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picture perfect day

so a couple of weeks back we set up a date at piedmont park with the ivey’s. ronda & i wanted some practice with our cameras & it was a beautiful day. i have so enjoyed getting to use my camera more & ever since i ordered my new lens i am even more obsessed. i have light-room now & it is really fun learning and putting your stamp on a photo. i particularly love close ups so my new lens is perfect for that. for those of you who are interested i used this one.  it was a picture perfect day- sunny- good company & laughter.

here are some of the photos.

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this is my friends little boy- is he not the cutest?

also- i am seriously wanting these things for spring! can you believe it? it is finally here!!!

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practice makes perfect?

i left work early wednesday- i got a fever and had some chills & i stayed home thursday bc i was still sick & didn’t want to get anyone else sick. i hate being sick more than anything, there is nothing to do and it is a big waste of time. so to make myself feel productive i downloaded lightroom5 & figured it out. i am still figuring it out, but i love it so much. i am so excited to learn more about the program &  i am waiting on my new 50mm lens to come in…it should be here on monday.

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i cannot wait to be back in haiti to practice on those beautiful people & beautiful country. april 28 is just around the corner and we only have $1000 to go, God has been so good in providing for us just like he always does & i am so excited to see what he does this trip.

tomorrow we (ronda & i) have a lovely day planned back at piedmont park to practice with our cameras and get some new photos for our upcoming project we are working on. i cannot wait to have some updated ones  for the blog and for personal use. it is supposed to be a high of 66, which means lunch in the park on an old blanket, long walks, laughs, sunny skies for great pictures and the market will be open! let the weekend adventure begin.

on a good note- my book came in. “back to basics”– it is all about traditional skills- canning- living off the land- what veggies to grow when and where- basically everything i need to know to survive off my land. my dream as you all know is to have my own little farm. so excited for the future & learning to be happy in the present.

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hope you  guys all have an amazing weekend!

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crafts i need to do. asap.

ok guys these are the cutest. i have been filling up my pinterest board with all these fun ideas waiting for some time to do them, but i realize i need to make some time to get started. we all have busy lives, we just have to stop and take a moment to ourselves to let the creativity out. if we don’t make the time no one else will make it for us. right?

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check it out here

i don’t feel like the next one needs to be explained, so here is the picture.

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i am pretty sure i have written about this one before, but i can’t help it. these are so easy and adds a little color. i have some really old ones that were my grandmothers, & i don’t think i could paint those. i do however have some new ones that i will tackle.

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this next one takes a little more time, but oh so cute. gifts. living room. bedroom. bathroom. anywhere & everywhere.

you can find the how to here — this blog is one of my favorites so you should all check it out here

this week you should all take a moment to yourselves to be creative. get your camera out and take a photo or two. start with something easy like painting your wooden utensils. if you like to draw, get out your sketchbook. i promise making time for creativity helps relieve stress. i am speaking from experience here. make time for yourself. we get so buys with our routines we forget to stop and just enjoy the little things. so stop what you’re doing & get creative!

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daydreaming on a saturday

this weekend was so good. i had no plans. no where to be. i watched tv- caught up on white collar & vampire diaries. i cannot get away from that show, but i have always loved vampires so oh well.

saturday ronda came to atlanta. we walked to piedmont park- took some photos- shared some thoughts- made some plans. really exciting plans & i cannot wait to share with you. i have so much creativity i have been wanting to get out. i need an outlet & i think i have found one. yay.

these converse. i love them. i take them everywhere.

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also can we just talk about the weather this weekend? atlanta, you have made me proud. it was gorgeous. we are going back this saturday to take some family photos. we have not done photos in forever, if ever, besides the occasional give your phone to your friend and say take our picture. it will give us good practice too.

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love this picture. it was AMAZING weather.

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we ate at willy’s. i love that place. i used to go there a lot with my friend jillian. good memories in that place.

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it is so refreshing to have a friend like ronda. i love her so much. she has such a sweet spirit & such a giving heart. you should all be so lucky.

sundays are always busy for us. i didn’t go to church bc we had a group coming to stay at the mission house & i needed to be there to greet them. i walked to starbucks & walked to cvs & cleaned the apartment. it was so nice. cory got home late & we walked down the street to have a taco.

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needless to say it was a very good weekend!

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we went on a picnic & now we are snowed in

this past weekend we went on a picnic in the same park we got married at. i am sure i have told you all how obsessed cory is with ingles, so that is where went for our treats. we got bread, cheese, hummus, bagel chips, wine & mexican coke. it was so nice outside! now. well. we are
trapped inside from an ice storm & i love it! we started watching “lost” today- made some horrible cookies- put the cats in sweaters- did tax stuff & cuddled. i have been thinking a lot about our future farm today & i don’t think i have mentioned anything about this certain plot of land i have my eyes set on. it is 53 acres with a 2 bedroom 1 bath cabin – the back porch leads to a dock that you can fish out of- it has pecan trees, blueberry bushes & lots of woods. it is a dream. i can just imagine building a house there and having my chickens & some cows & growing my vegetable garden & everything else in my daydream. i have been praying a lot about our future & we put ourselves on a strict budget so we can have a lot saved to go towards our dream land. i was telling my friend ashlan the other day that i can see her & i having a glass of wine in the hot tub while our children run around the yard getting into trouble. we would be total red necks about the whole ordeal & i wouldn’t mind. it is good to have dreams and to pursue those. so cheers to the dream we want and soon shall have! hope everyone stays warm on this snowy- freezing- day!

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village kanes & haiti round 2

so excited. like you do not even have a clue. or maybe you do? we are going back to haiti april 28th. so happy. we are starting our fundraising again= if you guys have any tips on this i would love to have them to share with my team. i keep thinking of all these ideas and things we can do and my mind is full. it is a very humbling experience to put yourself out there and ask someone else to donate to something that you care so much about.

this is village kanes

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* these photos were taken by my beautiful friend Tracey- you can check her out here

to give you a picture, just think mud huts that are in need of repair. children with no clothes at all. there little chapped lips from being so thirsty, little dirty feet, and the biggest smiles. ronda had told us to be prepared for what we would see & we all have these visions in our minds of what it is going to be like, but it is completely different when you step off the bus and you see everything for yourself. you experience making a connection with a child that you cannot explain. you do not even know how to speak their language & yet there is this bond you have with them. i loved it. i instantly made this connection with this little boy who was playing peek a boo with me behind his mother. she eventually waved him over to me & i was hooked. him in just his little torn shirt was something so special to me. i gave him so many hugs and so many kisses.

my sweet little guy

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village kanes is surrounded by such beauty & i would love to help them in every way possible. we were able to pass out shoes & rice to these families & they were so so happy. for our trip in april we are raising an extra $400 to put a water tank in for the people of village kanes. if you would like to contribute please feel free to visit my page here

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cory & i were changed forever & are so excited to be going back!!!!!

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Haiti Part #2

i have many favorite memories in haiti like meeting all the HCM staff, all my talks with the girls, worship on the roof, going to village of faith and doing worship at night in the complete darkness, taking cold showers and not really caring bc your so excited to wake up another day in such a beautiful country, their coffee, their food- i really crave rice & beans, trying to scare megan on the porch, hanging out with all the kids, getting some of the best hugs, visiting all the orphanages and seeing all those sweet kids i wish i could bring home with me or stay there and hang out with them everyday.. you get the point. i loved all of it.

sarah & megan- loved getting to know these sweet girls.

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billy- one of our interpreters

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some kids from CAD (orphanage)

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they love love love to have their photo taken- or look at your photos you already have, or completely take over your phone and play all the games you have

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cory & three kids- it was so funny bc all the kids would call him jezi which means jesus.

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thanks to donations we were able to give CAD stuff they really needed!!

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Shopping, Food, & Friends- Can it get any better?

such a fun but busy weekend. saturday morning we got up and headed to douglasville for a shopping adventure.

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we met up with aj, ashlan and their sweet little bitty tinslee  at starbucks to start the day off just right! i have tried not having coffee everyday & i cannot do it. i just cannot bring myself to rid my body of the caffeine. it is so good. we headed to the mall and i realize i go to the same stores every time i am there- forever21, that weird urban store that sells incense, american eagle, and h&m. h&m was having this crazy sale 1/2 off all the sale items and all sweaters were buy 1 get 1 free. WHAT? i wish i would have taken pictures of the bag bc i probably could have fit into it. we left with 2 sweaters for cory, 2 sweaters for me, an infinity scarf, a black & white striped dress, & a black shirt all for $80. when i got in line i saw they had free magazines too- with a 20% off coupon (off one item) SCORE! after shopping we headed over to the irish bread pub to eat some grub. of course i had to try the fish-n-chips and they were delish.

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after our fun date we headed to carrollton for a birthday get together for Russ. a-bomb made some chili and we sat out by the fire just talking about life. russ & a-bomb are such dear friends- russ married cory & i. they also did are premarital counseling- so we go way back.

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sunday morning cory led worship & then we headed to eat with our buddy dockery who runs the carrollton menu. he recommended Blue Agave Grill & Tequila Bar & said they had really good food- which they did. they also have pina-coladas served in a pineapple.

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i also got to spend some more time with ashlan and tinslee. you guys this little one will make you have baby fever BAD!

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of course we had to watch walking dead=== i have no idea what is going on!?

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French Fries, Onion rings & Shopping

i always love having girl time. eating. shopping. talking about our lives. sharing our dreams. spending too much money on hairspray and mouthwash.

last night one of my very best friends and i had a date. we went to goodwill, had some food at yard house in atlantic station and then headed over to target. talked about life, love, adventure & where we want to be. we tried on witch hats. looked through the weird pantie bins at target (the sizes are never in the right place)- and tried on shoes.

back to the food- we seem to always go to yard house when we hang out= we love the place. they have all these “snacks” so if you want something small you can order a few of those and get a drink.. they have tons of different drinks. we ordered the garlic and herb fries, onion ring tower, and in the end we had a brownie. my favorite thing we got was the drink, the “moscow mule” — this is like my favorite drink right now ginger beer, vodka, and lime. easy. simple. and amazing. yard house makes their own ginger beer which made the taste amazing. how many times can i say amazing? they even served them in the traditional moscow mule cup. im in love.

i also signed up to have jillian be my personal running partner. we start on monday. say a prayer for me please.

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The Bar & some Black & Whites

for cory’s 30th birthday i wanted to get him something awesome. so i threw him a “stock the bar” party & had our dear friend make him a bar for our home. it was an awesome turn out & we are still so in love with our bar.

yesterday i stayed home and decided to organize the house= going through things i do not need anymore- getting more things to sale for another haiti yard-sale, and a lot of cleaning. while i was doing all of this the thought came to me to move the bar around and do something on the wall. i had just bought this self portrait book from the good will that had old black and white photos from way back in the day. i walked to cvs and got come black tacks (2 for $5.50) & came home and got started. you can see what i did from the photos below. the only thing  missing is some patio lights i want to hang behind! so happy with how it turned out.

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these are the patio lights i want.

http://www.target.com/p/room-essentials-reg-frosted-globe-lights-25ct/-/A-12958844#prodSlot=medium_1_2

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