In today's sermon, something really caught my attention: God puts us in a place and time where we meet the exact people whom He wants us to meet. In this so called circle of people. And I have to admit, I feel so blessed to know the ones in "my circle", who happen to be there for a reason. One reason or another. Either for me or for them.
This family here has certainly been a blessing. Their kind and beautiful heart, their never ending encouragement to either my sons or to me, their cheerful heart, always with a smile on their faces. Their love for God. Love for music and please let's not forget their incredibly awesome taste for a real espresso :)
I wish you everything beautiful & imaginable!
I know I keep repeating myself but my goodness! how magical are these once in a lifetime moments? As we grow we forget things. We forget little subtle moments that were once so meaningful. But with time and all the additional stuff to remember, somehow our brains keeps only certain images.
But I am sure, these photos will definitely keep those precious moments alive.
I always ask Moms if they are early risers because I remember when mine were this age, they were all awake and ready to go at 5:36 am every morning. I am not kidding, I used to call my middle child the "5:36 kid". So when this Mom said, "sure, early is good for us" and that at 7:30 am, I certainly clapped a bunch knowing that we will have the most gorgeous morning golden sun rays.
And yep, there it is. Ok but besides the golden rays, I had the chance to photograph this sweet little ray of sunshine. I just love working with kids. Especially when she takes my hand and starts walking with me, like I had nothing better to do than walking with her. I cracked up. Dad even said that maybe he'll take the photos while I walk with munchkin :)
"I started at a very young age living and walking in the darkness. I left home and quit school at the age of 14 and went to work. My life was filled with drugs, alcohol, violence and crime. Chasing after something I was never going to catch and not knowing what that something was. I was lost. In 1994 I came to the Lord and asked for Him to save me. My life was turned around, I was living for the Lord. In 1995 my mother passed away due to cancer. I had never felt such pain. I was angry and filled with hate. I gave God the blame, and I turned my back on God that day. I went and turned back to my dark lifestyle again. Over the next 22 years I landed myself in places and situations that no one would want to be. I went to prison, lost my family, lost friends, pretty much burned every bridge that I had. Every year was getting worse than the year before. I was literally going crazy. I was trying to kill myself, but I was too scared to go through with it. Then, in 2017, things started to spiral out of control, I was at the end of my road. I turned to God and asked Him to save me. I told God that I was tired of living that lifestyle, I wanted to be saved, I wanted to come home. On September 01, 2017, God saved me. He took my pain and hurt and has filled me with His love. I am a new man! My world is bright and filled with hope. I LOVE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. Through Jesus bringing me back home to Him, my wife came to know Jesus Christ. On December 17, 2017, my wife and I were baptized at the Immanuel Baptist Church Wiesbaden. Thank you, Lord Jesus!! ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!"
Ah ,the joys of being finally outside in the beautiful sunshine, soaking up all the rays and breathing in the fresh spring air.
This beautiful family has been trusting me with capturing them ever since little man was yet in Mommy's tummy and I must say it is such a great honour. It is such an honour seeing him grow. Love it how he calls me and says: "Bogi, look an airplane." And if I really think about it, it was just yesterday she contacted me with maternity photos.
I admit, I can maybe sew the bottom of a curtain or a napkin but thats how far my talent goes when it comes to sewing.
Foluke, is the top of the top when it comes to designing and sewing. I have seen her work numerous times on brides, on ladies ready for a night out and of course on herself.
I found this quite fitting, so here I am reposting:
"So this got me thinking...💗
•Kylie Jenner releases a lip gloss, and people buy it.
•Michael Jordan puts out a new shoe, people buy it.
•Apple releases a new phone and people stand in line for it - at daybreak.
•Oprah promotes a weight loss program, everyone jumps on board.
A friend starts a new business, people are wary of buying and supporting them
Why are we so quick to support someone we don't know, who has plenty of money already. Yet we come up with a million reasons not to support someone we know and love and trust
When you support small businesses, you are helping that person: to pay thier mortgage, rent, buy food, have a phone & internet connection, pay thier bills and for them to have joy and happiness and well being as they so deserve to have, just like everybody else 💗
It takes a lot of effort for someone to strike up the COURAGE to leave behind the safety of a job and start their own business and then talk to people about it and to make it a success, not to mention the long hours and dedication & hustle from thier heart and soul 💗
So next time you see a friend posting about their business, either online or traditional, don't keep scrolling past, give them a quick like or a positive comment and share, you don't even have to buy the product! It really does help them to feel supported and encouraged and to keep going!"
Of course, feel free to contact her in case you need something gorgeous made! I guarantee, you will not be disappointed.
If I would need to describe myself in three words it would be: I.AM.A.REBEL....yep! right there, a rebel. I do not like to follow main stream, I do not do things because everyone else is doing it. And I definitely run my business differently, but that's another blog post.
I have learned to fly and use my wings quite early on. Growing up as the youngest of nine (6 brothers and 2 sisters) helped me to stand firm in my beliefs. You see, if you wanted to reach something, you sure had to make an effort. My brothers always encouraged me to partake in everything they did. Being a girl was definitely no excuse for not being able to learn how to change the break pads on a 1978 Mercury Zephyr or changing the oil for that matter. I learned quite early on to do whatever I put my mind to. Period.
With this, I developed a very strong sense of belief. And there is not much persuasion you can do to make me waver. For instance, Sundays. No matter what your thought, opinion, or position is, Sunday for me is sacred. I go to church, hang out with friends and family. I read, look through my Pinterest, stare out the window, go for a hike with my boys, sip my beloved espresso and bake a cake or two (or maybe even three). I have my computer off and do not respond emails. I keep this day in order to rest. I rest in my faith. I rest in my family. And I rest in the beauty all around.
I do not think I need to emphasise the fact that this world is spinning way too fast. There are numerous studies showing the harm we obtain from all this multitasking. With the time, I learned that I need to stop and breath. We all need this time to evaluate, look back, hope, plan, look forward and just simply shut off. Rest. Breath.
So in case you ever wondered why I do not respond on Sundays, that is why.