Thursday, November 24, 2011

a grateful heart...

It's Thanksgiving morning, everyone is still asleep but me.  I wanted to use this quiet time to reflect and document all of the things for which I am grateful.  These are in no particular order:


  1. The God given perseverance Isaac and I have had to do anything and everything it takes to keep our marriage moving forward.
  2. Jonah and the accomplishments I've been able to watch him make, his health, his personality, his spirit, the joy he brings us daily, and the opportunity I've been given to be his mother.
  3. My job - I may complain at times but there are too many people in much, much worse situations.
  4. My home - it's smaller than I'd like, not in the neighborhood I'd prefer, but it's warm and homey and it holds my family.
  5. Isaac and his never-ending attempts to "lighten" me up.  He loves me unconditionally, through the bad and the good.  He's a great father and friend.  He will always carry a piece of my heart.
  6. Walker, my four legged son...he's touched my heart in ways no human can.
  7. My Mom, she is one of the strongest women I know.  She's shaped me into the woman I am today.
  8. My brothers, they've always been my protectors and I believe they always will be.
  9. My cat, she's my white, fuzzy friend.  Her companionship is limited because she's a cat, but I still love her.
  10. My best friends Trish, Christy, and Brandi.  I miss you ladies beyond measure and I hope someday, we live in the same state again.  I know we don't talk often enough because life moves so quickly, but I love how we always pick up where we left off.  I love you all more than you know and think of each of you daily!
  11. My health, cancer free now for almost 11 years.  No other major health issues.  Ever.
  12. The future, I'm excited about the possibility of a new home and a new addition to our family.  I'm even more excited that we have the resources and ability to potentially grow and move forward in the ways we want.
  13. My car, the 4-Runner.  I'm grateful to have something reliable and dependable to cart my family and I around.
  14. My church, our pastor never fails to inspire and challenge me.  My spirituality is not where I know it needs to be and I'm grateful to be part of a church who gently pushes me in the right direction.
  15. The hearts I've had the privilege to touch through photography.


I know there are many, many more but these are the biggest ones.  I hope you'll take some time today to reflect on the things for which you're grateful.  It's a great exercise to put things into perspective, particularly if you've been going through difficult times.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Much Love,
CJ


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Barnett Family

Last Saturday morning I headed to Kerri's house for their family session.  I was so excited because the other times I've had the opportunity to hang out with them we've had so much fun!  It was pretty darn cold but I think we got some amazing shots in the early morning light.  I know I say it a lot, but I love when clients trust me on the morning light!  Thank you, Barnett family, for having me in your new home and for choosing me to capture your gorgeous family! I hope you'll love these for a lifetime...
















My Friend, Angela

Angela wanted to make a calendar for her Mom for Christmas so we got together and had a mini shoot.  :)




Byars Family

I call her my NC mom; we've known each other for almost 5 years now, since I started at Wachovia.  I wanted to give her something special that I knew she would love so we got together to take some family photos a couple of weeks ago.  Her kids are hilarious and we all laughed a lot and had a ton of fun!














Sisters

I made a VERY secret (and short) trip back home a few weeks ago to surprise Trish with a photo session of her newest bundle of joy, her third baby girl: Ava Grace. I also made sure to make time to take Haven and Maddie outside for some special photos of them too.  If you didn't see me, I apologize, I was on a mission and had very little extra time, I was there for less than 24 hrs.  Trish and I have been friends since we were 2, yes 2.  Her mom babysat me and we've been like sisters ever since.  We have a bond that has never been broken by silly arguments or disagreements, boys, growing apart, when I stole her Barbie clothes, etc.  She cried when she missed Jonah's birth and I've cried when I missed her big moments too.  I love her like a sister and I couldn't imagine my life without her.  Someday, I hope we're rocking on the front porch, sipping iced tea, watching our grandchildren play.  :)  Can't wait!  I love you Trish and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to do this for you.














Country Days Corn Maze

Several weeks ago we took Jonah to Country Days Corn Maze in Indian Trail.  We went there as opposed to the usual pumpkin patch we visit in the Fall.  I saw some photos on a friend's Facebook page of her in a cotton field and I just has to know where it was.  When she told me it was at a corn maze, I knew we had to go!  Unfortunately, most of the cotton had already been picked so I know now that next year we'll need to go in September when it's more full.  Stay tuned because I'll probably be asking for models at that time!  ;)