Monday, April 29, 2013

McIntosh Prom 2013

This weekend I was a prom paparazzi! Prom is always a big deal in the PTC so I was honored when my senior girls asked me to take their pictures for them! I showed up at Taylor's house where the girls were getting ready and doing hair and debating on false eyelashes, or no. Taylor and Allie are seniors so this was their one last hooray before graduation and they looked beautiful. I have gotten to know these ladies this past year plus and it has been such a joy to see them grow up and it will be sad to see them go but as they start a new journey so will I, however, I am not sure we are ready for it just yet, summer bucket list is being made! I love these girls and had such a great time on Saturday seeing them all dressed up! Enjoy some of my favorites, oh and next weekend is another prom, so get ready for those! :)

Too funny! 

  Straight stud!

 Simply stunning!


Gah how pretty! 

Cinderella, had to!

 Gosh, girlies, you are stunning! Thanks for letting me be a part of your special night! Love you both! 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Auburn, AL: The Last Roll

This time last year I was preparing to graduate from Auburn University. It has almost been a full year since I graduated and sometimes its so hard to believe. This past weekend I got the opportunity to go to Auburn for "The Last Roll." That is what they called it, it was really just a huge Auburn family reunion. A few years ago during Auburn's national championship season a man poisoned the trees trying to steal away our spirit and out of hate for our school. Little did he know it would actually bring us together as a family! One of my favorite things about going to Auburn was the spirit across campus, it is a family where hello is said "war eagle" and thank you is said with a "war eagle!" There is just something unique about that place and I have missed it more than I thought. I got to bring two of my senior girls, Alex and Taylor. This past year I have been discipling them and pouring into them and now they are getting ready to graduate and go off to college! We got to see the famous trees of Toomer's Corner rolled for the last time before they removed them and I got to show the girls around campus a little bit and talk about the next steps in their life! It was such a blessing! Enjoy some of my favorites from the weekend ( disclaimer: most images are simple iphone shots)

 The kiddy tree! 

Fun for the whole family! 

We also got to see sweet Meghan, who is about to finish her freshman year at Auburn and graduated last year from fbcptc! 

So many people, so much toilet paper! yes they were selling it downtown for $5 a roll! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Personal: An update on my life

April 16th, 2013
Many people have been asking how my support raising is going for CDH, so I thought it was time to update you all. (Don't know what I'm talking about check out this post:(CDH) Its going…as of yesterday i have officially reached the $1,000 mark! This is huge and would not be possible with out the generous support of those I love. I still have $5,000 or so left to raise, and while that number seems overwhelming I have faith that the Lord will continue to be faithful as he has been up to this point. Its been crazy to see how the Lord is providing and how he has given me opportunities to work for my money!  Through my photography  business  I have pledged to  give 50% of all my photography bookings towards CDH. So if you have been debating on getting some pictures made, now is the time! Contact me if you would like to have a portrait session. (You can also give online through crossroads website just use this link create an account  and find my name Erin Spruell) I also ask that you most importantly join me in prayer about my support raising and the upcoming year. That the Lord would use it for his glory to mold me into the woman that he has created me to be and that I would be refreshed and encouraged as well challenged! I am excited about what the next chapter holds for me in the small town of Boiling Springs, NC where the Lord is moving in big ways!
An update on the rest of my life:
I have about 107 days left as an intern, but who’s counting? I find myself getting sentimental and I cannot even begin to fathom how hard it will be to say goodbye to my girls. But until then, we have so much going on! Right now I am leading a 4 week bible study for the middle school girls in which we are discussing the women of the bible that no one ever talks about! I find myself learning so much as i prepare and study for our weekly time together! This summer we will only have mission camp for the middle school and crossroads for the high school, that will leave the rest of the summer free to hangout with the girls, and i am ready for it just as much as our students are ready to get out of school! Before we know it it will be time for our seniors to graduate and all the graduation parties and then summer!!! Bring it on! Spring has sprung, but I am ready for the summer sun! 
Pray with me for our students to keep focus on running the race that is set for them, for the seniors who have had a hard time deciding where to go to school and for the juniors as they prepare to lead. Pray that my fellow intern, Josh, and I would stay focused on our tasks here as we are both planning on our future endeavors. Pray for Lee, as he is transitioning from 1 kid to 2 and all that comes with that and as he plans for the future of the ministry. Pray that the Lord would be glorified in and through our youth ministry and that we would seek out more ways to connect and reach our students! And of course after the events of yesterday lets remember the people in Boston those affected directly and indirectly. My heart is heavy and as we all wait for answers I pray that we would be able to find hope in the Lord and know that this is not our final home and that one day all the pain of this world will be replaced with worship in heaven for those who believe! 
John 14:1- “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”
Hebrews 6:18- “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…”

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mentor Session: Emma

Saturday I got to meet with this sweet girl for a little photo mentoring! I was flattered when Emma, asked me if I would help her with her photography. She has been one of my students whom I have known forever, like VBS in 3rd grade I was her teacher! Now she is in the 10th grade and just loves the Lord. I have seen her grow up so much and love her dearly. So of course when she told me she wanted me to help prepare her for taking prom pictures and rehearsal dinner pictures for her cousin, I couldn't help but say yes! We spent the day learning more about her camera, what it looks like to shoot in manual, rule of 3rds, lines, aperture and shutter speed and much more! It was a great day and hopefully it helped. Keep up the hard work Emma and you will go far, be creative and believe in yourself, you can do it! Enjoy some of my favorites from the day! 


Isn't she cute! Loved hanging out with you Emma!

Here is my favorite that she took of me in practice! :)