Twas the night after Christmas……
I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone! I was so blessed to be able to spend it with my amazing family. Such a great day! Usually during Christmas I am not one to dress up. I try to keep it comfy. I basically live off of leggings, but after I opened my first present which was this vest, I knew I had to put it on. Plus it was extra comfy! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas! And below I listed some of my favorite items, I got this year. But the best gift was truly being able to be with my family and worship an amazing king!
“Hark the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born king.” Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled! “~Charles Wesley
Outfit: Vest: Carsons, Shirt: Thirft store , Leggings: Miley Cyrus, Necklace: Rue21 , Watch : Aldo
A few of my favorite things…….. from Christmas
My family apparently knows me so much better than I thought. Every gift I got I truly loved and I felt it was all so me! But here are just a few of my favorites. What were yours??
I‘m feeling pretty calm and excited to see everything to come together. Who wouldn’t want to hear a bride say that. Karen is the definition of a bride who decided to enjoy each and every moment of her wedding day. With no stress but instead excited, ready and yet calm. And I must add that Karen’s eye for detail was simply amazing! Everything was just so well put together and so elegantly planned out.
I shared some of Karen and Scotts love story here. A couple who just make eachother laugh and smile. A true love that was shared with family and friends on October 6th, 2012 in a beautiful outdoor wedding.
This was the last wedding of my wedding season and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing couple to spend the moment with. Karen and Scott I am soo honored to have shot your wedding. You two are truly beautiful people that make my job a dream. I am so thankful for allowing me to be a part of your story.
A tripod and willing participants is all it took. It had been over 14 years since we had taken family pictures. Not even realizing how simple it was. Okay I’m sure it helped that I am now a photographer. But honestly professional or not professional I think family pictures are the most important pictures you can take. So make time, make an effort and get some pictures done. I’ll be honest I was a little nervous because one I’ve never personally take family pictures before. 2. I usually don’t work with a tripod and three, I wasn’t quite sure what it would be like shooting people so close to you. I didn’t even know if I’d be able to do it. So I just tried my best!
But thankfully all of those never seemed to be a factor. If anything it was just a day of bonding and fun. And I actually learned alot. Like I didn’t realize how much my dad loves being in front of the camera, acutally my whole family for that matter. I love my family more than words can express. They are my support, my heart and they make me laugh like there is no tomorrow. I realize how blessed I am. Sadly my brother and my sister in law were not able to make it for this day. But hopefully they will be at the next! Which I am making sure won’t be another 14+ years.
“Love makes a family”-GIGI KAESER
I remember being in 4th grade and the teacher asked who here is from a different country? I don’t know if it was just embarrassment or no wanting to feel different or weird but I never wanted to tell anyone that I wasn’t from America. Not that my last name doesn’t give it away. I always thought people would treat me differently or look at me strange. Hey it’s 4th grade kids were awkward and strange enough as it was, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
For those of you who don’t know my story I was born in a city called Lusaka which is in the country of Zambia in Africa. A little while after I was born my parents came to the states. Being the first immigrants from my whole family to come here. Everyday I am so proud of my parents for the strength it took to leave my whole family for a better life for us. What started out at being only a few years being here turned into over 20 and now a place we call home. Now a days I am not ashamed or embarrassed at all to be a Zambia. I try to embrace it the best I can, I love it! And I don’t quite understand it but it seems that people actually think it’s pretty awesome to be from a different country. I wouldn’t change it for the world but being a first generation immigrants does have it’s downsides.
Which brings me to this trip. One thing that I have missed out on is family. I have only met my grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles once when I was around 1 years old or never at all. I don’t have a clue of really who they are. The older I get the more I envy my friends that get to see their extended family during the holidays or just during the year. It’s just something I have never had and I always hope and pray that they appreciate that time they have. I’ve never known the crazy uncle or the say anything that comes to mind Grandma. It’s always been just me and my 5 other family members. I guess that’s what has brought us closer. But I am so ready and eager to meet the rest of my family. So I am planning to go to Zambia for the first time since I was born this coming February. I’m not quite sure how I’ll pay to get there but I am clinging to hope and prayer that I get there! This is not a missions trip or some type of charity project. Although I do plan on doing some of that while I’m there. This is just a chance for me to experience where I came from so I can further appreciate where I’m going.
Stomach pain and back pain seemed to have awaited me this week. Most of the time I spent laying in bed heavily medicated. Also, another reason why I didn’t post an outfit post this week( trust me, you’ve been spared). But it’s times like these that I am reminded of what an incredible family that I have. From coming with me to the hospital, bringing me Jamba Juice, to staying with me in my room, while I laid there watching Golden girls my family had my back this week. I am finally feeling so much better but I can’t thank my family enough and I truly feel blessed more than words can express.
Song obssession: If you haven’t seen this video it’s pretty amazing. A friend of mine showed this to me and it’s become a song I absolutely love. I love a good cover.
Quote of the week: “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” -William James