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Disclaimer: I am not an expert, specialist or doctor of medicine trained in Lyme disease, but I have conducted a vast amount of research on the disease.

May 26, 2016​

I got word on Tuesday that the Infectious Disease doctor wants to remove my PICC line and stop treatment. Blood was drawn on Wednesday, and the blood work came back from the lab showing I am perfectly healthy. However, they did NOT do another Lyme test!!! Why is that every story I have read about this issue, doctors do NOT listen to their patients! I have conducted mounds of scientific research on this ordeal and I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt when proof is in the pudding, then proof is in the pudding.
 

I am not one to sit around and do absolutely nothing! I am not forgetful. I do my best to never complain, but I'm drained just walking up the stairs or walking to the bathroom. I suddenly give out of breath and that is not normal. There is something tormenting every single cells in my body and the doctor is not seeing any of that because the RIGHT tests are NOT being ordered. The symptoms are not being looked at, and she is only looking at normal labs and NOT my 47 out of 71 symptoms!
 

I have already given my nurses a heads-up and told them I know my rights as a patient and I am refusing to allow them to take this PICC line out until they take more blood and send it to the Igenex lab in Palto Alto, California, and until I get in to see an LLMD.
 

Later in the day, by the sheer grace of God, I was actually  sitting in the lobby of a Lyme Literate Medical Doctors office. It normally takes 2 months to get an appointment for an LLMD; however, I was here today! Finally, I will have some answers. My paperwork was apparently lost at the first office I tried desperately to get into.

According to the LLMD, all the tests that have been conducted, the results, and the vast symptoms I still have - I undoubtedly, 100% still have Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, yet I still have to get more tests done.

I always knew I had Lyme and no one on this planet could convince me otherwise. As I mentioned above, I have read numerous scientific studies on this disease. The scientist who have conducted studies on this disease obviously know what they are talking about when their findings are pretty much the same for all other patients who struggle with this disease, but I am going to beat it. 

Yet, I'm so happy I listened to my instincts and I'm so blessed that God led me down the right path at every turn. I put all of this at His feet and in His hands for Him to guide me and that's exactly what He did. I praise you, Father!!

Why hasn't the infectious disease doctor listened to me? If you find out, please let me know. I am incredibly grateful to her that she got me this far.

Please always question your doctor, specifically if you doubt anything they are telling you and always get a second opinion if you feel it is necessary. Do not take for granted just because they are a doctor with a doctoral degree that they know everything about everything known to man.

I have no idea how in the world we are going to pay for all of this. God will provide though.

May 27, 2016

Yes, I sometimes have  joint swelling in one finger on my right hand and no there is not a great deal of pain unless you touch it or I accidentally hit it. Yes, I have joint pain in both knees still to this day. This happens about every 4-6 weeks and yet an Infectious Disease Doctor is telling me there's nothing wrong with me. That's the same story I hear from every person I run into who has Lyme disease.

The Borrellia burgdorferi bacterium that causes Lyme disease is among the many bacteria and viruses transmitted through the bite of deer ticks, which find their way to humans through deer and mice carrying these tiny little Dracula like blood suckers.

Not everyone infected gets the tell-tale bull's-eye rash, or any rash, which helps doctors diagnose the disease. That can mean Lyme goes unrecognized and untreated for months, particularly if no one sees a tick.

Even after a course of antibiotics, some people continue to have symptoms. That's why patients and some advocates began referring to it as chronic Lyme disease. But in patients who are given antibiotics, the bacteria are often no longer detectable.

When patients complain, doctors may give them more antibiotics pain relievers or other drugs to treat symptoms, while some turn to diets and exercises.

John Hopkins Center is going to now start focusing on Lyme disease. There is a team who are going to conduct studies and look to determine if the infection is hiding or is developing into a new disorder, possibly an autoimmune or one like rheumatoid arthritis.

The genetic components are also going to be studied, as an underlying condition or other bacteria or virus is involved.

Complications in sufferers can vary, and can flare and wane. Symptoms can include incapacitating fatigue, joint and musculoskeletal pain and neurological and cardiac symptoms.

Please continue to pray with me and for me. There are thousands upon thousands of sufferers out there who are hugely and astronomically more affected than I am.

Later in the day I became overwhelmingly heartbroken. I have expressed my sincere concern and refusal to have this PICC line taken out and keep it until I can get an appt with a different specialist and until I can get order to have more blood work sent to Igenex .

Yet, the current Infectious Disease Doctor who has been overseeing all of this, is forcing me to do something I am totally against. She refuses to write an order to have my PICC line flushed once daily. So I have 2 choices - if I keep it, I have to come to the E.R. daily to have it flushed or I just have to have it removed.

Apparently, I have no rights at all as a patient who wishes to advocate for my own care.

​I am heartbroken. I have expressed my sincere concern and refusal to have this PICC line taken out and keep it until I can get an appt with a different specialist.

Yet, a current Infectious Disease Doctor who has been overseeing all of this, is forcing me to do something I am totally against. She refuses to write an order to have my PICC line flushed once daily. So I have 2 choices - if I keep it, I have to come to the E.R. daily to have it flushed or I just have to have it removed.

After a great deal of refusing to allow the nurses to pull my PICC line, I still have it. Let's just say one of my sweet nurses pulled a string for me after I pitched a royal fit! Sometimes you have to pitch a fit for the greater good of yourself and loved ones.

Thank you, God for this opportunity and thank you for pushing me in this direction. Your miracles never stop amazing me!

May 30, 2016

I sure miss our church family, but I'm so afraid to go to church for fear of needing to leave because the music will be too loud. My right ear is so sensitive and I have to cover my ears when noises are too loud.

I'm a little concerned though because only one person has called me from the church - nobody from my Sunday School Class has called to check on me even while I was in the hospital. I had several visitors; my pastor from North Campus and the pastor from FBC and the minister of music from our home church. 

One lady from our Sunday School class sent a text message last week and a few while I was in the hospital, but I truly think text messages are so impersonal. Jeffrey and I have no family here in Georgia and it's just he and I. I am so incredibly hurt that nobody has offered to help us by bringing us a meal so Jeffrey can focus on helping to care for me. I suppose I should not allow this to bother me. I just need to focus on healing and eating a proper diet which I started the AIP Paleo Diet today - that the Autoimmune Protocol Paleo diet - this diet is almost like the Paleo diet, but stricter.

We spent the better half of the day with Shane after I had my PICC line flushed. I truly enjoy being with him and watching his face light up when I come into the room. 

May 31, 2016

My PICC line was removed by my sweet nurse, Nina. I also started on Doxycycline for the next 3 weeks that was called in by my Lyme Literate Medical Doctor. Wish me luck!  

It was a great deal of trouble going to the hospital each day to have a PICC line flushed. I wanted to stay on the antibiotics because all my research from journals for advanced studies stated there needed to be prolonged antibiotics provided to fight this disease. So, I was scared for them to remove it and scared for them not to remove it. I prayed about this situation and it finally came to me that I should have it removed since my skin around the bandage areas was breaking down and that would have caused me so much pain. 

June 5, 2016
The next 3 weeks are going to be challenging. Three doctor appointments; one for my sweet son, two for me, along with educational training, educational training and more educational training.

I have been yearning for the day when I can say, "Today, I feel well," but many I have read about and spoken to who have chronic Lyme disease all say that may never happen again since I have this chronic rubbish too. I will never give up hope, nor faithfulness in trusting God to heal me.

So here goes an update: I have ok days and not-so-ok-days. Yesterday was a not-so-ok-day. Trimmers returned with somewhat of a vengeance and scared both Jeffrey and I.

Heart palpitations have somewhat subsided and yet most days I feel I could faint from the heat. I can walk 20 feet now without feeling the need to sit down as opposed to 10 feet from the previous weeks. The shortness of breath is still here, and hasn't subsided much.

My hearing is so vastly abundant that it is amazing the conversations I can hear.

I am taking two different supplements that are actually rather tasty, mounds of vitamins, and drinking massive amounts of water because I'm always so incredibly thirsty.

New for the food intake list is bone broth which Jeffrey is preparing for me of course.

I am so grateful for every single prayer each of you have sent to God on my behalf, and grateful for all the 'Get Well' cards and letters. Each are so incredibly beautiful and I thank each of you for taking the time out of your day to send them to me.

Turn your eyes to the Lord and He will never forsake you.

June 7, 2016

Results concluded another blood test conducted 2 weeks ago confirmed 'active' Lyme. The same bands were showing up in the blood work taken in early May when I was in the hospital, and yet the Infectious Disease Doctor said I was negative then.

The CDC needs to change the number of bands showing true positives for the IgG and the IgM immunoblot tests.
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June 30, 2016
The 2+ hour to my LLMD was quite the journey. We are praying the new med intake will help. I now take 2 pills twice/day of the Doxycycline and a newly added antibiotic is the Metronidazole at 1 pill 3 time/day for only 3 days out of the week.

July 5, 2016

I push myself through the pain every single day my eyes open, but some days I just want to lay in the bed all day. Still, I will muster up the energy to put on a smile just for you, just as I did for the past (almost) 2 years while I suffered and you thought nothing was wrong with me. When you see me today, you will not see what is wrong with me because I have become a master of hiding the obvious.

My body sometimes feels bruised and some days my bones feel and sound like glass breaking when I bend down. I must be the Tin Man. Maybe all I need is a little oil? I have to use the restroom again and again...not again...(I have to drink a ton of water because water is the only thing that quenches my thirst, so no wonder. Today has been rough. Most days, I can barely walk up our stairs without finally making it to the top of the stairs then leaning over the love seat to support me because I am starving for oxygen.

Standing up feels like falling down. It has been difficult to drive my car, but I do it very slowly. I have to. Jeffrey is working 4 jobs and I have no family here to take me anywhere, so I have to do it. That's just the way it is... I would never drive if I could not do it, so please do not worry if you see me driving.

I am not as sick as some I have read about and spoken to. Thank you, Jesus! Yet, I pray for them - the sick who are worse than I - the sick who have no family at all and their wife or husband has walked out on them. I pray for them to find peace in this adventure. I pray for them to be able to cope with this.

Over 2 years ago, it was nothing for me to hike the mountains of north Georgia and complete a 10 mile hike in just a few hours - hiking through the mountains was and still is my passion even if I cannot do it today. I will find a way to do it soon though - even if I hurt the entire way up that next mountain.

I may never be able to hike a mile, much less  hike 10 miles in one day. Raising a family; a son with special needs, four dogs, a cat and helping my sweet husband at every corner - that 'was' me. Yes, I use to be superwoman. I struggle just to do laundry, clean bathrooms, vacuum, mop and dust our house most days. When I am able to do any of the cleaning, I am down for the count for the next 2 days. My energy level is so low and this is not me or is it the new me?

My heart use to race and pound out of my chest and panic attacks still do ensue without warning ... at times ... and nobody understands them. My friends do not understand how this once active, vibrant and go, go, go like the energizer bunny is feeling bad. You look great they say, and I hear them say this and I graciously thank them, but if they only felt what I felt. Nevertheless, please do not tell me I have the devil in me and that is why I have anxiety. That is certainly not the case! I have good days and I have bad days and when the good days are here, I tend to overdo it because when the bad days are here, I do nothing. I can't. My body will not allow me to just snap out of it, so just when I think I have beat this disease, a minuscule reminder hits me on the head like a ton of bricks.  

How could I have ever known that tick, or maybe the 10 ticks of the 30 that bit me was my kryptonite? I can no longer walk barefoot in the grass. Besides, most days I'm scared to take my dogs in our own backyard even though our yard has been sprayed and yet I'm also scared to death a tick is going to start crawling on me and I will never feel it. If I never feel it and another tick bites me, I could get co-infected....again!

Sometimes, I wake up in the morning with a blanket of fog that has settled in my brain. It may take hours before it clears, though it may not clear for days. Memory loss is the pits and this entire ordeal is the pits. I'm frustrated! I'm mad! I'm hurt! I question everything about this adventure! I'm exhausted with reading one scientific study after another, but I must because I want answers, and I will not stop until I find them. And, yes some days I want to scream!! But I won't since I have been told I have the scream of a drill sergeant.

I think ... I have a right to be mad and at first I was not mad, I just denied I even had it, but then over time I slowly began to accept the disease. Because the bad days overcome the good days and I am sick now, I...AM...M-A-D!!!

I am mad for not going to the neighbors and asking them to spray their yard. I am mad for continually taking my dogs to the backyard knowing there was a tick infestation from the trees our former neighbor cut down. I am mad, just plain mad about this whole ordeal! I'm mad and I'm hurt! I'm mad I can never eat ice cream again. Wait. I can eat ice cream, but I will suffer the consequences of severe pain if I do. I'm mad I cannot drink milk, have cheese on grits, and oh yeah, I can't eat cheese or grits anymore either. I love grits and use to love being able to go to IHOP to have grits with bacon and cheese, coffee - tons of creamer and toast. I can't have any of that anymore. There are so many things I can no longer eat, so I'm mad about that too!

I'm not a brat! I'm just finally being realistic in that this is my new life and I am not happy about it at all. Yes, I'm grateful and blessed to be here and to be able to enjoy my new life ,and yet that does not mean I cannot be mad about not being able to eat the items I once loved. Yes, after that rant above, I think about all the wonderful foods I can have and do my best not to focus on the ones I can no longer have, but this new life of mine is still hard.

The doctors at the hospital told me there was nothing wrong with me in May 2016. Of course, I empathize but how can you understand that's how I've felt for almost two years now!!!? There is nothing wrong with me? Are you kidding? How in the world can any doctor tell someone who has already been diagnosed with Lyme disease that there is nothing wrong with them? Why is it that every time I turn around and read a post on a Lyme board where I am a member, I read about someone else whose doctor told them there was nothing with them, and they too can barely breathe, walk or get out of bed because of massive joint pain in your knees?? WHY!!!!? 

My doctor thinks I'm just anxious. Really? Perhaps I'm just stressed. Really? Maybe even a tad depressed. Really? But physically ill? Not a chance. "It must be in your head because all of your tests are clear." 

I suppose I'll have to take matters into my own hands. Have you tried the latest _____________.? (Insert protocol here).

I'm utterly and profoundly exhausted and yes I am not happy about any of this, but I am learning to cope with it all.

Sometimes these aches in the back of my neck will last for days. Some days, I can't even bend my neck. The pain from my neck is so incredibly excruciating that I have to turn my entire body to be able to look in a different direction because turning my head would send lightning bolts through my head, up and over my skull and down my spine!

My hands finally work the way they should. I am a 50-year-old who is trapped in the body of someone who is 103 - at least that is how I feel some days. But, do not feel sorry for me. Just pray for me and all the others who suffer from this disease where there is no cure!

And, I will still smile and tell you I am fine. Because that is what I want more than anything in the world - for this Bell's Palsy to be gone, for me to be able to smile - the way I use to and for me to be me...I want my life back! The life where I got more done in 2 hours than most get done all day. The life I loved! The life where accomplishments were meant to transpire. And now for two years, I fooled everyone, including myself.

Tomorrow is a new day. I thanked God today that I woke up and was able to be here with my husband and son.

July 13, 2016

​I spoke with a lady I graduated high school with and her daughter was bitten by either a tick or a spider. She sent me the photo of the spot where she was bitten and it looks like a tick bite to me. She has the classic bulls-eye and now a rash. The daughter went to 2 different doctors and both said it was a spider bite, so they are not treating her. Later in the day, she obtained a rash. I begged her mother to get her to insist on having a Lyme test done. I do not think the daughter is going to have the Lyme test because she believes what the doctors are telling her. Thankfully, she got a second opinion; however, so many still go undiagnosed every single day!  

July 14, 2016

​I spoke with a young lady who went to the same high school as I did and she was bitten by a tick over 8 years ago. She has the classic chronic symptoms. I encouraged her to change her diet to the AIP diet, take Epson Salt Clay baths, take the supplements that are doing my body good, and contact my LLMD. I pray she does this for the betterment of her health and I pray the advice I suggested will help do her body well also.

July 15, 2016

Please watch, Mark Bittman's video on You Tube, "What's Wrong With What We Eat?" Also, on You Tube, please watch, "Coke and Pork," and one more on You Tube is, "Discovery Channel The Miracle Tree."  

What I have seen some put in their body is just plain crazy and what I have put in my own body is just ridiculous after the vast amount of reading I just concluded on the health benefits of keeping as many toxins out of our body as we can.
 
We, as a nation, have full control over what goes into our mouth and yes I know food is to the body as the gasoline is to a car, yet the 'type' of food we put into our body is what matters. Food is needed to make a car run and food is needed to make our bodies run at the optimal level. If we continue to put high sugar, boxed, greasy foods in our body, then we are going to be huge in comparison to other nations and this is why most people are huge in comparison to other countries. Green, leafy veggies are what we should put in our bodies.
 
I just saw where someone posted on Facebook that they were at Waffle House having breakfast. Meals from there have been fairly tasty to me in the past, but I never eat there anymore. They use mounds of butter to cook their food in. YUK! And, I do not eat fried foods at all. I never eat at fast food restaurants and when I when I have in the past, I did not feel well the next day. I listen to my body today so much more than I ever have. I have to. I want to get well. I am determined to get well.  
 
​The focus for my life today is to continue to eat the right foods. We only use Avocado and Coconut Oils to cook with and Legumes are a thing of the past. Go here to check out a list of Legumes: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/list-legume-foods-4212.html​
 
Also, no more night shades. Go here to check out a list of night shades: http://www.livestrong.com/article/367949-list-of-nightshade-vegetables-fruits/
 
Go here to check out the Autoimmune Protocol: http://wellnessmama.com/22689/autoimmune-diet/

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What sort of Lyme Disease Testing should you have done?

If you suspect you may have Lyme disease or you have been bitten by a tick and do not get the classic bull's eye - you should still get tested since only 40-80% of folks get that bull's eye. So, even with that said, the most current and approved Lyme disease testing is an initial screening with an ELISA blood test, but even then according to a lady at the CDC I spoke with in May 2016, you MUST have ELISA conducted within the first 30 days of being bitten by a tick and even that is conflicting information from the CDC because one lady I interviewed said her doctor ordered the ELISA and she tested positive 3 years after being bitten. Regardless, if the ELISA test results are positive, then the CDC recommends following up with a Western Blot blood test.

There is a problem though...and it is this: The ELISA test misses at least 55% (though some research indicates up to 70%) of individuals who are actually positive for Lyme disease. There are many doctors who believe this is good enough so they therefore in turn rule out a Lyme disease diagnosis and stop dead in their tracks. No antibiotics are given, no referral to a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor - nothing!! 

However, only if you have a positive ELISA test will the CDC recommend a Western Blot. The Western Blot tests approved by insurance companies have some problems of their own. When you receive a Western Blot from an insurance approved lab like Quest or LabCorp vital information has been removed from the test.

While the Western Blot seems to be a better test than the ELISA, most commercial labs don’t test for two of the bands that are most indicative of Lyme disease  which are bands 31 and 34. These bands were removed years ago when a vaccine for Lyme disease was being developed—if a person received the vaccine, they would test positive on this test. But there isn’t a Lyme vaccine available. So why are these bands still missing from most labs? These tests are not sensitive enough to determine whether someone has Lyme disease or not. Doctors are not educated enough and most people never bother to question their doctor because the person believes this, "Well if the doctor said it and believes it, then it must be true," but everyone should stop and question their doctor because doctors do not know everything there is to know about every disease on the planet. 

As I mentioned in another blog post on this subject, doctors are not educated! 

Most labs in your home state if that is where the blood samples are sent seemingly are not looking for actual organism in the blood, yet they are looking for antibodies to the organism. Even with some of the more accurate tests, this can be problematic.

Consider the below information regarding testing:

1. If testing is done too soon after a person is bitten or an infection begins to set in, then antibodies will not show up. A person's body simply has not had time to develop antibodies to the infection yet.

2. If the testing is done late, then the antibodies 'might' not show up. With chronic infections, antibodies often decline over time and are not even detectable.

3. An individual who may have a compromised immune system may not; however, often more times than not will they create enough antibodies to even show up on the blood tests. 

Labs which are known for finding Lyme:

The below labs are not 100% accurate, but they are seemingly better than any of the CDC approved alternatives.

1. Igenex is the lab that is most commonly cited as being the gold standard of testing in the Lyme community. Igenex offers a Western Blot test that still includes bands 31 and 34.

2. Fry Labs uses microscopy to look at the blood. I’ve read a number of positive things regarding this lab, particularly in diagnosing co-infections which can often complicate treatment if not appropriate addressed.

3. Advanced Laboratory Services isn’t dependent on antibodies at all, but cultures the actual Lyme organism: borrellia. This is a novel approach, considering the problematic nature of testing for antibodies.

In the end, most well-known Lyme experts agree that Lyme is a "clinical diagnosis." This means, if all of the tests are coming back negative, but a person clearly exhibits the signs and symptoms of Lyme they can be 'clinically diagnosed' as having Lyme disease and treated. The tests, as you can see, are greatly limited.

With 300,000+ new Lyme cases each year, we won’t be going away anytime soon.

Here are some ideas to eat healthy and how to take care of me for me because I do love me:

1. Go to the Autoimmune Protocol Paleo Diet and cut out the dairy, sugar, and caffeine. 

Yes I realize this may be hard for some because of the protein contained in foods; however, the bacteria that carry Lyme, spirochetes, does feed off of sugar. Without excess sugar and toxic chemicals, the spirochetes will not have fuel and of course will die off more easily. As a result, I will need to forget desserts exist and minimize my intake of fruits. I have never been a huge proponent of red meat anyway so it will not be challenging to stop eating red meat. Instead of drinking pasteurized supermarket milk, I will need to switch to raw milk from local dairy farms or drink soy milk. I have completely cut coffee from my diet and I constantly drink more water and herbal healing teas. 

2. I reduced foods that cause inflammation.
 
Since I'm just starting out with this change of eating habits, this is includes the depletion of gluten and dairy products. I'm so sad because I love milk, cheese, and ice cream. A major symptom of Lyme disease is achy limbs and joints, which trace back to inflammation. These foods can cause inflammation.
 
3. I have always taken vitamins, but I upped the anti on taking them.  
 
When fighting an autoimmune disease, it is important to arm your body with the necessary tools so your system is ready for battle. I take Lysine for the Bell's Palsy, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin B 12, and Vitamin B 6. I also drink a chocolate/orange concoction that my LLMD had me purchase the powder to. I love it. It's called IntraInflammaX. Get it! It's pricey, but if you have Lyme, this will help.
 
I do not take the following, but plan to: Cat’s claw, Vitamins C, Venus flytrap, and many others. Both cat’s claw and Venus flytrap, specifically, do wonders for chronic diseases and if that is the case, then I am on top of it. 
 
If you have difficult falling asleep like I do some nights, then its quite possible your Melatonin levels might be low. Take a melatonin supplement so that your body can get all the rest it needs at night. (Of course, always check with your doctor or natural health practitioner before taking anything new).
 
Speaking of rest… This is not the time for taking up a new spin class or PTA responsibility. Take things slowly and if you feel drained, deplete some of your activities.
 
4. I am compassionate towards my body.  
 
The body can only handle so much and healing will take a huge chunk of time. Your body may lack energy if it is too “busy.” Instead of a vigorous running practice, switch out a few morning routines with yoga. Do your best to hit the sack at least an hour earlier than normal. When it comes to detoxing, soak in a clay/energizer or lavender-infused bath filled with cool to luke warm water for at least 20 minutes. Your body is all you have, so treat it well, nourish it and love it, and it will return the favor. 
 
Lyme disease is an illness. Chronic Lyme disease is much worse than the title of illness. Chronic Lyme disease can be absolutely debilitating. 
 
There is an incessant battle between the Infectious Disease Society of America and Lyme patients who still have the disease after 20 years (making it chronic, which the IDSA says is impossible and for the record, I believe some of what a doctor tells me, but after this vast experience, there is no way I will ever believe every word from an Infectious Disease Doctor again. Infectious Disease Doctors (IDD) are not God and should really stop pretending to be). And, yes most, if not all medical doctors are still using the same test that were created over 40-years-ago. Why is this? See I question everything...!
 
As a result, more and more patients are finding relief through the natural route. If you have been diagnosed with Lyme disease, or suspect that you have Lyme (the tests are ‘reliably inaccurate’ specifically if you have gone past the 30 day mark), then you should make an informed decision for your own health.
 
Before you take an herbal or medicinal supplement, or drastically alter your lifestyle, consult with a doctor or natural health practitioner. Find what method works for you and do not be afraid to try it (even if this means taking antibiotics while following the steps outlined above).
 
Stay positive and focused on healing, and the healing will come. In the meantime, arm your body with the fuel it needs to rebuild.
 
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PRECAUTIONS:

PLEASE take every precaution to keep ticks off of you when you go into the woods. I was bitten over 30 times from a tick infestation in our own backyard! Read above for full story.

Tick bites are usually painless, the ticks are tiny, and thus many people are unaware that they have even been bitten. Ticks do not survive in hot, sun exposed, dry areas as it causes their bodies to dry. They can be active when temperatures are above 40F even in the winter.

GOOD SENSE TIPS WHEN VENTURING INTO THE WOODS:

Wear light colored clothing, long sleeves and pants, tuck pants into socks. If you have long loose hair, remember to cover, braid or tie when venturing into areas where ticks are apt to be.

Spray your clothing with Permethrin. Permethrin 0.5% based sprays (spray on clothing only, not on skin, and  always follow manufacturers directions) for clothing, especially for shoes, socks, pants cuffs or on other fabrics such as mosquito netting, tents.  This is a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide rather than a true repellant, and works primarily by killing ticks on contact with treated clothes. It lasts up to 2 weeks and provides high levels of protection against ticks and mosquitos. Be sure to wash your clothes thoroughly that you spray this on.

DEET products can be used for exposed skin. Several controlled release DEET formulations have been developed which decrease skin absorption and increase protection time. Extended duration products include 3M Ultrathon, Skedaddle, and Sawyer's Controlled Release. Concentrations of DEET effective for mosquitoes, especially for children may not be effective against ticks, so tick checks are vital. US EPA information on DEET can be located at: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/citizens/deet.html

When coming in from outside activities where ticks may be present, throw clothing into the dryer and set it on high heat. This will ensure no ticks survive on your clothing. Remember to always do a tick check, take a shower and wash your hair. 

Keep pets that have outside exposure off furniture especially bedding.

Make certain that you have very fine pointed tweezers available.

TICK CHECKS:

Thorough tick checks should be done, daily or when coming in after outside activities when temperatures are warm and you have been in areas that you may have encountered ticks (ticks can be active even on warm winter days). Check dark, moist areas such as hair, cracks behind ears, knees, elbows, underarms, crotch etc.

Always check your pets for ticks when they come into the house. 

TICK REMOVAL:

Ticks should be removed promptly. The longer it is attached the higher the chance of disease transmission. Remove it carefully to prevent disease transmission:

  1. Using fine pointed tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible without squeezing the tick's body.

  2. Firmly pull it straight out (expect to feel some resistance). Save the tick for future testing by placing it in a plastic bag or in a small jar of alcohol. If a tick is to tested for Lyme or spirochetes place it in a small jar or vial with a blade of grass to keep it alive. Be sure to note the date and site of the bite for future reference. 

  3. NEVER: squeeze the tick, burn it, or cover it with Vaseline or any other substance.

  4. Remember to disinfect the site of the bite, wash your hands and disinfect your tweezers. 

  5. Contact your doctor, but remember your doctor is a human being and they make mistakes. If you feel in your heart that you have Lyme disease and they refuse to test you within the first 30 days of being bitten, then beg them to test you anyway. This is your life and you must be your own advocate! I was my own advocate and now I am getting treated!

 

 

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Disclaimer: I am not an expert, specialist or doctor of medicine trained in Lyme disease, but I have conducted a vast amount of research on the disease. This is my story...

Hidden in the Leaves is dedicated to thousands of God's children who have Lyme disease and/or are co-infected with either Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever of another type of chronic disease. Please, if you are here reading this, you are here for a reason and one of those reasons should be to educate yourself, but most importantly trust in God to guide your way and lead you through this journey. I have conducted a vast amount of research on this topic; however, by no means do I claim to be an expert, a doctor of medicine - I'm just an educator - one who wishes to bring awareness to this illness so others will not have to endure what I have endured thus far. 

God chose me to be His messenger in this journey. My job is to warn people about this disease, to educate people as much as I can, and to love myself even though I feel horrible. I still praise God on my worst days. Through God and with God "ALL" things are possible.  
 

June 2014

The beginning... During the months of April - October  2014 - in all of my years of living in Georgia, I have never seen so many ticks during the months listed above, and we have never had so many ticks come into our home from being on us and from being on our precious animals. 

Our former neighbors were leasing their home from a home leasing company. The man who lived in this house cut down a huge number of trees and left them in his backyard in two monstrous piles. Those piles of trees, along with leaves, and what was becoming a decomposing soggy, moistened filled pile of logs was a welcoming home, a breeding ground, a tick habitation, and an infestation for ticks as there are many deer in this area as well as mice and squirrels who also carry ticks and diseases.

I could not approach those neighbors and ask them to please remove those piles of logs for fear of retaliation. All of the neighbors seemed to be afraid of the man who lived there; afraid he would retaliate in some sort of fashion. This man was not a typical, traditional and wonderful neighbor. He was loud, he drank a lot and he was rowdy! His friends were loud and they loved to stay up late playing loud music and thinking nothing of it. They did not respect their neighbors, so for me to go over there and ask him politely to please do away with all those logs would have been like trying to pull a thorn out of a lion's foot.

Just to give you an idea to the type of person the man was who use to live in our neighborhood - when he was inebriated, all the neighbors braced themselves. We would be kept up until all hours of the night hearing racing engines, loud car radio music from where the man pulled his car into the backyard to just do donuts in the grass and blast the radio. We would finally get enough and one of us would decide to call the police so we could finally have some peace and sleep. This rowdy man and his family finally moved and now we are so happy. We prayed for this family non stop and hope they are doing well. Thankfully our nice and quiet neighborhood is back to normal. Thank you, Jesus!! 

Nevertheless, once I discovered I had been tested positive for both Lyme disease, (LD), and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, (RMSF), I called the leasing company after October 17, 2014 to ask them to PLEASE have both piles removed from the yard. The manager with whom I spoke with said she would get in touch with the right person who oversaw the leasing of that house and make arrangements to have those piles removed. (I remember the date of October 17, 2014, because that is the date my test results came back and that is the date where both LD and RMSF were  conclusively positive - straight from a lab here in Atlanta, Georgia. )The lab work is dated October 10, 2014).

The leasing company apparently hired a team of two young men and yet those two men only removed one log pile and left the other pile to rot. Life slipped on by and that other pile stayed there until May 10, 2016. I was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from having Bell's Palsy and my blood pressure being sky high. I got out of the hospital on May 9, 2016 and earlier on this date I called the CDC to find out more about the types of blood tests I would need to determine if I still had LD and RMSF and I also called the same home leasing company to beg them to get those logs removed! (More about the admission and discharge from the hospital is forthcoming).

In late October 2014, my sweet neighbor, Donna even tried to get the leasing company to remove the other pile and when she spoke to a specific man at this leasing company, he bit her head off, told her he was not going to have those logs removed, and to stop calling him. She stopped calling him. The other pile of logs sat there for almost 2 more years.

​Going back to the day my doctor told me I was positive for both LD and RMSF, my family doctor called me at work to give me the devastating news.

"Mrs. Hinkle, this is Dr. _______________. I need to speak with you about your test results."

"Ok. Great! The results came back and I'm negative, right?"

"No. Unfortunately, you have both Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever."

"Ok. What happens next?"

"I am going to have my nurse call you in a 28 day supply of Doxycycline. Take every pill. This is the only medication that we are aware of that will kill the virus." (Please note here: I later found out that the 28 day supply of Doxy will not kill this disease if someone has been infected for over 30 days). 

"Ok. Great. I'm leaving work right now to pick up the medication. Please have Tiffany call in an urgent supply of it, so it will be ready by the time I arrive at the pharmacy." My doctor did this for me.

​Prior to leaving the school and after I found out the results of the tests from my family doctor, I contacted the counselor to have her cover my class. I went into her cozy classroom and immediately called my husband at work and said to him, "Leave work now, go home and pick up Tammy and you both go to the doctor to get tested for both LD and RMSF. Both of my test results came back positive."

My husband and I both cried and he said, "You are going to be ok. What else did the doctor say?"

I said, "He said the nurse was going to call in some Doxycycline and I should finish the entire bottle."

"Ok, then you will do that and everything will be ok," my husband said.

My husband left work immediately, went home, picked up his sister-in -law, Tammy, (who was living with us at the time because she had recently had a stroke), and they were both tested and both of their results thankfully came back negative. 

​As I walked to my SUV, climbed in and started the engine, I sat in my seat for a moment thinking to myself, why am I not worried about all of this? I think I initially I did have some worry, but not like I use to, not like before Christ saved my soul. I know I will beat this! I know God will lead me down the right paths to obtain the help I need. I know He will heal me.

I took every pill of Doxycycline over the course of almost a month - praying the pills would knock this disease out of my body, praying this would be the first and the last part of this disease and I would be fine, praying I would not have any residual effects from either disease.

I initially had an allergic reaction and the doctor's nurse told me to stop taking it.

I said, "Please, Dr. _______________ has already told me that this medication is the only medication that will clear this up. I am willing to take a chance and continue taking it even though I had an allergic reaction."

She begged me not to take it any longer, but I had a bigger plan. My plan was to pray to God I would not have another reaction. I got off the phone with her, dropped to my knees and begged God to help me not have another reaction so I could finish taking this medication. The next day, I prayed more, took the medication, and I did not have another reaction. God is so good!!!!

Donna, our sweet neighbor, had our yard sprayed for us because she knew we could not afford it. We did need to pay well over $400 to have our dogs treated with sprays and collars. We now use Seresto. Having four beloved Alaskan Klee Kai who go outside and needing to buy four collars at a time is not cheap. The chemical in the collars only lasts about 8 months, but the price is worth its weight in gold for less worry for our sweet babies.

Once I completed taking the Doxycycline, I began to notice strange feelings in my elbows, feelings I had never had before. It hurt like crazy to stretch my arms at my elbows and this pain got worse over the course of time. The pain was so horrible on some days that I could barely make the bed. I often thought to myself that because I was getting older, it must be normal to have joint pain in both of my elbows, neck and knee pain, massive lower back pain, hip pain, heart palpitations, fatigue, memory loss, foggy thoughts, etc. so I just allowed all these symptoms to encapsulate my existence and wear me down.

I took Aleve for all the massive pain, tried to get more rest to possibly help eliminate the heart palpitations and fatigue, and tried to concentrate harder to also abolish my memory loss and foggy thoughts. Good days do visit me, but then so do bad days. I love the good days. I also love the bad days, because I the bad helps me appreciate the good so much more and I am alive and I am able to worship my Father, but I just do not feel like myself.

Fast forward to May 3, 2016.

May 3, 2016

During dinner around 6:50 p.m. I noticed I could not move my upper lip very well. I finished dinner, cleaned the kitchen, sent one of the pastors of my church a detailed text message about a yard sale Jeffrey and I thought the church should have this summer, typed up a document pertaining to the yard sale and emailed it to the pastor.

I tried to relax earlier and Jeffrey said, "Do you need to go to the doctor?"

I said, "The doctor's office is closed. Why are you asking me if I need to go to the doctor's office?" I was so confused and it did not click with me that what he was actually saying is, "Do you need to go to the hospital to be seen by a doctor?"

I showered, and laid down for the night to sleep. I prayed to God to allow me to wake up in the morning because I had no idea what in the world was going on with my mouth. Bell's Palsy did cross my mind, but when I had Bell's Palsy back in the early '90's, it was instantaneous regarding the paralysis.

May 4, 2016

I woke up the next morning to get dressed for work and even though a few hours had already passed, I could still speak clearly, and because my husband had already left for work, I began saying to my AKK, Abby, 'something is not right.' Abby, 'what is going on?' Of course she could not answer me, 

I drove to work; praying the entire way which is only about 10-12 minutes from our home, and all I could think about is what in the world is happening to me? I was in a daze and I was a tad bit confused while I drove to work and even thought to myself once, "Am I driving the right road to get to work?"

I went on about my morning and could not take it any longer. I went to our sweet, precious nurse by the name of Kim at HCE and asked her to close the clinic door because I needed to speak with her in private. She closed one door, but students are so use to coming into the clinic and not knocking, so a few waltzed right in.

Finally, we were alone and I said, "Please look at my face and tell me if you notice anything different."

​Kim said, "Well, I guess it looks different. How do you feel?"

I said, "I feel fine. I'm just worried about my face."

​Kim said, "Let me take your blood pressure." She did and it was 124/92. I was diagnosed with having high blood pressure as a teenager and this was one thing that prohibited me from being awarded to be on the basketball team in school since I was on medication. 

Kim said, "You need to go the doctor."

​I said, "I will go just as soon as I get Tracy to notarize this document." I went into the café to find Tracy, found her and we proceeded to her office after I told her I was going to the doctor because something was wrong with my face. I broke down in tears and sobbed like a baby when she said, "It is probably just Bell's Palsy and you are going to be just fine. God is going to take care of you. Don't you worry about anything."

At this moment, I was petrified. I had allowed the devil to scare me. I fought to rid myself of the fear and just trust in God. At the very moment of thinking that to myself, Tracy said, "Awww baby don't cry. Can I pray for you?"

​I said, "Of course you can."

​Tracy got up from her desk, walked over to me, and we put our arms around each other and she began her prayer by saying, "Dear Father, wrap your arms around your daughter, bring her comfort and peace. Protect her Father and the rest of her precious prayer I cannot remember, but I know it was a great prayer because God held me and I instantly felt peace.

I went into the bathroom and Kim almost came in there with me saying, "C'mon, Mrs. Hinkle. Get your things together. I'm taking you to the hospital right now."

Kim and I raced to her van, she drove me to Rockdale Hospital and we jumped out in front of the emergency room doors. Kim went inside with me and said to the folks at the front desk, "This is MaryAnne Hinkle and she is having some facial paralysis." (Please note here: I discovered that 'facial paralysis' is one of the many symptoms of Lyme disease).

​The gentleman behind the desk asked me to touch my thumb to each finger tip and I did it twice. I knew I was not having a stroke, but I think they thought I was.

​Kim called my husband and he asked if I wanted to him to get off work and come to the hospital and I told him yes. He said, "I'll be there in 30 minutes."

Later, I was admitted for my face becoming paralyzed. (One doctor said I have Bell's Palsy, yet another said its worse than BP - which is it!!? And what is worse than Bell's Palsy at this point?).

I am still praising God for Kim being persistent in getting me to the hospital. Also I am thanking God for Tracy at HCE with her insatiable zest for the Word of God to be prayed over me at the best time ever!

We were told an Infectious Disease doctor was scheduled to talk with us about the possibility of doing a spinal tap to see if Lyme disease is in my spine, which could in turn be causing the paralysis in my face. If they discovered that Lyme disease was in my spine, then they would give me an incredible antibiotic (Rocephin) to prayerfully get rid of it in my spine. At this point, I had no idea that no conclusive test could determine if I had Lyme or not.

An X-ray, EEG, EKG, MRI, a Bubble Test and a cat scan were all conducted to rule out a stroke. I did not have a stroke. I'm very thankful for that.

I was taken from the emergency room to the observation unit because again the doctors thought I may be having a stroke hours after my arrival - even though all my limbs, fingers and toes worked correctly, they still kept me for observation since they could not find anything wrong with me. I also believe they kept me because they couldn't explain why I was having Bell's...again...yes again. Now I have trouble speaking, but my faith in God will help me through this and I know He can heal me in His time.

Bell's Palsy

I had Bell's Palsy back in 1994 and the left side of my face never fully regained muscle movement, so of course the doctors were somewhat baffled after I obtained it yet again, but then this go 'round they began to blame the Bell's Palsy on something else and what it is not quite clear yet. Yes, I get fever blisters' maybe once/twice a year if that on my mouth, but not so many over the course of the past 20 years on my mouth to cause Bell’s Palsy... again... then what do I know?

Doctors seem to think they know "everything" and I am learning to "always ask questions" and yes ask questions even to a doctor. Even if the doctor gets mad, question them. Most times they guess what is wrong with you based upon your symptoms, but other times they really have no idea what is wrong with you if your symptoms are consistent with other types of ailments. This is what happens so many times with folks who get misdiagnosed and they actually have Lyme disease.

Two nurses told me they worked at RMC for over 20 years and in all of their years of working there, they have only known one person to ask as many questions as I did to the doctors and that person was me. I could not believe my ears. How is it that folks are not more concerned with their health? How can people trust every single word that comes from a doctor's mouth? Please do not get me wrong, I trust folks, but when it comes to my health and the health of my family, I am the epitome of nosy! 

​​Sweet Pastor Josh was the first person to visit on May 4, 2016 and he did so just as they were getting me ready for a bubble test and after I was already rolled down to my new room in the observation unit. Bless his sweet heart, he had to step out of the room because of the wand that had to be moved around my chest area. At least he visited with me. I was so grateful and so thankful to see him.

I had asked folks not to visit me because I was super embarrassed about my face; the way I looked and sounded. I felt as though I sounded intoxicated, even though I was not. 

May 5, 2016

We were told Dr. N. (who is an Infectious Disease Doctor or IDD) was going to come in today. We waited again, but she apparently came in when I was getting my spinal tap or lumbar puncture which was scheduled and conducted. Dr. N. never returned and so another day had gone by where I would not see the IDD. I requested to see someone over the hospital because at the time, in my humble opinion, it was borderline ridiculous to be told for almost 2 days that the IDD was coming in to see me, but then she never would show up. Someone did come in and speak with my husband and I. Of course I cannot remember a thing the person said other than we must keep you for observation to see if we can figure out why the facial issue is happening. 

Everyday was zipping past me and I did not have time to think about why these tests were being done, yet all the folks at Rockdale Medical took excellent care of me. I'm very thankful to each person who came in contact with me while I was there. ​I was able to witness to many of them. Others zipped in and out so much it made my head spin. 

Thankfully, no headache erupted after the spinal tap as I was warned to lay down so I would not have a headache and so I laid down for close to 8 hrs. However, a headache did begin the next day and it may have been due to giving up caffeine since I read caffeine and sugar exacerbates the symptoms of Lyme.

I had that headache for well over a week, but now I am caffeine free. Praise the Lord. Something good does always come from something bad. Yet, each time I smell my husband's coffee brewing, I remember the good ole' days of drinking coffee, but I need and want to take better care of myself and if that means doing away with liquids I once loved to drink, then I will do that. I have too much living to do to just let some ole' disease take my life from me. I want to live, but I do not want to live like I'm on borrowed time. I want to live each day for Christ - the way He wants me to live.

I am discovering through careful research there is the IgG and the IgM blood test where certain bands have to be prevalent to be a conclusive test which will give a true positive Lyme disease result. Even if you have one band show true, you still could have Lyme. Yet, most results can be thought to be either true/negative results or false/positive results. Why hasn't more research been done on this disease? With all the advancements in science and technology, one would think scientists would have a cure for this disease by now, but there isn't one.

I mean this with all of my heart and spirit... I know God can heal me. James 5:16 says, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." I admit I am a sinner. I admit I have bad thoughts at times. I pray for people when they know and even when they do not know...I pray.

The IDD never arrived. We waited patiently and asked a few times if he/she was coming and we were told repeatedly he/she was, yet this person never showed up.

Pray with me and for me, please... There are thousands upon thousands of folks who are continually misdiagnosed with this disease. The CDC does not believe folks can have Chronic Lyme Disease, but I know they can have it. Remember everything happens the way God intends for it to. I'm so very thankful for Christ!! I praise Him and thank Him!

May 6, 2016

My face is much worse today. I spit when I talk and I can't seem to get enough to drink. I can no longer pronounce words which begin with or contain the letter "B, F and M." I want to leave the hospital, but I am almost to the point of refusing to leave until the doctors give me conclusive proof as to what is wrong with me.

When the IDD finally visited today, she examined me and listened to all of my symptoms. I was not even finished talking to her when she raced toward the door, said she would be back and out of the room she went. She took action to get me down to Radiology to have a PICC line inserted. Everything went so quickly, I did not even know if I was coming or going. I did not have time to think about anything or call my husband. I asked what a PICC line was and she explained it is similar to an I.V. line, but a PICC line can stay in much longer.

There was a team of folks jump when this doctor snapped her fingers and within minutes a PICC line was inserted in my right arm which means for 3-6 weeks, I will have antibiotics every 12 hrs. administered straight into my bloodstream. I can taste the blood thinner when they administer it and the Rocephin makes me so cold. However, the 3-6 weeks was changed and Dr. N. stopped the antibiotics after 17 days of treatment. I refused to allow them to remove the PICC line on the the 17th day as I knew my rights as a patient. Dr. N. refused to sign an order to have the PICC line flushed once per day and so I had to go over her head. More on that in late May 2016. 

I am currently on Rocephin via PICC line - 2x/day, but that did not start until later on this night.

​When I arrived back in my room from having the PICC line inserted, Pastor/Dr. Cody McNutt was in my room as well as a friend, Lynda from our Sunday School Class. They had been there waiting on me for some time and I was only able to chat with them for a few minutes since they had to leave. I was so thankful they were able to visit. I wish they had not seen me this way though. I feel so embarrassed since I'm talking out of the left side of my face. UGH!

The nurse came in to administer the Rocephin after 9PM (while two other members of our Sunday School Class were vising  - Cathy and Marshall who brought me gorgeous pink roses) and I had an allergic reaction to the medication. I broke out in about 3 sets of hives and itched a tad bit. I called the nurse in and she stopped the meds. She had to get an order from the doctor to give me Benadryl and of course that took time so as time clicked on by, my symptoms diminished. The Benadryl finally arrived and I was knocked out in a matter of minutes.  

 

This is the PICC line. I did not draw this. I took this with my cell phone.

I believe the Bell's Palsy is a direct result from the Lyme disease that I was diagnosed with back in October 2014. Again, I was previously treated with a 28 day supply of Doxycycline; had a small reaction to it in the beginning, but nothing dreadful.

The Bell's Palsy this time started on May 3, 2016. I noticed I could not chew my food well at all, got up the next day and kept saying to my wonderful doggies, "Something is not right. Something is not right." And seemingly the paralysis wrapped up all of its journey on the right side of my face by May 7, 2016.

The test results have not come back yet, but the doctor does not want to waste any more time in case there is residuals of Lyme Disease in my spine or brain.

Chin up everyone. Do not worry about me for a second. I'm not worried about me. God has me wrapped in His arms.

Please do not feel bad for me. Be happy I am in this so I can scream from the rafters about the dangers of ticks to everyone including hikers, etc. and being unprotected from ticks. I just wish I had been on an unbelievable waterfall hike when this transpired, instead of right in my own backyard.

May 7, 2016

I don't mean for this to sound like I'm complaining, but I want folks to know the magnitude of my experience through this ordeal.

So my face is much worse today. My head feels like it may explode and my hearing has really intensified...At least I haven't lost my head, yet I almost can't take how loud everything is. My right ear actually hurts, but at least I can hear.

God, my wonderful, glorious Heavenly Father, I am praising Him for my life. I am praising Him for all the love each of you showed me on my personal Facebook page. I am praising Him for the suffering I am enduring because He sent His son to endure more suffering than I have ever known. I am praising Him for the beautiful blue sky He painted with His angelic hands, the birds singing songs of hope, the wonderful nurses caring for me today, and of course my beautiful, loving family...

We must experience life as Job did - one day at a time and without complete answers to all of life's questions. God is good all the time and all the time God is good! God is present and He is really showing the abundant blessings surrounding my life. I pray He does the same for you today and always.

​The hospitalist came in and said they were going to keep me until the IDD said I could go home. They did not give me any Rocephin today. They are going to try it again tomorrow. I found out they cannot get in touch with the IDD to get an approval to continue the Roephin infusion. This is crazy! If I need that medication, then someone else from the group she belongs to should give the green light for me to get it.

May 8, 2016

Today is Mother's Day and I will not be able to spend it with my son this afternoon. This morning is challenging. I will miss my son and miss being in God's house. I did get to speak with Shane and he sounded so great. I did not want to tell him where I was, but Jeffrey thought I should and I did. I feel horrible I cannot see my son today. I have seen countless photographs on Facebook in my newsfeed of moms with their children. I am so happy for each of them. This has broken my heart. But at least I talked to him on the phone. I am not sure he really understood what I said because my mouth is so stiff and I cannot move it well at all because of the Bell's Palsy.

​I wish I had a gazillion dollars though so I could create a company that goes around to every hospital room in town to pass out a red rose to each patient and a dozen roses to each mom if they are in the hospital on Mother's Day. I dream a good bit. I love my daydreams.

I explained to the doctors that I knew for a fact that it is incredibly challenging to determine Lyme in any one test because nobody has yet to discover a test that is 100% conclusive. He brushed me off and so did the lead IDD. Nevertheless, again all the tests they have ran have come back clear of Lyme. I know after extensive research that an MRI, Cat Scan, EEG, EKG, Spinal Tap, etc. cannot detect Lyme and they have ran all these tests on me and have concluded they are all negative for Lyme. I am furious! Nobody is listening to me! Why is it that an Infectious Disease doctor (IDD) is not educated in Lyme disease to the point where when one band shows up on the blood tests they immediately go into overdrive to help the person? (Please note: I had a total of 3 separate blood tests conducted and as of June 7, 2016, I still had 3 bands showing, so no person at the CDC can ever tell me I do not have Lyme when I am still showing bands in my blood work and I am still exhibiting symptoms).

My symptoms have been progressively getting worse over time since I was bitten by over 30 ticks – heart palpations, brain fog, memory loss, neck pain, neck making grinding sounds as I turn my head, elbow/joint pain, fatigue, twitching in my right hand, severe lower back pain, sciatica, which the lead IDD said that sciatica is completely off the beaten path for Lyme, (but is it really?), knee pain and knees were massively making a crunching sound when I bent down. As of editing this page on 5/28./16 - my knees and neck are not as loud in making those crunching sounds. I think the Rocephin has really helped with both of those.

I use to be incredibly active. In fact, even though I am a hike leader for a couple of outdoor clubs, I haven't been hiking in almost 8 months for two months. One is money and two there is now way I could climb a mountain with my back and knees being in the shape they are in.

I plan to go see a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor - LLMD. Arrangements take time, so in the interim, I need to know what I can do or what I should do. Should I insist that the doctors have more tests conducted on my spinal fluid? If you have any suggestions after reading this because you have true experience on issues that have worked for you, please write to me.

May 9, 2016

Struggling today with finding answers. I pray you do not get tired of reading my posts about the Lyme disease. I would not normally post my personal health issues, but I want to help anyone I can avoid what I've been going through for the past 19-months. You just never know if maybe one day you will run into someone who has been bitten by a disgusting tick, and reading this information will hopefully be just enough for you to advise that person on what they need to do t.o avoid what I and thousands of others have had to endure to rid ourselves of this disease.

I have been on the phone all morning with the CDC, the State Lab Department, the State Health Department, and the Epidemiology Department. I have seen one doctor after another while I've been in the hospital and with all my research, I'm discovering that an Infectious Disease Doctor is not educated enough to know exactly what to do with someone who has lingering symptoms of Lyme disease.

In one of my conversations, I have been screamed at and insulted. One lady told me I sounded like a robot. She was so mean. I asked her if I could please speak to someone nicer and she said, "I am the nicest person you are going to speak with all day." How do you like them apples? I cannot help the way I sound, speak or even look. I feel horrible about myself, but this too shall pass and I will get better! I am determined to do so!

Nevertheless, someone having a bad day and being mean to me is the farthest thing from my mind right now. (Of course I prayed for her). I just want to get well and have enough strength to go on waterfall hikes again, and I am grasping at every straw I can because I'm not getting the answers here at this hospital. I still have no idea when I'm supposed to go home.

There is a test called an IgG or IgM or Western Blot. I have been told it has to be done within the first 30 days of being bitten by a tick. However, I recently discovered there is a lab Igenex in California that can run this test up to 7 years after an initial bite, including this one - the EIA-Enzyme Immunoassay Antibody test. This is a commercial test and your doctor can request to have this test conducted on you, but the test will probably need to be sent to an outside lab, and not done in the doctor's office.

I was so afraid they were giving me the wrong antibiotics to help fight this disease. I found out that the most effective drug is a penicillin called, Telithromycin. Even after that specific penicillin is given, you still need what is called a "helper drug" that will break up the Lyme's protective adaptations (cystic and biofilm forms) so the antibodies can effectively reach the bacteria. And, yet after more research, I found the medications they are giving me (Rocephin) is supposed to kill the disease, but then there is conflicting information about this too.

Please continue to pray with me and for me and help me pray for all the other beautiful people I have met through a Lyme Online Support Group who are suffering worse than I am.

Painfully and extremely exhausted right now. Just talked to the director of the laboratory here at the hospital and my test results will not be back until tomorrow.

I do have some phenomenal news though and welcome you to praise God with me on these two incredibly wonderful issues!!! First, I still did not have a reaction to the antibiotic again. Praising sweet and glorious Jesus!!

Next, the IgM - Western Blot and the EIA - the Enzyme Immunoassay Antibody are the two tests they have conducted on me and these should determine conclusively a fact I already know, and that is I have 47 of the 71 common symptoms of Lyme's disease. Yet, neither of these tests will specify accurately and conclusively if I have Lyme disease or not. So, everything is still and will be up in the air. I have been praying that the Doxycycline that was given a year in a half ago eliminated the Lyme, but then that still doesn't explain why I still have some of the symptoms of Lyme.

I discovered from research that Doxycycline does not always eliminate the entire disease and therefore, that is probably what happened to me. In my humble opinion, I probably should have received a 45 day supply of it, told to change my diet and began taking herbs to help eliminate the remaining parts of the disease. I may never be completely cured of this since there is no one shot or form of medication that will eliminate it completely, but I will learn to deal and conquer as time moves on.

May 17, 2016

Both injections are done for the day. I endured some agonising pain earlier. I didn't think I would get through that ordeal, but I did with the help of Jesus Christ. These days are going to happen and I am prepared for them, but it doesn't make it any easier.

Please continue to pray with me for all those who are affected and all those who have been misdiagnosed and who, 9 times out of 10, will be misdiagnosed because the physicians in the world today are simply not educated enough about Lyme disease.

Please continue to pray for me as the nerves in my face; cheek, ear, jaw, head and neck begin to wake up.

May 19, 2016

My sweet view every evening as I am surrounded by one person.

I am so thankful for my sweet, precious, unbelievably amazing, superman of a husband. He prepares my arm before showers every evening, prepares dinner every night, and drives me to my appt. most every night since I am weak in the late afternoon and cannot drive myself to the hospital. Please continue to pray with me for those who are sick with Lyme disease; who do not know they are, and who are undiagnosed and misdiagnosed.

Please continue to pray with me to see some signs of improvement instead of being so fatigued in the late afternoon.

I am determined to beat this no matter how weak I am! I know God will make all things new in His time. I truly feel His presence all around me at times. He is hugging me when I need a hug and my faith has grown exponentially! Thanks be to God!

Psalms 27:14 - Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 - He hath made every [thing] beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

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May 22, 2016

Today is the day the Lord has given us and it is such a beautiful Sunday. I will praise Him for His kindness, His mercy, and His abounding love for me. He wraps me in His precious arms and gives me rest. I am not worthy of His grace, but I am thankful He is there for me; helping me when I fall, giving me peace where there is doubt, and filling my heart with joy for my suffering because I know it is a part of His plan.
 
I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of love, get well cards, and emails people from my Church family have sent. I am so missing our choir and the beautiful songs they sing and all the members. and guests God bless all of you at First Baptist Church of Covington. Thank you for all the beautiful prayers and the beautiful cards.
 
Thank you to all my friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers who are praying for me. I am touched by ladies at work who come up to me and hug me so tightly; some do not know me, but they go out of their way to let me know they are praying for me and I simply cannot thank them enough. Those hugs make my day!
 
Please continue to pray for those who you do not know, those who are ill with this disease and other illnesses - they all need your prayers too. Seek out those who you feel need your prayers. Pray incessantly.
 
I'm at the hospital getting my first infusion of the day and I am so cold and sleepy. Having a catheter with direct medication flowing through veins in a body will make a person cold, so this is understandable. On the other hand, the fatigue is a part of the disease.
 
Nevertheless, on the way here I became overwhelmed with the magnitude of this experience. I am not going through this alone. I want to hug each person this disease is affecting. There are so many people across the globe who are affected by this. Some are not as fortunate as I have been to receive the medical attention I have. Please lift other sufferers up in prayer and pray they find relief soon. I praise Jesus for allowing the Bells Palsy to hit me like a ton of bricks, because had that not happened, I would not be receiving the medical attention I obtain daily.
 
My results came in the mail...finally. After careful research and speaking with highly qualified folks in this field, I want to be furious, but I can't be. I want to be furious because I was told there is nothing wrong with me. This is the same exact statement thousands of others have been told and I refuse to be a part of the statistics where the doctors cannot find anything wrong with me according to tests. I KNOW MY BODY! I KNOW ME! Doctors can test me until the cows come home there is nothing wrong, but no amount of testing is going to change the fact that I know I have this and I know I have peace about this situation because God is on my side.
 
The tests are determined by the number of bands that are positive. Doctors today want to state that you must have all the bands test positive in order to determine a true positive result. However, the results of many are coming back as a false negative or a false positive. Nevertheless, in the research I have conducted, I discovered by CDC standards, I am positive for the  IgM WB test since I have 4 out of 5 by their criteria. I also tested positive by 39 and 23 kDa proteins which are very specific to Bb - (the Scientific name for the Bb is Borreliella burgdorferi) i.e. they simply do not indicate any pathogen other than Bb.
 
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SCIENCE IS NOT A FALSE POSITIVE - IT IS ALL ELEMENTARY, WATSON!
 
  • NO ACCURATE TESTS
  • THERE ARE NO TESTS AVAILABLE TO PROVE THAT THE ORGANISM IS ERADICATED OR THAT THE PATIENT IS CURED.
  • 35% THE ELISA SCREENING TEST IS UNRELIABLE.
  • Lyme disease should be a clinical diagnosis.
  • Lyme tests only test for a certain strains missing, the other cases it does not test for.

Lyme disease can carry with it over 100 different signs and symptoms, (I have 47), some of which can easily be mistaken for other illnesses or conditions — and many doctors simply do not know enough about this disease to diagnose it easily. This is why many people often get a wrong diagnosis, which can delay the treatment that they need so badly.

Two Tier Testing:

The IDSA restricts the diagnosis of Lyme based on the CDC's criteria requiring two-tier testing using the ELISA and Western Blot blood tests. 

The CDC's website states: "This surveillance case definition was developed for national reporting of Lyme disease; it is not intended to be used in clinical diagnosis."  

Despite this they will not recognize a Lyme infection unless it has passed the two-tier testing.  Scientific literature proves that this testing is highly unreliable.

The Western Blot:

The ELISA & Western Blot tests test for antibodies rather than the organisms themselves.

The Western Blot tests for two sets of antibodies; the IgM which tests for early antibodies and are produced within the first 4 weeks of an exposure to a disease, and the IgG which tests for antibodies that refer to a later response to the infection.

The CDC Western Blot IgG antibodies are 18, 23, 28, 30, 39, 41, 45, 58, 66, 93 kDa.  They require 5 of these bands be positive out of the 10 tested.  However, they are not testing for some of the Lyme specific IgG antibodies.  Lyme specific antibodies are 23, 31, 34, 39, 83-93 kDa.  Notice bands 31, 34, and 83-92 are missed.

The IgM Western Blot tests for bands 23 kDa, 39 kDa, 41 kDa and two out of the three are required for a positive IgM test.

Testing acute (or early) Lyme is unreliable because
the body does not make enough detectable antibodies until after 4 weeksBy this time, without treatment, you have most assuredly become chronic.

Keep in mind that many people do not get early symptoms from their tick bite.  Symptoms can slowly appear over the course of weeks, months or even years. 

Many people do not even see a tick anywhere on their body so any symptoms they do get they may not recognize as being caused by Lyme. I did not recognize the symptoms until I began to do research. I wanted to know why in the world I felt so old when I was so young!

Testing chronic or late stage Lyme also poses problems in that antibodies tend to decline over time. The body's immunities are also compromised from the disease and therefore antibodies are not always present, resulting in a false negative test.

Read the story here: https://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/lyme/tab/test

ILADS Physicians:

Thankfully, ILADS physicians do not rely on testing alone; however, if you have a positive result, they will most definitely accept it.  

Lyme Disease Update:

"In 1991 researchers at the University of Georgia's Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study found B.burgdorferi antibodies in white-tailed deer, indicating that the organism had likely been in Georgia since at least 1971.

The following year, another study of here in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases: Borrelia spirochetes had been discovered and ticks which were recovered from white-tail deer in Alabama.

In 1989 Georgia ranked fourth highest in the nation in the number of CDC reported Lyme disease cases with a record 715 cases documented."
www.Georgialymedisease.org

If you are bitten by a tick and your doctor tells you Lyme disease does not exist in Georgia, you call him out on it with this information and incessantly if you have to, insist they test you so you can get proper treatment.

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The medication that gets pumped into my body twice daily.


The machine to the far right is the one used to take my blood pressure and heart rate. 


The tray of bandages that goes over my PICC line to keep it sterilized.


After the bandage has been removed. The darkness around the insertion point is not dried blood. I'm not even sure what it is because it was not there after the bandage was removed. Having this done once a week is almost like having surgery. The room must be incredibly cold, I have to put on a mask and hair cover and so does the nurse and she uses about 4-5 pairs of gloves each time she changes the dressing. 

May 23, 2016

Today I am blessed. Blessed! Blessed! Blessed! I am blessed to be able to walk even if I was in excruciating pain earlier; exasperating pain that brought tears to my eyes just to think about it, magnificent pain that crunched against my leg and spine as I moved - but God has a plan; His plan is perfect and His plan is working. The unbearable pain subsided to bearable pain with an over-the-counter tiny blue tablet called Aleve - so now I can finally walk without limping like a... 90-year-old. Praise the dear and precious Lord relief was granted.

Great news on the Bells Palsy front: I am now able to move my right eyebrow a tad bit and the right side of my mouth. (THANK YOU SWEET JESUS for allowing me to see you work miracles AND THANK YOU FOR THE PRAYERS ON THIS!!!)

Eating is still incredibly challenging, but with each bite, I am so thankful - thankful I have food to eat, arms and hands which can move even if my joints ache from time-to-time, thankful for feet which can walk from one classroom to the next, and thankful to be here on this magnificent planet we call Earth so I can give God ALL the glory. "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

We should be thankful even if we are in pain. We should be thankful even if we are hurting. We should be thankful to be alive. We should be thankful for and to GOD!!! Again, "be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."

God's plan is perfect and His plan is working! Look to God for guidance, patience, understanding, grace - everything and anything you need. He is there for you, waiting patiently for you to come to Him. Go! Do not wait to do it later or tomorrow - tomorrow may not arrive.

May 24, 2016

These are my two fave nurses in the entire world. I have grown so attached to both of them and they have stolen my heart.
Both of them have gone completely out of their way to make me feel like a queen - I cannot believe how much they spoil me. They have brought me so much comfort and assurance. I am beyond thankful for sweet Tracy and precious Nina.

May 25, 2016

What is a Herxheimer Reaction? (i.e. die off or herxing) is the release of endotoxins from the destroyed cell walls of the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, Borrelia Burgdorferi, that causes an additional inflammatory response (debilitating physical and/or mental state), contingent to the amount of endotoxins released, which is directly correlated to the amount of Lyme bacteria killed.

In layman's terms, a person who is experiencing a Herxheimer Reaction has recently ki...lled an amount of Lyme bacteria worthy of causing them to enter a debilitating physical state in which their already present symptoms become exacerbated. They feel as horrible as the Lyme bacteria that has been killed. The more Lyme bacteria that are killed, the more endotoxins that are released. Endotoxins are released from the Lyme bacteria's cell wall when its cell wall is destroyed by either antibiotics or the immune system.

The more endotoxins that are released, the greater the body's inflammatory response is in order to control the pernicious nature of these endotoxins.

So this is my story and I'm praising God, giving Him the glory and praising Him some more that He created a machine - a body that can take on so much more than we ever thought we could. He will never allow us to take on more pain than we can handle. He is my salvation! He is my rock!

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See Hidden in the Leaves - Page 2 for a continuation of my journey. 

 

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) Bell's Palsy Doxycycline IgG IgM Lyme Lyme Disease Lyme disease PICC line Rocephin hidden disease hidden in the leaves, live for Christ symptoms from a tick bite, symptoms of Lyme disease, tick bite tick bites, http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2016/5/hidden-in-the-leaves-journal-page-1 Sun, 15 May 2016 19:09:40 GMT
Have faith, pray, seek and ye shall find... http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2016/4/have-faith-pray-seek-and-ye-shall-find Have faith, pray, seek and ye shall find...
 

 

You hear the gospel and you are intrigued. You keep playing the words over and over in your mind, "Jesus loves you. He wants you to know Him. He is there in your worst times of trouble." You ask yourself, "how can Jesus love me? I'm a sinner. I have broken almost every 10 commandment. How... can... He... love... me...?" The answer is clear. Jesus loves everyone.
 

 

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
 

 

Romans 5:8 - but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
 

 

Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gave himself for me.
 

 

"God’s unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures. It is true whether we believe it or not. Our doubts do not destroy God’s love, nor does our faith create it. It originates in the very nature of God, who is love, and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son."  ~ Jerry Bridges

 

So now I ask you this: If you do not have a home church, why? I would like to encourage everyone to let finding a "home" church be your mission. Do not just visit a church here and there, but find a church where God is present, where the Word of God is continually given to the flock, where God is your best source in having the truth given to you.
 

 

As you begin your mission journey, you should begin with FAITH. You have arrived at the starting point to every situation in life. One must begin with FAITH in God that He will lead you in the "right" direction.
 

 

Next, PRAY - This is hard for some people - it should not be! Pray God will lead you to a good church with a solid foundation that is rooted in the Word of Christ. If you or anyone for that matter, takes God out of the equation, you might just as well join your local service organization. God must be in the church, not outside of the church or just a passing thought, but "in" the church. Use the FAITH you have, kneel upon your knees and begin your search by petitioning God to direct your search. Do not expect a pillar of light just yet - especially if it has been awhile since you've "called home."
 

 

Now your SEARCH should begin. For a blessed few, angels have come to the door bearing all things - for most of us, this step means study. Your SEARCH may include books, questions posed to close friends, the "net", or perhaps visits to prospective churches. If you begin to feel that little "nudges" from within, taking your search in a specific direction, God is probably asking or even telling you to go there. The more times you lean on Him, the more likely these nudges will come, and the more strongly you will feel them.
 

 

Now make a CHOICE. Life is all about choices and God gave us all 'free will." Choose what you feel most comfortable with. Lay aside any prejudices about the church. Lay aside that you do not believe folks should go to church to believe in God. How can you get to know the Heavenly Father, if you do not spend time with Him and others who believe in Him? How? Further, lay aside what someone told you bad about their church. Lay aside how Sunday is your only day off and let God speak to your heart speak first. Then choose a direction. Yes or no answers come much more easily from above. Ask The One who already knows the answer if your choice, is the right choice. God will never lead you astray, He will never forsake you and He is always there for you.
 

I tend to gravitate toward positive people, so when my husband and I were seeking a new church, we found folks who are now our brothers and sisters in Christ. They are not perfect by any means and neither are we, but if we ever needed them, they would be there for us. We are supposed to be there for each other. We are supposed to spend time with Christ and we should, more than anything, want to be with Him and spend time with Him. Do you really think it is enough to just read the Bible? What about spending time in God's house with Him? What about spending time with the community of people God placed here on earth for you to be with? I beg you to stop making excuses and get out there and find yourself a church. You will never regret it and will only grow in Christ from the experience of being with Him and others who believe in Him.  
 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 


 

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) Find a church http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2016/4/have-faith-pray-seek-and-ye-shall-find Thu, 07 Apr 2016 23:59:40 GMT
Philosophy of education including the reason(s) I chose education as a career. http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2016/3/philosophy-of-education-including-the-reason-s-i-chose-education-as-a-career  

Philosophy of education including the reason(s) I chose education as a career.
 

First and foremost, I feel educational endeavors are a lifelong process. The cliché’, “you learn something new every day,” is by far one of the truest statements I have ever encountered. Not a day goes by where my own mind is not exposed to some form of newly discovered knowledge or understanding. I create opportunities for students to learn new topics, understand new ideas, and appreciate new concepts in various subjects, specifically as of recently in Social Studies for third – fifth grade students. However, my desire is to further immerse advantageous literature throughout the curriculum of Language Arts so I can inspire young minds to respect the printed word, stimulate those same minds to use thought-provoking speech in everyday situations, and persuade my students to love literature, as well as include a wide variety of quality children’s and young adult literature and other print and non-print materials in my classroom, which in turn will most definitely allow me to distribute all of this obtained wisdom in a compassionate and connected manner to all of my students.
 

Learning is:
 

 

Learning is improved when knowledge and reproduction of past experiences are engaged with lessons using pertinent theories, standards, and representations of thoughts to further elaborate on the information students have been provided, and students intrinsically want to learn. Students have specific learning styles and I am always cognizant of incorporating visual, kinesthetic and auditory formats of teaching in my classroom so my students are exposed to the differences in each. Therefore, it is up to me to be creative in order to capture all learning styles so students will be fully aware of their character design either in a classroom setting or with the outside world involving their reality as they move further up the intelligence ladder toward young adulthood. 

 

My job:

 

My job as a Language Arts teacher who cares deeply about her students is to give each type of student every chance to succeed both within and even outside of the context of the Language Arts. I desire to bring direct learning activities that fit a student’s personal learning style, and give them meaningful learning tools they can carry with them from one subject to the next. By doing so, it will allow them to be better functioning young adults and outstanding citizens of our country. Once a student completes my Language Arts class, he/she will be able to transfer their knowledge to improving society.

 

As with any core subject, teaching Language Arts means teaching all students regardless if they are gifted, self-motivated, passionate, or even dispassionate about the subject, how to think critically, how to investigate, how to demonstrate understanding, and how to synthesize the breadth and complexity of written and oral language.

Many of my students become frustrated early in the quarter, but with diligence on my part; traveling down other avenues of exploration and explanation, I am able to show them through repetition there is no need to be apprehension over a complex subject matter they may not understand at first. As those students who are struggling become better acquainted with many concepts we cover, they are reassured they can accomplish anything and all things through striving for excellence and dedication as their scores begin to rise because they were courageous enough to take on the challenge, and they were persistent in meeting or exceeding the goals I set before them.

 

Different modes of reading:

 

I am a proponent of utilizing the different modes of reading, whether the content is guided or read aloud by me, shared among other students, conducted cooperatively, or read independently. By changing the modes of reading used for different students, I am able to scaffold instruction and provide different levels of support for students in order to make them successful in reading a piece of literature. Most of my students are eager to read aloud in our Social Studies classes. When I allow students to read aloud, I am able to monitor the student and determine his/hers current performance level on skills that the student will be learning that school year. I usually have a mini conference with the student’s base teacher to find out their goals for the student, and then determine my own reasonable achievement goals for the student on what their base teacher has required of the student. I then focus on the level of reading intensity the student needs to reach by the end of the year, and establish the rate of progress the student must make to meet those goals. I usually do this by measuring the student's academic progress regularly in either weekly, biweekly, or monthly reports for their base teacher. Then I compare achievements with the student’s base teacher.

 

Self-improvement:

 

I strive to improve my teaching techniques by visiting my co-team member’s classrooms. There I take mental notes of their classroom décor, how the teacher has certain sections of their room set-up, and I also inquire about how they utilize their best forms of teaching methods. I watch their students to ascertain if they are learning the concepts their teacher is striving to teach them.

 

I keep a journal by writing letters to myself and my expectations of myself five years from now so I can reflect on what I wish to learn and what I expect of myself to learn.

 

I plan to continue writing educational articles for various magazines throughout the country and I always communicate with my mentor by asking her advice on how to better myself involving teaching and learning.

 

I volunteer as a photographer for my church and I am able to communicate with different adults involving specific opportunities for photographs. I volunteer at a local pregnancy center by photographing special events held there when the community is invited.

 

Further, I plan to continually hone in on my photography skills by continuing to educate others in the field of photography. I plan to continue leading photography workshops by inviting others to community outings into the North Georgia wilderness that are a part of my photography club. I have taught many photography workshops in the past and this will help me to continue to grow as a person and I will be able to compare and contrast my teaching methods for both my professional career and my personal hobby life.

 

Why I chose teaching:

 

I chose teaching as a profession for several reasons. First, I cannot think of another profession I love more. Ever since my elementary school days, when I would watch my second grade teacher write on a chalk board, and how she wrote words, how her voice changed with tone and pitch as she read books to the class, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Life sometimes takes us down different paths we do not always expect to transpire, so careers are placed on the backburner of life. However, I absolutely desire to lend other educators a helping hand by developing a new generation of creative thinking individuals. Further, I am a goal oriented person who has patience, and to actually witness those ‘ah ha moments’ when a student finally understands a concept is incredibly rewarding. Besides all of this, I feel confident I am able to lead by example with all of my students, and educate them in the required subjects with the utmost concern and care for achieving all educational goals.

 

Finally, the responsibility of educators is to empower the creation of energetic knowledge. Energetic awareness is exposed through bringing concepts to life to assist in student learning. If we, as educators, cannot make characters from a book dance and entice a child’s ingenious mind, words in a sentence hurdle off the page to fascinate even those who do not like to read, or if we, as educators cannot help even math problems explode with massive amounts of understanding, and a crucial appreciation for the sciences, then how can we expect students to be successful? As educators, we need to always be creative, grow in our profession, help students move up the comprehension ladder of understanding through any means possible, including and not limited to Bloom’s Taxonomy, and apply effective classroom management skills – just to name a few responsibilities I certainly carry with me as an educator, then how can we call us ourselves educators…? Students of today are our future representatives of tomorrow. We, as educators are responsible for our students, just as we are responsible for ourselves.
 

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) Philosophy of education reason(s) I chose education as a career http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2016/3/philosophy-of-education-including-the-reason-s-i-chose-education-as-a-career Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:02:34 GMT
FBC - Season of Joy Christmas Musical http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2014/12/fbc--season-of-joy-christmas-musical A traditional Irish Christmas blessing says:  “May you be as contented as Christmas finds you all the year round.”  For those not content in the LORD, maybe we should modify the blessing to say: “May you grow in the contentment of the LORD, now and always!”  That is certainly our prayer for you this holiday season. 

We hope that this Christmas our church and community will experience the season of joy as never before.

Many have made this ministry project a blessing.  Our heartfelt appreciation goes to the following people:

…each of the choir members and musicians for their dedication and hard work in preparing this presentation.

…each member of the narrative cast for their meaningful
contribution tonight.

…Tom Gardner and James Hutchins for sound, lighting, and
media support.

…to the people of First Baptist Church of Covington for
supporting the proclamation of God’s Word in Song, Music,
and the ministry of praise.

…to our Lord, Jesus Christ, the author of our faith and the
giver of joy in all seasons of life…

Tim Barnes, Pastor of Worship

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A Celtic Christmas Overture
Includes: Joy to the World, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Christmas Pipes
Soloist: Linda Harwell

Joy Has Dawned

Once Upon a Christmas
Soloists: Greg & Kathy Porter

The Wexford Carol

Soloist:  Scott Barnett

The Carolin’ Reel

Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground)

How Suddenly A Baby Cries
Soloist: Cheri Jefferson

Jesus Saves

By Faith

Celtic Christmas Blessing w/ Silent Night, Holy Night
Trio: Rachel Dennis, Sophia Joganich, & Lydia Kelley
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) First Baptist Church First Baptist Church of Covington, GA Season of Joy http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2014/12/fbc--season-of-joy-christmas-musical Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:22:10 GMT
Southern California and beyond http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2014/6/southern-califorian-and-beyond Photography tours can be grueling yet unbelievable breathtaking. I took a photography tour to southern California and many other destinations while I visited with my in-laws and went on a couple of photographic tours with a group of new friends. Below is a list of destinations I photographed. Because of time constraints I have not finished editing my photographs, but once I do many of them will go on this blog page.
 

I visited the following locations in this order:

Manhattan Beach

Queen Mary

Long Beach

Mission Inn Hotel and Spa

Salton Sea

Joshua Tree National Park

Palm Springs Tram to Mt. San Jacinto

Skid Row

Griffith Park Observatory

Venice Canals

Santa Monica

El Madador Beach

Mammoth Lakes

Yosemite National Park

Breakwater Cove in Monterey

Carmel

17 Mile Drive

McRay Waterfall

Big Sur

Elephant Seal Beach

Union Station

Olvera Street

China Town

Greystone Mansion

Beverly Hills

Rodeo Drive

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Rancho Palos Verdes

Wayfarer Glass Chapel

Crystal Church

Huntington Beach

Balboa Beach

Newport Beach

San Diego – La Jolla Beach

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

Point Loma Lighthouse

Coronado Bridge
 

As soon as I landed in California, I rushed to Manhattan Beach to get some sunset shots, then it was off to dinner I went.

 El Capitan in Yosemite National Park  

The Incomparable Yosemite

"The most famous and accessible of these cañon valleys, and also the one that presents their most striking and sublime features on the grandest scale, is the Yosemite, situated in the basin of the Merced River at an elevation of 4000 feet above the level of the sea. It is about seven miles long, half a mile to a mile wide, and nearly a mile deep in the solid granite flank of the range. The walls are made up of rocks, mountains in size, partly separated from each other by side cañons, and they are so sheer in front, and so compactly and harmoniously arranged on a level floor, that the Valley, comprehensively seen, looks like an immense hall or temple lighted from above.

But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life. Some lean back in majestic repose; others, absolutely sheer or nearly so for thousands of feet, advance beyond their companions in thoughtful attitudes, giving welcome to storms and calms alike, seemingly aware, yet heedless, of everything going on about them. Awful in stern, immovable majesty, how softly these rocks are adorned, and how fine and reassuring the company they keep: their feet among beautiful groves and meadows, their brows in the sky, a thousand flowers leaning confidingly against their feet, bathed in floods of water, floods of light, while the snow and waterfalls, the winds and avalanches and clouds shine and sing and wreathe about them as the years go by, and myriads of small winged creatures birds, bees, butterflies--give glad animation and help to make all the air into music. Down through the middle of the Valley flows the crystal Merced, River of Mercy, peacefully quiet, reflecting lilies and trees and the onlooking rocks; things frail and fleeting and types of endurance meeting here and blending in countless forms, as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures, to draw her lovers into close and confiding communion with her."

~~ John Muir from the book - The Yosemite.

Half Dome as seen from the valley floor.

 View of one entrance into Yosemite National Park

A section of the Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park

Lembert Dome in Yosemite National Park

Lembert Dome; an easy hike at a total of 9,450 ft. with an elevation gain of 700 ft. Lembert Dome is located near the Tuolumne Meadows campground and is one of the best places to enjoy the views of Tuolumne Meadows - an area is photographed above. To hike Lembert Dome, start at the Dog Lake parking lot on the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Road. Follow the trail for Dog Lake then cross Tioga Road and continue hiking up the trail until you meet the junction for Lembert Dome. At the junction, continue hiking westward until you see Lembert Dome and use caution as you scramble up the mountain in various locations before reaching the top.                    

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

I'm not exactly certain, but from the research I have conducted (since there are no signs near this lake), I believe this is Johnston Lake. If this is in fact Johnston Lake, then it is  the last lake you will encounter in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Shortly after this lake, the John Muir Trail enters the Devils Postpile National Monument.

After this lake, the John Muir Trail shortly rejoins with the Pacific Crest Trail. These two trails follow the same path until near Crabtree Meadow -- just west of Mt. Whitney.

Ansel Adams Wilderness

Devils Postpile National Monument

The Devils Postpile is a collection of basillic columns that formed from cooling magma. The best way to view the postpile is to view the  sides of the columns or climb to top of the postpile which I actually did - alone. I was not far from the John Muir hiking trail and when I go back (one day), I will hike part of that trail.

One of several decomposing trees I captured near the Devils Postpile National Monument that I found on my hike around the area.

Joshua Tree National Park

My upper body was laying in the road as I captured this image.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

This photograph hangs in my studio/office.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

This photograph hangs in my studio/office.

Jeffrey Tree in Palm Springs in the 13,000 acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park right off the Desert Valley Trail where there firs, oaks and numerous evergreens.

Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness State Park contains 54 miles of hiking trails, five primitive campgrounds and a ranger station. One can rent cross-country skis in winter.

Below are other trails located in the area:

Long Valley Discovery Trail: Follow the nature trail posts around a ¾ mile (1.2 km) loop. This easy level trail provides an excellent introduction to the Park's plants and animals.

Desert View Trail: A 1.5 mile (2 km) loop trail leads to a number of scenic overlooks and forest views. Short climbs, moderately strenuous.

Round Valley: A 2.5 miles of trail leads to picturesque Round Valley. Fairly level trails, short climbs, moderately strenuous.

Wellmans Divide: From Round Valley to Wellmans Divide is a 1-mile hike with a 600 feet elevation gain. The view from here is truly spectacular. Looking west you can see the dome of the Palomar Observatory and to the southwest Tahquitz Peak Lookout. From this point you can continue down to Idyllwild or up to the Mt. San Jacinto Peak. Elevation gain, strenuous.

San Jacinto Peak: This is a 5.5 mile hike one way will take you to the second highest point in southern California. On clear days it is reported that you can see Catalina Island or the glow from Las Vegas at night.

The Salton Sea

The smell in this area is truly unbearable in some locations.

Driving down the Pacific Coast Hwy. is one of the most incredible drives I have ever taken in my entire life.

Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba Speciosa) in downtown Los Angeles, CA

 

La Jolla Beach

La Jolla Beach

 

 

 

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Long Beach Los Angeles Point Loma Lighthouse San Diego - La Jolla Beach Santa Monica, http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2014/6/southern-califorian-and-beyond Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:21:54 GMT
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November and December is a blessed time of the year for my family with several special occasions. There are four very special occasions within weeks of each other, Thanksgiving - which I love cooking the turkey and veggies, then there is my birthday, my son's birthday, and then there is the most precious time of the year where we all celebrate the birth of Jesus. 
 

 

Ready to go in the oven to be cooked.

After 4 hours of cooking. This turkey was so moist and the trick is to baste every 15 minutes. Just because I'm married to a chef doesn't mean I don't know how to cook.

Future mashed potatoes.

Future dressing.

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SHANE'S 28th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Shane LOVES sports and the gift bags as well as the gifts are always abundant for Shane from his momma and daddy.

Daddy helping Shane open his presents. Shane was very excited when he thought he might be getting my cell phone which is hanging from his shirt so he could listen to James Taylor on Pandora...

Shane loves his new pj's of the Grinch. Shane got so many presents and with each one that was opened Shane smiled from ear to ear.

There are many blessings during the holidays. This holiday season has been filled with pure joy and complete happiness for my family. My husband and I were blessed to be able to attend three Church services recently; two on a Sunday morning, with a sprinkle of Sunday School, and one in the evening. We also enjoyed a fabulous Christmas Cantata and a home cooked meal presented by one of the Churches we attended. And, we got to meet Santa and Mrs. Clause at a wonderful Christmas Party at a friend's house. And, there is so much more to come that I will share with you.

Santa and Mrs. Claus

Secrets and Laughter with Santa...

Bill and Teri's humble abode all dressed up for the holidays.

Everyone has a full tummy now and most of the guests gather 'round to have a chat.

Bill and Jeffrey

Annalise doesn't believe Santa knows her Uncle Bill and is good buds with him. What an adorable disbelief look...

Hansen doesn't quite know what to think about this strange man dressed in a nice red and white suit.

 

 

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We are not big drinkers at all. We truly just enjoy going to wineries to meet all sorts of people, then we come home and research the wines. And, of course I enjoy taking pictures at the wineries.

My mother and father-in-law drove all the way from Los Angeles to be with us during the holidays this year. What a sheer delight to have them here.

Jeffrey, mom and dad...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tammy found this gorgeous wooden sewing caddy for Jeffrey. Yes, Jeffrey is the seamstress in the family.

Mom opening one of her presents. We each take turns and even though it takes quite a while, it is so much fun!

Jeffrey and another apron...he has several...

 

 

 

 

I wonder what this could be...

Nope, it's not wine...it's actually cooking oil from a cool shop in north Georgia.

 

Christmas at Shane's...

Shane is so happy to have his family with him.

Presents, present, and even more presents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey is not crying...it was blazing HOT in Shane's room.

 

 

 

Mom handmade Shane a Georgia Bulldog, Falcons, Broncos and L.S.U. quilt for his bed. We were all so touched and yes we were crying.

Beautiful!!!

The front of Shane's quilt.

The back of Shane's quilt.

 

 

 

Aunt Tammy opening Shane's presents with him...wonder what she got him.

 

 

Dad loves his new hiking shirt. HA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) Blessings Mrs. Claus Santa Thanksgiving holidays http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2013/12/blessings Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:45:52 GMT
CAMINO DE SANTIAGO http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2013/11/camino-de-santiago THE CAMINO IS CALLING AND I MUST GO.

AND, SO MY JOURNEY BEGINS... on the Camino de Santiago...

 

The Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James in Spain is for most, a spiritual journey that pilgrims of all faiths and backgrounds have traversed for over a thousand years.

For me, walking the Camino will be a 'Journey of Faith'. One of the great lessons a person may learn on the Camino is that we are all able to do far more than we think we can - if we just try. Even though the journey of the Camino can take a vast amount of time, the way will build faith in yourself; seek to rehearse positive outcomes, think confidently, act confidently, maintain a positive mental attitude, do not seek perfection, trust that the Camino will provide for you, swim in the essence of the opportunity granted to you along the way, look fear straight in the face and yell, “I WILL OVERCOME!!!,” and visualize success in reaching Santiago de Compostela.

Pilgrims do this journey for many reasons; some may do for health, cultural, or historical reasons, while others may simply be hoping for a miracle along their way; however, whatever your reason for walking the way, you will be touched by the beautiful landscape Spain offers, you will gain a greater appreciation for the magnitude of emotion that you will encounter in reaching your goal, and you will have accomplished a far greater task than you ever thought you could.u gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…You must do the thing you think you cannot do. — Eleanor Roosevelt

The most popular route is the Camino Frances, which crosses the Pyrenees Mountains along the Spanish-French border starting in St. Jean Pied de Port. Although you can avoid the mountains by beginning in Roncesvalles, the first town across the border of Spain.

I plan to start my journey in St. Jean Jean Pied de Port, France so I can cross the Pyrenees Mountains. I will do this entire hike for religious purposes and other various reasons. I trust and have faith in my personal Lord and Savior to guide 'my way.' This trek is all about me. This is my way. This is my journey of faith. This journey of faith will happen. I cannot be responsible for anyone other than myself. This journey is about me and what I wish to gain from it just as this journey should be about the person who chooses to do it. This is my life. After all, you don't choose a life, you live one.

The Camino France route covers 800 kilometers (500 miles) that traverses an idyllic northern Spanish countryside.

By following yellow painted arrows marking the journey, I will hike 12-15 miles each day so that I may reach the next town for the night. At this pace, I will reach the Cathedral de Santiago in 32 days to attend the Pilgrim's Mass which is held at noon each day. (I will take 35 days for this journey though however, so I can get acclimated and have rest days in between hiking days). 

My journey has begun now and I have already started making plans to fly from Atlanta, Georgia to Frankfurt, Germany to visit my sister and uncle for 4 days. On day 4, my sister and I will depart Frankfurt, Germany and take a 5 hour train ride to Paris, France where we will spend 3 days. On day 3, my sister will take a train back to Frankfurt, Germany and I will take a 7 hour and 45 minute train ride to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to finally set my feet on the Camino de Santiago.

This is a huge digital map that the only thing you can really see are the arrows; the one to the right is where I'll start my journey and the one to the far left is around where I'll end part of my journey in Santiago de Compestella; however, it will officially end on the outer limits of the Galician coast in the northwestern corner of Spain in Finisterre.

Along the way, I will encounter other pilgrims from all walks of life who will speak a different language, have different religious beliefs, and eat different foods. I know those I meet on the Camino will be lasting friendships for me.

I plan to stay at the Parador in Leon - the one in the movie, The Way, where a single pilgrim's rate is $80E, (less than a Holiday Inn here in the states), and the next day I will have a huge breakfast.

I will see a different side of everyone since everything each of us owns who does this journey will have to be carried on our own back. I will see a different part of the world, sleep in albergues, refugios and casa rurals that cater specifically to the thousands of pilgrims of all ages that take this journey each year, and I will immerse myself in the Spanish culture, the Spanish local food, and the Spanish history dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience. I will take photographs of people, places and things I may never see again...

WHY THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO ALL THE WAY OVER IN SPAIN?

I have never been away from my family for more than 3 days and this journey will not only be challenging in that I will need to walk daily to get from one point to another, but I will pray to my Lord to guide my way; providing me all that I will need. I'm frightened to leave my family for 35+ days; frightened of what may happen while I'm out of the country, frightened at a whole lot of everything (but I have to let that 'frightened' feeling go and have faith all will work out), and yet I am truly excited at the same time. I am really looking forward to this journey, and I cannot wait to fulfill this chapter in my life and experience all the Camino has to offer!

I am an independent person; however, the life I live can be super chaotic; it is filled with daily rituals where I need to make sure my son is being properly cared for, make/return phone calls, create/reply to emails to clients regarding photography, take care of a house full of pets, take care of a husband, clean house, wash clothes, pay bills, etc. and yet with this adventure, I will let go of all of that for only 35 days and I will carry myself and my faith into a completely different realm of my life.

I need this journey to regain a morsel of my existence. I need this journey to see the world through different eyes, to understand a greater power in the universe, to appreciate life and to live. Now I am not saying here that I do not appreciate the life I have. Of course I do. I am a very blessed person. I have a family I love and adore, friends I can call on at any given point of the day or night, a roof over my head, food on the table, and yet something is missing. No, I am not going through a mid-life crisis. I am not sure if I even believe in those. I know there is a whole other way of life out there and I want to experience what pilgrims have experiences for over a thousand years. I want to live that life. I want to have a purpose for doing something for myself for a change and I want this goal that I have set before myself to capture my inner spirit and allow it to soar to greater realm of my own understanding.

The above shot was taken during a Camino presentation at REI in Atlanta on Sunday, July 28, 2013, given by Tom Beck (far right above). This was an incredibly informative presentation.

My gear... Preparations began in late June 2013. I weighed everything and some things I won't be taking of course, but at least this gives me an idea of what to take and what not to take. What is not shown in this shot are my clothes and of course my camera since I used it to take this photo. I will be carrying my camera during this entire trek.

If you visit this link and scroll toward the bottom, you will see the routes I will hike on...  http://www.santiago-compostela.net/frances/index_cf_en.html...

You can also visit this link to learn more about the Camino... http://peregrinossantiago.es/eng/

CREDENCIAL or PILGRIM'S PASSPORT

Most pilgrims carry a document called the credencial, purchased for a few euros from a Spanish tourist agency, a church on the route, or from their church back home. The credencial is a pass which gives access to inexpensive, sometimes free, overnight accommodation in refugios along the trail. Also known as the "pilgrim's passport," the credencial is stamped with the official St. James stamp of each town or refugio at which the pilgrim has stayed. It provides pilgrims with a record of where they ate or slept, but also serves as proof to the Pilgrim's Office in Santiago that the journey was accomplished according to an official route.

COMPOSTELA

The compostela is a certificate of accomplishment given to pilgrims on completing the Way. To earn the compostela one needs to walk a minimum of 100 km or cycle at least 200 km. In practice, for walkers, that means starting in Sarria, Spain, as it has good bus and rail connections to other places in Spain. Pilgrims arriving in Santiago de Compostela who have walked at least the last 100 km, or cycled 200 km to get there (as indicated on their credencial), are eligible for the compostela from the Pilgrim's Office in Santiago.

The compostela has been indulgenced since the Early Middle Ages and remains so to this day. The full text of the certificate is in Latin and reads:

CAPITULUM hujus Almae Apostolicae et Metropolitanae Ecclesiae Compostellanae sigilli Altaris Beati Jacobi Apostoli custos, ut omnibus Fidelibus et Perigrinis ex toto terrarum Orbe, devotionis affectu vel voti causa, ad limina Apostoli Nostri Hispaniarum Patroni ac Tutelaris SANCTI JACOBI convenientibus, authenticas visitationis litteras expediat, omnibus et singulis praesentes inspecturis, notum facit : (Latin version of name of recipient)

Hoc sacratissimum Templum pietatis causa devote visitasse. In quorum fidem praesentes litteras, sigillo ejusdem Sanctae Ecclesiae munitas, ei confero.

Datum Compostellae die (day) mensis (month) anno Dni (year)

Canonicus Deputatus pro Peregrinis

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

"The HEAD of the Holy Apostolic Metropolitan Church of Compostela, guardian of the seal of the Holy Altar of the Apostle James, to all Faithful and Pilgrims from all the earth who come with feelings of devotion or vowed to a cause to the threshhold of the Apostle, both our Patron of Spain and Protector St. James, by authenticating the letters of each and every visitation, makes known that [Name] has devoutly visited this Sacred Church on a pious cause. In whose strong faith this letter is presented, with the seal of the same Holy Church, conferred upon them.

Given at Compostela on the day [day] month [month] year of the Lord [year].

Deputy Canon for Pilgrims"

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Santiago de Compostela cathedralSantiago de Compostela cathedral

A Pilgrim's Mass is held in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (above and no I did not take the above shot) each day at noon for pilgrims. Pilgrims who received the compostela the day before have their countries of origin and the starting point of their pilgrimage announced at the Mass. The musical and visual highlight of the Mass is the synchronisation of the beautiful "Hymn to Santiago" with the spectacular swinging of the huge Botafumeiro, the famous thurible kept in the cathedral. Incense is burned in this swinging metal container, or censor. As the last chords die away, the multitude of pilgrims jostle happily as they crowd forward to reach the spiritual highlight of the Mass, the rite of communion.

Priests administer the Sacrament of Penance, or confession, in many languages, permitting most pilgrims to complete the indulgence attached to the pilgrimage upon satisfying the other canonical conditions.

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I am proud to announce that I am now the co-chair of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area Chapter for American Pilgrims (AMACAP). We just had our first Meet and Greet at Mary, Our Queen Catholic Church in Norcross and it was a huge success! The honorary Vice Consulate of Spain, Mr. Ignacio Taboada was in attendance cooking up his famous Paella and serving up Spanish Wine. 

 

The finished Paella - so delish!!!

Camino Tom calling out winners for the raffle to win the backpack donated by REI.

Kennette won the backpack donated by REI.

Jeffrey with the honorary Vice Consulate of Spain, Mr. Ignacio Taboada. 

It was hilarious watching him drink wine - the Spanish way...yet he makes the best Paella I've ever tasted!!!

Camino Training Hike #1 at Arabia Mountain - 11/9/13

Vivian, Vivian's boyfriend, Barbara, John, Leslie, Keyonna, Carol and Cindy

Camino Training Hike #2 at Arabia Mountain - 11/23/13

Tim, Jana, Carrie, Maureen, Maureen's sister, Leslie, Leslie's daughter, Eileen

Camino Training Hike #3 at Watson Bridge State Park - 1/18/14

Kennette, Barbara, Maureen, Leslie and John

Leslie just arrived back from Spain and LOVED IT!!!

 

Check out this video:

Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve episode1 BBC full documentary 2013 greatest adventures on earth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w2TA42ZnZ0

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) Camino de Santiago The Way of St. James http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2013/11/camino-de-santiago Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:59:23 GMT
Contemporary Beauty Portraiture http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2013/10/contemporary-beauty-portraiture If you are interested in having a Contemporary Beauty Portraiture,
 

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) Contemporary Beauty Portraiture http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2013/10/contemporary-beauty-portraiture Fri, 25 Oct 2013 23:45:46 GMT
MaryAnne Hinkle Photography Workshops http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2013/10/maryanne-hinkle-photography-workshops MaryAnne Hinkle Photography and Donn Green Photography partnered once again on June 21, 2014 for a BOHO/Glam/Country Girl Photo Shoot.
 

This workshop was a huge success where 10 photographers, a make-up artist, a hair stylist and 5 models all came together under one roof.
 

 

 

The lovely and talented Chris Grey delicately puts make-up on Ms. Sandie to get her all spruced up for our professional photography session.

BEFORE

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce the gorgeous Ms. Sandie's AFTER shot.

This contents of the glass is only Kool-Aid - meant to be viewed as a only a prop for this photograph.

BEFORE

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce the gorgeous Ms. McKenzie's AFTER shot.

Ms. Yvonne did a FABULOUS job on Little Ms. McKenzie's hair.

Ms. Sandie and her daughter, McKenzie

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BEFORE

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce the gorgeous Ms. Elisa's AFTER shot.

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BEFORE

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce the gorgeous Ms. Beatriz's AFTER shot.

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BEFORE

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce the gorgeous Ms. Virginia's AFTER shot.

M.A. talks to Beatriz before he takes shots of her, while Patrick reviews his images.

Donn goes over the lighting techniques with everyone while I lurk in the background getting the notes in my head ready to discuss posing techniques, shadows, etc.

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REQUIREMENTS for PHOTOGRAPHERS:

You must have a DSLR camera.

You need to bring the manual to your camera.

You need to have a passion for photography and the desire to learn about studio photography.

You need to be able to pay $40.00 for this workshop through PayPal ahead of time for

July 20, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Send workshop fee to: mhinkle125@charter.net

PLEASE DO NOT CHARGE THE PAYPAL FEE TO MARYANNE HINKLE

12 – 15 photographer limit.

Photographers will NOT be permitted to photograph models while another photographer is taking shots.

Refunds will be offered if this workshop is cancelled.

Please no children, other guests or pets.

This is a non-smoking/non-drinking event.

Bring water or any other type of beverage - no alcohol. We will not break for lunch so please bring a snack.

Please contact me for the address/map to the shooting location after your payment is sent.

Workshop Session for Photographers includes:

Camera Setting Instructions

Eliminating/Creating Shadows/Mastering Light

Depth of Field

Rules of Thirds

Portrait Studio Photography

Working with Models

& MUCH MORE

MODELS:

√ 1– Liberated Lady – 31-49 yr. old model

√ 2 – 50+ and Fabulous models

  1– Mother/Daughter(s) model

Our hair and make-up artists will make models look and feel gorgeous!

Workshop Session for Models is FREE & includes:

Pre-Session Consultation on Make-Up and Posing

Glamour Studio Photography Session

Contract/Agreement/Model Release

REQUIREMENTS for MODELS:

You do not have to be a professional model to participate.

You need to be able to commit to this workshop on

Saturday, July 20, 2013 – 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. (for the duration of time).

You must have a dressy/tasteful long/short "evening dress," "prom dress" or "wedding dress" to participate.

You need to bring a pair of nice blue jean or regular shorts/pants and top for a different look.

You need to come with a clean face and hair prior to the shoot.

Before and After shots will be taken. :-)

You need to bring all your hair supplies and make-up supplies for touch-ups; bring jewelry if you wish - don't forget earrings.

Please make sure you have on enough mascara by the make-up artist for your eyelashes to 'pop' in a shot.

A dressing room will be available.

You need to arrive prepared to be photographed by 6-12 photographs at separate times.

Our hair and make-up artists will make models look and feel gorgeous!

Bookings and Inquiries – 770-786-8946

info@maryannehinklephotography.com

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THEMES DISCUSSED IN ALL WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:

Camera Setting Instructions

Eliminating Shadows/Mastering Light

Depth of Field

Rules of Thirds

Portrait Photography

Plus so much more...

Please contact MaryAnne Hinkle Photography to secure your reservations for a future workshop: info@maryannehinklephotography.com

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ONE-ON-ONE TRAINING:

Not ready for a workshop; however, you would still like to improve your photography skills.

$75/hr by phone

$125/hr in person (your home)

$145/hr on location

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PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:

Space is limited in all workshops so that each person is guaranteed to receive all the help they need. Reservations for a workshop is on a first come first serve basis. Again, pre-registration is required.

If you are just starting to take pictures and are unsure how to set up your camera so you can capture top quality images you can be proud of, then join MaryAnne Hinkle Photography at Zoo Atlanta so you can learn how to take exceptional images and build your portfolio.

MaryAnne Hinkle Photography Workshop Basics offers step-by-step instructions on how to set your camera for certain desired shots, how to take a shot of a landscape in a variety of ways, how to look beyond the obvious in a specific subject and how to change your images from drab to remarkable by following certain angle instructions.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN A WORKSHOP:

All photography workshops are open to beginners who have a digital camera (preferably an DSLR where settings can be adjusted accordingly) to create an outstanding shot and who wish to learn more about taking photographs.

Filters and lenses you have to create desired shots.

Extra Batteries

The MANUAL to your camera so I can instruct you which settings work best to obtain the type of desired shot you wish to accomplish.

If you do not have the manual to your camera, please order a guide for your specific camera. Amazon http://www.Amazon.com has them for every model of camera.

Please bring a Tripod if you have one.

Please bring water.

Please wear "COMFORTABLE" shoes and clothing; we could be at the workshop for a few hours.

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PAST WORKSHOPS

Glamour Photography Studio Workshop - Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Sunflower Farm Photography Workshop - Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Oakland Cemetery Photography Workshop - Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Zoo Atlanta Photography Workshop - Saturday, April 27, 2013.


 

 Gibbs Garden Photography Workshop - Saturday, March 30, 2013.

 Davidson Arabia Mountain Photography Workshop - March 9, 2013.
 

 

The below link will take you to an awesome read that every photographer should read.

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DISCLAIMER:

MaryAnne Hinkle is not a Hiking Instructor, a Hiking Guide, a Department of Natural Resources Employee, a cartographer, a directional adviser, nor does MaryAnne Hinkle make any claims to be any of the previous listed professionals.

MaryAnne Hinkle is not providing medical, legal or other professional advice on this blog.

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MaryAnne Hinkle is providing the still shots of waterfalls/hiking trails on this blog for entertainment purposes only; explaining the area to hikers, offering only suggestion concerning directions, and thereby allowing the hiker to see the waterfalls/hiking trails in still photography before a hiker treks to the area.

MaryAnne Hinkle Photography makes no warranties of any kind concerning the GPS Coordinates and/or directions to waterfalls/hiking trails on this blog, including, and not limited to any warranty of accuracy, completeness, reliability, or fitness for a particular purpose, or any warranty that the directions included on this blog is completely accurate. MaryAnne Hinkle suggests to hikers that a compass and/or a GPS is taken with you on any and all hiking trips, overnight backpacking trips, excursions, etc.

MaryAnne Hinkle reserves the right to publish letters/emails to the editor of this blog. Letters and emails sent in to this website will be shared with our blogging audience as long as MaryAnne Hinkle Photography feels the comments are according to the standards of this website. The letters/emails may or may not be used in an up-and-coming book or column. The owner/author of the letter/email will have ownership of said letter/email.

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BONAVENTURE CEMETERY

Beneath the veil of moss covered ancient bearded live oak trees, which casts an abundance of shadows upon the paved and dirt roads leading to memorialized, lonely departed loved ones resting in peace lies a picturesque, ethereal, Southern Gothic style, Bonaventure Cemetery; located in Thunderbolt, GA, east of Savannah, GA.

Bonaventure Cemetery is one of the oldest, most popular, most historical cemetery's for locals to stroll through a breathtaking and open-air art gallery and for tourists to capture photo after photo of remarkable stone, marble and granite sculptures. A profusion of angels and cherubs and even underground crypts are scattered about the grounds where inscriptions are written on the faces of stone showcasing heartfelt notes, birth dates and departed dates.

History is throughout this cemetery just as with any cemetery; ghost stories are sometimes repeated until they become legends, and legends themselves are buried here from artistic talents to creators of science to those who have served our country from days gone by. Take a stroll through the images I captured from my latest visit to Bonaventure and see for yourself the beauty that encapsulates the graves... Some of the images below were actually taken (and are noted) from April 5, 2012.
 

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"I gazed awe-stricken as one new - arrived from another world. Bonaventure is called a graveyard, a town of the dead, but the few graves are powerless in such a depth of life. The rippling of living waters, the song of birds, the joyous confidences of flowers, the calm, un-disturbable grandeur of the oaks, mark this place of graves as one of the Lord's most favored abodes of life and light." ~~ John  Muir~~ from the book - A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf - published in 1916 - 2 years after Mr. Muir passed on.
 

Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GABonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA At the entrance of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

This obelisk stands at one of the many starting points at Bonaventure.

My best friend, Shannon being silly before our stroll through Bonaventure Cemetery. Shannon is a Social Studies teacher so she loves the history of this place and I love going with her to take photographs of most all that we see. The history of Bonaventure Cemetery is certainly astounding!
 

Many resting places have signs that read, "Do Not Service." The grass grows taller, the weeds thicker, and nobody seems to ever visit these particular areas to pay their respects. I found this scene so sad because the cemetery will not take care of several areas because when the person died, their loved ones had a choice to pay for 'perpetual care' and the family chose not to do so. Today, new resting places are taken care of because of lifetime perpetual care that is a given when one rests here.

Gukenheimer Family Resting Grounds. This mausoleum is a giant in comparison to the other markers nearby and it stands at attention with the moss draped curtains of moss on the old oak trees surrounding the area.

Symbolism of the wife leaning on the husband for support. There are Jewish graves scattered throughout Bonaventure and there is even a particular area designated for them.

Large pillars outline the Adler Family Resting Grounds.

This is directly behind the above shot - the Palefsky Family Resting Grounds - another 'Do Not Service' family plot.

1877 P. M. Kolluck Family Resting Grounds.

The winds that blow the moss must be an eerie sight at night.

A beautiful angel watches over a mother and father; Mary and Peter Schafer. It amazes me how weather and time has changed the facade of the angel; however, her wings have barely aged.
 

Mary was 39 when she passed away and Peter was 61; both were so very young.

 

Noble A. Hardee and Ann Margaret Hardee

Shannon stops to read everything about history.

 

Many of the graves are surrounded by wrought iron fencing that have aged over time; rust and discoloration has set in and moss drapes most of them.

Bonaventure Cemetery sits on the banks of the Wilmington River.

Corinne Elliott Lawton (September 21, 1846 -  January 24, 1877, at 7:40 a.m.). 

Read Corinne's story here: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/grave-of-corinne-elliot-lawton

She did not throw herself in the Savannah River as some believed.

Corinne died at home, in bed, with her family around her; probably from Yellow Fever as my research has discovered.

Jesus looks over to Corinne as he stands behind her. Jesus' statue is one of the very few that actually have pupils engraved in the statue.
 

I soaked up the opportunity to take photos of this statue of Jesus.

 

 

There are 11 people resting in peace behind this pyramid shaped monument:

John D. Mongin, (November 13, 1833), Mrs. Sarah Mongin, (1816), David John Mongin, (1823), Mrs. Sarah Blodgett, (1833), Edward W. Mongin, (1813), David J. Mongin, Jr., (1815), Jane J. Mongin, (1821), Sarah Mongin, (1822), Benjamin Blodgett, (1827), Joseph Blodgett, (1831), Sarah M. Blodgett, (1840).

 

General Robert Houston Anderson - 1835-1888.

If you look closely, you will notice a haze of color at the ANDERSON wording to the left of this shot and to the right; however, the sun is not beaming on this area; it is all in a shadow, so what is the explanation for the haze? I only edited this shot a slight bit and did not add the haze - it is on the original as well.

Visit this link to read more about General Robert Houston Anderson: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9853

On April 5, 2012, Shannon and I visited Bonaventure and ... well my camera would not work on the right side of this statue. I tried three separate times to take a shot of this statue on that date, but we both got so spooked that we went running out of there. Very odd to say the least, but when we found this statue again, we wanted to see if my camera would work and surprisingly it did. 

There were some really hurtful prickly thorns in this area that stuck to the inside of my sandal and then as I was trying to get them out of my sandal, I stepped on two that Shannon had to pull out of my foot and toe.

 

 

 

 

Bonaventure's most popular grave site for tourists to visit is Little Gracie Watson's. Gracie's statue is made of marble and has an uncanny resemblance with her chubby cheeks and sharply-cut bangs as she sits beside a tree trunk wrapped in a vine as a flower lays in her lap and her hand wrapped around it; she wears a high neck frilly collar, a buttoned sailor dress and spat boots.

 

The writing on the left of this shot on the marker shares Gracie's poignant story:

"Little Gracie Watson was born in 1883, the only child of her parents. Her father was manager of the Pulaski House, one of Savannah’s leading hotels, where the beautiful and charming little girl was a favorite with the guests. Two days before Easter, in April 1889, Gracie died of pneumonia at the age of six. In 1890, when the rising sculptor, John Walz, moved to Savannah, he carved from a photograph this life-sized, delicately detailed marble statue, which for almost a century has captured the interest of all passersby."

The Gracie Watson Burial Site is located at Lot 99 in Section E, off of Mullryne Way.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

Little Gracie Watson's statue at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GALittle Gracie Watson's statue at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

The first time I saw the Taliaferro's Family Plot with this angel's broken wings and broken fingers, I thought she was standing beside a piano, but as you can see, she is actually standing beside a cross that is raised by pillars.

The above inscription is on the cross in the shot right above this one.

Remembering the Veterans of the United States of America.

 

In Memory of all veterans of the United States of America Missing in Action in all wars.

Remembering the Holocaust Victims

Here lieth a third of the ashes of 344 cremated sacred souls. Victims of the Nazis, including the remains of Schmul, son of Y’Cheel Szcerkowski who was killed on the third of Nison 5705 (March 17, 1945) and brought here from Alem Hanover, Germany.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

 

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

Julia Denise Backus Smith
August 12, 1946
December 22, 2003

Humble, Brave, Beautiful, Determined.
Deep in her Faith.
Julie served her fellow man
regardless of race, walk or worth.
Julie was her family's "rock"
She's sorely missed, dearly cherished.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

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Savannah, GA

12 October 2013

The Savannah River from River Street sidewalk.

Old buildings along River Street in Savannah make for (in my humble opinion) great black and white shots.

 

 

There is a sign (as shown above) that states, "No parking any time," but this sign does not stop folks from parking here...

Cobblestone streets are everywhere in Savannah - I love it!

River Street is to the left and the Savannah River is to the right in this shot.

 

An artist painting.

The Savannah River Queen taking passengers on a cruise.

The sky looks so different compared from the east to the west as in the below shot.

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SAVANNAH, GA

5 April 2012

Forsyth Park

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

Photograph taken on April 5, 2012.

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MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL
 

Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey Thursday, November 20, 1997, took me to Savannah, GA to stargaze at the Savannah Civic Center, the site of the premiere of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," where I photographed Kevin Spacey, who played Jim Williams, when I worked for my college newspaper as the Editor. My heart was pounding when I snapped this shot of Mr. Spacey - he had just looked the other way when I pressed my shutter button.

The above and next four shots were taken with a Canon film camera. 

John Berendt - author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

Jack Thompson, played Sonny Seiler in the movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

Lady Chablis, played herself in the movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 
 

I snapped this shot of her at the movie screening in 1997."
 

Paul Hipp, played Joe Odum in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," was also at the movie premier where I took this shot of him.

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OAKLAND CEMETERY

Oakland Cemetery is located just minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Atlanta where many tall statues from the Victorian, Greek Revival, Gothic, Neo-classical, Egyptian and Exotic Revival era cascade the city's skyline and where ancient oak trees line many of the sidewalks as one strolls through the area of those resting.

Lion of the Confederacy

"Sunday in the Park" at Oakland Cemetery brought out old cars, skeletons from the closet, costumes and an opportunity for me to take some photographs of the gorgeous stained glass windows from Tiffany Studios found in several mausoleums where the doors were open to the public during this once a year event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This nice gent is all dressed up for the costume contest.

 

 

This lady made this entire costume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MaryAnne Hinkle is not providing medical, legal or other professional advice on this blog.

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MaryAnne Hinkle is providing the still shots of waterfalls/hiking trails on this blog for entertainment purposes only; explaining the area to hikers, offering only suggestion concerning directions, and thereby allowing the hiker to see the waterfalls/hiking trails in still photography before a hiker treks to the area.

MaryAnne Hinkle Photography makes no warranties of any kind concerning the GPS Coordinates and/or directions to waterfalls/hiking trails on this blog, including, and not limited to any warranty of accuracy, completeness, reliability, or fitness for a particular purpose, or any warranty that the directions included on this blog is completely accurate. MaryAnne Hinkle suggests to hikers that a compass and/or a GPS is taken with you on any and all hiking trips, overnight backpacking trips, excursions, etc.

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) Bonaventure Cemetery Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Oakland Cemetery Savannah, GA http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2013/10/bonaventure-cemetery-savannah-ga-midnight-in-the-garden-of-good-and-evil-oakland Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:59:02 GMT
Fort Stewart National Guard MP CO Departure Ceremony http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2012/8/fort-stewart-national-guard-mp-co-departure-ceremony Copyright Notice:

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What an incredibly awesome honor to get a personal invitation from the Deputy Director of the Georgia Army National Guard to photograph a departure ceremony at Fort Stewart on Sunday, 26 August 2012.

I drove to south Georgia to stay with my best friend, Shannon the weekend of this ceremony. I had a private photo shoot with her precious children and we laughed uncontrollably at times and ate some awesome food. I was up before her chickens woke up so I could get to this event on time.

Fort Stewart is a huge military base and of course I got lost; not once, not twice, but three times. Luckily a very nice lady pointed me in the right direction. I bumped into two of my students whose uncle was a part of this ceremony and then I actually bumped into two photographers I have worked with in the past whose son was a part of this ceremony.

The turn out of civilians was incredible. People brought cameras and of course I had mine in tow with business cards so I could capture families before they said good-bye to the soldiers.

I met a very nice soldier, (M. Thompson), who also took photos of this ceremony. He scared me when he walked up to me to ask if I was there to take pictures. When he approached me I thought, "Oh great! I'm going to get kicked off post and I haven't taken my first shot yet." :-)

The sky was absolutely gorgeous. The weather was warm and I felt blessed to be there. The soldiers never appeared uncomfortable standing for 30 minutes in one place. I don't know how they did it. I was all over the place with my camera taking as many shots as I could get.

I hope you enjoy scrolling through the shots below as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Hello Donovan Field! Nice to finally see you.

 Soldiers marching from across the street to Donovan Field where the ceremony took place.   

I had special permission to walk around this ceremony and capture any shot I wanted. What an honor!

 

 

 

Every head is bowed for a prayer.

 

 

 

I think shots of a soldiers boots are pretty cool.

  

All four of these ladies are cousins. GOOD LUCK TO EACH OF YOU and THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY! 

 

 

 

Such an awesome, gorgeous couple. I fell in love with Mrs. Beuning. She was such a delight to work with.

A father's love for his children.

 

 

 

A soldier walked up to me while I was snapping shots of these awesome cooks and said something in my ear that of course was hilarious, but I cannot repeat his comments here. Before I knew it I was able to capture the poses from these silly people.

 

Once the ceremony was over, I drove to the Warriors Walk that I had spotted on my way through post. I was immediately drawn to the American flags that were blowing in the wind and the small stone markers. As I walked down the sidewalk, I could not help but think about the soldiers who gave up so much for our country, who were killed in wars that could have been avoided if this world only knew "PEACE," and those who sacrificed more than us civilians ever thought of sacrificing. What an incredible selfless act they have shown our country.

 

 

 

 

After my stroll through the Warriors Walk, I then drove back to Brooklet to be a part of my first "Peanut Boil." My best friend kept a really good secret from me and finally shared that her father-in-law is a peanut farmer, a cow farmer, a crop farmer and just an all out sweet man. After the peanut boil, I drove back to Fort Stewart to take more pictures of the soldiers and their families at the BBQ. And, I got lost about three more times; however, thankfully, an incredibly sweeeet soldier got in his truck and asked me to follow him where the BBQ was so I could take more shots of the soliders.

What a day for me to remember.

I did not eat "all" these peanuts, but sure wish I could have brought some home for the king of our house.

 

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MaryAnne Hinkle is not a Hiking Instructor, a Hiking Guide, a Department of Natural Resources Employee, a cartographer, a directional adviser, nor does MaryAnne Hinkle make any claims to be any of the previous listed professionals.

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MaryAnne Hinkle is providing the still shots of waterfalls/hiking trails on this blog for entertainment purposes only; explaining the area to hikers, offering only suggestion concerning directions, and thereby allowing the hiker to see the waterfalls/hiking trails in still photography before a hiker treks to the area.

MaryAnne Hinkle Photography makes no warranties of any kind concerning the GPS Coordinates and/or directions to waterfalls/hiking trails on this blog, including, and not limited to any warranty of accuracy, completeness, reliability, or fitness for a particular purpose, or any warranty that the directions included on this blog is completely accurate. MaryAnne Hinkle suggests to hikers that a compass and/or a GPS is taken with you on any and all hiking trips, overnight backpacking trips, excursions, etc.

MaryAnne Hinkle reserves the right to publish letters/emails to the editor of this blog. Letters and emails sent in to this website will be shared with our blogging audience as long as MaryAnne Hinkle Photography feels the comments are according to the standards of this website. The letters/emails may or may not be used in an up-and-coming book or column. The owner/author of the letter/email will have ownership of said letter/email.

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) Georgia Army National Guard http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2012/8/fort-stewart-national-guard-mp-co-departure-ceremony Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:18:49 GMT
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I had the privilege of photographing families at a Family Camp and I'm naming this photographic shoot - Hear'ts Locker to represent the love and sacrifice each of these individuals provide and have provided for our country at the Wounded Warrior Camp. 

This little girl was so precious and you can truly see just how much her parents love and adore her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate Freedom

23 June 2012

The goal of the Celebrate Freedom Photo Shoot (that I composed with the help of my fellow photographer friend, Kristy, as well as the models who took part in this shoot), was to showcase the celebration of July 4th, reflect Freedom, as well as the colors of Red, White and Blue as a significant collaboration of Independence. So each year, what we celebrate for one day, on July 4th,  was in truth, a 20 year struggle for independence. Our Declaration of Independence stands today as one of the most profound declarations ever written. Perhaps the most famous line from the Declaration of Independence is - “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

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I love learning new techniques and love giving the younger generation an opportunity to get their feet wet with modeling. So with both accounts in mind, I posted on my personal Facebook page, as well as the group page I created on FB called the Conyers Photographer's Guild, that I needed models willing to pose for this shoot. Everything unfolded perfectly and opened up the chance for two young men; Christian and Will to have their shots taken by me (and my friend, Kristy), while they posed alongside Adrienne, who has a few years of modeling experience under her belt. It was hot and muggy day in Georgia, but we got through the shoot and the pictures (in my humble opinion) turned out fabulous!

INTRODUCING CHRISTIAN NABI:  "This was my first modeling photo shoot. I got involved because I heard through my mother that Ms. Mary Anne needed some extra models. I desire to be a model because I enjoyed this photo shoot and have always thought about being a model. I recently graduated from Heritage High School and am currently enrolled at Valdosta State University. I will attend VSU for a couple of years before I transfer to The University of Georgia. I have one younger brother and one older step brother.

Athletics are a huge part of my life; I am always doing some type of sport, from swimming, to football, to soccer, to wrestling, etc. Which is why one of my favorite quotes comes from the great Michael Jordan - 'You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.'"

Christian was so willing to pose any way I needed him to and his mother has certainly raised a fine young man. Christian is such a polite young man and I hope to see his talent grow with modeling.

INTRODUCING ADRIENNE OWENBY: "I am 23-years-old and have been modeling for about 7 years now. I have done many shoots and runway modeling. I’ve been married for almost five years and have a three-year-old son. My main job is a Secretary at Advanced Retirement Planning. I absolutely love modeling. Modeling is my hobby and when I have the chance or opportunity to do it, I enjoy it so much. I love working with different photographers because everyone has a different style and way of doing things, and it’s always fun to see how the pictures will turn out."

Adrienne has posed for me one other time and my camera just adores her. She is one of the sweetest models I have had the pleasure of working with and I also hope to see her talents grow as a model.

INTRODUCING WILL BREWER: "This was my first modeling shoot. And it started for me a few months ago. I sent some pics in to a company and they were very interested but then I never heard anything back. That's when I got started with MaryAnne Hinkle Photography. It wasn't my idea to be a model until other people started suggesting it to me. They said I had a great body and a great smile so I thought I might give it a try.

In July I'll be graduating from Athens Technical College with a degree in Criminal Justice. My goal is to become a law enforcement officer for the state of Georgia. I have two sisters; one is 23 and the other is 3. My family and I are very close. Some of my hobbies are going to the gym and just playing any sport. I am very active person.

My favorite quote is: “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” This is my favorite quote because whenever I'm close to giving up on something I just think of this and it just keeps me going."

 

 

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DISCLAIMER:

MaryAnne Hinkle is not a Hiking Instructor, a Hiking Guide, a Department of Natural Resources Employee, a cartographer, a directional adviser, nor does MaryAnne Hinkle make any claims to be any of the previous listed professionals.

MaryAnne Hinkle is not providing medical, legal or other professional advice on this blog.

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MaryAnne Hinkle is providing the still shots of waterfalls/hiking trails on this blog for entertainment purposes only; explaining the area to hikers, offering only suggestion concerning directions, and thereby allowing the hiker to see the waterfalls/hiking trails in still photography before a hiker treks to the area.

MaryAnne Hinkle Photography makes no warranties of any kind concerning the GPS Coordinates and/or directions to waterfalls/hiking trails on this blog, including, and not limited to any warranty of accuracy, completeness, reliability, or fitness for a particular purpose, or any warranty that the directions included on this blog is completely accurate. MaryAnne Hinkle suggests to hikers that a compass and/or a GPS is taken with you on any and all hiking trips, overnight backpacking trips, excursions, etc.

MaryAnne Hinkle reserves the right to publish letters/emails to the editor of this blog. Letters and emails sent in to this website will be shared with our blogging audience as long as MaryAnne Hinkle Photography feels the comments are according to the standards of this website. The letters/emails may or may not be used in an up-and-coming book or column. The owner/author of the letter/email will have ownership of said letter/email.

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) Camp Dream Celebrate Freedom Hearts Locker Wounded Warrior Camp http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2012/8/hearts-locker-celebrate-freedom Sun, 05 Aug 2012 14:42:46 GMT
My time in prayer... http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2012/8/my-time-in-prayer ***
 

16 February 2016
 

I have a topic weighing heavy on my heart and this topic has weighed heavy for years now, but more within the past year. I had a conversation with a person last night who is so incredibly precious to me. She will simply never know just how much she means to me and what she has taught me. Without her words of wisdom, I would not be the person I am today. 
 

This person reads tarot cards and she feels she is a psychic - one who delves into that which lies outside the realm of physical knowledge; one who delves into the immaterial or spiritual realm; one who is apparently sensitive to supernatural forces and influences; a medium. It breaks my heart to shreds knowing she will never understand the Bible and the Word of God when it comes to this even though she says she has read the Bible. For one to read the Bible, does not mean , you are instantly saved or you have a place in Heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ. To read the Bible means you are striving to have and maintain a closer relationship with Christ.
 

Nevertheless, please look up the definition of tarot cards if you are unsure of their purpose. I would love to give you the Biblical meaning of why we should not dangle in this type of witchcraft, black magic, etc. Here goes: For decades and since early times, people have sought supernatural experiences that God did not endorse. The nations that surrounded the Promised Land were saturated with those who practices divination or sorcery, etc. God has stern words for His people concerning any involvement with them.
 

Deuteronomy 18:9-12  says, “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.  Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.
 

Isaiah 8:19 says, “When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” Exactly. Why? When we follow those words to their logical conclusion, we could also ask, “Why seek any power apart from the source of all real power? Exactly. Why? Why seek spirits who are not the Holy Spirit?” Witchcraft and its many counterparts promise spirituality, yet lead only to emptiness and death (Micah 5:12; Galatians 5:19-21). Only Jesus has the words of life (John 6:68).
 

Please pray this person will find and see the light and stop reading tarot cards and stop trying to predict the future. The future cannot be found by reading tarot cards, nor can it be found by a person; only God knows the future. The person seeking another person to read the tarot cards should seek wisdom from the Holy Bible, not from worldly means.
 

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1 December 2015 

I may not get to my blog each day, but I do pray everyday for various topics and those topics - God helps me with. 

Do you ever ponder the following? How would Jesus handle this situation? How am "I" supposed to handle this horrible situation I'm going through? Why did this happen to "me"? These are all questions that can be answered by reading the Bible and praying to our Heavenly Father. 
 

There are so many circumstances that breeze through our hair that sometimes stop us in our track. If you are not familiar with the way God wants 'you' to 'handle' a certain situation that may cross 'your' path, please do not try to do it alone. God wants us to want Him. God created us in his image and we are to go to Him for all of our needs and it is a need when you are going through something you had not planned on going through.

Dear Heavenly, Glorious, Wonderful Father God,

I praise you! I lift up your name to the Heavens and pray many will come to you in their time of need. I pray for all those people on the planet who do not know you. I pray for all those people who wish they knew you, but are unsure how to go about knowing you. I pray you will send someone to come into their life to teach them the ways of righteousness. I pray they will turn their life over to you, Father God. 

In Christ's Holy name I Pray,

Amen

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25 July 2015
 

Every morning I arise at 5:00 a.m. to start my day, except for Saturday's of course - that is a day where God allows me to rest and sleep in when my husband and I haven't planned a hiking trip to some gorgeous waterfall that is. Thank you God for allowing me this day each week for this opportunity.. I had a long commute to Atlanta and God helps me to make the best of the drive. I listened to 3 different pastors who preach three different sermons and my car is now a sanctuary of tranquility. However, the distractions came when drivers zip past me exceeding the speed limit and I take a moment to pray for them, their safety, and their family. Then when traffic comes to a grid lock stop due to an accident, even if I never see the aftermath of that or any accident, I pray for the lives of those involved. Traffic and a long commute does not have to be a horrible thing. A person can always make the best of the experience with a little ingenuity and creativity to help break the monotony of a long distance commute.

Dear Heavenly Father,

YOU blessed me with this job, yet as you know I have been praying for another opportunity where with your love, guidance and encouragement I can really make a huge difference in child's life, in an adult's life; in anyone's life who will listen to the Gospel; an opportunity where I can be challenged, speak with believers and non believers, where I lead others as well as myself to continue to be drawn to the Word on a continual basis, and lead others to Christ. If this opportunity is in your Will, gracious Father God, then your Will - will be done.

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 

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9 May 2015

I cannot believe I have not made the time to write on my blog for almost a year. Life sure does fly when you are having fun. I would love to be able to sit here and share all the blessings God has showered my family and I with, but I have great things to do for God's glory. For starters, I need to pray for our country, pray for one of my client's brother's as he struggles with lung cancer, pray for the family who lost their lives in a recent plane crash, pray for lost souls, pray for missions, pray for faith to be found in Heavenly Father by those who have lost hope and pray peace among our nations.

Dear Heavenly Father,

There are many people all across this globe who need You! I pray you will guide me to lead others to you. I pray you will help the sick, the wounded, the lost and those who are struggling. I pray you will touch the life of that special someone who is going through a divorce. She has lost her way and she needs You. Help give me the right words to say to her to comfort her as she struggles to find peace.

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 

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 17 May 2014

My husband and I visit with our son often; more times than I actually post photographs on Facebook from my Instagram account - we visit with Shane. I realized several years ago that we are the only two people on this earth who visit with Shane on a regular basis. We do our very best to bring happiness into Shane's life any way we possibly can. We always want to see Shane happy!

In the past, I have asked friends to go with me to Shane's to see him, get to know him and spend time with us, yet each time I ask, they simply cannot. I'm not complaining. I understand. Everyone has a life just as we do...I love my close friends; they are God's gift to me - just as Shane is God's gift to me. My closest friends are the ones I cherish; the ones I confide in on those incredibly rare occasions, and the ones who take the time to comment on the photographs of Shane that I actually post on Facebook.

I realized a few years ago as I watched my friends post photographs of their children who are growing into young adults - getting their drivers license, going on their first date, getting ready for their prom, getting ready for their wedding, and now, today, most of those young adults have a family and have given their parents grandchildren...Those young adults have embarked on their journey into formal adulthood. I am so blessed to be able to see my friend's children grow into adults - loving parents, wonderful children to their own parents, outstanding citizens of our community, and I pray for them that if they have not found God that they do find Him and seek His will for their life...

Shane graduated high school and I had began saving for him to go to college long before he ever entered this world...And, yet I will never see Shane go on his first date, get married to the love of his life, have children of his very own, or give Jeffrey and I our first grandchild. All of those wonderful life experiences was not in God's plan. Instead, the life experiences that were in God's plan was for me to see the miracle that Shane gives to life daily, more of what Shane gives to my life; honest, pure, happiness to know I have a son who, if he could, he would get married, have his first child and give me my first grandchild. This is what a mother dreams of throughout the course of her life. Yet, as I mentioned, God has different plans in mind.

Shane's bright existence, his authentic smile, and his classic pureness was God's plan was for me to see each and every day. I miss Shane terribly when I'm not with him. I constantly yearn to be with him, to call him, to make sure he's happy...I'm certain other mother's see their own flesh and blood in the same light; however, from my own perspective, life is different with Shane and I would not want any other life but the life God has given me. 

Shane has helped me grow into the person God intended, to see life through a different set of eyes (when I can find my glasses that is), to look at life from a different perspective, to live life as it comes, to live life to the fullest, to not complain about what I do not have, but to rejoice and appreciate what God gave Shane, me and Jeffrey - a life with a young man whom we will always cherish. We will always make sure Shane is happy, and we will fight the good fight for his rights during our journey to do so.

There is absolutely no telling where my life would be if I did not have Shane in my life. Maybe I would have served our country, landed that dream job with the National Geographic as a photojournalist or the New York Times as a crime reporter, yet regardless, God gave me Shane to save me from a life that I know today would not have made me happy. The life I have today makes me very happy. I have never been able to do any of what I've done for Shane without God's guidance, without His push and His Love...Without God, I am nothing. Without Shane, I am nothing. Without Jeffrey, I am nothing.

I thank God for giving me Shane. All our joys are different from another family's life. All the struggles we have been through in our life are different from another family's life. Everyone's life is different.  

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today and always, I pray for the parents of young adults whom I know and whom I do not know. I pray for the young adults who have their entire life staring them straight in the face. I pray the young adults put God first in their life. I pray each of them make the right choices in their life. I pray their journey is a ride of pureness that makes them happy; as if they are being licked in the face by their first puppy and they giggle uncontrollably, (yes even the young men - giggle uncontrollably - you'll be glad you did). I pray those young adults always have work to keep them busy. I pray their work is prosperous and brings them food to be placed on the table. I pray for their happiness. I pray for their parents happiness and most of all I pray each of those young adults who are either still in school or are about to leave their momma's nest, will always remember where they came from and who loves them more than life itself - Jesus does. He died for you and for me. I pray each adult; young or old never forget's that... 

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 

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1 May 2014

I haven't been posting on this particular blog due to 'time' constraints; however, I am here now, just as God is here now - with me. Today marks the 63rd Annual National Day of Prayer, and I have been reaching out to God all day; praying for people I have never prayed for, praying for opportunities to slap me upside my existence, and praying for many other issues that trouble me from time-to-time. Let us UNITE in prayer as 'one' on this day and every single day!

Not a day goes by where I do not pray over the many blessings God has bestowed upon me and my family. I am humbled by the compassion of life that has proven itself to me. I am humbled by grace, and I am humbled by gratitude.

I love Father God and for many, many years and for all those moments He has shown himself to me, I would like to thank HIM! I cannot even begin to share all the times He has pulled me through one storm after another, and as I sit here with tears in my eyes and the emotions are surging through my body, I simply cannot express enough to Him how much I love Him for all He has done for me. I praise you, God. I love you, God. I trust in You, God and whatever Your will is for me - I will be forever grateful for the lesson you bestow to me. I will be right here waiting for Your will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  
 

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray for all Your creature that You created. Dear Gracious Heavenly Father, bring peace over our world. Allow God to come back into our government. Allow God to come back into our schools; instead of a moment of silence; allow a moment of prayer. Lord, give parents the knowledge they need to raise Your children. The children of today are our future and we are responsible for them. Lord, I pray for the President of the U.S. I pray for those in need. I pray for those who have a sickness. I pray for those who oversee our First Baptist Church of Covington; Pastor Cody, Pastor Josh, Pastor Ralph, Pastor Tim, Pastor Charles and Pastor Matt as well as all the staff and volunteers who help our Church. I pray for the pastors of all other Churches. I pray for abundant grace.

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 
 

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9 January 2014

There comes a point in a person's life where one must stop and realize there is a higher power other than ourselves. Once that realization sets in, a person must begin their journey to claim ownership of what they should have done years ago. I'm speaking of becoming a member of a church - not just any church, but a church where families gather together under one roof to worship one God, my God, our God, our King of King, our Lord of Lords. Normally a person will visit several churches before becoming a member. Visiting churches is an incredibly rewarding adventure. I have met so many wonderful people while on my journey to find the one that fits me just right. God will lead the way. I trust in Him...

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9 December 2013

The most important gift of all that we have been blessed with is to begin the celebration of our precious son, Shane's 28th birthday. The bang of a large birthday celebration is on hold for various private reasons. God knows those reasons and He is in the process of working those out for the betterment of our family.

The doctor's gave our family their opinion after Shane's birth and those feelings were bleak which made my family PRAY, PRAY, PRAY and PRAY more than ever before. Shane has proven those doctors wrong and with much prayer, help and assistance from angels up above, and angels here on earth, Shane is experiencing life to the best of his sweet ability.

God blessed me with Shane and life as I knew it changed the moment I gave birth to my only child. The responsibility of caring for a newborn baby who was very sick turned a switch on inside me, and I vowed to take care of him in the very best way I could. I fight for him each day and I pray for him most every second of every waking moment. Our family is faced with so many challenges, but we face each one head on and today I'm learning to face them with peace in mind and with God's guidance and assurance that He is there for me and He will help me take care of Shane.

Shane has taught me patience, how to have more faith in Jesus, and to love everyone unconditionally. What a combination! And, the joy of having all those taught to me by my precious son who adores Jesus, and the smile on his precious face when I speak with him about our Dear Heavenly Father is enough to warm the hardest of hearts. I am sad that we cannot take Shane to Church with us and hopefully one day that will change so Shane can experience God's word and God's house again.

Our life has been a struggle with Shane's illnesses, and he has been hospitalized so many times, but bless his sweet heart, we are so blessed to have the power of prayer to help him overcome each illness. Life can be about struggles or it can be about putting your faith in a higher power and our higher power is in our sweet Lord above. No matter how rough times get, I have to always remind myself to stop and say, "God has this," and then my prayers are put at God's feet for Him to handle for me. I can't travel on this journey without God and I pray each day nobody is ever put through the struggles our family has to endure.

I feel God gave me Shane for a reason and even though I feel it is not up to me to figure out that reason or those reasons, God knows why. Yet, honestly it does not matter why. It use to matter and I use to try to figure it all out, but as I began to accept the circumstances of my son's life and his illness, I have come to realize that as long as I have Shane, I have all that I need in him and all that I need in Christ Jesus.

Happy Birthday to my sweet and precious angel son, Shane.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today, I pray that each family knows their blessings in their children, whether their children has an illness that can be cured or not. Dear Lord, forgive those parents who turn their backs on their children for reasons that only you and they may know. Touch their lives sweet Jesus and bless them dear Lord.

Thank you for those abundant blessings you have given our family and other families in this huge world we all live in.

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 

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5 December 2013

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

This time of year makes me truly wish my parents and brother were still with us. They are in Heaven rejoicing with Jesus each day we live and breathe here on earth. What wonderful days they are having!

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21 November 2013

This is a prayer by Korie from Duck Dynasty and was taken from The Duck Commander Devotional book... "Lord, please help me to be more pure in heart. At some point in our lives, we start judging the outside of people. We forget that each man or woman is someone's son or daughter, a child of God. But I see someone who is different than I am, whether because of clothing style, skin color, religion, or something else, I pray I will be more childlike in my heart. I pray for all those struggling with illness and difficulty. I pray this through Jesus, amen."

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20 November 2013

November 19, 2013, marked the date that I married my best friend at one of my favorite places on earth - the southern Tennessee mountains. I do not know what I would do with my better half; he makes me a better person and certainly keeps me grounded. I trust him with my life and with my son's life.

We celebrated our joyous occasion by taking our son to his doctor's appointment. Of course we enjoy spending time with our son and big deal - he had to see his doctor on our anniversary - this seemed to be really the only way we could include Shane on our 'special' day - long story... Anyway, doctor appointments can sometimes be incredibly stressful for our family. I found myself sending emails and editing emails for my husband on our son's behalf, and then suddenly realized that I should be spending time with my son instead while I had him there with me. So, I stopped sending those emails until after he was heading toward his home.
 

I felt such peace yesterday at this appointment even though the sheer chaos that was going on around me would have normally forced me into a different zone. I feel I felt this peace because I have been on a quest to find a Church home. I have been visiting this one particular Church for about 2 weeks and recently met with the Pastor of the Church - what a momentous meeting that was. I learned so much about the Church that I was not even aware of. I had visited a Church in a neighboring town last year for maybe 8-10 months and the distance was taking a toll on my old Honda. I then did not attend Church for about 7 months and I missed it terribly. So now I'm on a quest to find a Church home and Jeffrey wishes he could join me, but his work schedule has prohibited him from doing so. This journey is very exciting because I am meeting some fabulous people along the way.  

Dear precious Heavenly Father,

I pray Jeffrey and I can find a Church home; a place where we can worship your holy name, receive the love only Your people can give and where the word is taught on a very regular basis. I pray You guide us to this place and we can be a part of their family.

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 

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19 October 2013

Today was a perfect day for a hike into the Blood Mountain Wilderness on the outskirts of Dahlonega, GA, where I escorted two other hikers into an area of waterfalls where neither of them had been before, so we could take photographs to capture God's magnificent splendor in nature. We had an overcast sky, (which is perfect to take waterfall shots), cool temperatures, a filling, delicious breakfast, then to top it off, Dahlonega was holding it's Gold Rush Days weekend. We felt truly blessed when we arrived back from our hike and actually found a parking space. Nevertheless, a few hundred people were draped like human curtains along the streets watching the parade. We decided to join in on the festivities and all three of us got to witness the artistic workings of over 300 arts and craft exhibitors who made shawls, scarves, trinkets, wooden holiday signs, excellent smelling candles, etc. as artists were busy chatting and selling underneath their booths in the Public Square and Historic District of Dahlonega. 

My husband and I would truly enjoy living in Dahlonega where there always seems to be an abundance of activities going on in this part of the state.

Dahlonega is such a peaceful place and it's no wonder many tourists visit there every weekend. God has a plan for us and we hope our final retirement  destination (many years from now) will put us in Dahlonega on top of a mountain surrounded by at least 10 acres of land with goats, a few cows, two horses and many Alaskan Klee Kai to keep us busy.

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 

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4 October 2013
 

On October 4, 1992, twenty-one years ago today, my precious, sweet mother left this earth to join angels in Heaven. Not a day goes by where I don't think about you.

I miss your comforting hugs, your smile, your sweet nature and most of the all, I miss the love you gave to our family. Thank you for teaching me to be the best mother I can possibly be and for everything else you ever gave me.

We miss and love you dearly, momma!
 

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3 August 2013

It is so incredibly refreshing for someone to finally say to me, "You have every right to question anything where your son is concerned," instead of someone refusing to answer my questions. It is so incredibly refreshing for someone to put my son first and to put our family first. It is so incredibly refreshing for someone to work with our family, instead of against our family. It will be such a blessing to have finally found a person who will take excellent, honest care of my son. I cannot wait for that day to arrive. Thank you, Jesus for prayers being answered.

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7 July 2013

I have discovered something within my soul that wishes to go on a journey. This journey will change my life forever. This journey will not be complicated; it will be life altering. The below poem seems fitting for such a journey.

"What I know in my bones
is that I forgot to take time to remember what I know.
The world is holy. We are holy.
All life is holy.
Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves,
the whisperings of grasses,
the shimmering of leaves,"
                                                                                                                                      ~ Terry Tempest Williams

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22 May 2013   

Life can be tough at times. I am no super woman, but I manage to get through life's obstacles as I walk beside God. When my son has an issue that I need to deal with for him, I often try to resolve 'other' problems for him before they arise by trying to think outside the box on his behalf. In his eyes - I am super woman. I make things happen for him. I pray for him daily. I put situations that I cannot handle or bear at my Lord's feet and most times I try my best to listen to what God is telling me - after all I'm only human and sometimes I think I can handle it; however, in actuality, I cannot handle one thing without the support of my personal Lord and Savior. My son knows that I work hard for him. He knows I love him like there's no tomorrow and he knows I would give my life for him, so off I go to work for my son with God's helping hand and grace. I trust in God.

Shane is the way he is and that was God's intention - for Shane to be pure wholesomeness - not a sinner, not a liar or a cheater; not a bad person; just a pure person. I sin more than my son will ever know of sin; I am not perfect, nor am I a saint. I will never claim to be a saint at all - ever. I struggle daily with my life , yet with God all things are possible and sometimes as I reflect on life, I get a little upset with myself for not realizing this long before I actually did.

Again, I'm not a saint. I am human and I do get angry when someone purposely and deliberately does the 'wrong' thing when it comes to my son's health, welfare and safety, and for the life of the myself, I cannot understand the thought process of some who are supposed to be taking care of my son. Care - that is the key word. The operative words are, 'taking care of..." Oh glory...I have to stop...Going off on a tangent in my mind, is bringing drama into the situation and I have to learn what is done is done. I cannot change the past. I can only do my best to help make the future better for my precious, innocent son.

My precious angel, Shane.

Jeffrey, Shane and I at Fernbank Museum of Natural History for Shane's 26th birthday celebration.

Jeffrey pushing Shane around before his doctor appointment. The above and below images were taken with my cell phone - not the best shots in the world, but a good ones nonetheless...

 

 

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23 April 2013

I pray daily and yet it seems like forever since I posted here. I am one busy person and I thank my God for keeping me busy. I was recently honored with a phone call to photograph the Tour d'Oconee Bike Ride for the third year in a row and I am so thankful to have this opportunity granted to me once again.

I also recently photographed the 20th Reunion for Camp Twin Lakes. That was a huge success and a huge blast. More later...my pillow is calling my name.

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7 November 2012

 Never put your trust in one man for anything; man may let you down. Never put your faith in a country as a whole to do what you feel is right; some of those in that country may disappoint you. Instead, ALWAYS put your trust in GOD! God will never let you down and you can always trust and depend on Him. Now is the time to turn your FAITH over to Him and let Him lead the way.

As I have grown over time, I have noticed that my interest in some politics is one where I listen to both sides of issues instead of just cover my ears. I cannot control what took place last night, and neither can anyone else; however, as I awoke this morning, I realized even more than ever, that I can control my trust and my faith in my God! I can lay everything at His feet; Trust, Believe and have Faith He will take care of me and my family. Agree if you wish. Disagree if you wish – both are your right as a citizen of the United States of America!

When all other presidents won the election, there were those who did not want that ‘one’ to win; they did not trust that ‘one’ and they did not have faith in that ‘one’. Yet, each led our country to the best of his ability during his presidency. Sure, in my humble opinion, there were issues that ‘one’ could have done better regarding his decisions to turn every corner with zeal or with patients to man; however history is always played out according to God’s plan.

No matter the color of your skin, your religious beliefs, your standpoint on how things should be ran by the President of the United States of America, believe we still live in a country where our freedom’s as U.S. citizens still mean more today than they did before they were enacted. We should unite as ‘one’; believe that this may be the best of times and yet also believe that the worst of times will end when we join our Heavenly Father on that glorious day. Turn your other cheek toward God. Believe He will see us through the best and worst of times.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “That we hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are Created Equal, that they are Endowed by their Creator with certain Inalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…” (I say here and now that even though all men are [supposed to be] created equal – all men are not the same. We are all different and everyone has a right to freedom of choice).

Let us UNITE in prayer as 'one'!

Dear Heavenly Father,

We, the people of the United States of America, come together in prayer for our nation. We thank You for inspiring our forefathers to establish our nation with You as our head. Stir our hearts to repentance and help us to restore Your values in our families, our government and our nation.

We pray for Truth to prevail, for our children to turn from Satan and Wisdom for our leaders; that they will make decisions based on what Your Son, Christ Jesus taught us.

We believe in Your words, that if we pray for our nation, humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways, You will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land. (2nd Chronicles 7:14)

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 

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30 August 2012 

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray for the children of this world. Lord, give parents the knowledge they need to raise respectable children. The children of today are our future.  

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 
 

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8 August 2012

"Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity." - Ephesians 4:26-27

It is such a challenge every single day that we humans live and breathe to NOT sin. When you read the last part of the scripture above, "and do not give the devil an opportunity," we need to remember to REBUKE the devil from our life. It is challenging though because sin is all around us. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, it is always there. We should learn to hold our tongues, and do our best to force a positive line of thinking even when we are angry.

The devil is just waiting to hiss at us for an opportunity to go to bed mad. "Go to bed mad," he says..."Oh yes go to bed mad and give me an opportunity." That just sends shivers down my spine.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I want to follow Your example and live a life full of grace. Sometimes it is so hard to show grace to those closest to me. Help me. I don't want to give the devil any opportunities in my marriage, my relationships with my child, or in my friendships.

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 

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7 August 2012

"The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge but the mouth of the fool gushes folly." Proverbs 15:2.

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29

Dear Heavenly Father,

I know You are not a God of love. Teach me to hold my tongue and trust in You when I am frustrated. I want to be able to take insults from those who who feel the need to condemn me even if the insults should not be warranted, and leave the criticism that is hurtful, but I know that only through You can I do this without the weight of condemnation. Thank You for Your gentle conviction and patience with me.

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 

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6 August 2012

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) - I adore this verse. It reminds me so much of how when I was growing up and would even attempt to tell a fib, my heart would ping at me and force me to tell the truth. The truth is all around us, just as God is all around us. When we seek the truth, we find goodness in everyday life. Life is about allowing the truth to become of our being, allowing us to seek God's promise and allowing us to be in His arms so he can nurture us and touch our life with his promise.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for setting me free! You took my pain and turned it into purpose. You took my hurt and turned it into hope. You took my fear and turned it into faith. Thank you, O Lord, for setting my feet to dancing and my voice to singing Your praise!

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 

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3 August 2012 

According to recent statistics, I will make 5,000 decisions today. In the 5,000 decisions you make today, how many of them will be choice points? Choice points are seemingly insignificant decisions yet they lead us in one direction or another.

- I could choose time with my Heavenly Father, or push that time to another day... again. I want to spend time with Him, so I WILL!

- I could choose to create drama with someone who hurt me or ignore it. ALL situations are set on IGNORE.

- I could choose to react in anger over something really petty or just forget about it. I will forget it ever happened.

Each day is about the challenges God sets before us. How we handle each challenge is our testimony to Him whether we realize it or not.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I feel overwhelmed by all my choices at times and it makes me feel horrible. I get upset, my heart races and then poof, I feel peace after a prayer. Today as I make my own 5000 decisions, walk with me, remind me of how my choices affect others and help me choose wisely.

In Christ's Holy name I pray...

Amen 

 

 

 

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info@maryannehinklephotography.com (MaryAnne Hinkle Photography) Father God God, Heavenly Father In need Jesus is Lord Loving God My time in prayer My time with God Prayer http://maryannehinklephotography.com/blog/2012/8/my-time-in-prayer Fri, 03 Aug 2012 13:05:48 GMT
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(Most photographs on this page about my family are scanned copies of the originals and were taken with a film camera).

The photo (above and below) are the only photographs I have of my dad, mom, sister and I in Germany while my dad was in the Military. This is probably at least one of several reasons I would like to take photos of service men and women and their family - so they can look back years later and remember their dad and/or mom, remember what they looked like when they served our country, and the service man or women can remember the meaning of being a Soldier.  

My daddy, SFC Robert W. Forand, was and still is my HERO. He fought in WWII, Vietnam and the Korean War. He had no other choice but to leave my mother with one daughter to raise during his many deployments. Later, I came along, then my brother, Robert. I was 6-years-old when my daddy finally retired. Even though I was only six and my brother was only three when our daddy retired, we were raised as Military children. After a man serves his country for 28 years, he tends to bring militaristic characteristics into the home. We learned honor, discipline, gratitude and to love our country just as much as our daddy loved it. Daddy was very strict and yet taught us so many valuable lessons about life; lessons I will never forget.

I remember one of the first times I saw my daddy after one of his re-deployments. I was scared to death because I had not been around my daddy, the person I knew as a Soldier much in the early years of my life. Daddy came through a door at a Military base where he redeployed to, bent down on one knee, held his arms wide open, and said, "Come here, sugar, and see your ole' daddy." I ran to my mother and latched on to her for life.

Dad, Mom, me, (I was 1-year-old), Betty, (she was 12-years-old), and one of mom's best friends and her daughter in Germany. We are a good-looking bunch of folks!

My father joined the United States Army in 1944. My sister, Betty joined on 23 November 1971; days before my father was due to retire on 31 December 31 1971, after serving 28 years. Betty was 18-years-old when she joined; following in our daddy's footsteps. Betty served 20 years and retired from Fort Carson, Colorado. Betty now resides in Westcliffe, Colorado where she is also a photographer. Betty was the first person to ever show me a camera and I remember taking pictures of a butterfly with her fancy camera - a Nikon, when I was 10-years-old. A camera was hooked to my side from that moment on.

My daddy had dreams that I would join the Military too. When I was in 6th grade, Sharp Middle School administrators announced a "Career Day" would be held. I told my parents about it and I recall my daddy saying to me, "You should be a Soldier. I think you would enjoy being in the Military. I know I sure did." My mom said, "I think you should be a nurse." I was torn between both careers. I wanted to bring happiness to both of my parents and make them proud. I made a small part of my daddy's dream come true by at least seeing me in my sister's Military Dress Greens. My mother wasn't upset I chose to dress up like a Soldier. She was proud of me no matter what career I chose. I was so young in this photo, but my family was so proud to see me in this uniform.

I stood on this stage at Sharp Middle School (with my other classmates who planned to join the Military as well),  and gave a speech to a packed auditorium on why we wanted to join the Military. Here I am exiting the stage after giving my speech.

Both of my parents, brother and sister were standing on the other side of this frame and as I walked toward them, I could not help but smile from ear to ear. This was one of my prouder moments as well. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do the rest of my life. I studied for the ASVAB, took the test, passed, and planned to join on a delay entry program. However, due to extenuating circumstances, I never felt comfortable obligating myself to sign any papers.

 

Above are two shots of my father's uniform that I took back in the day when everyone knew nothing else, but film.

When my father got very ill in December '98, I knew he wanted a Military funeral; we talked about it. I set out on a mission to find out what I needed to do to get a Military uniform for him once he passed away. I knew exactly where to find his DD214, so I could obtain the information on all his medals and ribbons to place them on his uniform. I contacted the funeral home, Fort McPherson, then the National Guard Armory in Covington. I had to let everyone know I needed Soldiers to honor my father with a 21 Gun Salute and it happened.

I took the shots above (of my daddy's uniform) the day I arrived back from Fort. McPherson and a very kind Soldier helped my sister and I find and put the medals on our daddy's uniform exactly where they needed to be placed). Betty knew where they needed to be placed, but she was in no position to make these important decisions. The death of our daddy really put our minds in a whirlwind.

Betty in 1991 when she came back to Georgia from Colorado for Robert's funeral. She wanted to wear her uniform to his funeral. Even though she looks sad, she still looks pretty snazzy!

These shots (above and below) are in a frame on one of our end tables.

 

Betty in my uniform during her trip to Georgia for a short visit in 2012.

There's my daddy. He was a character; always trying to get someone to laugh. Here daddy stands in the driveway of the former house where we lived in Covington. Growing up, my daddy was very strict, but you'd never know it by looking at this pose of him. Betty took this picture.

Dad, Robert, Mom and my son, Shane,  on Thanksgiving Day - 1990; our last Thanksgiving as a family.

On 21 June 1991, my brother passed away. On 4 October 199, my mother passed away. And, on 10 December 1998, my daddy passed away. These were the saddest days in my life. Not a day goes by where I do not miss and think of each of them. I have an American Flag flying at all times in front of our house in honor of my family. Cherish every holiday you have with your family.

Dad, Mom and Shane on Thanksgiving Day in 1990.

Shane loved his grandpa and I'm sure he misses him just as much as I do.

Dad got very ill after my mom passed away in '92. He was hospitalized and this was one of mine and Shane's many times we visited with him. Shortly after this picture was taken, my daddy lived another 7 years. Thanks to the awesome assistance and determination of one of our neighbors who went to my daddy's house and cooked him breakfast each day.

Dad and Betty

 Mom and Shane in 1990. Mom held Shane all the time when she visited with us. He really misses her and so do I! 

Mom with two of her best friends. Remember, my mom wanted me to grow up and be a nurse. Go figure. I really do not care for needles.

21 June 1991, 4 October 1992 and 10 December 1998, were the saddest days in my life. First, my brother passed away, then my mom, then my daddy passed away. Not a day goes by where I do not miss and think of each of them. I have an American Flag flying at all times in front of our house in honor of my family.

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I love these three shots!

 

I had an opportunity to go back to Fort McPherson after many, many years of not setting foot on the grounds. It was an incredible surreal time for me. The base was nearing its closing date and many flashbacks from our family's time there, zapped through my mind as I walked along the same grounds where both my sister and father were at one time in their lives - taking pictures. Check out my blog on "In Honor of Fort McPherson" to see shots of the buildings.

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31 August 2011 - I visited Ft. McPherson for a tour (of the now ghost town within the state of Georgia) and a photo shoot. Mr. Peter Chadwick was my tour guide. With special permission, I was allowed to photograph the grounds of Ft. Mac where soldiers use to participate in basic training, where families use to live and where Army wives use to wait on their loved ones to return before it finally closed on 15 September 2011.The closur[e] stem[med] from recommendations by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) and are part of the Pentagon's plan to streamline the military from one designed to fight the Cold War into one better suited to confront Islamic terrorism and 21st century threats, such as regimes in North Korea and Iran." http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2005/11/07/daily43.html

My sister was stationed at Ft. Mac for a while and these pictures certainly bring back fond memories of my time visiting the grounds when I was much younger. I remember many times visiting the PX with my mother and father and proudly showing my military I.D. to be allowed to gain entry into this city within this city.

Take another tour with me along the empty houses of Staff Row, the empty barracks and the empty streets where soldiers use to walk before the federal government decided to close this historical military base. 

 

 

I thought this cross was so beautiful as it hung on the brick of one of the officer's houses.

Quarters 10 is the centerpiece of Staff Row, originally known as the Commandants Quarters, it was the home to the Commanding General of Forces Command. Completed in 1892, the three-story home has 12-foot high ceilings on the first floor, 11-foot high ceilings on the second and semi-curcular front window in the turret. Post commanders, including Gen. Colin Powell, lived in Quarters 10.

In 1925, General Douglas MacArthur was assigned to Fort McPherson as post commander. Since his wife refused to live in Quarters 10, they rented an apartment near the Fox Theater.

The MacArthur's left after 89 days when the General was reassigned to Baltimore, MD.
A sleeping porch was added in 1935 for President Franklin Roosevelt when he stayed at the base during his travels to Warm Springs, Ga., for therapy.

**Information courtesy of U.S. Army Garrison Public Affairs Office.**

Pershing Hall - The original bachelor officer's quarters was completed in 1904. This facility was originally given the number 16 to incorporate the structure with the numbering system for the 19 sets of quarters on Staff Row, numbers 1-20, which is the reason why there is no number 16 on Staff Row. This building was named in honor of General of the Armies of the United States, John "Blackjack" Pershing. During his career, he served as the commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI and later as the Army Chief of Staff.

**Information courtesy of U.S. Army Garrison Public Affairs Office.**

Troop Row to the right and the mess hall to the left. Each section of Troop Row had its own mess hall.

Post Theater

The front of Hodges Hall.

The post headquarters, Hodges Hall, was built in 1904 as a double barracks at a cost of $55,000. It has a distinctive horseshoe shape, and departs from the 30-foot interval between the other barracks. This building is named in honor of Gen. Courtney Hodges, commander of Third United States Army and First United States Army during WWII. This facility use to house the post commander and his staff.

**Information courtesy of U.S. Army Garrison Public Affairs Office.**

Post Commissary - I remember walking through these doors several times as a child.

 

The end of my tour with Mr. Peter Chadwich and Fort McPherson. I know there are a few hundred soldiers and their families who will miss this historical military base.

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FROM MARYANNE HINKLE TO OUR SOLDIERS:

Thank you to each and every one of our military soldiers for your love and sacrifice to the civilians of the United States of America and for keeping our country FREE.
Without your sacrifice and service, there would be no one to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. There would be no one to serve or protect our nation or defend our borders.
You are brave, you stand strong in the eyes of danger, and you are ready to deploy, engage in combat, and destroy the enemies of the United States.
You are our guardians of freedom and the American way of life...

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MaryAnne Hinkle Photography is a proud supporter of the United States Military. As a participating photographer for Photos for Soldiers, MaryAnne Hinkle Photography provides a FREE Photo Session to families of all branches of the service with deployed military members.
 
To request a FREE session, please visit www.photosforsoldiers.com. Be sure to click on "For Military Families" and fill out the request form on the Photos for Soldiers website. If you are interested in having your photograph taken (by yours truly), then please request me in the "COMMENT BOX." If you need further assistance, you are welcome to contact me at info@maryannehinklephotography.com and I will do my very best to answer any questions for you. If I cannot answer your questions, I may need to refer you here: info@photosforsoldiers.com so you may obtain answers to your questions.  
 
I am honored to provide family portraits and capture departure/homecoming ceremonies so your deployed service man or woman can have the photographs wherever they are.
 
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PHOTOS FOR SOLDIERS FAMILY SESSION
15 September 2012

 

 

 

 

Military daddy's make tears turn into kisses.

 

 

 

 

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PHOTOS FOR SOLDIERS FAMILY SESSION
16 August 2012

 

Many ideas were tossed about as to where we would do conduct my very first Photos for Soldiers Family Shoot. So, the family decided to pose on this dock in a public habitat area. This family also wanted to pose with their brother-in-law, brother and uncle's photos who is now serving our country in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

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A MILITARY SURVIVOR

2 July 2012

2 July 2012 - I was honored and thrilled to photograph Sgt. Mark Gagne. He told me his story and the emotion of this photo shoot reminded me so much of the time my father and sister served in the United States Army. Thank you to all the soldiers who serve and protect our country. 

Sgt. Mark Gagne, originally a Navy man, decided to join the Army National Guard after being out for quite some time. Sgt. Gagne and I had been touching base for about 3 weeks as we tried to get our schedules in order for a photo shoot.

Sgt. Gagne recently returned to Georgia from Afghanistan where he was injured after his Humvee ran over an IED bomb. Sgt. Gagne received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained from the roadside bomb in August of 2009. Sgt. Gagne is truly a Military Survivor and one I was incredibly honored to photograph.

Sgt. Gagne was in the Navy for nine years and decided to re-inlist with the Army National Guard for retirement and for education benefits for his children and has been in for eight years now. Sgt. Gagne is hoping to retire so he can spend time with his new wife and five children.

Sgt. Gagne truly appreciates letters from civilians.

Sgt. Gagne reads a letter from a civilian. 

Sgt. Gagne holds the flag as he faces the courtyard at Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, GA during our photo shoot.

These feet have walked a few hundred miles for our country. 

If you have trouble reading the above, it states, " Health Through Service."

A truly sincere THANK YOU goes out to Sgt. Mark Gagne for giving me his time for this incredible photo shoot. Sir, you helped to make a dream come true for me and for that I will be forever grateful to you.

The article that was published in the Covington News is below.  The above shoot was NOT a PFS Photo Shoot.
 
Read the full story here:
 
http://www.covnews.com/section/1/article/30651/
 

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ARMY NATIONAL GUARDSMEN VISIT CAMP TWIN LAKES

19 June 2012

Charlie Company 1-185th Air Assault CompanyCharlie Company 1-185th Air Assault Company

21 June 2012 - Charlie Company 1-185th Air Assault Company National Guard from Winder, GA came to Camp Twin Lakes to visit with campers and have dinner. I was honored to be there to take shots. I won't bore you with all of the photos I took so these are just a few of "THE" best ones.

L-R: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joanna Williamson, Sgt. Eric Baucom, Sgt. Ryan Leone, Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, Staff Sgt. Jeff Reno, Chief Warrant Officer 2 J.J. Sutherland, and Maj. Chris Powell.

Hope to see you all again, soldiers!

19 June 2012 - What an awesome day! Soldiers from Charlie Company 1-111th General Support Aviation Battalion with the Georgia Army National Guard MEDEVAC Unit came to Camp Twin Lakes to visit Camp Sunshine campers. 

L-R:  Warrant Officer Candidate Ben Sheppard , Chief Warrant Officer 4 Scott Melius and Major Will Cox.

That's a HH-60M Black Hawk MEDEVAC Helicopter behind them. :-)

Warrant Officer Candidate Ben Sheppard gets the HH-60M Blackhawk MEDEVAC Helicopter ready for lift off. My husband loves this shot!

SUCCESS!!! And, they're off! See you guys next time! Thanks for stopping by Camp Twin Lakes. The children LOVED having you there!

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18 March 2012 - I attended the funeral of my best friend's brother which was a very sad for her and those who knew Chris. May his soul rest in peace.  On the way to the funeral home, I couldn't help but notice the Veteran's Memorial Park in Summerville, GA in Chattooga County. My husband and I stopped here on our way home while I snapped shots and thought about my daddy and the rest of our service men and women who have served our country.

 

GOD BLESS AMERICA - WE ARE THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!

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