Friday, August 28, 2009

New Blog!

I decided to go through and start my very own photography blog! I'm becoming more and more intrigued by this hobby and I really wish to improve and excel. I figured I could make the small step to begin a blog. Though it may be somewhat amateur, it's a beginning.

So, I hope that you will be so kind to follow!

amberdenae photography

Bear with me as I am in the midst of fancifying the layout and such. :)

Thank you sweet friends!

-Amber Denae

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The end of this chapter.

It's official. My family will be making their way nearly 200 miles away from me to live in the next two months. Our dear house sold and my heart has been in pieces ever since I received the news. I can cry at the drop of a hat. It's ridiculous.

I know what you may be thinking- "200 miles away is hardly anything". Yes, this is true and many weekend trips will be made as the drive is only a mere 3 hours but my heart remains sad and heavy because I've always lived at home. I'm very close with my family. We have our differences and our disagreements but at the end of the day I am content in knowing that I have a safe place to come home to at night where hot dinners are always ready and a mom, dad and two sisters are always available to talk to and spend time with. My heart remains undoubtedly heavy at the thought of all of this becoming reality soon. Ouch.

I am the epitome of a "homebody". I rarely spend nights away from home and I have odd routines and quirks in relation to my house and family that are going to be hard to break. I only work 3 miles away from my house so I go home basically EVERY day for lunch and eat with my mom. I love that. I love that I can leave my house at 8:25 and get to work on time. I love our home and everything it represents and reminds me of. My mom is probably the most hospitable person you would EVER meet. Anyone and everyone is always welcome to our house at pretty much anytime and not only that, but she cooks for everyone as well. Everyone loves coming to our house. It's always open and filled with good smells, laughing and lots of love.

So many happy, sad, challenging, hurtful, joyful and harsh memories have been made within these walls. I've lived in this house longer than any before. We bought it when I was 13 and completely remodeled the inside to reflect "us". I remember the excitement and anticipation of having our own bedrooms and being able to paint them whatever color we wanted. We had so much fun and an army of students from the Bible College where my Dad taught at the time came and helped us. There were many sleepless nights and lots of memories were made. My teenage years were spent here. My fondest memories were made right here.

Ah, this is going to be much harder than I thought. I know that living on my own will permit me to doing some more growing and I need to. It will be good for me but oh so lonely. As much as my family has the ability of driving me absolutely insane, they are also my rock and safe haven. I know that no matter what, I can always always count on them to be there and i always have three girls to get advice from and watch movies with. Gahhhhh, i hate even writing about this.

I guess it wouldn't be as hard if it were me moving away from home and always being able to come back but I feel like home is leaving me and that is the worst feeling ever! =(

Oh life, you do have a way of making me crazy at times.

This will be interesting. Time to grow up some more. Growing hurts.

My mom wrote a beautiful tribute and depiction of what we are all feeling right now. Read if you may...

Monday, August 24, 2009

Oh so long overdue.

It's insane that it has taken me this long to post these pictures. Insane.

Shotgun wedding ;) No, it really wasn't a shotgun wedding. I love this picture though. The groom and my Uncle.

Hope you enjoyed! I'm seriously getting back on this blogging thing. SO many things have happened since I have and I need to document. Hope you all are doing well!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Go ahead. Give me the "Worst Blogger of the Year" award. I know good and well that I deserve it.

I really do have good intentions, really. I want to put the wedding pictures up for all of you to see but it takes a lot of time and that, I do not possess enough of lately.

Life has been insanely crazy in every aspect. If it's not one thing, it's another. When it rains, it pours.

I've fallen off only to get back on again, in time.

Pray for my family. We need it immensely.

Friday, August 7, 2009

I'm back!

And yes indeed, i did take a gazillion pictures. There is absolutely noway I will be able to post them all for your viewing but I will post a few.

We arrived last Thursday evening and from then on, it was a whirlwind! We began setting up for the reception that night and then spent a lot of time eating, laughing and talking with all of the family. It was SO much fun! We all stayed at my aunt and uncle's house and it was just amazing to all be together every night. I loved it so much.

Friday morning we awoke fairly early and headed to the church to begin cooking the rehearsal dinner. My mom was the head chef (undoubtedly) and we had a lot of fun cooking all together. Some definite memories were made.

Friday afternoon we got ready and headed to the Chapel for rehearsal!

Here are a few pictures of the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner...

My amazing and beautiful cousin, Tamera and I. Everyone says we look alike. I like to think so. :)

Abbi and Nevaeh- Sonya's nieces, my second cousins and the flowergirls. Such sweetness.

Daniel aka the cutest little boy EVER. I could literally take pictures of him all day. He LOVES the camera and as you can tell, it loves him as well. He was the ring bearer.

My cousin, Sarah and my sister, Ashton and I

All the bridesmaids. L-R- Alycia (Jr. Bridesmaid, Sonya's little sister), Hannah, Ashton, Me, Esme' and Tamera

Uncle Jerry and Sonya

My dad officiated. :)

Mother and Daughter. How gorgeous are they? Geez.

Aunt Tammy and her grandbabies.

Hannah, Ash and I. Sisters.

The "almost" newlyweds.

She's like our sister.

Sisters/Cousins. L-R- Me, Tamera, Sonya, Sarah, Hannah and Ashton

"Make a funny face."

Okay, that's all the uploading I can do for now. It literally takes me forever to upload pictures on this thing and I end up getting frustrated toward the end. Haha. There are tons more pictures and I will post wedding pictures soon!

I've been home for almost a week now and am still going through withdrawls from being with everyone. I love my family so much and I really wish we all lived closer to each other. :( And to top it off, the day after we returned home, my immediate family went to Tallahassee for a week. Imagine my distress being so sentimental and sad about missing everyone and coming home to a completely empty house every night. Depressing. I don't know how I'm going to handle them moving away from me. Let's not even go there...

Well, there you have it. Sorry it took so long. I've been pretty busy and when I'm not, I've been sleeping.

Hope you're all doing well! I'm off to catch up on your lives and posts.

Much love.