Monthly Archives: May 2009

Kurtis’ sneak peek

Ahhhhhh, it’s a SECOND reallllly late night for me. Kindermusik is going to come awfully early!! I NEED to get to bed! Tonight’s late night was from Instant Messaging with a fellow photographer until 2 AM. (I’ll give you one guess to figure out who else was up this late.) Sooooo, I have to keep…


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  • AprilMay 29, 2009 - 10:13 am

    Wow, that is one good lookin’ senior!

  • grandmaMay 29, 2009 - 12:59 pm

    Oh Betsy, Penny is so proud…we love you. Thank you a million times.

  • MichelleMay 29, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    Yay! A boy! 😉 Congratulations to your nephew.

  • AlyssaMay 29, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    I agree with April, That is one good lookin’ senior.

  • TonyaMarieMay 30, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    He looks so handsome! Nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh.

  • KurtisMay 31, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    sorry that i booked you at the last minute XD. but i had fun tho 🙂

it must be May

If you follow my Twitter or Facebook, you might have said to yourself lately, “What is wrong with Betsy?” At least that what I would think if I was watching me through a fishbowl. If you don’t follow me, I’ve just been commenting on being annoyed, grouchy or emotional lately. I’m AWESOME when I’m totally…


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  • BetsyMay 28, 2009 - 6:28 am

    For those of you who know the WHOLE story, as I wrote this post, “Somewhere over the rainbow” came on my Pandora.

    Hey Betsy, GO TO BED!!!

  • AprilMay 28, 2009 - 10:32 am


    I have followed your blog for some time now and do remember ‘Over the Rainbow’…I’m sure you got chills. But just a reminder that Andy is very much still with you. Your strength and courage amaze not only me, but thousands of others that follow your blog. Take one day at a time and your Faith will carry you through these next couple months.


  • JenMay 28, 2009 - 1:59 pm

    This post brought tears to my eyes. I’ll always remember July 4, and of course, rainbows. Sending lots of love and hugs your way…

  • AmandaMay 28, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    Such a touching post. This line in particular is just so beautiful: “Hopefully sharing my story will help the pain crumble away a bit so I can remember the memories not pressed into my bones, but the good stuff illuminating my heart.”

    Sending cyber hugs, thanks for sharing ALL of you. =)

  • RhondaMay 28, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    Betsy- I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I comment here and there but this one is a must for me. Please know your thoughts and prayers are with you. I lost my high school sweetheart the week before Christmas over 9 yrs ago in a car accident. Now I know the reason of loss is way different but I still know that feeling of the time of year. I was supposed to be celebrating the holiday season during that time I remember spending time in Parkview in the ICU hoping for him to wake up. It does put you in a slump…for me I remember certain things from the hospital depending on what day it was.

    Andy and my Jeremy are in a better place where they can be themselves again. I always told his nephews that when it thundered outside it was Jeremy bowling and when it lightened it was him taking pictures of us to keep us close to him in heaven. Even though I knew it was just something to make them feel better I myself wanted to believe that as well to make myself feel better. So during these next summer months if you want you can think that too. 😉

    Take care and you’ll be in my thoughts.

  • grandmaMay 28, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    Thank you for expressing yourself. I am so very proud of you and find myself speechless. As your Mother, who knows the pain and grief you have experienced, I want you to know , that in you I find strength, sunshine, happiness. You feed my soul. I love you. As Andy would say ” Rock n Roll” MOM

  • LizMay 28, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    Oh Betsy… I almost cried. And then I read your mom’s comment and I did. As someone who has never had someone close to me with cancer or a terminal illness, it is an incredible thing to read what something like that can truly do not just to the patient but to those surrounding him/her. Thank you for your words – I love reading your blog and getting to know you better. You are so strong to be comfortable sharing how you are feeling. And I have great respect for you – and your awesome family. Thank you for sharing, you made my day. (In an inspiring way.)

  • MichelleMay 28, 2009 - 4:16 pm

    Like Liz above…I started to tear up while reading your blog above, but then truely lost it after reading your mom’s response to it. I’m just another of your avid followers, yet never comment. I found you through the amazing Bobbi (whom I also ‘stalk’ -in using the word as I tell my friends about you both!). I can relate to what you write about regarding Hospice. I seemed to feel that same way as I watched my grandma pass, with Hospice there behind with their hands folded in thier laps…just waiting. Your pictures, your blogs…make me smile even on my ‘frown-iest’ days. You touch people’s hearts you don’t even know, without even realizing. 😉

    ? Go Bobbi – Go Betsy!! ?

  • jodieMay 28, 2009 - 6:08 pm

    The post had me teary and your mom’s comment let the tears roll. I will be praying for you this season. I have to say that I am happy for you that the time of year you’re sad is spring… where the world is full of life and beauty. It may be harder during winter or fall. But then again, it may not be able to be any harder b/c I know this IS hard. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard. Prayers today for peace and love surrounding you… jodie

  • Diane - DB ImpressionsMay 28, 2009 - 6:54 pm

    Betsy, I don’t have any words of wisdom or anything like that, and am rarely profound, but I am sending you many hugs…please use them when you need them most. – Diane

  • ida in qcMay 28, 2009 - 10:53 pm

    Betsy, thank you for daring to be so open and honest… Even though I don’t really know what the meaning for you is behind the song “Over the rainbow”, I still think of you every time I hear it. I’m so glad you found someone like John who can be strong for you when you need it. Thinking of you and sending you love

  • melMay 29, 2009 - 12:55 am

    i dont even know what to write. but i do want to tell you, you touched me. tears filled my eyes…and i feel so grateful. thank you.

  • eyegirlMay 29, 2009 - 1:23 am

    I’m so sorry for all that you’ve had to go through. You touch so many people in so many ways, not only through your photography, but through your openness and honesty and your willingness to share of yourself from your heart. I hope you are able find some peace in the weeks to come, and I will certainly be thinking of you.

  • ErinMay 29, 2009 - 1:37 am

    Thinking of you, Bets. Lots of hugs and vibes of peace as these feelings pop up and summer gets underway.

  • ErickaMay 29, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    Wow. Such a touching post. I lost my mom 17 years ago when I was 15….sadly to cancer. I still have days like you’re describing so, I truly understand how you feel. (The saying “time will heal all wounds” is rubbish.) You are a strong woman. How admirable for you to not only have accepted what you were given in your life, but to learn from it. So many people miss that important lesson. You are very inspiring…even when photography isn’t involved. Keep your chin up.

  • jess@studio3zMay 29, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    you are one of the most beautiful people I know…both inside and out. Two things that come to mind that I admire about your post- your perseverance and strength, and John’s sweet support.

    hugs to you.

  • tonyMay 30, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    What a great post, really. Cute dogs too!

  • kellyMay 31, 2009 - 10:55 pm

    your story and art has brought me hope and joy…i’m a photographer up in michigan (found you through gail w.) and i recently lost my husband this past fall. i am trying to find my way as a young widow and discovering how to see through my lens again. so thank you for your honesty and openness…and for inviting us to know your story.

  • MayaMay 31, 2009 - 11:38 pm

    Have I told you before how much I appreciate your honesty and openness? You are such an amazing person and each time you share bits of your story that becomes even clearer. Sending thoughts and prayers of peace and fond memories your way.

  • gina@kiwistreetstudiosJune 3, 2009 - 4:58 am

    wow betsy…i know we just recently and briefly met, but i have to say i’m so touched by your story and your strength. it’s sharing personal pieces of our lives that can make huge difference in the lives of others around us. much love to you and your wonderful family. ;)gina

  • Melissa Jill :)July 9, 2009 - 9:26 pm

    Hi Betsy. Just came to your blog for the first time because Gail emailed me about you. I love how you share so openly about your trials. Boy God has definitely given you your fair share over the years! It’s amazing what one person can go through. You seem like such a lovely person who has allowed the suffering to shape you for the good. Wish we lived closer…I’m sure we’d be friends. God bless!

  • jenny BarnesJune 19, 2012 - 5:03 pm

    you wrote this post the day after my dad died.. of cancer.. only 3 weeks after we found out he was even sick. my heart goes out to you during this time.. ((hugs))

Yea for John! (& the Tin Caps!)

Check out John’s newest gig (a tv commercial in the works!) on his blog: CLICK HERE for John’s Blog. Go John Go!!! We love you!!! Since a blog post isn’t much fun without a photo, Here’s a quickie shot I captured tonight. Miles’ soft cheeks are like big munchable marshmallows. (Told you I loved junk…


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  • CharMay 27, 2009 - 11:45 am

    You are a delight to my day…kinda like a fresh cup of coffee in the morning!:) Always love your you spontaneity, humor, and of course your lovely photos! Keep up the excellent work. Mind if I blog stalk?!!

  • Diane - DB ImpressionsMay 27, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    How cute, and John does great work!

  • ToriMay 28, 2009 - 4:31 am

    Awww too cute!

  • eyegirlMay 29, 2009 - 1:19 am

    Congrats to John!

  • MayaMay 31, 2009 - 11:39 pm

    Congrats John!!!

in case you were wondering what the weather forecast is…

…for the next three days in Fort Wayne, this should give you a hint.


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  • eyegirlMay 27, 2009 - 2:26 am

    This is too cute, and you are such a tease. You know we are dying to see more cute pictures of Miles in that raincoat and boots!

  • CassieMay 27, 2009 - 4:26 am

    Chicago, too. Boo.

  • SarahJune 8, 2009 - 4:23 pm

    Love this! Miles is always looking so cute!

just a few snap shots of life around here

So things have been a bit topsy turvy around here this past week. We’ve been juggling running our two businesses while caring for Miles during his illness all while I’m Jedi mind tricking myself that I wasn’t getting sick. Let’s just say, when Mommy is feeling crappy, she’s not so worried about how many cookies… Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


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  • CassieMay 25, 2009 - 6:58 pm

    Hopefully you’re feeling better! I think I got sick last week because I ate so much crap while I was home 😛 Miles looks SO much like John in that cookie-monster picture. I can’t believe how big he is. Rest up lady!

  • GailMay 26, 2009 - 1:04 am

    Wow..that fourth image down..that is ALL you Bets. I did a double take at how much I see you in Miles in that photograph.

  • Jessica ParkisonMay 26, 2009 - 2:11 am

    So glad you are starting to feel a bit better! You need to stop getting sick after your weekend getaways! Being a mom and being sick can be so hard! Love the second to last photo of miles with the cookie shoved into his mouth! Is that Paperlili shirt available yet? didn’t see it on the site? 🙁

  • bobbiMay 27, 2009 - 2:37 am

    I TOTALLY strike my comment from your last entry with his adorableness about him looking like John. I’m with Gail on my doubletake on the 4th image. Your kid is so damn cute! CUTE CUTE CUUUUUTE!!!!!