low light

She snuggles in. I see low Christmas tree lights chiseling fine features.  . . and ohhhhhh that bundle. 

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I grab Nikon and open F-stop,  push Aperture as far as I can go without drag.  It doesn’t disappoint. 

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a day of photography with them

sharing one month

laughs with my favorite Lisa

enjoying long car rides to a photography project

meeting new people, places & homes

when they are home

cold rain on my face

warm coats

coffee, coffee, coffee and then coffee

talks with my girl

laughs on the phone with the best nana

 

 

 

 

 

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beauty of the soul

Saint Agustine said, “Love is the beauty of the soul.” 

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gifts

new mom giggles

he looks at her with such ahhhh

baby smells

watching them with her

home for the Thanksgiving season

roof over our heads

hope in our steps

kisses on toes

her weight in my arms

fall colors

 

 

 

 

La de da

. . . the beat goes on
Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain
La de da de de, la de da de da. . . .

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 baby Divine was born to the Charmings. 

and the Fisherman and I sing. . . 

La de da de de, la de da de da

the beat goes on. . . 

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Gifts:

baby hiccups

healthy baby

healthy momma

family grows

baby cries

joy all around

rain pouring and we are home

healthy today

laughs with friends

being included in new life to come

snapchats

modern technology & instant videos

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Fisherman holds our new life

 

 

 

the Bomb

So I was asked to try out Paperless Post and then share my honest opinion with you here.

and I thought

WAIT!”.  . . “We just don’t do that here.” 

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and then I hosted a shower for one that I would soon call our own and in the world wind of our lives & a little more than 9 months later – we are now helping the best nana host another for a sweet bundle coming our way early November. 

so I tried this thing called Paperless Post for both parties.

and

It was nothing but super easy 

and

Seriously . . . 

the BOMB! 

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future plans

early morning starts

French Press coffee

funny mistakes

sitting on top of her car waiting for AAA

help from strangers

Text Tuesdays & bundle of joy

Friday love notes & so much love coming

card games round the little table

explosive laughter

 

 

 

four days

In four days we celebrate the heart that was transplanted.

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The other side of transplant hasn’t been an easy walk, but it has been a good walk. 

and for that we are grateful.

In four years: we have partied like it was 1999 at three weddings – our two sons and that ninja we love to claim.  In that four years we have had four graduations among these people, a trip to Disney, dance recitals, fires on the beach, an accident that drove us to our knees, recovery, many, many trips to hospitals, tears, laughter, Champagne popped to celebrate, night time mimosas drunk because we made it to  Wednesday and “we still kick’n”, bad dancing in the living room, music to loud, big band concerts, floats down a river, photography studio building, shower planning and the new life coming our way as we get our arms ready for our first granddaughter and company.

We are reminded again and again – this life is good. . . oh so good.

It’s a funny thing this life though. It moves so fast.  Sometimes we have a hard time keeping up. I find pictures of kids as young teens laughing, celebrating birthdays and I think, when did we blink? 

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and then there is that one thing we never take our mind off of –  that heart of his – that is not ours. 

In four years, all we know is the heart beats inside the Fisherman and everyday,  our Catholic faith gives us prayers for the rightful owner of that heart,  his family & all our loved ones that have passed.

and we are grateful for that.  It all gives us peace,  and makes this life moving fast even better. 

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

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bellies growing bigger

thinking pink

good school days

cool mornings

getting up before light

Tuesday messages

Friday messages

messages for coffee

Thursday night visits

Saturday night Bonanza marathons

 

Note to Self

Read things!

 

1.) Mistakes are bad for kitty and costly for you 

2.) When you realize you put wrong flea medication on kitty: don’t assume everything is okay.  Fleas will be gone but. . . kitty could be too. 

when mistakes happen . . . read box, call your vet, ask,  or go to the great Google and then call vet.   a little tiny drop  . . . it not good for kitty.  

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Midnight vet runs are exhausting 

3.) Keep Dawn in the house. . . poisoned kitties need to be bathed. 

4.) Even sick kitties do not like to be bathed. 

5.) When you pick up recovered kitty at 7 a.m. that same day & have many appointments with kids early that morning ~  DO NOT put kitty in big dog crate in garage assuming she won’t get out.  She’s a kitty and she climbs. 

Recovering kitties are hard to find in summer heat. 

6.) Cars need gas . . . even if you don’t have time just get it.

7.) when needle comes out of recovering kitty. . . have tight grip. Kitties jump & blood goes everywhere. It’s not a good looking scene.   

8.) Don’t lock keys in car a few days later  . . . AAA guys remember you. 

9.) carry Ibeprophine and water for headaches  

10.) keep the faith . . .  Life’s funny

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smart vets

it was only a little tiny drop

Kitty is all better, but dumb – she loves me more than ever

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slow mornings

dog snoring

long talks with my boys

Friday messages

new friends

that sunlight after a rain …ohhhh my

champagne just because

coffee with friend who lifts others

laughs with my girls

cousins visiting from Texas

late night talks

Birthdays together

 

 

 

 

 

K – I – S – S – I – N – G

 Charming and the Artist sit’ng in a tree 

K – I – S – S – I – N – G

First comes love 

Then comes marriage 

20180617-_LFA2819then comes the Fisherman happy as can be.  .  . 

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safe travels

helping in the yard

peaceful day

sweet new chapter in our lives

air condition on these hot summer days

payment online

that preview button

new friends

time to chat

Friday texts

movie night out with the girls for her

photography goals

 

 

baby love

We had some serious baby love going on at the best Nana’s house yesterday.

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visits from the Charmings – how I always love those

babies, babies everywhere

laughter from our toes

remembering loved ones

afternoon summer thundershowers

lighting

summer breezes

pool days

all gathered around the table

when they come down to visit – how we all love that

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This girl with the blue jean eyes 

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will be shaken it up next week with her dance school in Florida’s Disney. 

All the girls have worked seriously hard on this event and it will be fabulous. 

So. . .  she and I – her and me – myself and that one – will be packing the car tight and taking off for the magic kingdom. 

and then a run to Tallahassee to see our brown eyed girl & that love of her life we adore so much. 

I can’t wait.  

note to self. . . . don’t forget the Nikon

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celebrations with the neighbors

Friday messages of love from our artist

everyone home safe and sound

a baby girl for a nephew

hearing I captured that Wise Woman’s personality so well

wildflowers from the most Charmings

and dinner with those two – too – too – also

cool June days

sitting by that pool

my girl back on her feet

new friend & just a few doors down for our youngest

adoration . . . just Him & i

 

Tip Tuesday – the boring stuff

Today we are going to talk about the boring stuff. 

Here it is in a nutshell. . . 

READ THE MANUAL

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Did I lose you???? 

Honestly, I think I lost me.

Here’s the truth of the matter:  I tried to start my photography journey without reading the manual.  In fact, when my new camera came in the mail – I threw the manual out with the shipping box. 

 

Who needs the manual right?

Only nerds read and keep manuals.

This, I know as truth.   

My Fisherman husband . . . would have not only kept that manual – he would have filed it.   

Honestly, I tried hard to get away without reading the thing and then one day I met a photographer friend at the park.  I told her all about my struggles and I was not getting those pretty shots I wanted so badly.   The first thing she asked was:

Did you read the manual?  

I looked at her and gave her a quiet “no”

She simply told me I really needed to read it if I wanted to get anywhere with my photography. 

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At the end of the day, I went home and found the manual I needed online and, I started the very daunting and very boring task of reading the manual.  

When I was finally ready an upgrade in the world of Nikon  – I not only kept the manual to my new camera when I finished it – I gave it to the Fisherman and asked him to file it.  It lives somewhere safe upstairs with all his other manuals.

Long story short: and I know it’s boring and hard but, if you want to get anywhere in your photography. . .

You have to read the manual.

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great school days

happy dancer everyone comes

early morning light

long conversations with my boys

holding hands

little messages of love

artist friends

clean dog

fun night out & the red-hot sardines

Friday messages