To Joey, With Love

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This year on my birthday I wanted to go to a movie. That isn’t terribly unusual because I LOVE movies. The movie I wanted to see however was a bit different. I wanted to see To Joey, With Love. It is a documentary about a couple, Joey & Rory Feek. They are a Christian, country duo who documented the last 2 years of Joey’s life. She passed away last spring from a fight with cervical cancer. I knew it would be sad. I knew I would cry. I knew it was a little unorthodox to do on a day that is usually about being happy. But I am so so so glad that I went. I followed along with Rory Feek as he posted about his wife getting the news that she had cancer and that she decided to stop treatment. I cried when he posted in his blog about knowing they were near the end. I cried even harder when she died. But what made this movie something I wanted to see was that through it all this couple had hope and optimism. Not necessarily that she would beat it because it became clear that she wasn’t going to, but hope that this story would be used by God for a greater purpose. I want to be like that. I want to remember that my life is not my own. It is to be used for a greater purpose. One that I probably can’t even see right now.

SO…..on October 6th there is going to be another screening of this movie. If you can, go see it! It will touch your heart. The link to the website to find out ticket information is here. Just click. If you want to read Rory’s blog, This Life I Live, just click.

I won’t pretend that I was their biggest fan before I read about her cancer, because I wasn’t. I honestly only knew one song of theirs. But now I know something even greater about them than their music. I know what kind of people they are and that they love Jesus. That’s really all I need to know.

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New Website

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I have a completed website!! I’m so excited that I now have a website up and running! I also am now a member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers. This means that if anyone is looking for a birth photographer I am listed at birthphotographers.com. This tool is great for anyone in search of a photographer. Just plug in your area and it will show you the registered members in the area.

Here is the link to my website: jessicanothumphotography.com

Click here for my listing on birth photographers.com

St. Louis Vaca

A few weeks ago Becca and I went to St. Louis to stay with Joe’s family for a few days. He was off hunting in Idaho so us girls were on our own. We had THE BEST time! I think I saw more of St. Louis than I ever have, and we’ve been married for almost 6 years! The first day we were there we went to the Magic House. It is a Children’s Museum. They had so many fun things to do. Becca liked the water table area and the younger kids play are the best. She walked through the grocery store area but wasn’t terribly interested yet. The veterinarian area was fun because she looked at all of the stuffed dogs and cats and wanted to love on all of those. As she gets older that will definitely be a place for us to go again!

The next day we went to Grant’s Farm. To enter, you take a ride through the deer park. She was doing everything she could to get off the train and play with those deer! Once we got into the Tier Garten she had just as much fun as she did on the train. She played with goats, got to see elephants, and almost got bit by a camel (way to go mom!). We also got to see the Anheuser-Busch clydesdales. They were beautiful.

The last full day we were there, I went to the outlet malls with my sister-in-law while Becca went to a petting zoo with Grandma and Pops! She had a great time and so did I! The trip finished off with a walk around Ikea and some Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. It was a great trip and I’m so glad we got the opportunity to spend some time in St. Louis!

Liam Ryan

Liam’s mama and I have known each other for a LONG time. I’m pretty sure we took dance together when we were 5 but mainly we know each other from our good old CHCS days. I met Nick when I arrived at the hospital haha! It is so fun watching brand new parents with their minutes old baby. They were immediately in love with little Liam.

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