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Our Babymoon : The Florida Keys

Travel is something that the hubby and I have come to enjoy immensely since we’ve been married. We’ve managed to see 9 different countries in our almost 4 years of marriage. So naturally, we wanted to make one more trip before our little one comes into the world in less than a month! We had been in talks with our dear friends, Wendy and Andrew, about a trip and after much back and forth, we finally decided on the Florida Keys. None of us had been there, and it would provide just the right amount of relaxation and adventure. I think it was the great decision. We were so happy to get away for a few days and spend some time with our friends who we left behind in Alabama when we moved to California. It really made us miss home when we stepped off the plane in Key West to the heat and humidity. I didn’t think I’d ever say that I missed humidity, but it really does so much good for your skin. Since we’ve lived in Cali, my skin has been terrible (a combination of dry air and hard water I think), but after just 2 days in Florida it was all cleared up and glowing, as a pregnant lady should be.

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We stayed at a small, but very nice resort called Tranquility Bay in Marathon. We booked the beachfront condo and it was definitely worth it to wake up and have morning coffee looking out at the water. Mostly, we relaxed the whole time, but Wendy and I did venture out one day for some pampering at a spa while our hubbys went deep sea fishing. They caught some yellowtail snapper that we ate for dinner our last two nights and it was delicious! We also took half a day and drove over to Key West and walked around to check out the sites. Be prepared to see chickens and roosters everywhere. All in all, I think my favorite part was witnessing some amazing sunsets.

It was truly a great trip! We really didn’t want to go home. I’m not sure where we’ll go next, but I have a feeling it might be a little while because our next adventure begins in about 3 weeks more or less as we embark on the journey called “parenthood”.

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There it is, the massive baby bump, or at least it seems massive to me. 31 weeks.

There it is, the massive baby bump, or at least it seemed massive to me. 31 weeks pregnant.

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Summer Space Jam : Cornerstone Community Church : Manteca CA Photographer

When Trey and I moved to California almost 6 months ago, we knew that we had to find a church family. We simply had to. We left behind such a wonderful church family in Alabama that helped us grow and enjoy life. We knew that acclimating to life here would be so much easier if we could find a new church community to get involved with, and we were so happy to find Cornerstone Community Church in Manteca. They just welcomed us in and made us feel like we’ve always been there.

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Mark and Emilie are the Childrens Pastors at Cornerstone and they are just fantastic! My hubby and I became fast friends with them and because of that friendship, we have had opportunities to volunteer and serve with their ministry. This was their first VBS since coming to Cornerstone roughly a year ago, and I think they should get an A+ for their work, they did a great job! I mean, they even built a spaceship on the roof of the church for crying out loud!!

I had the pleasure of capturing some images on their last day of Space Jam and it was evident the impact it had on these kids. To see them listening so intently to what Pastor Mark had to say and how they worshipped like they were not ashamed was so special. It also challenged me and reminded me of this verse.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. ~Matthew 18:1-4

God calls us to have faith like a child. These kids were not afraid to make their prayer requests to God by writing them on prayer flags. They were not afraid to dance and sing to God. We should also present ourselves to God unafraid. We should pray and worship without fear. Fear of what our spouses, family and friends will think of us. Fear of what we might have to give up in order to live in God’s will. Fear of what we might be called to do. If we say our relationship with God is the most important thing in our life, yet we never open up to God and show him that He is, is He really the most important thing in our life? I had to ask myself, do I really live in a way that shows God is the most important relationship in my life? Do I have faith like a child?

I hope you see these images and are challenged just as I was. Let your faith be like that of a child.

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cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry
cornerstone community church manteca california childrens ministry

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Monica & Andrew : Lodi Lake Maternity : Manteca CA Photographer

Monica and Andrew are so sweet together and they’re expecting their first child together in September, a girl!

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I met them at Lodi Lake Park for an early morning session which worked out great since things are starting to heat up here in the Valley. They are very excited and I couldn’t have been more thankful they asked me to capture these images for them to remember this special time. It was a totally different experience for me to shoot this session while I am myself expecting my first little one (a boy due in July). It’s a time full of strange new feelings and emotions as well as absolute joy and anticipation as you await the arrival of this little person that you have nurtured inside you for months. Having no idea who or what they will be like, but loving them completely already. Congratulations Monica & Andrew!!! May your lives be so blessed!
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lodi lake maternity photography manteca california photographer
lodi lake maternity photography manteca california photographer
lodi lake maternity photography manteca california photographer
lodi lake maternity photography manteca california photographer
A beautiful mama-to-be!
lodi lake maternity photography manteca california photographer
lodi lake maternity photography manteca california photographer
lodi lake maternity photography manteca california photographer
lodi lake maternity photography manteca california photographer
lodi lake maternity photography manteca california photographer
lodi lake maternity photography manteca california photographer
lodi lake maternity photography manteca california photographer

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Deseree & Chris : Oakdale Engagement : Manteca CA Wedding Photographer

This couple holds a special place in my heart. They were the first couple to book with me since we moved to California. It meant a lot that they believed in me and my work without having shot a single thing in California yet. At my initial meeting with them, I got the feeling that they were a cool couple, having been together since high school, they know each other through and through. They’re laid-back and cute-as-pie together which made for a stunning set of photos.

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We shot their session at Oakdale Recreation Area. It was a great place for photos with its untamed beauty, it even reminded me a bit of sweet home Alabama. I am so looking forward to their October wedding at Wine and Roses in Lodi. I know it will be a day filled with more genuine smiles and gorgeousness from these two!
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oakdale recreation area engagement manteca ca wedding photographer
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Our first California adventures : Muir Woods & Yosemite

There is still so much yet to explore but here are some images from our first ventures out into this beautiful state.

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Everything just feels so grand and majestic about the Woods and Yosemite. I had such a feeling of reverence and awe for the beauty of God’s creation, like you wouldn’t ever want to do anything to change it. I’m glad they are protected national parks that can be enjoyed and treasured.
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We took a little detour on the way home from the Woods to check out the San Francisco skyline. Such a cool moment!
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