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.


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.



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







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



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. 




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

Poor Henry

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His girls way  . . .  and his life may never be the same again. 



the girl from France surprises w/ cookies made in our kitchen

a rainy day @ home

editing, editing editing bridal portraits of this girl I love

seeing kids I love doing what they love

great news for Charming


“If the dogwoods are blooming – then the fish are biting.”                                                                                                the Fisherman

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and there he is with his line in the water.  


youth group leaders @ my house for tea

Sunday nights up late talking to my girl

Charming . . . all smiles, and happy, and doing so well

he drives her early mornings

excitement to learn

fishing buddy for him

excitement for coming things

peaceful slow mornings

messages from the most lovely people

photographs I’ll treasure always







that morning light

I’m not sure if I’ve ever told you about the beautiful morning light in my kitchen. 

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Oh, my goodness.  

It stops me in my tracks time after time. 



beautiful Carolina day

seeing the redheaded boy play

kitchen light

dinner @ the taco truck

long talks with my oldest girl

great test results

family gathering

stealing time to photograph

talks with my boys

dying flowers



March 25

“Do what I do.  Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!”                        -The Doctor

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The story of our lives.

We hold tight and pretend it’s the plan.  

It’s something I’ve always said joking

but, not . . .

because it’s so true. 

I didn’t know the Doctor says the same.  

I’m sure it’s right now.

And we’ll keep on keeping on.  

Hooray! For the Doctor. 

Life has been good to us these past weeks, months, years – as we hold tight and pretend it’s all part of our well thought out plan.



holding tight & pretending it’s the plan

philosopher home for just a little while

Breakfast with my girls

Photographed for Foster care . . . and met the most amazing kids

birthday for the girl who loves music

good reports from transplant

seeing our little dancer on stage

safe drive


flowers in early morning sunlight

Charming like his dad. . . fixing anything.

time alone with that Fisherman

February 25, 2017

Even though the surgery took longer then expected . . . things went well.


Our patient has been released to the care of her little sister.  . . who I often say to,  “with all the time we spend around doctors and hospitals who knows . . . your future maybe in medicine. Listen up. Take notes. . . and she does.  

 It’s onward and forward from here. 

We will know more about the results in a few months. . . I’ll keep you posted. 



being here

dinner made & hugs from sister in laws

first visits from granma so nice

a day spent w/ the fisherman

telephone calls about photo inquires

holding hands through the night with her

cuddling with the youngest

beautiful mornings

big dogs scared of little cats make me smile

big brothers & a midnight run for curly fries and milkshakes for his little sister

phone calls and concern from big brothers from hers & mine

good medication to ease pain

little sisters watching over

best nana’s making sure a day worried is filled with fun

many messages to answer of how’s she doing 


there are . . .

There are extreme headaches, petit mal seizures, simple exhaustion . . . some days,  and a surgery Friday for hearing. 


There is youth group leadership, studying hard for the next level of education, & her job that she likes where her cousin is the manager. There are best friends, amazing mentors, brothers who love, parents who dote, a little sisters to protect, a best nana who spoils, now a grandma so close, aunts who relish, teachers who care, people who pray, music to share,  eyes that sparkle, and a smile . . .  that simply shines.   

and THAT’s our girl


photographing her

blooms from a bush that was planted all wrong

coffee with her


time for me to study

new tires for him


morning rain

coffee made right


dreams shared

a blink of an eye

Two years, six months have passed, all  before transplant, from the day the Fisherman looked me in the eye and asked . . . “are you ready for this?”

I looked back . . . and answered with a strong,  “I will be.” 


 little did I know what he was talking about was not the next days but the next two years, six month of our lives. 

Those two and a half years of our lives has brought many amazing things. . . 

many things you know about . . .  and then,  

many things I have held close.

It seems this life the Fisherman and I live . . . comes so fast. 

and in the blink of an eye, I have news 

Charming‘s betrothed. . . 

and she’s lovely.  


xo, Lisa


celebrations w/ bubbly ready to pop

long talks with that Philosopher son

nice lunch shared @  best Nanas

another beautiful day

that brown eyed girl’s love

talks with a nephew

friends to practice portraiture with

laughs shared