Friday, May 29, 2009

Are You Enough?

Some sweet friends of ours have an amazing ministry called Broken Voices (remember? I've told you about them before). Broken Voices has a really cool website, and a blog. They asked me to write a little something for said blog. And I complied.

If you feel so inclined, head on over to check it out!

*And as a little bonus: this post on their blog shows a little clip of something they currently have in the works that just might involve Adam and I being on camera.

T-Minus 2 Weeks . . .

I seriously cannot believe we have less than 2 weeks til camp! yikes! I wish I could explain to you just how much I love it. How much it has, quite literally, changed my life. But apparently I'm not so good at the words right now, so here's a few posts and pictures from the last two years. *Also can I say how STINKING COOL it is to look back at this journey that God's been taking us on? I LOVE seeing how much I have changed and how God has been guiding us and orchestrating every step of the adventure we've been on since that first year day moment of camp?!
Camp Grace 2007
Camp Grace 2008
Kosovo and Inner-city Atlanta

For those of you who are new around here: Camp Grace is a camp for inner-city kids from Atlanta. Oh and where are my manners? Welcome to my blog! I can think of nothing I love more than taking these kids (who I love) to play outdoors all summer long. And swim. And eat. And worship Jesus. Amen. Did I mention I love it all?

Also, I was thinking that I could blog every day from camp for at least one week - to try and give you guys a better idea of what it is that we do, and how we do it. Please try and contain your excitement.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Try Not to be Too Disappointed

For the first time ever, I am not entering an I Heart Faces weekly challenge/contest/whatever you call it. I know it might be hard to believe and hard to accept, but I simply did not even have one single silhouette picture. And the sun has not been out in Atlanta in sweet forever, seriously I am not even sure I remember what it looks like. Thus the reason I didn't even attempt a "photoshoot" to try and capture a silhouette.

To make up for it, here are a few recent pictures of my little punkin. I seriously cannot even grasp the fact that she is now almost 9 months old. How did that happen? She's been outside of me almost as long as she was inside of me . . .weird.

I considered linking this to I Heart Faces (so I could still get people to come look at my post) and being all like: What do you mean that's not a silhouette? Don't you think I know what a silhouette is? I'm from Canada people! I speak French! Oh I kid. I would never do that.

I know, I know: the cuteness bar has just been raised.
I had some shadow/lighting issues. This was the only salvageable one of the bunch.
Even though I didn't enter, you can still check out all the talented photographers and their silhouettes at I Heart Faces. My sweet friend Courtney has a fantastic entry this week :-)

Friday, May 22, 2009

And Then They Sang "I Believe I Can Fly"

I know you were all sorely disappointed that I did not post a tour of my dining room on Friday. I was fully planning on posting one; however, more important and pressing issues occupied my time. For realz. I went to my kiddos' elementary school graduation, and then spent the evening scrapbooking with my college roommate. Because we are wild and crazy like that.

Graduation was a delight. I was so proud of my kiddos, and loved seeing them all dressed up in their Sunday best. Except it's not their "Sunday best" because they hang out with me on Sundays, and that is NOT what they wear.

Also, I do not recall my elementary school graduation being such a long and boring delightful production.

The event took place in the school gym. Which I now like to affectionately refer to as 'the sauna.' I might have lost several pounds because I sweat so much; which I quickly remedied by eating large amounts of ice cream and chick-fil-a.

Look at this cute little kindergarten graduate. Oh how I love her.

And I also love that she loves Jayci.

Seeing the kids graduate was interesting to say the least. The whole production left me with mixed emotions. I feel like elementary school carries some level of safety for my kids, an innocence that I'm terrified they will lose when they get to middle school. Because in the 'hood,' middle school aged kids are often parents, prison inmates, gang members and more. And not only are my kids graduating and moving on to middle school, but their housing project is also being shut down this summer. This means that they are moving all over Atlanta. So in a way, this day marked the end of a time where they are all together, easy to minister to, cocooned in the safety net of elementary school and younger children.

So as our kids get ready for a summer filled with change: switching schools and homes, leaving old friends and making new ones . . . pray for them! Because honestly? I'm just not even sure what else to do. Besides loving them and trying to keep up with them and continue ministry to them in new and creative ways. All I can do is pray that God will use all of that, multiplying our efforts and reaping a harvest in their hearts.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Just a Little Mid-week Update

Because I am generally behind on, well, everything, I don't typically post a nice neat weekend update. Not that I don't want to. I do - because it's hard to remember things I wanted to tell you several weekends ago; alas, that's how far behind I am.

Clearly I have things so very together.

I decided to just skip all that and tell you about THIS week so far. Not that it has been especially exciting or interesting, but that has never stopped me from sharing with you in the past.

My best friend Courtney and I have a fantastic deal worked out where she watches Jayci for me on Tuesdays so I can go to Metro Kidz downtown, and then I watch her two little ones on Wednesdays so she can get her work/errands/etc done. And let me just tell you that Tuesday afternoons? Are a delight. I love having a little "me" time in the car: I usually stop and get some Chick-fil-a and a diet coke, oh and then I get to hang out with my kiddos too.

Yesterday was especially fun because the kids begged me to PLEASE come see their talent show, because they were going to rap and just KNEW they were going to get the trophy. Not sure how to turn down the joy of watching my kiddos rap, I agreed. And somehow ended up taking four kids to Cold Stone Creamery in the meantime. But really, how can you be eleven whole years old and think ice cream from the sketchy ice cream van is the best there is? It's a crime I tell you.

At the talent show, only one of the five boys had a parent there to see them (but don't worry, I made up for it by sitting in the front row with a goofy grin on my face and waving embarrassingly excitedly).

The boys forgot their music, but decided to just freestyle it, rapping some song about "turning my swagg on." Lets be honest, I wasn't sure what that meant so I looked it up at - apparently it means "style". I wish they would share with me the secrets of turning my style on, I could use a little help in that area. Unfortunately, only 2 of the 5 boys were able to rap before they closed the curtains on them for inappropriate gestures. The other mom and I looked at each other and shook our heads and rolled our eyes. I went backstage to try and calm them down, picturing a disastrous swarm of angry fifth grade boys. They were angry, but it was mostly directed at the one who had gotten them kicked off the stage. And they were insistent they COULDN'T GO BACK TO SCHOOL EVER BECAUSE THEY GOT BOOED OFF THE STAGE AND THAT IS JUST SO EMBARASSING. I tried to explain that no one booed, and also tried to ask for some explanation of what had gone wrong. They did manage to defend the boy who got them kicked off by saying (and I quote) "it's really hard to rap without grabbing your junk." Oh. I can see how that would be hard. Or not.

Anyhow, I assuaged their anger with a few MAC-chicken sandwiches and Sprites. Because nothing calms me down like some good fast-food. And then I headed home, determined that nothing would stop me from seeing American Idol and the "sneak peek" of Glee.

I only have one thing to say about American Idol: I know that Adam can sing, but why does he have to be so annoying while he does it?! I tried to vote for Kris a few or 50 times, but it was consistently busy, which I'm hoping is a good thing.

Did anyone else watch Glee? Because it was a delight. And here's a little video of the joy glee for your viewing pleasure.

I have been singing Don't Stop Believing all day (don't worry, only in my head).

In other news, only 3 weeks until we are up at CAMP! I am so pumped, I cannot even tell you how much I love camp. More on that later. Because this is already entirely too long.

And in even MORE news, we booked a vacation for after camp. Camp is intense people, and we are going to need LOTS of relaxing, food, and drinking (diet coke obviously) to unwind.

I am officially the most long-winded person ever. So I apologize for this very NOT brief update. But seriously, watch Glee. You will not be sorry (unless you don't like it, then I take back everything I said about it, because I am nothing if not a follower).

Oh and I went to Body Pump at the gym this morning for the first time in sweet forever. And my muscles are NOT pleased with that decision. They are now shaking and giving out randomly in protest.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I Heart Faces BLURB

Oh my head. This week is a biggie over at I Heart Faces. Trust me, you are going to want to go look at everyone's BEST PICTURE EVER IN THE WHOLE WORLD. That's some pressure cooker people :-)
want to around here.
I would also like to thank you all for your NO HELP AT ALL. I mean seriously, votes were so evenly split there was only one picture out of five I could totally cut out of the running. Basically, however, it came down to picture A or picture D. And I am just going to go with A because, well, I want to. And it's my blog - so I do what I

So here it is (granted, I cropped it differently and edited it a little differently too . . .) I know right? She's just so stinkin' cute.

*Oh and here's the fine print.
I am submitting this photo into the Blurb book photo contest. If chosen, I grant I ♥ Faces permission to use my photo in a printed version of a book for commercial use and possibly advertising of a photo book on both the Blurb and I ♥ Faces web sites.

Weekend Re-Cap and a Plea for HELP!

Well hello everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was (as you might have noticed is a trend around here) busy. Adam and I enjoyed a much-needed date night on Friday night. Jayci spent the night with grandma, grandpa, aunt Rachel and great-aunt Tracye (and I'm sure she was completely ignored) so we could go get a FANCYEE dinner at a nearby pizza joint. I had a cheese calzone. Because I am convinced there is literally nothing better than a giant ball of melted cheese. Nothing tastier OR healthier (please don't burst my bubble on this one people).

After dinner we saw XMEN Beginnings: Wolverine. Or something to that effect, whatever the actual movie name is. I enjoy a good action movie. And let me tell you, this one was ACTION PACKED. For serious.

Saturday Adam went to go build the docks for camp (where we work during the summer) and I visited the kiddos, returned some clothes to the mall, and then went to church where I picked up Jayci and watched Bride Wars with my sister. To clarify, we watched the movie AFTER church, not during. This movie involved far too much drama which involved embarrassment. Which stresses me out; possibly because of my own past, which is full of drama involving embarrassment.

Oh and today we had our third ever "Metro Middle School Group." Which is not officially the official name, but I'm not sure what else to call it. I promise might write more explaining this new venture to y'all sometime at a later date. Possibility when I'm not so tired and rambling. Which might never happen, seeing as I'm usually tired and rambling.

This week at I Heart Faces, the contest calls for you to enter your BEST FACES PICTURE EVER. Those are seriously the only criteria. Pressure much? So I'm going to need your help, particularly because I'm more than a little impaired in the whole decision-making thing. So please vote on which of the following photos I should enter in the contest. Please don't vote for option F.

E)This is my best friend Courtney's little boy. He is a beauty right? I really wanted to enter a picture of Jayci this week, but this is one of my favorite pictures I have ever taken - so I wont be offended if you vote for him. I mean, I will understand if you think her kid is cuter than mine. That's fine. Whatever.

F) Don't enter any of these pictures. In fact, please take some new pictures of Jayci now that she is 8 months old. You clearly don't have enough pictures of her, and you clearly need to work on your photography skillz.

*Also please note that I couldn't even narrow the picture choices down to a reasonable 2 or 3. Nope, 5 was the best I could do.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Jayci's Very Own Room

*EDITED to add: I know I posted this already during "guest room" week, but seeing as Jayci's the only baby we have, and her room is the only one that works for this week's tour, and I'm too tired/lazy to repost something new (and apparently too wordy to NOT write in run-on sentences) - here it is again!
I am just so glad it's Friday. I can't tell y'all how exhausted I am. Which is strange, really, considering that's only been the last two weeks that Jayci has started sleeping from 8pm straight through to 8am. That's 12 uninterrupted hours. Which means I, personally, get about 8 hours of sleep every night. So riddle me this: why do I NOW feel like I've been hit by a truck. Every night. Things were much better when I was sleeping in 2 hour bursts. I should have another baby and go back to that. Or not.

Friday also means another "Show Me Where You Live" over at Kelly's Korner. The theme this week is guest room. But our house only has three bedrooms. One is ours, one is Jayci's, and the other resembles Monica's secret closet on Friends. You know, the one where she shoves everything and hides her mess. And, heaven knows I'm not showing you THAT room, I have my dignity people.

Oops I rambled again. That's so highly unusual for me . . .

Here's Jayci's room - which Adam and I lovingly prepared for her. Let's hope she still likes it when she's 18, because I am not painting again. This is her "changing table" (which is a dresser from the antique store that I LOVE)
The kiddos we work with downtown are always so amazed that Jayci has her own room. A room that was decorated and lovingly prepared with her in mind. The kids who have their own rooms downtown, have rooms with blank walls and dingy mattresses, usually on the floor, made up with hand-me-down, unkept bedding and errant springs poking through. . . So seeing the room I prepared for Jayci shows them how much I love her and couldn't wait for her arrival. They cannot fathom such love. Or understand that it's the same kind of love they deserve. I wish I could prepare a room for every single one of them. And decorate each one especially for them. Pink frills for Samaya and yellow flowers for Kimmera. Basketball for Sabo, baseball for Sincere, and football for Zack. . . .

I want my kiddos to know that they, in fact, do have a room being prepared for them by a loving Father. A room that bears their name. A room made specifically for them. One that matches their needs and personality, even more perfectly that Extreme Home Makeover's highly thematic rooms. A room that is housed in a mansion of gold on streets of rubies. . .

Daddy-Daughter Love

I've always loved Adam. Well, at least since I've known him and we were best friends in high school. Since then I have loved him. And not only because he spoils the heck out of me. I mean, y'all he gave me a day off for mother's day. A day off! A day off which includes a massage and shopping for a new outfit. Which I might need your help picking out later. Because putting together fashionable ensembles? Not my strong point.

Anyways, back to my point. I actually have one today. Which is, I understand, an unexpected treat for my readers.

I didn't realize it was possible to love Adam any more than I already did. I mean I already admire and respect who he is as a teacher and the way he loves his work, and the way the kids he teach love him. I love his leadership and confidence. I love his willingness to step out in faith into the plans God has for him. I love his goofiness and I even love his corny dance moves. Including the "wash and rinse."

But seeing him with Jayci? It's like falling in love all over again.

This picture is especially close to my heart because I have a nearly identical picture of me with my dad.

She just loves him so much.

Excuse me while I go get a mop and clean myself up, because now I am a puddle on the floor.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Laughing's my Favorite

Y'all are the best. Seriously, thanks so much for all the kind comments on my last post. Don't you just hate it when people fish for compliments like that? Speaking of, I think that I am very bad at photography . . . ok go. Compliment away. . . Oh I kid.

The theme this week at I Heart Faces is laughing. Luckily Jayci LOVES to laugh, so I had lots of pictures to choose from. Which of course is a good AND a bad thing, because I am one of the most indecisive people. Of all time. So I resorted to an age-old solution for decision-making. I uploaded all the pictures to Facebook and then read the comments. This one said "Get this on the cover of a magazine" - so I figured it was a safe bet.

Gah she's cute. And BIG - almost 8 months old. Excuse me while I go mourn the loss of her childhood for a moment.

Not to be a suck-up or anything, but I LOVE the guest judge this week. Ree from Pioneer Woman. She's like a super-star or something. At least in the blogging world. Plus her macaroni and cheese recipe is to-die-for good. Which, in my book, makes her a winner. Oh and I even used her actions on my entry. Not that I can remember which ones. My brain is far too scattered for that.

Be sure to go check out the fun laughing pictures at I Heart Faces this week. They will brighten your day. For realz.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Wonderful Tonight

I'm a little behind on my posts/updates. I have a feeling you are just devastated about that. Anyhow, last weekend, Adam and I went to prom. That's right, prom. We were chaperones, which makes us really cool, especially in the eyes of the kids who were there. And I say kids because most of them looked like they were probably 10.

The interesting (or not interesting at all depending on how you look at it) thing about the whole night is that Adam and I have been to prom together before as a couple, seven years ago, in our senior year of high school.

I remember that night so clearly. Adam picked me up in a vintage car (don't ask me what kind of car it was. All I know is it was a lovely shade of turquoise). Parents snapped hundreds, nay thousands, of pictures in ninety degree heat. Once we sufficiently sweat off all our makeup and my updo was slightly frizzy, we headed off for a nice dinner of Italian food. Which I couldn't fully enjoy because my beaded red dress was entirely too snug. Then we danced the night away. Or to clarify, Adam danced and I laughed at his shenanigans.

Here we are on that magical night in 2002. (I looked for a more classic "prom pose" because trust me I have plenty of those pictures. But I was too lazy to look very hard and this was the first picture I could find.)

For some inexplicable reason I felt nervous getting ready for Prom 2009. Should I wear a fully beaded dress? How should I do my hair? I considered a french twist with several tendrils left loose. But that felt a little too 2002.

As it turns out, I should have worn a low side ponytail to fit in with the rest of the prom-goers. Then I would have been virtually indistinguishable from the high schoolers. Oh except that I have given birth and my body will never be the same.

This time around around wasn't all that different. Well besides the fact that am thirty pounds heavier and no longer worry if my dress is too tight, so I totally enjoyed my italian dinner. Oh and that I didn't know any of the songs they were playing. And my husband threw ice at couples who were getting too inappropriate in an effort to "cool them off." But the whole Adam dancing the night away while I roll my eyes and laugh? That part was totally the same.

And it also turns out that our parents didn't want to throw a picture party and take photos of us in hundreds of different poses. So this is all we got. After prom. After walking about a mile in the rain because we didn't have a limo to pick us up this time.

ps - someone really should have told me to tuck in my arm fat. Or they could have advised against the strapless dress which was entirely too snug. That's just embarrassing.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Take 2

I must apologize in advance for clogging your Google readers. I get so overwhelmed when I have 100s of new posts to read. Much like I do when my DVR has American Idol, Fringe, House, and LOST all just waiting to be watched.

Anyways, Kelly at Kelly's Korner is hosting a bloggy tour of homes, if you will. This week she's inviting us to share our living rooms. And since so many of you have never been to my house, I thought you might like to see where all the craziness goes down.

Although these pictures are somewhat misleading since the room is, you know, CLEAN and all. It's not usually like that.

That said, here's our living room.

And our lovely family photo from when Jayci was just born, courtesy of the talented
The view from our living room to the kitchen. (Please note that this picture betrays a little bit of the underlying mess which usually dominates my home. I like to think of it as "well-lived-in." That's important right? Just tell me it is, I dont care what you actually think. I mean, of course I do care . . . unless you think your house should be clean. Then I don't want to hear it.)

Happy house touring everyone! :-) thanks for stopping by - it's always so nice to have you! If I knew how to bake, I'd offer you a cookie or something. But I'm not a baker. And unfortunately, I already ate all the Samoas. But feel free to bring me more. I never turn down a Samoa.

I'm in a Little Bit of a Pickle

You see, I have TWO different "carnivals" (is that the right word? I'm so out of the bloggy loop) I want to participate in today. And I simply cannot decide. So I am posting twice (!!) in one day. Don't get too excited now.

First of all, I Heart Faces is having a constructive feedback thingy today (not sure that's what they call it exactly) . . .
and I would really love to get better at taking pictures. And they have some GOOD picture-takers over there. Sounds like a winning combination to me.

Here's the picture I took this morning. This is SOOC (I just learned today that means "straight out of camera")

Now if I knew anything about my camera, I could tell you the "settings" and sound more intelligent than I actually am. But since I don't really have a clue, here's all I do know: the little letter at the dial on the top was "P" and the ISO was 400.

Clearly I am a marvel of photography expertise.

Now here's the same picture with a few changes in Photoshop.

I started by cropping it a little. Then the image felt a little warm to me, so I used PW's 'cooler' action. I lightened slightly, and ran CoffeeShop's "little perk" action.

And then I uploaded the picture and it looked almost the same. So I changed the coloring to make it a little 'edgier.' Because if nothing else, I like to give off the illusion of being cool.

Clearly I need help.

I was talking about with my picture. Geez.

*Edited to add: sorry my edit is awful. I was trying to hurry and post this because i thought "oh no they can only take the first 50 to link up and 500 people entered the contest this week!!" But clearly I had time, and this is no excuse for poor photo editing skillz. . .

Thursday, May 7, 2009

In Other, Unrelated, News

So I have been spending so much time thinking and worry about my dear Sabo that I feel as though things shouldn't keep moving forward. Apparently they do, however, as evidenced by the two or twenty loads of dirty laundry and sink full of dishes which have appeared in my house.

Anyhow, I had a really fantastic post planned for you today. And by "fantastic" I mean slightly less mediocre and slightly more interesting than usual. Unfortunately I cannot find my camera, and the post would probably be slightly MORE mediocre and LESS interesting without the pictures.

So instead, a list for your reading enjoyment pleasure. Actually just for you to read, possibility without enjoyment or pleasure.

1 - I was pleasantly surprised, and more than a little excited, to discover that both Danny AND Kris have made it to the top 3 in American Idol. I might have let out a small squeal of excitement when they announced Kris' name. Maybe.

*And I have it on good authority that Kris Allen leads worship at a church in his hometown. Y'all? He loves Jesus! And he's cute! And he's a great singer! As I mentioned earlier, if he wasn't married and I wasn't married, we would definitely be an item. Just sayin'

2 - However, my husband is the best. I just got flowers in the mail. Literally just got them while I was in the middle of typing. I'm a lucky gal, that's for sure.

3 - I went to the gym for a Body Core class this morning. This class focuses (um obviously) on the "core" (abs!!) which is clearly my problem area. Clearly.

Unfortunately, my core strength is currently minimal to none, so the whole balancing on the ball thing? Didn't work out so well for me. Turns out that Praise Aerobics wasn't always the hardest workout. Well besides that one time when we had to run suicides in front of the third graders. That time was hard.

4 - I have been surprisingly productive this morning, I went to the gym AND I made homemade baby food. Just call me Martha Stewart. Well Martha with a messy house and mounds of dirty clothes.

Actually, making homemade baby food consists of the following steps:
- boiling water
- adding frozen organic vegetables to boiling water
- blending up with this fancyee mashy thingy we have (see!? I'm such a gourmet chef I know all the proper terminology!)
- putting the blended vegetables into small glass jars and placing into fridge.
*I know this is exceedingly complex, if you need further explanation of these steps, I completely understand.

Luckily, these steps are fairly similar to those used to make my stand-by culinary masterpiece: Kraft macaroni and cheese. So I'm basically a pro.

Anyhow, this morning I made peas. I hate peas. And now my house smells like peas, which literally causes me to gag every time I walk in the door. And also to have flashbacks to sitting at the table UNTIL I ATE EVERY LAST PEA. But I knew it was going to kill me, and I gagged repeatedly, and wished we had a dog I could feed them to. I would sit there for HOURS people.

5 - I seriously cannot thank-you enough for all your prayers and comments on Savior's story. You are blessing him (and me) without him even knowing it - I just love how God works! Mysterious ways and everything.

Several of you have asked if there's anything else you can do to help (besides prayer which is obviously the very best thing you can do). I am working on getting together some different ideas of ways y'all can be involved and help. I'll keep you posted. For now, if you are interested in helping, contact me via email (

The end.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sabo AKA My Heart

I keep sitting down to write this and not knowing where to start. So I feel the need to apologize in advance for any lack of organization in my thought process here. Not that it would be anything new for my posts or anything.

I mentioned to you yesterday the need for prayer for Saviour (aka Sabo, the kid we mentor) and his family. I didn't go into details, and I dont know how much detail I even want to go into now. But I do want you to know more about what you're praying for. I have shared Sabo's story in the past. So for anyone who has read it (all 2 of you including my husband and mom), you know that Sabo's mom died almost 3 years ago (of congestive heart failure). Sabo, along with his younger brother and sister, have been living with their grandmother since their mother's death. She is paralyzed from the waist down. And a few nights ago, she was having such difficulty . Turns out she had a small heart attack, and has fluid surrounding her lungs. Being a smoker for 50 years, along with a fast lifestyle, the stress of taking care of three active kids, and living in poverty (which means less healthy food, less healthcare etc), have combined to create a somewhat disastrous health situation.

I don't want you to think that Sabo and his siblings aren't being well taken care of. They are. We check on them often, and would have stepped in if we ever thought otherwise. That said, they certainly have been forced to shoulder the type of burden that no child should ever have to take on. Quite honestly, I dont even know if I would be able to withstand the trials they face on a daily basis.

My heart is so broken for these kids. When we took them to visit their grandma yesterday, it was obvious that they were shaken up. And Saviour didn't even want to visit her, which was the saddest of all to me. I could almost see him retreating inside himself like a turtle into his protective shell. And if that works, if he can really protect himself from hurt - then I'm glad. But I think it's far more likely that he is slowly killing and hardening his heart. And y'all? He has a beautiful heart. A heart that Jesus desperately wants to be soft and ALIVE.

So pray, pray for healing, pray for wisdom for Adam and I (we are talking to the family about what will happen in the future if grandma doesn't get better? who will take the kids?) and most of all pray that Jesus will draw this dear family close to Himself. Because the truth is that there can be no hope for these kiddos without Jesus.

Monday, May 4, 2009

I Heart Hats

I'm not even sure where to begin this morning. I wanted to participate in this week's I Heart Faces contest, but I feel like I have so much to tell y'all - stuff that's infinitely more important than a photo contest (my apologies to I Heart Faces). To solve this dilemma, I decided to enter a picture this week that is certainly not technically very good. But the kids behind (or under) the hats, are award winning if you ask me. This is Zack and Saviour, two of the boys we work with downtown. This particular picture was taken when we took them to a Braves game last summer, and they are wearing our hats.
Our time at the game is one of my all-time favorite memories with these boys. They started the wave and it went around and around the stadium. It appears their enthusiasm was contagious. I don't think the smile left my face the entire game, in fact I know it didn't, even though I was 7 months pregnant and it was scorching hot. And I am a whiner (I'll just go ahead and admit it), so that is saying a lot.

Anyways, I chose this picture this morning, because I cannot get Saviour off my heart, and I need you to know his story. Because some stuff is happening in his life right now, and I will hopefully share it with you soon. But he needs your prayers. Desperately.

So please pray for Saviour and his brother Sincere and sister Samaya. Thank-you so much, y'all are the best!

Oh and you can see more (and better) hat pictures over at I Heart Faces.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fix-It Friday

Fix what you wonder? Well, unfortunately, I have no yet found a way to fix my love-handles or my dirty windows, so today's "Fix-It" is for I Heart Faces. I have never done this before and I am certainly no Photoshop expert. But here's the finished product.

And this is the before (I like to mix things up and do it backwards sometimes. Or I'm too lazy to go back and edit what I already wrote. whichever.)

Ok now what did I do to this picture? Lets be honest, it's often hard for me to remember where I left my shoes and keys - so this may not be 100% accurate. Next time I will write it down as I do it.

I started by running a slight lighten (Pioneer Woman's free actions) to the whole thing.
-Adjusted the curves slightly.
-Ran Coffee Shop Vivid 2 (bright)
-Lassoed the cute little guy's silhouette and adjusted the curves again.
-Used the blur tool to smooth out his face a little
-Ran Pioneer Woman's Sunshine action at like 10% opacity.

Wow that sounded smart. Basically I just played around with it until I liked how it looked.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a great weekend!


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