It’s here!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for… (well, at least I have!)


this blog is old news– there won’t be any more new posts on here. BUT, if you head over to,

you will find lots of fun things there!  including a NEW BLOG!

oh, and be sure to head on over to facebook and check out the daylight photography page there!


I have a job!

A few weeks ago, I visited North Carolina for a wedding + apartment hunting and job hunting.

Strangely enough, the wedding helped me get a job better than the 2 interviews I was planning on!

Remember this?

This was taken in front of Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill.  It is beautiful, and the folks there are so nice.  Walking into my friends’ wedding that Saturday afternoon, I had no idea it would be my future workplace!

Eric and Nicole (our now-newlywed friends) told me that I should talk with their pastor, since they were losing their worship leader of 6 years.  I thought, “what the heck!” and swapped info to come in later that week.  Turns out, I had a wonderful conversation with their senior pastor, and even got to share a few songs with them!  (Let me tell you, it was heaven getting to play on a grand piano again!! pun intended.)

We left it that day with a positive, open discussion that we would think and pray about the whole thing.  When I came home, Mike was surprised (this was, after all, a deviation from the plan) but supportive.  I felt that if they wanted me to work with them, I would be so happy.  They are even encouraging about my photography business!

This past week, I received a call and found out they’d like me to come on the team!  Whoo!


Thank you, Lord, for taking care of all those things I just love to stress about.  You’re the best!

Let’s share the love!

I was just reading on my cousin Tracy’s blog about her friends, Phillip and Kim Dean.  They seem like great people who fear the Lord and have started a journey to adopt a sweet little girl from the Ukraine with spina bifida.

If you’re familiar with the adoption process, you’ll know it’s not easy, nor is it cheap.  My cousin (being the creative and helpful gal she is) has set up a fundraiser through her Lia Sophia page where 30% of the proceeds will go directly to the Deans’ efforts for adopting Grace.  (Make sure to enter Tracy Crowe in the top right box for “Enter Your Host” and select her show so that the proceeds do indeed go to this cause.)  If you’re not familiar with Lia Sophia, it’s a pretty sweet deal where you can get some awesome jewelry in lots of different ways (online, catalogs, parties).


You can also donate to the Deans directly through their website.

I know finances are tight these days, but there is so much joy in giving to help another.  Regardless of if you can help financially, I encourage you guys to be praying for this family during the whole adoption process.  Definitely follow their progress on the adoption blog, and see how the fundraising going and how they are doing in general (and know what to pray for).

So if you have a spare minute (or perhaps even if you don’t– I’m running late now!) leave some love on their blog, say a prayer, buy some jewelry for yourself of a friend (or that special lady in your life… hint, hint, Mike!) and encourage these folks today.


i took some photos for a great artist, perry petry, last fall.

next week he’ll be on his way to vienna to showcase his sculptures for tons of people!

and the craziest part?  there’s a catalog with MY pictures in it!!!

(some photos are by other folks: mine’s on the right)

it’s small, but you can see my name underneath the writing.  not only am i published, i’m INTERNATIONALLY published!

i’m so excited, i almost didn’t even notice they left off my new last name.  oh, well…!

congrats, teenie!

one of my best friends, kristine, received new joy on tuesday:

timothy david hufford, born at 2:28pm on tues, feb. 9, 2010.  he was 7lbs12oz, and 20 1/2 in. long.  kristine is doing great (so i hear, haven’t spoken with her since wednesday).  according to the pics you can see posted here, they are home and adjusting beautifully to being parents.

kristine, i am so happy for you and eric!  welcometo the world, timothy!!

wesley, the wonder puppy!

Yesterday was hands-down the best day Mike and I have had this week, and I’ll show you why:

Our power has been off all day, and I’ve been so anxious to blog all about our new little boy!  He’s 8 weeks old, and his breed is “Royal Bahamian Potcake.”  It’s a Bahamian breed, they’re very good natured and lean builds.  Wesley could stand to put a little meat on his bones, though.  We rescued him via a friend who was in Nassau this week.  I had asked her to be on the lookout if she went to the shelter.  She proceeded to grill me about our abilities to take care of a dog (she didn’t want to get our hopes up) but lo and behold!  She called yesterday with the announcement that I had a new baby boy!  🙂

Another fun part of the story:  Mike has wanted a dog since, well, probably before we even got married.  He didn’t think I would actually do this, and was shocked when he rode home on the ferry yesterday with our friend and this cute dog that was HIS!  It took about 3 times of telling him before he believed it was true!

They’ve bonded pretty well already:

oh, how we love you so!

North Carolina, here we come!!

Many people have asked us, “where are you going to be next year?”  Mike and I have taken our time to pray and consider our options, and we have decided to accept mike’s spot at duke for the fall 2010!  We will be moving to Durham at the end of next summer to begin a new chapter of our lives there.  It will be tough to leave Hope Town, which has become a wonderful home to us, but we are confident that North Carolina holds many new challenges and blessings as well.

I am hoping to get a steady job working at a church perhaps, but am also seriously considering pursuing a career in photography.  It may sound ludicrous to some, but taking pictures has always been something I’ve loved.  Mike has fed this dream of mine into something that could really happen, and is willing to invest in some quality equipment and classes.  So please be praying for us and our future!