Monthly Archives: January 2009

my new babysitters and other good ideas

Granted, my new babysitters don’t have opposable thumbs, so changing diapers is out of the question, but they are very attentive. (Poor pugs, I’m always so focused on Miles (literally) that they don’t always get much “in focus” time from my camera.) Btw, if you are wondering why Miles has a sock over his sippy…


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  • MelanieJanuary 30, 2009 - 2:05 pm

    We have Kleen Kanteens for our whole family as well, and I love the sock idea! Your little guy is adorable! (BTW, I have been checking out your blog for forever now, and thought I’d finally come out of hiding. I think I found your blog through a cloth diapering website. We CD as well, I love photography, and I have a son the same age as yours. Thanks for all the inspiration!)

  • redJanuary 30, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    We love our kleen kanteens around here, and I have never once thought to put a sock around to protect little hands from the cold! D’oh! great idea!

  • GailJanuary 30, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    OMG – I LOVE this photo of Miles and the pugs! His look here is so precious!!

    Similiar to your Klean Kanteens, I LOVE my SIGG bottle! ( I love how cold the water tastes in a stainless steel container!!!

  • holliJanuary 30, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    What a great pic! So sweet and I love his little babydoll! So everytime I try to look at your portfolio my mac completely freezes up…is it just me? I do have an older computer but wondering if anyone else is having the same problem? Any ideas?! 🙂

  • Maya LaurentJanuary 30, 2009 - 11:27 pm

    Again, another reason to have an IPhone! And love the kanteens. We use the Safe Sippy and it has a rubber holder over it that helps with the cold factor.

  • SelenaJanuary 31, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    Aww, that picture is adorable! That would make anyone smile. 🙂 Thanks for the peekaboo barn idea!!! 🙂

  • Amy in California =)January 31, 2009 - 6:15 pm

    we’ve got the teeny weenie greenies too! I’m totally stealing your sock idea.

  • […] heard of Klean Kanteen? Until last week, I thought Klean Kanteen was new to me. I visit Betsy and John regularly (they are the cutest little family from Indiana and very talented photogs) and last week […]

  • Rachael OertherFebruary 27, 2009 - 12:50 am

    OMG! I absolute love this 🙂 I have a pug too and she is my little goober!

the most random blog post ever

These stuffed monsters are so something I would take up to John in a gift shop and say, “Daddy, can we take it home?” He would look at me like I was nuts and I would mope away, putting it back on the shelf. He is so not an impulsive shopper. (In these times, I…


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  • GailJanuary 29, 2009 - 1:27 pm

    These are SO adorable and remind me of another favorite, odd plush creature:

    And I LOVE Apartment Therapy – I didn’t know they had a kid site!!! Another blog for the blog roll…. d’oh!

  • CassieJanuary 29, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    I’m a big fan of Buddy!

  • Maya LaurentJanuary 30, 2009 - 11:28 pm

    We’ve seen these! They’re awesome!

a year ago today (tuesday)

A year ago today, my sister passed away. It was a sunny, Sunday afternoon and we were shooting at a friends house. We were having a great time. Miles was with us so when my cell phone rang, I didn’t bother to pick it up. For some reason, I ignored my voicemail on the ride…


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  • JamieJanuary 28, 2009 - 8:12 am

    Wow betsy.. This is very crazy… I also lost someone very close to me today (28th..I know your the 27ty) and JUST blogged about it as well. Read it if you get a chance. My heart sank for you as I read your blog and the losses you have dealt with.. but I also felt a connection… someone else is grieving today… someone else has been watching this date on their calendar and gets lost in their photos to ease some pain. Take as much time as you need to grieve… and remember you will never forget!

  • annieJanuary 28, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    I thought of you today amongst my own dealings – I hope in some way you were able to celebrate and think of Penny’s life along with the sadness of her absence. As always – much love to you and your family!

  • JessicaJanuary 28, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    Betsy – we are thinking of you during this difficult time of year. I cannot imagine the pain you have had to deal with. I think your postive outlook on life is very inspiring. May you continue to have great strength. Oh, and Happy Birthday (early) to Miles!

  • DoodleBunz/DB ImpressionsJanuary 28, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Betsy, I’m so sorry that you’ve had to experience these things in your life, and I hope that peace and healing find you in the time to come.

  • redJanuary 28, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Betsy.

  • aprilJanuary 28, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Betsy, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I lost my little brother 7 years ago. All the ‘firsts’ are particularly difficult. Some days are still painfully hard, even after 7 years, & I suspect they will be for years to come. Grief doesn’t have a timeline… It’s ok to deal w/ it at your own pace.

  • AprilJanuary 28, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    Oh Betsy…Though you may feel you don’t, you amaze me (along with others) with all the strength you have. May God give you peace today and always.

  • SelenaJanuary 28, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    OH MY. Betsy, I am so sorry! I find you so inspiring. Not only your work, but your attitude towards life. I can’t even imagine what you have gone through or are going through, and yet you still try to stay positive. It’s a decision you have made and love that you did. 🙂

    Happy (early) Birthday to Miles. 🙂

  • LindasyJanuary 28, 2009 - 2:47 pm

    I cant belive it has been a year already. I dreaded the year anniversary too, for months. I was scared to conquer it without Zac but I was ok. And you will be too. You have so many people that love you!

  • GailJanuary 28, 2009 - 3:27 pm

    “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping”

    –Chinese Proverb

  • AmandaJanuary 28, 2009 - 3:29 pm

    What a beautifully written remembrance Betsy. (((hugs))) I’ve always thought there’s really no “getting over” losing someone you truly love, you just learn to deal, as you put it, and live life without their physical presence. So glad to hear you are feeling a bit more peace these days.

  • MichelleJanuary 28, 2009 - 3:49 pm

    Betsy, I lurk here often and appreciate your candor. I also wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers today. The reason that I continue to lurk (aside from your amazing photography) is you. Your personality shines through on the blog and it’s a nice treat to come here and read what’s going on. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the good and the difficult. It’s easier to relate.

  • heidiJanuary 28, 2009 - 4:33 pm

    hey girl- I have been thinking about you this past week….and my prayers are with you and your family- Life is full of valleys and Hills ..remember God wants to see our character for when we meet again with our loved ones who are already there waiting for us!

  • KristinJanuary 28, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Thinking about you today Betsy. :hugs

  • GlendaJanuary 28, 2009 - 6:44 pm

    Betsy-I’ve been a lurker for a while…I think I found you through Denise’s blog (Matilda Jane). I wanted to say that I’m sorry for your loss. I can relate to your pain as I also lost a sister many years ago, she was 7 yrs. old. Thank you for sharing your story on the blog. I always look forward to reading your posts. You are in my thoghts & prayers today :). Glenda

  • denniJanuary 28, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    Hi, I am new to your blog and just spent an hour laughing, crying and loving every minute of it. Your family is amazing! My prayers are with you at this time in your life.

  • (a different) BetsyJanuary 28, 2009 - 9:13 pm

    I just found your site today through a comment you left on Jessica Claire’s. Your work is amazing, inspiring, and challenging. I’m just starting on this photography journey (over the past 6 months), and your site makes me motivated and discouraged all at once! How can I ever get as good as this other person named Betsy?! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your life here. I’ve bookmarked this page to come back and check out other photos sometime. I hope you continue to heal and grow through the sorrows you have faced. No words can help how we want them to, but know that others who don’t even know you feel a sympathy for your loss. I wish you the best. -Betsy Jo

  • Sherry SmithJanuary 28, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    beloved daughter, that was beautiful. I will say it again..I am still waiting on your first novel. You have the following, get with it….I love you and adore you..MOM

  • MandyJanuary 28, 2009 - 10:53 pm

    What a touching and loving post. Thank you so much for sharing your photo, and your emotion.

  • MollyJanuary 28, 2009 - 10:57 pm

    Betsy- mostly I lurk, occasionally I comment. I originally found you via Bobbi’s blog (which is another random story in itself), but you’ve become, via your posts, an inspiration in parenting, in dealing with grief, in starting a business from scratch, in loving your husband (Both Andy and John). . . By reading your posts for over a year, I’m surprised we haven’t met. I’m a CHS alum, my partner works at Sweetwater, and I live blocks from the Fox, a marvelous coffee shop you’ve mentioned. . I’m sometimes amused at how very much I look forward to your posts. . . . You’re in the prayers of people you’ve never met, but that somehow you’ve touched with your charm, your sensitivity, and your strength. God Bless.

  • KristenJanuary 29, 2009 - 12:37 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss but I also have to commend you on sharing your personal information. I work in HR full-time and it is my “job” to be all business. This is why I turned to photography. I believe to be a successful photographer you have to give to your clients what they give to you. I can totally see by your blog posts that you have a strong relationship with your clients and it’s not just business. I enjoy reading your posts and I will try to comment more. I’m so bad about leaving comments. 🙂 May 2009 bring you much success. Looking forward to the next blog post.

  • courtneyJanuary 29, 2009 - 1:30 am

    Your strength is inspiring, Betsy. I’ve read your blogs where you’ve briefly mentioned your sister’s passing and its always broken my heart a bit. I have two sisters who are my very best friends and couldn’t imagine losing either of them. I pray that you find more peace with this every day that goes by. <3

  • AbraJanuary 29, 2009 - 2:14 am

    Your words made a small space in my heart open up so that I can place you safely there. I cannot imagine the grief you experienced, nor do I want to as I have an older sister as well that I can’t bear losing. I know many words of comfort have come your way today but I wouldn’t mind offering a few more. And that is, the best place for those you love is to be alive in God’s memory and you can be sure that he knows every intimate detail of them.

  • ToriJanuary 29, 2009 - 2:55 am

    Besty, I am so sorry 🙁

  • Maya LaurentJanuary 29, 2009 - 2:58 am

    Thank you for sharing this Betsy. I love the fact that you are so real on here, I know it’s a struggle with business and personal mixed, but it lets your clients know you. You have a wonderful strength and it shows through, even though I’m sure each thought of her brings some longing for her to be back.

  • JenJanuary 29, 2009 - 4:58 am

    Thinking of you, Bets, and remembering Penny. Many hugs!

  • RhondaJanuary 29, 2009 - 3:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing betsy….I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months or so now and so I feel I “know” you in a way…and I’m so sorry to hear of the loss you suffered a year ago. Blogging about it though is very theraputic so in a way you helped yourself deal a little bit more. Trust me I know…I’ve lost alot of close people to me…a child, my high school sweetheart, and my mother all before the age of 30. And I lost my mother on mother’s day to boot. So I’m right there with you on losing someone close. It sucks. And your right once you get past that year mark it’s another anniversary of sorts. I fear losing my siblings or father on a every day basis….that is my own I struggle with since losing my mother.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you…take care.

  • Captured by JessJanuary 29, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    Betsy- I remember that day, a year ago… I remember your post about Penny. I can’t imagine the sorrow you have gone through this past year with losing your sister. You were in my thoughts then and you are in them now. Take good care.

  • ErinJanuary 29, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Thinking of you, my friend. Wishing you peace and love for 2009.

  • Jenny RebeccaFebruary 1, 2009 - 9:42 pm

    My heart goes out to you – may God continue to bring you peace and comfort.

  • bobbi+February 7, 2009 - 7:54 pm

    Love and peace to you my friend.

wanted to blog…

…but instead I updated the slideshow at the top of my blog with some new faces. (Keep watching the header, I’ll try to keep adding new ones.) Now I have no time left to chat as I must go to bed earlier this week. Miles has a cold and I have a birthday party to…


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  • robinJanuary 27, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    Well that was fun! I’ve been following your blog for almost a year now (maybe not that long yet) and I could remember a lot of these from when you blogged them. They are all lovely. Fun to see them!!

  • KellyJanuary 27, 2009 - 7:24 pm

    Too funny! I am throwing a b-day party this weekend too…by little guy turns 4 on Saturday! We are going sledding and then to Hotel for Dogs…he’s super excited! My littlest guy is also down sick too (fever and cough)… get your rest, nothing worse than having to barrel through it all under the weather! Have a fun party!

rookie parenting adventure # 384

Miles has changed a bit from our quiet little guy who sits and looks through books to a full on toddler that needs to run and explore in a major way everyday. So today we decided to see if Science Central was up for an invasion of our little guy Miles. When the woman at… Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


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  • annieJanuary 26, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    that is awesome – don’t worry about the other parents – most of them are pretty lame – let ’em splash – he looks like he was having the time of this life!

  • BrookeJanuary 26, 2009 - 2:38 pm

    What a fun time! The pic of Miles splashing is awesome. Hey you have to let him live it up while he’s young, right?!

  • holliJanuary 26, 2009 - 3:32 pm

    That first photo is tdf! I used to take kids to SC all the time…so much fun! Glad you guys had fun!

  • mikeJanuary 26, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    don’t be too horrified, mine climbed right up and sat in the middle of it the first time we went.

  • Michelle DaviesJanuary 26, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    Nothing to be ashamed of there! I used to take all four of my kids, with changes of clothing, and just sit back and watch ’em got to water-town. It was great for an afternoon of fun.

  • redJanuary 26, 2009 - 11:07 pm

    That looks like it was such a blast!! As a “seasoned” parent (ha, what a joke!) I would have done the exact same as you! Kids are kids, clothes can be washed 😀

  • AbraJanuary 27, 2009 - 12:34 am

    TOO TOO cute. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. My son is 5 and we just went to one of these kind of places and he was not as exuberant as yours but there were these two darling girls who were as soaked or more so than your little man. Even though they were strangers, I totally snatched some fun filled shots.

  • Maya LaurentJanuary 27, 2009 - 2:39 am

    I love it!!! Thank you for the reminder to pack extra clothes! We’re headed to the Children’s Museum tomorrow (unless crazy snow hits) and needed that reminder!

  • SelenaJanuary 27, 2009 - 5:48 pm

    How fun is that?!?! Great shot you got too! At least you had extra clothes. I’m not sure if I would have even thought of that. 🙂

  • TonyJanuary 28, 2009 - 1:25 am

    What great color. Very cute images I enjoyed all of them. Great exposures and light. Keep up the great work.

  • holly rouseJanuary 29, 2009 - 11:15 pm

    okay so i know i’ve been picking your brain a lot lately, but i’m trying to decide what to save my money up for next–what lenses do you use? andddd, what ACTIONS? because i am so undeniably in love with your pictures, i just cannot explain! so fresh and clean and gorgeous. i know i’ve told you that before, but it is just so true. 🙂