My Civic Duty

June 14th of this year I was doing an engagement shoot in Edina, MN. I don't usually use my husband's car and didn't know that the passenger side front door doesn't lock...i left my purse in the car. After the shoot I realized it was missing and by the time I got home and called all the Credit Card companies and Banks 2 hours had passed. The 2 guys spend around $2000 in less then 2 hours. BUT...they caught the guys at the Mall of America. So, I thought it was a done deal. This week I received a subpoena to appear in court as a witness. (I have to say I'm not excited about seeing these guys face to face. i don't know why...somehow it's easier to forgive if i don't have their faces in my mind?) The court date is February 2, 2010. If he continues to plead not-guilty the case will go to trial and then I will be needed on the 3rd and the 4th. I will be 37weeks turning 38weeks pregnant that week. (I had both of my other kids those weeks) So, knowing I could have the baby anytime I called the City Attorney and it turns out there is no case without me as a witness...If I'm not there - he walks. So not fair. Either I'm going to be going very pregnant - thinking the whole time am I going to be able to finish this before I go into labor? OR I will have just had a baby and will need to hang out at a court house with my newborn. Kinda seems like a double whammy first they stole my purse and I have to go through the hassle of putting all the pieces back together and now they get to interrupt my life again.

Hmmm...hate to say it but I'm more stressed about the court case then having the baby. i'm praying that the Lawyers are able to come to a compromise before Feb.2nd. If not, i know it will be fine. It's only 3 days of my life...right?

I know I will do what needs to be done. There should be consequences for wrong and I hope this will set the defendant on a different path.

It's just that this is such a tender time. I'm super emotional.

Advice and prayers are welcome.

Noemi Hedrick

Noemi Hedrick is a passionate wedding and portrait photographer based in Minneapolis. Noemi loves capturing the beauty inside every person. Her vibrant energy for life, love and family are grounded in her own values and loved ones. Noemi has been proudly serving as a wedding photographer for over 15 years and also offers a wide range of photography workshops for professional and amateur photographers.