Friday, February 27, 2009

Asher Kerrigan

Our church community has a new addition!

Every Wednesday night, Zach and I meet with our church small group. I love that Living Hope is a church made up of small groups. In fact, a few nights ago, Zach and I were discussing how blessed we feel that God has given us this special group of 14-15 people. I don't know where we would be or how our marriage would be surviving without each and every one of these people. This group provides so much accountability, support, wisdom, and encouragement. We learn together, teach each other, and grow together.

That level of support played out this past Wednesday night. Early Wednesday morning, we all received word that Elyssa's water had broken. We immediately started sending out emails and making phone calls, quickly changing our routine Wednesday night plans- so that we could meet as a group in the Kerrigan's hospital room. When we arrived that night, Elyssa's contractions had just started and you could tell the anticipation was building. It was like most other small group nights- with everyone laughing and goofing off. The only difference was that every few minutes, we would stop so Elyssa could survive another contraction in quiet.

Within a few hours, Asher Kerrigan entered the world. Elyssa bravely gave birth with no drugs. There was not a doubt in our minds that she could do it. This morning, Elyssa and Asher are both healthy and happy. We couldn't be MORE thrilled!

I hope to have a picture of Asher up soon! In the meantime, here are a few pictures from Mandy's camera taken throughout the night.






Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Very Scary...

I woke up to this story this morning. This plane followed the same path we took on Saturday, from Istanbul to Amsterdam.

It's devastating for the lives lost, but amazing at the same time that more people were not killed. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this crash.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Zeke Says Hello To Memphis

I'm definitely much more of a photographer than a videographer. Luckily for me, though- I have a husband who is in love with his video feature on his Blackberry and happily takes up for my slack in that area.

Here's one of my favorites that he captured of sweet little Zeke during our trip. Hopefully, I'll be able to post a few more of his clips soon.
video

Friday, February 20, 2009

Istanbul Wrap-Up

We're just a few hours away from boarding our plane and heading back home. We've had such a good time and will miss Dan, Tami, Zeke and Kaiyah SO much, but it will also be great to see our family and friends again.

You can get all our final updates on my photography blog by clicking here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Istanbul: Day 3

Today the sun came out a little bit and we were able to go around and tour some of Istanbul's most famous places.

But at the end of our active day, this was still my favorite picture. Tami took this of Zeke and me playing doctor. I was trying to fix his hurt finger. I love these kids!!

You can see a lot of today's pictures on my photography blog.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Istanbul: Day 1-2

Day 1
Istanbul- Day 1

Day 2
Istanbul- Day 2

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Randomness

1. As long as I can remember, my Mom and Dad have always given me a Valentine gift of some sort. Today, they gave Zach and me our Valentine's Day surprise a little early! This picture was taken with my cell phone- so the quality isn't that great- but you can imagine how excited I was!!!!!!!!



2. Mandy finally posted her pictures from our Girl's Night this weekend. We all got together with Katie's new fire pit. We roasted hot dogs, marshmallows, and played Dance Dance Revolution (DDR as Anna refers to it) all night long. I'm constantly in awe of the support I have with these girls.
Girls Night Collage



3. Zach and I are leaving tomorrow on our trip. I have a to do list staring at me right now with at least 30 things on it before I can leave. One of those things consisted of getting all my pictures edited from the weekend. I've finally posted those on my photography blog. You can check them out here.

4. My new addiction: Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte with Fat Free Milk from McDonald's AND Lipton's DIET Green Tea, Citrus Flavor (cold in the bottles). I'm in NO WAY a health nut. Seriously- in NO way. I love all things sugary, buttery, salty, and filled with fat. I sometimes think I could survive on nothing but meat, potatoes, and cheese. HOWEVER- I try to find some good healthy alternatives when I can. My health nut of a brother suggested the sugar-free, fat-free vanilla latte from McDonald's. I almost gagged at the thought- but surprisingly it is SOOO good. I have had to stop myself from getting one every single morning. In Tennessee, the small one is $2.50. Not Bad.

5. I'll have internet access from Turkey- so I'll be posting regularly, I'm sure.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

In exactly 48 hours from now, Zach and I will be on an airplane, headed to see my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew.

I'm SO excited.

We'll be meeting up with them in Istanbul for the week. There is SO much we're dying to do and see. But most of all, we can't wait to see these faces!



In the meantime- here's a little special put together by The Today Show about Istanbul.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Zach's Day with Syd

On Friday, I woke up with the crud that's been going around. On Saturday, it got even worse. We were supposed to go visit Syd that day, and Zach thought it would be a good idea for me to stay home. I took him up on his offer and stayed in bed until almost noon. I spent the rest of the day doing absolutely nothing, besides sleeping here and there. I'm trying to get myself better before my big trip this weekend (which I'll be blogging about later).

Also- I think it's good for Zach and Syd to be able to spend some time alone, anyway.

Zach took a few pictures of Syd during their day together. These are SOOO her! She's such a goofball- I LOVE IT!





Monday, February 2, 2009

It feels like these past few weeks, I've needed a weekend to recover from my weekends. This weekend, I had 5 photo shoots (2 of which were out of town), a party in Nashville for one of my best friends, and a superbowl party with friends.

Because I was completely wiped out and exhausted by photo shoots, I did NOT do a good job of taking pictures this weekend. I did, however, steal a few off of Martha Jo's facebook page of Jessica and Josh's fiesta in Nashville. Jess and Josh are getting married in March, and in their honor, a few of Jess's college friends threw them a couple's fiesta. They're such a cute couple!! I'm literally counting down the days until their wedding!