Wednesday, July 16, 2014

the gold kissed beauty of a sunset

ahhh, the beauty of a sunset. we all love it. admit it, you love a good sunset. and really, whats not to love....the sun burning a brilliant gold and setting off shades of yellows, pinks, reds and oranges through the sky. ahhh...lovely, isn't it?

not only is sunset a beautiful time of day, it's also a beautiful time for photographs. and NOT photographs of the sunset...photographs of YOU! yes YOU!

recently, i took some photos of my girls just to show you what a sunset session might look like.












and seriously, i get it. i get that your kids go to bed before dark these days. i get that they might be a little sleepy. i get that you want to keep a schedule. BUT, seriously folks, you aren't going to get better lighting than sunset. sunset makes everyone look dreamy. 

and while you can schedule photo sessions with me at other times of the day...don't expect them to look anything like the above photos....this will only happen at sunset! so, think about going off the schedule for one day and set up a sunset session. it's so worth it!

good reads #8 Charlotte's Web

tonight, georgia and i finished charlotte's web. as i read the last couple of chapters, there were times when i had to fight back the tears as charlotte told wilbur that she was dying. and then again when wilbur cared for her egg sac as if they were his own children. its such a touching story about friendship. but charlotte was not just a friend to wilbur, she was more like a mother. she thought him to act more mature....she helped him grow up. she put up with his child like behaviors and helped him grow and become something more than just a pig who throws himself into the manure pile every time something bad happens. hey, isn't that what parents do? we help our kids out of the manure and teach them how to live life. that's kind of what charlotte did for wilbur. and, anyone who's lost a parent wonders how they are going to make it without them....what are they going to do. most of the time, they are able to pick themselves up and carry on with life....even though they miss their parents terribly. and this is what wilbur did too, all the while thinking of charlotte. 


here's how the reading list is looking now.....

1. The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett 
2-10. The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
11. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
12. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
13. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry Currently reading
15. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White 
16. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
17. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
18. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
19. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
20. Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
21. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
22. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
23. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell I started, but had to return it to the library before I could finish :(
24. Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson
25. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
26. They Were Still Born: Personal Stories About Stillbirth by Janel Atlas 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

good reads #7 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

So here's how my list of 26 reads for 2014 is going so far.....

1. The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett 
2-10. The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
11. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
12. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
13. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry Currently reading
15. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White Currently reading with Georgia....we're almost done. She loves it!
16. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
17. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
18. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
19. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
20. Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
21. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
22. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
23. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell I started, but had to return it to the library before I could finish :(
24. Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson
25. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
26. They Were Still Born: Personal Stories About Stillbirth by Janel Atlas 


7 down and 19 more to go. It helps when you are reading two at a time. I can do this, right? Sure I can! 

Anyway, I just finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 



This is one of those stories that breaks your heart. Your heart breaks for Henrietta and her children. But at the same time, everything that Henrietta's cells do is absolutely amazing. At one point in the book, Henrietta's youngest two children are looking through a microscope at their mother's cells. Her son says to the researcher, why aren't the cells black, my mother was black. And then the researcher explained how we are all the same on the inside. It was hard to believe that some people might not know this as little as 10 years ago. We are all the same Henrietta...and thank you for your contribution to science....even though no one asked you if it was ok to take your cells. You helped find cures and vaccines for diseases. You helped scientists learn what would happen to cells during certain conditions. You helped in so many ways and you didn't even know it. RIP Henrietta!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

100 Happy Days.....Day #1

So, I'm going to try and jump on the 100 Happy Days band wagon and photograph something that makes me happy for the next 100 days. We'll see how this goes.....I've started two photo projects and have failed miserably both times. Third time is a charm, right?