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feelings of thanks and joy

Maybe it’s the beautiful weather outside today; or maybe it’s the fact that I’m wearing a “new” {from the thrift store} sweater today in my favorite color, green; or maybe it’s the fun convo about old random songs happening on Twitter amongst some of my friends…Whatever it is, my spirit, which was a little low this morning, has buoyed and I am now feeling so thankful and joyful about so many things!

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First, I am thankful today for my health! I rarely get sick, so yesterday when I got sick five times {that’s polite code for “threw up”}, it was not cool at all. But today, I am almost back to feeling completely fine. And it makes me so grateful that God has blessed me with really good health.

I am also feeling especially thankful for having friends who love God. That might sound weird to some of you, but it is so refreshing and uplifting to me. It is not uncommon for me to have phone/text/email/Facebook/Twitter conversations that revolve around Christ, on a daily basis, with one or more of my friends. The fact that we can discuss godly things without any pretense or awkwardness is priceless to me!

I am extremely thankful for my church, LifeChurch.tv, and the opportunities and relationships it has provided for me. As I mentioned, I was sick yesterday, so I had to miss Switch last night. Switch is the youth ministry at our church. I volunteer every Wednesday night, and it is always one of the highlights of my week. Having to miss last night was the worst thing about being sick. Also, this past Monday night, I had the opportunity to serve with The Spero Project. It was an awesome experience, one which will become a monthly thing for me; and I promise to blog about it!

Of course, I couldn’t post about being thankful without mentioning my amazing family! This past Sunday, we all gathered at my parents’ house for a combined birthday celebration for several of us. Any time spent with my family is sweet and precious to me! I am especially in awe of my adorable nephews and beautiful niece, as I watch them grow and mature.

So, there’s my heart today, at this moment. Looking forward to meeting with my wonderful LifeGroup tonight! Excited about a shoot of a good friend I will be doing this Saturday. Loving my life, loving my God!


Isaiah 32:16 Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field. 17 And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. 18 My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest. 19 Even if the forest should be destroyed and the city torn down, 20 the Lord will greatly bless his people. Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up.

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Jamie NealJanuary 27, 2011 - 6:55 pm

So sweet! You picture is beautiful!!! Just lovely.

~abi~January 27, 2011 - 9:54 pm

thank you! :)

CassieJanuary 28, 2011 - 11:25 pm


central park snowman

The weather in Oklahoma this week has been really nice. I can’t and won’t complain a bit. However, today I am dreaming of a winter wonderland scene, such as I saw while in New York for New Year’s.

This snowman wearing a green scarf in Central Park brings a smile to my heart.

{photo by me}

This week is flying by for me. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday.


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jaredwanzerphotographyJanuary 26, 2011 - 4:12 pm

definitely needs to be on canvas!

tinaJanuary 26, 2011 - 6:17 pm

This is a stunning photo Abi! Love it!!!

tuesday toes

Last time I got a pedicure, I was in the holiday spirit. This time, it took me all of two seconds to zero in on this perfect dark shade of my favorite color, green! This makes me happy.


Happy Tuesday, friends! :)


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And KathleenJanuary 25, 2011 - 9:43 pm

Glittery green nails always remind me of Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles from Cabaret. If you haven't seen it you must rent it right this second.

~abi~January 25, 2011 - 9:50 pm

i haven't seen it, but i will watch it asap! :)

my bff jen

This is my friend Jen. She and I have known each other for going on twenty-five years! In December, I was able to do a shoot of Jen and her adorable daughter Emma down in Dallas. I’ll share photos of Emma and both of them together soon, but today I just wanted to show off my bff Jen.

Jen is one of those friends who I can tell anything. Absolutely anything. And never will she judge me.


Jen is strong. She is the living, breathing definition of “survivor”. She has gone through more crazy stuff than pretty much anyone I know, and yet she has weathered it all and come through with her sense of humor intact, still loving and living life.


Jen is not afraid to ask the hard questions. She thinks things through deeply before forming opinions or convictions. I admire her ability to question and yet still believe.


Obviously, Jen is beautiful! {Quick, what actress does she look like?? :)} Whenever I am anywhere with Jen, it seems like people are always telling her how beautiful she is. :) I love her hair and eye color combo! So pretty!


Actually, Jen is not really just one of my best friends. She is family. Our hearts are bonded in a way that is usually reserved for siblings.


Love you, Jen!!!


ps Get this: I found those pretty amazing leather boots for Jen at Goodwill for $6.99!!! :) Also, I know Jen got her scarf and skirt at the thrift store, too! Yay for thrifty best friends! ;)

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Kathleen MillerJanuary 25, 2011 - 9:48 pm

Abi, once again- you are such a gifted photographer and ARTIST. These are aamzing! I love al the different patterns, textures, colors, etc. SO fun. Those boots are MY FAVORITE! I want some like that more than anything. size 7.5 ;) ;)

~abi~January 25, 2011 - 9:53 pm

thank you! i'll keep an eye out for some boots for you! ;)

Huntington PhotographyJanuary 25, 2011 - 10:52 pm

Great Job Abi! Couldn't agree with you more on the Amy Adams look alike.

Hayley WellsJanuary 27, 2011 - 1:37 pm

Great job Abi – the pictures are amazing! What is even more amazing is the fact that you were able to put into words how special/wonderful/original/EVERYTHING Jen is to people like you and me. Thank you for doing this :)

~abi~January 27, 2011 - 2:22 pm

thank you, john!

and thank you, hayley – means a lot coming from another best friend of jen's!!!

Kelly BeaneJanuary 28, 2011 - 3:14 pm

Jen is so very fabulous and these photos are the perfect representation of that! Awesome session!

CassieJanuary 28, 2011 - 11:20 pm

Jen you look amazing!! Love the outfit! Love the pix!! Love love love!!!

[…] pix to post next week. So, if you’re unfamiliar with my life or my blog, this is my BFF Jen and her daughter Emma.  As I was readying these photos to post, I was thinking about my wonderful […]

sometimes i rock tennis shoes

Anyone who knows me would probably describe me as a “heels girl” when it comes to my footwear of choice. But lately, I have been craving the instant feeling of coolnes that comes with sporting a fresh pair of kicks. And since I am ever in the pursuit of that elusive label of “being cool”, I figured some sweet tennis shoe outfits might do the trick. And yes, I do usually plan my outfits around my shoes. You don’t?

My too-cool-for-school friend Cassie got me this awesome pair for my birthday. Love ’em! Thanks, Cass!

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I especially enjoy the fade from dark to light purple.

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{sweater dress and leggings – Ross; belt – Rue 21}

This rad yellow pair I’ve had in my closet for months and months. I think I’ve worn them once, or maybe twice. Got ’em at Ross.

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{shoes – Ross; black skinnies {actually they’re jeggings, i just hate calling them that} – by Elle at Kohls; plaid shirt – Tommy Hilfiger from Goodwill :)}

Have a fun weekend, friends. Be cool. ;)


***In case you can’t tell, these are all phone pix, so don’t judge color and quality too harshly, ‘kay? :)***

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~abi~January 25, 2011 - 5:00 pm

yay! love you, cass!