Welcome to Life Stories...

Welcome to My Life's Story! Mine is made up of so many wonderful people-purposfully woven together! Everything we do is with and for each other and I am so glad that you have taken the time to stop by- so grab your favorite cup of coffee and Enjoy!

What I love most: my family, my friends, my son's giggles when he thinks he is getting away with something... great conversation, anything with a good title, bold coffee, anyone with a zest for life, exciting and fresh ideas, anything crafty, getting my hands dirty, dancing in the rain and weddings! (all weddings!)

I am happiest: when I can share what I see through a lens. Just as there are no two people alike, neither are views on life. I strive to uniquely photograph any event or person so their style can easily be seen.

"Life Happens... Picture it Boldly!"

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Stroll in the Park

You know some days are just so beautiful that the only thing to do is go to the park. I personally love this particular park because I never see the same thing twice and the people are always friendly. We saw a group of friends playing a friendly yet very competitive game of kick ball in one corner and skate boarders being photographed in another... And the whole thing was eagerly taken in by Ayden as he pedalled along on his radio flyer tricycle... or his "trike" as we call it... Bailey rested on a blanket in the middle so she could go between the ball game and the skate boarders. (Evidently skate boarding is a new passion of hers to learn???) But me, I was taking everything in all at once. I love days with my children where words are not necessary and we are too busy soaking in the moments to be arguing about unimportant things... These are the days that don't often happen enough, but when they do, the memory of it sees me through to the next one...

Celebrating Gwen...

I think one of the things I love most about this stage of my life is the simple fact that it is o.k. to have a bachelorette party without strippers... If it's your thing, I have just left more for you I guess... but we had a such a nice evening with a really classy group of women. (And you too Carl....)

We started off at Gwen and Matt's with so much food and champagne- as always, Gwen totally out did herself! (And Matt being the great guy he is helped her all day with cleaning and getting ready for the big night...) Harry, from A Luxurious Limo, picked us up in a beautiful Escalade Limo ~ and I have to admit, as hard as I closed my eyes Monday morning and tried to imagine a stocked bar, great music and a driver, I couldn't get past the smell of spoiled milk and the sound of cherrios under my feet. And my reflection in the mirror only reminded me that like the maid, chef & dishwasher I have at home- it is still only me behind the wheel... {sigh}

Seriously, we had a great time at The Gypsy Comedy Club in beautiful St. Augustine! As always, my very dear friend (and "aunt") Jackie was an incredible hostess! I have to admit that it is one of my favorite places to go when we have a chance to get out for the night. We always laugh and have such a great time and this was just that! But better with so many of us to cut up with! The Comedians were Shane McConnaghy and Faye Woodruff, a.k.a. "Grandma from Hell". If you get the chance, go see them both- they are super funny and very personable to hang out and chat with!

Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated with Gwen and helped to make this her night!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Most Beautiful Woman....

This is an exerpt from a daily devotional that I enjoy. I find the simplicity of it graceful and love the way it made me stop and think for a moment. The one thing I certainly try to stress to my daughter is that you never decide how you feel about a person by the color of their skin or by their appearances... It is always most importantly what is on the inside that counts. I believe that if you try, you can find something beautiful in almost anything. Enjoy this- and I hope it changes the way you see beauty. ~S.

A successful beauty product company asked the people in a large city to send pictures along with a brief letter about the most beautiful women they knew. Within a few weeks, thousands of letters were delivered to the company.

One letter in particular caught the attention of the employees, and soon it was handed to the company president. The letter was written by a young boy who was obviously from a broken home and living in a run-down neighborhood. With spelling corrections, an excerpt from his letter read, "This beautiful woman lives down the street from me. I visit her every day. She makes me feel like the most important kid in the world. We play checkers and she listens to my problems. She understands me and when I leave she always yells out the door that she's proud of me."

The boy ended his letter saying, "This picture shows you that she is the most beautiful woman. I hope I have a wife as pretty as her."

Intrigued by the letter, the president asked to see this woman's picture. His secretary handed him a photograph of a smiling, toothless woman, well advanced in years, sitting in a wheelchair. Sparse gray hair was pulled back in a bun. Wrinkles that formed deep furrows on her face were somehow diminished by the twinkle in her eyes.

"We can't use this woman," explained the president, smiling. "She would show the world that our products aren't necessary to be beautiful."

Monday, January 21, 2008


The title being compliments of my ever "dramatic" daughter (her description also)... Thanks Molly for being such a huge help with this very enjoyable afternoon and to my very tantelizing model- Gwen for being so patient with my ideas...

You know, sometimes it is just good to get together with a couple of girlfriends and feel like women- to hang out and chat or to dress up and feel sexy! I think this is something EVERY woman deserves- for herself... and if you want to surprise your honey with a few sneak peeks- then let me know and we can schedule your very own private session.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Gwen's Bridal Luncheon

Ok, so most of you know that my friends Gwen and Matt are getting married (in three weeks?) on the beautiful island of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Geoff and I have the honor and priviledge to be attending the festivities with them. I can't say how excited I am. Anyway, Gwen's bridal luncheon was this Sunday past at an incredible restaurant called Sterling's here in Jacksonville. What remarkable food! And I can't dare forget to mention that the service is just as great! I had such a nice time with everyone who attended! I was so scared when I came in with my decorations that they would look sort of goofy because of how nice the room was, but with Gwen's additions, the decorations were perfect! Please let me say to everyone who attended- I can't take all of the credit for the decorations- It was Carl's idea to decorate, and I merely offered to help. And Gwen came in with a huge box of stuff to compliment it... so although I am a genious sometimes, ok, most of the time- ok really, hardly ever- it's fun to think myself a legend- even if in my own mind... :oD Enjoy the slide show- we had a really nice time!