So my sister pointed out to me that I have barely posted here since I said I was going to try to start blogging more frequently. Ironic, I suppose. But WOW! This fall has been the busiest I have had in a long time and I'm just so thankful for that. It's been a great distraction from other stress. I've met so many lovely new families and have enjoyed seeing familiar faces as well. Of course my always-growing family added 3 new babies into the mix. (Not MY babies, mind you. :)) That provides plenty of much-needed baby time for Jason and I, as we LOVE babies… especially the ones we can hand back to parents when they are fussy. :)
So I thought I'd say hello here, tell you some things I am so thankful for, and also share some recent favorites of mine. Feel free to comment and say hello. I'd love to hear from you.
I'm thankful for:
1) My wonderful husband who supports me in every single thing I do, makes me the best coffee every day, and makes me laugh over and over again.
2) My handsome 13 year old, Colston. (how is this possible?) He is sweet, caring, and has just the right amount of sarcasm to catch me off guard and crack me up. Also loved watching him grow into a really talented tennis player this year.
3) My beautiful 9 year old, Carlie. She is compassionate, a wonderful helper, and the most hilarious little girl I know.
4) Of course, my furry babies, Tipsy and Tucker. Don't tell them, but I'm working really hard to add to the mix of pets. Mr. Streit is not cooperating. Yet. :)
5) My amazing friends. I'm so thankful for their love and for the little ways we all make each other laugh all the time.
6) My extended family. I'm proud of the way we have tried to come together to take care of our parents, even when it isn't always fun or convenient.
7) My parents. I'm thankful they are here with us and that right now, they still know who we are and love us just the same. This year I have shared so many heartfelt moments with them, particularly my dad. As heartbreaking as it feels sometimes to watch them slowly slip away, we share a beautiful bond that can never be broken.
8) Second chances. And grace. And forgiveness. And unconditional love. And laughter. And hugs. Lots of hugs.
9) The gift of photography. This year more than ever, the value of a photograph, and even being able to really capture the moments that count, has become more profound and humbling to me. From capturing a premie in the NICU to photographing my father holding his youngest great granddaughter… life is just so, so beautiful, and sometimes I'm overwhelmed by that.
10) Music… I don't know where I'd be without music, every.single.day.
What are you thankful for?
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Time for one of my favorite things about fall... seeing all of you again. If you are interested in mini-session information, please use the contact page on my website (www.streitphotography.com) to let me know. The dates are Friday, Sept. 27th and Saturday, Sept. 28th. Hope to see you there!!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
I'm a horrible blogger. I have literally forgotten all about this. Here's my quick update on what my life has turned into the last year or so.
1) I have a middle schooler. Who is busy, and so very smart. He enjoyed being in the orchestra and playing varsity tennis. He started to run track, but a knee injury took all the fun out of running. He may attempt that again in the future.
2) My baby is now a third grader. She's crazy, funny, and as creative as can be. I spent lots of time volunteering in her classroom this past school year and really enjoyed my time in the school.
3) We kept our kiddos in the old school district due to many reasons. This translated to me getting a new car with amazing gas mileage as I have become the main driver, to TWO different schools at TWO different times TWO times a day. I'm not even kidding when I say that it seems like half of my life is spent in a car now. I'm not complaining. I'm thankful we have that option and that my kiddos are so very happy where they are right now.
4) Both of my parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer's Dementia within the last two years. As their condition worsens, I have transitioned from actively pursuing my photography business and focused on caring for them. They are remaining at their home for the current moment, which, while happy for them, is worrisome for me. It's a difficult journey and I do not wish it upon my worst enemy. I'm thankful that I am in a position that I can be there to take care of them as much as I can.
5) Am I still shooting?? Honestly, I enjoy this slower pace and continue to photograph my families that have stuck by me for all these years and some select new ones here and there. I'm thankful for every chance that I have to be behind the camera, but my priorities have certainly switched around. My last wedding was last May and I am happy to close that chapter in my life. Life seems too short to spend it stressed out over weddings when I don't really need to be.
6) Family life is terrific. My husband and I are doing great and we are loving life with our seemingly more independent kids... although we are not sure we are quite old enough to have an actual TEENAGER at the end of this year. We are so young, really. :)
7) I will be having mini sessions this upcoming fall as I do every year. I believe the date is in September, but I will be sure to post information here.
Here are a few of my recent favorite images.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Just a reminder to please head over to my new blog. Also, all information regarding fall mini-sessions has been sent out. If you are looking for information regarding this annual event, please contact me via my website. Thank you!