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“Time does not pass, it continues.” ~ Marty Rubin

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Time. . . it’s not my thing.  I’m just not good at it. 

The Fisherman has said for years,  “I live in eternity“.  and these days he says he wants to learn how to get there with me.  . .  I laugh hard.

It was said last night by one “there are only 55 more days” until their big day.  

Last night we wrote out invitations with loving care. 

Another thing the Fisherman says often that I know is true. “We hit the jackpot with these beautiful girls who love our young men.” 

God is good to us. 

I breathe deep, pause time in my head and take it all in. 

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late lunch grabbed with the Philosopher & our beautiful brown eyed girl

long ride with my girls

an enjoyed chat with a man of the cloth

tears of laughter from the fisherman

writing out invitations by warm fire

music from Les Miserables loud in my car

friends & loved ones who believe I can

ball played in the yard

a photo shoot in the woods

 

 

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Dreary Days of November

“Don’t eat those yet!” I say to the Fisherman just before he takes a bite. He puts it down and shakes his head at me. 

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Last night I see these pears and knew tomorrow’s forecast was rainy, dreary and overcast.   Rainy, dreary overcast days are one of my favorite forecasts for dreamy dark and moody light. 

Oh, my!  Be still my heart.  How I love this moody light of November. 

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Gifts

reaching goals

photographing  many beautiful faces

fall colors

hiking

laughs over the phone with my son far away

dark, dreary days

new friends

see her happy face running to the car after dance class

 

 

 

November 1

“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” 
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I believe this to be true.  It’s getting up the nerve that’s the hardest part. 

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She went as Ginny Weasley last night. 

and the Girl Who Loves Music  . . . 

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keeps Rock ‘n’ on! 

Gifts

a night spend with four out of the six

up and coming events

coffee with old friends

early morning Mass with my youngest

good books to read

good school days

cool breezes

pop in visits

 

Yesterday

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today. “

                                                                                                 Will Rogers

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Yesterday was the fisherman’s birthday.   
‘While he’s upstairs getting ready for dinner guests we hear his made-up song of “get away from me dog.”    We know that dog is in kitchen drooling over dinner. 
Girls and I stop and laugh hard.  
We catch our breath – the girl who loves music says, “Dad’s so great.” 
I say with big smile, “Yup. “
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phone call out of the blue from a treasured friend
family birthday dinner
time alone to talk with charming
Bob Seger tickets waiting for me and my girl
more birthdays for him
a message of love
and if y’all get a chance visit this site:  It’s called Paperless post.  It will help make party planning and invites easy. . . so very easy! 
 
 
 
 

three years now

“Sometimes you just don’t know the value of a moment until becomes a memory.”

                                                                                                             ~  Dr. Suess  

We knew.

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Three years now since the heart beats in the Fisherman’s chest.   In silence, we remember our donor, his family, and value of the memory of those days. 

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anniversary’s

surprise visits

great school days

cooler morning

a dog that likes to be outside

relationships growing

new beginnings

long talks with the oldest

 

 

being lucky

I didn’t have the right equipment so I didn’t think I’d get it.

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and as I often do . . . at the tenth hour

I read it was safe to use your camera at totality and the harsh light from the sun wouldn’t affect the camera or the lens.

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so then I thought

what the heck?  I might as well give it a shot. 

but, my lens wasn’t right . . . and  I didn’t expect much.

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as I often do . . . when I don’t think it will work & my expectations are low. . . I am surprised at how things work out.

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My father used to say, “the harder I work the luckier I get. “

I feel like that with my camera most of the time.

I study, and study, and study.

and then

BAM!

there it is.

and I feel, Wow! so lucky.

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Gifts:

breathing space

safe travels

short visits from the brown eyed girl and her husband

early morning breakfast with charming

long talks with my girl

silly laughs with the youngest

dumb sayings from the Fisherman

great conversations with two strangers

encouraging friends

 

 

 

July 15

July this brown eyed girl joined our family and has made it even more beautiful.

 

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She married our son the Philosopher in the most beautiful wedding Mass where incense rose to the heavens, and the Fisherman said,  “We hit the jackpot with this one.

I took a deep breath to take it all and I knew it was true. There is nothing more a mother could want for her son.  She is perfect for him . . .  us.  

and then we all danced until the cows came home.

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gifts

best part of being a photographer. . .    being able to do your future daughter in laws wedding portraits

safe travels

friends who say your stupid dog is okay playing at their house.

cooler summer days

long phone conversations with my son

photos of new finds from her

many, many hugs from my youngest today

 

 

golden rays

We had rain for days.

Thursday early morning comes, and I wonder what’s on the calendar.  Put water on for coffee and try to think.

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then magic light flashes streams of golden rays through kitchen window

catches my eye.

I grab my Nikon:

change  settings quickly . . .

open  eye wide . . .  drag the shutter low

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hand held . . . I know these photos will be more grainy  . . . but. . . still

this is what I love.

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and just like that

light fads behind clouds.

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Gifts:

that girl who loves music helping her little sister with all things

phone calls from Charming away on business

that brown eyed girl rushing to help me host

spur of the moment quests

the artists sending glimpses of her day

Fisherman feeling better then ever

double stuff Oreo on sale – two for one & the house cheers

coffee w/ the best Nana

cool breezes

catching morning rays of light before coffee

 

 

 

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this girl

“Then this girl completely shatters the window to my soul and crawls inside.”
― Colleen Hoover, This Girl

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True story

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Gifts

rain for days

after the rain light

watching her love to dance

big sister there to do what big sisters do best

morning peace

laughter shared

officially degreed

so there is this. . .  Charming is officially degreed. 

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We can say no one worked harder then this Charming son of ours – with a full time college schedule and a “part time” job of 60 hours a week. 

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 10,000 times. . .  There is nothing this one can’t do. 

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Gifts:

homeschooling

afternoon tea

a celebration feast fit for kings and queens

flourless tort

late night visit with that brown eyed girl . . . just me and her talking / sharing

warm breezes

the artist here spending time