold months.  thank you to places like the food bank and cyrus centre - please continue to support these services with your time and money.  they can't do it without us!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


i recently realized that amidst the hub bub of christmas and the busy-ness of business, i've hardly taken any pictures of my kids in the past few months.  none worth sharing at least.  we also live in a dark basement and with the wet and cold weather we've had lately, my poor littles' skin hasn't seen the light of day.  so as soon as the rain let up for a few hours, i got my older two outside and actually remembered to bring my camera.

we all know how important toddler style is on the playground.  thankfully, my daughter loves her "fancy star shoes" as much as i do.  and since she will only sit still for about 10.2 seconds, the half ponytail would just have to do today.

traffic can get a little hairy at the park during rush hour.
i love that my kids haven't figured out that they still look cute when they make funny faces to get me to stop taking pictures.
and this one gently reminds me that i'm a bad mother.  notice the red cheeks.  in my haste to get out the door, i kind of didn't realize that it was freezing cold outside and the kids were not dressed properly.  don't worry...we hurried home to cups of hot cocoa and the sniffles were gone by the next day.
i'm thankful to mi esposo for my children's amazingly long eye lashes.  why is it always the boys that get them?  tell me why?! 
this was his "i just got caught heading towards the national geographics with my fake plastic doctor scissors" look
the only way i could get a real smile out of her on camera was to squeeze her head between my knees.  unfortunately, it didn't last and turned into this.  still cute, though.  still cute.
for those of you who know me, you know i'm a word maven.  so naturally, my only prerequisite for marrying/naming children was that our names could be scrabbled.  and they can, just in case you were wondering.