I’m officially declaring 2017 “The Year of Adventure”.

You might have noticed it’s been pretty silent here on the blog since last fall.  It hasn’t been for lack of something to do, that’s for sure.  I’ve had a few people ask me, “Are you still doing photography?”.  The answer is yes, Yes and YES!  I thought it was time to give a little update on what has been going on in the world of ChristyB.

Last fall, during the crazy, busiest time of the year for a photographer, we decided it was time to put our house on the market and begin the process of building a new home.  We listed right after Thanksgiving and, for the most part, all was silent (except the weekend I drug all of my Christmas decorations out and then got a call for a showing on the house which meant 2 hours to do what normally takes me three days of decorating to get the house back together for the showing).  But literally, the day after Christmas, the phone was ringing off the hook for showings.  After some back and forth in the coming days, we agreed on the sale of our home.

Did I mention my husband had a previously scheduled appointment for shoulder surgery after Christmas.  The night before his surgery we learned that the buyers wanted possession in 30 days.  Thirty days to pack up the previous 18 years of our lives without the help of my husband.  If you know me, you know I love a challenge.  Game on!

I am beyond thankful that this job of mine allows me the freedom to shift priorities when necessary and always put my family’s needs first.  So I took off the month of January to frantically pack up our home and my basement studio.

Now for the next adventure.  While our new home is being built, we needed a place to rent.  The perfect place fell into our lap, which just happens to be right next door to the lot we are building on.  Only there’s a catch.  The owners of the potential rental are also building and their house isn’t ready yet.  So our life is packed up in boxes in storage units.

As has been the case throughout this adventure, God has taken care of us every step of the way.  Until the rental is ready for us (hopefully very soon) we are able to stay in my Grandpa’s home while he is away enjoying the warm winter in Texas.  There are a few downsides, but we’re taking it in stride.  We are living out of the few boxes not in storage, as you can see from the photos above.  It’s kind of like doing a tiny house experiment (which I definitely wouldn’t be able to do long term).  The kitchen table serves the dual purpose as an office.  A random box and the couch serve as a desk during the day.  I cook dinner each night out of boxes lining the kitchen.  There is one TV in the house which has been interesting.  We typically compromise and opt for HGTV or The Food Network.  It has been kind of fun to have the entire family in the living room each evening instead of each in our separate rooms watching our own TV channels.  Let’s just say internet in the country has been a challenge on the work front.  (It took me 56 minutes to upload the photo above.)  When we finally get back into town, I will appreciate my fast-speed internet even more than before.

The moral of this story is ChristyB and family is on a big adventure in 2017 and we’re so excited to see how it all plays out.  Hopefully, in March we will be back in town (just one mile from where we were before), with reliable internet, more than one TV, closets for our clothes and the studio back up and running for studio sessions.    We should be breaking ground soon on the new house.  We’ll have a graduating senior in May (maybe I’ll even get a chance to edit her senior photos we took back in October).  Both kids will be in college in the fall.  And with any luck, I’ll talk my husband into adding a new family member in the form of a puppy just to keep things interesting.  God is good and we are more then blessed!

In the meantime, I am continuing to shoot sports photos and location/outdoor sessions.  Seniors, you only have a few months left to get those senior photos done!  2018 seniors, it’s time to start planning YOUR senior photos.  I’m hard at work planning one-of-a-kind sessions for ChristyB: Team ’18.  Want more info. on how to be a part of it?  CONTACT ME and I’ll spill the deets.  I’m bound and determined to get back to regularly posting here on the blog.  That gives me an excuse to frequent Starbucks while we are living in the country – I NEED their internet.  Their drinks aren’t bad, either.  Stick around and enjoy the ride with me, won’t you?


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