September 19, 2012

gratitude journal ... ... [throwing J O Y giveaway]

it is simple really... there is always something to be thankful for.  the key is to slow down enough to see the somethings & to give thanks for them.

i began this throwing joy semi regular giveway for the same reason i spend spare time crafting menu boards and recipe binders.  my hope is to bring joy to the routine & ordinary.  but there really is no "bringing" at all.  it is all about noticing.  because, it is already surrounding you.

i want to be clear.  i am not suggesting that joy is found in a home decorated with thoughtfully handmade burlap banners, or a kitchen that is uber organized and smoothly run by recipe binders and menu boards.  when i post future giveaways for knit accessories, inspiring music, organic body lotions etc. i am not suggesting that you find joy in those things

rather, i am suggesting that joy, true joy, comes from our creator & father in heaven.  he

 created us to want  joy.  and in him we find it.  "you will make known to me the path of life;

  in your presence is fullness of joy; in your right hand there are pleasures

 forever. " psalm 16:11

over 13 years ago, my life was changed by a drab little book filled with empty lined pages.  a challenge to record three things daily…three things that i was thankful for.  most of you who know me, know that i am competitive so it is not surprising that i would dive into this.  most of you who know me, also know that I often struggle with follow-through.  so it isn’t surprising that i have had a less than perfect record of writing down three things a day, over the years.  having said that, when I am ‘actively’ recording my gratitude to him, my perspective is changed in a huge way.  it is funny, i have noticed that when i pause and take notice of his blessings in my daily life, it is as if i gain a superpower of awareness.  i begin to see him pouring out on me and all around me in both big and small ways.  he grows bigger each day and i grow smaller.

humbled that he loves me…loves me enough to meet me in my routine and ordinary.
just this past year my sister-in-love (we are sisters by law, but our love overrides! ) shared a book with me.  a thousand gifts, by ann voskamp.  ann’s message of, and the new light she sheds on familiar scriptures had me in awe at times. 

i name gifts and go back to the garden of god in the beginning who first speaks a name and lets what is come into existence.  this naming is how the first emptiness of space fills:  the naming of light and land and sky.  the first man’s first task is to name.  adam completes creation with his maker through the act of naming creatures, releasing the land from chaos.  when i name moments i am adam and i discover my meaning and god’s, and to name is to learn the language of paradise.  this naming work never ends for all the children of adam.  naming to find an identity, our identity, god’s.  the naming really does call now a gift, a gift of god.  to name a thing is to manifest the meaning and value god gave it. 

in naming that which is right before me, that

which  i’d otherwise miss, the invisible becomes

 visible.”  -ann voskamp

giveaway details.
included in the giveaway is:
one red moleskine journal, filled with empty lined pages waiting for your joy to be recorded.
one copy of ann voskamp's book, "a thousand gifts"
note:  this is a bundle. one winner will receive both

to enter.

leave a comment telling me:
 1. something you are thankful for...a joy found = 1 entry
2.  let me know if you've kept a gratitude journal before +1 entry

giveway is open until monday 09/24/12 @ 1pm (az time)

i'll pick a winner randomly and announce it before 4pm that day.

and the winner is.........
stefanie delongchamp!
congrats stefanie, please email me at so that i can get your book and journal in the mail.

September 10, 2012

joe's real bbq... ... [eats]

301 N Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 503-3805
2 scoops of flavor & deliciousness.  1 side of comfortable & casual.  and a slice of nostalgia, topped with simplicity.
how it was.  how it should be. how it is @joe's.

September 08, 2012

crystalyn kae handbags... ...[sneak peek]

another trip to seattle. another seriously fun shoot with crystalyn, the artistic genius behind crystalyn kae handbags.
(above: large topstitch hobo)

(she really is this adorable)

September 07, 2012

amber + family... ... [sneak peek]

last year i had the honor of photographing amber and her sweet, sweet son landon.  this year, i was more than delighted when she hired me again, and included her extended family.  what a wonderful morning we had.

above:  still snuggling after all these years.