Candace's Photography Blog Has Moved... The Banks Bunch blog is still here....

I have decided that it would be best to move my photography blog to a new site...I will continue to post family updates at this blog.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Chewbacca, The Penny Trick, and the Bugs That Scare Thee...

I found these cute little clips that we took of the boys before Kelly deployed two months ago...I'll put a little background description below each video...

Pretty much since Brendan was born, he's been able to make this gurgling sound in his throat that we've always said sounds like Chewbacca...well, we finally got it on video...

The second video is of this random man who was traveling through Abilene who befriended us and the kiddos and did the penny trick on Corbin...Corbin got such a kick out of it that we had to video it...

The last video is of Kelly and the boys at Jacob's Dream...Kelly had found some bugs and was "bugging" aka "scaring" the boys with them...I guess I might be a mean mom, but it was really pretty funny so I videoed it...the part I got on video wasn't as funny as the part I didn't catch, but you get the drift...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Sunrise in update from Kelly

Well, I've been here two months now. The first month flew by and the second one crawled. I know it's been a while since I've written.

I think I was depressed for a while. Things at home were not going well for Candace and the boys. Things here were less than perfect (that's really all the detail I can give at this time). My spiritual life was suffering. I had no energy or motivation. I had no one who I felt like I could talk to about how I felt. I know it sounds like I'm whining, maybe I am.

I think I'm doing better now. I still feel alone here. Even though I'm surrounded by people all the time.

A lot of you know that my desire was to be a good example to the guys I am with over here. I feel like I am, but you know how that goes. I want to see results, changed lives. I don't like waiting on Gods timing. I want to plant seeds that will sprout and be ready to harvest the next week. Maybe through science we can create some seeds like that.

I feel alone in a very lost place. And I am no angel, let me be the first to admit.

Please continue to keep me in your prayers. Specifically for strength, patience and perseverance.

On a little lighter note, here's a sunrise. You find beauty where you can when you're stuck in a desert.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007


The boys and I went to Round Rock this weekend to visit my parents...we got really lucky and my little sister, Opal, and her daughter, Kayla, were there...sooooo, the 3 cousins got to get together and act silly!!! They were soooo much fun to watch!! I sure wish we could get them all together sure is a blast for them and for us adults to watch!! It was also my dad's birthday so we got to celebrate & have some cake!...he turned 48, but got a hold of the candles & changed the 8 to a 3...ornery cuss!