I Am Beautiful

2nd Blog Anniversary

I have been contemplating today’s anniversary for the last month or so.  It was two years ago today that I made the first post here on Who Is Beautiful.  I had no idea what to expect from it and still find myself in awe of what God did in the hearts of women through this project.  I have heard so many positive stories of God’s goodness in the lives of women.  It encourages me to see Him work visibly in us and witness the changes in individuals that have been touched by Who Is Beautiful in one way or another.

I was trying to narrow down one or two things that I’m thankful for about this project.  There are so many things I could list but I really want to say that I’m thankful for YOU.  YOU are the ones that read the articles and share them with others in the hopes of encouraging and lifting other women.  YOU are the ones who have decided to share you own very personal, very important stories with all of us.  YOU, dear ladies, are the fuel and fire behind this project on every level.  What I love so much about Who Is Beautiful is that it is for YOU and by YOU.  YOU are the reason this project exists.  So thank you….  Thank you for your willingness, obedience, and transparency.  Thank you for your faithfulness in sharing with others.  Thank you for having the courage to share your story with complete strangers.  And most importantly, thank you God for guiding us all.

Some of our contributing photographers participated in a photography challenge for the anniversary.  Below you will find several images depicting beauty from their personal perspective.  There may even be a few images in there by yours truly 🙂  Please enjoy their talents and be sure to leave them an encouraging word!  They donate their time to this project just like everyone else involved.  Plus they donate the images from their shoots to the women sharing their stories on this blog.  Thanks for taking the time to check it out.  Please share and be blessed!

Anna Bowman

Founder of WhoIsBeautiful

Shawn Hodges of Shawn Hodges Photography

I wonder if the creation ever feels like it is inadequate or lacking of beauty! And yet God created us above every other thing He created. He made us in His own image…How much more beautiful are we to Him?

Anna Martin of Anna Martin Photography

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Generations: Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

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This reminds me of resting in the Father’s unconditional love.

Stephanie Housszu of Stephanie D Photography

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Erin is a mom of three young children, a drama leader at church, preschool teacher and loving wife.  She balances her busy life with daily devotions and prayer time which keeps her grounded in her faith.

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Rachel is a single working mom to three beautiful children, she finds her strength and joy during hard times in the Lord.

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Jenn is a youth leader who is expecting her first baby, a little boy.  She loves leading high school girls into a deeper relationship with Christ.

Anna Bowman

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I love the joy and reckless abandon on my daughter’s face here.  She looks absolutely free and that is what I want her to be throughout her life.  Not held down by anything.  Strong, expressive, fearless, beautiful…

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My youngest daughter.  If you know her, you know she marches to the beat of her own drum.  In fact, as I type this my oldest is telling me that she is swinging on the headboard of her bed haha!  I find her confidence beautiful.  She is looking straight into the camera and giving her best smile – bright eyed and crinkled nose.  She is untainted by any insecurity.  Happy and innocent.  The world is her playground and each new day holds endless adventures.

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A father and his son.  It is so beautiful to witness my husband teaching my son.  You can see the trust in my son’s eyes as he is listening to his Daddy.  He trusts him to teach him and not to embarrass him as he learns. Little fingers being guided by wiser hands.  What a beautiful gift a father gives when he takes the time to teach his children what he knows!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “2nd Blog Anniversary

  1. Dear Ann,
    So thankful to have been a part of this and the influence that you have had on my life especially in the realm of blogging!
    Much love being sent your way!
    Rhonda

    • anna@lifestoriesdesign.com on said:

      Thank you Rhonda! I’m so grateful for the connections I’ve made through this project – particularly with you and John. Love you guys!

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