Category Archives: FBC

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge – “Everyday Life”

I volunteer taking pictures for church several times a year and this was taken this month. This little blonde cutie was in Sunday School and she brought her Jesus Storybook Bible along. She saw my camera and gave this sweet little smile. Now smile your way through the other everyday special moments over at I Heart […]

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Diana - March 3, 2015 - 2:33 AM

Beautiful girl! I love her expression

Megan - March 3, 2015 - 6:55 AM

What a sweetie…and that storybook bible is the best!!

Vince - March 3, 2015 - 11:19 AM

She is beyond adorable!

Ordinary People. Extraordinary Lives.

Ordinary people. Extraordinary lives. That’s the motto for First Baptist Church where I have attended all but two years since the second grade. The church has changed up down and sideways in the years I’ve attended and it has grown leaps and bounds in those years as well. It’s a welcoming church — come with […]

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Aubrey - February 20, 2014 - 7:38 AM

Well you know how to get my attention! Love seeing people (especially my loved ones) through your lense, so many great memories there.

Gloria - February 20, 2014 - 1:25 PM

These pictures alone tell a thousand stories. Great shots Mary!

Kathy - February 21, 2014 - 6:24 AM

Loved how you captured all the different generations of “ordinary” people that comprise our church (God’s church)! Great pics and good to see faces that I don’t see as often anymore! Thanks for your service.

Andrea - March 4, 2014 - 7:42 PM

These pictures are so special & beautiful. I love being apart of such an extraordinary family of God! Thanks for sharing your talent, Mary!!!

Kathy - March 5, 2014 - 1:56 PM

More wonderful photos. Thank you for these reminders of our extraordinary stories. You do beautiful work, Mary.

Take me to the River

“Take me to the river, let me wash my sins away.” There’s a number of songs that say it, and a number of people (40+ in fact) who did it when they were baptized in the Boise River on Sunday, July 28. It’s become a yearly event for First Baptist Church where I’ve attended for […]

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Jeri Dunne - August 1, 2013 - 7:27 PM

Oh….my heart is so full! These pictures are a wonderful reminder of a great day in FBC history! Your work is amazing and I am so thankful that you are willing to share it. Thank you so much Mary.

Aubrey - August 3, 2013 - 10:39 AM

I know those folks in the top picture! I just became so incredibly homesick. Glad to see everybody coming together for such a blessed day.

March Gladness

March is the month of “March Madness” in basketball which Mike loves, but for me, it’s more like “March Gladness” — having four g-babes that take away all my madness. 🙂 First up of some of my favorite photos taken during the month is Jayden who turns ONE on April 8th. How did that happen?! […]

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Megan - April 2, 2013 - 3:42 PM

Of course I loved this post with all my heart- my favorite little people were in front of your lens!!!

I love the title also- what a sweet tribute to the loves in your life. I can’t get enough of those happy faces.

Love how in the last picture Syd is like “Don’t look at me, I don’t know what her problem is…but I didn’t do it!”

Danielle - April 2, 2013 - 11:08 PM

I loved everything about this post except re-living the tree getting cut down! That was one stressful day. I am so glad that I have you documenting our lives, because lets face it…if it weren’t for you, our kids would have nothing to look at when they grow up! THANK YOU!!!

Tracey - April 3, 2013 - 9:01 AM

Love your Pictures Mary! I’m glad I don’t hve to pick my favorite. They have changed so much in the last year. So
much enjoyment! How lucky you and Mike are to have
such a wonderful family. I hope your grown children and their spouses know how lucky they are to have parents that love their children as much as you and Mike do!

Fairly Candid - April 3, 2013 - 9:33 AM

Tracy, you are always so kind, and I agree … these kids have all changed so much, especially the last several months. They have all become new little thinkers, walkers, crawlers, and talkers and they are so fun to watch and interact with. And yes, Mike and I feel the love and appreciation from the biggest kids — ours.

I’m Officially Caught Up!

I have been a bit negligent of my blog this winter, using the time instead to get new pictures on my walls, time spent with g-babes and friends, movies watched (Silver Linings Playbook being my favorite), and some Spring cleaning done. When I have extra time (is there such a thing?), I sit and edit, and edit, and edit […]

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Megan - March 2, 2013 - 4:13 PM

How fun to see random memories of last summer and earlier days! I couldn’t get over the picture of you and the one big tooth in the middle- so funny!

By far my favorite pictures were the five you took of the snow. I think I need to frame the first for Chrismtas time, and the third and fourth were just amazing. You should ask HTEH if they want your amazing work on their client Christmas cards…or any other business for that matter! I love learning more about you through the random and candid photos you take. What a treat!


The day before Easter, our church had a big party for our risen Lord — a community EGGSTRAVAGANZA! There were egg hunts (divided by ages), games and prizes, blow up houses, cake walks, music, horsey rides, Mac Daddy’s BBQ, snow cones, face painting, and probably lots of other stuff I’m not remembering. I had the […]

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Annette Butler - April 16, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Mary! So Fabulous!!

kathygrover - April 16, 2012 - 9:20 PM

You’ve done it again. My family has really enjoyed looking at all of these. But which is my favorite? Too close to call. But it might be Leah with the little girl with her tongue out. Or it might be Ken and Annie and Cindy at the Food Bank, watching the pony rides. Or it might be the girl in the pink sweater getting a pink butterfly painted on her face. Those are my top three votes for “best picture.” Oh wait, silly me. My favorite picture is Julia! - April 16, 2012 - 9:36 PM

Kathy, you make me laugh. Thanks for commenting on your favs. I always love hearing people’s favorites, which are usually my favorites as well — and of course Julia’s is my #1! 🙂 Saw you and your mom in the parking lot at church today as I was setting up to take staff and Leadership Board head shots. Yelled and yelled but you just ignored me then got in your car and sped off.

Liz - April 16, 2012 - 10:00 PM

Thanks for the picture of my boys! - April 16, 2012 - 10:15 PM

You are welcome!

Spontaneous Sunday

Show and Tell A kindergarten teacher gave her class a “show and tell” assignment. Each student was instructed to bring in an object to share with the class that represented their religion. The first student got up in front of the class and said, “My name is Benjamin and I am Jewish and this is […]

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Linda - February 2, 2012 - 8:46 PM

The innocence of children is so appealing, such beauty in their expressions–even the one of my reluctant phtographee grandson, Micah. That precious girl who followed you and wanted her picture taken–so poignant; the little guy immersed in his books and little Autumn riding her horsie to the stars–all so special. Thanks for sharing Mary.

Kathy Grover - February 3, 2012 - 11:38 AM

One of those little girls is Moo Ka Paw Paw whose family I visit every Tuesday. They don’t have a lot of pictures; maybe I can get a picture made up for her. She is the kind of girl who would gladly say “cheese” if you asked her to pose, though. When the Karen first came here, I remember Lanie and Glenn saying that hugging was not part of their culture. I can tell you that you can get a free big hug from Moo Ka Paw Paw any time. Maybe even two if, unlike me, you spell her name right.

Nice job on the stained glass, too. I can only imagine how tricky that was. - February 3, 2012 - 12:38 PM

That’s sweet Kathy …. I wish I knew which one was the girl you speak of. Did I take her picture and was she is in the first group of Karen children, or in the last pre-school group? I am making copies to take to the Sunday School classrooms for teachers to send home with the children I took photos of.