Thankfullness

I am thankful….
for my Great Uncle Robert who went to Vietnam as a medic and died trying to help a wounded solider. For each of his brothers that also served in the military.
For both my Grandpas who served in the Navy and the Army.
For my Uncle who was a translator for the Army during Operation Desert Storm.
For my step cousins who are in the Marines, one of whom served 3 tours in Iraq.
For our close Marine friend Nate who served overseas in Afghanistan and is separated from his family for training today.
For my friends in the National Guard and Marines who were also deployed to Iraq.
For my Dad-in-law who was a Marine and lost part of his hearing while serving and working on Marine Corp aircraft.
For my brother-in-law who is excelling in his career in the Army and also served in Afghanistan.
For my husband who served for over 8 years honoring fallen Coasties and keeping America safe.

For the hundreds of men and women I’ve met through my husbands military career that I’ve been honored and blessed to spend time with.

For every person who has ever joined the military to serve and protect our country.

They served because they wanted to keep us free. They sacrificed time with their family, their physical health, even their lives.
For this I’m am sincerely and eternally grateful.
Today is Veteran’s Day.
Please find someone who’s served our country and thank them. It’s the least you can do!

i ♥ faces ~ Teens-Only Challenge


Eternity is Black and White
by Ryan Romero
Age 19
this week’s challenge at i faces is Teens Only! The most talented photographer in my family has got to be my younger brother Ryan! I’ve put up several of his incredibly shots on my blog before. He amazes me at how much natural talent he posses and he has a knack of always thinking up creative angels and shots that would have never crossed my mind. He was so excited to be a part of this week’s challenge!
Be sure to go and check out all the other talented teen’s pictures here as well!

i heart faces ~ Focusing on Angles

baby reflection

This week at i ♥ faces the theme is Focusing on Angles. I haven’t entered a challenge for awhile but when I saw this one I just had to enter the picture above! It’s one of my all time favorites! Hope you enjoy it as well!
To see the other cool angles be sure to hop on over to i ♥ faces! 🙂

iheartfaces ~ We Are Family

This week at iheartfaces the photo challenge is We Are Family. This picture immediately came to mind. It was taken at Amber’s first birthday party and shows the four generations in my family. My mom, I, and Amber are also all the oldest children in our family, which I think is pretty cool 🙂 If you want to see more wonderful families go check out the entries for this week!

I Heart Faces ~ Best Face Photo

This week at i heart faces it’s their birthday and they’re having the theme this week be “Best Face Photo” the catch is that the pic needs to be one you’ve taken either in January or February. So I chose this one of Amber on Christmas Eve. I just love the excitement in her eyes! 😀 To see all the other adorable faces hop on over to their blog!

I Heart Faces ~ Happy Birthday!

smiling baby
It’s i ♥ faces very first birthday! I so enjoy entering the photo challenge each week even though I know I don’t have a prayer to win, lol. (They allow professional entries so my stuff is definitely sub-par!!!) I just love this picture of Amber because  I think it makes her look just like a little elf! This week they’re having a super fun contest so be sure to hop on over and view all the other fantastic faces on their blog!
“I am submitting this photo into the I Heart Faces logo photo contest. By entering, I am granting I Heart Faces LLC permission to consider my photo for use in the marketing and promotion of their website.”

i Heart faces ~ Pets Only!

frog
This week over at i ♥ faces the theme is Pet’s Only. Since we rent the closest thing I can get to a pet is all the little critters I find around our condo. This little guy was hanging out on our sun porch so I did a quick photo shoot with him till releasing him to the wild 🙂
For more beyond adorable pet pics “hop” on over and see the other entries!

i heart faces ~ Sweet Dreams

 

baby Amber at Easter
This week’s theme at i ♥ faces is Sweet Dreams. Of course I had to go back and find a sweet newborn picture of Amber 🙂 This is from the photo shoot I tried to do for her first Easter. She screamed bloody murder the whole time so I resorted to popping in her paci. She immediately fell asleep, lol. 🙂 It’s hard to believe my busy little toddler was this sweet sleepy baby!

 
For other Sweet Dreams hop on over and look at the other entries!

I Heart Tooshies!

 

This week I Faces is going bottoms up! I only have a few tooshie pics, and most are naked Amber tooshy pics, and as those weren’t allowed I opted to go with this pic of me and Amber’s tooshies! 🙂 I really do love this pic, my mom took it of us walking at the Fair in August.
For more fun tooshie pics head on over to see the other entries! I especially love this one from Monkeys on the Bed!!!

 

I Heart Faces Sun Flare

This week over at I Faces the theme is Sun Flare. Very sadly my slowly dying point and shoot camera can’t take sun flare pictures. *cries*
My brother Ryan takes amazing sun flare pictures, but I don’t have any of his that have faces! So although I’m not entering this week’s competition I thought I’d still tell you all about it and show you some more of my brother’s amazing work 🙂 Enjoy! And if you’d like to see sun flare and faces hop on over to the entries!