Seeing eery images all over the media, not because of Halloween but more because of Hurricane Sandy left me feeling uneasy and helpless. I haven’t been able to sleep the past few days thinking of all our friends on the East Coast. Even though they’re going through some rough times right now, I thank God that they are safe and can’t wait to squeeze them extra tight next time I see them. As you’re frightening/delighting your co-workers or out trick-or-treating with your little ones, let’s be thankful that we can. And I leave you with an image from a spontaneous …

Carpe Diem

His expressive eyes started fading and his once-athletic-turned-skeletal body stopped responding. When my parents and I realized what was happening, we desperately cried out to him to stay with us and that we love him so much. Watching him die a slow death right before our eyes was surreal. Actually, surreal doesn’t even cut it. It was straight out of a tear-jerking movie, except it was happening to us in real life. We lost the baby of our family to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma 10 years ago today. I miss him terribly and there is so much more to this story, but …

O Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas! This year, we didn’t send out Christmas cards to save some trees… okay, who am I kidding? It’s one of my favorite things to do each year, but there were just too many things competing for my attention (exciting announcement to come!). I’m definitely sad about it since we’ve done one every year since marriage, but it was a humbling lesson in letting some things go. On a brighter note, we got to enjoy everyone else’s. :) Photo taken with Instagram

Happy Easter!

With so much sadness, pain, and discouragement that’s going on around the world and maybe even in our own homes, our sincere wish for you is that you will experience overwhelming hope and joy this Easter weekend! P.S. Seattleites, hop on over after your Easter brunch for a free photo! Click here for details.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

It really is the most wonderful time of the year! I have to admit that I’ve been running around like a headless chicken – editing sessions/weddings, fulfilling Christmas orders, waiting and waiting and waiting in post office lines while also squeezing in time to do things that make me the most happy like crafting/putting up Christmas decorations, finding the perfect gifts and wrapping them, and attending festive parties with loved ones. Can anyone else relate? But now I would like to pause, take in the moment, and remember the real reason for the season. Every year, I hear less people …

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for so many things (too many to list here), but especially for all of the people in our life! That sounds so cliché, but with the utmost sincerity, we live this life with the most remarkable people who make life beautiful, exciting, fresh, and inspirational! Here’s to hoping you have a delightful Thanksgiving full of love and yummies!