CLOSED Aspire To BE: The Giveaway

June 17, 2012

This summer is all about celebrating. For what, you might ask? Why, because it's summer! A blessed summer that all of us are allowed to breathe in and see come to fruition another year. 


Okay...really, what this celebration is about is that you are all ASPIRING TO BE...well...YOU! You. You. You. Beautiful. Talented. Unique. Gorgeous. Happy. Sensitive. Energetic. Crazy. One of a Kind. Original. Special. Loved. Full of hope. Sweet. Full of giggles. Silly. You. You. You. You are YOU and I love that! 


So...aspire to be all that you can be and conquer those fears that tell you that that is impossible to do, and, well, celebrate!

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I want you to meet Katie Pegher. Isn't she stunning? She is such a sweetheart and has agreed to sponsor a giveaway here on Captivatingly, Me for all my Lovelies! Whao. This woman is amazingly talented and so gifted with words. So much so, that she has even written some beautiful words that she had put onto a peaceful nature print. She does all the work herself and is a wonderful photographer with such a talent and an eye for capturing memories and God's creation. 

Enough of what I have to say, how about you all scroll down and take some time to really get to know this amazing woman. You'll fall in love with her and her fun personality like I did when you read what she has to say!!!




BIO::

I never planned on being a photographer. Artist, yes.



I was a jewelry designer for 8 years and bought a nice camera to take shots of my work. Then, I became a mom and everything changed. The jewelry took on a much less important role and I went hog wild with the camera.

Now, taking photos is as much a part of my daily life as drinking water or brushing my teeth.

Capturing and documenting my family's memories and milestones is a gift. For future generations to come, our story has been told. We were here. Our lives mattered. Full of love and joy and togetherness and authenticity.

Then, two years ago, something incredible happened. At the encouragement of friends and family, I had the opportunity to begin telling the stories of others with my camera. I have been blown away by the generosity and openness of those I have met along the way. Those who have opened their lives to me and my trusty bag of Nikon gear. Thank you!

Trust me, it is only by God's amazing blessings that I have ANY measure of success at this.

I happily serve the entire Mid-Atlantic region, but specifically Maryland's Eastern Shore and I specialize in Maternity and Newborn Photography with some weddings and engagments thrown in to spice it all up a bit. 

Here are a few more FUN FACTS ::

I love :: (in addition to photography, of course)

GOD, my family 
scrapbooking, chocolate 
Pinterest, TOMS
Lucky Brand jeans
my Vitamix, Kings of Leon 
Twilight, ANYTHING Apple 
Chapstick True Shimmer Tropical
my Keurig, sleeping in
Bare Escentuals makeup, making lists :)
blogging, Smallville
quoting movie lines, peonies 
organization, a good facial
guacamole, NYC 
orchids, great stationary
men's white v-neck undershirts 
Christmas, the beach
Hermes body cream, smiling
Frye boots
and going for it!!!!

I loathe ::

peas, waking up SUPER early, 
scary movies (won't sleep for weeks!)
cleaning the bathroom, rude people
aggressive drivers!

Here's where you can FIND & CONNECT with me ::

Website ::

SHOP ::

Blog ::

Find me on Facebook - "Katie Pegher Photography"
Twitter - @KatiePegher


Ready for the giveaway? Want to know what you 

are entering for? No need to wait any

longer....This prize is so fantastic that I 

wish I was able to enter! :P But that wouldn't 

be fare. So without further ado...

CHECK IT OUT!




Truly a work of art, isn't it? 


Okay, it's not time for you to get clicking and start entering those entries!Good luck to you all and have a fantastic summer. Remember: Aspire To Be...will be up and running on the 17th at 12:00AM. I'll be on the porch, cup of tea in hand waiting!


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I thought I would slip this extra giveaway in. It will end the same day as the one above. A late addition!

This one is cute, too! 

Bglorifiedboutique from Etsy was gracious enough

 to sponsor an adorable black lace headband!


Here's some info on this lovely boutique:

Our shop started in November because my daughter thought we could make a great team making handmade items with my friend who is a pro at knit and crochet. She is less mobile due to health reasons, so I run the shop and my daughter takes the amazing photos.

We named our shop BglorifiedBoutique because we hope our customers feel glorious wearing them and even more importantly, we wish to give all the Glory to God for our blessings.

Isn't this accessory just fabulous?  Uh...I am so jealous! You girls are so luck. :D

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Gonna Be A Good Life

June 15, 2012

God doesn't promise us a life without ups and downs. That being said, those ups and downs that are associated with living in a sinful world, cursed by death, disease and hunger, doesn't mean that life can't be good. 
This morning I was in this slump that I often get into when something new is about to happen, or when I have seem something that triggers negative thinking, or when I have spent way to much time in my head and not enough time out of it. I'm sure you know what I mean! 
I tried talking about it. I tried praying about it. I tried thinking about it. But the only thing that seemed to expel this black cloud over me was to let the tears fall. And fall they did: red blotchy eyes, gasping for air, upset stomach, stained cheeks, and a sore throat. 
With those tears-that dark spirit and that inability to get up and move on-God still cares. When people in the Bible struggled, God did not give up on them, either. And in Isaiah 54:10, it is clearly put: "Though the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But my loving kindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken, says the Lord, for He has compassion on you."
Knowing that I could have continued to wallow in my tears for a good hour or two, I decided to at least attempt to get a journal entry in and listen to the radio to focus on something other than what I was feeling. I figured that it was better to take a step back and breathe, because either way, I was not in control of the events that happened to be conducting themselves this weekend, or even today. And so, I had to remind myself that Philippians 1:6 says that we are to be "confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in [me] will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
And you know what? There is a God. He's powerful. All-knowing. Loving. A Strong tower. A Shelter for the weak. A Shepherd for the lost. But He's also a divine musician. I have never envisioned Him that way. Not until today, anyway. 
The radio was on and I was mindlessly journaling when a song came on that struck a cord with me and tingled my heart strings. Good Life by OneRepublic sang volumes to my spirit and, without so much as a second thought, I felt as if my spirit rose to new volumes and the darkness was lifted. 
A blessing in the disguise of a song! And not a Christian song, mind you. Even those secular songs can have use in God's mighty hands! It is true...what Exodus 15:2 says about our Lord! He really is my song. My strength. "The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my fat her's God, and I will exalt him."



He who endures with patience is a conqueror

June 12, 2012

Visiting the North has been an interesting part of my travels. The impressions of that mountainous green land, was, well, less than I expected. Do not get me wrong, the lush greenery of this scenic part of our beautiful America was astounding. But something was missing....
You know how you envision something to be just so before it actually happens? Only to be disappointed with the out come? What is real does not even come close to what was in mind. That was the most vexing part of my trip. I thought that since I was going alone, with my Grandma and Aunt Neva-without my mom or dad or siblings-that I would get to experience what it was like to really be an adult and break in my "big kid" shoes. 
I guess that I overlooked that simple detail: Grandma. While my Grandma is, like, the "queen" of adulthood-being all-knowing and experienced, she is only human and is allowed, I guess, to have trouble seeing her grandchild as an adult. 
This block in my road (my road to discovering adulthood) must have been where God decided to place one of His life lessons. Not only to teach me to count my blessings, but to teach me the virtue of patience. 
God has been all about teaching me patience these past two weeks. If the lesson got through my thick skull, I really can not tell. My nerves are still welded together in an agitated state. And my mind is hanging on a small, thin strand of blood vessels that feel as if they should burst at any moment and ooze the most petrifying substance of unrecognizable brain-matter known to man. 
My trek up North was a trip that was less of an adventure and more like a colossal fail. Okay, maybe that is stretching the truth a little, but this trip-if it was an "adventure"- was a journey to find the strength within myself rather than a journey into the wild, wonderful wilderness.
The places I went and the things I witnessed were beyond my craziest daydreams. But the lessons I faced were something totally unexpected. Before I left, they (my grandparents) told me that this trip should be "one that has no worries or anxiety or stresses", and my mom said that "it should be a trip for building memories. To enjoy life. And to celebrate recovery".
However, I feel like a hopeless loss. Yeah, I know, what's up with the pathetic sob story, right? Well, through this I am struggling within my soul to learn the lesson on patience God has been trying to instill in me for two weeks. Being patient, as well as trying to learn it, is far harder than it appears. 
I have been praying hard to find the patience within myself to keep myself sane and calm towards my Grandma. While I love her dearly, the way I felt while I was with her was far from a "low-stress" experience. 
You all know I struggle greatly with food. And, well, it was even harder for me on this trip: my Grandma was overly protective and overbearing about the food I ate on the trip. And I found myself wanting to dig myself a hole and die. I was angry at God for making me gluten intolerant. I was resentful for having to deal with an eating disorder. And I was mad at my Grandma for treating my like a 2-year-old regardless of what I tried telling her. 
I believe that God was with me the whole trip, staying my hand and calming my wavering soul and quieting my spirit. Though my soul is still settling down and trying to make sense of the lesson God is teaching me (even now after the trip), I have learned bits and pieces to the puzzle that I am still trying to wrap my mind around. 
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And  in those times that I wanted to snap at my Grandma for controlling my food, Numbers 14:18 seemed to stick out in my mind: ‘The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’
So, I tried to be slow in anger, steadfast in love, and forgiving of all my Grandma's faults. And while the trip didn't go as planned, God always uses life events and situations, making the best of it in order to teach life's lessons to those that need them the most. 


Noodles, Flip Flops, and Wet Kisses!


Don't forget there's a giveaway making it's debut on the 17th! Check it out!!!! ;)  

Blogspiration Fridays Wk 5: Where I Love You

June 9, 2012



“Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray
Forget your woes and let your troubles lay
And when it's morning again, they'll wash away
Here it's safe, here it's warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.” 

JUNE GIVEAWAY IS ALMOST HERE! KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE 17TH. IT'LL BE HERE IN NO TIME!
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