December 6, 2009

this is what I've been working on...

have any of you heard about
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it's in almost every community worldwide
and
it's happening saturday
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our group here in madison started out with 2 interested people
and
a few ideas
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we now have 5 photographers
and
~I'm ecstatic and scared and nervous to be one of them~
a studio
agencies that are sending families to us
lots of equipment
and
many volunteers
but
most of all
we have some really big hearts
giving their time and attention
to complete strangers
this holiday season
in order to make their lives just a little bit brighter
and
their smiles just a little bit bigger
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it's not too late to check out the help-portrait program
in your community
~~
there can never be too many people opening their hearts
for such an amazing program
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below is the first video I ever saw in regards to this movement
and
boy
did it ever move me
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I hope you have the time to watch it
and
maybe even the video above
highlighted in the december 12th date
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26 comments:

  1. Oh Beth... you've filled my eyes with tears and my heart with hope! If I lived a tad closer I'd be running to you right now saying how can I help? I'd assist in any way possible. I can't wait to hear all about it!!

    Hubby and I take photos at our school when they have a family dance. We charge 5 dollars and give it back to the school... but our line extends down the hallway and we literally shoot for 3 hours straight. You can tell for some people its the first family photo they've been able to afford in awhile.

    Awesome!

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  2. type through some tears after reading & watching your post, beth. what magic happens when we take time for others....what magic. i look forward to hearing about your experiences. xx s

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  3. An incredibly moving project! What a wonderful way to give back! i'm excited to hear how it goes.

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  4. You're going to have such a fun time doing this. And, the people whose picture you take are going to be eternally grateful for what you're doing.

    This started in Nashville - my home town!

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  5. This is truly wonderful!! I can't wait to hear the results of your efforts on this project!!! I have not heard of it before. I love it!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  6. Wow, I loved that video--watched it twice! What a wonderful thing you've chosen to be a part of. My guess is at the end of the day on Dec. 12 you'll be tired, but you'll never be the same!

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  7. You know Beth, through my tears I am so proud of you. I am going to check out if we have something like that here. You will have so much fun, and I agree you won't be the same. I got involved with the gift of sight program and the difference a pair of glasses made for someone well now I am teary eyed again. Big hug my friend and let me know about your experience.

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  8. great story. great people. great purpose. great gift.
    Did I say great?
    I mean, REALLY great.

    If I can't do it (in time for) this year...next year!!

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  9. Oh Beth...how beautiful! And, you are a part of it! I have never met you face to face but, wow, what a gift you are...I am proud of you and wish you a most wonderful experience. I can't wait to see your posts after the fact. I have a photographer friend who is also donating her time for a similar cause. Wow!

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  10. Oh Beth- how very cool! I can't wait to hear more about your experience! What a big heart you have!

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  11. What an amazing story! I would like to share this with my students as an ongoing example of the good that humanity can do, one person at a time.
    Blessings.

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  12. You are such a beautiful soul Beth.

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  13. Beth...This brought tears to my eyes!! Oh, I'm so thrilled that you are doing this!!! God bless you for giving of your wonderful talent to make a difference in people's lives!! You are inspiring! ~Janine XO

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  14. What an incredible project! And YOU are a part of it! Isn't it awesome that a few sweet souls can make so many people feel a little lighter and happier than they were feeling before? I can't wait to hear about your day!

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  15. Wow Beth. Just WOW! That is an incredible organization and an incredible gift you are giving people. I take my hat off to you!
    xo

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  16. First things first Beth. Your comment on my post made my heart glow. Your husbands reaction about giving a big tip would be the same way Michel would have reacted. First surprised but than gladd to see my big heart that would go out to them who have less.

    About your post. You are a wonderful woman with so much power to give and heal. I'll bet you make beautiful pictures and let people smile and feel good about themselves. Hope you have a glorous day my friend.

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  17. What a wonderful program! Wow!

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  18. This is incredible and alas, we don't have the project anywhere close to us. I would be first in line to help..isn't that what the season truly is about?

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  19. wow. wish i was closer to something like that.

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  20. wow, i had to watch this with no sound at work and i was moved to tears without sound..please let us know how it all went...it will be so so beautiful and how wonderful to be such a part of it all and touch so many lives....xox

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  21. What a beautiful thing to do. I look forward to hearing more about this project as you participate. It touched my heart to watch the video and know how just taking their picture made them feel special.

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  22. Beth, I'm a balling mess. Thank you for sharing this. Bless you for giving of yourself to do such a miraculous thing. Truly truly beautiful. What a world we live in t, with all of it' s negative, that technology and online community can offer so much hope.

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  23. This is just so great! I am looking forward to reading about your day on 12/12!

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  24. What an amazing project! Good luck Beth!

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth