One of the most fun parts of my job is reconnecting with friends from years gone by. I was so excited when Ms. Connie contacted me about taking some family portraits! Reconnecting with this family that I knew during my growing up days at St. Mark’s UMC was so special!! I especially remember my season as the interim youth pastor while Kevin and Carter were both in my youth group! They have grown into fine young men with families of their own, and Ms. Connie and Mr. David are proud grandparents of these three beautiful grandkids.
It has been such an honor to not only capture these memories for you, but also to pray over each of you as I edit. And it has been such a pleasure to reconnect and have some time to catch up with each of you! Many blessings, Thompson Family!
Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman’s life. It is a season where she has the privilege of partnering with the Creator of all things to bring new life into this world. I am amazed by God’s perfect design that allows a woman’s body to grow and sustain new life.
Justin and Kristy are preparing to welcome their second and third baby boys into their family. That’s right, there are two bouncing baby boys in that beautiful belly! Judah and Reuben will join big brother Asher in making this a family of FIVE!
Justin and Kristy, your love for Jesus is evident in how you love one another and share His love with those around you. Your boys are so blessed to have you as mommy and daddy. As I am editing your images I have prayed for your family. I feel such great anticipation for what Papa God has planned for your family! It is not by chance that your boys are named after the patriarchs of Israel, but they will inherit a spiritual heritage and legacy to match their names. The Lord will use each of them to advance the Kingdom of Heaven in ways we can not imagine, and generations will be blessed through them.
Parenting is a crazy adventure of its own. Keep your eyes on Jesus and focus on Him, and he will lead and guide you through each and every step.
Psalm 139: 13-16
For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was being formed in secret, And intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were appointed for me, When as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape].
This family holds a very special place in my heart. They are a HUGE part of my husband’s testimony of how he met and surrendered to Jesus.
The story begins with Ben, Mr. Gary & Mrs. Jamie’s son. Ben was the first person to invite Lee to a men’s prayer breakfast at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Lee experienced the love of Jesus and began going to church at Hillcrest where he surrendered his life to the Lord. During this season of early faith and growing in the Lord, Mrs. Jamie became what Lee calls his “church mom.” She and Mr. Garry loved him well and showed him what a godly family looks like. They are all a huge part in Lee’s spiritual foundation, and I was so honored when Mrs. Jamie contacted me about taking family portraits for them while everyone was gathered for Thanksgiving!
Three generations including Mrs. Jamie’s mom, their two grown up kids, and six grandkids made this portrait session quite an adventure! We had a lot of fun chasing the littlest of the family and trying to get them to laugh and smile for the camera.
As I have prayed for your family, the Lord reminded me of 1 Peter 4:8-9 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” Mr. Gary & Mrs. Jamie, you love well and show hospitality like no other! I pray that these images are a blessing to you and your family. I also hope that I was able to freeze time and capture the memories of these precious little faces that are growing so fast. I hope these images will be a family treasure for generations to come.
Do you have a friend that you KNOW the Lord put in your life? There is just that God connection that draws you together and connects you in such a special way. I am blessed to have a hand full of these “God Friends” in my life, and today I want to introduce you to one of them.
Kim and I met through a dear mutual friend shortly before I moved to Turkey in 2013. I was a missionary preparing to move to the other side of the world with a one-way ticket, a checked bag and a carry on… and Kim invited me to her home to share my story and vision with a group of ladies from Pinelake Church. These ladies loved on me, honored me, prayed for me, and supported me on my journey with Jesus in such a beautiful way!
Throughout my time overseas, this amazing group of ladies would send me care packages with notes and gifts just to let me know that I was loved and not forgotten. And when I was pregnant with Isaac they sent me a baby shower in a box from half way around the world! Kim’s prayers and encouragement in difficult times helped to keep me going when my flesh wanted to quit. This girl is a prayer warrior, and it has been an honor to be on her prayer list all these years!
Since returning to the US, it has been such a pleasure to get to know Kim’s husband Jared and their three beautiful kids Drew, Abby & Alex. Oh what JOY this family carries!!
Jared and Kim have also blessed us through their financial business, Primerica business by helping us with with our investments, insurance, and a plan for retirement. Their faith shines brightly through not only their family life, but their business practices as well.
We are so blessed by the Nelson family, and I am honored to share these beautiful images with you!
Meet the Perry Family, my dear friends and the heart behind Bursting Barns Ministries in Lynnville, TN. A couple of weeks ago we had the honor of being guests at Bursting Barns for Jill Perry’s Jubilee Birthday Celebration & Ministry Launch!! And come to find out, we were their very first missionary guests!!
Eddy and Jill Perry were in Missionary Nurture Ministry way before they had a name for it. In fact, the vision for this ministry grew from the many missionaries who stayed in their home over the years.
I first connected with the Perry family while I was attending the Iris Harvest School of Missions in Mozambique, Africa in the summer of 2011. Eddy & Jill’s daughter Brooke, then only 17, was part of a mission team from We Will Go Ministries. Holy Spirit did so much in Brooke and I during that week in the dirt, and our hearts are forever knit together! During the fall of that same year, Brooke traveled from her home in Franklin, TN to We Will Go to visit and serve with us in Jackson, and then she returned with her family and church family for a spring break mission trip! This spring break trip is when I met Jill, the two younger Perry sons Brent & Blake as well as several from The Nest Church family. Little did I know, this church family would sew spiritual and financial seeds into my heart, vision, and ministry for years to come!
Over the years I have had many opportunities to stay in the Perry home, which we loving called the Perry B&B! This family does hospitality like nobody else! I have so many stories I could share, and many will appear on this blog in the future as I share my own Jesus story… but as I write this blog post about Eddy & Jill and Bursting Barns Ministries, the first thing that comes to my mind is the word FAITHFUL. What started as kind of a joke about the Perry B&B, became a vision. The vision grew through prayer and prophecy. And now, the vision has become a reality! Check out the full story on the Bursting Barns Blog!
Eddy & Jill, we love y’all so much! We believe your ministry of missionary nurture is VITAL to advancing the Kingdom!! We are so thankful for you and your example of faithfulness to keep pressing forward in order to see all that God has promises come into existence!! Praying for ABUNDANT PROVISION for you ministry so you can continue to nurture, refresh and equip missionaries who desperately need it!
Have you ever prayed and asked Jesus to send you a friend? I have. And my friendship with Naomi Muffuletto is the blessing I received as the fruit of that very prayer and cry of my heart!! What a joy it was to photograph her amazing family surrounded by the beauty of golden hour at the Flowood Nature Trails!
Naomi and I met last fall in a Tuesday morning ladies’ Bible Study class going through the book of Revelation at Pinelake Church. During our first conversation I saw in Naomi a deep hunger to go deeper with Jesus. Over the months our friendship has grown as we have shared our hearts openly with daring vulnerability. God created us to live within open community, and I am so thankful to have this girl as part of my tribe!
Revelation 1:3 says “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.” (NKJV) Naomi, dear friend, YOU are one of the biggest blessings I have received from this promise!!
Beau & Naomi were married on May 1, 2012 in a destination wedding getaway on the island of Antiqua. Two and a half years ago the Lord blessed them with bouncing baby boy Russo who add so much joy to their family. They currently call Madison, MS not only home but also their mission field. This family loves Jesus and is always ready for an adventure!
One of my favorite things about photography is that I have the honor of capturing images that tell a story… and Maya Schopmeyer and I have a good one to tell!
Maya and I knew one another in high school, but didn’t really get to know one another until we began working for the same law firm in our early 20’s. While we both had grown up in church, neither of us was walking with Jesus at the time… but little did we know this would be a friendship that would change us both for all eternity!
In January of 2004 Maya and I were roommates and best friends, and we both began to hunger for something that we couldn’t quite figure out. This hunger led us to Pinelake Church where we both truly encountered Jesus and His life changing power! We were both baptized in the early months of that year and began the journey of a lifetime… following Jesus!
Here it is 14 years later (where does the time go!!)… Maya is a pastor’s wife, I am a missionary… we have prayed and supported one another through so many trials and celebrations that that it would take a book to write it all!! (Hum… maybe we should pray into writing that…) But please ask us! We both love sharing and giving Jesus all the Glory for what He has done in our lives!
When I look at these images, I not only see a beautiful mom and her three amazing children, I see the best friend a girl could ever ask for. I see Katelyn & Ava, beautiful twin girls, and I remember a quick meeting in a parking lot in 2013 just a couple of days before we both left to visit different parts of the world… a quick meeting so Maya could tell me she was expecting! I remember a couple of months later, on a rare day that I was able to check my email in Mozambique, Africa, reading an update about her pregnancy, seeing the word BABIES and being overwhelmed by tears of JOY!! I remember the countless times I laid hands on Maya’s belly and prayed protection over these babies as Maya spent the last three months of this pregnancy on bedrest. And see that beautiful baby boy? Jesus is so amazing that He allowed my best friend and I to experience pregnancy at the same time! Little Joshua and my Pippa were born just a few months apart!
As I edited these images, the Lord spoke to me about the beauty of redemption, of the blessings of a strong spiritual heritage, and the legacy that Chris & Maya Schopmeyer are building through these mighty warriors for the Kingdom.
What an honor to capture the images that tell your story.
Meet the Sayles Family… Tim, Maegan, Tim Jr and Titus… the Kingdom Family behind the The Walk By Faith Movement!
I first met Maegan in 2012 when she began living at We Will Go Ministries as a missionary. She quickly became my Kingdom Sister. Maegan is a POWERFUL woman of God who hears clearly from the Lord and is obedient no matter what. I have learned so much from her over the years.
In 2013 the Holy Spirit began to speak to her about her childhood home in West Jackson and seeing the Kingdom come on Houston Avenue as it is in Heaven! Her parents still owned the house where Maegan remembers praying with her dad to repent of her sins and follow Jesus while sitting in her childhood bedroom. As an adult and missionary, the Lord began to speak to Maegan about the INHERITANCE He had for her on Houston Avenue! I had the honor of being with Maegan for those first steps of obedience as she began prayer walking the street around this special house that summer. In fall of 2013 Tim began to volunteer with We Will Go Ministries. He and Maegan both shared a passion for Jesus, prayer walking, and advancing the Kingdom. What started as a brother and sister in Christ ministering together on the streets of Jackson, Holy Spirit grew into a POWERFUL KINGDOM COUPLE! Tim & Maegan were married in September 2014 and soon after moved into the restored INHERITANCE HOUSE on Houston Avenue. In years since, the Lord has grown both their family and ministry to include two beautiful sons, a church in the yard beside their home, a clothing shop for neighbors to come and receive what they need, countless spiritual children, and a growing farm based on Biblical principals.