Thursday, December 13, 2018

What happens in Latter-day Saint temple ceremonies?

This is such a great video explaining what 
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints believe.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

WOW...Women of Worth.

I was so honored to be a guest on well… women of worth. With Ganel-Lyn Condie.  I'm a very private person but there are a few things that I am completely open about and one of those is my love for the temples and of the Savior.   Check it out ....

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Article of love for the temple....

I was so excited to be asked information about myself for an upcoming article being written on me.  I am thankful for the support of my friends and family who have helped me and support me.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Guest post

Head over to my friend's blog where I was a guest post.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Documenting your Documenting….

We live in a world of over  documentation. But is that a bad thing?
At a click of a button moments in life are documented.
Our cell phones take pictures, videos, text messages and everything in between and
they are at our fingertips.

It is so easy to get overwhelmed with everything that is saved onto our devices.
January 1st, i got a head start and cleaned out and backed up my files which automatically
backed up to Google Drive. And then I deleted over 2,000 pictures. Of those 2000 pictures 2000
of them came from my phone. Those pictures were screenshots, videos, screenshots, my kids funny
text  messages that I want to store. thos 2000+ shots were from a total of 9 days.
I know... I have a problem :)

You get  the idea….. there's pictures everywhere. Because I have Google Drive and
Dropbox on my phoneand my tablet they automatically are set sync to my laptop.
I have 5 external hardrives at a minimum of 2 TERABYTES a pieces. and 1 is a 6 TB.
I know I have a problem. I do safeguard my client work and my family shots.

I am a mom +  I am a photographer. = I document everything.

Learn more about me, Karyann

I have way so many  things documented,
but i have learned that many are not necessary when
I look back I really don't want to save them.
I periodically go through and clean out my files.

I believe in over documenting,  I believe in  taking too many pictures
and looking back and taking
them out when i have a second thought on them. But they mean
something at different times so i wait and not be hasty to delete.   

We live in a Time I'm where we can do that we can fill up 32 megabytes of pictures
and in reality
only need need 3 megabytes all of those pictures.

We can delete them easy as pie. I pose the question.... what do we do to stay
on top of all the
pictures that we have documented before we get overwhelmed.?

I have a few tips on how to minimize being overwhelmed.

First…. Create a plan. Talk to your friends and find out what they're doing.  
Google options. There's great ideas.
Project Life by Becky Higgins is brilliant.
( i have met her and listened to
her process, she is spot on.)
Get on Pinterest. Search blogs and word presses and figure out what
works for your family needs. Then you can narrow down what will work for you.
( I saw and Instagram story from Becky Higgins late one night and
it changed my mindset forever, so
share your success stories...
Becky said at some point in the day she takes a few minutes to
go through and DELETE. AMEN.
I try to do this daily now to keep up with extras that are multiplesor bad shots.)

Your phone will organize for you

Second….organize. I took the time to research how I wanted to document the
documenting. For me I chose Chatbooks Off the recommendation of many
people and I had remembered someone gave me a coupon code  for $2 off Chatbooks.
I figured it couldn't hurt.  I went with that.  and there is so many different ways that you can do this.  you have to find what works for you.

Third... Figure out what you're going to keep before you start taking pictures
I manage 5 of my own instagrams and facebooks, but help with lots of other temple
photography pages on Facebook. I was going crazy with all the saved images of
others so the advice from Becky saved my chaotic, check list making mind.

Facebook Sites, its practically a full time job, not really but that would be a fun job.
Personal and business Instagram sites.

Fourth... hashtag  and tag the people to save and organize.  It may take you a few
extra minutes when you take the picture and upload it but it is worth all the time.

I set a goal a while back to attend a religious service twice a week. Once at my local church,
and once at my local temple. my goal was to do this for 52 weeks straight. 3 weeks into
my goal and documenting, I realized I needed to save this because the experiences
were rad. I spent 2 weeks figuring the best way to do this and Chatbooks it was. I
hashtagged each image, then uploaded themsometimes more than
1 a week with #52weekgoal

I gave a title of #52weekgoal

Showed my work and my fun. Thanks Whitney Sims, and Maxwell Family

I did that for 52 weeks straight and the result was 84 pictures. It was all organized
for me withvery little effort. I logged into chatbooks and uploaded the instagram
tag name, and hashtag, within 2 minutes my book was created. IT WAS BRILLIANT.
Don't over complicate.  Simplify. Take 10 pics, then delete a few.  
Find what works for you and and start documenting your documenting.

Check out my other friends in this blog Tour
Graceful Parenting
Elise Hurst
The Sweet Me Project
Purpose Driven Motherhood

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Strengthening marriage

"Faith is the foundation of every virtue that strengthens marriage. Strengthening faith strengthens marriage."
L. Whitney Clayton,

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ashley loves this of her dad.



Ashley loves the top picture of her dad. She thinks its the funniest thing.  I love my family.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Family Proclamation Project...


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

marking 2 years since diagnosis

WARNING>>>> graphic gross pictures.

I am asked all the time how I knew I had cancer, what kind, how ...when...why.   Well I share, not to spot light me, but to show.  You TOO can get cancer.  If you are like me, and have lots of moles, that change and you worry. Dont worry anymore, go to the doctor.

  I am so thankful for people that made me go.  I did drag my feet, but such is life.  I am Norwegian dutch, German and Irish.  and a pale kind of freckly, red headed,white pale skin, green eye kind of descent.  Did you know that green eyed people from western European decent are the most likely to get Basal Cell Carcinoma (cancer). Well i am within all the checklist of highest risk.

I grew up in Southern California and I am a water baby and I have always worn sunscreen, However I always burn.  Always.  I have been teased for wearing swim shirts and long shorts in the water.  I protect my skin, and I got it.

I got my first cancer at 18 on my forehead.  They removed it with no further worries that was in 1995  In 1999, I had 11 biopsies, and 3 were cancer.  Tally 4  I regularly had my skin checked until 2013 I had 22 biopsies, with 4 being cancer and 1 that was the littlest on my face and a doooooozy!

1 biopsy, on what I thought was a pimple.  surgery removal,  facial reconstruction from a Scottsdale facial plastic surgeon and 50 stitches.  the hole was so deep that had to take extra fat from my cheek to fill in the hole.  Here i am 2 years later and my face is lopsided, my eyes are straight, there is still pain occasionally and I experience my face being paralyzed periodically, BUT.  no cancer in my face!   GO GET CHECKED.
1- a few weeks before the biopsy... Clueless of the destruction happening under my face

2- right after I had the cancer removal.  I was awake and..... the hole was so big they couldn't close it so they put this band-aid on me and sent me across town where I was rushed in for facial reconstruction.

3- in the hospital still asleep from surgery
4- the day after surgery
5- 2 days after surgery healing
6-a week after surgery
7- a week or so after
8-  I was in so much pain my eyes were having migraine type pain.
9- Today, cancer free and healing pretty good.  

Needless to say, but Go get checked!!!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Nana's clock... and chair

I was just sitting here, reading for my family psychology class and noticed that I had set my Nana's grandfather clock, and rocking chair right by each other in the loft.  It was not intentional, but  surprising,  I have carried this clock, that doesn't work and hasnt for years to 3 houses.  I officially am grateful for antiques that come from my nana.  Every time I see it I think of her.

The rocking chair, no one sits on and is falling apart.  I remember, vividly, as a kid Nana telling us not to rock on it because it would collapse and I would rock and it would collapse.  I am a little afraid of the chair, still after all these years, but yet I have it sitting near my office.  I don't know how or where she acquired these but, I know they both have stories to tell.  

Neither is my favorite style,but I love them because they are mine.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

i love my family. The end.

    I love my family. The end.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fractured Prune... Not what it seems

An impromptu date to lunch and The Fractured Prune Doughnut Shop.  
Good thing he is cute, and I follow him around, because I am not a fried food all.  or donuts, but bacon and maple sugar on a doughnut.  YUCK.  
No I didn't try it, but he did share it with all the kids.  

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

10 things that changed me in 2014

I was inspired by another blogger to share things  that have help me be a better Kary in 2014...I must first say I am private and dont like to be negative on social media, with that being said, I am not being negative, just real ;)

1. I stepped outside of my comfort zone traveling.  I dislike traveling. This year we went to Mexico and found a new favorite family spot.  Puerto Penasco.  Colorado for David's work party, it was great but missed my kids.  Pennsylvannia. I learned who I am and where I came from.  I was born there and learned so much about my rich heritage and it was inspiring to say the least.Family history research has made me appreciate my family more.  Families are forever, thank goodness. Technology makes it fun. I am thankful for my desire to learn about family history. I am thankful for the opportunity to see new places and appreciate getting out of Arizona even for short times...

2. The temple is powerful and the blessings we get from attending are real.  Being a part of the new temple being brought to the valley inspired me to be a better patron in attendance.  It blesses us. I am thankful for the knowledge the temple gives me.

3.  I went back to college, at my favorite college.  BYU- Idaho.  If you know me then you know I love BYU. Period. I am thankful for education.

4. I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover after being inspired by an app on Instagram.  It helped change my mind a little about my dislike for social media, yet here i am using it.  I HAD to read the Book of Mormon for 2 of my classes and I am so thankful I had to because I got to read it. It was wonderful to get to read it again. . My testimony has grown tenfold. I am thankful for the scriptures that help me in my daily rollercoaster of life.

5. Because of the scriptures, my relationship with Christ, BYU and my husband and kids, trials seemed more  doable.  I have learned that the most important thing in life is to be surrounded by good people, that love and lift us.  There are lots of good people that don't do that.  This year I have realized the good in my life.  We choose to be offended. I do believe to see the GOOD in people, but i do believe some do mean to offend. I have realized that I am oblivious, more than I originally thought. I am less trusting in people, trust needs to be earned.  I am however much more trusting in the Lord.  He is the only one not being persuaded by satan. I am thankful for those that show love to me and my  little family, not hate.

6. I am so thankful for my health.  More specifically for not having 1 shot or an cancer treatments this year.  With 22 biopsies in 2013, 4 being cancer,  No cancer treatments this year was awesome.  I skipped 6 skin cancer appointments because I just couldnt do it.  It felt good to not listen to the doctors for once, but mainly because I am a wimp.  Cancer kicked my rear in 2013. 2014 was good!  I am thankful for good doctors and good medicine.

7. My camera.  I love to photograph humans and things created in this world.  I have captured memories this year, some will never get back. This year I grew in a way I never knew I would by photographing life, and death, more than anyone should and I am so thankful for the trust in all my clients, friends and family as they let me photograph my favorite people.  I am thankful for my NIKON Cameras !!

8. I learned how to find time to enjoy my kids.  I am not a perfect mom, and still have a lot to learn, but my kids give me strength and help me be better.  I love their innocence and honesty. They are real with me.  I wish I remembered what it felt like to be a kid.  They are so pure. I am so thankful to be a mom to kids that that love me unconditionally.

9. Miracles are real.  Miracles really do happen and I am humbled to see it happen.

10. I have my own superman.  Super Dave is what we call him, but he has strength like I have never seen.  He is my favorite. He serves our family endlessly, while working full time, going to school fulltime, being the Bishop and serving endlessly and with great humbleness. We have been together over 17 years and he is mine.  He really is the better half of me.  He makes me better and teaches me and lets me teach him. I am thankful for him.

Happy New year to all my GOOD people.  You are known and loved!  May 2015 find you good.

Friday, December 19, 2014

I love to see the temple...

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I love to Photograph the temple.  all of them.  I decided for christmas to do a big order of them so everyone could enjoy them.  I sold over 100!!! I am so thankful for the temple!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pennsylvannia September 2014

I had the opportunity to go to Pennsylvannia with Dave while he had a trade show in Hershey Pennsylvannia.  I was born in PA in 1977 and went back when I was 6 or 7.  I dont remember any of it, so it was fun to learn where I came into this world.   I have been doing lots of family history, genealogy so I have learned alot  But i really got to learn about me... I did.  I saw lots of sites, but when I saw the grave of my grandfather i never met.  I cried...alot.  I love doing family history.  I have found out more about  who I am it was awesome.
Paul Ivan Hatfield
World war II survivor
Looking for his grave was a needle in a haystack

Some sites from our romantic, fun trip. 
Philadelphia Pennsylvannia Lds Temple.  Gorgeous!

Working Amish farm.

Rowing crews in Philadelphia at sundown...

Independence hall where the declaration of Independence was signed!

 SOY BEANS... Everywhere!!!
Buggy minus the horse

Capitol building in Harrisburg.  I thought the gold statue looked liked Angel Moroni... for real!

Hershey kiss mobile car.  It said kisses so we did.

Philadelphia museum of art  The top of the rocky stairs!

Super cool.  FYI, the Amish scowl at you if they take their picture!

Pretty amish Ladies

Mr. Hershey lived on this street

 Hoopes land.  They owned 600 acres in West Chester.

Hershey plant was so cool.  the tour was awesome and yummy samples.

Hershey's Mansion across from the plant.

Super Dave as Rocky.

Capitol building in the rear
Cemeteries everywhere. Gorgeous headstones

We saw Some of the Hoopes Famly History as well. This is the last remaining part of the Joshua Hoopes Homestead in West Chester. It is on the Historical National Treasure List. the Home was built in 1736. It was surreal.

Abraham Lincolns Hat box.  Unreal seeing these Smithsonian artifacts

Seeing all the things we saw of our Nations capitol made me proud to be an American. So many more pictures to share.
Norristown, Hershey, West Chester, Philadelphia, Harrisburg.  I highly recommend making the trip.

The Hoopes 5