Frozen time

That frozen moment of time photography gives is my favorite.

Liz's 13 Birthday edited Feb. 2020

That moment one image can take you back to the very sent of birthday cake . . .  candles burning. 

I love the way photography gives you that one moment in a flash you remember it all: laughter at Sunday spaghetti dinner, presents for her, pounding heat from sun, pool so cool, water splashes on faces, eyes squinting, feet kicking, conversations, weight of babies in arms, her joy at finally reaching 13.   

I absolutely love that about photography.

 and as   I stumble on quiet stillness frozen in time I hear him in my head:  “take pictures”  he said.   I wonder if he knew the chain reaction that was about to unfold as he crossed over?   

I am convinced . . . he must have.  

She lite her own candles and I remember it well. . . I grabbed Nikon and we celebrated 13. . . last summer. 



18.) the way she stands strong for what’s right

19.) that unwillingness of not giving in

20.) sun trickling through clouds . . . gives off such beautiful light

21.) Wednesday lunch with the littlest ladies

22.) images waiting for me

23.) spell check

24.) homeschooling her

25.) they hang out here

26.) puzzles that drive her crazy

27.) he goes anyway

28.) seeing them

29.) hard rain . . . safe inside

30.) moments I won’t forget





April 30

It’s the Philosopher’s birthday today.  I can’t keep my mind off a lifetime of memories with that one.  

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 My heart is full. 

I remember the firsts of so much. Just like any parent, you would think I thought I invented love. . .

Because with this one – our first . . . 

I did. 

I laugh at myself because  . . . it’s true. 

This life passes by so fast and now here I am almost in May and I think to myself this is the month. . .  I solemnly swear to photograph more, post more, come here more.   I have so many things planned for this space my head is swimming.  If only I could figure out how to add tabs.  The frustration is real. 

and so I leave you today with a link to my favorite birthday song that I will send to him. 


surprises from people who love me

pennies from heaven

problems being solved

headshots out of the blue

a quick trip to a mill to share a dream coming true for a sweet friend

a breakfast out

meeting a lady on fire for Jesus

catching up with a friend from days past

loving care to a stray

a midnight run to the ER for my girl & she’s all better now


a gift to celebrate . . . lady lola



her birthday

and so today is her birthday and I’m thrilled to be making her cake and planning a little Seder celebration / birthday party and taking her to the doctor in between all the madness.

happy birthday Kathryn march 23 2016

Each day of her recovery reminds me of our donors family and how they didn’t get this chance.  This life . . . is truly amazing & we are filled with gratitude and maybe just a little bit of whining because there is so much to do.


beautiful comments to keep me  grounded

dog training classes with my youngest

moments of peace to think about the day

preparing for her birthday

clean towels

long days and rides to rehab means spending more time with her

talks with my boy as he heads out the door to school

fabulous dinner brought to us to by the best nana

being together for her birthday

wonderful perfect day even in between the doctors appointments and celebrations

the philosopher wows me so often

shared giggles with the brown eyed girl



the music in my life

It’s been a world wind week with little time to post:
a visit from much loved aunt’s, an impromptu recital, a surprise visit from cousins, a  Passover party, an Easter Celebration, and a 16th birthday for the girl that keeps  music playing in my life. 


Come and Gone

It’s Stevie Wonder’s Birthday today. 
GoingBackinTimeStephen.jpg Going Back in Time ~ Stephen
He is 18! 
I can’t help but think of that country song by Carrie Underwood. . .”18 years have come and gone. For Mama they flew by. But for me they drug on and on.”   Then I have to laugh at myself  because,  I know he would hate that I have a country song linked to a post that has anything to do with him.  But, what’s a Blogger-Momma to do when the words just fit?  

6 now

She turned six yesterday

and now she calls me mother. 
She tells me: “That’s what big girls should call their mothers when they love them very much.” 

About this photo:  It was taken only with the light of the candle. I brighten it just a little bit and tried to get rid of the granny look but couldn’t., Even though it’s not what I would have wished for I like the photo anyway because of the joy on her face. 

A birthday, a few pictures and a creamy cake

Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me. Audrey Hepburn  

It’s Kathryn’s birthday week. 

She is 15. 


I’m not sure who has been more excited this week. . . the birthday girl or her little sister. 

So, when looking at the pictures of our birthday celebration . . . know this: I couldn’t decide which picture I liked the best, the picture in the middle is unedited and most importantly. . .whatever you do. . . DON’T look at the cake. Just know: the cake was creamy, it was home made, I never use a box, and most importantly it was chocolate. 

Until Next time. . .  



a Dad, a Son and a shared birthday

Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.  ~ Author Unknown
Birthday 2012 by LisaAlida5477
This quote says it all to us when we are talking about this pair.  

Little did  my brother in law  know that first dinner date with my sister would lead to so many birthdays shared with this son he was lucky enough to inherit.  
Happy Birthday Guys!!! 

Celebrations & Memories

 Friday, February 17,  we celebrated our Father’s life with a Mass in his memory

Even though he is no longer with us there was much to celebrate on that fine day that was his birthday. You see, everywhere we go there is a little piece of the Wonderful Willy we use to know.                                                     AND that touches us more then we could ever say.  

I took this picture last summer. It’s the cross on top of Boston College High School that he and several other boys had a hand in making many, many years ago. Rumor has it, his name, along with the others,  is engraved on the back of this beautiful cross that reaches towards Heaven.  It seems appropriated to me to share this with you today as we celebrate the memory and life of a father and man  we all so dearly love. 

Until Next time. . .