Wednesday, March 11

taking that leap of faith

Eloquent English

Having had two jobs for several years, basically working seven days a week, taking care of a house and husband I finally realized that I am not superwoman.  although Joe still thinks I have super powers...  After a lot of prayer and several months of over analyzing the situation it was finally time to say goodbye after 7+ years as an Auditor at Duke University.  We decided it was time for me to step back, re-prioritize and devote my days to praying, reading, studying God's word, caring for my husband and home and my photography business.  Thank you to my family and friends for the countless hours of listening and giving me spiritual guidance along the way.  It is still scary to think about at times, but I am reminded in Isaiah 58:11, The Lord will guide you always”.  

Cheers to a new chapter in our lives starting in April! hip hip!


Senior Portrait Photographer | Amanda English Photography {Raleigh, Cary, Apex - North Carolina}

Monday, March 2

hello march.






We are nearing the end of the second week of the Lenten season...  Growing up I did not practice lent, but my husband did.  This year he gave up sweets...  For me, I "gave up" my Sunday's.  Let me explain...  Regardless Sunday is to be practiced as the Sabbath.  As we are studying the Life of Moses this year at Bible Study Fellowship, one things I realized I really needed to start practicing is a day of rest. Sabbath. A few references at the beginning Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 16:23;20:8-24;31:17;34:21;35:2, Leviticus 23:3, Deuteronomy 5:12-15).  Resting on the Sabbath is not a suggestion, it's a command.

Traditionally I don't shoot on Sunday's for this reason, but I would still find myself working at home.  Cleaning, editing, running errands, etc.  We still go to church in the morning, but I "gave up" 6 hours (12 noon to 6pm) each Sunday to rest.  That means no friends, no phone, no internet, no computer, no television, no playing...  It means I can either sit on the couch, study the bible, read a book (Christian literature), pray, meditate or take a bath.  Joe has been partaking in most of my Sabbath activities, but he seems to be okay with it.  I think both of us a tired and are realizing how much we need to sit down on Sunday's and rest.  We are those type of people that are go, go, go.  We need that time for reflection, repentance and resting in Him.  Plus you  never know, you might even have a good kitty snuggle up next to you to help you rest and take a nap...

Another good read: SheReadsTruth.com

Friday, February 27

yet another snow day











February has been extremely cold, with record lows, three storms in the past two weeks including snow, sleet, freezing rain and gusty winds.  I don't mind the snow as long as I am in the comfort of my own home, have power and food.  Thankfully we had all those things during each of the storms.

I am thankful that Joe was able to be home and spend time enjoying the Winter weather as well.  We have definitely been enjoying lots of fires and s'mores inside this year.  Oh and extra snuggly kitties.

Wednesday, February 25

lots of snow days...










We've had lots of snow days lately.  Snow days here in North Carolina can be called even for one inch of snow.  Crazy right?  I won't complain as I don't mind wearing my pajama's all day.  As I was watching the snow fall I saw a bunch of these little cedar waxwing birds sitting at the top of our bradford pear tree.  I grabbed my camera and my tripod and setup on a second floor window as they were perched at the top of the tree.  The plus side of photographing through a window is a house is much warmer than the outdoors.

Monday, February 2

february






Well it's February... and it's still cold out...  Brand new information right?  Usually I love the winter months; snugly kitties, fires, blankets, comfy sweats, s'mores, hot tea, good books, a really hot bath, but right now I am missing outdoor photography.  I've known it was going to be a seasonal job in the warmer months and fall and I'm kinda okay with it.  I like having downtime...  It's good to rest, but this winter has been a little different.  I have so many administrative things to work on that I am missing out on the rest part.  Eventually I'll get to the bottom of it, but for now I will continue to let God refine me.  Joshua 1:7-9