Thankful Thursday

Thursday, May 15, 2008
We have been so busy around here having fun with friends but I want to take a few minutes to count my blessings....

I am incredibly thankful for my health.  I went to an annual charity luncheon today to help raise money for MS. This luncheon is so emotional for me every year.  As I have briefly mentioned here, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis for about 7 years and underwent countless MRI's, spinal taps, and harsh treatments.  I lived in a lot of pain and spent years wondering if I would ever be able to take my kids to Disney World (because of all of the walking).  In fact, it was ultimately this horrible diagnosis that led us to adopt Kate.  It appears that I was either misdiagnosed or I have been in remission for a very long time now and for that I am so thankful.  

I am thankful for the wonderful play date we had this week.  We had a scheduled play date with Maggie but then some friends called and we invited them to join us too.  I have 5 little girls jumping on Kate's bed and swinging on the porch swing.  It was pure bliss.  Plus, between the 3 of us, we got GREAT pictures.  I have not had time to do much with mine but here are a few.

I am so thankful that our family is going somewhere very special this summer (I'll share later). I have not flown in  about 9 years and I have been praying and searching for the strength to do so.  I am thankful that Harry and his class prayed for me to be able to fly and I felt God's hand telling me that I can do it!  I still need prayers though. My fear has been very big.

I am thankful for all of the wonderful friends that I have in my life.  I truly feel wrapped in friendship sometimes.  In fact, my best friend from college and her 4 kids are coming tomorrow for a sleepover!  

I am thankful for the prayers and inquiries about Kate's EEG.  I have not received the results but I did ask the doctor about them the other day.  He said that they often take 2-3 weeks to get back.  I asked him if that meant that "no news was good news" and he said unfortunately no. It just takes a long time.  They are very busy at our neurology clinic.  As soon as I know, I will let you all know.

I am thankful that one of my friends asked me to photograph her daughter.  I had the best time taking her picture and I think I got a few good ones.  I really want to become a better photographer and I know I need lots of practice.  Thank you friend for letting me do that tonight! 

I hope you all have a lot to be thankful for too!

A kiss for you
My friend took this one on the swing.

One little monkey
Not sure why but they all wanted to jump in the crib. Maggie was the only smart one that stayed away! I have never allowed this before but it was very funny!

Four little monkey jumping in the crib

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My very talented friend, Karen took this one above too!

Sharing (pretend food) with friends.

Want some?Queen of the Castle
Taking turns

Here are a few of my favorite shots of my friend's daughter from tonight. I still have not installed Photoshop on my new computer, so these are pretty much unedited.







Sorry for all the pictures.  I just LOVE photos!


  1. These photos are beautiful!!! You are a wonderful photographer, Kimber. I want to get better, but so far my only "technique", is taking a bazillion photos until I get a few that I like! I am grateful that you do not have M.S.--- as I get older I really appreciate what a gift it is to be healthy. Those girls are beautiful together. Libby has that dress too! I LOVE it!

  2. oh the photos are great Kim! Your friend Karen is very talented as well! Allof the girls are gorgeous.
    Its so fun to take photos isn't it? I just LOVE it more than I have enjoyed any hobby in a long time.
    I am so thankful you are healed as well. I will be praying you have complete peace on the flight you take this summer.

  3. These are gorgeous photos Kim! The ones of all the girls together are just adorable! I am so glad that you do not have MS too! It is an awful disease. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. What a fun time you had with all those giggly girls. LOVE that swing pic!

    Glad you were misdiagnosed...or God's healing hand took care of you..however it happened so happy for you. I used to do the MS150 bike ride and so enjoyed it.

    Wonderful pics of your friend's daughter.

  5. I love the un-edited shots.

    Email me and I will give you my photography website of all my edited shots. It includes my real name so I would not dare to give it out online.

    We all have so much to be thankful for.

    Your pictures are awesome!

  6. Don't apologize for are good. And yours are beautiful, as is your thankful attitude =).

  7. I just love the photo of the girls on the porch swing. They are all so beautiful. Also, you did a fantastic job with the photo shoot. Those pics are so beautiful. I have photoshop installed but have no idea how to get started. I know I could really jazz my photos up with photoshop.
    Have a great weekend.

  8. Very beautiful Kim!!! I adore the one of all the girls in your swing! So precious!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  9. Here I am blogging at 2am...too much coughing to sleep!

    Love your pictures! I didn't really get any that were very good. Thanks again for having us over.

    I have put 2 and 2 together and I know where you are going this summer! So exciting...

    I am so thankful for you~

  10. What beautiful pictures - as always! Your little Harry is a real prayer warrior, what an inspiration. Praying that Kate's results will be good.

  11. Wow, Kim- beautiful photos!!! You keeping getting better and better! And I love the photo your friend took of all the girls on your new porch swing! I hope & know that there will be many more photos on that swing!

    Please let me know when you get Kate's results- I've been thinking about her!

    Also- when we do talk remind me to tell you about my own MS diagnosis/experience- spinal taps and all. Maybe I already shared this with you- I have such momnesia lately!

    Big hugs,
    Shana :)

  12. Oh Kim - You are so talented - these pictures are simply wonderful! I love reading your Thankful Thursday. This week I was so touched by all the the Thankful Thursday post, Our lives are so full and rich - and we should take anything for granted - especially our health. I love the dress that Kate is wearing - although if you tell me I am going to have to get it and I just went shopping for Li Li and I don't know if he can handel any more clothes for her right now :-) I love that all the girls have on the same dress! Makes for some wonderful pictures!
    BTW - how did it go at the chiropractor :D
    Take care,
    Ladybug hugs,

  13. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What a priceless gift!!

    We'll have to work on the drool and the cleavage for the next one!


  14. Kim, you are a very talented photographer already! I love the one in the tutu from the back.

    I'll be praying for your fear of flying. It must be somewhere really great that ou are going for you to take this step. I used to be terrified of flying as well.

    What a cute picture of Maggie with the other girls. It really captures the difference in a child who has not been home long. I'm sure these play dates are great for her.


  15. I love the one in the swing! Black and white photography is my favorite! Sounds like a really fun day!

  16. Love them all! (never apologize for too many photos!)

    I also think that I've put two and two together about your trip - - can't wait to see if I'm right! Will pray that you have peace as you look ahead toward your flight.

    Jennifer, mommy to Adrienne

  17. Love the PHOTOS and one can NEVER have too many...only NOT enough! Love the robin egg blue share. Safe travels and thanks for sharing...

    Ellie Lu's "new Mama"

  18. Kim,

    The pictures you took are gorgeous!! Your friend also has amazing talent.

    Looks like a perfect day all around!!

  19. Gorgeous! Looks like a wonderful day!! So much to be thankful for!

  20. As always, I enjoyed reading your Thankful Thursday post. I am so glad you do not have MS. I bet that was so scary!

    Love, love, love all of the great pictures of the girls. I especially love the black and white one on the swing.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  21. I love the blue dresses on the girls! Beautiful!
    And, what a fun play date. It is so wonderful to see Maggie in your pics now too!!!! Can't wait to get pics of our girls together someday soon! :) Great job on your friends baby! Everything is so green where you are! Thank you for your thankful and praying heart!

  22. I love the photos where they are all in matching dresses. How darling!
    I am glad that you are free from any MS symptoms. That is incredibly wonderful news.

  23. OK I am thankful for these delightful pictures!

    I want the lamb!!!!


  24. Just beautiful pictures all around. Of course, the porch swing picture is so full of life, but I also like the light in the pictures of the girls jumping in the crib (what's that song about 5 little monkies??)

    But the picutres of that sweet, innocent baby girl in the pink tutu...I teared up looking at that baby goodness...just lovely.

    I have a fear of flying too, although I was able to overcome it (in a big way!) to fly to China...those who know me know what a big testament that trip was to my desire to bring my girl home!!

    Thanks for reminding us all how precious our health really is and how thankful we need to be for it.

    Very excited to see where your big trip will be!!!


  25. We love photos too, so bring them on! They're great. Looks like alot of fun.

  26. Beautiful photos!!!!!!!! You have such talent! The one your friend took of the girls on the swing should be on a card.
    I am very excited about your trip....... but are you still coming to Hilton Head too?????
    Kate is in my prayers and I eagerly await the GOOD news from the DR.

  27. Great photos Kim! Love the matching dresses! I am excited that you are going to fly, I know it is very difficult for you!
    Love your list.
    The kids are both up north with my sister this weekend, my first nights away from Myah ! It is so quiet but lovely for a change! I am off to the farmers market!

  28. What beautiful photos! You have a great eye. The colors are so rich too. I'm working on it... Thank you so much for sharing. Keep them coming!


  29. Absolutely beautiful pics. The one of the girls on the porch swing is stunning in B&W. You all need to create a photography club! You are all wonderful shutterbugs.
    Kim and Katiebug

  30. Lovely photos. Just lovely. I love the b/w porch swing pic. You did a great job taking photos of your friend's daughter. I'm sure she is thrilled!

  31. Such a fun play date...and wonderful photos too! I love the one on the swing. It looks like Kate is going to kiss the little girl next to her.

    Glad you have found the strength to have an extra special trip ths Summer. You'll have lots of prayers with you!

  32. I love all the pictures...NEVER apologize for all of that beauty!
    The one of all the girls on the swing is amazing.

    I'll continue to pray for Kate...please do keep us posted. AND I will certainly pray that you have a PEACEFUL flight - you can DO IT! Can't wait to hear about the trip you have planned.

    Take care!

  33. Hi there - I, too am grateful that your diagnosis may have been wrong or that you are simply a miracle.

    Love the pictures - great playdate, we have had our fill of those lately too:) Love Kate's dress, when do I not???

    Have a great weekend!


  34. wonderful beautiful photos!!!!
    so glad to hear how well you've been. i can tell you treat everyday like the blessing it is!

  35. I love every one of these photos!

    Please don't apologize for posting pictures...they warm my heart.

    P.S. I just saw your post about linking my blog...please do; I would be honored.

  36. Adorable pictures - I love the one of all the girls on the porch swing! Hope you had a nice weekend!


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