Brandy Day268: Fly Over States

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I want to give a huge shout to all the farmers!! Thank you!! The hours you put in, the physical labor you do. We don’t see all that is put into making sure there is successful crop & livestock growth for food and raw materials.
I’ve always enjoyed living in the country. The smell, the farms, the old barns, the cattle & horses. I love when the farmers harvest the fields this time of year! The smell of fresh soil, beans & corn.
The bulk of corn that is produced today is not for food production but more everyday items such as plastic, batteries, cosmetics, cough syrup & diapers to name a few. Most soybeans are processed for their oil as well as protein for the livestock feed industry, however they are also used for human consumption.
Next time you find yourself pissed off behind a tractor or semi, perhaps you should wave in thanks for all they do rather than speeding by in frustration.

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Brandy Day256: Purpose of Reason

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What a day!!! Had possibly my two favorite shoots, in one day and I’m more than happily exhausted! Starting the day as awesome as I did, I knew it was going to be great!!
The saying ‘everything happens for a reason’ proved to be true this afternoon. A place that I had planned to do my senior photos at, had a closed & locked gate. I’m glad. It opened up several other beautiful shots that I would have missed had I not been challenged to take the ‘long way’.
I also got to spend a couple hours in the studio with Chandler, Hannah, Abigail & mom. It was a lot of fun watching Chandler & Hannah work together and do their thing.
More than thankful for the opportunities that I had today<3

Brandy Day255: One More Time

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“Well, I know that I’ve messed up more than a time or two. I’ve lied like hell, I’ve done it well and I’ve got the scars to prove.”
Today was pretty intense mentally & emotionally for me. I was able to have a long overdue conversation with a dear friend. A conversation that made sense in so many ways and filled in some gaps.
I’ve struggled with faith for some time now. I was born Lutheran and then confirmed Catholic. My parents raised me to attend church every Sunday and even attend Bible school. I never got much out of it. Was it because I was forced to attend? I wasn’t ready to attend? I didn’t understand the capacity of it? Now as an adult I’ve watched religion tear my family apart and be responsible for an unaccounted number of deaths throughout the world. Such a fine subject to dance around. Speaking with another friend, TJ, about this brought tears to my eyes. I’m not going to state my beliefs, or which is right or wrong. I doubt this is what Jesus had in mind though. I’m thankful for moments like these, as hard as they are.