Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

1. Smile
I snapped this portrait during the civil war reenactment we went to last Saturday. (More on that is coming...)

2. Stand Alone

3. Rusty or Something Old
Well...I think this picture qualifies in both categories. I finally found a first car...that fits my budget. [smile]

4. Artificial 
I could think of nothing in this category! I finally remembered about some pictures a crocheted pin cushion I had from about a year you can see, I typically take living pictures. :) Oh, wait...I just thought of those artificial flowers from the wedding. Forget it, I'm too lazy to go find them. 

5. Repeating Pattern 
Notice the repetition? I thought of this from our sermon this morning that was centered around this verse: "But knowledge puffs up while love builds up." -1 Corinthians 1:8
Entering this into Scripture and Picture

You all have a great week! And I'll be back with a bit of news on Wednesday morning...but I will keep you in suspense. (Okay, one clue: Africa) Until then. God Bless. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy Birthday!

We've had our good times, and bad ones too. I know that sometimes we really, really dislike each other; but in the end forgiveness is given. We've had many adventures. I love watching you grow from a little girl to a young woman. Love you, sis!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

Before you keep going, I must warn all: This post is completely r.a.n.d.o.m.

I took this picture yesterday afternoon around 4:30 PM. My original intention was to get a shot of a pretty rainbow in the sky, but the rainbow was gone when I got my camera out. So...I went ahead and shot. I captured the warm sunlight after a rain. And I love it. (Almost as much as the rainbow)

Today, also around 4:30, I shot this picture. Notice the drastic weather change?! I also really like this picture. It's not perfect, and sometimes it's hard for me to deal with that, but I'm learning to love the imperfections of life. 

                                    R igh now my little bro and I are the only one's at home.
  A nd all is pretty quiet.
                      N ever once in my life have I gone hunting.
D ancing is great fun.
                          O nly an awesome person would read this blog.
     M y followers are the best! 

Okay, back to that imperfection problem I have? It took a lot for me to post this picture on here. It's my family, and there's not a thing wrong with them. I'd post a pic of them any day. But those squinty eyes? Lighting? Smile-less people? That's what hard on my eyes.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Little Things in Life...

lucia, etc.

little boys. 
spring flowers.
shady trees.
hikes in January --
with friends--
in fall weather.
hay bales to sleep upon.
paper snowflakes.
candid pictures....

This list could go on, and on, and on...I think you get the idea. :) When you ever feel down or sad, write a list of 100 things you are thankful for. It's so easy to fill it, and go beyond 100 things. Because life is precious. amazing. lovely.

I'll try to be back tomorrow for Scavenger Hunt, see ya then!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Memories, Dreams, and Reflections of 2011

Prepare for a major photo dump!

1. Me!
There you have it. A picture of's a year old (no snow this year) but who cares. It's me. I posted this on Facebook yesterday morning and thought that it was appropriate to share with this picture. 
"I love looking at this past year, reflecting on the beauty and grittiness of it. I've grown -- as a photographer, musician and young woman. My faith has been stretched and grown. I am far beyond perfect, but am ever so grateful that God has given me this year and I look forward to the coming one. I am ready to take on 2012 and strive to be more like Christ."
This year many things have happened: My sis went to college, I took family pictures and got paid for it, I took senior pictures, I went to an awesome camp -where my faith in Christ grew- for the first time, my braces finally came off, etc...but what am I most proud of accomplishing? Shooting my first wedding, at age 15. That was pretty amazing.

2. I Love You
I love my sisters. There is one missing in this picture, but I love her too. :) 

3. Still Laughing...
At a baby shower we went to they asked this question...there was a table of the younger girls (15 and under) and we all decided to write things funny and random... "She made me eat my vegetables so I would grow tall." (That was mine, and I guess it worked - I'm 5;8.5") ... "She taught me how to count my toes." ... " She taught me how to change a diaper." ... "She made me wash dishes." ... 
It was probably one of those things that you had to have been there to really think it's funny, but we had everyone laughing. 

4. Winter Wonderland
The only place it snowed around here was in our kitchen. ;)

5. Birthday
My big brother turned 19 this year!

6. Friends
'nuff said.

7. I Was Inspired
This year my dad and I were able to attend the last Rebelution Tour Conference. I was challenged, strengthened, and inspired. 

8. Spring Fever see spring again. New buds, daffodils, and green goodness. I. love. it!

9. Travel or Vacation
I'm sure you all already know about our trip to Canon Beach, but if not check my archives and look at the pictures. It was amazing, fun, hard, beautiful...the list could go on. 

10. Summer Days
Were full of working hard, living, and playing. And swimming. :)

11. A Day in My Life
Right now and for the next couple years, my days are filled with schoolwork. 

12. All Smiles
"Everyone smiles in the same language."

13. Autumn Harvest

14. Family and Home
This is my family, with a few extra people. But I like to consider them all family. :)

15. Celebrate!
Our church has a tradition now to have (after the Easter Vigil service) a big bonfire. Usually all the kids will run/dance around it together. It's such a fun way of celebrating!

16. Let's Do it Again
*sigh* I would love to do this again. 

17. I Miss You
This is my awesome Aunt and Uncle that we got to visit this year. And I miss 'em...

18. Beautiful
Not description needed here. :)

19. Dress Up
My sis and her roommate at college all ready to go to the Ball. So elegant. 

20. Macro
Mommy: "Sveta! Come take a picture of this for me! ..." 
Me: "Ewwww!! Why in the world do I want a picture of a...a...SPIDER?!"
Irina: "Hey! It's coooolll!"
Me: "Whatever." *quickly snaps picture and leaves immediately.*
This is pretty much the how this picture came into being. And now I like it. Guess it's smart to listen to my mom. :)

21. Holidays
Christmas festivities in our home are pretty much centered around Christ. And this manger scene is a highlight.

22. My Favorite
These gardens in WA were beautiful! It was so much fun walking through them. I wished I had a regency dress would have been so much fun! 

23. Don't Ever Change 
And listen up Heather, Anna. That is a command. 

24. Just Because
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

25. Hopes and Dreams
This is my prayer for the new year, and for my life. To become more and more like Christ. 

God Bless! 
Merry {8th day} Christmas, and 
Happy New Year!