Tuesday, September 23, 2008


To make a long story short, I have recently started pursuing my dream of becoming a photographer, and I owe a HUGE THANK YOU to Chris Hsieh at La Brisa Photography for helping me get started! He has allowed me to follow him around on several occasions including a wedding! He even trusts me with his camera and lets me take pictures at every event! It's not often enough that you run across genuine people like him! If you get a chance, check out his website and blog to take a look at his talent!

This past weekend he let me take his camera and practice with it. I ended up taking some pictures of a friend for her college senior pictures and finished with a few good ones. I'm a work-in-progress and hopefully will get better with time and experience! I plan on shadowing Chris and learning as much possible within the next 9 months before him and his wife move. Thanks Chris! And thanks Amanda for referring me to him! My goal is to start my own photography business this January, and specialize in weddings and special events. This will hopefully allow me to be a full time teacher as well as a photographer.

Here's a couple of the good ones I got this weekend. And yes, unfortunately, she's a big KU fan...:(

Monday, September 8, 2008

Praise God!

Billy was released on Friday from the hospital! The blood clot in his lung is gone and his cough has cleared up. He still has 2 blood clots in his leg, but he's on some medicine that will hopefully help them stay put or thin out. He was able to come to Hays this weekend and celebrate Caleb's 3rd birthday! I gave Caleb a bat, glove, and baseball for his birthday, and of course he thought it was pretty awesome! :)
And in case you missed it.....Jimmie Johnson won again this weekend! What a STUD! The chase is on with 10 races to go. And some more good news....the Chiefs lost! All of this gets a great big HOORAY!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Yesterday was his first day they let him shower and take a ride in the wheel chair out of his room! He was ecstatic! Unfortunately this morning Billy woke up with a terrible cough. They have determined he has bronchitis and put him on some strong antibiotics. The cough is very painful for him, and it also raises the chances for the blood clot to move towards the heart. They have discouraged any visitors for now because he needs to get as much rest as he can. They will be running several tests tomorrow to look again at the blood clot to see if it has moved or if the size has changed. Please keep him and my family in your prayers as well as the Doctors.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Prayer Request

On Saturday night my brother headed to the emergency room with 2 blood clots, one in each leg. Sunday morning one of the blood clot's traveled to his lung. They are currently trying to monitor and hopefully thin out both of the blood clots. His heart rate has been ranging from 40-150 bpm which has caused some scare and worry. They believe this is caused from anxiety Billy is having from what he's going through, and they have not found anything wrong with his heart. They have tossed around the idea of moving him to Denver or Wichita, but the risks are high for doing that. He is currently in the Colby hospital, where they plan on keeping him there for awhile. Please keep him in your prayers as well as our family, especially his wife and 3 kids.