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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Because this picture makes me happy...

This is a happy little stream I found on girls weekend last fall near Mackinaw.  I don't normally take pictures like this, but the brightly colored moss just made me smile.  Hopefully it will do the same for you!  Happy Sunday!

Friday, March 26, 2010

He's a Rockstar.


Just your typical Friday around here...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

For A Decade...

...I have been a mother.  It seems so strange to say this because I don't FEEL like it's been 10 years since I became someone's mom.  In fact, I was just told by a perfect stranger the other day that I don't look old enough to have 1 child let alone three!  (Thank you, stranger.  I will cherish this remark for years to come!) Sometimes I still feel like I'm playing house and these kids are going to be picked up by their real parents at any moment... (there are times I wish someone WOULD come to pick them up... just for a while... only so I can sit and stare at the wall in complete silence.  I actually remember when I used to do that.  I used to be BORED!)  But I digress.

Blake is entering the age where I have to be careful not to embarass him in front of his friends.  Luckily, when no one is looking he still snuggles in for a hug whenever I stop to catch my breath.  I don't EVER want that to change. shhh... don't tell.

Throwing a birthday party these days gets trickier and trickier as I don't want to do anything too "baby-ish" for my grown up boy.  So this year we hosted a "movie" themed party with all the fixin's... popcorn, candy, and an AMAZING popcorn cake (yup that's a CAKE!)  made by my insanely talented friend Alysia.  The kernels are made from mini marshmallows!  Check out the pictures from this fun (and surprisingly quiet) birthday party!


Sunday, March 21, 2010

hmmmm...

I was going through Marlee's backpack a few days ago and came across this note from "Andrew".  Is it time to worry yet?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Our Journey

Someone from the Epilepsy Foundation called and asked me to write a few paragraphs on why I walk every year in the Summer Stroll for Epilepsy. They tell me they will be using my story in the media to advertise for this year's walk. 

As I sat down to write, it felt cathardic to look back and see how God can use my "broken self" for His glory! I was surprised at how good it felt to know that all the heartache of my youth was to prepare me for my ultimate job in life...being a mother.  Read below about our journey with epilepsy, and consider walking with us June 12th this year at the Detroit Zoo.




When a girl is twelve, she wants to be like everyone else. “Normal” is a label that a young teen desperately seeks. When I was twelve, I had a grand mal seizure on a family trip to Florida. I was diagnosed with Epilepsy and my life changed forever. For years I struggled, not committing to take my pills, fighting with my parents, and acting out socially as if fighting the world meant it wasn’t true. I kept it a secret from everyone, knowing that I couldn’t be considered “normal” if I shared. Even as an adult, I refused to let epilepsy define me. I would push all my physical limits and dare epilepsy to put restrictions on my life.


Then I became a mother.


And when I looked into my child’s eyes, I made a promise to God to protect, love, and cherish this sweet life that had been entrusted to me. I fell head over heels in love.

When my 18 month old, Carter began showing signs of seizures, we began the same journey to diagnosis that looked totally different from a parents’ perspective. I cried and fought feelings of guilt, but mostly a gut-wrenching fear. And yet again, I found myself fighting. But this time I was fighting for my child. I decided that this journey will be different for Carter. No hiding, no shame. It was then that I decided I would CELEBRATE the beautiful and wonderful spirit of my son. It was time to do something positive to help Carter’s journey (and many others) be a joyful and hopeful one.
The Summer Stroll for Epilepsy is a perfect opportunity to surround ourselves with amazing friends and family. A time to enjoy a beautiful summer day together, eat, laugh, dance, and raise awareness for an affliction that is still so misunderstood. It’s about creating happy memories for my son to cherish, knowing he is abundantly blessed. There will be no memories of shame for my son. Memories from this event will likely give him the gift of support and empowerment for years to come.

my fundraising page: http://epilepsymichigan.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=333608&lis=1&kntae333608=1531535B926743D79B70247F9F160D36&supId=210078473
 
to join team peterson: http://epilepsymichigan.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=333608&lis=1&kntae333608=1531535B926743D79B70247F9F160D36&supId=0&team=3693425&cj=Y

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Painted Pot


As a mother, sometimes it can be tricky coming up with things to do on a day off from school.  After Blake made plans with a friend, Marlee and I decided to introduce Carter to one of our favorite places... The Painted Pot in downtown Rochester.  I remember dragging Mark there while we were dating, and now its a perfect place to take the kids, express our creativity, and spend some quality time together.  As you can see, Carter is learning to express himself through paint.  Lets just hope next time he will paint more on the pottery, and a little less on his face!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Snow day!


I cannot get over the fact that it got into the 50's today, MARCH 9th!  I feel like the sun just gives me a burst of energy like nothing else can give!  So as I edit pictures, I realize what a stark difference this is from just a couple weeks ago!  There was so much snow, we shoveled the driveway 4 times in 12 hours, and the kids didn't have school.  Even though it was a fun day of making snow forts and catching fresh flakes on our tongues, I really hope that we are done with this part of the winter and look forward to many more days like today.  Who's with me?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Babysitter

Ever accidentally stumble upon something that makes your life a little easier?? I bought this cute balloon yesterday and haven't had to entertain him since!  Oh, and the mess on his face is remnants of his "tawfee" (he calls his hot chocolate coffee to be like his momma)!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Photo Shoot

On Saturday, I had the privilege of meeting little Emma.  She had a smile that would melt your heart. 

Unfortunately, mom had to run out of the room to catch a phone call and suddenly we weren't best buds anymore :( 


Well she recovered very quickly and we went on to have a wonderful shoot.  Here's a glimpse of how the morning unfolded...