Thursday, November 24, 2011



Again super thankful for all the blessing the Lord has so graciously blessed us with! This year was the CVACHO year at Mammaw's house! YAY! Things were different this year some of our cousins couldn't make it because they were on a cruise - so Silena and I took advantage of the "differentness." Mom took us downtown so we could take pictures of each other. We also met our friend Melissa in Huntsville because that is where she spends her Thanksgiving. It was such a fun treat to see her! So, our goal...a Christmas Card picture. And we got one! YAY! I didn't know if it was going to be possible.

Speaking of this "photoshoot" - I suddenly became that mom I try to steer my friends away from being. But Jason seemed ill, he said he wasn't but he didn't seem to help keep the kids wrangled in, I wanted to keep them together - get it done then run around. I was also frustrated with the lighting and we had a hard time finding a location. It was taking a long time and it was at that point I got extremely frustrated. I think it's because I wasn't behind the camera - my control was gone and I couldn't see from my point of view. It makes me sad that I can take pictures of other people's kids but mine refuse (sometimes) to cooperate!

We had fun when we weren't taking pictures of my family! HA! I did enjoy the challenge. But we missed Thanksgiving dinner! Oops. When we finally got to the table it was good. And my Aunt Terri rocked the dressing patties - Thanks for keeping that tradition going!

I love when Silena and Clint get to come to Thanksgiving! It's always my favorite year when they are there!

Thank you Silena!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Ok. So, wow...I've been busy! I've seen on FB everyone posting everyday what they are thankful so I'm gonna catch up here on my blog.

1. Thankful for my salvation! The birth of Jesus, the life of Jesus, the death of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus. I will rest in HIS work on the cross and HIS mercy and HIS love for me, HIS child. Thankful? ABSOLUTELY - more than I know but one day it will be revealed, and then I can express my true thankfulness to HIM personally, face to face!!

2. Next would be my husband. I'm thankful the Lord created marriage. I personally think it's a beautiful thing. We've had some hard times but I love to see just how the Lord made us for each other. Jason is so good to me - he is better than I deserve and he pretty much out loves me everyday. BUT, I do love him so much - I'm thankful for his love, his patience, his kindness, his encouragement, his touch, all our laughs, and his heart. I will forever be thankful to be married to Jason Dollar and loved by him.

3-6. You guessed it 3rd - 6th on my list are my BEAUTIFUL KIDS. I must not number them or it will come back and haunt me (as one being a favorite) but each one I am individually thankful for. Together I'm thankful that they are all healthy, happy, smart, cute, and funny! I couldn't image my life without them. Each one has made my life better and better. Together they make our family VERY unique.

7&8. Wow, that seems far down the list but those numbers don't really speak to where they belong. I'm super duper thankful for my parents. Without them having 4 kids would be a huge struggle. They have helped me out in so many ways, encouraged me in so many ways and helped me stay afloat almost everyday. Ok, probably everyday. I could not live without my parents, not just because they "caused" (like that Jason?!?) my existence but because they have loved me so much, they have shaped me to who I am today. They are a true encouragement to me everyday and I love them so much! Thank you Lord for my parents. For them I am truly thankful!

9&10. My brother and sister. I love them so much and appreciate them now more than ever! They have become friends to me and that I am thankful for. I regret all the times I mistreated them because I was immature and selfish. I wish when we all lived together we enjoyed each other like we do now. We could have saved my mom's voice I'm sure! HA! Silena and Chad... I love you!

11-19. My nieces and nephews. Wow, y'all make life exciting.

20. Again, another high number which seems like it should be number 1 again. If you know me everyone and everything is my favorite. BUT, number 20 is our RMLBC church family. You guys have made worship real. You have loved in a way that I know Christ loves, you have encouraged me personally in so many ways not to mention how much you have encouraged Jason as well. You give us a "safe place" to come away from the world and fellowship and worship our King, Jesus, together. Thank you for that haven. RMLBC for you I am thankful!

21 -... All my very dear friends. I have come to realized I've surrounded myself with amazing people. At church, at work, on Facebook (ha ha), those who I've taken pictures for. I've come to love you all so very much! I'm so thankful to have such wonderful friends. If I named them all I know I would leave someone out that I cherish. So, no name calling. But if you are reading this, then for you...I AM THANKFUL!

...probably #300. Last but certainly not least. For one material thing I have, my camera, for you I am thankful. My little camera has allowed me to meet up with some long lost friends, it's allowed me to meet some pretty cool people, it's made me laugh with some pretty neat friends, it's made me want to throw it up against the wall but also made me feel naked without it. It's made me learn things I don't feel like learning and then loving the things I accomplished. It's allowed me to be myself and find creativity in a still moment. It's allowed me to see beauty in everything, even it that means cropping out a mess! Things can become beautiful with a click of a button. Why I'm most thankful for my camera is because it's allowed me to capture my kids in a split second and hold that image (hopefully) for a lifetime. My little camera...for you I am thankful!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


I really think Baptism is the most beautiful thing. Today, our dear friends Sue and her stepdaughter Brittney were baptized.

I love capturing moments like these!

Monday, November 7, 2011


These girls are a few of my favorite friends! This year we all took a trip to Gatlinburg to Mom's Retreat. It was so fun!! We went shopping, ate a TON, laughed a lot, rested, we learned so much and we were encouraged in our walk with the Lord. My favorite thing we did was BURNED CAN'T. We made a list of all the things we "Can't" do... wow that list got long and then we burned that list. There have been several times since our trip that I've said, "I can't do that!" and Delilah was there saying ... "You burned can't!" So, since the trip I've stepped out, trusted the Lord and taken a couple leaps of faith!

We had such a great time! My mom also turned 60 on this trip! We had a little birthday party for her. Delilah made her a cake and yes, we put 60 candles on her cake and lit it up! I hope you had a GREAT birthday mom!

I love you so much!!

iheartfaces: Black Challenge

This week's theme is BLACK! But NOT black and white!

We had set the date about a month before we took these pictures and the Lord worked it out so beautifully!! I was able to take pictures the DAY AFTER they were matched with their beautiful baby girl from Korea - GIA. So excited for them and this long awaited child. My camera and I want to be there for this journey as much as possible. Rejoicing!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011


This is why I don't like people to look at my pictures on my camera. They don't see what I see. I just need to run them through Lightroom first. I'm weird in that I edit every picture I tend to show. But here...I'm sure before Lightroom I would have skipped right over this picture because Sue is being awkward in the background...

Shea and Sue thought they were being funny taking this picture but I think I found a good one of me...MINUS SUE!!! I just edited the awkwardness right out!! And Sue's bright Yellow shirt added color to my picture! I love lightroom!