Monday, April 6


Passover is approaching... too quickly this year. It is the feast of unleavened bread. A time of reflection on our lives. We are provided and reminded of the opportunity to clean out all that has crept into our hearts in the last year of which we should rid ourselves.

Why would a Gentile-born girl partake in, embrace a Jewish holiday? That is a story for a different day. The story of this day finds me atop Mt Bonnell with the lovely couple Chandra and Wes. (Of whom I shall provide a sneak peek very soon!) This was my second and final shoot of the day. The wind had picked up. Lauren was my assistant for the first time and everything seemed to be going just wonderfully.

We walked down Mt Bonnell and as I skipped around the side of my car to hop in, I did a double take.... This couldn't be MY car. This never happened to ME. But wait.... this is actually my husband's volvo.

My d70 s camera body and 18-200 VR Nikkor was stolen. Combined, that's about a $1000 loss. Though the whole car was filled with other goodies, to my knowledge nothing else was taken. (Thank GOD!) But it was his car... and we were only half way through Chandra and Wes' shoot... and should I just break down right there in front of my couple or be a tough gal and act like everything is just replaceable?

Everything is replaceable.
Time is not.
To Chandra and Wes, thank you for understanding the situation and "grieving" with me.
To Lauren and Sandra and everyone else in that family: thank you for everything. I was humbled by your willingness to take me in at the drop of a hat, patch up my window, vacuum out my car---- and I'm just your silly photographer!
That kind of goodness melt's a gals heart. You didn't have to do any of that. So thank you.

I drove home.
I peeked at my photos of the day.
I didn't sleep.
But I woke up to this...

This time, He had me looking through a different type of window.

Over the last 24 hours I've come to the conclusion it's not what you're looking at that matters... it's how you look at it.

Somewhere in the world there's a different pair of eyes looking through my ol' favorite lens. But tonight I can't help but be thankful I still have one camera
and faithful friends to show for it.


Chandra said...

Your outlook is so positive, it's inspiring.

At least this gives us another opportunity to experience your amazing talent and skills very soon!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Carli. For sharing truth that is so often forgotten & so refreshing when presented anew.

Princess Selina said...

OMGoodness Carli! I'm so sorry that happened to you! Let me know if you need anything at all! Cupcake, coffee..anything.

Juliet said...

Having gone through this just two weeks ago, I totally feel your pain. (hugs)

Anonymous said...

Sorry about this sis. Let us know if you need anything. We are always here even if it is just to listen. We are so thankful that you are okay. You are a blessing to me and also inspiring with your outlook on life. Remember let me know if you need anything. Love ya.

oli said...

Carli this broke my HEART!! I'm so sorry this happened to you, it shouldn't happen to anyone.... and yes your outlook IS so inpiring.

Sara said...

That's horrible! But your positive outlook is so amazing... Please let us know if we can do anything to help!! - Sara & Jake

Milton said...

You have a great outlook on life, never lose that!
Probably is the reason for all those great ideas and shots.

Kelly said...

Uuugh that sucks so bad and to have it happen when you were working, terrible. Well, hope you get things sorted out with it soon, let me know if I can do anything to help!

Dominoe Imus said...

Oh wow, I was so upset until I read the very last part. It's hard to remember going through bad things is sometimes the only way He can talk to us. I am sorry about your camera though... :(

carli {inkedfingers} said...

what an inspiration YOU all are to ME. ;)
thank you for all of your encouragement and support! every single of you.


life goes on. ;)

Tami said...

Beautiful, and SOO inspiring! Thanks Carli for reminding me of what is so important! =) XOXO