Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.

Highlight of the week: This week I had the honor of speaking on ShowIt Live about creating and selling albums. It's always fun to share about something I'm passionate about, and I'm hopeful that it helped many photographers out there who are seeking to grow their businesses and serve their clients even better in 2016. If you're interested in this topic, but missed the live show, you can watch the replay here. While I was across town filming, my office manager, Alaine, turned on the show in the background as she worked. After we finished filming, she texted me the above photo of Dixie watching me online. She said that as soon as Dixie heard my voice, she jumped up on her lap, and watched me. FOR THE ENTIRE HOUR. haha!! That just cracks me up! She is SO smart and stinkin' lovable. Now I just wonder how she's going to use her newfound knowledge on albums?

Yes, I did this:
1 -- O.D.ed on Garden Salsa Sun Chips
2 -- Put in some overtime hours working on a big project. Can't wait to share soon!
3 -- Took inventory of how many rolls of medium format film I have left from the 600 I purchased this week last year. 263.

Celebrating: My nephew Elijah turned 14 this week! He is pictured above between my sister and brother-in-law. He is such a special little man and I can't believe he isn't so little anymore! He has severe autism and is non-verbal, so he has many challenges. But he is SO LOVED and cherished by our family. I'm so thankful for the 14 years we've had with him.

My pastor shared a sermon on prayer this week that I really loved. He talked about how The Lord's Prayer is not meant to be a formula, but a framework, for how to pray. Jesus was saying, when you pray, you should do these three things in order: FIRST, before making it about you, declare God's greatness. Then surrender your will to his. And finally acknowledge your dependence on him by asking for him to meet your needs. Too often, I view prayer as a vehicle to try to get God to see things MY way and act on my behalf. But prayer, at its heart, is really about relationship. And when I approach God in this way, I end up seeing my little problems from HIS perspective, and am changed.

Feeling Blessed: This week was full of so many of the small blessings that bring joy to life: Thai take-out, cribbage with my mom, a good book, and the sound of rain on the roof.
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