Thursday night, I came home to an envelope in our mailbox that was larger than the regular old junk mail sized envelope. And, it had my name handwritten on the outside in decadent sharpie. My heart immediately leapt — nothing makes my day brighter than receiving a surprise in the mail!
I quickly searched the return address and smiled. A showiteer friend of mine, Annessa Baker had sent me sweetness, and I smiled. I tore open the back and removed a small onesie with the showit logo in the middle that said “Showiteer in Training,” along with a hillarious note that had me laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face.
It was the sweetest gift ever, this showit onesie, as I’d jokingly requested they be made available as soon as I found out we were expecting our little bundle in May–because, after all, he or she is a little future showiteer already.
The most important part of being a showiteer doesn’t mean that you’re a photographer. It means that you’re the kind of person to reach out, to help. To show love, unconditionally to one another. And to give way more than we receive. Its a “code of conduct” of sorts.
It means that you aren’t out to harm one another, be in competition with one another, but to love one another, educate each other, and get one another through the hard times.
Showiteers come from all over the world, all walks of life. We have farmers, Space Engineers at Nasa, Llama farmers, pet lovers, funny guys, emotional women **ehem**, we have all ages from 16 to in their late 50′s– yet we all come together with one thing in common. We love photography. And we love one another.
I’m quite convinced that after being a part of this amazing group of people for just over one year now, that I’ve made some of the best friends in the world through them. They’ve taught me so much. And inspired growth in me, photographically and personally. They make me better.
These people are the people who are out to change the world. And I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of this amazing group of people. For I know that God gave us one another for the very reason to love one another, love others, to give, and to change the world, one step at a time.
As showiteers, we’ve done a few projects here and there, so when Natalia Bishop posted her idea for a Showiteers Christmas CD — we all jumped right in and got it done. An entire cd- in less than one month.
From all over the world, a hand full of showiteers came together with another common bond. A love for music. And a love for a foundation that we, as showiteers couldn’t be more proud of, because one of our own, Jim Davis-Hicks, a showiteer photographer started the foundation from the ground up. So as you can imagine, Thirst Relief is a foundation that is very close to our hearts as showiteers– and we decided to dedicate this cd to them in order to help their great works.
Thirst Relief International is an organization dedicated to delivering safe drinking water to some of the most poor countries in the world. Founded in 2005, they have been dedicating their time and resources to save hundreds of lives around the world.
Please join us in supporting this great organization–by purchasing one Showiteers Christmas Cd : United for Change, you’re saving one life. You can purchase the cd for 6.99$ here at this link.
To learn more about Thirst Relief, please read the following, taken from the media booklet of the Showiteers Christmas CD, or visit their website at www.thirstrelief.org to find out how you can help.
I’ve never been more proud to be a part of a project, and I’ve never been more proud to be a showiteer. Annnnd now I can’t stop crying. The experience for me, has been unexpected, indescribable, and undeniably a blessing from God.
So– have a listen. Especially to Number 2– “Baby it’s Cold Outside” — it’s my favorite, but then again, I’m biased, as I had the honor of singing along with my friend, Jeremy Ellsworth — who did ALL of the hard work including mixing, laying down the music with his brother and getting the track uploaded and sounding great!