Hey sweet readers and friends! This past year and a half has been an absolute whirlwind… We have been through some of the happiest times in our life as a couple and shared some of the hardest trials in our marriage yet. It has been ultra challenging adjusting to having a new baby in our lives, learning to balance life with a business and baby, facing the death of dreams, plans, and loved-ones, and learning of life-altering diseases that have no cure of the people we love dearly. Dreams can become new ones, and God’s plans are bigger than ours. The people in our lives and the experiences we have can’t be remade, however. But in everything we are to give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18. In our darkest valley God is still good. It is then when we learn to cleave to Him more, and believe the truth of His promises recorded in the Bible.

Through much thought and prayer, we have decided to take the rest of the year off in 2016… Our plan is to finish-out our clients we have on the books, and take a sabbatical.  We have been in-limbo this past year, and feel the Lord leading us to take a break; to be intentional with our thoughts and decisions. Our culture celebrates going non-stop, and busyness. Psalm 46:10 reminds me daily to ‘Be still, and know that He is God!’ Have I been still? Have I taken the time to reflect and be intentional with my decisions? Are we coasting through life without inviting the Lord to lead? This is the time I want to be STILL and reflect. These next few months I want to just ‘BE’ with my son, my family, my art, creativity and marriage. I simply can’t be the friend, wife, mother, and artist if I feel as if I am being pulled in a number of directions.

So here we are, terrified we will be judged. All those years of sleepless nights, tears, and sweat down the drain for our business? Are we going to lose our friends we have made through the years in our business because of this? That is where we are trusting God. For months we have felt the Lord nudge us to make this decision, and we feel a peace. We are more than thrilled to see where the Lord takes us this year and next! I am excited to rest the mind and allow for creativity to flow again.

In the mean-time, if you want to see what we have been consumed with for the past 10 months, here is a look into our world these days…

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  • Barry - May 31, 2016 - 9:19 pm

    Jan & Chase,

    As your parents, or at least half of your parents, we celebrate your decision as a couple!

    It means the most to us how you arrived to this decision. We know God blessed you & Chase with baby Jack, and we have observed how Jack has brought more joy than you ever could’ve imagined.
    Knowing you both, you probably struggled with this, praying alone, and together as a couple, seeking God’s will & direction.
    In the end, you trusted God, and put this into the arms & care of Jesus, which is always the best place to abide.
    I’m reminded of the Scripture,
    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

    Those who know your heart will understand, and the few who might not, will better understand, as they themselves seek God as their Lord and Savior.

    Love,
    Dad & mom (Barry & Connie Pickens)
    Corpus Christi TexasReplyCancel

  • Ammy - June 1, 2016 - 1:34 am

    If God is leading you and your sweet, precious family to do something, do so with peace and comfort. Don’t be afraid of being judged. Those who truly love you will always stand by you. You are so special and sweet and so loved. Hold your beautiful family close and enjoy life! Sending lots of love and prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Stringer - June 1, 2016 - 1:47 am

    Jan, I’d like to answer one of the questions that you posed….”Are we going to lose our friends we have made through the years in our business because of this?” The answer is a resounding “NO”! God leads us down a path we’re supposed to be on & it’s up to us to listen to Him & follow His word. Your true friends will understand & the people that don’t aren’t your friends.ReplyCancel

  • Lacey Grimes Herrmann - June 1, 2016 - 2:51 am

    You are a Beautiful Godly example of following God and not the ways of the world. Romans 12:2ReplyCancel

  • Malori Sapio - June 1, 2016 - 5:43 am

    I think it takes great bravery and courage to take that leap of faith, it’s something only a few actually do.ReplyCancel

  • Erica McCloskey Dunham - June 1, 2016 - 3:30 pm

    Jan, I feel blessed to have met you! You and Chase are brave! I am so proud to call you a friend!ReplyCancel

Back in May we had the chance to go to the wonderful island of Jamaica to Ocho Rios and photograph a lovely couple at the Couples Resort in Sans Souci, Heather and Rob! These two sweethearts met while working together in the office at UPS. Rob’s buddies chatted on the beauty that Heather possessed, but nothing came of it until life settled down for Rob and they slowly grew to become friends and then something more.

We absolutely love going to Ocho Rios, Jamaica for vacation, and working with this couple for their wedding just made the trip even more wonderful! We love to celebrate couples, marriage, and the joy it can bring if delicately watered and cultivated. Many years of happiness to Heather and Rob. You two are precious, and we couldn’t be any happier =)

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  • J - March 17, 2016 - 12:03 am

    I’m staying at jewel runaway bay resort the week of june 18th and would like to take a few family photos on the beach June 19th. Pls send pricingReplyCancel