Monthly Archives: October 2011

self portrait series: October, part two

Ok, I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself, I HAD to do a photo (ok, two photos) from Disney for my October self portrait series. So yes, I’m doing two self portraits this month. (It’s so fun to be able to make your own rules as you go!) Just as I said in my previous post,…


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  • KelliOctober 31, 2011 - 11:40 am

    I love it! I wouldn’t mind one bit if you posted a photo from Disney every day.

  • CassieOctober 31, 2011 - 12:04 pm

    Oh man, Miles looks so intense in that last photo. Is he a little sad you can’t recreate the makeup? Can’t wait to see your Halloween pics–sorry you’re feeling crummy 🙁

  • MayaOctober 31, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    John paying is the best. Ha!

self portrait series: october

I joked in an earlier post that a photo of me on the tea cup ride at Disney was my October self portrait. Yes, indeed, October 2011 will always be remembered as the glorious month of all things Disney, but it also held a very rare opportunity to be reunited with an old friend who…


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  • jessOctober 30, 2011 - 11:23 pm

    Such an AMAZING story. So happy to hear it and know you had a dear friend through such hard trials. How awesome both you women are, and blessed to have been led to one another!

  • Kelly BramanOctober 30, 2011 - 11:25 pm

    You have such a way with words, Betsy. I am teary reading this. What a blessing to have someone who understands. Thank you for sharing! Much love to you.

  • SherryOctober 30, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    Betsy is an amazing writer.. and Andy was someone that always made your day brighter..GOD for sure takes only the BEST!..

    love you Betsy.

  • BrookeOctober 30, 2011 - 11:45 pm

    This is really beautiful Betsy. What a great portrait

  • erin / dfmOctober 31, 2011 - 12:00 am

    this made me cry – so, so beautiful, dear bets.

  • GailOctober 31, 2011 - 12:34 am

    SO glad you got to escape and do this. !!! She sounds like such a wonderful friend!

    Night love!!

  • MeganOctober 31, 2011 - 1:04 am

    Such a beautiful post. My dad was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2010 and I remember how important the support of friends, new and old, helped. Thankfully, my dad is still here and I am so so grateful. However, we have experienced other pains in the unexpected loss of my uncle and recently putting my grandfather on hospice. Those friends have stood by my family’s side through it all.

    Because we both share the common connection of cancer, I feel like I know you personally. I started following your blog a little less than a year ago and I love seeing how your life has evolved. You have grown with such grace and I am so happy that you have found joy in the after.

  • Kellie GrayboschOctober 31, 2011 - 1:41 am

    Betsy, I don’t think I ever met Andy. I don’t think you were married yet when you coached me all those years ago. But, I have kept up with your blog and I think I’ve read all the “Andy” posts and they all make me tear up, this one was no exception. You have a way with words (and photos) and I love keeping up with your blog, even though I haven’t seen you in more than 10 years. Thank you for sharing these stories, they are so inspiring. Kellie Graybosch

  • meghanOctober 31, 2011 - 9:54 am

    man, i shouldn’t have read this at work. such a beautiful post, betsy. thank you so much for sharing.

  • michelleOctober 31, 2011 - 11:00 am

    Beautiful….The story, the photo, your heart. Just beautiful.

  • MayaOctober 31, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    What a beautiful, beautiful friendship.

  • ErinOctober 31, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    such a special friend and how wonderful to see her again! both the story and photo are beautiful.

  • courtneyOctober 31, 2011 - 5:06 pm

    This story made me cry 🙁 But in a happy way as well as a sad way. I’m so glad you got to meet up with her again and catch up. What a connection you two will always share. It’s heartwarming that you have each other.

  • JenniferNovember 1, 2011 - 8:25 am

    What an amazing post…. I am so glad you had each other. I always enjoy your posts about Andy even though at the end I am in tears. They are so eloquently written and there is always such amazing emotion and love coming through your words. Beautiful photo too.

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  • BrittanyNovember 6, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    Beautiful post- brought tears to my eyes.

  • AmandaNovember 9, 2011 - 9:54 pm

    Oh Betsy… this is such a beautiful post. Though I don’t know you personally, I have always thought your little family was just adorable. But reading stories about Andy makes my heart sing for the happiness life brought you in the years following so much grief. Hugs.

the way we walk

I came home from a shoot one night and down the street, I saw my world, all wrapped up in leashes, Cookie Monster slippers, a baby carrier and a helmet. Joss couldn’t see me until I peeked around John to say hello. Look at her surprised little face! See, there’s Joss trying to peek around…


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  • Jen LOctober 29, 2011 - 12:17 am

    Oh my her little surprised face melted my heart! So stinkin cute!

  • SaraOctober 29, 2011 - 11:37 am

    Her face!! Love it. and those slippers are as big as her, crack me up!

  • SherryOctober 29, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    This blog is priceless..thanks

  • MayaOctober 29, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    Good thing you said which baby carrier it is because I was going to ask! Need something for walks with Jude. She is so precious…can’t believe how big she is!

  • KailaOctober 29, 2011 - 7:08 pm

    purely precious!! Thanks for sharing about the carrier! Did you have a favorite carrier when the were really little as well?

  • Lacey ROctober 30, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    Tin Caps clothes??? I saw a daddy wearing a jammied-baby in carrier on his back, walking alongside his little boy on a bike, and clutching the leashes of the family’s beloved pets. Now THAT is cute! ;- )

  • BethOctober 30, 2011 - 2:25 pm

    Ha ha! That is awesome!

  • jessOctober 30, 2011 - 11:25 pm

    LOVE your sweet family! And you would be shocked how many of Priya’s hand-me-downs were worn out by the boys. 😉

rolling in the leaves

Miles is so precious. This has been his year to shine. He’s doing GREAT! He’s making friends, staying healthy (thank GOD for ear tubes!) knocking our socks off with his sweetness and you all know he was a great age for Disney. Things have switched from Miles being the handfull to Miles being “the easy…


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  • JanicaOctober 26, 2011 - 11:52 pm

    Total kid crush. Right here. Owning it.

  • GailOctober 27, 2011 - 12:07 am

    Oh I just LOVE that little man! That last shot pulls on my heart strings SO much 🙂 Tell Miles Gail said hello, ‘kay?

  • KelliOctober 27, 2011 - 1:03 am

    He looks like such a sweet kid! The last one was the kicker! Love it!

  • BobbiOctober 27, 2011 - 6:35 am

    He’s perfect. Loving the second one from the bottom!

  • CassieOctober 27, 2011 - 9:07 am

    He’s going to be FIVE?!? Oh man! He is the sweetest.

    Also, not sure if you were going for this, but I was definitely singing the title of the post to the tune of Adele.

  • SherryOctober 27, 2011 - 9:19 am

    He is a treasure! can’t go but a few days without needing my grand kid fix!

  • KristenOctober 27, 2011 - 11:57 am

    Adorable!! This pictures are so sharp. I feel like I could just grab the leaves & start playing with them myself. Ha, ha! I feel like I’m right there with you. Even though I’ve only been following your blog for the past few months, I feel like he’s grown up SO MUCH!!

payton’s sneak peek

Oh my goodness I had so much fun photographing Payton last night. She is such a doll! Her boyfriend came along to assist (which came in VERY handy in the studio, thank you Erik!) so I snapped this candid photo and I think Payton looks so beautiful and happy here! (Payton, I think you have… Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


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  • Heidi GarciaOctober 25, 2011 - 2:58 pm

    I totally noticed a difference in the sun the light in Fort from San Jo- Fort has less of a harsh light..prob the clouds??? anywho- beautiful as always

  • CassieOctober 25, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    Oh you photographed Payton! How neat! I’ve always thought she was just gorgeous. Love these!

  • erin / dfmOctober 26, 2011 - 10:35 am

    omg omg omg gorgeous! 🙂

  • melOctober 27, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    when im skinny again, id like to wear the sweater. but maybe it is just amazing bc she’s so hot. can’t wait to see the rest of this sesh.