Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Say hello to our new little friend

This is Duffy. He is our foster dog. We decided to become volunteers for the Human Animal Rescue Team (HART). They are a not-for-profit organization that rescues stray, abondoned, and abused animals in Alberta. Because they are not-for-profit, they cannot afford a place to house all the animals so in order to save animals they need people to volunteer their homes as foster parents. No homes/volunteers = no saved dogs. The more homes = more saved dogs.

Duffy and his 4 other brothers and sisters were found on a dump on a Northern Native Reserve. Their Mommy was shot in the head by some mean person so these poor guys at 6 weeks, were left alone. That is were we stepped in. Duffy (a golden retriever, husky mix) joined our household a week ago and we are just LOVING this boy. He is such a kind and sweet tempered dog. And not to mention so stinkin cute! He and Sadie absolutely love eachother. They don't stop playing (which means a lot of missed sleep for us!).

The bittersweet part is that hopefully someone will adopt this little guy and give him a permanent and loving home. I am going to bawl and probably be depressed for a week, but I will be happy when that day comes cause I will know that we helped him find a better life.

Anywho, here are some pics of Duffy - aka Duf, Duffers, and Duf Puf.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A couple from Kamry & Jason's maternity shoot

Check out Leah Karch Photography for a few pics from my last photo shoot with soon to be parents, the Lows!!

Leah :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

So, I was thinking...

This morning as I drove downtown, pulled into the parkade at work (at 6:40 am) and strolled into the lobby saying my morning "hello" to the doorman and security guard.......very nice men who know me quite well because I forget my security card on occassion.......and hopped into the fancy shmancy elevator to the 23rd floor, I thought to myself (and do remember, this is at 6:45 am), I am one lucky chica. Most mornings I dread being at work at such an awful hour and wasting my life away here until the evening, but this moring a thought occured to me: be grateful for what you have. This may not seem all too revolutionary to some, but for me, who is always searching for something better, this was big. Yeah sure, I could be making more money and working civil hours, but you know what, I have a job. That in of itself, during these times of recession, is something to be grateful for. If I talk to the lady in the States who had to take a job at McDonalds flipping burgers cause she has to pay the rent, my life is peachy. I beat out a bunch of other suckers for this job, I have a paychek that pays the mortgage and bills, I have a fantastic husband, a puppy that I adore, a great family, a condo that we own, a new car that won't give us any problems, great friends and I belong to a great church. There are TONS of bumps (Dylan and I seem to attract bad luck like the plauge.............seriously, no joke, I mean really, honestly, horrible luck), sometimes big, sometimes small, along the way and you know what, they SUCK when you are going over them, but it is so important that at the end of the day I realize that I am SO blessed. It makes me tear up to think about how much my Heavenly Father must love me to have blessed me so much.

So, if you are feeling down, or lost, or just plain fet up of challenges and trials (like I was last night after our computer, hard drive, and laptop all decided to crash at the same time......lets remember, I am a photographer, so this is a big deal), remember two things:

1. Your BLESSINGS....... No matter who you are, what your circumstances, you have blessings. We all do. So look for them, cause it will always make you feel better about what you are going through. Why is it that we, as humans, tend to focus on the negative? The negative aint gonna get us nowhere.

2. Is your trial/challenge/bump going to matter in five years? If it is, take your time to grumpy or sad or mad......we all need to vent our emotions. If not, like I reminded myself this morning, who cares! Because if it isn't going to matter, what is the point in wasting minutes/hours/days of your life worrying about it. You can't get time back, so use it wisely. Plus, being angry and worring about things gives us women wrinkles. In my mind, not worth it.

Well, I am glad I posted these thoughts cause I know that I am going to have to come back and read them many a time to remind myself of what I felt this morning. That's all.......hope my thougths are worth reading!

Leah :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A little tid bit

Okay, so, I realize that I have been horrible at blogging lately, but its cause too much is going on! I actually have A LOT to blog about right now.....i.e. trips to Vancouver/Seattle/Osoyoos, our first anniversary, etc, but there is just NO time. I am going to give it a shot tonight cause I have a couple hours for the first time in weeks. Not making any promises though. The biggest reason I like to blog is that it acts as a journal of sorts for me, because lets face it, no matter how many times I have attempted to keep a journal, each time I fall flat on my face with failure. So this blog is my journal.........note to self: I need to keep it updated!

Okay with that said, I thought I would just post a quickie since that is easy to do. My Mom is hosting a baby shower for a lady she works with and I made the invite for her and thought it turned out pretty good, so thought to myself, what the heck, post it.

Ther' she blows. Anywho, got to get back to life. Until next time,

Leah :)