Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Holly Holly HollyHock

My dear friend Holly was diagnosed with Lupus 24 years ago. In 2008 she was hit very hard by this chronic, autoimmune disease. She was hospitalized for 3 months and it was very touch and go. The picture of Holly below was taken right after a surgery. Holly is a fighter and did not give up her battle with Lupus. I took the above photo of Holly today in her garden of vegetables & hollyhocks. All though Lupus has remissions and flares she has been fighting this like a hero for the past 24 years. Holly is truly a living miracle and her story should be an inspiration to us all.

Since Holly's surgery she has been feeling a bit down. Struggling with the issues Lupus has put on her body and soul. I have had the chance to talk to Ms Holly the past couple of weeks, and I just want her to know how beautiful she is both inside and out. She has made my saddest days brighter and my burdens seem much easier to manage after talking with her. Holly is the kind of friend that shows up at your doorstep bringing treats to sick ones, and the type of friend you can call on day or night. She is a ray of sunshine, and always a good time to be around. Friends like this are priceless! I thought we could all give her a little encouragement...I know when I am feeling down having friends gather round me always lifts my spirits and brings me back to my happy place.

Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too. Lupus research is ongoing and is on the brink of discovering new treatment's and drugs that could lead to a cure. You can read more on Lupus here.

This is Holly, happy to be home having her daily cup of morning coffee. Holly recently quoted "If you're not living on the edge...you're taking up too much space." I think this is a very inspirational quote we could all apply somewhere in our lives. Holly has taught me that life is so short, Make the best of everyday and be grateful for every chance you have to live life to its fullest. To learn more about Holly click here. I love you girl, xo Alys

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Celebrations & GiftAways

I have three bits of super exciting news! It is my 100th post today and I am so excited! It has been so fun to keep this online journal over the past 2 years. I love going back and seeing the progress I have made from changing my hairstyle "Yes, I know that was a much needed improvement" to watching my business, and children grow. It has been such a blast getting to know all of you! Reading your blogs and learning about love, life, and business all while getting lost in the beautiful photography accompanied by clever words of wisdom.

I am also super excited to announce that Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey is now at your local Barnes & Noble! It was so surreal to see my business, name, and photos in a real life coffee table book! Thank you Tara for featuring me and my business. This book is so beautiful, the photography is amazing, and it really is a great manual for even us aged bloggers. From simple photography tips to basic html blog coding with easy to follow tutorials, you will find it very useful. I have been lost in it for the past 2 nights and can't wait to visit all the blogs listed in the book.

And last but not least it is time for a GiftAway! Whoot Whoot!! I love winning prizes "even though historically I don't seem to be a bigger winner of contests" so I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a giftaway! The list of everything you can win is below. All you need to do is leave a comment here on my blog, on August 1st I will have a random number generator choose the lucky winner!

You can enter this contest from July 18th through July 31st. I will be posting this on both of my blogs so feel free to enter one time on either blog. Included in this GiftAway
*French Bonjour Sap Bucket
*Blogging for Bliss-By Tara Frey
*Pair Linen Embroidered Crown Tea Towels
*Caldrea Candle~So Yum
*Mini Bud Vase with Crystal Wrap
*Altered Art Vintage Necklace & Matching Earrings
*Crocheted Dresser Scarf
*Beaded Dresser Pillow
*Antique French Perfume Bottle filled with Bath Salts
*Pink Pottery Vase with Roses
*Rhinestone Double Picture Frame
Best of luck to all of you, xo Alys

Be sure to check back on August 4th to mingle with us at the Blogging for Bliss Party! Every girl likes a party and this is sure to be a good time!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

SummerTime Romance

This past weekend I was able to shoot the engagement photos for this beautiful couple. They are getting married in August here in Utah and asked me if I would be their photographer. I was so excited about this shoot, as they are simply drop dead gorgeous and so much fun to be around. I have just picked this hobby up over the past year and am having a great time learning all the trick of the trade! If any of you would like for me to take your photos I would be so happy too!
I thought it would be fun to share some of my personal favs from the shoot, Enjoy! xo, Alys

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Grandpa Rocks!

My girls have the best grandpa in the entire world. He is one of those guys that make you feel like you are the most special person on the planet. He is caring, kind, compassionate, and has the biggest heart in the world. We are so lucky to have this incredible man in our lives and we believe he walks on water. The girls were talking today about their pops and these are some of the things they said they love about him...
*Because you think we are angels...you even call our hair feathers
*You play with us for hours and never get tired
*Because you listen to all of our stories
*Every time you get a drink you always get us one too
*Because you have never gotten mad
*Bike rides with you are always fun
*You take us anywhere we want to go and have fun with us
*Because you always smell so good
*You are always there for us when we need you
*You believe in us and always encourage us
*You always tell us about your dreams
*You line dry your pants because you like the crispy feeling from the sun
*Because you raise our chickens
*You take us places nobody else does
*You trust us and teach us
*Anytime we want to play a game your are always up for it
*When we were little you always let us walk in your boots
*You always buy us donuts
*Because you have cute eyes
*And most of all because you love us!