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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Heart is Full

These are photos of my wonderful father with my son when he was 7 months old. They are especially precious images to me now, as my dad passed away last Thursday, December 11, 2008. He went in for open heart surgery, and although the surgery itself went well, my father was not able to recover.

My father was an incredible man. He was quiet in public, and very humble, but he was also tremendously charitable and courageous. Almost 20 years ago, he was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease. The disease eventually took both his kidneys, and he was required to use dialysis to survive. Then, in 1998, he was blessed with a kidney transplant, which went into rejection about a year later. So, it was necessary for him to go on dialysis again. He also had heart problems (many of which were related to his kidney disease.) His health problems were very taxing on his body, and he told my mother numerous times that if it weren't for "her and the kids" he would give up. He loved us so very much that he was willing to suffer with patience for much of his life so that we could keep him with us for so long. I am often amazed at his great selflessness and love. He rarely complained, and whenever anyone would ask him about his health or how he was feeling, he would say that he was fine or doing well, and he would turn the focus and compassion to those around him.

I am heartbroken, but I am also filled with gratitude. I am so thankful that I was one of the three lucky people that were blessed to call him "dad." My dad loved my mother more than I can tell you. He was such a wonderful example and I have learned so very much from him throughout my life about character and faith. As I have reflected on my life and the character of my father, I have found that I still can learn so very much from him. I cannot find words to express how I really feel about the quality of his character, his courage, or his faithfulness. My family is LDS, or Mormon. Although many people thought that he was just "inactive" because he rarely attended church due to his health, he absolutely knew without a doubt that his Father in Heaven was there for him, that he was real, that he loved him, and that he would support him through his trials. He knew the love of the Savior, and he had such a deep understanding of the true meaning of the Gospel. Throughout my life, he wanted me to also know Heavenly Father and the Savior. I fondly remember as a child sitting on his lap in the rocking chair in the front room and singing, "Jesus Once Was a Little Child" with him. I have been so blessed to be able to know him and love him my entire life.

I am so thankful for the father that he was to myself and my two brothers, and the sweet husband he was to my mother. He was never too busy for us, and was always willing to stop whatever he was doing if any one of us needed to talk. He was a wonderful listener. I always knew how much he loved me. Always. He was a very creative problem solver, and I feel so blessed to have part of that with me.

I will always miss him tremendously, but over the past several days, I have felt his presence with me. I know that he is still here with us, but is free from the body that brought him so much pain. Although I wish that I could still have the same conversations with him, I feel such happiness for him in the knowledge that he is happy and free now. I am sad for me, and I probably will be a little sad for me for the rest of my life, but I will always be grateful to my Father in Heaven for the wonderful time I had with him, and also for the peace and joy that I know he is feeling now.

My dad truly loved this song. It is called "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," and he would often play (5 times in a row) the Mormon Tabernacle Choir version as loud as his stereo would go. It was sung beautifully as a solo at his funeral yesterday. I love the depth of this song. I posted the lyrics below:

1. Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

2. Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.

3. Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.

4. O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.
Sunday, October 5, 2008

Some Recent Photos of My Little Man

It's been too long since I last posted! September was a busy month! Anyhow, here are some recent favorites of my little man! I can't believe how time flies and how much he has grown! The first set was taken as part of his (late) 2 year old shoot, and the last image was taken just one week later after his first haircut *sniff, sniff*

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Fun Photo Session and Projects

Since the beginning of the year, I have been teaching photography, photoshop, and lightroom at the local community college. All of the classes have been tons of fun, but I have truly loved teaching the photography class. For each of our main topics, we go on a field trip. Last night, we went on our lighting/portraits field trip. These ladies were willing to model for us, and they ere so much fun! I wanted to post one of my favorites from the evening.

Also, I have been working on an ABC book for my little man. I am almost finished (hopefully later today I will be done!) I wanted to share a peek at a few of the pages that are complete. I am going to have it printed at ArtsCow. I have had 6 books printed there so far, and have been very satisfied with the final product. I would not say they are high enough quality to sell to photography clients, but for personal projects, I think that they're pretty good.

I would love to have some feedback (good or bad!) on the pages for the book. Some of them have been challenging to come up with the words for!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

One Year Older...

My little man turned two over the weekend! I can't believe how quickly the past two years have flown by! I recently made a newborn book for him, and it's truly amazing how much he has grown. Anyhow, we had some parties, and he got lots and lots of fun stuff. His favorites were the trucks and tractors, but he also loved the Spiderman Mr. Potato Head, the new engine for his newly acquired Geotrax train, and the friends that Mommy and Grandma made of his favorite T.V. characters. Happy Birthday, little man! Mommy loves you!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Playing in the Sand

It's been another busy (fun) few weeks, but I wanted to make a post about the sandbox. When we first got it in April, he wasn't all that interested in it. Now, however, he loves it. He loves to take his toys out and fill them with sand. I love the first photo - his curls are so easy to see in that picture. In the second photo, he is totally concentrating filling his toy with sand.
Saturday, July 5, 2008

Photography Reminder Cards

I have posted about these before, but they have become kind of a popular thing among many of my photography students and friends, so I designed a second set (a more simple design) and I wanted to announce that they will be available for purchase right here on my blog.

Both designs of the photo reminder cards have all of the same content and information. They are a set of 10 double sided cards (about the size of credit cards) that are bound with a metal ring. Each card has reminders on the front, and examples on the back. The cards are color coded by technical, lighting, or composition reminders so it's way easy to find what you are looking for quickly.

Topics included on the cards are:

• Aperture
• Shutter Speed
• White Balance
• Outdoor Light
• Indoor Light
• Using Flash
• Get Closer
• Change the Angle
• Rule of Thirds

These photos are of the "Simple Photo Reminder Cards."

Here is what the more colorful design looks like:

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Busy Summer Days!

This poor neglected blog is long overdue for an update! We have been so busy playing this summer - here's a little of what we've been up to:

We went to Hogle Zoo and had tons of fun, particularly in the playground area. (He's in a giant egg in the first photo.) We've been exploring and playing lots both in the house (soo hot outside!) and out in the yard. The fifth photo makes me laugh - he always wants to wear sunglasses, but he doesn't like that they are dark and he can't see very well, so he tries and tries and tries to wear them on his forehead. They always fall down, and he usually ends up getting sooo frustrated! We've also been playing in the swimming pool, with the sprinklers, and, of course, the trike and monster truck. Last week, my friend, Ginger and I took our kids to the park to get a few summertime photos - I can't believe how much he loves the bubble machine - he runs up to it, giggles, and then runs away and dances. It's so cute and so funny.

Anyway, that's where I've been - maybe the summer will get a little less busy and I can post a little more frequently on my blog. :-)
Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Camping Trip

Over the Memorial Day weekend, we went camping with my husband's family. It was super rainy and super muddy, but we still had lots of fun. Even though the first picture has lots of technical flaws, I love it because when I look at it I can hear his squeal for joy! He LOVED the four-wheeler. My friend, Stephanie has inspired me to play around with textures a little bit - that's what the middle two are. My little boy has several sets of keys that he carries around everywhere. He uses them to "drive" his trike, the tractors, the car, pretty much anything with wheels. We were camping about 20 miles away from the old town of Chesterfield, Idaho, so we went to visit (the last picture.) It was lots of fun - they let us tour lots of the old buildings.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Fun-Filled Day!

I took these pictures almost 2 weeks ago, and I am just now getting around to posting them. My husband and I both have family in a nearby city, and every year they have a weeklong "Health Days" celebration. We went to the little fair that they had, and this little boy had the time of his life! He played in a super fun toddler-sized bounce house, rode a super fun "train" (a 4-wheeler with plastic barrel train cars), and had tons of fun running and playing outside all day long!