Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Such a senseless crime.....

All three of my babies shown here, L - R, Ellie Mae, Belle and Karo along with our buck Sawyer Brown were brutally attacked last night and killed.
It was a terrible masacre that has hardened my heart.
The two spring doelings were spared because they were in a seperate field.
All my girls were bred for spring babies, too.
 This means no milking in at least a year and a half unless I find a bred doe soon.
Not sure if the attacks were made by coyotes or wild dogs.

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Mama, the Dr called.....

.....and she said I do have breast cancer and all she said was it was very aggressive breast cancer.", Leslie poured out so blatently from the other end of the phone line.
(Leslie is my 31 year old, age 30 at the time)
This was on a cold rainy day, February 16, 2012.
The day I thought my world had surely came to an end.
Fast forward to today
November 19, 2012
Today was Leslie's last cancer treatment!!
She endured a bilateral mastectomy in March,
6 rounds of chemotherapy,
breast implant surgery
and today finished up 28 rounds of daily radiation treatments.
This past 9 months have been a roller coaster ride of lows....way down low....nope even lower than that.....
and highs....very high highs!! Higher, higher.....HIGHER!!
When you can reach out and touch God, then you are at the right level of high!
However, God was right by our side at all points along the way, the lowest of places he was there to lift us all up and at the highest points he was still right there beside us as we rejoiced for His works!
Leslie's faith in her Savior can not even be described in words. Not from me anyway, I am a writer, blogger, motor mouth (as my dearest calls me so often) and photographer. I am a blogger and facebooker and I am very transparent. Yes, transparent! That's me. What you see is what you get with me. I don't hide anything. I have always gotten in trouble for that little flaw but I still bear all, tell all, share it with everyone is my motto! Don't get me wrong I can keep a secret when I need to, unless it is the secret of Christmas gifts for my children, they need to know asap what I have gotten them! LOLOLOL
God really does work in mysterious ways.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason even though as a human I question his plan very often. Then out of the blue He comes through with a subtle explanation of His plan in the funniest of ways so I keep my faith in him and trust and lean on his power thru it all!
Leslie's amazing support group has been such a big help to her and all of us.
We all gained a brand new church and an awesome church family thru this disease.
(possibly to be considered one of the HIGHEST points along this roller coaster ride)
The new church's pastor came into our lives from out of the blue and is such a close friend and spiritual leader. We all love him and he has been right by our sides from the first Sunday after her dreaded call from the Dr. Danny and I were led to attend this new church and we haven't missed a Sunday since that gloomy weekend in February.
I am pretty proud of that accomplishment.
Fighting Ole Satan off can be pretty hard some Sunday mornings but we know what a blessing always comes from our Sunday morning service at Slate Mountain Presbyterian Church!
We are thankful that Leslie and her family are there to worship with us and our sweet Morgan, all under one roof! That makes a Mama happy, ya know!
Leslie has always been loved by so many people, I don't think the child has ever had an ememy in her whole life. Her friends and family have showered her with so much over the past 9 months, food, cards, prayers, love, company, gifts, benefits, money, prayers, etc etc etc......
and more prayers!
Yeah, she likes those prayers!!
We like her to be prayed over, too!!!
There have been people in her past who she had not seen nor spoke to since school and they came in jumping thru hoops to help wherever they could.
Family, same way, some that we never get to see have sent cards, gifts, prayers, etc etc.
Some that we never thought cared at all about us little people have rallyed together for a greater good.
Some, on the other hand, who should be there totally gave up on us and chose not to honor the family oath. Leslie does not deserve that treatment. Those people have been tossed to the wayside and are no longer burdening my life. I have way to much living and negative people don't have any room in my life.
Tired of wasting time begging for love from them and now I just continue to pray for them to see the light one day. I just wish they would stop talking about us in the mean time....that's all I have to say about that!
There have been so many in our extended families who have been brought closer together for one common bond, Leslie! For that I am eternally thankful!!
Now that her treatments are over, she still has some minor cosmetic surgery and a port to be surgically removed someday, but her big job is to remain cancer free for 75 years!!!
Help me to continue to ask God to take care of my sweet Leslie and her little family!
She has so much to live for and she is a fighter and a winner!!
Thanks to all of you who have had any part in this battle!
May God richly bless you all!!!
 Robin, Leslie and I will be celebrating tomorrow!
Big celebration!!
love you guys,
She was all smiles this morning after that last treatment!

Monday, October 29, 2012

been a while... more random thoughts

 Danny and colton finished the barn roof Saturday!
 Now to finish the inside, stalls, feedroom, milking parlor, etc etc
 and lots and lots of white paint
 I have done so really cool photo shoots lately. This is our Pastor, Jeff and his Yorkie, Chester, his bible and his Harley
 This awesome little family, their cutey patooty daughter, Ada is way too sweet!
 Shot some cowgirls on location.....teehee
 I have even got Leslie onto the photography bug!
 Got these guys at a neat farm festival a few weeks back.
I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe in the midst of Hurricane Sandy!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

From a couple recent shoots....

 Baby Jasmine is Danny's cousins grandaughter.
This is Emma's American Girl Doll bed that Danny made her for Christmas.
 Isn't she precious?
 Leslie came over to meet Baby Jasmine.
Leslie has just finished her last round of chemo!!
Another reconstruction surgery coming up and then 28 radiation treatments.
 Lillie popped in and I saw bathtime as a photo op!
 Now check out this beautiful mother child trio!

 Simply stunning!!!

Look at all of the Sabika Jewelry around this sweet things little neck ;-)  

I am having so much fun with my photography shoots!
I have several lined up that are just as exciting!!
I love my job!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Had a blast with this shoot and learned a lot.....

.....about these kiddos.
That they are at the perfect age to get creative with a photo shoot.
That they enjoyed it, despite being
That they are just about the cutest stinkin kids I ever did see.
That Colton loves photography, as evidenced in him taking my old camera and just starting to shoot while I was doing a solo of Emma!
He said he was going to be my assistant!!
I think he has potential!
This was just a small sample of this shoot, plenty more where they came from!!
Now just trying to decide which ones to frame for my wall???
I now have 8 shoots lined up!
I am LOVING my job!!
I also love these barefoot kids!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hi! My Name is Becky and I am a Photographer...

 See, my husband who was going to send me to Tybee Island for my HUGE Birthday in June, felt sorry for me because I couldn't find anyone that was available to spend a week with me at the beach, so he decided that he would just buy me a new Nikon for my Birthday!!
Oh Happy Birthday to me!!!
Everyone and everything has been captured on film since then.
Including 17 year olds you hate having their picture taken, but very reluctantly took a couple minutes out of her very busy socially obligated Saturday morning to help me practice with my new studio lights and get some great High Key Portraits of her. 
 Even though she was squirming and trying to goof up my shots I was able to suck that beauty right out of that face!
 She doodled and whined for her 3 minute setting but I got some awesome shots!
I have always loved this high key look and can't wait to do some more.
I have a shoot today with a couple very special models who love to be photographed!
I can't wait!!!
 Tee hee....very Rosy-ish!!
 After she got out of my studio I conned her Papa Danny into donning his suit and tie ........ on a Saturday morning.....he was sick......he really was sick, felt horrible but wanted me to get some good practice with those lights because he knew the baby goats would not sit still for me.........
Doesn't look very sick does he?
 I have to say my old farmer boy cleans up pretty well!
 Like the shabby background? I do!
 Rode around with my camera Sunday afternoon and started shooting some interesting buildings all within 7 miles of my house. I will share more of those in another post.
This is the old Indian Valley Presbyterian Church. Sad to see such a beautiful church abandoned.
 I get the feeling that the bride and groom are going to run thru those doors any minute now.
 Gorgeous barn just down the road from me!
 Love old barns and outbuildings.
 The beautiful, and HUGE, Burnette Barn on the Burnette Farm that Danny's boss owns.
 Love this shot!
 If you remember this is the barn that I have been working on in oil paints for several years. hahaha
Was able to catch Danny and his BFF, David, working on that farm, when I went on Tuesday to get more pictures of my hometown, and was able to take them a picnic lunch!

I have 7 shoots on the books so far, so watch out, this blog may be flooded with my work soon, real soon!! WOOT! WOOT!