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the Lausterer family!

one of my FAVORITE families in Wahoo! Jovan, Julie, Kyan, Ava, Emery, and Iyla. they go to our church and serve their community so well with happy hearts. they are colorful, full of smiles and the kiddos are as polite as they can be. Wahoo is seriously lucky to have them in our community.

Jovan surprised Julie with a session for Mother’s Day … and her birthday which happened to be a few days after our session.

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happy Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m a bachelorette for the next week! Ryan is going fishing in Canada with my Dad…. and Ryan has never really fished for even close to this prolonged period of time. He sure had a great time shopping for the gear, though. I just hope he doesn’t shave his sexy beard right away after he comes back.

And on a different note, the image above was taken at maybe my favorite wedding of all time to date. Cannot WAIT to share more from her…

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Adam and Mollie’s baby girl bump

It’s an understatement to say I LOVE Adam + Mollie. I was honored to be their wedding photographer many years ago when I first began shooting weddings… I remember how nervous I was! But my jitters were totally put at ease by Mollie’s stunning beauty and this couple’s pure love for each other. Adam used to work with Ryan at Wells Fargo in our formal life and now they live in Omaha in the cutest house in America. Can’t wait to photograph their new baby GIRL due in June. They will be the best parents… and Mollie has had a lot of practice being an amazing nanny for some little girl triplets.

You go, girl.

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kim holmlundMay 28, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Just stunning!! We couldn’t be happier for Mollie and Adam and what a beautiful way to capture such an exciting time.

Nancy BurdickJune 6, 2014 - 7:38 pm

The subjects are so cute and the photos are perfect. What a great way to show Ms. “A” how much she was anticipated and how much she is loved.

good bye, sweet dog

This past Friday we had to make the painful choice to put our sweet black lab, Tyson, to rest. It was so sudden… not at all like Toby’s decline (who passed away last August after 12 years and a heart murmur). He started coughing about  a month ago… not terrible… and not serious enough to really have looked at. But all of a sudden Friday while I was packing us for camping, he was not acting himself AT ALL. He was lethargic, tired, and short of breath. I had to coax him into the car to visit Dr. Rachel… which definitely wasn’t like him. He loved car rides and sticking his head out the window like all dogs.

But this car ride was his last. And (as I sit here to type this and bawl like a baby) I will never forget the look on his face as we made the trip across town. He lay with his head on the window frame. Eyes shut. Feeling the sunshine on his shiny, black face. Struggling to breath. He had an X-ray and it was grim. A mass had consumed his entire chest. Dr. Rachel couldn’t even hear his heart sounds through it. Ryan left work to be with us. He only had days left. So we made the decision and he left peacefully. Breaks my heart. He was the best dog we could have asked for. We had him for 8 years and they were 8 wonderful years. We love you, Tyson! We can’t wait to see you and Toby again at the Rainbow Bridge. xoxoxoxo

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

-Author unknown


It was hard to say goodbye, and camping over Memorial Day Weekend was a welcome distraction. We were sad that Tyson didn’t get to have 1 more camping trip (he LIVED for camping and swimming) and to teach Arrow the proper dog-way to camp… but it was fun to see how Arrow learned on his own. He loved it… but didn’t like the water too much. He CAN swim, though. He proved that after Ryan ‘nudged’? him in the pond. So cute. He’s still exhausted.

we love to play 10 pt pitch and dummy rummy (below). What a crappy hand that was.

this is also where our PPN balance retreat will be in July!

and now we have running HOT water! #luxurious

it looks like he only has 2 legs in this pic. haha

picked about 1,268 ticks off him. most of them were dead, though.

thank you, frontline.

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Debora WilcoxMay 27, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Heartbreaking:(. Thinking of you.

ShellyMay 27, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Sheri FreemanMay 27, 2014 - 8:31 pm

We’ve never met, but I see you all the time – we are neighbors from down the street. This story made me burst into tears at work! I’m so sorry! We have noticed your dogs and often think what great behaved kids they were! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Crystal WiebeMay 28, 2014 - 4:58 pm

What a shock. I don’t know if it is better to lose them quickly or over time. But I do know Tyson was a lucky, lucky boy to be so loved by you. Hugs to you, Ryan and Arrow.

PPN balance retreat

2014 balance retreat

every July it seems like we all reach a little bit of a burn-out as photographers. maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s because everyone is booking for fall and it seems like every last ounce of your free time has been sucked up by your business. well great news! PPN is proud to announce a first EVER Balance Retreat. What is a balance retreat, you may ask? It’s a time to get away from your desk, travel to a new place, leave your cell phone in the car and get to RELAX. I’m hosting our first Balance Retreat (yay!) at our 80 acre place southeast of Beatrice… a little place on the map called Virginia. Yup… Nebraska has a ‘town’ called Virginia and it’s just the perfect place to have our first retreat. There will be camping, meditation, yoga?, model shoots, and fellowship. I’m really looking forward to it. : )

see pics of us enjoying this property, annually, at our camping trip:


so if you’re a PPN member, sign up! It’s on a Tuesday-Wednesday so you don’t have to worry about your weekend being snatched. And if you’re not yet a member, JOIN already! You WILL not regret it. Especially with what’s about to be announced for our Autumn Vision Conference! : )

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2014 PPN Board Retreat

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as I was cleaning up my desktop, I realized I never shared these from a couple weekends ago! just some fun snapshots of our lovely 2 days together at Mahoney. The weather was pretty great and our meeting was even better! Done at 2:45pm on meeting day 2 and THAT IS A RECORD, folks! Our new president rocks! probably because she’s a female. : )


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Sarah likey her new gavel…

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doing anything Monday? If no, come to our next PPN FOCUS WORKSHOP!

FOCUS: kiddos + the nitty gritty of a home studio

BY: Jes Galaska

WHERE: her home studio, Omaha

WHEN: Monday, May 19th 9am to 4:30pm

COST: $79

sorry… PPN members only

but you can JOIN PPN by clicking HERE

and if you are already a member, click HERE to register.

Hope to see you!

(photo by Colleen Dustin)

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