Friday, April 22, 2011

Project 52 {weeksixteen}

Saturday we had the MS Walk - it was my 6th year in a row doing the walk in Chattanooga and so far this year I am the top fundraiser in Chattanooga! SO excited about raising money for such a dear cause. The above photo is my awesome team - I took this at the halfway point, I am so fortunate to have people like this in my life!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Whimsy Wednesday {WilliamDohman}

SERIOUSLY...this is SO perfect for me, one of my most fave sayings!

Monday, April 18, 2011

13 Years Ago Today....

found here

April 18, 1998

13 years ago today my life changed.

For those of you who don’t know – I was in a house fire on UTC Campus at the Sigma Chi Fraternity House. I escaped the fire by jumping out of the top floor only to land on a sidewalk. I broke my back, both feet and burnt over half my body 3rd degree. They said I would never walk again; I had 4 surgeries the first few days – skin graphs that now cover both of my arms and my entire back. Rods were put in my back that later would be covered in staff infection and be removed. Left foot – clean ankle break, right foot crushed and basically wired back together on the inside. I don’t sweat, I can’t cool myself off, I can’t be in the sun, I can’t push myself physically, my foot sometimes just likes to “go out” on me, I wake up with an aching back everyday, I have gained a lot of weight due to not being as active, I have lost a lot of my self esteem, I look in the mirror and see scars from head to toe, and I always wondered why it happened to me?

But you know…I am ALIVE to write this today. I lived, I fought, I stayed strong and pulled through. I walked again. . I kept my good attitude “most” of the 3 months I lived in the hospital with my mom. I left the hospital in crutches even though they told me I would be in a walker. I was and am completely supported by the BEST friends and family a girl could ask for. The most genuine man I know loves me unconditionally and I am fortunate to have been married to him 10 years this July. I have four fur children that bring smiles to my face on a daily basis. I have a business that continues to make my heart happy. I live in a city surrounded by friends and family. I am on a great weight loss path and am very determined to get my health back. I wake up thankful everyday that I was given another chance to live. God saved me that day for a reason and I plan to spend my entire LONG life discovering why.

To all the people in my life that day and the 13 years to follow – thank you. I couldn’t have done this without you. All of you are part of my journey. I love each of you and thank god for the difference you have made in my life.

the above quote is the perfect sentiment for how I am feeling today - I hope all of you take the words and live your life to the fullest.

"i do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own is an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength and courage. I have learned that "how" we face our challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them"

~Sasha Azevedo

Friday, April 15, 2011

Project 52 {weekfifteen}

getting my hair done always makes this girl happy! What little things make you happy?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Whimsy Wednesday {hillarybird}

what an awesome idea! I loved friendship bracelets - and to think these are grown up friendship badges! PERFECT!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Project 52 {weekfourteen}

yes that is a LADY BUG on Olive's nose....couldn't think of a more perfect picture for my project 52. I am a strong believer in lady bug luck!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Big Sister Ada and her Little Brother Everest

Moncrief Photography did it again....
and Jimmy make beautiful babies - and now I have another Moncrief baby to dress from day one! I am so lucky to have such beautiful models and their mother who takes gorgeous photos of my work.

I have a facebook folder dedicated to photos by Brittany so go take a look here for more of her work.
I just want to kiss that sweet little face....
this little girl MELTS my heart.....I can't get enough of that sweet smile :)
what do you think? I think she might be a little smitten...

Friday, April 1, 2011

project 52 {weekthirteen}

because who doesn't love a painted on mustache.....oh my exciting friday night :) This was my sad attempt to get my little 4 1/2 year old friend Libby to paint a mustache on....needless to say she didn't - but I thought I would try to rock it!