Tuesday, March 11, 2014

♥ {my life|A boy's heart decision-dominican republic} ♥

Three months ago, a heart decision was made that can impact and change his life this week, a decision to go to the Dominican Republic. How was that a heart decision? For those of you that don’t know, hockey is my son’s life. Quentin laced up a pair of hockey skates on his third birthday, started learning how to play the sport at the age of five and has never looked back. Something about being on the ice makes that boy’s heart beat. Given the choice to do just about anything or be on the ice, 99.9% of the time the ice wins without a question.

So how does hockey play into the role of his heart decision with going to the Dominican Republic? Last fall, our youth pastor Richard announced a mission trip for our high school juniors, seniors and college students to the Dominican Republic. This is the first ever overseas mission trip for our youth and college students at Castle Hills Christian Church in the nine years we have been there. In December, Quentin expressed his interest to go as he is a high school junior. In looking at the dates for the trip, there was a conflict, a pretty major one for him. The trip’s departure date was the same date as the championship finals for his hockey team. 

Not knowing if his team would end up at the championship games, I explained to Quentin the level of commitment the trip had to be if that was his choice of the two. Wanting him to make the decision from his own heart, I did not give my opinion of what I would do or what I thought he should do. We told Quentin to really think about it and pray about it, giving him a week to make his decision. Within 3 days, Quentin's decision was to go on the mission trip. My heart wanted to shout and leap with joy because for the first time in his life, I saw my son in a cross-road of choosing between his love for the sport and the one who gave him the talent to play the sport. 

Lots of preparation went into making this trip happen. The first was the most important one which was sending out letter of prayer and financial support. Quentin decided to hand write all his support letters, yes all 48 letters! He mailed out the letters in batches and with the first eight supports that came in, Quentin’s trip was fully funded! In total awe of what God can do when He directs and leads what we are doing. The amount of love and support Quentin received from each of the support cards was amazing in itself. With each piece of mail he opened, I saw Quentin’s true heart of appreciation as he sat and starred at each card. 

The next item to check off on the list was a true testament of “facing your fears”. Due to a bad experience when he was four, Quentin has a major fear of shots and needles. At the travel clinic, he found out he was going to get a few shots. Without any fuss or delays, Quentin sat down on the edge of the bed, rolled up his sleeve, closed his eyes and took in a deep breath. Yes he was determined to do whatever he needed for this trip.

Time was getting closer and closer. Passport arrived and he started the yogurt eating process with 10 days left to go before the trip. I had a heart to heart talk with Quentin about the trip. Although the area they are going to is pretty safe, going internationally to a foreign land to share about God is always a risk. Quentin and I talked about some of the extreme dangers that could happen and he was still determined to go. My heart was once again flooded with joy as Quentin was not going to change his mind even if it meant losing his own life. 

Early Sunday morning, we gave our hugs and off our team of 8 (3 high school students, 3 college students and 2 sponsors) left in the church van to the airport. I received word Sunday night that they arrived safely. Please keep our group in your prayers this week as they allow God to use them to spread His love to these children in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. To pray by name, they are Richard (our youth pastor), Lluvia (sponsor), Clark, Joseph, Angie (college students), Arleen, Jasmine and Quentin (high school students). My prayer is not only will the lives they come in contact with this week be changed but that our group’s lives will also be impacted in a life changing way.

Thank you again to all who supported Quentin on his mission trip whether through financial support and/or prayer support. I will write a follow up blog after the trip.

Please leave your comments of support, prayer, encouragement and any notes below. (under "comment as", if the words "select profile" is seen, please click and select one from the drop down in order to publish your comment) I will share this with Quentin and the group when he returns home Friday night.

Much hugs,
Summie :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

♥ {san antonio texas family|the morgans} ♥

The Morgans have been special to my heart since our move to Texas nine years ago.  Our family got to know the Morgans immediately as Ronnie is our senior minister and children’s minister at our church, Castle Hills Christian Church here in San Antonio. 

family session at the red barn of bracken villages in san antonio texas

My son was seven years old when we moved to Texas so our family was involved in our children’s ministry with Ronnie for several years.  Between the children’s ministry, working with Julie as co-nursery directors and being together in the same pueblo group (week night bible study), our families have spent much time together over the past nine years. The Morgans love God, love their family and love others. 


family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas

Summie Roach Photography captured memories for the Morgans in the summer of 2011 and was blessed to recently update their family portraits for them. My how the boys have grown! I absolutely LOVE their different expressions in this next photo!


family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas

There's something so sweet about the love shown between Ronnie and Julie…


family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas


…and how he can still make her laugh.


family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas

The boys are so loving towards their mom...cool with their dad... 


family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas

...and don't have a problem hugging on him too!


family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas

 Gotta love the Morgan boys...


family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas

family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas


...each with their own personality...


family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas

family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas

family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas


…and if you know the boys, you also know they are not afraid to express it.


family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas

I love the Morgan Family and my heart is blessed by each one of them.

family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas
Thank you Ronnie and Julie for trusting Summie Roach Photography to capture your day together and sharing your family with me.

family session at bracken villages in san antonio texas

the morgan family  

{much} hugs,

Thursday, January 2, 2014

♥ {blessings from my heart} ♥

As I sit and reflect on this past year, I cannot help but be so thankful for not only the people I have in my life but the blessings my heart has been filled with because of them.  Sometimes life becomes so busy and chaos that it seems like all we ever do is speed from one thing to the next just to get it done and checked off our list.  But how often do we pause, slow down long enough to take in the blessings we are receiving from it?  I know for me it hasn’t been enough.  Sadly, I sometimes miss seeing the blessings as it happens until later when I make the time to sit and reflect on it, causing me to cheat my heart, my emotions and those that have given. 

thanks to my awesome son and assistant Quentin for taking this picture of us this past summer on the sands of Port Aransas

One of my greatest joys is seeing someone’s heart touched.  It could be from a gift, a small gesture, words of encouragement or comfort, a helping hand, it really does not matter what it is, as long as it came from the heart.  My heart’s biggest blessing is when a family allows me the opportunity to share in their life as they create memories.  Memories they will get to enjoy in their homes day after day.  I love being behind my lens, capturing their time together.  This may have been on their “to do list to check off” but at least for this moment that they are with me, time is standing still, life is being enjoyed and their mind is off the race track.  It’s my time to share with others the gifts and talents that God has given me and I am blessed each and every time I see God’s life being lived and enjoyed in front of my lens.

To start off this New Year, I am offering three opportunities to three families. 

1)     Complimentary Mini Session
This is for families who have never experienced a session with Summie Roach Photography {first time clients}.  I would love to bless one family to experience the joy of time standing still, to enjoy their family with laughter, and to make simple life memories. 

*complimentary 30 minute mini family session
*complimentary 0ne (1) gift print
*10% discount on all orders
*online sharing gallery

2)     Discount Family Session
This is for families who have experienced a session with Summie Roach Photography but not with their family {returning clients}.  I would love to help one family update their current family pictures or have their first experience of a family session with me. 

*50% discount off full family session fee
*complimentary 0ne (1) gift print
*10% discount on all orders
*online sharing gallery

To enter to be one of the two families for the Complimentary Mini Family Session or the Discount Family Session, please complete the following by January 10, 2014. The two families will be announced on my facebook page on January 13, 2014.
   1) “Like” and follow Summie Roach Photography on Facebook (facebook link)
  2) “Like” this post on Summie Roach Photography’s Facebook Page
  3) Share this post on your facebook page to share the opportunity with your friends
  4) Leave a comment on this blog that you did #1,#2 and #3 and tell me which giveaway you are entering and why this would be important to your family.

**details and specifics of the session will be given to the winners.  All sessions must be completed by June 1, 2014.

3)     Gift of Giving
I participated in the Olivia Act last year after the the Sandy Hook Elementary Tragedy. (see story on the blog here) My heart was filled with joy by the family I was honored to give back to through my photography.  There are many families out there who do not have the resources or funds to have professional family portraits taken. My heart is to bless another family this year with a treasured gift through my “Gift of Giving”. If you know of a family in San Antonio or surrounding area who would appreciate this gift, please nominate them. Nominations will be accepted through January 10, 2014.

 How to nominate a family:
1) email your nominations to: summie@summieroachphotography.com
2) subject line: Gift of Giving
3) include in the email:
     a) family's name
     b) families and your contact information
     c) why you have chosen to nominate this family

I will contact the family who will receive the session on  January 13, 2014.

blessings from my heart  

{much} hugs,