Rick has really enjoyed being a part of the Red Hills Players. The Red Hills Players is a not for profit theatre company comprised of multi-talented individuals and families from all across the world who have made a home in the Red Hills region of Southwest Georgia and North Florida. Last fall, Rick participated in their first production, Jane Eyre the Musical. Rick played the part of Sin-jin as well as other supporting roles since it was a small cast. You can watch the entire musical for free on Youtube (see bottom of this post).
Last month, the Red Hills Players held their Winter Revue--once in Thomasville and once in our very own Boston. They sang several musical selections from Broadway musicals, mostly about women and the different struggles and successes they have. They ended the performance with a quartet of "Climb Every Mountain"--beautiful. We, the audience, left encouraged to find beauty in the little things of life and to pursue our dreams despite the difficulties that may come our way.
Yes, we are having a baby!--due to arrive in September.
We are excited for God's provision and entering this next step of our lives.
I read this quote the other day and absolutely loved it! It is so fitting for the new year.
What is a leader? Is a leader just a person in charge or someone who has the "final say"? Or is a leader someone who just does it all himself? Perhaps being a leader means being bossy and power-hungry....or simply being a puppet.
The truth is--whether we like it or not--we are all leaders in some way. Unless you shut yourself up in your home and order all your groceries on Amazon :), you come in contact with people every day who need you to show them how to live life. Your choices display what you believe others should be. Whether you are grouchy and ungrateful or thankful and kind, you lead others in your life to be the same. Your children watch you, your friends watch you, the lady at the checkout counter watches you--and you can either inspire them or tear them down.
We hope you want your life to inspire others. This year, let us dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. Let us be leaders.
-Rick & Bethany
You saw these beautiful ladies on the blog last year. I can't believe how much these girls have grown up. And isn't their mama gorgeous?
I love photographing families. I love capturing the energy and natural expressions of children. And often, couples haven't had good pictures of each other since their wedding day. So sad!
I have known the Howell family for several years and love them! What a sweet family! One of these cute kids is also my music student. I headed out to the Howell's home on a lazy Saturday afternoon. What fun it is to be in the country--they have three dogs, a pony, and a few chickens! I even got a dozen fresh eggs at the end of the shoot :). Enjoy!
Well, we finally joined the rest of the pet owners and got our very own kittens. I hope you don't mind if I gush a little (ok, a lot!) over my sweet cuties! We got #PepperPottsKitty as a tiny little kitten in September and then in November, we got #SophieKitty for a playmate for Pepper. They get along so well and we have fun watching them play. Of course, they sleep for hours and hours each day...oh, to be a cat!
If you know Rick, you know that he gets super excited when he hears or gets to sing (even better!) barbershop music. Last year, Rick released his first one-man quartet piece entitled "Irish Blessing" and it has received over 1,000 views (probably his dad showing it to everyone!). Check out his YouTube Channel Singing Richard. For those of you who aren't familiar with what barbershop music is, you can read more here. We hope to release more videos this year...and maybe I can join in on a few. Comment below with any song requests you might have.
Happy New Year! We are looking forward to the opportunities this year will bring.
Enjoy "Shine on Me," a one-man barbershop quartet.
We shot Alex and Lyndsey's wedding at the end of July. We were so excited that Lyndsey wanted to have a bridal session. She opted for having her bridals after the wedding so that her dress was sparkly clean for the big day and that she would feel more relaxed. We shot these bridals in the sweet countryside of south Georgia. Despite all the bugs and the south Georgia heat, Lyndsey looked beautiful!
-Rick & Bethany
We were looking forward to Alex and Lyndsey's wedding, especially after their beautiful engagement session at Maclay Gardens. Just like in our own wedding, Lyndsey's dad would be walking her down the aisle and also performing part of the ceremony. The venue--First Methodist Monticello--is a historic church built in the late 1800s. We just oo-ed and ah-ed over the stain glassed windows! Lyndsey and Alex exchanged presents before the ceremony, but chose not to see each other before the ceremony, except for one sweet moment when they held hands and prayed together (around a door). This day was filled with family, tears, laughter, and a great deal of love.
Alex and Lyndsey, thank you for letting us share in your special day! May your love and commitment last for a lifetime!
-Rick & Bethany-