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Precious Friends

February 17, 2012

So one of the things, among many, that I’ve been slacking on is updating my blog with some of the pictures I’ve been privileged to take. The end of 2011 was fairly busy for my photography hobby as several sweet families asked me to take pictures for Christmas cards and the like. One of those sweet families happened to be some of Elio and I’s very great friends- Melissa and Jake and their adorable son, Jackson. I had been dying to take some pictures of this cutie so when Jake and Melissa were in Gainesville – we met up on campus and had a Jackson photo shoot. He was very accommodating and these are some of my favorites.


Mad Max

January 26, 2012

It’s been a while and I have a ton of photos I want to share but I’m still working on how to integrate my photography site and my blog. So not sure how long that might take-hopefully I’ll get it all figured out fairly soon. I’ve had a great time taking pictures for some folks at church and have really loved it. If you want to check out some of the pictures, they are at Since I’m too lazy to move pictures from that site to this blog, I’d thought I’d share some pictures of what is taking most of our time these days….

I know I’m biased, but isn’t he such a handsome dog! This was taken a park that we go to fairly regularly. Max loves it. He’s started obedience classes and he’s pretty much one of the worst dogs in the class. I think maybe he’s just a slow learner.  In the above picture, you can see he’s wearing his e-collar. At first, I didn’t feel good about using an e-collar as it sounds so mean. So before we put it on Max, Elio tried it on himself. And then I wanted to see what it felt like too so I put my hand on it as well. And seriously, it feels like a static electricity “buzz”–not painful at all. Feeling better about our decision to buy the e-collar, we put it on Max and began giving him commands. Let me preface by saying-he knew all the commands we were giving him. He had done each of them tens, if not hundreds, of times.  But he gets a stubborn streak and refuses to listen. When Max chose not to complete the command, we buzzed him. He jumped 3 feet in the air and acted like a total baby. I felt bad for about 5 seconds until I realized that he became a different dog afterwards. He listened to EVERYTHING we asked him to do. AMAZING. Now, we just put the collar on and we don’t even have to use it. He just sees the collar and behaves.  Best. Purchase. Ever.

We did read a ton of training manuals regarding the e-collar before using it so we would know how to properly use it with him. I strongly suggest reading as much as you can before ever attempting to use an e-collar because if not used correctly, I’m sure it could set back a dog’s training. So definitely do your homework before purchasing but it has made a big difference for us.

See how attentive he is:

We’ve totally turned into dog people (which is a HUGE deal for Elio 🙂 ) but with such a sweet dog, I guess it’s hard not to.

A visit from friends

October 10, 2011

Some of our favorite people came to see us this weekend and during a break from gator hunting we got in some picture time 🙂

Adorable Hobie

Love ’em!

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

October 5, 2011

The past three weeks I’ve been on the road and it has been great so I thought I’d share a few snapshots from my phone.


White House


Kennedy Center


New Mexico


Carousel milking machine–holds 72 cows!


3000 calf huts




Biosphere in AZ


Inside biosphere




Diamondbacks game in AZ


Quick nap at home 🙂


China town in DC


Washington monument


US Capitol


River Rats

August 24, 2011

Saturday we took Max out on the boat for the first time 🙂

He loved it! I thought he might be scared of the loud engine or the water…nope! Elio was pretty excited that he liked the boat so well.

He actually couldn’t wait to get out of the boat and check out the water. We took him to a pretty shallow place to let him get the hang of it.

Shake it off!

And MUCH to our surprise, he even did some retrieving! We didn’t bring his bumper (foam thing he usually retrieves in the yard) so he fetched a water hyacinth that Elio tossed to him.

This puppy really has stolen our hearts.

Overall, an absolutely fantastic day being River Rats!

Heart Abandoned

August 13, 2011

This past week we had a great time with our friends Michael, Carrie and Kimberly at the Hillsong United concert in Jacksonville. They were INCREDIBLE. Hillsong United is a Christian band from Australian. They were all so sweet and you could tell that there hearts were to see our generation come to know Christ as their Savior. I can’t tell you how good it felt to sing my heart out in praise to Jesus. It was so nice to just focus on him for a couple of hours and remember how awesome He is. In my day to day life I get so wrapped up in the routine of life and its busyness. It was just so sweet to sing out

“I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned in awe of the One who gave it all, I’ll stand , my soul Lord to you surrendered, all I have is Yours”

This concert really refreshed my spirit and renewed my commitment as a follower of Jesus. I just think its awesome that Jesus says he didn’t come to condemn the world but to save it. What a Savior!

More Max pictures coming soon!



“I don’t want a puppy….”

August 3, 2011

Really? Sure is hard to tell.