home.

home.ย  1. “To the place where one lives”. 2. “The place where one lives permanently, esp. as a member of a family or household”. 3. “An environment offering security and happiness.” 4. “Feeling an easy competence and familiarity”. 5. “ The place, such as a country or town, where one was born or has lived for a long period”.

the first 5 definitions that popped up on my screen as i Googled “home” this morning. truth is, lately i have been missing our acme home. not that sc and i don’t love it here in kelowna, we do. it is beautiful and warm and the change is exciting. it’s just that “home” hasn’t left our minds, nor should it. and so i thought it appropriate to tribute those “things” that are stuck in our minds about home, and the people who are there that we miss.

if you are from a small town, (and i am talking SMALL town, like under 500 people small..) you will understand how everyone knows everyone. you have all grown up together, lived through everything together, fought together, cried together, laughed together and been together forever. being from a small town myself, an even smaller town than acme, i knew right away that it is not always easy to be the ‘new girl’, and sometimes it is hard to fit into these cohesive groups where it is more like a bunch of siblings then “normal friends”. i remember my first visit to acme with scott. i was terrified! here i was, going to meet one of the most important groups of people in his life, and even though i knew these were his friends, I felt like it was more of a “meet the family”. i remember thinking, ‘how could i ever become as good of friends with any of these people if i haven’t known them my whole life’, ‘what if they didn’t like me’. ‘what if they didn’t want to like me’… if only i had known that i would also see these people as close as “family” in a matter of 2 years.

after meeting them, all of my concerns about being the new girl were gone. i was quickly welcomed into this small group of amazing people. people who have been friends for longer than they could remember. they were kind, accepting, inviting, and most of all some of the funnest, most amazing people i have ever been around. these people are genuine, and some of the most caring, hardworking and honest individuals that i know. people who would do anything for not only scott, but they would do anything for me and even for my family no matter what. people who take time out of their busy schedules and busy lives to come help build a fence, lay sod, or move furniture, go for a drive, or to just come for a visit. these are people who make a community a home, and make a newcomer feel welcome.

i am soo incredibly honored to now be able to call these people some of my greatest friends and i am thankful to have so many of these amazing people our lives. i know that these are the types of friendships that will last a lifetime, no matter where we all live. i’m not sure if it is a small town thing, or if scott and i just got lucky ~but i just wanted to say thank-you to all of those who accepted me into your circle,ย  and that i truly, truly miss you all!! (and i know that scott does too!!).

if any of you have friends like these, be sure to appreciate them and all they do for you, and most importantly be sure to recognize all the fun that you have together. i appreciate the random nights where we stayed up too late solving the world’s problems, the many many drives out to ‘check cows’ and car-dancing ( ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks GDavis), the roadside and neighborly visits, the heart-to-hearts, the drop-in hello’s, the movie nights, evan eating everything in our fridge, the dance parties with the cowboys, the girls late night photoshoots, laughing hysterics, dreaming and planning big trips that may or may not ever happen (haha), pretending to want to go to boot-camp ;), volleyball at the beach court (yes, although very far from the beach, acme does have a beach volleyball court..), the sunday afternoons and the saturday nights… or thursday nights… ;). everything. so thank you all so much. we feel so lucky to have you all in our life, and like i said before, you are all people who make a small town like acme a “home”, our home.<3

 

 

(PS: to all of my hometown Rockyford and Standard friends wondering why you havent’ gotten a blog post (ha ha) ~ i love you all too and it’s coming! soon!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Jayna -

This could not possibly have been more helfupl!

Theresa Bayko -

that photo of Garrett and Jarrett roping is amazing, so neat.

Life is good!

i have so much to be thankful for i don’t even know where to start! so i guess i will start with the weekend itself!

it was such a beautiful and relaxing weekend out at bikini town for thanksgiving with my family. although there were no “bikinis” this time round, it was still so peaceful just to be out there! i love sitting by the warm fire snuggled up on the couch in the living room, the calm water and the orange trees, and BEST OF ALL THE COLD NIGHTS! i love being cozied up in my bed upstairs where it is literally FREEZING and covered in so many blankets that i can hardly move, haha!! it was a bit of a whirlwind trip as scott and i went out to the cabin with my family on thursday night, came home on friday evening, i shot a wedding in vernon on saturday (which was amazing! click here to see teasers!) and then after a long day of shooting sc met me in vernon and we drove to sicamous, got in the boat and made a midnight run up the lake to get back to the cabin for another 2 days. although it may have been a busy couple days of back and forth, the calmness once we were there was absolutely perfect <3. our weekend was filled with laughter, love and good company (and studying, too, unfortunately for scott and steph ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

the quietness at the cabin gave me lots of time to think. and given the time of year, i found myself frequently thinking about what i am thankful for ~ something that i need to make an effort to do more than just once a year. i found myself going through the events and the changes in my life throughout the year, and i came up with so many things that i owe gratitude towards that it completely overwhelmed me.

this year has been so amazing, and i am so thankful for my husband and the insane amounts of fun that we have together. i am also thankful for his wonderful family who i am now able to call my own. i am thankful for my mom and my dad who are both some of my very best friends, as well my idols in life. i am thankful for my sister who is always there for me and who i can laugh endlessly with. i am thankful for the beauty that surrounds me and that i am able to capture that through my camera. i am so so thankful for all of YOU ~ the readers of my blog and fans of my photography business. i am thankful for the opportunity to set out on a journey for a career that i am in love with. i am thankful for my friends and all of the people in my life who love me and support me. i am thankful for the path that my husband and i are on together, and for the dreams i have about where we are headed for in the future. life is good! and i am sooo so thankful for that!

 

here are a few photos that i snapped over the weekend.

my family all together before we left the cabin this morning. we won’t all be together again until Dec. 26th, when scott and i meet my mom and dad and sister in hawaii for 3 weeks ~ how lucky and thankful are we!?!?

my mom’s wedding rings ~ i am so thankful for her and my dad, and to have such great role models for both life and marriage <3

tucker <3

love.

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Patsy -

Good point. I hadn’t thgouht about it quite that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

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