Archive for January, 2015

Brothers

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

I spent a lot of last month editing family photos.  I loved thinking about Carter and Harrison’s relationship this past year so I pulled together my favorite brother images from 2014.

I LOVE how Harrison is giving Carter a hand.

This is emblematic of their relationship.  Harrison is Carter’s ultimate wingman.

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This shot below was from their not-so-successful fishing trip in the fall.

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Me: “Carter, why are you wearing a helmet indoors?”

Carter: “Because you can never be too safe at the ranch.”

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At the Mineola Nature Preserve:

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And one of my favorites of the whole year–from the very successful fishing trip during the summer:

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Emmeline Playing Guitar on Her Bed

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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I busted out the wide lens and shot with sound in mind.

Earn a Bike at the Cassiano Homes Apartments

Friday, January 9th, 2015

I began to tell the story of Earn a Bike here in THIS BLOG POST a few months ago.

My son Carter completed a 5 class course in bike repair at the bike co-op’s educational program called BScuela.

Even though he has finished, my family has happily stuck around to be a part of more good things at Earn a Bike.

This Christmas, the community pulled together to provide brand new bikes for about two dozen kids from the Cassiano Homes Apartments.

In order to earn their very own, new Trek bike, each kid had to build his or her own bike.

 

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The day started with a row of boxed bike parts.

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Each child received a time card to log in his or her hours.

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Ministry leaders from the Jireh House led us in a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s kindness to us.

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All the kids were put in small groups led by adult mentors.

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After the bikes were built, the kids decorated their own helmets and learned about bike safety.

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The next day, they attended one more class and enjoyed their first community ride.

These mentors and kids plan to take monthly rides during the year.

 

I have tried to be respectful about how I tell the story of Earn a Bike.  I am still learning about this organization. There are others who are more involved and know much more than I do.  I don’t officially represent it.  And yet I am compelled to tell this story because I want others to hear and get involved.  If you want to know more of the history and future plans of this organization, you can read an article published in the Rivard Report which features my images.

Just click here: HERE for the “official” take on Earn a Bike.  .

 

Personally, I am excited about what is happening at Earn a Bike.  It has taken me a while to process why I love it so much.  I think I am starting to figure it out.

Why I love Earn-a-Bike:

1. because it brings together people from all different walks of life and backgrounds into a single community

2. because it meets a practical need, namely transportation, for some people

3. because it teaches practical skills

4. because it encourages people–especially kids–to invest time and effort into important things.  Hard work and responsibility are honored.

5. because it is welcoming.  People problem solve together.  More experienced people patiently and cheerfully teach others with less experience.

6. because it represents renewal and light in the heart of our city.

7. because it is a place where relationships grow as people return again and again to the co-op

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8. because Cristian Sandoval has gotten to know my son Carter; has taught him about bikes; and has made him feel at home at the co-op.  Carter feels welcomed.  He enjoys learning and purposefully giving at the co-op.  That is precious to me.

Amy, the Benchmark WOD (Amy’s last official day at MCFSA)

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

This Wednesday, January 7th marked the last official day of work for my friend and coach Amy at Mission CrossFit San Antonio.

She has accepted a full time job in San Antonio.  And although she will still be working out at the gym (and finishing up the ALOTO Women’s Challenge), it won’t be quite the same.

Many of the women whom she has coached over the years joined Coach Rebekah and Coach Julianne at the 9:30 a.m. Women’s Class to get a good workout in; to cheer each other on; and to celebrate Amy.

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Amy coached my very first class.  She taught me all the basics.  She has helped make me into the athlete I am becoming.

She has dreamed for me.  She has challenged me.  She has cared for me and my family deeply.  She has let me get to know her.

She is someone who has changed my life.

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The gym decided to create and name a workout (or WOD) after her.  All the movements of this workout feature some of the things that she is best at.

Welcome to Amy’s wheelhouse. . .

 

“Amy”

3 rounds of:

10 hand stand push ups and 50 double unders

 

2 rounds of:

250 m row and 20 box jumps

 

1 round of:

40 pullups

50 sit-ups

 

Amy introduced the workout to us before we got started.

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ROUND ONE:

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ROUND TWO:

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ROUND THREE:

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I love this picture below because it shows the pain of pushing yourself–even as an elite athlete.

I love this picture because you see four women in the background doing pull-ups. I couldn’t even do one pull-up before I started CrossFit.  Thanks in part to Amy’s coaching, I can now do them.

It is a pleasure to celebrate progress and see growth in each and every woman in the gym.  We push each other and work extremely hard, but we support each other and have fun doing it.  It really is an amazing thing to experience.

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Can you guess who finished first? 😉

Now it is a benchmark WOD–permanently on the board in our gym.

 

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Andi & Amy.

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And after the workout, she did some muscle ups–JUST BECAUSE SHE FREAKIN’ CAN–with her fellow coach/friend/and training partner, Ed.

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I remember all the work and sweat and tears that she put into learning how to do a muscle up.  All that frustration and time makes watching her do them even sweeter.

(Nick, we missed you in this picture!)

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Amy, Drew (the gym owner), and Isabel.

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Amy, we are going to miss you incredibly at the gym.  You have helped to create a very special culture here.

I am so thankful that our friendship extends beyond the gym.  I am so thankful that you are not moving and that I get at least an extra year of face to face time with you.

I’m not taking the time for granted.

Young Marriage/ Old House/ New Baby

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

I have known Bekah through many life stages–as a daughter and sister, as an intern, as a single woman, as an engaged woman, as a product manager, as a world traveler, as a writer, as a married woman, and now as a mom.

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Throughout all of these transformations, she has remained my friend.

And Bekah has known me through the years as well.  She has watched my family grow and change.  And she has participated in my growth as a photographer often as my “willing subject” for photography assignments–both those assigned by my teachers and those self-assigned.  I think I have done more photo shoots with her than anyone else–other than  my own family members.

I first photographed Bekah as a daughter here in January of 2009:

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I photographed her in a parking lot here later in 2009:

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and in another parking lot (HERE),

during an engagement shoot here:

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as a bride (HERE),

and on her wedding day on 10.10.10 (HERE),

I snapped this shot when I first met Moira this past spring:

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In December, Bekah and her husband Lewis invited me to tell the story of their life with their precious daughter, Moira, in their old house in San Antonio.  How could I possibly say no to that?

 

 

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Bekah, you are one loved woman.  I see God’s work and care for you in your life over the years.  I see the beauty in your story.  I am thankful that I know you.

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Bekah & Lewis, you all are such a perfect match for each other.  Your daughter is a delightful little alert and happy person–the perfect addition to your family.

Maybe one day I will get to photograph her when she becomes a mom.