the marching

It’s been a minute. 

I’ve been super slack. 

Funny too because I write here all the time in my head. 

It’s time to put fingers to keyboard and get it done.  

Logo Sam & Philonena 2019

This little Ninja girl slipped into our lives full-on exactly two months ago this day.    I posted here with this picture but, forgot to hit publish.  .  .  what was I thinking? 

This little delight is a complete chatterbox.  She has lots to say. . . and wants her momma’s full attention.  

That momma obliges and my heart sings. 

Today I can hear the conversations as her momma tells her that on this very day she should be proud because her family is Marching for Life.  . . for so many years in a row now, they march.    

They march with the old and young of Greenville . . . they march with the man with the big laugh as he leads his group of youth.  They March with all of America in D.C.  

Marching on. . . peacefully.  

Standing up for what is right

and good

and holy.  

for the youngest ones.  . . for the most vulnerable . . . for all life 

they march.

and I’m not going to lie. . . I’m so proud they stand up.  

The fisherman and I have always told them to be better than us.  Do better than us  .  . they are.  . . they do.  

and I’m in awe of them all.  

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2020 – 1001 Gifts

1.) forgotten images that take me back

2.) sweetest conversations

3.) when she takes my hand and leads me to another room

4.) great friends

5.) watching them as adults

6.) time with my youngest

7.) baby smiles

8.) soft rain

9.) pixie lights

10.) a shoot tomorrow

11.) clean curtains

12.) work for him

13.) quite mornings

14.) sleeping in just a little

15.) they stand for what they believe in with all they have

16.) four years now . . . thank God!

17.) that smile she has

 

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

 

 

married

“If I get married, I want to be very married.”
– Audrey Hepburn

Sam 19 logo

It’s been one week now since this beautiful free-spirited Artist married our Charming. 

We saw them last night and even though dinner was terrible – we couldn’t have enjoyed it all more. 

While he and the Fisherman worked on their car in our garage, she shared with excitement the week of wonderful first: figuring out all new things together,  how “they are getting their new home very clean and organized“, changing her last name on Facebook, how Charming didn’t think of tools and that old oven doesn’t work. . .  and then with more love in her voice – about their first married day with a celebratory steak dinner on the floor in their new living room . . . and she made it all sound so glorious. . . because it was. 

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1000 Gifts 2018

11.) very bad dinner with those two last night

12.) happy phone call from the philosopher

13.) soft glow from Christmas tree that will come down today. . . how I love those lights

14.) text messages filled with love out of the blue

15.) the girl who loves music making me laugh

16.) a talk with a tall baker

17.) listening to all things wonderful about their new lives

18.) looks of starvation from fat pets

19.) a most beautiful wedding to start our year

20.) tools left scattered

 

 

for all Mothers

Yesterday Stevie Wonder asked me to meet him down town. He said he was going to Mass and then he would be off to the  surprise birthday party for the “Best Nana”.

Well, the kid didn’t show up.  

I sat through Mass alone and after I called him.  Like any mother, I worry what will become of my 18 year old son. 

 I couldn’t get an answer.  His phone was turned off. 

Finally, when I did talk to him – I calmly said, “Stephen, where were you?” He said “Mother, I was doing  the work of my father.”   I knew what he was referring to but still, I was lost. 

Stevie Wonder and Isabella

Then he says, “I was at the Abortion Clinic with Vic”.  . . ” We thought since it was Mother’s Day weekend we should be praying for all mother’s and their babies.” 

My heart filled with  pride for this wonderful son of mine and his loving friend.  I thought two things. . . .  How very, very beautiful! and were the heck did these kids come from?

Happy Mother’s Day Y’all!!! 

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 Sunday Snapshot |  Sunday in my City

Even Though . . .

You have to love this kid. This is son number two.  We call him Stevie Wonder. 

Stevie mike

He knows I’m working on my photography, and even though it was the last thing he wanted to do yesterday – he sat patiently for me while I photographed him.  . . over and over again.  

I worked on focusing on his eyes. Then I had trouble with the lighting. . . and then trouble with to many  shadows on his face.   It took forever. But, he sat for me.   Even though he said his hair was terrible,  and I knew he really, really didn’t want to do it. Some of the faces he made were down right funny.  This is typical of this son we call Stevie Wonder.  He has a heart of gold.

May he never changes. 

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Little Things Thursday

the Pepper Mill

You remember this guy don’t you? 

My little boy. . .”Stevie Wonder”


It seems like it’s been so long since I posted last – I thought you might have forgotten. 

We all know this son of mine is my doer. 


His hands are always moving, always creating.   


But recently,  he has let some of the things he loves go . . . like woodworking.  Here once again, I see myself in him.  I have let blogging and my photography go.  It’s not that Stephen and I don’t really enjoy these things. We love them. But, you know how it is. Sometimes life just gets in the way and the things you really enjoy slip away. Before you know it. . .  a lot time has gone by.  

Last week I mentioned to my son that I haven’t seen him working on anything lately.  I asked him what was going on. He just shrugged and said, “Hmm, I don’t know?

and then yesterday 


I heard the lathe running and I grabbed my camera. 

Without missing a beat Stephen stayed focused on his work.  He was making the pepper mill he told me he was going to make at Christmas time.  

AND 

I took his picture and then posted it on my blog. 

THE END

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his guitar

This afternoon I caught Stevie Wonder playing his guitar outside. 
He didn’t notice me at first . . .but when he did. . . 

he indulged me a little bit and kept on playing.  

I love to take pictures of this son of mine,  hear him play and see how he has grown in so many way.


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Floating New Year

New Years Eve Stevie Wonder and the gang set off floating lanterns instead of fireworks.

Floating lanterns seem fitting for us this year. 
We have so many changes coming up. Friday Matthew and I leave for Kansas. He will be going to college at Benedictine this year. Remember, I told you he wants to study philosophy? Benedictine is a 1000 miles from our home. 
I’m not at all worried about getting him there. I’m really looking forward to the drive. The thing that worries me the most is leaving the school without my little boy.  I keep on thinking: how do I just leave him there. . . 1000 miles from our home? 
 I keep telling myself – How can he set the world on fire if
his mom won’t let him? I can’t just keep him home forever. That wouldn’t be good
for anyone.  So we will be off – I may cry all the way home but, that’s okay to me –                      He’s ready to fly.
Oh! Yeah! Happy New Year Y’all!
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  Black and White Wednesday with like Christmas every day::

Little by Little