Sometimes we plan and dream, and have little situations in our mind of how things are going to go. We’re going to have a busy schedule, and life is going to be full, and school will start soon, and next year we’ll do this, and maybe we’ll someday get to travel here or there… And it’s good. Plans are healthy, and part of an abundant life. Sometimes the planning is part of the happiness of fulfilling our dreams. But sometimes, plans are paused. Put on hold. Rearranged. And that’s where we are right now. What I’m learning is that pausing is good for me, too. Harder, but probably far more beneficial than planning. And though I’d rather see what’s ahead, sometimes the unknown can bring out beauty that would otherwise go unseen.

Due to some unexpected news regarding my health, I am currently not scheduling any photo sessions at this time. Those of you who have not heard from me via email, your appointments should not be affected, and we are still on for next week. There are some who have contacted me in the last few days to make appointments, and I have not been able to respond as of yet– unfortunately, the delay does apply to those, and you are welcome to email and request a spot on the waiting list. I have every intention and hope to be able to continue photographing the joyful moments in the lives of the many people I have had the privilege to work with over the past 2 years. The situation is treatable, but will take some time. I didn’t know if I should post this notice at all, and originally decided against it. But the emails have been coming in, and I felt that my clients deserved to know. For now, we’re pausing and taking care of our little family as I face this unplanned health issue. Email response and order fulfillment will be delayed. I know there are clients waiting to see their photos, and get their galleries–  I do have some previously scheduled posts that will go up this week for you to see. I appreciate your trust and patience so much.

I can’t finish this post without thanking the many, many people who have been so good to our family, those known and unknown. The support and love we feel is so appreciated by Paul and I and our children. Thank you for your understanding, for your kindness, and most of all, thank you for your prayers.

And though she may ‘have my head’, I’m going to say this, too:  I don’t know where I’d be without my Mom through this. She is my planner, my scheduler, my shoulder to cry on, my rational mind when I let the worries over surgery & treatment overwhelm. I’ve always loved her so much, and I’ve always known that she loves me. But now when I need her more than ever, I realize how much the love of a mother endures, no matter how long her children are gone from her home. Thank you doesn’t seem enough, but that’s what I’ll say. Thank you, Mom. So much.

August 9, 2010 - 8:00 pm

JM - Praying you through this, Betz.

August 9, 2010 - 8:51 pm

Joanne E - We have been thinking of you lots & pray God will guide you in all decisions in the days ahead. May He give you strength & courage & be near you & your family. Love The E’s

August 9, 2010 - 10:17 pm

Julie - We love you and are praying for you and yours! As soon as we heard the news, the children and I went to my bedside and prayed for you. They ask on occasion “how is the picture lady?” You and your family is in our constant thoughts and constant prayers!

August 10, 2010 - 5:33 am

Jayme - Betsy- Your family is loved by so many and you have an amazing support system. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Paul and the kids during this time.

August 10, 2010 - 7:40 am

Holly - Betsy, We are all praying for you out here, too! It is a comfort to know you have such a wonderful support system.

August 10, 2010 - 12:37 pm

Bonnie - You are a beautiful, loving, talented and inspirational woman. We love you and your precious family and you are in our prayers.

August 10, 2010 - 3:47 pm

Sarah - I love you Betz, don’t get discouraged. I’m praying for you every day.

August 10, 2010 - 6:00 pm

Shannon - Betsy, you have been on my thoughts & prayers for sometime now. Know & trust the God has has His hand on you through this all! We will be diligent in our prayers for you and yours, and if you should EVER need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. All our love…

August 12, 2010 - 8:25 am

Donna - We love you and our thoughts and prayers are with you, Paul and your beautiful family. May God be near you and help you through this time.

August 16, 2010 - 7:38 am

Michelle & Wayne V - Betsy, Paul and your dear children. We are praying for you Betsy and trust God will be near you to carry you through this tumultous time. A very special person in your life and ours gave this to me when my sister was in treatment and hope it will uplift you as well. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth..Psalm 121:1-2 God has blessed you with a wonderful talent and you are a very special person to so many of us with your love, friendship, compassion and joy. May God enfold you with His arms of love. Love and Hugs!

August 16, 2010 - 2:43 pm

Sara and Dean - We wish you the best Betsy, and a speedy recovery!! We have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!

August 20, 2010 - 6:44 am

Josh & Molly Z - Betsy and Paul,
You have been our thoughts and prayers in theses last few weeks. We will be praying extra hard on Sat. for both of you and your children. May the Lord comfort you in this difficult time. All our love.

August 25, 2010 - 9:50 pm

Don & Sandy - Paul, Betsy, and family, Our thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with you as you go through this difficult struggle. Trusting that all will be well in a very short time. We love you and care so much!

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