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My husband and I started attending Renovatus back in summer of 2011. We had been out of church for a long period of time, and when we attended Renovatus off and on, I would cry through the services. Our Pastor, Jonathan Martin is a brilliant, anointed speaker and preacher. I love hearing the man talk about his walk with the Lord. Our family has finally started going more consistently and even started attending a home group through the church. I recently volunteered to help photograph baptism Sunday a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful time of worship and extremely emotional watching and hearing people’s testimonies. Here are a few favorites from that time. If you are ever in the Charlotte area, please stop in and experience a Renovatus service. Also my pastor’s book just came out, check out the promo for it here.
This is a 365 day photo project I am doing called “Many A Moon”. This is the whole month of April. See them all at rebekahfancher.tumblr.com
I feel extremely excited to share this blog with you. (Warning: If you hate beautiful rocks then you will dislike this blog. And this may be long.) If you would like to hear a little bit about how my husband and I landed in Arizona, click over to part one of the wedding I shot near Phoenix to read about it. (And here is part two in case you got hooked.)
I’m going to somewhat backtrack to the day we flew into Phoenix. It was a sad day leaving our sweet eight-month-old boy at home with my parents. I think we Facetimed him like three times before we even touched down in Arizona. My heart was sad, but an adventure is what Brandon and I have needed for quite sometime. We still dream of adventure and traveling. We love wheeling our suitcases through long airports and people watching. I love people watching…and hearing all the different languages flying around. It’s beautiful chaos. It’s the butterfly feeling of going to somewhere unseen–breathing new air, photographing different terrain and meeting new people.
We flew into Salt Lake City, Utah. I love Utah! I remember traveling through there as a kid, and it was so unearthly and so unique in its beauty. I was excited for Brandon to see a little of it. (Even though I claimed the window seat.) We flew into a snow storm. Yep, a snow storm. It was blowing like crazy as I stared out the windows of the airport eating my gyro as fast as I could, so not to miss our next flight. As soon as we were about to take off, the storm passed, and it was a blue sky. Crazy. read more
This is a 365 day photo project I am doing called “Many A Moon”. This is the whole month of March. See them all at rebekahfancher.tumblr.com
March has seriously been insane. Brandon and I were gone almost every weekend, traveling. The weekend I’m sharing now is just one of the many trips I took in March. I feel like this month has seriously been one of the most amazing–yet emotional–months for me since I’ve had Laef. The next five weeks or so, I’ll be blogging a lot about March. Baby showers in Florida, funerals in Georgia, weddings and our anniversary in Arizona, an incredible moment toasting to seven years of marriage over the Grand Canyon, our sun setting over lady Sedona’s red rocks, chatting and talking about the Lord by a fire with an inn keeper family, being so overtaken by the Lord’s love while staring at snow capped mountains in the middle of Indian Reservation, deserts with the edge of the Grand Canyon beside me…oh man! So, so much…and I’m not kidding. lol.
The Lord has been extremely present to me this month. And it’s almost so much that I feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I wish I could say, or even emotions I wish I could remember. I believe that they would have been scripted beautifully on my glassy computer screen if I had only had a moment to jot down the emotional chemistry I felt with the nature created by Jesus. But maybe I can redeem those moments with my words. We will see. Hopefully I can relive some of those tears by letting my soul out through my keyboard.
So here goes week one of March.
The first weekend of March, our family ventured down to Jacksonville, Florida to celebrate something amazing. My best friend, Sharon, and her husband, Ferrill, are adopting a baby boy in just a few short weeks. (Read her story here.) His name is Isaac and I’m over the moon excited for them! Sharon has been so much to my heart throughout the last 4 years. We have cried together about the crazy roller coaster of life. Through disappointments, pain, beauty, hopelessness, depression, thankfulness, hope, and now Baby Gallaway, we have followed each other’s hearts down the cliffs of life and down the passageways of the soul. I’m so thankful to have a friend who knows me so well. It was only the kindness of the Lord to bring her into my life.
So as a baby shower gift and also an opportunity to encourage and celebrate Sharon as a new mom. Three of her friends and I rented a bed and breakfast in Saint Augustine, FL. It is actually one of the oldest bed and breakfast inns in the nation. It was so incredibly lovely. Sigh. I get warm and fuzzy thinking about us pulling into the gravel parking lot with the Spanish moss blowing above our heads in the wind. We walked into this lovely old home trying to not act like we were fifteen. We got a cottage that sleeps six people. We spent time cooking dinner, sipping coffee and sweet tea while laughing so much among the purple flowers, fish ponds, Spanish moss, and bamboo plants on the back patio. We walked the streets of Saint Augustine in the evening hours, buying chocolate and popsicles from one of my favorite places in Saint Augustine (The Hyppo) feeling the ocean breeze and talking about the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord in our lives individually. We stayed up into the early morning hours chatting like high school girls and painting our toenails while watching “Say Yes to the Dress.” It was so good for my soul.
The next morning we had a wonderful breakfast with fresh latte’s. We then gave Sharon our gifts for baby Isaac. We prayed, cried together and blessed her on this beautiful road ahead of her, thanking the Lord for even the difficult process of it all. His timing is so perfect.
To top the day off we rode bikes around Saint Augustine and let the wind carry us along the cobblestone streets past small, old cottages with blooming bushes. We had lunch and shopped at the little shops along the ocean bay.
It was an absolutely incredible and relaxing, yet emotional weekend. (I lost my Grandmother the next day. Crazy! I hope to blog about this as well.)
I took a few photos to share with you all. Just some fun moments we all shared together. I also included photos of Baby Isaac’s room. I love it.
Please keep Sharon and Ferrill in your prayers the next few weeks. Hoping this adoption process will go smooth and amazing! Hopefully I’ll be blogging photos of Isaac very soon! eeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3
This is a 365 day photo project I am doing called “Many A Moon”. This is the whole month of February. See them all at rebekahfancher.tumblr.com
I was inspired a few years back to do a photo a day by my mentor, Shelley Paulson, who did a 365 day photo project. I thought, “Ah, that can’t be THAT hard.” haha… well… I was determine to not just take pictures of my cats or my son. (Although I’m sure I will probably have a good 100+ days of photos of my son. haha) I want to look for that perfect shot every day. To map it out, to light an object or subject, to look for composition, to look for the lovely in the mundane. Its been the hardest, most inspiring thing. I’m constantly looking for light, shadows, color, emotion, mood, beauty, etc. and sometimes its just plain bordom. Yet, its extremely inspiring and forces me to be an artist every day and not just when I shoot a wedding or a session. To be able to look back on this year and say “I picked up my camera EVERY day.” Thats going to be amazing. So here are my first 31 days. I can’t say every day was full of amazing things, but I tried. And yes, there are a ton of photos of my son. ;D
I will be posting every day’s photo on my tumblr blog. So if you are tumblr, follow me and send a heart (a Love or Like) occasionally to keep going.
Wishing all my clients, friends and family a Merry Christmas! Enjoy this holiday season and treasure family. Thank you to everyone who made this year fabulous for me, my family and my business! Happy New Year!
*Photo Credit by Shelley Paulson Photography