What better time to post last weekend’s Spooktacular activities at O2b Kids than on Halloween. Spooktacular was spectacular. With all the events going on last Saturday night, O2b Kids had close to 1,400 people enjoying the early Halloween festivities with there kids. Costumes were not just for kids, adults took part in the fun filled evening. Anyway you look at O2B did an amazing job creating a fun family event on a gorgeous night. Here is one super cute picture from the event, to see more check out our Facebook page.
I love cute love stories and Scott and Laurel have one. Scott saw Laurel walk into to church one day and his jaw hit the floor (you should see the animation when he tells the story, its awesome). Laurel had just moved her from Memphis and had only been attending the church a short while. Scott was determined to meet this girl, she was it! Later that evening Scott, with hearts in his eyes, went to a bible study meeting with a friend at someone house (guess whose house), they were not told whose house, just an address. When the door opens, his heart skips a beat as Laurel greets him at her door. And the rest is history…
They are fabulous and we can’t wait to do their wedding this December. If you want to see a few more photos, visit our Facebook page.
Many of you already know that Gregg and I are heavily involved in the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project with Habitat For Humanity. It is amazing to me how little people actually know about Habitat. So this blog is a small FYI about Habitat and what it does for people all around the world…
“If I had a Hammer” is a book written by David Rubel for children (middle school and up) to learn about Habitat and what they do all around the world. Many of Gregg’s photos from the last 12 years are published in this amazing book.
Let’s start with a few Habitat Myths:
Myth #1 Jimmy Carter started Habitat for Humanity.
Actually, Millard & Linda Fuller started Habitat For Humanity in 1976. Habitat seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. The first sentence in there mission statement says it all, “What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but co-workers.” Read more about the history of Habitat by clicking here.
President and Mrs. Carter are Habitats number one volunteers. They are not there for the photo-op but to help build alongside other volunteers.
Myth #2 People are given houses for free.
Nope! In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. It is a hand up not a hand out.
Myth #3 Habitat houses go to people on welfare.
While some Habitat homeowners do receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children, all are hard working people. Typically their annual income is less than half the local median income in their community. They are people stuck in a cycle of poverty housing looking for a way out. Habitat is that way out.
Habitat For Humanity helps families from around the world. They build in more than 50 countries and to date have build more than 350,000 houses, sheltering more than 1.75 million people in more than 3,000 communities worldwide.
People from all over the world come together once a year to join President and Mrs. Carter for the Carter Work Project. But just because you can’t volunteer then, doesn’t mean you can not help. Contact your local Habitat Affiliate to learn how you can help eliminate poverty housing in your area.
All the pictures in this blog are from “If I had a Hammer” which is available online at most book outlets. Share with your children the power of volunteerism and how they can help.
Thanks for listening.
Angel & Gregg
Cortez just turned one. And his mom, Tabricia, walked into the studio and said “I don’t know how he is going to do?” Well was she in for a surprise, he was awesome! Super cute and smiley, maybe one of the best one year old shoots we’ve ever done. He was so easy to get to smile and was only glued to mom for a few minutes before he warmed right up and let us play. I wish every one year old was so easy. Here is a quick sneek peak at the session. We’ve posted a few more on Facebook, so don’t forget to check those out. Take a peek into our world by becoming a fan on Facebook.
What a fun bunch the Gravenstein Family is! They are new members out at Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club. Deann already warn me her son, Max was going to be a tough cookie – but in the end I think he had a lot of fun. He even got to create his own pose for a picture and use our light meter to help us set the lights. Katia was easy and totally into doing pictures and Sophia, the little fashioniesta had the coolest bow belt. The whole family had a great time and we look forward to seeing them again. I am going to share the family photo on the blog, but to see a few of the kids personality portraits check out our Facebook page.