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day of infamy

December 8, 1941
Franklin Roosevelt “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”
Joint Session of the U.S Congress
Following December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt declares war on Japan.

Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of American was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implication to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

{courtesy of this site}

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my fantastic weekend

This is what a spectacular weekend looks like…

Friday night: a fabulous Christmas party with a sweet friend…
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Saturday afternoon: a wintry wonderland shoot of one of the best couples I think I’ve ever met…
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Saturday night: dinner made for me by my good friend Lindsey, followed by the viewing of Christmas lights in Yukon, OK. This tree display that sparkled and flashed in time with the music was our favorite…
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{phone pic}

Sunday morning: a new favorite outfit…
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…and soul-stirring worship at church…
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{taken w/ my new point and shoot cam}

Sunday evening: hanging out with my girl Kylie {she was one of my Switch girls last year, and I get together with her once a week}…
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Things not pictured above that also made this weekend wonderful:
~getting to stay in bed late on Saturday
~fun phone conversations with good friends
~lunch at my mama’s house on Sunday
~precious bits of time spent with my niece and nephews
~an encouraging facebook message from my pastor

This month has started off beautifully for me! :)

~abi~

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Jamie LeighDecember 6, 2010 - 7:19 pm

Great Pics! Love the little things in life!

stephanieDecember 6, 2010 - 7:30 pm

looks like a lot of fun abi!! love love love that outfit in the first pic…where did you get those tights?!

And KathleenDecember 6, 2010 - 8:29 pm

You are so gorgeous. You make me want to go red!

beauties

For the past few weeks, I have been doing a ton of portrait shoots, editing, and print orders. I absolutely love it! Portraits are so fun for me! After almost ten {!!!!!} years of shooting weddings {with portraits mixed in as well, of course}, I get less excited about weddings these days, and more excited about the freedom and control I have during portrait sessions.

Here is an image from a print order I am working on for my beautiful friend Rhonda. This is her, her adorable niece, and her gorgeous sister.

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Rhonda is the wife of my boss John. For the past few years, I have been blessed with a great job working as the office manager for John and my other boss, Peter. They are both so kind and laid back. Rhonda has a heart of pure gold, and I am so happy that I’ve had the chance to get to know her.

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneDecember 6, 2010 - 4:07 am

Wow, beautiful photo!

gift ideas

I am an avid fan of Twitter. As my pastor, Scott Williams, says, “Twitter is like a river.” Basically, he means that you don’t have to try to read every tweet by every person you follow, but just catch some of the info as it flows by.

Yesterday, I noticed a tweet posted by Promise Tangeman, a very cool chick who designs, photographs, and creates awesome art. She posted about giving gifts this season that give back. Today, I headed over to her blog and checked out her list. I thought it was pretty great, so I thought I’d share it here with you:

Promise Tangeman’s Christmas Gift Guide 2010!! 10 Gifts That Give Back

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finer with age

Today is the first day of the last month in my twenties. Not to be too dramatic about it, but–never mind, let’s just be dramatic about this! It’s my last month in my twenties!!! I am so excited about this!

Yep, you read that right. I am thrilled to be on the cusp of turning thirty. See, I have this theory about aging. Let’s take a moment to think about all the beautiful, successful female celebrities of today. {Yes, I am basing my theory on celebrities. Yes, I realize the shallowness of this.} The majority of my “favorite” female celebs are all in their thirties or older. And what’s more, many of them have been around for awhile, and it is my opinion that they have only improved with age. {Some of my faves: Kate Hudson, Rachel McAdams, Gwen Stefani, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker…}

Okay, okay…so they have access to the finest physical trainers, dietitians, dermatologists, etc.–not to mention, ahem, plastic surgeons. Let’s just ignore those facts and let me live in my happy little world, where turning thirty means that I will become more toned, taut, and beautiful; my career will skyrocket; and I will marry a hot younger man–or be fabulously single.

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{this is me, today}

Ahhh, turning thirty looks pretty sweet to me. Bring it on, December 31, 2010! Happy birth month to me!

~abi~

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AlexDecember 1, 2010 - 6:38 pm

Hahahaha I laughed through this whole post because it's just so cute :). I must agree with you though, all of my favorite celebrities are 30s up. Happy last month of your 20s!

Scott WilliamsDecember 2, 2010 - 5:47 am

Nice post… Thirty is the new (you know the saying).

Cool pics… Both are cool but diggin' the one on the right.

Keep doing what you do, believing in yourself, stay focussed and your career is going to skyrocket. :)

RobinDecember 2, 2010 - 3:46 pm

Oh, girl. You are awesome at any age!! And believe me, it only gets better! Keep being His light and love. (And I'm still believing your man is out there being prepared for YOU right now!) Love you.

Steve RDecember 8, 2010 - 4:49 pm

Glad you're looking forward to ur 30's. They have been the best years of my life so far (3 1/2 years in).

You joked about your career, personal life taking off, etc., but you might be surprised…alot of great things happen after 30. And being eager to see what lies in store is a great way to enter the coming decade.

Best wishes for an extraordinary year!