Home Sweet Home

In less than two weeks we are making what we hope will be a final move to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to put down roots and raise our family.

Ty said the other morning he wanted to go home, but we were actually at our house in Marble Falls when he said this, so we asked, “Where do you want to go?” He replied, “Oklahoma!” (I think he has made a strong association between trips to Stillwater and tractor rides with Grandpa Tub.) Jerett’s ready to jump back into electrical work now that he has his journeyman’s license, and I am of course, very excited to resume the photography business in my hometown, the town I lived in from ages four to twenty-two.¬† We look forward to being a five minute drive (instead of 8 hours) from parents, grandparents, and my great-grandmother who is 98! For the trip to Houston to see Jerett’s family we may consider a flight ūüôā Or just stop 1/2 way in Ennis and visit special friends on the way to Houston.

A few facts about Stillwater (for my Texas friends who like to make jokes):

  • Population 45,688 according to the 2010 Census
  • Home of Oklahoma State University, of which I was a 2005 grad. The OSU Cowboys have won 50 NCAA Championships.
  • Ranked #67 out of top 100 of “America’s Best Small Cities” (2010 CNN/Money Magazine)
  • Stillwater was part of first Land Run held April 22, 1889 when Oklahoma Territory’s unassigned lands were open for settlement
  • Home of Eskimo Joes, Red Dirt Music, and my favorite location: Boomer Lake (3 mile loop around the lake, perfect for running or walking with a stroller… I’m not very good a running with a stroller :))

Though we are looking forward to the move north, there are many experiences & memories I will always treasure from the years in Texas:

  • Camp Balcones Springs in Marble Falls – The experience it was, and most of all, the true friends I met and will always have. The campers who were 7th graders when I met them and are now college grads. CBS was what brought me to TX the summer of 2002, and where I spent 5 unforgettable summers.
  • Nunnally, Freeman, and Owens: It’s been a great privilege to have worked at the most incredible dental practice in the country; a group of people staying on the cutting edge, and set on truly improving health and quality of life for individuals. I don’t think I’ll ever have employers like these again.
  • The Cowboy Church of Ennis: This will always be a moment in time we look back at, and know for sure God told us to go there; he provided everything we needed to move in less than a week, and we were really supposed to be there to be youth ministers to a great group of kids. Loved the real people in the church. Loved and needed Michael and Carol Howard for the example that they are, and special role they’ve played in our lives.
  • Texas is the state where I was born, where I met my husband, and where we had our first child; future babies will be our little Okies

As far as Wedding Photography goes, I’ve always been willing to photograph Oklahoma weddings when we lived in Texas, so I’m happy to continue traveling I-35 for Texas weddings after we’ve moved to Stillwater. In fact, there are already 5 weekends this fall I will be back to Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, and San Antonio. Also have spring and summer 2012 weddings booked in DFW, Austin, Marble Falls, and Horseshoe Bay. For weddings and portrait sessions that are booked from this day forward there will be a modest mileage rate for travel expense (for locations beyond 90 miles of Stillwater).

If you are in Marble Falls/Horseshoe Bay/San Antonio and hoping to book a family or other portrait session, contact me. There may be times available these weekends:

September 10-11; 16-17

October 14-16; 29-30

November 11-13