a story of God’s provision

stories, thoughts, words

As many of you know, lately I have been wanting to buy a DSLR camera.  Ideally I would get one before we went to New Mexico and before a friend’s wedding, so basically before November.

First, my friends Casey and Eric had the idea to do a raffle to raise money for me buying a camera, with the prize being me doing a photoshoot for someone.  It seemed like a great idea and was working out, until we found out that doing a raffle as an individual in Texas was… illegal.  So, that door closed.

Second, I started pursuing looking on Craigslist for used cameras, planning to buy one of what I have in savings.  God opened doors  there – it seemed like it was working out to  go that path.  I had contacted one guy, in Mansfield who was selling a Nikon D80 and and 18-55mm  lens, for $600.  But it wasn’t working out smoothly to meet with him, and then, that evening I looked on Craigslist again, because Casey had encouraged me not to get my heart set on one specific camera.   And, there was another D80 listed, with an 18-135mm lens, for $100 less!  Dad called the guy (who was named Ernie… I thought he would be an old man) and it turned out that he had only had the camera for a few months and then got a D90, and that (this is the best part) he was a worship pastor!  We met him after church at his church (also in Mansfield… it seems like I’m fated to buy cameras from people in Mansfield) and now I own a camera!

It’s like Amy’s story of how she got a job… God just dropped the opportunity in her lap, and it turned out to be the perfect one.

Praise the Lord.  That’s all I can say.


happy flea market day.

a day in the life, photographic journeys, photos, stories, thoughts, words

it no longer seems like fall.  it seemed like fall at the end of summer, but now it seems like summer again.


^ purchase of the day: vintage luggage for $2.  !!!

don’t worry auntie steph.  smiling with teeth pictures are coming soon.


^ vintage buttons.  a handful for $1.


^ smile with teeth!



goodwill.  craziness of tons of people. trying on things over my clothes because of the lines for the dressing rooms.  finding sweet deals.  everything being 50% off.

flea market.  barely getting there and buying vintage luggage because i just had to have it.  staying around this one booth because it had all the cool vintage stuff.  paperdolls, letters, cards, envelopes.  spanish money.

a.w. perry museum.  going through an old house.  being reminded of greenfield village.  sack races.  petting zoo.  horses, chickens, goats, bunnies.   some old(er) ladies tell us about spinning and grinding corn and coffee and about the courting candle. old russian ladies telling us that we should pick the pomegranites after we already had.

amy coming home.  hearing about esoal and feeling for her and her bruises.

old town antique store.  old maps.  70% off a ton of stuff.

taking tons of pictures.

storms & cameras

a day in the life, photos, stories, thoughts, words

“hey melissa i turned off the computers cause it’s stormy.  i’m gonna go outside and take pictures.”


^ umbrella, tripod, camera bag [really a purse- the one i call my duffel bag]


^ street light


^ afterwards:  french vanilla ice cream, cold hot chocolate–not chocolate milk, favorite kermit straw, photography magazine, book, camera

happy sad occasion

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^ ha, this has nothing to do with the happy sad occasion, which was the august 08 school of discipleship graduation (with gfa.)  this is the project i’m helping with.  researching selling barbies and hot wheels cars.


^ the cake we picked up at costco


^ during the graduation


^ ice cream!  there was ice cream!  i don’t EVER remember there being ice cream for us to eat at a gfa event, except maybe at friday night prayer when there was ice cream with warm brownies, and when auntie betty had it for us at lunch.


^ melissa dancing around with jenna


^ rylee, jenna and asa all got balloons.  i got a balloon too, but i inhaled the helium from it instead of tying it around my wrist.



^ micah was a little present

warm blur

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i scanned these in today… they’re all from my 35mm slr.


^ when it was really golden at sunset after a storm


^ when the guys came over for dinner


^ ponies against army men


^ melissa with her new camera


^ after tuesday night prayer


^ process of changing our room


^ cassie, sharlena, and clara at broken arrow bible ranch probably 5 or so years ago [found the rolls of film and developed/printed them]

more will be shared in the future!

father, hear me when i call on your name, answer me now