3 People. 12 Times. (July)

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This summer has been hard. Frustrating. Overwhelming. But mostly just weird. I can’t think of a better way to describe it. So yeah… weird. Back in May Anderson got laid off from his job. It sucked. But we’ve been through this before. Two years ago he was laid off after a big government funding shortage, and it was one of the hardest seasons we’ve been through together. Partly because we also found out about my brain tumor at the same time. Yikes! It was pretty much hell.

But this time was different. I mean, it was really similar in a lot of ways; the company-wide lay off was due to a budget shortage again. (Jeez people. Get your budgets together!) But everything else was different. Last time he lost his job we knew for sure that God was allowing it to happen in order for him to move into the industry (video production) he really wanted to be in. So he kind of pulled the rug out from under us and it was career change time. Now or never! But this time there wasn’t an obvious, “Oh, okay God! That’s what this is about!” moment. In fact, we still have no idea why it happened.

Also, we were really vocal about it last time. Everyone in our circle knew what was going on. But this time we only told a few people. I think we just didn’t want to deal with it that way again. It was overwhelming for me to talk about it at all. And since I work exclusively from home now, all 3 Almeidas have been together 24/7 since May. Some of you might think that sounds fun. I encourage you to try it and get back with me. :)

Seriously though, I’m really thankful that Anderson has been here this summer, because God is pretty cool and orchestrated things so that I was incredibly busy with photoshoots in May, June and the first half of July. So busy that I wouldn’t have been able to do it all if Anderson hadn’t been home. Last week Anderson accepted a great job offer!!! And shortly after that I realized that my work is extremely slow from the time he starts his new gig until school starts back. Think that was a coincidence?!?

All that to say: God always provides. Between my Pink Coffee work and Anderson’s freelance jobs over the last two-and-a-half-months, God has provided more than we needed and a lot of what we wanted. We definitely felt the strain that comes from a lack of job security and had to hold off on some bigger purchases, but we knew God wasn’t going to let us down. Because he never has!

We spent a lot of late nights praying. Sometimes crying out in frustration, because we knew God could (and would!) change our situation, but he was choosing to let us wait. Then one morning while I was reading my Bible, I ended up at Psalm 27. It’s one of my favorite chapters, especially verses 13-14: “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Waiting is so hard. Even when we KNOW God is going to come through for us. 

Last Sunday at church Anderson and I went to the altar at the end of the service to pray together. We just really wanted to thank God for coming through for us once again. And after we prayed, one of the elders (think “deacon” if you’re SB!) came to us and asked if he could pray for us. So Anderson told him that we just really wanted to give thanks to God for providing for us. And as he prayed over us, he ended by saying, “And may they be vocal about all you’ve done for them.” I’ve always believed that one of the reasons believers go through hard times is so that we can tell other people about God’s faithfulness, and I knew that I needed to share a little bit with you all right here.

Over the last seven years, I’ve rarely felt too busy to blog, but have found myself in that situation a lot of the last few months. And have been sharing more on Instagram instead. Mainly because it doesn’t take as much time. Picture + caption = done. So I want to leave you with something I recently wrote there:

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Jesus teaches us how to pray in Luke 11:1-13.

He tells a story about a man whose friend comes to his house at midnight asking for some bread and wine.
The man tells his friend to leave, because it’s late and he doesn’t want to wake his family.
But then Jesus says because of the friend’s “shameless audacity” in asking, the man gives him as much as he needs.

Then he goes on to say:

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”


My family is in a season of praying continuously for something.
We’re expecting God to answer our bold, audacious, obnoxious prayers.
Not because we deserve it, but because he is a good dad who wants to give us what we need.


If you find yourself pleading with God at midnight, with shameless audacity, I feel ya!
Let’s not give up, okay?


Keep asking.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

 

July 31, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Whitney Dee-Ann Croxton - As always – you are an encouragement in a time of need. Thank you for sharing.

July 31, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Jessica Thornton - I love this SO so so so much. Thank you for sharing!!!!

July 31, 2015 - 8:38 am

Tamara - WOW, WOW, WOW! I needed to read this, so much in fact, I read it twice! Thank you for writing it because this chic right hear needed to “see” God’s faithfulness and goodness. Don’t get me wrong, I believe with all I have in me that He can and will do all that we ask (in His will and timing, of course), but when you actually hear it happening and see it with your own eyes it makes it easier to wait expectingly for my own obnoxious, tearful, pleading prayers to be answered! Thank you for being real and freely sharing all God has done and is doing in your life and as always giving Him ALL the glory! Big hugs to you! XO

July 31, 2015 - 3:11 am

Tiffany Yoder - Thanks for sharing this! My husband and I have been praying for a successful pregnancy for quite some time. We've had three miscarriages in the past two years, one of those just recently. It's been hard to stay strong. To take heart. To wait on the Lord when my heart has been so broken, my spirit so weary. Just last night in our devotions we were encouraged to wait on God. And here it is again. Not an easy task when I feel so defeated and when I haven't been wanting to read the word or spend time in prayer lately. So thank you for your timely encouragement.

July 30, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Michele Noel - I’m so thankful I read this. I really needed this lesson. Thank you!

July 30, 2015 - 10:10 pm

Peggy Hyatt - oh girl! Im so thankful you are my child. I used to teach you and now you are teaching me. love you and rejoicing with you and Anderson

The Keener Triplets are Graduating – A Lifestyle Senior Shoot

This was my first ever triplet senior shoot! And it was so much fun! These girls are hilarious, and I enjoyed spending the evening with them (and their mom who kept jokingly yelling out, “Y’all need to stand in birth order!”) We laughed for two hours, shot until the very last moments of sunlight, saw some deer running on the beach, and almost got locked in a state park for the night. I call that a good Thursday evening. :)

Congrats on your senior year, Keener girls! You made it!!!

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July 28, 2015 - 9:13 am

peggy hyatt - beautiful! I love these girls

July 17, 2015 - 6:23 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - They really are!

July 17, 2015 - 6:23 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I said the same thing! Had never noticed it, but WOW!!

July 17, 2015 - 6:23 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you!! :)

July 17, 2015 - 1:02 pm

Lori Wilson Roedel - Absolute perfection!!!! They are beautiful!

July 16, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Dot Ladson Outler - Beautiful girls and great photographer!

July 16, 2015 - 9:28 pm

Gail Giddens - Beautiful!

July 16, 2015 - 9:11 pm

Meghan Lumsden - Such pretty girls!

July 16, 2015 - 8:58 pm

Danielle Thomas - The one in the blue shorts looks so much like Sabrina.

July 16, 2015 - 7:21 pm

Pam McMullen - absolutely beautiful

What I Wore

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What I Wore… two days in a row last weekend.

It’s a caftan/kimono… okay it’s a silk robe I bought at the thrift store for $1.95 last week. The mustard yellow color caught my eye (it’s one of my favorite colors), and when I pulled it off the rack I knew it would be one of my new staple items. My Mom and I were shopping together that day, and I love that when I showed it to her and told her it was a robe, she didn’t even blink. She gets me. :)

July 15, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Peggy Hyatt - we are blessed ms Danielle. . and Lyndsay I do get ya and love ya

July 15, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Danielle Thomas - You both are so blessed. What I wouldn't give to be able to thrift shop with my Sheila.

Writing with Sparklers

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Happy (almost) July 4th! We spent the day at the pool with friends, had dinner with family, then grabbed some sparklers on our way home and played with them in the front yard while our neighbors shot off fireworks! I’d say we’re off to a pretty good start to the big weekend. I love writing with sparklers, so we pulled out the camera and took some pictures. And I thought some of you might enjoy trying this tomorrow night, so here’s a quick tutorial for writing with sparklers:

You’ll need a DSLR camera and a tripod (or just something sturdy to set your camera on top of) and some sparklers.

Wait until it’s completely dark outside then get everything set up. We used a high f-stop (f16), so it wouldn’t be hard to focus. Then we set a really long shutter speed (8 seconds). I lit the sparklers, so Anderson had something to focus on then he pressed the shutter release all the way and I started “writing” in the air. We all took turns, and got some pretty cool pics! Kingston was really into it. :)

I hope you all have a great 4th of July weekend and get a chance to try writing with sparklers tomorrow night! It’s fun but kind of addicting!

July 15, 2015 - 9:59 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Angie!!

July 4, 2015 - 1:21 am

Angie - I love how the flag shows up in the background! So fun!!

3 People. 12 Times. (June)

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I call this one, “Triple Bun.” :)

July 2, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you, Ginger. :)

July 2, 2015 - 12:19 am

Ginger Hardwick Holliday - Hahaha! Too cute!

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