This & That

  • First thing’s first. No birth control for this girl. We talked about it, I prayed about it and I just can’t do it. I kinda want to, for the sake of getting my body under control a little bit. But I just can’t.
  • So I know that I’m a professional photographer and all, so you would expect that I would have some pretty stellar way of keeping track of, organizing, printing and displaying all the pictures we take each year. But you would be wrong. Up until now anyway πŸ™‚ I fiiiinally got a system down for organizing all our pictures and creating albums for each year. It took a lot of time and effort, but I did it! We now have an album of images for each year we’ve been married. It was really fun digging back through all our old pictures and picking out our favorites to include!

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  • We’ve had lots of snow here in CO lately. Just one snow storm after another, and I personally love it. LOVE it. It could snow every single day, all winter long and I’d be a happy camper. It’s so peaceful and quiet……*sigh* I would love snow even more if there were no people involved in snow storms. People make snow storms complicated and stressful. People slide off the roads, people get in car accidents, people fire up their snow blowers at 6:30 am, people run to the grocery store and buy all the food as if they might die of starvation if they don’t buy that 6th bag of Cheetos. People make snow storms kind of annoying. πŸ™‚ This picture was taken the day before the storms started. We took a little 6 mile hike in one of our favorite areas and enjoyed some 50 degree weather.

And this was a few days later πŸ™‚
  • Today was my first day back to school! Eeeeek! As I drove for 2 hours through snow and rush hour traffic, I came up with more than enough excuses to turn around and drive home. But I stayed the course, I made it to campus, I prayed against fear and doubt that had been creeping in my heart and I stepped into class. I found a seat, nervously looked around, took a sip of coffee and opened my notebook. As our professor opened up class in prayer, I almost burst into tears. I was so overwhelmed with gratitude…. for second chances, for the gift of education, for the ability to attend class for the sake of learning and personal growth, for the chance to redeem my first experience in grad school. During our 3 hour lecture, I had the distinct impression that my heart was being healed. Right there, in the classroom. I could feel the rough edges being smoothed, the holes being filled. I devoured every word my professor spoke, I soaked up every powerpoint slide, every question he answered, every commentary he made. It was such a different experience from the first time I took this class. Radically different. Praise Jesus!
  • The Broncos lost the Super Bowl. I’m sad. Let’s move on, shall we?
  • I spent the better part of 8 hours on Friday dealing with image theft, copyright violation, DMCA, Cease&Desist letters and the eventual takedown of another “photographer” who decided it would be a good idea to steal my photos and post them on her website and FB page, pretending it was her work. Let’s just say she picked the wrong photographer to steal from πŸ˜‰ After multiple attempts to contact her and demand she remove my photos from her website, she eventually called me on the phone to scream at me and accuse me of attempting to ruin her business. She accused me of slander and harassment and all sorts of other stuff. It got a little ugly. By pure coincidence, a few other photographers found out she had stolen their photos too. Before long, the whole situation had blown up on social media and within 12 hours, this girl had received over 300 emails from my fellow comrades demanding she remove the photos and shut her entire business down. And as I write this, my photos have been removed, she has issued an apology and her site has been shut down. Man, I love being a part of such an amazing community of photographers who are willing to fight for each other. There is a lawsuit pending against her, started by a few of the other photographers who she stole from. I don’t think I’ll be getting in the middle of that. I have a low tolerance for drama πŸ˜‰
  • IF GatheringΒ is this week! Woot! Our gathering is smaller than we were originally planning, but I think it’s for the best. It’s going to allow for lots of time to really dig in, connect, fellowship and learn together. And, there’s going to be Panera and an endless supply of coffee, count me in! πŸ™‚
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8 thoughts on “This & That

  1. I love “this and that” posts. πŸ™‚
    I really need to get back on top of organizing our photos too. You've inspired me.
    So glad you're enjoying school this time around! Sounds like it's just what you needed.
    Oh.my.word! I had not heard about the photographer thief. Sounds crazy! I'm glad you were able to stop her!

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  2. I love everything about this… sad for Peyton… but the rest sounds GREAT! And don't get me started about the snow… WOW! So beautiful. You should make an entire album of your winters. I'd buy it just so I can live vicariously through you. I'm stating to feel the desperate hunger for some Colorado time. I'm thinking next year (fifth anniversary) might be the perfect time! Hope you're doing well!

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  3. Ugh the Broncos. I was SO sad. SO sweet that GOd healed you IN the classroom, how cool is that? I love that!!! Love this update and glad to see you are following your heart about BC!! Hope the first week back is great!

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  4. I love that you love the snow so much but it goes without saying how I feel about this winter. =)
    Your excitement about being back in the classroom makes me want to go back so badly. I think you appreciate learning and knowledge more as you get older.

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  5. I love your photo books. I really want to go back and make them. But I wonder if I would get overwhelmed trying to do multiple years. What service did you use?

    I'm glad you fought back against the thief!

    And I am glad you were able to come to a decision about the birth control. I probably would have made the same one.

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