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Thanks for stopping by my blog- a place where I share a bit of my photography, a bit of my life, and a lot of me! I am in love with the life that God has provided me. I live with my wonderful husband in central Oklahoma, in the town of Edmond. I am a wife, sister, daughter, and friend. I enjoy my work as a nurse and photographer. I adore sweets, nature, and my pesky (but cute) boxer, Honey. I feel that I am blessed with a passion for photography, and pray that I am able to bless others through it.

Thank you for being here and sharing the experience with me!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Crash..

How to begin? I have been looking forward to my birthday post since December, but as life would have it, it's going to be a little different now.
On Thursday morning when I was driving to work (late because I couldn't find my keys.. they were in my jean pocket from Switch), I was hit by a school bus.

It was my fault. I ran a red light that I did not see. The accident was less than 3 miles from my home, so I'm very familiar with the road (although it is not my normal route, I chose it because I was running late). I remember making the decision to go straight a mile back, then I don't remember anything else from the next mile except seeing a car stopped to my left, looking up and seeing a red light, thinking 'it's raining, I'm not going to stop very fast', then looking to my left and seeing a school bus. The next thing I can remember is sitting in my car, lights and people everywhere. There is a firefighter at my door. They ask me the year and I can't decide between 2010 or 2011 (I think I chose 2010). They also ask if I know what happened, and I reply, 'I think I ran a red light'. Then I see Ray, in the rain, amongst all the strangers. I wave and blow him a kiss. Some guy tells me the smell is because of the airbags, I hadn't realized it smelled bad until he pointed it out, or that airbags had gone off.
I hear Ray tell the workers the I'm pregnant (the big news I've been wanting to share!! We're pregnant!!), but at the time I think he's crazy- I tell myself "I'm not pregnant". I couldn't figure out why he said such a thing. As I wrestle with that idea, firefighters use their equipment to get the door open, and I'm put on a backboard and neck brace. It's still raining so they cover my face as I'm put in the ambulance. I hear the medics discussing where they should go, because trauma call changes in 6 minutes. They decide OU trauma level 2. My sweatshirt is cut so they can get IV and vitals(my first time to wear this gift, sorry Eric and Rachel). I tell them they should put a poster on the ceiling like at the dentist office. I also say thank you to everyone who had taken care of me. I notice they aren't riding with the sirens, but I fell okay. I'm still breathing hard trying to calm the pain in my side. I finally decide that maybe I am pregnant, I put my hands over my abdomen and pray.
When we reach OU, I am put in a trauma room and there were like 15 people working on me. My Minnie mouse scrub top is cut off (another gift, sorry Eilene). They decide to do a head CT because I lost consciousness at the scene. I remind them I'm pregnant. They shield my abdomen for the chest xray and the head CT. They also decide to consult OB. They clear me of neck injuries and take me off the back board and immobilizer. I am super thirsty, and although I understood we are waiting for results (what I always tell my patients) I really want some ice chips!
I was surprised my parents were there, they drove down from Tulsa. Matt and my sister were there (she was working at OU when she found out). Our roommate Art also came to see me. I kept telling them they could all go. Of course my hubby was there the whole time. When I went to give a urine sample, I was appalled at how I looked. Hospital gown, no bra, fuzzy hair (rain on the day you run out of gel is not good), and eye makeup smeared under my eyes. I make myself as presentable as possible, but I find it funny how easily I transformed into one of my patients.
I go to a sonogram to check the baby. My sister and mom follow me (I'm not quite sure why at the time), but when we get to the room, they get to come in and watch and I'm super glad they got to share that with me! They last ultrasound we had was basically to confirm the pregnancy, and as excited as Ray and I were to see our child, it looked like a blob. I was amazed to see the changes that had happened in 5 weeks. The first things we saw were defined legs! We also saw the spine and ribs, face and brain, heart and chambers, arms, legs, hands, and feet. Everything checked out great and I was super thrilled.
Our campus pastor Chris came to visit us, as well as a friend of ours. My photolife group caught wind of what was happening, and put out prayer requests and even dinner set up for the next 5 nights. We had a bag of yummy food on our door step when we got home that night.
I tell you what, if you feel lost in a big church, lifegroups is where the church exists. I have felt so much support on that day and the following days, I just feel so extremely blessed. I also have to brag on what a great husband I have. He has been a fantastic caregiver, comforter, and all around supporter. We have never had an experience like this, but he continues to show selfless love. Even when I apologize for the money I cost us, he reminds me he's happier to have is wife and baby safe. Thank you for being so practical Ray.
After an entire 12 hours in the OU ER, I was finally released to go home (so much for getting out of my day at the hospital.. I just spent it at OU instead of Deaconess). Thank you thank you to all who prayed for me. As crazy as it is, I never felt fearful the entire time, and looking back I feel like baby and I were protected by our Father above. If you look at the car, the impact hit just right in front of the drivers door. A foot back (and like I said, it was pouring rain, so stopping did not come quickly), and this could be a different story.
I am still bothered about why I did not see the red light. The things I remember are so clear, even passing the car that was stopped at the stoplight. I am pretty sure I was not on my phone, or looking for something, or gazing out the window (there was nothing to see in the rain), but I am grateful and feel fully blessed over the outcome of it all. There were no kids on the bus yet and the driver was not injured. I was the only injured one, and for that, I'm grateful. I have 2 small cuts on my hands, a bump on my head, and some bruised ribs, which considering the impact and the distance I traveled, I am doing very good. When the cop came Friday morning to deliver my ticket (yes, my first present on my birthday Friday was a ticket for lack of paying attention), he said this was one of the top 3 wrecks he's personally seen. He was also amazed I was doing so good. And he wished me happy birthday as he left :c) Another crazy thing, Ray actually drove up on the accident (he left the house about 10 min after I did). He thought the car looked like mine so he was going to call to make sure I was okay. As he grabs his phone, he gets a call from a 405 number and immediately knew it was the cops. They were surprised he was already at the intersection.I'm sure the whole thing was a lot more scary for him than for me.
So in the end, thank you to all the emergency workers (esp the ones who had to be wet for their entire shift, sorry), the hospital physicians and nursing teams, and all the friends and family who have offered continual support. I am glad to be here to share this story.

I am also thrilled to share the news of baby Ofosu. I am 14 weeks now (yay for second trimester!!) and the expected due date is August 27 (bring on the summer heat!). I had a really good first trimester, and am excited to watch this baby bump grow!

God is good.

I thank You and praise You alone.
Let me live this life for You, Lord.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Jayde's Downtown Senior Session

Here is the rest of Jayde's Senior session. Besides taking some really awesome photos, I also enjoyed watching Jayde as she so comfortably posed in front of the camera and her mom tried to hold back tears watching her beautiful girl. It was a gorgeous afternoon, and the downtown area made the perfect backdrop for this Mustang senior to shine!

Love her smile :c)
But she can also rock the no smile
I loved this black jacket
And she loves Dr. Pepper, so we had to incorporate!
America's next top model?
Love this shot
So I worked it several ways :c)
Her next outfit looked great against this red.
And also fit in well with the field!
Love the light and color in these pictures
and eyelashes... always a love of mine!
Isn't she stunning?
and not just because she shaves her legs..
Onto the blue..
Her eyes, the scarf, the door.. yum!
I thought her hair color was beautiful as well
Cute headshots
of a beautiful girl. Good luck in your future Jayde!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Shedding of the winter coat

I love the changing of seasons!!
Actually, I love it when it changes to spring and fall. I describe myself as a 'middle of the road' kinda person, so these in between seasons suite my well :c)
The last couple of days have been just gorgeous, esp. after a particularly cold and snowy couple of weeks. Yesterday, I decided to run at the park since I had missed it during the snowy weather. I wore pants and a long sleeve shirt, thinking that I didn't want to feel any bite in the wind. Well, silly me, there was no bite, just beautiful short sleeve weather! So today when I dressed for the gym, I put on my capris and and short sleeve. It wasn't until I was outside walking to the gym that I felt something funny brush against my legs. When I looked down, I discovered that something had not 'brushed' my legs at all... it was my leg hair blowing in the wind!! Yes, the winter coat I was trying to grow to stay warm (hush, it's the excuse I use) did not look so pretty in 70 degree weather. But I'm happy to say that it is all gone now (and I'm also happy I work out during family time when there are very few people in the Chk gym)!

Since I didn't think you'd appreciate a pic of my hairy legs, here's a cute senior that I shot last Saturday in some more gorgeous weather-

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kacey's Bridal Shower

Last Saturday was my sister Kacey's Bridal Shower. It was put on by her future sister-in-law, and was an absolute blast! Friends and family came from all over (despite the crazy snow) and I thought it was a huge success.
Kacey enjoys being the bride :c)
We had lots of good food,
and of course, laughs!
She played a game where if she gave the wrong answer, she had to chew a piece of gum.
Let's just say, she got more wrong than right..
Present time was fun, this was my gift to her (made by the fabulous Nicky of Stylemark Designs)
Kacey and her cute flower girl/niece.
Sisters in purple
The Hake clan
Friend Belinda
Bridesmaid Megan
Stepmom Darla
Price In-laws
College buddies
Aunt Roxane and Cousin Anna
Great turnout, great party, and great time with people I love!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Fresh Powder!"

Honey was on watch-out duty when she let out the report.. "Fresh Powder!!"
The neighborhood boys rush together and devise a plan.
That's it! Pull the snowboarder behind the van around the neighborhood!
But Mike says "I don't need no stinkin' van"
"I see a jump ahead!"
"Here we gooo.."
Does he pull of the landing?
Nice and smooth, he's still on his feet, and almost on his neighbor's porch..
Ray says "Here goes nothin'!"
(Sadly, I got tired of waiting and didn't catch his jump)

So if you see this scene out your window
Please don't run over my husband!

Todays' Lesson: When you can't beat this winter weather, you might as well enjoy it!

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