Thursday, March 17, 2011

 ordinary miracles

In amongst an overwhelming, busy, challenging week, which has been tinged in sleep deprivation, misunderstandings, wonky hormones, and a continuation of sickness, something very special has come about.

I'm glad for this little morsel of goodness. God knows how important timing is.

Let me tell you about it.

There are many little pieces to this puzzle of a dream. I love examining each small piece, which merge into something bigger.

One piece comes in the form of a sweet young woman, Hannah Miracle, being willing to do childcare for our church's mom's group about seven years ago. I met her then as she lovingly cared for my boys on Thursday mornings.

Another part falls into place when I bought my first SLR camera a year and a half ago - and found so much more there than glass, light, and images.

And then there is the crisis pregnancy center where I work. Hannah began volunteering there with me several months ago. As we sorted clothes, counseled women, and filed paper work, we found a shared love of all things photography.

Add to that our church's camera club. A local professional photographer leads many of us "amateurs" in the how to's of taking good pictures and editing. Hannah attends the camera club as well and she works as an assistant to the leading photographer.

Now enter the Kristin puzzle piece. I have blogging and mutual friends to thank for our friendship. Kristin and I started hanging out about a year ago. She also shares the photography obsession passion. Kristin has been photographing friends and family for years - and has a great eye for aesthetics as it pertains to photos!

And then there is the Dave puzzle piece. The guy who earned his original degree in media technology. Who has worked in studios, studied lighting, and had an SLR camera before I even knew what that was. The man who excitedly drew up plans for a small photography studio and put the hugest grin on my face.

These puzzle pieces collided on Tuesday at a charming coffee shop. We each have dreamed of challenging ourselves photographically and pushing forward to the next step. Together we discussed those dreams. We meshed them together and we set in motion the beginning of, what I think, will accomplish all of the above.

{I love this part} Many years before I started blogging, and fell in love with the name "Every Day Miracles" as an umbrella encompassing the literary journey of the God given beauty in my every day, Hannah Miracle was praying and dreaming that some day she would have a photography business called "Ordinary Miracles".

Well people - you will very likely be hearing much more about Ordinary Miracles Photography. 

 Kristin, Wendi, and Hannah

Do we know all the ins and outs of running a business? No, but we are in process of educating ourselves and seeking counsel as it pertains to this aspect.

Are we ready to jump into a competitive market? No. And our prices will absolutely reflect this. To us, this is about our passion to see beauty in new ways and to share that with those who want to preserve their family's memories through photography. It's about celebrating a form of worship that is close to all of our hearts. It is a ministry as much as it is a business.

There will eventually be a website and facebook page. For now, I am just smiling at all of these puzzle pieces. Many have not locked into place yet. So much will have to merge as we just jump in and do this.

At the present, not much will change. You all know me enough to know that the luxury of extra time is just not in my life at all right now. Each one of us involved in this venture lead very busy lives. But in amongst these busy lives we have been doing photo shoots. We have been setting up times to photograph, edit, share, learn. So - we will continue with what we already have been doing; only we will continue with much more organization and the sweetness of blooming dreams.


Tara said...

So exciting Wendi! Good luck with this venture! :)

Penny said...

How exciting!! I can't wait to see more of y'all's work!

Kristen said...

I thought this sounded exciting with just a one line caption to the photo on your facebook. And after reading more behind it all that excitement has grown to a hundred times more! What a neat experience. I am wondering if God could bring people in my area out for me to do such a wonderful, passionate business with. What a giddy thought! So happy for you!

Megan said...

Now I see the description of "ordinary miracles!" Love this and congrats!!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

I love it! Only wished you lived closer so I could book a session with you!

The Sneaky Mommy said...

What an awesome beginning to a story that's sure to be even greater!!! Can't wait to see how God uses you!

Katarina said...

SO. EXCITED! huge smile on my face for you right now!!!!
Can't wait to see where God leads the 4 of you on the journey.

Kristen@LiveLifeInWonder said...

I was telling my husband tonight about my new blogging friend Wendi. About your handsome 4 boys. And Dave's amazing building abilities. And your writing talents and how I love that you use words like "wonky". I like that! :)

Kristen@LiveLifeInWonder said...

I am so sorry I said "handsome 4 boys". I should have said 5. I was sharing with Mike about your beloved JD as well.

Nikki said...

This is sooooo exciting!! I can't wait to hear more!