Monthly Archives: November 2011


Thanksgiving this year was wonderful. John’s family came up from Florida and so we got to celebrate all together with both our families. It was so special to have everyone all together.
I didn’t take many photos this year.. rather, hardly any at all. Sometimes I enjoy life more behind the lens and sometimes I need to set it aside and just be with people. That’s what I did this year. We had a relaxed day of just being together, cooking, playing chess tournaments and shooting arrows..

As always, the cooking is divided among all of us according to what we make the best. :)

This year I was overwhelmed with things I’m thankful for. That Jesus lives in me, makes me alive, makes me everything I am. For my family who are always there for me and love me unconditionally. Friends who are always there when I need them. Love, happiness, the incredible food we eat, the warm houses we all have, the beautiful clothes.. that John still has his eye with some vision. I hope to never take this all for granted.. ever.

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Warm Blanket Care fundraising party

Those of you who follow my blog and Facebook know about my cause or mission right now. I’m helping my friend Elaini of reach her goal of raising $50,000 for Warm Blankets Orphan Care International – India Rescue Mission. Warm Blankets Orphan Care is a mission that creates not orphanages but homes for children who have nothing. They rescue them off the streets and provide a loving family environment, food, love, safety, healing, protection and a chance to get to know Jesus personally. I’ve seen firsthand what orphans in the slums of India go through and this mission touches my heart deeply. So I’ve been doing what I can to raise money to help them. So last night we had a fundraising party and I want to share it with you all.
I had some of my hand carved pieces from India setting out.. this one is the national emblem of India.

The elephant is marble and gem – modeled after the Taj Mahal.

With India as the theme of the evening I made Saag Paneer which is curried spinach and cheese with delicate spices.

And chicken korma which is a coconut sauce with curry and other spices. Indian food is all about the delicious spices..

I made chai and served it with lemon cookies, but didn’t get a photo of that.. And of course lattes. =)

In all we raised $445 which is enough to sponsor a home for over an entire month!
With Thanksgiving just past, I’ve been thinking a lot how incredibly much we have.. as we were gathered around holding hands to pray over Thanksgiving dinner I looked around at all my family, at the warm house we were in, the delicious food we were about to enjoy, the safety.. and I thought about all the people who were out in the streets right then, curling up under cardboard, digging through trash cans for food. Not just in places far away like India, but in our own hometowns. I was thinking about the kids with cancer I send cards to, how most kids (and adults) wish for toys and parties and chocolate for christmas.. and those kids just wish they could go home from the hospital.. just wish that for one day they wouldn’t feel horrible. And it made me wish I could take back every complaint I’d ever made about food. About not having the clothes I want. About the heat not being turned on high enough. About the dishwasher breaking.
For Christmas I want to give those children in India the chance to not sleep in the streets, to not be hiding from horrible people who would capture them and put them in the sex trade or sell them as slaves. To give them food and a safe, warm house and love and a family. Will you join me in helping them? I know sometimes it seems like there’s so little we can do when we don’t have a whole lot to spare. But I’m not asking for a whole lot. Would you help me give just a little? Would you skip a latte at your favorite coffeeshop and donate $4? Or skip going out to eat and donate $10. Maybe it doesn’t feel like that makes a difference.. but to the little kids getting a meal that day because you skipped a coffee.. it made a difference to them.


And the winner is…..

The winner of the book “Start Something That Matters” and $50 to their favorite charity is..

Alex Beadon!

In her own words, this is what she wants to start. I think its incredibly awesome!

“What would I want to start? I would want to start some kind of project that involved photographers going to problem areas around the world, shooting the beautiful natural aspects of these countries and then selling the photos so that 100% of the profits could go back into the problem area. Something that linked photography with doing good I think. Hmm … it definitely needs work :) but hey – it’s better than nothing! :)

I already know who I would chose as my charity – – my favorite!”

Alex – We donated $50 to in you honor – which is an awesome charity, I love it! To everyone else: .. go check it out!
And of course, you’ll be receiving the book soon. Congratulations and thanks so much to everyone for participating!

Give away! Start Something That Matters + $50 to the charity of your choice

I am super jazzed about this give away. Blake Mycoskie – the founder and chief shoe giver of TOM’s shoe company has released a book. For those of you who don’t know about TOM’S, it’s an awesome shoe company that gives away a brand new pair of shoes to kids who cannot afford them in countries where they are most needed.. for every single pair of shoes that they sell. They call it One for One. I’m a big fan of TOM’s and that’s why this is SO exciting for me! The book is called Start Something That Matters. I was chosen to join their program “books for bloggers”, where I received two copies of the book. One is mine to keep and read.. the other to give away to one of you guys! The deal was I have to write an honest review on my blog, and on the book’s amazon page. I’m so excited to read the book and as soon as I’m finished I’ll write up the review and be sure to let you all know!
So here is the trailer for his book:

And here’s a little bit more about the book and about Blake:
Start Something that Matters – the blog

So are you guys ready to stretch yourselves out of your comfort zones and make a difference in the world? =} If so, this book is a GREAT first stepping stone.
If you win, just because we love you guys so much, we are gonna donate $50 to the charity of your choice!
So here’s how to enter for the book and $50 to your favorite charity.
First, share this post on Facebook and tell your friends to check it out so they can enter, too! Then leave us a comment on this post. Tell us what you would want to start.. what kind of difference you want to make. There’s no wrong answer here.. so please don’t be shy! Also, tell us the name of your favorite charity. It’s very important that you leave a comment here, otherwise you will not be entered.
And.. there’s more! You are allowed up to three (3) more entries by doing any or all the following:

#1: share this post on twitter and come back and leave another comment.
#2. share this post on google+ and come back and leave another comment.
#3. share this post on your blog and come back and leave another comment.

You must leave a separate comment for each additional entry to be entered more than once.

Good luck and I’m supper jazzed to see what you guys want to do to impact our world!

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Photo theme – Golden Light

My photo themed week for Novemeber was Golden light. As in, sunrise or sunset. :) Here’s my photos as well as my photo buddy from LuzPhotography.

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Scarf Giveaway by Photography by Susie!

An incredible wedding and portrait photographer that I follow is doing a giveaway this month. It’s a beautiful scarf from Forever 21! I love love LOVE scarves. Check it out!

Scarf Giveaway

Engagement – Ruth and Mahlon

Where would I even start telling you about this couple? =} I was really suspicious of Mahlon at first. I didn’t know him at all. I had to test him. Ruth is two months and a day older than me but I still feel very protective of her. =] But over the last few months of watching how Mahlon loves her, talks to her, makes her laugh.. all my suspicions faded away.

Instead I stand back in awe of how beautiful it is when God creates love between two people. How he fills in the weaknesses of one with the strengths of the other.. both ways. How much light and life Mahlon has brought into Ruth’s eyes.

And how much she has brought into his. I love watching them together. They make love look incredible.

We had so much fun getting to create their session in such a gorgeous place- first the sunrise in an orange grove and a few hours later in a palm tree jungle!

I love how much fun they have together. How playful they are. How much they laugh.

Aren’t they just adorable together?

So excited to have John able to do some of the photos with me again! I feel like a very crippled team when I’m doing the session alone. The next photo is his.. :)

I love watching them together, being with them together.. but mostly, I just love them. And I’m so thankful to be part of the same family. =}

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