Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012


With packing up and moving this past month and a half, I had a sneaking suspicion that I wouldn't have enough time to take the dumplings out for a quick photo shoot for our Christmas card this year.  Well, my suspicion was correct; time was not on my side.  But I didn't want that to keep me from sending out cards this year.  The end result? A simple card with images from one of our summer shoots when I was practicing my homework for Ashley Ann's Snapshops class.  I love this series because it truly embodies my photography style.  No fancy clothes.  No dramatic location.  Just every day play clothes, our (old house) front yard, and the playground.

This year Gina taught me that the most important moments in our lives are the ordinary ones, and if you take the time to embrace them, they can make your heart swell.  Ashley Ann's class taught me how to stop and recognize them and to try to capture them in a way that's not so ordinary.  This year has been one of tremendous growth for me, both spiritually and "photographically."  (I can't say professionally because I'm not a professional photographer! lol)  And, well, I'm grateful to the Lord for this growth.

I'm thankful for His birth many moons ago, and I'm thankful for the chance to celebrate His birthday with the family He has so graciously blessed me with.  May your Christmas be filled with lots of love and laughter.  And would you please continue to keep Will and the kids in your prayers. This is their first Christmas without Gina, and her 34th birthday, which would have been on Dec 30th, will also be celebrated without her.

Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!!!!

Ni Hao Yall


Kevin and Michele 12/23/2012  

What a beautiful card! Merry Christmas to you all!

Mary Gene Atwood 12/23/2012  

You've had some great mentors in photography. Love your card. Merry Christmas!

Deb 12/23/2012  

I am so thankful for the things that you have been able to learn this past year. Gina was truly amazing. This morning I cried at the thought that this Christmas will be the first her family will celebrate without her. Can't wait to see you tomorrow!

Nancy 12/23/2012  

I LOVED this photo session so many whiles ago and I STILL love it now. Truly Christmas card worthy, and even better because it was a plain' ol moment!

Betsy 12/24/2012  

I love those photo collages. I'll have to learn how to do that!

3 Peanuts 12/24/2012  

Beautiful card and I love what you wrote about capturing the ordinary parts of life. Merry Christmas!

B Wilson 12/25/2012  

Looking through your blog, I remember when you took that picture of the reflection in the puddle in NYC, came out great!!
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Lots of love

lisacng @ expandng.com 12/26/2012  

Lovely photos for the card! Glad you've learned so much this year! Can't wait to see what 2013 has in-store for all of us!

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This blog is the place where shared our lives while waiting to bring our daughters Madeline and Havi home from China. (Our son Caleb was already home before this blog began.) It is now the place where we continue to share our life experiences, both big and little, as we try to glorify God and raise our 3 dumplings from China.

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