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I would like to thank everyone who has been using, and adding my work to their favorites.  It means a lot to me!  Unfortunatly, with 1,000+ messages having built up since I last gained access to my DA account (Let's hope I remember the password from now on)I wont be responding to each individually, so instead I send this journal entry out to all of you!  Thank you so very much!  

Unfortunatly, there will be no further additions to:
-Siberian Husky Stock
-Rottweiler Stock
-German Shepherd Stock

However, I do hope to share more photography, background stock and photo manipulations in the near future.  My Photoshop is MIA, and I need to track down the disk before I can start again though!

Now I will begin to clean up my account a bit and make some updates, it sure is messy!

On another note, would anyone be interested in making a DA button for me?  Ha!  I am at a loss as to what it should be, so I leave that up to you :)  Much appreciated ;)
My Daughter, Anastasia Lilly D.

Our beautiful little angel came to us on March 7th, 2010.  She has shown my husband and I what true love really is, and that we are stronger than we have ever thought possible.

Life changes so much when you have a child.  The way you think, and the way you look at life, is forever altered in to a new perception of love and what it means to care for one another.  The beauty of life is not just in nature and laughter, but in love, and family, and the creation of new life that spreads love and laughter of its very own.  One day, my daughter, too, will understand this new meaning my husband and I have discovered is 'love' as she will start a family of her own.  

The circle of life is far from complete, but she makes me whole.
Hello everyone!  I was just thinking I should update all of those who are interested on my pregnancy and life thus far.

My husband is also doing better than ever before.  For some of you that didn't know, my husband has an Immune System disease where his immune system attacks the tissue of his joints all throughout his body.  Severe pain, extremely limited movement, he was unable to work for nearly the past year.  His mobility was measured around 20% of the average person, in every joint.  Even his neck, and chest (Rib expansion when breathing) were highly limited and he was severely depressed that he would not be able to provide for our family.  All he wanted was to be able to get on his hands and knees and be down at the babies level once he/she is born, but it was looking more and more impossible as the days went on and his body seized up.  Over the past few years, it had gotten worse and he had gone through every medical treatment available to him.  Every month his mobility lessened, and we feared that at the age of only 26, he would be in a wheelchair suffering the pain of his disease everyday without being able to do anything he enjoyed.   And then, one last treatment option (The final option available to anyone with this condition) opened itself up to us after I sent out numerous emails across my province.  A specialist who also happens to be a head researcher world wide accepted him as his patient and has started a new treatment.  The treat is scary- is has many possible side effects, but they all outweigh the fact that he simply wanted to be able to live his life again.  The medication costs $27,000 a year. (Over $3000 every dose) however we are half way through being accepted under our medical insurance which will allow us to have the medication with less than a fraction of the cost.  He has had two doses already, and he is already a new man!  He can sit down, stand up, and roll over in bed without excruciating pain that even the specialist refers to as "Greater than a 10 on the scale of pain measurement". He is feeling better mentally, with the option to be able to get back in to the work field in the next month or so, and is even more excited that once our baby is born, he will be able to do all of those fatherly activities that he has always dreamed of being able to do!  It brings tears to my eyes, as well as those that know him and his struggle, to see him this happy again!


As for my pregnancy, I am doing great.  We wouldn't be more excited about this life that we have created that is nestled in my belly.  Such a squirmy little babe (We are not finding out the gender, we decided to wait for the big day and have it as a surprise) who is deemed as very healthy and doing great at every doctor visit.  

I wont be posting any baby bump pics, sorry Lol, but I have gained about 18lbs through the pregnancy so far, but by the looks of me I look like I swallowed a whale!  Lol, My baby bump is huge, and very solid.  I am told it is 'all baby' so that makes me happy because it will be easier to lose the baby fat after the pregnancy is over.

I have had really bad hip pain through the pregnancy that gets worse as the days go by- I am unable to walk up stairs without help, my husband has to lift my feet on to the bed for me at bedtime and arrange my feet carefully as I cannot do it.  The pain is horrible, and makes for sleeping to be nearly impossible but I am taking it in stride (Without pain meds too because I don't want to drug the baby) because of the little miracle that I will get in the end.  

It is amazing to think that this little life inside of me is another person.  A unique personality.  Someone who will grow up, and life a life of their own and someday, perhaps, have their own children.  Such a beautiful thing to think about while I feel the kicks and squirms in my belly.

I am now 35 weeks and 2 days pregnant.  My birthday is February 7th, which is only a few days away and I will be 22!  My due date remains March 10th, but we have a good feeling that baby will come early. :)  As long as baby and I come out healthy, we will be happy! :)

A reminder of the names we have chosen:
If it is a boy: Gunnar Scott
If it is a girl: Anastasia Lilly

***I would like to ask for gender guesses in your response that we can tally up at the end.  

**Also, Birth Date guesses as to when you think the baby will 'pop' in to this world to see the loving faces of me and my husband for the first time!

Thank you!!!
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Image Dedications:
:iconunknownandfrantic: 's "Say When"



As some of you may know, I am pregnant and due in the beginning of March!  My husband and I had several cases of bad luck leading up to this miracle, with two miscarriages and a year of trying to conceive but we fought through it and kept our chins high.  I am 6 months along now, and everything is going great as far as it goes with the pregnancy.  No complications and it couldn't be more amazing- especially when you feel the lil babe moving inside, kicking and rolling over, and reacting to things you do.  We will not be finding out the gender until the baby is in our arms, so that makes it even more exciting.  

**Are there any other mothers, or mothers to be out there?  
If so, let me know your story and how things are going!

**Any questions, fun or educational you would like to ask?
I am always open to answering everything, and no, I am not shy :)

**What would you like to see updated in the future in regards of the pregnancy?
I am looking for ideas, I would like to keep my journal updated until and following, the big day!

~*~*~Any artists out there looking for inspiration?  
I would love pieces of artwork detailing a mothers bond between she and her babe (Can be in the form of animal if you like).  Also, if you create one for me, may I please have permission to use it as a background on my laptop?  

I will try to keep everyone updated on how things are going, so dont hesitate to drop a line here or there- I will always reply! :)

I thank everyone ahead of time for any artwork or stories they share :)
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CURRENT PROMOTIONS:
:icongolden-dreams:  :iconunnamable-freedom:  :iconjericho-designs:

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Seeking manipulators willing to try their hand at a new layout for Valley of Shadows!  
(See left for the advertisement/link/plot to help you out.)

If you want to give it a try, reply here with a link to the image you have created!  Everyone who participates will be given at least one month face time on my DA (a promotion, featuring your icon).  If I choose yours, you will of course be given full credit!  Here is what I am looking for:

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Name:  Valley of Shadows
Slogan: No Mercy -OR - Merciless Survival
Species/Breed: Equine and any
Gender: No preference
Height: No preference
Age: No preference
Color & Markings: No preference
Personality: Mysterious, in awe, blinded by the light (Lol)

Color theme for image: VERY bright. I want the base color to be white, perhaps dark around the edges or high contrast, with a glow/hint of greens, but mostly whites and bright bright washed out color.

Text box: Yes. The entire bottom half of the image will be used as a textarea where the B2G boards will be set to transparent to have the texture in the background show through..., (Exactly like the current layout: www.freewebs.com/valleyofshado…)

Signature & Avatar set: A DA siggy would be great, but not needed.

Other: Could the size please be **1024 wide x 1400** high. Also, the image is just to be very mysertious, perhaps a lot of mist/fog, it is up to you. Nothing needs to be skeletal or anything, but desolation is a main factor. It can have as many horses in it as you please.

Important: along the center section in a horizontal display, please have the words "Implicate" "Decree" "Engage" "Dominions" "Extricate" (See the current layout for an example: www.freewebs.com/valleyofshado…) If you do not know the base of this website, it is apocalyptal, so meteors crashing in the the ground, desolation, dead trees, cracks in the ground, etc but none of it has to be brought in to the image. It has everything a valley has to offer- mountains, rivers, etc. You are given free reign!
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Hello everyone, long time no see!  I have lots of news, from the amazingness of Valley of Shadows and how well it is coming along, to the fact that I am finally pregnant!  Hubby and I are so excited.

Those who are willing to put an advertisement of Valley of Shadows on the front page of their DA (See left) will get a promotion on my DA account, and any one elses who wants to help out the cause :)


PROMOTIONS:
:icongolden-dreams:
:iconunnamable-freedom:
:iconmorbidrain:



(Note me if you want to participate!)










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For the Stock Users, here are the rules:
**Download them for full size.

1.) Fav & Comment on the image you use, with a link back to your work in your comment.

2.) For use on DA, please credit me with a link to my account.

3.) For use off of DA you MUST credit me ON the image.

4.) Do not use any of my images in any artwork that is sexual toward minors.

5.) The following are obvious, but:
-Do not claim as your own.
-Do not simply recolor and repost, do not upload unaltered stock images on to imageshack, photobucket, etc.

-DO use your imagination and have fun with the images I offer.


Thank you,
-EssenceOfPerception/Poss
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A lot of new stock will be uploaded shortly.  From Siberian Husky, to Field/Hill/Cliff,  even decrepit old building stock.  When I go out quading I like to bring the camera, so if you see anything you like, or a certain area that you want more of, don't hesitate to comment on that specific pic and I can see what I can do about getting more angles of that area.  Hopefully we get more rain soon so that everything greens up a bit, otherwise it is all dead looking :/

Anyways, here are the stock rules, read, remember & obey!




**Download them for full size.

1.) Fav & Comment on the image you use, with a link back to your work in your comment.

2.) For use on DA, please credit me with a link to my account.

3.) For use off of DA you MUST credit me ON the image.

4.) Do not use any of my images in any artwork that is sexual toward minors.

5.) The following are obvious, but:
-Do not claim as your own.
-Do not simply recolor and repost, do not upload unaltered stock images on to imageshack, photobucket, etc.

-DO use your imagination and have fun with the images I offer.


Thank you,
-EssenceOfPerception/Poss
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Found stolen artwork on a site that stole my plot/graphics as well!!  Go there to see if any of your work is on there.  They have cropped off the signatures on the pics, so I cannot find all of the owners without YOUR help!  
valleyofshadows.wetpaint.com/


UPDATED:

Here is a link to SOME of the photos they have stolen!!
valleyofshadows.wetpaint.com/p…
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JUST CLICK IT ALREADY!! ;)
[Link has been updated]

VoS Studio is currently seeking Staff.  
s3.invisionfree.com/VOS_STUDIO…

Sign up and Apply!
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STOCK: Only photos that state they are stock in the comment area are stock.  All others are not to be used for anything other than to look at.  No touching.




Note on Siberian Husky Stock:

If you would like to request collarless new images, don't hesitate to ask- but please be patient.  Thank you!





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Stock Rules

I find far too many people who offer stock on Deviant Art have rules that are over done and absolutly ridiculous, so guess what?  I plan on making this quite simple.



1.) Fav & Comment on the image you use, with a link back to your work in your comment.

2.) For use on DA, please credit me with a link to my account.

3.) For use off of DA please credit me on the image.

4.) Do not use any of my images in any artwork that is sexual or abusive in nature.

5.) The following are obvious, but:
Do not claim as your own.
Do not simply recolor and repost, do not upload unaltered stock images on to imageshack, photobucket, etc.
DO use your imagination and have fun with the images I offer.


Thank you :)