Summer Months

Summer is going well. Busy, busy, busy, and so much is happening this time of year. That being the main reason for my absence in updating this blog.  Recently I got to travel with my family to Oregon, relax, shop, reconnect, and enjoy the cooler weather.

I was just going to take a minute out of my night to post these photos, but really all I can think of is how thankful I am at this moment.

1. A job that gives me JOY

2. How Lola gives me a sigh of understanding when I tell her my frustrations. (don’t worry I am not crazy, you’d have to be a dog person to understand)

3. The new relationships growing in my life and business

4. Seeing my Brother John last weekend

5. Knowing that Peter and I are on the same team, and we will always fight for each other

6. Laughing till it hurts

7. Lastly, I am most thankful for challenges and hard things, this month has had a lot. I see why Paul says in the word we should count these as blessings for they give our character a chance to grow.



Home from vacation. This trip was just what the doctor ordered. Rejuvenated and ready to conquer the busy and exciting months ahead. God you are so good to bless us beyond understanding, and I thank you 7 times 70 for my husband Peter.

Just a little snippet from our anniversary trip. More photos to come next week on the

Urban Rose BLOG

One Whole Year

Today is our anniversary. Wow. One whole year of us. Together. Loving. Learning. Working. Serving. Giving. Listening. I have not found marriage to be a fairy tale, no not at all, it is something much more real than that.  I am thankful for this new phase of life and am over joyed for years to come. I just keep on loving you more Pete.

Here are some photos of last summer, giving lola a bath. (forgive the point and shoot camera!) These are the moments our marriage is made of. Living real life together.

The Look on her face is priceless! Ha!

Here is a photo of us over 5 years ago! Wow. We have had our serious ups and downs Peter, but it’s always been you!


I am creative, I am easily inspired, I am ambitious. You would think that would be enough to run a business, or at least I was crazy enough to think that. It might get you by for a while, but there comes a place where that just won’t cut it. I am continuing to learn the importance of following a list, a schedule, a routine. Not to mention the reallllly boring stuff like excel spead sheets, sales tax, and the department of revenue. I always thought I was a photographer, self employed, an artist, because it just happened that way. I think perhaps I am these things so that I can learn (and knowing me, most likely the hard way) to be disciplined, focused, and meet my goals, someone that actually follows through. Yes. And now that I look back on the past few years, I see a progression. Actual improvement! Wow. I am not so behind after all. Perspective is a great thing. 

Here I am at my first paying wedding 4 years ago!

Babies and Silly Faces

Incase any of you have been wondering… this is how silly I look when I photograph! Come on, help me out photographer friends. Have you figured out how to keep yourself from doing the scrunch face when you soot?

On another note, how cute is my new nephew?!

This has got to be my favorite shot. Look at those lips! Love you Joe Chapman!

If you missed my post of baby Joe on the Urban Rose Blog, check it out HERE

A Moment

Today I need to write. Yes, you are correct, this post has no photos. I am in a place of feeling something that is bothering me. Honestly can’t pin point it, just a series of events leading to a feeling. I want to get up dance around and shake it off, but that doesn’t seem to work. So I write. There are so many more important things to be doing right now than writing on this blog, but I just felt I needed a moment. Do you ever feel that way? Breath, relax, put things into perspective, give thanks, move forward.

Now as I am writing, I really dont know what to say, so maybe a poem instead, and I am not a poet, let’s just clear that up right now. Maybe call it: words and feelings I can’t fit into anywhere else. 

Alone but not really, she enters the thought

Grasping for inspiration and love

Thick skin and outward appearances

No, it’s a matter of the heart

Like most poems I read, I cant really tell you what it means, haha but maybe one of you can somehow relate, or in an odd way, be encouraged. That is why I started this blog anyway, to share my life and encourage my friends. Love you all.

Lola Bee Cowger

Yes Lola Bee Cowger, that’s her full name. Here we are once again and nearly a month has gone by since my last post.  Anyhow, here is Lola herself. This dog brings me so much joy. I mean man, does she have a personality! She wasn’t ready to wake up this morning, and made her own little bed after Peter left for work.

Some new developments for the Cowgers:

Peter and I are getting ready to move to the South Hill at the end of the month, I am gearing up for a busy summer of wedding and photo sessions, our anniversary is around the corner and we are blessed to be able to celebrate with a mini vacation to CA, Finally all my business details and papers are taken care of, Peter and I have been playing on the Worship team at Eastpoint Church, and we have been enjoying the sun staying up later, and talking long walks with Lola Bee in the evenings. Keep checking back for updates on our lives!