new adventures

23 Jan

December 11 started a chapter of many new adventures in my life.  My fiance returned safe and sound from deployment.  Since then, we’ve been exploring our new home…Colorado!  One of our favorite spots to hike, run or just take a stroll is the beautiful Garden of the gods (it should be called Garden by God!)  It’s absolutely breathtaking.  You can’t walk through it without thinking, WOW!  what an amazing artist our creator is.  Here are just a few pictures from our recent walk through the park…
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Baby Blues

26 Nov

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So, is this not the most HANDSOME little Santa you ever did see?!?!   This is my best friends little man, and I’ve done a few photo-shoots with him over the past 6 months, but this was BY FAR my favorite!  He was 6 months old yesterday, and it’s been so much fun watching him grow into his own little personality.  He’s the happiest baby, and I just love him to pieces.  His big blue eyes and larger than life smile just warm my heart!! I just want to squeeze him!

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Making Memories

19 Nov

This weekend was full of very exciting photoshoots.  I started off with the celebration of a new precious baby girl!  She has beautiful dark brown hair…now her mama knows where all the heart burn came from!  lol

The next photoshoot I was able to spend some time with a beautiful couple.  I just LOOOVE- LOVE!!! I went to college with Amanda and we share some great college memories, and I felt so privileged to capture just a moment in their future together as Mr. & Mrs.

Lastly, I got to capture a wonderful family.  They are beautiful on the inside and out!! We had a blast- lots of fun laughs on the farm.

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{New Adventure}

13 Nov

Hello. Hello.  It’s so hard to believe that it’s been six months since I’ve posted.  To be so honest with you guys, I really haven’t missed it.  The direction of “fashion blogging” was not where I intended on this blog going, so when it started to become to much of that, I knew I had to take a break.

I know I shared with you guys my fiance had deployed, but I am so glad to be here today to SHOUT…”it’s ALMOST OVER!!!”  The last nine months have been a whirlwind of emotions, challenges, growth and changes.  I first have to say, without my amazing family and friends, I wouldn’t have made it through this time.  Second, I just poured myself into distractions…quality time with family & friends, travels, wedding planning, a huge move coming up & new hobbies!!

That is why I’m here today!

I want to share with you guys my newest most exciting venture.  You’ve all been so supportive through my blogging, I’d love for you to all follow me in this new adventure over at Alysson Jean Photography.  Right now I am working on getting my website and blog up and running.  I just have the facebook page, but I’d love for you to all head over and LIKE it!!  I plan on not only sharing beautiful people with you guys, but little tid-bits about my own adventures as a new military wifey!!
I’m so excited for this new chapter in my life and I’d love all of your support.  Who knows…maybe the Army will bring me to your area, and I’d LOVE to capture memories for you and your family!
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{Forgive}

21 May

This weekend was spent relaxing in my favorite summer spot:: our back deck.  I can’t tell you how much I enjoy sitting out on the deck; chatting with my roommates, some country music in the background, enjoying the evening air.

This weekend I spent most of my time on the deck in the sun, reading “Real Marriage” by Mark Driscoll. I came across the chapter where Pastor Mark explains what true  forgiveness, like Christ forgives, looks like.  He also explains what forgiveness is NOT.  I was so challenged by what true forgiveness really looks like, I want to share the points he makes about it.

Forgiveness::  Loving despite sin or wrong doings.  Just as God forgives not just undeserving but ill-deserving sinners, we must too.  “Forgive us our sins,  for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation.”  Luke 11:4  We cannot simply ask God to forgive us of our sins; we must also extend the same forgiveness to others.

1. Forgiveness is NOT denying, approving or diminishing sin that is committed against us::

We cannot say we are find, that it was no big deal, or that since it was in the past, we’ve just moved on.  We must be honest about the reality of the sin if we want the forgiveness to be equally earnest.

2. Forgiveness is NOT naivety::

Naive people are prone to live as if the world were not filled with depraved sinners capable of evil; they often become naive by not really looking at the sinfulness of sin, including their own.  Such people are not forgiving sin as must as they are ignoring it.

3. Forgiveness is NOT enabling sin::

To forgive people is not to remain stuck in their cycle of sin, thus being complicit and enabling their continued transgressions.

4. Forgiveness is NOT waiting for someone to acknowledge sin, apologize, and repent::

The sad truth is that some people will never fully repent, and other never at all. Others we will never see again, or they will die before we hear an apology.  We forgive because it is what God requires and what we need, not because out offenders have apologize.

**I was very convicted with this point.  This is such a challenge not only in a husband-wife relationship, but with family or friends in general!  We are called to forgive, even if we never here a “sorry”…this can be a tough one for some!  If we don’t ever forgive & just harbor the feelings, we build up bitterness & hold a grudge, which in turn- is wrong.  Something to think about… 

5. Forgiveness is NOT forgetting about sin committed against us::

It is actually impossible to completely forget such things.  This is why when God says, “Their sin I will remember no more,” it does not mean that He has no memory, but rather that He continually chooses not to bring it up or keep it in the forefront of His thinking.

6. Forgiveness is NOT dying emotionally and no longer feeling the pain of the transgressions::

Rather, forgiveness allows us to feel the appropriate depth of grievous pain but choose by grace not to be continually paralyzed or defined by it.

7. Forgiveness is NOT a one-time event::

Those who have been sinned against commonly have seasons when they feel afresh the pain of past hurts and have to forgive their transgressors yet again.

8. Forgiveness is NOT reconciliation::

It takes one sinner to repent, and one victim to forgive, but it takes both to reconcile.  Therefore, unless there is both repentance by the sinner and forgiveness by the victim, reconciliation cannot occur, which means the relationship remains continually broken until reconciliation does occur.  Forgiveness is the beginning of potential reconciliation but is not in and of itself reconciliation.  Forgiveness takes a moment.  The trust that reconciliation requires is gained slowly and lost quickly.

 9. Forgiveness is NOT neglecting justice::

God will deal with every sin of every human being justly.

**refer to chapter 5 in Real Marriage by Mark Driscoll for more about forgiveness, repentance & bitterness.

{my ferocious watch dog}

{my sweet Bella girl}

{polka-dots & a pop of pink}

4 May

I hope you’ve all had a great week!

This week kind of drug on nice & slowly for me…wasn’t much going on at work {athletes have all started with their finals so we can’t train them}, and we got news from Patrick.  He’s now a platoon leader!!  While I try to be happy & excited for him, knowing this is what he’d rather be doing, it’s hard for me to stay calm & not worry. Not to say I didn’t worry before, but I knew he was working on the base, now this means he will be out on missions each day.  Obviously, Patrick is highly trained to be doing this, but sometimes my mind gets the best of me & I start playing movie footage in my head.  I know that’s not realistic, but that’s the only image I have of “deployment”…needless to say, I DO NOT watch any more movies that are military related!

I’m so lucky to have such great support all around me.  My family & friends have all been there to support me in the change, and I couldn’t do it without them.  I got phone calls all week from his family, checking in on me, and I appreciate them so much for that!  I hate that we are so far apart, but even across the country, they do such a great job at keeping tabs on how I’m doing.  {thanks guys!!}

Pray, Pray, Pray!  That’s all we can do here for the troops.  Remember as the summer months hit over there, so does more action.  Please pray for the safety of all our military men & women!

Anyway, in other news…the sun was out a few days this week!!  After the cold front that seemed to have crept in on us, I was happy to see & feel the sunshine!

{forever21 tank, old navy pants, steve madden heels, thrifted jacket, forever21 & thrifted necklace, jcrew & DIY bracelets}

added a pop of blue for some color-blocking fun!

{a sweet lesson on patience}

2 May

Some of you may have read this story before.  I stumbled upon this sweet lesson on patience via facebook, and after reading it I was lost in thought….have I missed moments to reach out and help someone, have I missed a chance to have a short conversation that may have changed someones day, do I rush through moments in life that could impact someone else???  

I definitely tend to get rushed if my mind is stuck on what I’M doing.  Philippians 2:4 says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

After reading this story below, I felt very challenge by this verse to really stop & make sure I’m putting others ahead of myself, even when I’m feeling rushed in my own life.

Normally I pass on reading these type of things on facebook, but I’m glad I stopped to read.  Will you be patient enough to take 3 mins and be inspired by this story?

A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90′s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940′s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and glassware.

‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.. ‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’

‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive
through downtown?’

‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly..

‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice..’The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired.Let’s go now’.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.

‘Nothing,’ I said

‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.

‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.

‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. ‘Thank you.’

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:12-14

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