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Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States
They always say you can take the girl out of the country but you can't take the country out of the girl. That's me,and now that I am back in the country I couldn't be happier! Thanks to God, we were able to move on to a 40 acre farm. Life on the farm is busy and we are always learning something new. My husband, Brett is the worlds best handyman. He was raised in town but I think that deep down he has always been a country boy. Together we are learning to raise cattle,chickens, and are even venturing into raising goats.We enjoy gardening and we are learning square foot gardening with the help of our mothers. We are striving towards self-sufficient living and hope to be there soon. Along with a passion for the outdoors and animals I also have a passion for photography. I have owned my photography business for about 13 years now. Nothing gives me more pleasure then to photograph a new baby or a couple getting married and beginning a new life together. I hope that you will join us as we learn new things and enjoy life on the farm.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wow what a year 2012 was! I am just now catching up on everything but still have some work to do. We had a calf the day after Thanksgiving and started milking about a month later. We are loving the fresh milk and butter but are still trying to get use to the 5:00am milkings lol.

In August out next to the youngest adventured out on her own and moved to Kansas. It was hard watching her go but it is nice to have a guest room now :)

In October we took my dad and mom to Colorado so my dad could see his hometown one more time and they could see where my brother lives. We had a great time and made some great memories.

In November we sent my mom to see her mother in Montana. She had a great time and came back with some great stories.

In December our next to oldest daughter graduated from nursing school in Hays, Ks. She is working on her board test now so hopefully she will be able to get a job soon!

I have started teaching a photography class at the Vo Tech and I love it. It has really helped me remember all the things that I learned in college. That has been a just a few years so I have really had to study some.

My husband and I have made some financial goals for this year so I am hoping in December I will be able to make a life changing move and quit my full time job at the school board. Of course this will mean us being very disciplined so I will be reading all the information on frugal living that I can get my hands on. I hope this will move will give me more time to help our parents and spend time with my family, plus spend time developing my business more.

I am really excited about all the challenges that we are facing this year and am ready to face them with God's help. I look forward to sharing how we are managing with you all and will try really hard this year to not let the blog go for so long without checking in :)

Our daughters new home in Kansas.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12,2012

Well I finally had a chance to get 4th of July photos worked up. It was such a fun night and I really enjoyed it! Last year I was so sick I couldn't even make it off the couch and after all the fireworks Brett took me to the emergancy room where they decided to admit me to the hospital. I had been running a high fever of 106 for about 3 days and when I went to the doctor they did a blood test and both my red and white cells were almost bottomed out. They put me on medication to see if it would help but by the 4th I knew I was in trouble. It turned out that I had Ehrlichia Chaffeensis otherwise know as a nasty disease you get from a tick. I was in the hospital for about 3 days and took quite awhile to recover. I really don't even remember last 4th of July. So I wanted to make it up this 4th and that we did. We had a few friends and a lot of family over. I did miss my two girls Niki and Jessica but I guess as our kids get older we do have to share them every so often.

Brett decided that he had to mow, exactly what he was mowing I don't know because of the drought the grass is pretty much dead but he said it needed to be mowed. I personally think that he used it as a great excuse to not have to help with all the cleaning lol. Really he is a great guy and is always doing stuff to help but I just can't help but give him a hard time about something lol.

It's not the 4th without Old Glory

I think everyone had a great time.

To see the rest of the photos go to my facebook and like us.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Seniors 2013

I know that it is not the number one thing on your mind. I know that you are busy having a great summer; hanging out with friends at the lake, taking it easy, or some of you may be working hard to make extra money. But, it is time to start thinking about senior photos believe it or not. What better time to get photos taken! We love doing action shots so for those of you that like to water ski, motorcross, or any other fun action things now is the time to get some photos taken so you can show off all your talent!

R L Photography is taking $25.00 off the setting fee just for mentioning this blog or going to our facebook and liking us http://www.facebook.com/pages/R-L-Photography/145414035492535. Bring a friend and recieve another $25.00 discount. So that means that you would only pay $25.00 for your setting!!

Give us a call and lets get your session scheduled!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Anna's Wedding

Well we did it!!! Anna and Jeremiah had a beautiful wedding thanks to many people. Jannie did all the flowers which turned out beautiful; I don't know what we would do without all her talent!!! Tim and Cheryl, my brother and sister in law came all the way from Montana and were a blessing to have around to help. My parents pitched in with all the excitement and helped also. Oh yeah... I cannot forget my dear husband who pitched in also and helped me stay sane the whole time.

I have photographed many weddings but this was my first one to put on. To tell you the truth photographing a wedding is sooooo much easier!! Things really did go smooth and there were only a few things that we...well I guess I should say I lost. Let me just say one thing, it is not a good thing to lose the ring bearers pants lol. I know I put everything together but somehow I managed to lose the pants. At the very last minute I went to get him some new ones, which by the way is really hard to find in our small town. I did manage to find some and rushed to the church. My poor little grandson went to put them on and couldn't even get them to button up, they were way too small! So, I sent the groom and his brother to exchange them. Something told me that was a mistake because not only was I sending two men to get pants for a little boy but I was sending the groom right before the wedding to do something that could possibly make him late to his own wedding. Well they made it back on time but the only pants that they could find for him was a size 18 and he is a size 10!!! Believe it or not we made it work, we called GRANDMA!! She brought the safety pins and the guys pinned them up.

I think that I should defiantly stick to just photographing weddings, either that or next time hire a wedding coordinator. In the end things turned out beautiful and the kids had a great time thanks to everyone that pitched in.

I would like to give a special thank you to my mother in law who once again made things beautiful. Your talent is amazing, your love in unending, and I couldn't love you more!!!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Last night I was out feeding and saw the moon coming up. It was gorgous so I rushed to the house to get the camera. By time I got back outside, which was only about 2 min or less, it had already came up. It was still a beautiful site!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Well our little girl Jessica did it, she graduated on May 18th. Her plans for college is to go to Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas, the same college that I graduated from! I can't believe that the time has come for her to leave us. I know she is just going 30 miles away but it seems like 100 miles to me. There are so many things that you try to install in your children as you raise them, good morals, high standards, and a love for God. In the end it is up to them and you just pray that they remember everything that you have taught them.

I am so proud of Jessica, she has kept her standards high and she is a very loving, caring person. I am proud to call her my daughter. I will miss her so much when she goes away to college in the fall and it is going to seem strange to not have her at the house any longer. And of course I will miss her help! She has always been a big help around the house even if it did take a little or a lot of persuading. In the end she always came through and has made my life much easier. Now that she will be gone we won't have that person there telling us to pick up after ourselves and I can't imagine what the house is going to look like now. Guess that just means that she will have to come home on the weekends to make sure that things aren't getting too bad.

Jessica, from your dad and I both, we love you and are soooooo proud of you. Don't ever change who you are and continue to hold your self high. Don't forget God, and remember to keep him close to you. May you always have that shining smile on your face and may life be everything that you want and more. Don't forget us either! Love Mom and Dad