“Alice:How long is forever? White Rabbit:Sometimes, just one second.
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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Today, February 17 is the Visionary’s birthday. . . .its the eighth year we have had it without him. 

and “how long is forever?” asked Alice. . . “sometimes it feels like a life time,” said I. 

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a breakfast out to celebrate

bumping into people I know

a photo sent to me just because

a big day today for the youngest and plans coming through

crisp mornings

phone calls telling me he’s almost back

purring kitty – always sweet

a girl who takes time to show how much she cares

a Night to Shine

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little extra.

I was privileged to be one of the photographers at the Tim Tebow special needs prom last weekend.

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If there was ever a better night – I don’t know it. 

and I tell  you, if you ever have a chance to be part of this amazing Night to Shine I hope you just do it.

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cool breezes

small walks

purring kitten

conversations for up & coming events

understanding math

a shoulder for a sick girl to lean on

roses for valentines day

early morning rain . . .that’s calming and light

sunshine that warms right through

his playful teasing

drop in visits

There are so many ordinary days now . . .  I often forget to count the blessings. 

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and then the phone rings and I have an amazing conversation filled with joy  – a blooming friendships that started long ago . . .  and then out of the blue a text filled with love.

the tears are from the onions I’m chopping for homemade chicken soup for my sick little dancer & dinner tonight . . not from the love filled text. No, not me.

AND

then I turn to see this beauty – sitting in the dark while sunlight shines all around it.

I don’t know what it is about dead sunflowers I love so much.

They call me.

Life is funny – filled with love and blessings even when you don’t look.

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great hugs from the brown eyed girl

snap chats from my girl friend giving me glimpses of their day

holding hands with that fisherman

small conversations with a stranger

big smiles from people I don’t even know

phone calls from charming telling about his day

learning with friends

text messages out of the blue

long conversations

and they March

Keep Calm . . . and March for Life 

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The brown eyed girl, the girl who loves music, and a whole youth group lead by the man with the big laugh are off to March tomorrow.

What a difference a year makes.

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sunshine through my window

Charming so happy  these days

great dinners to share

time spent with a dear friend

Sunday spent by the fire

work for the fisherman

family moving close

help from that brown eyed girl

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A 2017 update on our Girl

It’s past a year now since you prayed her well.

         and she is amazing.

Thank you Jesus! 

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From that accident, a year ago, with fractured skull – there was hearing loss on left side.

A year later, a new doctor tells us he maybe able to reconnect hearing bones and all should go well.

However . . . there is a tiny, ever so tiny chance he could brush nerves that control the face. . . and then facial paralyses could set in once again.  

My teeth clinch,  and I feel them shift. 

He assures us he’ll stop if he feels he’s to close 

and so she trusts and wants to move forward with this operation. 

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There was another accident two months ago.

Her fault.

She was stopped at a light. . . and that was all she can remember.  This time, nothing was hurt a Fisherman dad with magic hands, and dedication to his girl couldn’t fix.  

and we blew out a whole breath 

The next day this girl and I sat down to talk about what had happened . . . she was frightened because she didn’t know.   No more driving we said . . . until we check this out. 

more doctors were added and more tests were done – the results  Absence Seizures

We thank God only cars were hurt and doctors are on it. 

and once again we focus on the good. 

Because really. . .  what else is there? 

Time and time again we hear just how amazing she’s doing. . . and we rejoice

With her daddy as her morning chauffeur – today she started school again – out the door 6:45 sharp . . . and she’s excited for this life. 

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Gifts

the  historian visits arms & heart full with gifts

clean sheets

an art show, an afternoon spent with the best Nana

visit from the man with the big laugh

late night baking scones

a coffee date five years in the making

lunch with the girl with curly hair,  her wonderful friend & her little sister

house up early before sun

heart filled conversations in the cold

belly laughs from the youngest. . . she thinks I’m funny

excitement in the air

Grace unfolding

 

 

Baby, she’s come a long way

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 

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and it didn’t.  

Happy 2017 Y’all 

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I promise you there will be a complete update on her recovery this week.  As you know, it’s been an amazing process.  There are more tests to run and, an upcoming surgery for hearing. 

But, the bottom line is:

Baby!

She’s come a long way.  

Praise God!

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Gifts

a family together celebrating the year to come & the year past

developing relationships

an almost sunset on Sassafras Mountain

rain washing away the old

company sharing gifts

coffee with photography friends

 

December 1

Today is the first day of December and my heart is light.  We had quite an impressive  storm last night that sent us all running towards shelter.  But, the morning is glorious.   Isn’t that the way it always is? 

 It’s no lie that 2016  has proven to be an amazing year. . .  a year we will never forget. 

It was named  the year of Mercy in the Catholic Church. . . and through this year, “His Mercy has filled us“. 

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I had the privilege of  photographing these two last weekend.   Engagement photos for our Philosopher and his brown eyed girl. 

and this brown eyed girl . . . Oh, what a love she is.

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Gifts:

impromptu conversations in a parking lot

calls about safety

surprise texts from a much loved cousin

a photograph sent to me that I love

messages of love

safety from the storm

friendships

support for each other

 

 

 

Scones

The Philosopher is home, and with him came Irish Philosopher who’s here studying philosophy in the States. 

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I like this Irish Philosopher. He’s gentle and kind. 

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We decided to make Irish Scones. I cracked the green eggs and saw green on the inside too.  And oh my goodness I never expected that. .  . 

I told this Irish Philosopher I had to stop  and grab my camera. He thought I was kidding.   But, you know me. 

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 The house is full.  

The house is full of papers to grade by Philosophy T.A’s 

paper plans of buildings and projects Charming is involved in

everywhere you look there is something someone is working on 

and their lives are moving forward the way it was meant to be. 

 It seems I blinked again. 

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Gifts:

laughter in my house

she ‘s so loud but, oh the laughter

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everyone sleeping under the same roof

inside green eggs

amazing weather

family football

beautiful table

sudden surprises

quite mornings

big smiles from brown eyed girl because he’s home

charming cooks the turkey

 

 

 

Full

Someone asked the other day to sum up my year in one word.  It made me nervous . . .  

I’m grateful 

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 “No, not the way you feel about the year . . . just sum up the year in one word.”

and it made me uncomfortable again. . . “I don’t like those games.” I said laughing, “and besides it’s not over yet.  I’ll have to think about it.”  and I shifted the subject. 

this has been the year that has sent us to our knees like no other 

It’s been a year filled with many gifts, many trails and then so many unforeseen  blessings. . . some gifts I forgot to look for and some I even forgot to record. 

Really . . . it’s been a year full.

 FULL and there is my one word.  

and to think of it all  . . . still makes me nervous

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Gifts

a ride with a new friend

the best Nana home safe and sound

an amazing meal out

a girl who cleans their shower

a little work being done

up early with the sun

few minutes with charming before he runs out the door

building relationships

helping

the oldest will be home today

 

 

 

 

“The most effective way to do it, is to just do it.”   

Amelia Earhart

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Easy for her to say 

I’ve had these eggs waiting on me to photograph for weeks. I love the rich colors, and the green one has me swooning.  Oh! My goodness . . . it’s true. 

Life’s been still for a while, and I’m counting the stillness as a blessing. 

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Gifts

safe trip home from Atlanta

“no news is . . .no news” & that’s good news

great conversations

time to photograph

coffee with a new friend

coffee from my favorite shop in Atlanta

okay . . . coffee. . . I like coffee

slight breeze

early morning coolness

fall colors popping in my woods

friends motivating friends