Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Request for a sweet friend...

I have been amazed at how my readers on my blog have rallied for precious friends of mine in the past. And I come to you now asking for your help, on behalf of my sweet friend Sara.

I would like to introduce you to Sara, Supo, Issac (17) and Israel(15). Supo is a Minister in Nigeria, and is living and serving there. This is a loving family, that loves the Lord and serving Him.

Unfortunately their son Israel became very sick in Nigeria, and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. This is unheard of in Nigeria. And they were advised to bring him to the united states for treatment. The boys are both US Citizens, because Sara gave birth to them in the United States.

They came to the States, to seek Medical treatment. They were also told that her son would be unable to attend school in Nigeria, because they didn't have a way to help manage his diabetes at school. She managed to get her boys enrolled in school in the United States, while staying with an extended family member in the greater Atlanta area.

Issac graduated with top honors, and at just seventeen, was accepted on a 50% scholarship to Mercer University. He is majoring in Engineering.

Everything was going fairly well, when the extended family member they were living with discovered serious black mold in his basement, where Sara and her son were living. It was obvious they could not continue to live there. So, they moved out, and are presently living in an extended stay hotel, and are considered homeless. This is not a safe, nor desirable place to live for the next year and a half, until Israel can graduate.

Supo, is flying to the States tomorrow, to spend some much needed time with his family. The boys haven't seen their father in quite some time. This will be a few weeks they can enjoy each other's company, and make the most of their present situation.

This is a family that lives by Faith. Believing God will provide for them, and walking in obedience to His calling on their lives.

So how can you help?

I would love to shower this family with notes of encouragement, and GIFT CARDS. Any amount, for places like wal-mart, or restaurants, or gas, or groceries, or tickets to do something fun in Atlanta while Supo is visiting. Just to have fun, and make life less stressful. They NEED to have some family fun!

We are also working on finding this family a permanent  living situation. As well as transportation, and would also love to pay Issac's remaining balance for his education through the end of the year.

If you are interested in helping, please leave your email address in the comments below, and I will send you the information on where to send Notes of Encouragement and gift cards. Or, if you would like to bless the family in a different way. Thank you friends!

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." 
Ephesians 3:20-21

Monday, November 3, 2014

{Family Photo's 2014}

I had the opportunity to get our family photo's done last weekend, thanks to my sister in law, who was up visiting, and didn't mind snapping some photo's for us with my camera! It's much easier to have someone take the photo's, than attempt using the timer (We have done that before too though!)

As a photographer myself, I hear all the time "I don't know what we will wear", or "I just need to loose ten more pounds, and then we will have family photo's taken." or "My kids will never co-operate and I'd hate to waste your time."

As a Mom, I get it. I really. Really. Do! My kids act loopy when I take their photo's. Getting outfits together can be a chore. And add getting myself photo ready on top of the madness, can be a nightmare. (oh, and since I use my own equipment, that means making sure it's ready too!)

I can't tell you how many times, I've looked back, and been so grateful for those images. It's about capturing a moment in time, you will never get back. 

The majority of our clothing is from thrift shops and goodwill this year (mixed in with some hand-me-downs). See, it IS possible to dress your family, on a budget. Mine? Was $30. It can be done! And, it's all name brands, from J.Crew, Ralph Lauren, Gymboree, Abercrombie, Chicco's, and Clara's dress is handmade. (Not by me! I just found it at goodwill!)

All of these photo's were taken in our backyard! The lighting back there is great! If any of you live in the Atlanta area, and are looking for a photographer to book your families Holiday Photo's, I am now booking sessions. Feel free to contact me through the blog, or visit my facebook page

For the next month I am offering a special:
$100- for a 45 min session with 15 high resolution images. 

(Good for Nov 1st-Nov.30th. Must pay at time of booking. Good for up to five people. 
Additional $20 per person.)
Hope to hear from you soon!