I’m sure by now that many of you have heard of the #MichaelsChallenge and the #HobbyLobbyChallenge, but for those who don’t know these challenges call for folks to use the floral aisles of these craft stores as their own personal studio. My sister-in-law, Bit, texted me a screenshot of a post from Michaels inviting people to come and try their hand at their #MichaelsChallenge. Seeming too good to be true, I told her that I doubt we could do that and not get kicked out to which she sent a screenshot of the store telling a prospecting photographer they can indeed come and photograph in their store.


Challenge accepted! I haven’t been into photography much at all since my transplant and I enjoy having my life not revolve around photo shoots and long days and nights of endless editing, but this “challenge” was refreshing for me. Bit and I took advantage of the comfort of a/c and shelter from inclement weather that has been a constant theme here in Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana the past month. She dressed my beautiful nieces in spring colors and we had ourselves a mini Spring photo shoot.

The fluorescent lighting wasn’t my favorite part but the absence of mud puddles and Louisiana humidity made up for that. I suggest that you ask before taking over the aisle and respect other shoppers.

We did have a lady walk behind Bit while I was trying to get a few shots of her but we had to respect the customer, and because of Michaels hospitality to us we had no problem taking breaks so customers could peruse our floral backdrop. It also doesn’t hurt to do a little shopping while you are getting your photography on. I can’t go into Michaels and not buy something! Also, respect the store! Once you are done with your shoot clean up after yourself. Most importantly, have fun and be creative. So shout out to Michaels for letting photographers get creative indoors even if it is a way to get some business, I think its fantastic! Tag me in your #MichaelsChallenge photo shoot so I can see what you come up with!



P.S. I’m not sure about other Hobby Lobby stores, but our local one would not allow people to come photograph in their store, but if your store lets you shoot there go for it and have respect for the store and other shoppers!

White as Snow

Today, for the first time in three years, it snowed in Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana! This was my son’s first time to experience snow. The last time it snowed I was four months pregnant with him. Gideon has been sick the past few days but was better today and able to play in the snow.


He woke up and I asked, “Do you want to go see the snow?” He moaned and walked over to the door. I opened it and asked him what he thought about it. He looked at me with a confused look on his face and asked, “Where’s the snowman?”


We spent a few minutes playing in the snow and then came in to lounge around all day. Steven got to stay home from work because Louisiana doesn’t know how to handle snow but we aren’t complaining! We got to have a family day. It was much needed and much cherished.


While Gideon was napping I walked around outside along the woods and admired the untouched snow lying beneath the trees. It was as far as I could see. It looked like a prefect white fluffy blanket; unscathed and purposefully placed there. It reminded me of God’s perfect love and how the blood of Jesus covers us and makes us clean. It amazes me that He does that for little ole’ unworthy me. The Word tells us:

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they will be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18.



Today I am thankful that He washes me clean. Even though I am unworthy and undeserving He cleans me up and places me exactly where I need to be just like that snow. No matter how dirty we think we are, his love can cover our most scarlet of sins and make us white. All we have to do is give our hearts to Him and ask to be forgiven. That’s it. How awesome? Now this is not to be interpreted that what Jesus did on the cross gave us a get-out-of-jail-free card. It simply means that if we whole-heartedly seek Him and His forgiveness that He will do as He has promised. Today I am thankful for that. I am thankful for all the little firsts that I get to experience with my son, and each one of those that I get to be a part of I will find His love in and I will thank Him for all that He has done for me.

Thanks for reading! I hope you are encouraged and that you enjoy these snow pictures. We don’t get to see snow often! I am going to attach a link to a song by Natalie Grant that has played in my head the whole time I was writing my post. Please listen to it and let it touch you.


Listen to “Clean” here!