The Born Learning Trail | Oconee County


bornlearningw So excited that our fabulous town of Westminster is the FIRST to install the Born Learning Trail in our county!

The trail has been installed at the Anderson Park in Westminster, the park beside the library that's popular for birthday parties and evenings playing with the kids. Show here are a few bits from the trail.

This Saturday, September the 21st, from 10-2, the United Way hosts a grand opening/campaign kickoff. There will be lots of fun, free activities for the kids, including bouncy houses, face painting, the Cat in the Hat and more! I'll be there photographing and have sent a special offer via our email blast!

JOIN ME , as we celebrate our community, the endeavors of the United Way, and our children!

Rescued By Love Calendars

I'm back! What a fantastic trip to Norway...can't wait to share some images with you guys. Just wanted to let you know quickly that time is almost out for you to order your Rescued By Love 2013 calendars! They are sold at cost for $10 each. Here's a sample from our first calendar. The dates are blank so you can use them anytime by filling in the dates appropriately! They make great Christmas gifts!

To order: email us with the quantity you need at info[at] or from the contact link above. We will then send you an invoice via paypal.

Deadline: Monday, April 22nd

Cost: $10 each - we only order the amount that are pre-ordered

Pick-up: Late May

Special Surprise!!!!! ALL 2013 participants will be featured on the back page! This to commemorate our final year of fundraising and to reward everyone for their hard work!

In case you missed it, we raised a final total of $13,000, which makes our 3 years of giving over $35,000, WOW! So, we are planning for all charity event participants, of every year, a special summertime appreciation day at the park. Stay tuned for more info!

Rescued By Love 2013 Results

Rescued By Love 2013 raised a total of $12,805 for the Bryan NICU of Childrens GHS! You guys seriously deserve a dinner date, I wish I could afford a steak dinner for you all. I do have a customer appreciation day in the works for the summer at our local park for your sweet kiddos. Keep coming here for the announcement, in late spring/early summer. The customer appreciation day will celebrate our community and your giving hearts...all that you guys have done for Rescued By Love. With that said, I feel like I should mention that this was the last year of our Rescued by Love fundraiser. I feel my heart moving on, and our customer appreciation day will conclude all that we've accomplished as a community, friends and family. I appreciate you all SO much and am literally in tears as my heart urges me to move to other projects.

Now for the announcement of our Calendar kids...before I get too sappy.

First place and Calendar Cover Kid #20-Davis

Second place #22-Rettew

Third place #29-Williams

All of these leaders raised over $1000, some close to $2000, incredible!

Our other calendar kids who each raised over $450, some over $1000, include in this order...










The calendars are going to be spectacular with all these cute kiddos! Calendars are sold at cost, by preorder only. $10 each. If you are interested in a calendar purchase, email me the quantity you would like and I'll send you a payment link.  Orders must be received by April 15th, so we can have calendars printed and ready for distribution in May. AS A THANK YOU FOR OUR FINAL YEAR OF RESCUED BY LOVE, THUMBNAILS OF ALL CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED WILL BE FEATURED ON THE BACK OF THE CALENDAR.

So, here's to over $12,000 to help the NICU with their breastfeeding initiative! The amount of children and families you will help is the ultimate reward. God bless you.

Rescued By Love 2013

“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr

My Mission: I began a personal mission of giving back in 2010 after an incredible time of need for our family in 2009. Our first child, a sweet girl, changed our lives that year with her arrival at 25 weeks. Click here to read our birth story, and check out my passion for the project in the videos below!

Click here to see our winner post on our blog.
Our winners for Rescued By Love 2013 are...

  • 1st place: #20 Davis
  • 2nd place #22 Rettew
  • 3rd place #29 Williams
  • 4th place #24 A. Roach
  • 5th place #25/26 Henry
  • 6th place #1 M. Roach
  • 7th place #10 Keith
  • 8th place #2 Jolly
  • 9th place #18 Hicks
  • 10th place #15 Steele
  • 11th place #8 Miller
  • 12th place #12 Poore

We raised $12,805 for the Bryan NICU at Children's GHS, in 2013!

Rescued By Love 2013 Goal: $20,000 as we highlight the NICU’s "breast milk for all NICU babies" initiative, raising funds to purchase the following breast pump supplies! Maybe you’d like to provide one of the following in honor of your family, business, or child?

The Fundraising Process: It's simple. Vote for your favorite image, posted on this page March 6th-15th. $1 = 1 vote! The 12 images that get the most votes are printed in our 2013 Rescued By Love calendar!

1st place winner:

  • Cover spot on the 2014 calendar, and a month spot.
  • $300 gift certificate to Tiffiney Photography
  • Goody backpack from Christi's You Name It, filled with Children's Museum tickets, Zoo tickets, and other goodies
  • Gift Certificate to Lora at Tangles
  • An archival disk of your RBL 2013 Images for printing
  • 5 calendar copies

2nd place winner:

  • A month spot in the calendar
  • $150 gift certificate to Tiffiney Photography
  • Goody backpack from Christi's You Name It, Zoo tickets and other goodies
  • Gift Certificate to Lora at Tangles
  • An archival disk of your RBL 2013 Images for printing
  • 3 calendar copies

3rd place winner:

  • A month spot in the caledar
  • $150 gift certificate to Tiffiney Photography
  • Goody backpack from Christi's You Name It, Zoo tickets and other goodies
  • Gift Certificate to Lora at Tangles
  • An archival disk of your RBL 2013 Images for printing
  • 3 calendar copies

The remaining 9 calendar spots will go to next top fundraisers. Each calendar kid will receive a $50 gift certificate to Tiffiney Photography, a 4x6 printable disk of RBL 2013 images, and one calendar copy!

How to Vote/Give: All donations are tax deductible with receipts from GHS. We are not responsible for the allocation of donations towards contestants if contestant number is not included with gift.
    • FINDING THE CONTESTANT NUMBER: Click the thumbnail image to make the image big. Look in the lower left corner for the text that says, for example "Image 31 of 34" This would mean that image is contestant number 31. For siblings if one child wins, the other wins, all on the same calendar page.
    • ONLINE: Any gift given via the online form below will go straight to the NICU and towards our $20,000 goal! If you don't want to vote for a particular image, you can use the number 0. Deadline for donations to count towards contestant is March 15th at midnight!
    • CHECKS: You may also mail a check. Checks should be made to Greenville Hospital System and postmarked by March 14th to:
      • GHS Office of Philanthropy & Partnership, c/o Lakeisha Boston, 300 E. McBee Ave., Suite 200, Greenville, SC 29601, please include “RBL" and photo number in the memo line.
    • DROP OFF: You may also drop cash and check donations by our studio, Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 9-4 at 113 Retreat Street, Westminster SC 29693. Deadline for drop off  is March 15th at 4pm.

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Kudos -

  • "...I just had to email you and tell you how blown away I was by all the portraits you did for the new Wall of Hope!  Jenn shared the link with me so I was able to see all of your hard work.  How incredibly beautiful everything turned out!  You should be so proud!!!!  To have done all of these portraits, the contest portraits and the fundraiser all at the same time…what an accomplishment!  You are an amazing person and we are truly thankful for everything you have done for the Bryan NICU and ultimately the little babies that have to be in there. By the way…I am not surprised you surpassed your goal of $10,000 and by so much!  You do great work and obviously have a wonderful client base who supports you and the great things you do.  Congratulations on a job very well done!!!!"    Dania - Annual Giving Manager
  • "What a BEAUTIFUL and touching unveiling Wall of Hope!! Thank You for letting us be a part of this and we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the picture you chose!!!!!!! :) ...You gave a very touching and moving speech. God is so Good-and it's amazing when God places a seed in your heart-he has touched hundreds of lives through your obedience. God bless you Tiffiney!!"   Ellen - Luke's Mommy
  • "I have been following your blog/photography for a while. I have also been following Sadie's story.....Also thank you for starting the rescued by love. You never know how much is involved in the NICU until you are NICU parents" -Mom of a 29-weeker, as of Feb 21st