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Some days are days you’ll never forget.  I mean like huge, life changing, I remember the date, maybe even the time, or even where I was standing type of day. 

January 28, 2001:  The day I danced at Super Bowl XXXV.  That was a dream come true of almost six years.  The day I found out that dream was coming true was a great day, too.  I just remember it was a Friday night in September.  Probably the 29th.

May 7, 2007:  The day I started working in Christian music in Nashville.  This is one dream I chased across country, and once I got the job, I couldn’t believe how crazy the whole journey had been.  I am blessed to have been given an opportunity to work (and still work) in this industry. 

January 12, 2008:  My wedding day. It was supposed to snow that day in Nashville.  While that would’ve been magical, it was a beautiful and somewhat warm day.  And we had the best party.


February 23, 2010:  The day I launched my photography business.

This has been a dream in the making for over a year.  I would bring it up to Jeff, we’d talk about cameras and I’d look at a few online, but nothing really beyond that.  It was like I didn’t know how to take the next step or where to begin. 

Then, for reasons I don’t even know, last fall I found myself researching cameras.  And it was actually clicking.  I knew what I was looking for.  I also found myself spending lots of my free time studying all sorts of resources.  I have no idea what started it all.  I just was.  And for whatever reason, this time I had this feeling that I could actually do it.

Then Jeff surprised me with a camera at Christmas.  I started to study it (lots of hours on the road traveling meant lots of time to learn the camera).  Then we had our Sunday discipleship class holiday party at our apartment at the beginning of January, and I told a few people about it. 

The encouragement was overwhelming.

That begin the probably month-long process of trying to settle on a name.  Jeff and I both had very specific requirements (for totally different, but good, reasons).  And then it finally appeared, almost in passing, in an email Jeff sent to me.

Then began the process of developing a logo.  Thank goodness for our talented friend Ryan Stout.  He captured the vision immediately, after just hearing the name (without us telling him our vision).  And after a few weeks of creating, the logo arrived.  And that meant we could tell the world!

So on Tuesday, we did.  And in that short amount of time, there have been over 700 hits to the website, numerous comments and emails from people all over with such kind and encouraging words, a few photo shoots discussed (yes, already!), and just one incredibly overwhelmed, encouraged and just down right beside herself little lady (Jeff shares in my excitement, too, but he most definitely is not “a little lady”). 

Thank you to everyone who has made that day, and this week so far, one of “those” days. 

Without further ado, I present to you Portray Photo:


Yes, it’s true.  Jeff and I have now been married for two whole years!  It is so hard to believe sometimes, because time has flown by!  However, at the same time, that wedding day seems like years and years ago, too.

Our anniversary fell on a Tuesday this year.  Last year it was great to get away over a long weekend in Memphis and spend quality time with one another.  However, this year we were just traveled out after the holidays.  So we decided to not do a big trip this year but to just spend some time together at home.

Jeff started the celebrations a bit early on the Saturday before.  He woke me up, quite excited, to show me some place he’d discovered.  We drove up to Berry Hill (just at the South edge of Metro Nashville) and pulled up to this little house turned restaurant.

The name alone was enough to raise excitement.  I mean, how could a name like The Pfunky Griddle not be fun?  Turns out this place serves one of my favorite breakfast foods:  pancakes.  However, it’s not your typical pancake serving restaurant.  Here, the pancakes are made right in front of you ON YOUR TABLE!

With your choice(s) of toppings, you are also handed a pitcher that promises unlimited pancakes (they refill the pitcher of course), and you yourself make your own pancakes right there at the table.  And you can mix and match your toppings.  I did peanut butter (yum!), and Jeff did chocolate chips and bananas (oink).  It was so good.  I would recommend this over The Pancake Pantry any day (although The Pancake Pantry does have amazing french toast).  I know, I’m know being shunned by all Nashvillians.

The rest of our celebrations took place on January 12th, our actual anniversary.  Jeff wanted to do dinner at home, which I loved (no long lines at restaurants!).  He ordered take out from Macaroni Grill.  Their chicken lemon pasta whatever it is was addicting.  I highly recommend.

Then we opened presents.  Jeff and I have many common interests, and this anniversary I chose to celebrate our love of music.  Jeff is a big fan of David Gray, and right before Christmas I got word he was coming to the Ryman.  And seeing as we have yet to see a show at the Ryman and desperately want to, I could not pass this up.  He was quite excited.  And funny how Jeff kind of chose to celebrate our love for music as well, seeing as he got me a Ray LaMontange cd.  He also gave me the promise of a camera bag… which I have yet to cash in on!

It wasn’t long after the excitement that I started wishing I had done something for dessert.  Being the spontaneous couple we are (and people who never pass up Coldstone or gelato), we promplty made  a trip to Coldstone to get our usual:  french vanilla with chocolate chips, Reese’s peanut butter cups, Oreos and fudge.

By the time we had consumed this piece of heaven in a bowl, it was too early to call it a night.  We may have been married for two whole years, but we are not old people!

So we made another spontaneous trip, this time to the movie theater, and finally saw Old Dogs (If you’ll remember, this was our movie of choice for New Year’s, but it was sold out!).  This is the movie that my mom would not stop talking about at Christmas.  It started out cute, Jeff chuckling from time to time.  I began to think that maybe I wasn’t in a good mood though, because I was not giggling along.  But then came the infamous golf scene.  I have never laughed so hard, so loud (embarrassing) and so long at a movie in a movie theater as I did.  From then on, the movie had me.  I highly recommend if you need a pick me up.

So thanks to my wonderful hubby, another glorious year has come to pass with a wonderful celebration.  And here’s to many many more glorious years and celebrations.  Love you babe!

Good grief, we are slackers!  Sorry for the lack of posts.  The end of the year/beginning of the year has had us running around, and now only having one computer (remedying that soon, hopefully) just adds to the list of excuses.  So rather than going over everything that has happened, I’d like to just hit the highlights in the upcoming posts.  This post, in particular, shall be about our big family vacation in Florida over Thanksgiving.  Oh, and if you haven’t noticed, you can now sign up for e-mail updates so that you can receive an e-mail every time we post a new blog!  Sign up is over there on the left.

Ok, back to Florida.  For awhile my mom had wanted to see Disney World all decked out for the holidays, and she thought it would be cool to have Thanksgiving on the beach.  So we scheduled a big family vacation and spent the week in Orlando.  Several decorations were already up, but to our disappointment, many of the big festivities (like the parades) didn’t really kick off until after Thanksgiving.  So we just missed those.

My parents have a beautiful timeshare in Orlando, so we had great accommodations.  This was nice, because with six grown adults, you need lots of space to congregate.  We were so busy though, trying to cram everything into five days, that I didn’t get to enjoy the resort as much as I would’ve liked.

The first night, Mom, Jeff and I had to get our shopping in at Downtown Disney.  It’s the best place to get your must-have-Disney-stuff and the nice part is, you don’t have to lug it around a theme park all day.

One day we spent some time at Disney Quest, one of Dad and Ahron’s favorite virtual reality places.  At the end of the day, we had some fun trying on hats, and Jeff and Ahron got some laughs out of passersby as they stood in the windows as mannequins.

On another day, we spent time at Universal Studios, but unfortunately, for the most part, we only got to see one of the two islands.  The highlights included the comedy bit done by Monsters, Inc., where the characters actually interact with the audience.  Somehow I become one of those lucky audience members, and I had to “woogy woogy” my thoughts to a monster while holding my fingers up like antennas.  Ask my mom or Ahron to describe it to you; they just love telling that story.  We also saw Shrek in 4-D, but thought meeting Shrek, Fiona and Donkey was much more fun.  Donkey was a hoot and had us all doubling over in laughter . Ok, mostly me, but we all laughed. A. Lot.

We did get to spend Thanksgiving Day on the beach, and we also got to spend the day with our new found Australian friends, JAEL.  It was good to see them again, and we wish them all the best as they continue to pursue Christian music here in the States.

And on Friday we did the unthinkable, which was try to park hop at Disney World in one day.  We managed to hit the highlights of Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot.  My favorite new rides (because everyone knows the classics are a given) were Expedition Everest and the Finding Nemo show, both at Animal Kingdom (pictured).  Jeff had not been since he was a wee little boy, and so I was excited to show him so much (me being the “seasoned traveler” to Disney World).  However, there was almost too much to see in just over 12 hours, and it was lots of running around rather than taking in the views.  Hopefully we’ll make it back there again.

This was the first big family vacation we had taken since Jeff and I got married, so it was great to be with the whole family for the week.  The weather cooperated for the most part, with a few rain showers here and there.  It did start pouring at the end of the day at Universal Studios, but thankfully it waited until just as we began our long trek back to the cars.  That was a laugh. The weather started to get a bit chilly on the beach, so Friday was cold (at least for my standards for Florida).  But it was a much needed getaway and a great time with family.  We’re already talking about another big family vacation for 2011… to IRELAND!