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Time to Get Our Toes Sandy!!

Time to Get Our Toes Sandy!!

Schedule your family beach session now! Have car will travel~just let us know where to! 🙂

Our newest marketing piece! FRONT SIDE (BeBe Club)

Our newest marketing piece! FRONT SIDE (BeBe Club)

Thank you moms & dads for the honor of capturing your little love’s portraits! We love your little kiddos!!!! Enjoy this new piece!!

Our newest marketing piece! BACK SIDE

Our newest marketing piece! BACK SIDE

Delivering love to the DR!

Thank you all so very much for wanting to know more about my mission trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  I have the BEST clients ever!!  Your love and support means so much to me!

First of all, we had safe and uneventful travels which is always a plus when you travel to third world countries!  Our team stayed healthy, and we instantly bonded. Our hosts were amazing–they so graciously and humbly served us!  The food was great–we had the most amazingly fresh fruit every meal!  🙂

The focus for this mission trip was to provide medical care for the local Dominicans that live in and near the surrounding area of a piece of land, now called Fuenta de Vida, which our church partner, By Grace Alone Ministries, recently purchased. The land will soon house a permanent clinic, school, orphanage, dormitories for short term missionaries, and housing for long term missionaries.  The temporary medical clinic we set up was in an open-air school in the town of La Bomba.  Classrooms were used as offices for the general practitioners, dentists & dental hygienists, optometrists, and pharmacists.  However, school was still in session for the week, so kids were always around, which was so cool because we were able to spend some quality time with them and capture some amazing images!

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Working in the clinic was powerful for me!  I started the week off in the dentist office and soon learned that was not the place for me.  Young children were in line for hours waiting to get one or several teeth pulled.  We did have Novocain for them, but my heart just broke when I watched the sweetest little girl have four teeth removed.  She was so young, and it just kills me that they do not have access to regular cleanings every six months like we do.  They were in so much pain that they were actually happy to have these teeth removed.  Luckily, a few of my teammates loved working in the dentist!  So…..

I ventured on CROWD CONTROL!  Ha ha!  I loved it!  Once the locals signed in, they came to me and waited (so patiently!!) to go to their first stop–triage.  Every patient was weighed and had their blood pressure measured.  I was so honored to stand with these children, teenagers, women, and men, AND to top it off, I got to hug each and every one of them!  That was the best part!  I may not speak espanol, but I DO speak hugs and smiles!  🙂

amy schaaf-8807The second day I helped open the eye clinic and then assisted the optometrist.  He examined each patient and handed me their prescription; I then searched through the meticulously marked boxes, donated by the Lions Club, for a pair of eye glasses that matched that prescription.  It was so exciting and even humbling to place a pair of glasses on my new Dominican friends and see their faces when they could READ!  The smiles that showed up on those sweet faces just warmed my soul!!  We actually helped people to see better!  All of you that financially supported me–YOUR money helped these people see!!

amy schaaf-8875 copyIt was that morning in the eye clinic that I experienced my first, of many, miracle!  Several Dominicans had the same prescription (-.5/-.5), and I only had about 5 pairs that matched up.  I thought to myself, “Doc better stop giving that prescription to me because we are going to run out of glasses!”  But then I remembered who God is and thought, “Well, either there won’t be any more patients with that prescription, or I will find a whole box of missing eyeglasses, or something!  God will handle it, right?”  Well, God handled it!  It was like the Fishes and Loaves in the Bible–the .5/.5 prescriptions kept coming, and I never ran out of eyeglasses.  They kept multiplying!  It was so wild!!  Every person, thousands of people, that saw the eye doctor that week walked out with a new pair of eye glasses and great vision!  They could see!  Take it from someone who is blind without my contacts–I know how difficult it is when you can’t see!  Don’t ever switch my shampoo and conditioner positions in my shower because I will put the wrong one in my hair!

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The rest of the week it was back to crowd control.  I did try triage one afternoon and while I enjoyed it, my favorite by far was helping the eye doctor and being with the people in the waiting lines.  In the lines, I was able to hold every single baby and child that came to the clinic.  I believe God’s plan for me on this trip was simply to love on the locals.  To show them God’s love by hugging on them and by loving on their children.

SO, THANK YOU!  Thank you for believing in me, encouraging me, supporting me, and praying for me!  I needed all of that from you!  The people in La Bomba, Santo Domingo needed that from you!  It stretched me in ways I can’t begin to describe.  My relationship with God my Father is even stronger than it was February 7th.  My relationship with my friends on the team has impacted me in so many ways.  And now I love the people in Senegal, Haiti and the DR!   🙂   YAY!!

xoxoxoxoxo                                                                                                                                Kym

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Mission Trip 2013!

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Dear Friends,

I hope this post finds you well and that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s!  As you know, I have a huge heart for Mission Trips and I have been blessed to have already been on two short term missions:  Senegal, Africa (Nov. 2009) and Haiti (Feb. 2012).  Well, I am off once again!  In a little over a week I will be traveling with 17 friends and staff from my home church, Forest Hill (FH) to Fuente de Vida, Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip!  (February 8-18, 2013)

While Forest Hill Church focuses on serving people locally in the Charlotte area, we also believe in global outreach.  We will be volunteering along side our longtime partner, Pastor Mario.  Pastor Mario is with the Evangelical Free Methodist Church in Villa Mella; FH has been working with him and his team for over 20 years.

Once a year a team from FH travels to the DR to serve the people’s basic medical needs.  Our medical trip will focus on all types of specialties – family practice, internal medicine, vision and dental.  We will treat colds, allergies, skin conditions and infections. We will also help with children suffering from malnutrition, parasites, and eating disorders.  With simple antibiotic treatments and vitamins, many of these conditions can be stopped.  It is my understanding that people will be standing in line for hours waiting to get just a bottle of Tylenol, to have a tooth pulled because the pain from a cavity is too much to bear or for an old pair of eye glasses just so they can read.  Last year the team served approximately 5,000 people!  This year we are expecting to serve close to 9,000 Dominicans!  Can you imagine 9,000 people standing in line for their once a year BASIC medical examination/treatment?  If my throat is the slightest bit sore I run to my doctor and thirty minutes later I have a Z pack!  These people stand in line for days just to have a tooth pulled!

A few years ago, I asked God to break my heart for what breaks His and boy did He ever!  This is what it is all about!  Jesus came to earth to glorify God by serving us, by healing us, and by saving us.  The only thing that matters while we are here is that we do our best to be like Him.  Actually going to a third world country to serve is by no means for everyone!  God calls all of us to help in different ways.  One way you can be a part of this trip is by praying for us.  It’s scary and difficult to be on these trips!  The beds are rock hard and tiny, the showers are freezing cold and the water drips out of the faucet; the food is, well, you can only imagine!  We can’t drink the water and emotionally we are exhausted!  But, man! what an amazing experience!  Life changing!  I can’t wait to go again!  🙂

The second way you can help is financial support.  Each of us need to raise $2500 and I still have $1,315 left to raise!  YIKES!  If you are interested in donating to the February trip please visit our blog: http://fhcmissions.org/dominicanrepublic, click on “donate” then “Kym”.  Your donation goes to medicine for the locals as well as our travel, lodging and food.  100% of your donation goes to this mission trip and is tax deductible – ask me for details.

Please pray for the people in the DR, that they can receive the medical help they need.  Please pray for our team, for God’s guidance and protection.  Thank you so much for your love & prayers.

Love you all so much!!

Kym

XOXOXOXOX

Holiday Cards – SAVE NOW!

Why wait for the holiday craze? Why stress about working around school schedules, soccer games or other activities? With a few more weeks of summer left and while you’re still rockin’ that fabulous tan, book your session now and check this task off your list!

Be one of the first to respond and save big on your session!

Date with Dad!

He spoiled you with flowers, your favorite jeans or chocolate; now, it’s your turn to do something special for him. Why not start off by planning a little date for your little monkeys and their favorite daddy?!

We’ve got a fun afternoon planned for your little ones and their dad. They’ll start off at our studio where we’ll have yummy treats from The Blushing Bakeshop and savory snacks from Switchin Kitchens. We’ll snap some photos to make sure to capture the memory (a 5 x 7 will be provided a few weeks later!). Then it’s off to our neighbors, small hands big art, where they’ll be in for another treat – this time, one that they get to create themselves. The one-of-a-kind backdrop they craft together will fit perfectly behind their image that’s captured at Couture Portraits and will become a new resident of your walls, taking prime positioning, of course!

Mark your calendar for June 3 but let us know prior to – we need to make sure to have this day specially planned for those special people in your family. And here’s a little secret: if you plan this just right, you may just get a little alone time yourself. Shhhh!!

Get all the details below and register at https://www.formstack.com/forms/shba-father

We can’t wait to see you!  🙂

XOXO