On the 18th anniversary of my 29th birthday....

.... I've uncovered one of the great mysteries of humanity. I've decided that all of life's questions would be answered if I could just find the perfect shade of lipstick. How many of you women agree with me? Lipstick shopping is just like life, you have to try so many different times before perfection is achieved, and sometimes you never quite reach that mark. In fact, most of the time you don't. But you keep trying. And shopping. And we don't throw our mistakes away, we keep them in the bottom of our purse, or in our make-up drawer; after all, just because something doesn't work now, doesn't mean it won't in the future. And we keep searching, knowing that in aisle 7, somewhere between Windsor Rose and Solar Pink, that we'll find all the answers.


Head shots for a gorgeous girl! Thanks so much for being patient while I worked on seniors!!!

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.... right here! Seriously... how cute can one little guy be???

Worst Birthday Ever?

Maybe. Nobody wants to have a stomach virus and spend their entire 18th birthday in the bathroom... Even chicken spaghetti and a new TV couldn't improve it very much. But in the years to come, as you look back on this birthday, I hope you don't remember all the misery. Instead, I hope you remember all the 18 years leading up to this day. 18 years of learning, and laughing, and living.... 18 years which have taught you to be your own person.... 18 years worth of friends, and experiences, and life lessons.... We're so proud of the man that you've become, and the person that you continue to grow into.... Love you Ryan....


Still working through Senior pictures, but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel! Thanks for being patient, Samie!

Lessons learned from a 13 year old....

Becca is 13 today... finally, a teenager... She's growing into such a kind, beautiful young lady, and I'm so proud of her. I often say that I should strive to be more like her, because she's not just a good kid, she's a good {person}.... The kind of person that I want to be. Here are a few lessons learned from my wise and wonderful daughter:

1. It's ok to try something new, even if you don't think you'll be any good at it. Sometimes it's fun just to try.

2. Spending time in the company of just yourself is a great way to pass a lazy weekend.

3. It's better to have a few real friends, than to be the most 'popular' person because you'll be more happy around genuine people than phony people.

4. If you're only going to get mad at one person, make sure it's your brother.

5. Being quiet doesn't mean you're timid or meek, it just means you don't feel the need to have the spotlight all the time.

6. Just because someone is unkind to you is not a good reason to be unkind to them.

7. You should always read the birthday cards and the message written in them before you open the present.

8. The tops of the broccoli taste better than the bottoms.

9. It's ok NOT to like the same movies, clothes, celebrities, colors, songs, games, etc. that everyone else does... really, it is.

10. Being silly is acceptable no matter what your age.

Happy Birthday, Rebecca Noelle. I love you very much.


Yet another gorgeous senior girl! And this one included a really, sweeeet car!

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