Thursday, December 30, 2010

Not According to Plans

So, I was supposed to be in John’s arms at this very minute hugging him, kissing him and hugging him some more. Instead, I am at home (a very cold home, I should add) – by myself.

His first flight got delayed…and I was hopeful that he would make it home at the expected time. All the hope is gone, especially because he was supposed to land over an hour ago.

In my opinion, he should never ever travel anywhere without me in the middle of winter anymore!

I will now stop talking (writing) before I start sharing more signs of frustration with the whole entire world.

P.S. If you are sitting close to your loved one at this very moment, take a moment to share how much you love him/her and how glad you are to be together. That is what I would be doing if I could.

Today is a Good Day

Today I walked out of the door and was greeted by white roof tops and blue sky!
I hurried my steps to the car – trying to remember if I had my sunglasses in my purse.

The problem of living in a place without much sunlight is that it is hard to remember to keep track of ‘sunny’ items such as sunglasses. Lucky me, mine were in my purse. I put them on and immediately was unable to see through the lens. Why? Well, because my glasses were very cold and my face was warm – the combination led to very foggy sunglasses.

The drive to work was glorious. The mountains covered in snow looked unreal as the sun lit up every peak. I praised God for the beautiful day!

I am also thanking God that Thursday is finally here!!

John has been out of town for the past week and I miss him soooo much. I dreaded going to bed every night without him. Our home was cold and boring without his presence.

Tonight I get to hug him, kiss him, hug him some more and kiss him more too!

P.S. There are a lot of snow storms going on. Pray that John will come home on time and safe!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year! Not because of gifts, green and read wreaths or decorated trees (although I think they are beautiful).

This is my favorite time of the year because I am constantly reminded that the one who came to call the sinners was born. God sent His one and only Son and whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

It is because of Jesus Christ that I have joy!

Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus
 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
 21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Jesus Presented in the Temple
 22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”
 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
   you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
   and the glory of your people Israel.”
 33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
 36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
 39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

Friday, December 24, 2010

I Got a Ring

Four years ago, John completely surprised me when he pulled a ring out of his pocket and asked me if I would marry him.

I remember being completely in love, completely excited to be become his wife, completely thankful for that moment.

Today, I am still in love, happy to be married to my man, thankful for every day that we get to be husband and wife. Our lives are not what we planned or expected - but we are blessed beyond measure.

I am glad John had the guts to ask me to marry him!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Husband and Wife

Click here to see more images of Chad and Anna's wedding!

P.S. Thank you Hailey Rahm for giving me the opportunity to be your second shooter! Check out her website to see more photographs of the wedding in the near future.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Little Hill Called Everest

So, I have not written in a while because I’ve been super busy being a party animal.

Or not!

In reality, I have been trying to catch up with life. I can easily become overwhelmed when I have too many things going on at the same time – and simple tasks become a bigger deal. Every little hill starts looking like Mount Everest all of the sudden.

I took some time away from the blog to be able to get through some of those little mountains:

-Second shooting a wedding (photographs will be up soon!)
-Preparing to have friends over who were in town
-Getting ready for Christmas vacation with family
-Planning up coming photoshoots

I am looking forward to having a bit of a break soon to celebrate Christmas with some people I love!

I hope you are doing well, wherever you may be at this very minute.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Frustrated" is the Word of the Day

I feel frustrated. My mind is busy with 101 things that I need to do – yet I know I don’t have enough time to do it all.

If you don’t know this about me yet, let me just warn you that I tend to be very much task oriented. If there are things to do, I sure have a list that helps me plan everything and I tend to think about that list until everything is complete and crossed out. This system helps me be organized. It allows me to stay on top of things. However, this system can also become my Master. In other words, I become its slave. And here is where life gets messy.

For the past year, John and I have talked about how we wanted this Christmas to be peaceful and restful. We planned on taking time to thank God for the gift of Jesus and prepare to celebrate his birth with hearts full of joy. We planned on not becoming too busy.

We planned and planned and planned. And here I am frustrated with the many things we once again have going on.

Knowing there is too much to do and little time to accomplish it all, I become a little robot – trying to do as much possible, as fast as possible. Meanwhile, I neglect my relationship with God and John. The things that should be a priority don’t even make it to the task list.

John shared with me on our drive to work this morning that he feels like he is not important enough to be part of my list. Hearing him say that hurt. It hurt badly because I am trying so hard to do my best in 100 different areas of life. But in the middle of my hurt, I can’t blame him for feeling the way he feels.

Knowing that I need to make time to have quality time with John, I struggle letting go of my list. After all, if I don’t do the things on the list, no one else will. Do you see my dilemma? I try so hard to do everything…but I know that I can’t do it all. But I still try. And I get frustrated.

That is pretty much how I feel right now.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Life Recently

Can you believe it is almost Christmas time? A part of me feels like it was just Christmas a few months ago…but here it is again! I am very much looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus with family.
Meanwhile, I am attempting to build a new routine – still. You are all probably sick and tired of reading about me trying to build a new routine. Sorry! But the routine is well in the making and my brain is doing way better than a few weeks ago (right after I started a new job). By the way, I should tell you a couple of things about my new job. I am the Fund Development Associate for a nonprofit that provides tutoring services for first through twelfth graders in low income neighborhoods. I love my job! I am learning a lot about fundraising, grant writing and tutoring. It has been a hard transition, but it has been very worth it.
As far as other areas of life…well, here is a list of things that come to mind:
·         I decided to not get a Christmas tree this year, but I am already sad that we don’t get to decorate a tree. By the way, I am not sure how a pine tree got to become a part of Christmas…and I must say that I get a tree because a real one smells good and I think it is super cute when it is all decorated with non-blinking clear lights! However, I refuse to let the lack of a tree take away the joy of my Christmas. Seriously, Christmas should always be about Jesus and nothing else.
·         I need a haircut really bad.
·         I pretty much ate yams every day this past week.
·         John and I had a much needed date night last night. It is hard to find time and energy to be together these days. I like to think this  time in life is preparing us for life with children.
·         I just cleaned the bathtub.
·         I really dislike cleaning bathtubs.
·         A lot of good things happened this week and I feel very thankful.
·         I have a couple of photography opportunities coming soon and I am so excited! Stay tuned.
·         I love tutoring!
Well, the list could go on and on, but I am sure you have had enough by now. I hope you have a good and relaxing weekend. Take some time to reflect on the ways you have been blessed this last year.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Free Photoshoot Winners

The winners have been contacted and I can't wait to capture some special moments!

I will be posting some images from these shoots in the future, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Since December is my favorite month, I decided this is a good time to offer three FREE photoshoots! Please email me if you are interested.
info (at) daniellynobile (dot) com
Deadline is Sunday, December 5th at 12:00am – so make sure you send me an email before then. Please write ‘FREE photoshoot’ in the subject line. I will be using a random number generator to choose three people.
I am looking forward to being your photographer soon!
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