Monday, February 22, 2016

The Love Story of Terry and Amanda Asher

How we met,, my sister was dating one of Terry's friends and that is how my sister met Terry and then she introduced us in Hannah's parking lot one night in 2001, but before we met in person, we had talked on the phone a few times and when we finally did meet in person, first thing he tried to do was kiss me and I was to shy and so therefore he just thought I didn't like him lol and when he asked me to marry him a few months later, I was over visiting him and he was sitting in a chair and I was sitting on his lap and he asked me to marry him, The first few months we were dating I wouldn't even eat in front of him, I was so shy he thought I didn't even like him lol I was however always giggly around him especially when he would try to kiss me and I still am at times lol I remember though before I met Terry that I never heard of Niangua, I didn't even know if I was pronouncing it correctly when I would say it,, and little did I know, as I was standing there in Hannah's parking lot that night when I met him, that this little town I never heard of would soon be my Home where we are raising our family. 
We were married down in Waynesville Mo. We have 4 kids, 3 girls and a boy ages 13, 11, 6 and 3 months old ,  Terry and I has been married for 10 years, but have been together for 15 years total.

The Love Story of Eddie and Stephanie Miller

We met 28 years ago in 1987 through a mutual friend. I was 16 and he had just turned 20. Our first date didn't go too well because we had friends that didn't think we should date. He asked me out again and by the end of our second date we were inseparable. Obviously we had both seen other people before but this was different. When I would tell people that I loved him they'd say "you're only 16!! You don't know what love is!" But I knew and so did he. After dating for 6 months or so we found out we were going to have a baby. We were both excited but were very scared too. We thought about getting married then but all those people who doubted us before were really doubting us then. My own dad even said please don't get married. So we didn't. His mom and dad helped us get a little trailer and set it up and we moved in it. I won't lie, after Bryan was born in 1989 it was really hard for both of us. We were just kids our selves with a new baby! But we were bound and determined to be good parents and to prove everybody wrong. And we were still madly in love with one another. We didn't have a whole lot of money but we made do with what we had. We spent a lot of time at the river with our little boy and doing things that didn't cost anything but we were spending time with him and each other. When Bryan was 2 we decided to move to Springfield. The jobs were very scarce where we lived at that time. About a month after we moved, we found out we were pregnant again. As soon as we found out Eddie asked me to marry him. We didn't have the money for a wedding so we made arrangements to get married in his parents living room by his moms cousin who is a judge. Don't get me wrong, that day is very special to me. No we weren't having a big elaborate wedding and I was 5 months pregnant. But none of that mattered to me because I was marrying my best friend!! We had some family there and a few friends and it just happened to be the best day of my life!! We went to the lake of the Ozarks that night and played ski ball on the strip and ate dinner at Wendy's. It was OUR special day. We never thought things could get any better or change, but the day I became Mrs. Eddie Miller our lives were forever changed for the better! Everything was different but in a good way! So we started a new chapter in our lives as husband and wife, as best friends, and as parents to two little boys. In 1993 we found a little house to buy and raise our family in. It wasn't a big fancy house but it was ours. We immediately started the remodel process to make it how we wanted it. Then in 2004 when Bryan was 15 and Justin was 12 we found out we were going to have another baby. We were all excited beyond belief!! In January of 2005 our little princess Kylah was born. This year marks our 25th wedding anniversary and Eddie asked me to marry him again. He feels like I need to have the wedding that I deserved but never got. But what he doesn't realize is that September 14, 1991 was the best day of my life and nothing will ever take its place. But I am honored to be able to say "I do" to him again and would do it a million more times to make him happy. Bryan is 27 years old now and lives in Springfield with his girlfriend Bri who is a school teacher. He works at Murney and Assoc. selling real estate. Jay is 24 years old and lives in Niangua. In 2012 he blessed us with our first grandchild, Malakai. That little guy is the best thing that has happened to us since our own kids were born! Jay is the at risk teacher and he coaches basketball. Kylah is a typical 11 year old girl and still everyone's princess. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Choices Pregnancy Center

                                                        Choices Pregnancy Center
    A mother walking with her young daughter asks her, “Do you know why we’re walking?”  Daughter replies, “To save the babies.”  The Choices Pregnancy Center hosted the Together For Life walk on May 10, 2015 at the Marshfield fair grounds.  Approximately 225 people participated.  This number is up from 175 last year.  The weather was perfect making it an awesome day for the community to come out and show their support. 

    It was a heart-warming sight to see so many fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and family all walking or running to help young parents in our community give their babies a happy and healthy start in life.  Some were pushing strollers, some were holding hands.  Some walked with their dogs and grandparents walked with their grandchildren.  Bat Man even joined in on the fun! 

The Marshfield community of churches whole-heartedly supports Choices Pregnancy Center.  Multiple denominations pulling together to preserve God’s greatest gift, the gift of life.  Working with other sponsors who support Choices Pregnancy Center is making an enormous impact in many lives.  Mentors are trained with a faith-based curriculum at the Center.

    Services at the Pregnancy Care Center include parenting classes, an ultra sound for a first look at baby, adoption counseling, supplies and many other resources.  Total money raised at the Together For Life Walk was $26,291.64 and will be used to continue these wonderful services. 

    We at In My Heart Photography are honored to sponsor the Choices Pregnancy Center.  We believe that God walked amongst the people in this worthy cause and will continue to bless many people through the hearts that make it all happen.


    For more information or to make a donation contact the Choices  Pregnancy Center in Marshfield 
417-468-5555 or visit them at 1350 Spur Drive Suite 160 in Marshfield (behind Taco Bell).

Monday, June 8, 2015

                         SHE WAS THERE

                           HONORING BRENDA COOK

Written by Amy Whitener Ward

    “I want to say thank you for everything you have done for our small town, schools and families.  It’s not just the impact you have made for us but also the memories you have preserved.  You have always and will be a major monument of all of us.  You have done a great job as a mother, sister, teacher, friend, photographer and a shoulder.  Your last one (child) may have passed through the doors as a student for the last time, but every child there is a part of you.  Every picture you have snapped will hold a memory for someone for the rest of their lives and a smile in their hearts.  Thank you for everything.  It is an honor to have you with us.”  Thomas Cash

    “We love you and the kids love you!  Just remember that!”  Heather Cash

    Niangua is a town with a population of around 400 people.  I’m pretty sure that Brenda Cook knows all of them!  Brenda and her husband Mike raised their four children in Niangua.  Over the last 20 + years Brenda shared her heart with so many people in the community.  If there was a ball game she was there with camera in hand.  A fund raiser for a sick friend, she was there.  Prom, graduation, yep she was there.  One could never count all the times that Brenda was there to lend a helping hand.  Bible school she was there to teach your kids about the love of our God.  How many church meals was Brenda there to help with?  Too many to count.  You got married and she was there to photograph it or to be your guest.

    “Brenda you are one of the most inspiring women I’ve ever met.  Not only have you completely changed your life recently she has also changed mine.  You are fantastic at your job, lending a hand, listening and giving the best advice!  You are so positive all the time.  Brenda you helped me so much for my wedding and made the whole experience so easy with how much you helped!  From finding me a preacher (last minute) to helping us clean up!  And all of our family pictures are fantastic!  I love you Brenda!  Keep up the fabulous work!!  See you later darling!!!”  Megan Young

    Brenda has been there to welcome your newborn babies into the world and she’s there to wrap her arms around you as your loved one is laid to rest.  She was there and she will continue to be there because she has a heart of gold! 

    You might know me as Brenda’s “partner in crime,” as her second shooter at In My Heart Photography.  We met about 10 years ago and quickly became the best of friends.  I am not from Niangua but Brenda proves that her love for others has no end.  She took me in as not only her friend but her family.  She is a fine example of the love and generosity that God wants us to be.  She has taught me and encouraged me to become a better photographer allowing me to grow in what I love to do most!  And I’m not the only person she has done this for. 

    “Brenda Cook is one of the most kind hearted people I know.  She would give the world to someone who needed it.  If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be the photographer I am and I’m so grateful for that.  I’ve seen her put her all into her work for Niangua for as long as I can remember.  Working for hours to take, edit and upload pictures for every event.  The community is lucky to have such a selfless member.”  Kodie Weaver

    Brenda helps me to think about things in new ways.  She is there to cheer me on in my success.  She is there to walk with me through the storms of life.  She is my friend.  She is my sister and I love her to pieces!  Thank you Brenda Cook.  You were there and you are still there and you are very much appreciated by many!

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