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She has the most beautiful blue jean eyes

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like her dads.  

I could stare at them forever. 

She loves Jesus, her family,  magic tricks, all animals, the Latin Mass, and will read anything she can get her hands on.  She trust everything her big sister does and says and simply adores those  big brothers and their girls. 

She loves “almost” everyone.  She loves hard. 

Her love for me is unmatchable. and I hope I will never disappoint. 

She will tap out dance after dance through grocery shopping because where there is music her “feet will not stand still”.  

Her favorite shows are the Rifle Man and Bonanza and imagines days of how the West was won.  In her version girls wore pants, carried pink guns and rode horses wild.  She saves each day and fights for all things good and holy along with Lucas, Little Joe, Pa and all the gang. 

I hold all these things about her here. . . to remember always. 

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studio light streaming in

wind blowing curtains softly

surprise visits

days spent with best nana outside

talks in her room

lunch in the big city with half of my favorites

sound of hard rain

flowers blooming

clean beds outside

tight morning hugs from her

messages of excitement from our brown eyed one

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SuperMan

I grew up believing my father was the one and only superman. 

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I believed this all the way to my core. 

I would have sworn I saw him leaping over buildings in a single bound, lifting heavy equipment like it was a toy, flying through the air if he wanted to. I remember on more than one occasion he actually ripped a New York City phone book in two – with bare hands.  He was the strongest man on the planet.  There was no one smarter, no one better, no one more handsome or simply more incredible than my dad.  . .

and that was that.

Today, I see this son with strong arms, and working hands – cradling this little daughter.  And she looks at me as if to say, “My daddy is Superman.” and I know the visionary, that was my father, proudly passes the  Superman torch.  

And Life goes on as it should

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looks of knowing from & big smiles the youngest

sunny days

days spent with that little one & her mom

healthy new baby in town

messages from those three all around

beautiful day for lunch in the big city

birthdays coming

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early morning birds singing

he can fix anything

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIRACLES

There are only two ways to live your life.               One is as though nothing is a miracle.   The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  ― Albert Einstein

How do you choose to live yours?

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warm days

long visits

home safely

clean sheets

math being done

family gathers

a baptism on their anniversary

perfect Godparents

perfect gifts

beautiful spring-like days

grandmothers of two generations

many arms

warm hugs

cheese games 

all this love 

 

 

 

La de da

. . . the beat goes on
Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain
La de da de de, la de da de da. . . .

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 baby Divine was born to the Charmings. 

and the Fisherman and I sing. . . 

La de da de de, la de da de da

the beat goes on. . . 

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Gifts:

baby hiccups

healthy baby

healthy momma

family grows

baby cries

joy all around

rain pouring and we are home

healthy today

laughs with friends

being included in new life to come

snapchats

modern technology & instant videos

I am Lola

Fisherman holds our new life

 

 

 

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

 

 

blue jean eyes

This girl with the blue jean eyes 

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will be shaken it up next week with her dance school in Florida’s Disney. 

All the girls have worked seriously hard on this event and it will be fabulous. 

So. . .  she and I – her and me – myself and that one – will be packing the car tight and taking off for the magic kingdom. 

and then a run to Tallahassee to see our brown eyed girl & that love of her life we adore so much. 

I can’t wait.  

note to self. . . . don’t forget the Nikon

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celebrations with the neighbors

Friday messages of love from our artist

everyone home safe and sound

a baby girl for a nephew

hearing I captured that Wise Woman’s personality so well

wildflowers from the most Charmings

and dinner with those two – too – too – also

cool June days

sitting by that pool

my girl back on her feet

new friend & just a few doors down for our youngest

adoration . . . just Him & i

 

Stillness

It’s been pretty quiet around here. . . with our boys all grown men and married. 

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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. 

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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

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 . . .

“To have courage whatever comes in life. . .  everything lies in that. 

– Saint Teresa of Avila

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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.  

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2018 Gifts

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

39.) laughter

40.) joyful voices from newlyweds

 

 

married

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

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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