What's been happenin.

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This season of rest has been nice.  A little challenging as the house is still a hot mess and the back yard is solid mud, but we're making it more and more like a home and getting progress made in the off-season tasks of website updates, cleaning, organizing, purging and have even had some time for creating a little bit. Leila likes morning quiet times in the nook, but isn't sure why the chair was purchased that doesn't allow her space to sit.  Poor spoiled kiddo. So, I gave in....and while there won't be space in my lap for too much longer, Leila makes herself at home along my right side most mornings.

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Can't get this photo to rotate, but I'm really loving my Val Marie prayer journal more and more.  It helps me be more intentional, see God answering prayer and keeps my mind focused on scripture for each area of my life for the month.  So, so, so worth every penny - order one, or ten for your friends!!

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Headed to Bowling Green, stayed with fabulous friends, Brad & Brie and had some great food and sweet friend time.  The next morning, wandered town with friends and taught the studio lighting and advanced lighting class.  I jacked these photos from Jabin and Drew's instagrams, so forgive the stealing and quality - they would give me their blessing, don't cha worry ;)

SO FUN and SO GREAT to be able to encourage the students in the program who aren't hoping for news to be their career, but rather some other sort of patchwork, commercial-maybe, portrait driven job.  It's a hard place to not be headed at news, but a WONDERFUL place to be trained and kicked out into the real world of photo biz.  Just nice to know that I could be an encouragement to those forging a different path as I did - there was so very little encouragement brought in when I was there pursuing Lizzie Loo and it's GREAT to see the program growing and accepting other forms of livelihood than newspaper life.

Back home and little Leila's been doing her fair share of resting, ear-infection fighting and hair growing.  She gets a haricut this week and should be sporting a pretty puppy cut soon.  Girl gets so excited about her haircuts.  Really.  She knows a 9am trip towards Simpsonville means time with doggie friends and she starts talking as soon as we pass the Big O'Tire on 60.  Crazy girl.

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I started painting an armoire I bought a couple years back at the 127 yard sale.  Will be used in the baby's room, has taken quite a bit of time, but has been fun - update on that and the process as soon as it's looking complete.  As you can see Leila is a great support as she sits and whines over my shoulder.  And a little peek at the family Jenny Lind bed I slept on as a kiddo that will add another place for someone to stay.  Yay friends!

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Lastly, I've been using my new sewing machine (Thanks mom + dad!) to stitch up sheer curtains in our bedroom and am slowly making progress through the rest of the house. Made this little shade out of reproduction feedsack material I found on an antiquing trip to Glendale.  On that trip we also bought an AWESOME old back door that should be installed on our house soon.  Couldn't be more excited about restoring that thing and giving it both life again and giving our home more character.  So.  fun.That's about all for now.  More to come, soon, we sure hope :)