A Ladipo Christmas

Had the privilege to photograph the Ladipo guys this weekend at Barrett Park  for their holiday photos and truly enjoyed every aspect of it. They are truly a handsome bunch and a great family with genuine love and respect for one another.

In Defense of Men

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Lately, I have been burdened for men. I found myself reading Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly  and as my eyes perused the pages, my smile faded and tears started to form. Glaring research shows that women daily shame the men in their lives. Read more

Love Is – Day 2

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Love is…Day 2

Love holds the power to turn any coward into a hero. It sharpens our vision to see the every day through a lens of beauty. The mundane of the ordinary is transformed into a kaleidoscope of opportunity. The impossible now seems possible. The hard things are worth it. Hope is now tangible. You are determined to press a little further, plunge a little deeper, and climb a little higher because daily Love unfolds from its magical rapture.

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Love Is — Day 1

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For the month of February, I will be sharing daily the discovery, the description, and the dimensions of love through pictures and prose as I see it. Subscribe to my blog and come back daily for a dose of what “Love Is”. Without further ado, I present to you: 

Love is….Day 1

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5 Life-Lessons Learned From My Husband That We All Can Use

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Some of the most important lessons learned are the ones about oneself.

Last Sunday, my husband celebrated his birthday. We took time early that morning to reflect and discuss some of the key lessons he has learned along the way. In our 9-year journey together, I have  gleaned much from him. Some lessons have been learned through observation while others have been learned through conversation. All lessons learned have made my quality of life better. Here are 5 life lessons learned that I believe we can all use:

1. Smile More:

If you’ve ever met my Wesley, chances are you will meet him with a smile on his face. Leading studies show that greeting someone with a smile – softens his/her defenses and makes you more approachable and trustworthy.

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2. Start Early:

Wesley is an EARLY morning person and as a result I find myself rising early as well. It is amazing how productive you can be  in the first 3 hours of the day while the rest of the world is asleep. It presents an awesome opportunity for personal and professional development in the midst of quiet.


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These Are My Confessions

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These Are My Confessions:

It has been close to 2 years ago that Wesley and I made the decision to move back to Atlanta to plant Tri-Cities Church on the South side of Atlanta. Although viewed as altruistic in some sense, it left me lost and dissatisfied. I left my  ‘dream’ job at the nation’s top university (Go Tigers!) where I helped shape the world’s future leaders. I left to return to a common place. A place where I have been many times before… a place all too familiar…a place where I have lost and struggled…a place where I truly did not want to invest my blood, sweat, and tears. A place where I wanted to forget– I felt stuck. Yes! I am a Pastor’s Wife and I felt Stuck. Read more