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I just don’t see how the right solution can be so tightly disciplined to a dollar figure. By all means, recognize that a problem has a cost attached to it, and therefore the solution must be limited by that financial context.

i think u are pretty.. would like to call it 書卷氣 in Chinese. scholarly, wise..well, unable to translate it exactly. in fact, when i first saw your photo, something struck me that you looked a bit like Asian.
your story with your sister always touches me.

i also want to take self-portraits (before i grow old : ). The photos you post are exactly the type that i want. too bad is that i dunno how to find such a photographer. Before i even hv the wish to fly abroad when i saw some excellent photos posted by foreign bloggers ^^

This is a sweet post. Thanks for sharing...and being vulnerable. Love that you got in front of the camera for those last shots! They are great! Bet your hubby loves them.

The camera: I am now the very proud owner of a 5DMarkII. It was pricey, but as full-frames go it was the best option. If you are looking for a full frame, another choice is the 5D - the older version of this camera. I chose the newest because I would eventually want it anyway, and because the technology is newer - including its high ISO capability.

If anyone is looking to take a step up from a Rebel, another option many folks take is the 50D. But, personally, I wanted a full frame.

I think you are very Beautiful!

I have the the same wedge shoes with the buckle but in Ivory! Good taste :)

those are awesome pictures!!! it is so great that you can take your own advice and then pass it on to the rest of us like that. thanks

Can you please share what type of camera you got? You looks great and great advice!


How beautiful are these pictures...!

Crystal's shots are awesome!! So professional and you do well too!

Nice photos. So, what's the new camera!

You are absolutely adorable and your smile is the best! Great post.


Brava, darling.

you are quite dashing my dear. it's really something special to capture the realness of someone...and these pics show just that!

i tried to email you directly, to no avail. so this will have to do!
i have followed your blog for some time, and i am always inspired by your life and stories. i'm sure that many others are also.
that is why i write.

my husband and i are the parents of 2 awesome little boys. in addition to these little guys, we have always dreamed of adopting our daughter from china, a place we have spend much time as english teachers, and even lived there as missionaries shortly after we were married.
all this to say, we are starting our adoption fundraising with a raffle (for a new nintendo wii!) and i have been writing to some of the bloggers that i admire, asking for help in spreading the word by posting a short post about our story.

if this isn't something you are interested in, no problem. i figured there is no harm in asking, right?

we have gotten such an amazing response in 2 days...over 1/2 of our goal of $1500 is met! i feel so humbled and covered by's a great thing to see a dream happening right before your eyes!

anyway. sorry for the world's longest comment :)

thanks for listening. if you have a moment, check out our story.

blessings to you and your family!

Beautiful post! Beautiful pictures! You are better than me - I really hate self portraits and I don't ever really put pictures of me on my blog. More power to ya, women!

The jeans are from PoppyPIA. I think it's a regional store. I also love Francesca's. Both are very affordable but set up like boutiques. The shoes are from Charlotte Russe (also an excellent place for jeans with stretch). Charlotte Russe, Forever 21...they're all obNOXious stores but if you have a few minutes without the kids and have the patience to dig you can find some neat things. You just have to see past the daisy dukes and stuff in hot pink and large-scale houndstooth.

Those pics turned out great, you look beautiful! Very brave, I hate having my picture taken!!! I would also love to know where you got those jeans...and your adorable shoes:)?

I think you are gorgeous. And wise. And your daughters are going to grow up healthy with your great role model to imitate.

And I need to know... NEED TO KNOW where you got your jeans. Because I love them :)


beautiful post!!

you are beautiful. how ironic that you mentioned this. I found a 3 year old pic of me in a bikini! when I'd be really working hard for months to look good for a beach trip. Up until the other day I never thought I looked good. But I saw that picture and said I look GOOD.
And so do you, you look GREAT! can I steal your blog title, it's perfect.

thanks for this post. it's so true and i have to admit that i'm one of those people that's always thinking and i see the results in the photos and i'm not usually happy with them. the ones where i look best are the ones where someone had just caught me before i can think too much. i've been mentally working on that one but it's hard.

thanks for sharing all the pics of yourself. i think they're all beautiful.

what kind of camera did you get? i know you had bought a rebel a year or so ago.

One of your best posts ever, in my ever-so-humble opinion. Well said. (Oh... and I need a copy of that very last photo with no watermark on it for my office, pretty please?)

You are lovely. . . .

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