thankfulness & blessings

Hebrews 10:35-36 says,
35So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. (New Living)
I ran across this scripture on a good friends facebook last week & have been pondering it ever since. As most of you know (or have picked up on by now!) I have found a passion and love in photography. I love love love people (always have been a people person) and thrive on relationships. It’s been a blast to photograph friends of mine & exciting to look ahead to the photo sessions I have set up with people I do not know. It’s a blessing & opportunity to love people and to hear their stories. Recently, I have realized that people are just people and it doesn’t cost me anything to ask someone their story (even if it might be totally different from mine) Getting back to my point – it is my dream to be a photographer (well and a mom too!) and this verse just really reminded me that I need to TRUST in His perfect plan & have patience and continue to do God’s will (or pray that I am doing Gods will).
I am working towards starting Wynne Elder Photography & doing photo sessions in the mean time, getting experience and building my business & it’s been a blast. I am going to Love Affair in September and as you know the cost to attend is very high. I have had to trust that if I am supposed to go, God will provide the funds. I really feel like it’s where I am supposed to be & that the timing on it all could be perfect. I have been BLOWN AWAY by the support and kindness of our friends. I am speechless really. It means more than anything to me to know that those that I am closest to support & believe in me and want to help me fulfill my dreams. I can proudly say now that I have enough money to go to Love Affair!!!!!! I can’t believe it! God is so good. Now – I get to start saving towards setting up my website/blog (which I am working on this weekend!) and getting all of my fun marketing material together. I am just blown away! Thank you God for giving me such supportive and giving friends. It means more to me than you could ever know when you give me a word of encouragement!
Quick question: if I started my photography blog, would you still read this one? I want to keep them BOTH up – this one being more personal & the photography one being more of my client photos -but I want you to continue to look at my photos too:)Do you have room in your google reader for one more blog?
If you can, just pray for me as I continue on this road God has me on. The timing and details are all up to Him and I just want to continue in His will for my life. Thank you friends!
I’ll leave you with one of my new favorite scriptures…..

Proverbs 31:25 (New Living Translation)

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.

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friends & Rockhounds

We had a lot of fun events with friends this week, so I just had to recap with a few photos:)
Sunday night was Elements service at our church & our sweet friend Grayson was dedicated to the Lord. What a special moment it was for his parents & the rest of us who were there to witness it. This got me thinking – you know how we all have “family friends” that we have known forever and ever? Well it’s fun to think that Stephen & I are making our very own “family friends”. I keep telling my befri Allison that I am Grayson’s paparazzi but really how fun will it be later on in life to be able to remember being at all of the important events in his life. I told her last night that I hope one day when he gets married some of my photos make the rehearsal dinner slide show:)
And I feel the same way about our dear friends the Bledsoes! This is their sweet KK (Kaityln) and I was SO EXCITED that this Sunday she finally said my name!!! She has been saying “Stevo” for quite some time now – but Sommer said when we left she said, “mommy, where did Wynne & Stevo go” aww! that just melts my heart! So fun to be making our own family friendships that are rooted in Christ and will last a lifetime.
Wednesday night we went to dinner with some friends for Cinco de Mayo! Any reason to get together during the week & eat good food and catch up. The only photo I got was of Kaitlyn chewing on her lemon:)Fun times fun times!
Last night we went to the Rockhounds game with friends for our good friend Luke’s birthday! {you know this made this baseball fan VERY EXCITED!} His wife Julie did a great job or organizing & getting us great seats and she even arranged for the guys to do the DIZZY BAT race after the bottom of the 4th. It was hilarious & I of coarse asked to go on the field with them to capture the moment.
Luke & James vs Stephen & Will
Luke & James won!
Sorry for the strange face my husband is making – he said he was still dizzy!
Oh and don’t worry that Grayson was there & I was there to document his first ever baseball game! This is a big deal! His daddy played college baseball & I have no doubt that Grayson will be a stud athlete just like his dad!

{couldn’t decide! loved the color & black and white!}

Such a great time hanging out with friends this week! Beautiful weather, baseball &Mexican food – what more could you want?

the Jennings secede from the South - Wynne- just found your blog- you are an amazing photographer! I wish that we lived closer so that you could take some pictures of our family! Maybe in a year or so, we will be back in Texas!

Glad y’all are doing well!

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awesome reminders :)

Wow. God is good – He never ceases to speak to me when I seek Him out. I was feeling a little “down” about “my circumstances” this morning and on the way to work I heard the song by Brandon Heath called “Wait and See”
here are some of the lyrics that spoke to me!

There is hope for me yet
Because God won’t forget
All the plans he’s made for me
I have to wait and see
He’s not finished with me yet

Still wondering why I’m here
Still wrestling with my fear
But oh, He’s up to something
And the farther on I go
I’ve seen enough to know
That I’m, not here for nothing
He’s up to something

How comforting is it to know that He is for sure UP TO SOMETHING in our life & He is NOT done with us! He’s still working out plans for us! Oh gosh, I just love that! Thank you Jesus.
THEN I got to work & read my favorite devo, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and listen to this!
“Do not search for security in the world you inhabit. You tend to make mental checklists of things you need to do in order to gain control of your life (uhhh yes!) If only you could check everything off your list, you could relax and be at peace (was this written just for me?) But the more you work to accomplish that goal, the more things crop up on your list. The harder you try, the more frustrated you become. There is a better way to find security in this life. Instead of scrutinizing your checklist, focus your attention on My Presence with you. This continual contact with Me will keep you in My Peace. Moreover, I will help you sort out what is important and what is not, what needs to be done now and what does not. Fix your eyes not on what is seen (your circumstances), but on what is unseen (My Presence). “

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace

him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in you.
2 Corinthians 4:18

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Thank you Lord for that wonderful reminder that YOU are in control & all I need to do is keep my focus on YOU and being in your Presence. I have been struggling with this issue of control & trying to control my life & my circumstances and I just started reading a book by Nashville pastor, Pete Wilson, called Plan B. I just started it but it’s all about what do you do when what you thought or tried to control about your life doesn’t happen & you have to go to Plan B. It’s really insightful so far & follows characters and stories in the Bible. Head over to Amazon & pick it up!

Just had to share what is on my heart & what the Lord has been teaching me. Hope He’s teaching you something today too:)

Lindsey - Thank you for sharing that this morning! I’m right there with you!! Between not knowing if I’ll find a job here, moving, now we might be building a house, and other life decisions, I’m a planner and controller, too! Thanks for the two verses….probably a good idea to memorize those in our times of mental chaos, huh?!?! :)

Shay - Thanks for sharing this, Wynne! It’s just what I needed to hear.

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Polo on the Prairie

We had a great weekend this past weekend at the Lazy 3 Ranch + Polo on the Prairie. We went with our good friends Luke & Julie (who graciously hosted us!) and Will & Ansley. It was our first experience at this event and it was a memorable one. It benefits MD Anderson & this was it’s 24th year! We got out there Friday in time for the fish fry & spent some time looking at the beautiful stars before calling it in. Saturday was an early morning – breakfast, help set up, watch polo, play with the dogs, drive around the ranch, take photos, and then the party began around 4!
Since Luke & Julie were in charge of “band hospitably” Stephen & Luke got to drive the band back and forth from the house to the event and Stephen was so thrilled to meet one of his favorite artists & have him ride in our car. Ryan Bingham was the entertainer and he did a GREAT job. It was their first gig in 6 months and it also kicked off their east coast tour! Pretty cool! They were really nice guys & everyone really enjoyed the concert!
{Ryan Bingham}
Before the concert was polo championship game, amazing bbq dinner and then after the concert was an awesome fireworks show!
I ran into some friends from the past & got to spend time with Midland friends AND Becca & Clark! along with meet some new friends:)it was a fun time.
I can’t explain the way I feel when I’m out in the country away from computer, cell phone, work – the real world basically. I LOVE IT! Such a great time to get away.

{me & julie}

{becca & me}
{ansley & me}

Sommer - Oh how fun! What beautiful scenery! I love living life thru your camera lens…what adventures!

Julie and Luke - Thanks for putting pics up Wynne! We LOVED having you and Stephen. The pic of Mae is ADORABLE and I love how you are working with depth of field. It really make the subject more interesting and creates a very serene background – LOVE it! Thanks for taking such wonderful pictures – you are so talented!

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Well friends, this is it. The last of my love affair blog posts in attempts to win the big giveaway.
Let’s pray I win!
“I REALLY want to win a seat to Love Affair Workshop. GO read details and sign up to join in on the fun!

Katherine, Jerrod and Elizabeth - I am. I have a website but it’s not as updated as I would like it to be. It’s
I hope you get to go to the workshop. I would love to go but I’m so busy with a 7 month old and work. Your photography is looking great. If you want to play with Elizabeth you are more than welcome to. She loves the camera.

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