Monday, May 10, 2010

I've moved.

You can find me here : http://abbycoyle.com/blog

See you soon!:)

Blessings,
Abby

Friday, February 26, 2010

HELP US HELP THEM! PLEASE READ!

Hello all! :)
As most of you know, I am a strong advocate for humanity and animals. Whether it be children in Africa, or praying for a stray dog I see on the side of the road (and most of you know I actually will do this! ha!) I can't help but feel a pull toward raising awareness about these two things.
I recently met with a local animal rescue, Pets & People, to volunteer my photography services for their website and adoption sites. I learned through their site that BISSELL cleaning brand (think the Bissell vacuum commercials) is giving away $10,000 in a pet contest. The contestant who wins will receive free Bissell products and $10,000 to the animal charity of their choosing.
Now, I typically wouldn't jump into a contest like this, but after seeing the conditions at Pets & People I can't help but want to at least give this a try. They are so short-staffed, have hardly any room for all the animals and they are strictly donation-based. There's not enough space for all the animals they take in and they get more each day. Cages are stacked, large dogs are in small cages and the conditions overall are hardly bearable. The one great thing about this place is they have a large dog park they were able to build through private donors. Volunteers are able to come and walk the dogs and play with them in this area.
Now, to the point of this message--
I've entered my beloved Sigmund into the Bissell pet contest in hopes of winning the $10K for Pets & People. I know it's not much money but they would benefit TREMENDOUSLY from this award. I could care less about winning the Bissell prizes (heck, I'd even donate them to Pets & People!)
The contest is judged by the amount of votes per contestant. So far, the top five winners have anywhere from 400-800+ votes. There are specific voting periods. The first voting period that Siggy is in starts February 26th and goes through March 4th. A few more will follow.
I'm simply asking my close family & friends to please vote for Siggy. I know the chances may seem high but like I said, I HAVE to give this a try after seeing the conditions at Pets & People!


Here is his entry link:
http://www.bissell.com/mvp_PetDetail.aspx?id=8590063310

PLEASE VOTE FOR SIGGY STARTING TODAY! Help us win this for Pets & People!

Love,
Abby

PS-Please tell everyone you know to increase our chances! :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Year, New Things

Pardon my absence, I'm in the process of customizing a new website and a new blog! I promise to inform you as soon as these two are launched. I'm crossing my fingers to be completely done with both by my birthday-March 3! I'll see you all soon:)

Blessings,
Abby

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

post-Christmas

Am I the only one who feels the emotional "letdown" after Christmas? There's so much build up to the holiday that once it's over, I'm almost in a state of depression. It comes & goes so quickly-even when I start shopping in October! I just can't grasp it like I could growing up. Of course, grown up schedules get in the way, but sometimes I wish I could feel that magical feeling of TRULY enjoying Christmas without stress, worries or not having to be anywhere! Ah...to be a kid again. I especially think the week of Christmas and the week following should be declared national holidays (yes, the entire weeks). It's only right that we take AT LEAST two weeks out of the year and spend it with the ones we love :)

To sum it up, I leave you with photos that describe the "post-Christmas letdown" best. These were taken the morning after Christmas:

Siggy
Siggy
Siggy

He is so rotten. I swear the dog has no idea he's a dog. Gotta love him:)

Blessings,
Abby

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Night Before Christmas

Empty manger, Perfect stranger
About to be born
Into darkness, sadness, desperate madness, creation so torn
We were so lost on earth, no peace, no worth, no way to escape
In fear, no faith, no hope, no grace & no light
But, that was the night before Christmas.
Warm hay, cold sweat
A mother, not yet, praying Godspeed the dawn
She looks to her man, holding her hand, they wonder how long
And the shepherds, wise men, come to find them and bow to a king
One star above, shining on love
So bright it lit up the night before Christmas.
And the world didn’t know mercy was meek & so mild
And the world didn’t know truth was as pure as a child
The night before Christmas…
The night before Christmas.
And the world didn’t know redemption was sweet and so strong
And the world didn’t know salvation was writing a song
The night before Christmas…
The night before Christmas.
Empty manger,
Perfect stranger
About to be born….
-"The Night Before Christmas" by Brandon Heath

I know I'm a day late in writing this, but I heard this song two days ago and it brought me to tears. Each year when reflecting on the meaning of Christmas I always think of the scene in Bethlehem and the details of that night. The older I get, the more I think of the emotions Mary & Joseph must have had that night. Were they scared? Were they cold? Were they comfortable? What was running through their minds? What did Jesus look like?
I'm not a mother yet but I can only imagine the mix of emotions Mary must have felt-a young girl, historically somewhere between the age of 12 & 15, about to give birth to a baby that would bring salvation to a world that had absolutely no idea. How can one even begin to comprehend such a thing? I think of our world today and wonder what it would be like had Jesus been born during this era. People would not believe it (obviously there were doubters even then). But how humbling it is to think that a pure little baby was born in a lowly place for the purpose of bringing humanity the knowledge of SALVATION and REDEMPTION. Did they fully understand the magnitude of this child's birth? It must've been hard for Mary to know that the child she cared for, nurtured, loved on, played with & disciplined would grow to be hated by so many unbelievers. She was to love this child, watch him grow to be an adult and then witness his sacrifice for all mankind-even the very ones who put him on the cross his final day. She was to give up her son. Her baby. It's a mind-blowing thought when I try to put it in perspective.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6


Anyway, as I've reflected on the meaning of Christmas, I am full of hope and reminded of the greatness & love of the Lord--to give to us His one & only Son to show this hurting world that there is something beyond our momentary troubles. To bring HOPE and GRACE. To show us the way.

What a beautiful scene it must have been that night in Bethlehem. And the world didn't know...
I wish I could've been there.

I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas! I pray it was blessed and you were reminded of the reason for the season!

Blessings,
Abby

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The McCollough's

I'd driven by this old house on County Line quite a few times since I moved. I always thought it'd be a great location for photos but I was just waiting for the right time to come along to use it. Well, the perfect time came and we used the location one warm night in November to shoot the McCollough's holiday photos! I'm so happy we used this spot when we did...the city tore it down less than a week after the shoot! I hope you all enjoy these as much as I did shooting and editing them. The McCollough's are one gorgeous family. I'm in love with little Nate and I'm pretty sure you will be too after you see these pics. He's just too much! I'm thrilled for baby #2 (little Haleigh) to arrive this month! Congrats Michael & Jessica! Thank you so much for asking me to shoot your photos once again. It was too fun!:)












Monday, November 30, 2009

Sigmund the Great

There's a reason they're called "man's best friend"...




Siggy brings a lot of happiness to my life. There will never be a greater dog in my eyes. He is the very best.

:)
-Abby

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