Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I'm a PROUD big sister

Every day, I'm thankful for the relationship I have with my little sister. She is one of the most amazing women I've ever met. Although, I'm sure I'm a little biased, she really is one of the most tender hearted, compassionate people I know.

Personally, she knows everything about me. I can tell her anything and know that I will never be judged. She's THAT great.

Several months ago, she started working for Crossroads Hospice in Memphis. When she took that job, she lit up in a new kind of way. It is her calling to serve people... and when she is serving, she radiates. I've been SO happy for her and for the people she's called to serve. I can tell that even though her job is to help others, those special people are teaching her new things every day. It's SO great to watch her blossom. I've been SO proud of her, but apparently I'm not the only one who's been noticing the change she's making.

THIS was an article in today's Commercial Appeal, featuring Crossroads Hospice and my sister (Tori Smitherman). You can read it here.

I love you sis, and am SO proud of you!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Should I or Shouldn't I????

I've been deciding whether or not to post about this for awhile now, but obviously I've decided I will. ...

On Wednesday, Zach and I attended my first ever prenatal doctor's appointment. I am apparently a little more than seven weeks pregnant and have a beautiful, healthy baby growing inside me with a strong, healthy heartbeat. 

I debated whether or not to post about this since it's still so early, but after hearing the heart beat, I have already started to feel connected to the little guy... and I figured if something were to happen, I would need the support. 

I have our baby's "first photo" that I will post later, but for now, "I'm pregnant!" I feel absolutely perfect so far, except for having to lower my caffeine intake each day. My official due date is February 6. We're really excited and will post much more along the way. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Random Things

It's been FOREVER since I've updated, for a LOT of reasons... mainly busyness. So, here's a very brief and organized update.

1. I'm privileged enough to get to have a three hour road trip this weekend with the most beautiful little girl in the entire world. Syd's coming into town and for the first time ever, the two of us will get some one-on-one girl time in the car when I go pick her up. No doubt, a cherished time.

2. I shot my first three weddings in the past two weeks, one of which was my grandmother's. The third was the night of Memphis's big storm. We lost power all night at the ceremony and reception, and it never returned.

3. I received a letter from the TN Dept. of Safety this week warning me about my number of "points" on my driving record. Apparently, I can't get too many more.

4. I'm now working part-time for my salary job, and working full time as a photographer. My last day at my salary job will be October 30.

5. My sister-in-law will find out tomorrow whether or not she's having a boy or girl. One of my best friends, Katie, found out today the sex of her baby- but she's being stubborn and won't tell me until tomorrow. It's KILLING ME!

6. I've fallen in love lately with taking naps. 2-3 hour naps. I try to take them at least 2-3 times a week.

7. Sydney and I are throwing Zach a birthday party this weekend at my parent's house. It's a swimming party/cookout... SO excited.

8. I've developed a crush on zuchinni... grilled zuchinni, brushed with olive oil, salt and pepper, to be exact. SO GOOD this summer!

9. I hate Memphis's humidity in the summer, but I'm LOVING the thunderstorms and cool breeze that follows.

Overall, there's not too much to report right now. A LOT of big changes in our life, trying to figure out what the future looks like professionally, personally, and spiritually. I'm really focusing on simplifying and worshipping. I've really been convicted lately about my "busy body personality."

I'm sure I'll have pictures to post from this weekend.