At first glance, one might think I’m losing the “no dogs on the couch” battle but. . .
there seems to be a tiny bit of concern in his eyes – concern that I might actually mean he must get off the couch.
big dog makes me laugh
early morning birds
early morning shadows
calls from friends
warm loving hugs before she goes
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it. John1:5
and just like that our girl who loves music is 21
and the fisherman and his wife rejoice because once, not so long ago it almost didn’t happen.
and with grateful hearts . . . we never forget.
family round the table
long conversations with one son
calls from the brown eyed girl
little wooden signs
a pop in twice this week
walks in the woods
“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
and then there are raindrops in morning light hanging from branches that make these woods glow . . . and my heart skips a beat.
I shot this days ago and then left it in my camera.
I wonder why I do that:
Leave it there for days – holding it tight to my chest.
meeting Mr. & Mrs Charming for a late night tea
watching her on stage again – her smiles so wide & proud
ice cream after with our crowd & those two sweet extra ones with the reckless
that tap dancer getting back to strong
folding clothes for that one almost 21
ooohhhhh that sass
work for him
that book I needed
Golden light on this beauty and I walk in and see. Ohhhhh!!! Don’t move, I tell her.
and she gives me what I want. I take the only shot of that Thanksgiving feast.
I put Nikon down and think about what’s next. There was a wedding shower to give in two days.
I forget about the shot. . . grateful our Brown eyed beauty & her new husband were with us.
And it’s funny how things work. . . Tomorrow’s her birthday and today I stumble through Lightroom and discover it.
I pause and miss her hard . . . like I miss that Philosopher husband of hers.
51.) two beautiful daughters in laws who love me. . . God is good!
52.) beautiful sky
54.) chat with a neighbor
55.) invites to dinner
56.) stillness with a sister
57.) bumping into people happy to see me
58.) friends trusting with their portraits
59.) up early
60.) hugs from the boy with glasses and curly hair at Publix
It’s been pretty quiet around here. . . with our boys all grown men and married.
the girl who loves music said SHE DOESN’T LIKE IT. There is stillness in the air & it’s taking a little bit to get used to.
all our kids say. . . we aren’t used to stillness. But, honestly . . . I think I could embrace it.
It’s been an amazing time raising those boys to men. . . loving their friends as they first moved into our home and then forever our hearts.
The next chapter brings many exciting things and I silently think . . . BRING IT.
Today marks the Visionaries birthday . . . it was cold and rainy and the day seemed right. I don’t forget his last words to me “TAKE PICTURES” & I do.
gifts of little hearts
sister coffee to celebrate birthday
dinner the charming, his lovely & paleo chocolate strawberries
cold lazy days once in a while
an unexpected valentine dinner to love
sounds of wind
fat lucy purring loudly
giant dog climbing so gently into my lap
homemade valentine hearts from my youngest
a quick drop-in visit from a neighbor whose becoming a dear friend.
“To have courage whatever comes in life. . . everything lies in that.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
Here’s the honest thing: I don’t know much. I don’t know why someone’s heart beats in her father’s chest. I don’t know why after two years this one continues to heal. I don’t know why we continue to celebrate the years and life’s changing times.
I do know this: We are not strong because of ourselves. We do not have courage because we are brave. We do not do anything alone. I still can’t say one is good without feeling gratitude from my core and saying the other. . .
Thank you, Jesus. We are changed forever.
29.) Celebrating two years and 27 days
30.) hot tea in special cups by the fire
31.) little snippets of their days
32.) the younger sister helping her older sister study
33.) conversations with my oldest
34.) brisk air
35.) texts from sweet friends
36.) he can fix anything
37.) drop in visits
38.) walks through the woods
40.) joyful voices from newlyweds
Morning light shines through kitchen window and I love it. I scan for something to photograph before light shifts and my eye catches last night’s teacup.
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Albert Einstein
I see this quote and remember it from Emory walls.
Today it reminds me of my Girl who Loves Music off Marching for Life with that Man with the Big Laugh, youth they love so much and countless others who care so much.
I’m proud of my girl & that Man with the Big Laugh.
21.) fun snowfall in the Carolinas this week
22.) warm days to melt that snow away
23.) nephew Marching on this year too
24.) early bedtime
25.) lightness and joy in Charming’s voice
26.) walk through the woods with my youngest
27.) warm house
28.) beautiful light that sets my heart to beating
“If I get married, I want to be very married.”
– Audrey Hepburn
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.
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
I hear this over and over in my head this week . . . and I smile.
We toasted to two years for our girl last night and once again we know New Year’s Eve will never be the same for us again.
We are changed forever.
1000 Gifts 2018
1.) Charming is to marry this week
2.) people in and out of my house today – no time clean – messier than ever
3.) Mass with the Fisherman
4.) conversations with a new photographer friend
5.) Philosopher home with his beauty
6.) that beauty so patient and loving
7.) conversations with a much-loved aunt
8.) vacuum running
9.) soft music playing
10.) proudly launched my photography business
Buckle your seatbelt 2018 . . . I’m coming to get you.
and I smile at the thought
“Time does not pass, it continues.” ~ Marty Rubin
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.
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