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Friday Photos: God’s Glory


Then Moses said, “Now show me Your glory.”

I have been praying that same prayer for a week now.

And He has answered. 🙂

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Wolfeboro-0025-1-2“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ask to see His  glory…today and everyday,

You will be changed.

You will be amazed.

You will live your life in wonder.

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Friday Photos: The Beauty of Autumn


“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”—Lauren DeStefano

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Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” —William Cullen Bryant

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Friday Photos: Scenes From A Wedding


“Love is like a friendship caught on fire.”—Jeremy Taylor

I love weddings.

I especially love having the joy and privilege of capturing the special moments of a couple’s most magical day with my camera.

Here are a couple of scenes from a wedding I shot recently with a friend. It was a wonderful day.

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Pamela's Wedding-0968-1“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” —Anonymous

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Friday Photos: Scenes From a Life


“Enjoy the little things because one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”—Robert Brault

I have recently realized afresh how important the “little” moments are in a life. That being said, here are some of the moments from my own life that I was blessed to recently capture with my beloved camera!

My son Josh playing his oboe in a tree on the day we took his senior pictures…

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My daughter Julia at her first volleyball game of the season…

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Josh and some of his friends in the backyard on a late-summer Saturday night…

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A summer hike…

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A sunset over the lake…

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My mom and my son…

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If you don’t see it all as gift, you end up taking it all for granted.”—Ann Voskamp

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A Fresh New Start


My son Josh started his senior year of high school today.

I love this picture of him (taken just last week) because it speaks of hope, optimism, joy and a bright future.

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As does this photo of a five year old Josh with his beloved Winnie The Pooh backpack. 🙂

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For many years, Josh loved photography. He was never without his camera and took such great photos at our nephew’s wedding in 2008 that they used and framed some of his pictures in place of the professional photographer’s offerings. His first paid job was as a videographer at a friend’s wedding.

At some point that season came to an end and  to my great sadness, his camera began collecting dust. I loved seeing the world through my son’s camera. I continued to hope that he would one day take that camera off the shelf.

I am thrilled to say that day has arrived!

About a week before school started, Josh and I were taking a walk around our neighborhood and he told me that he intended to truly live every moment of his senior year. He did not want to take anything for granted and his goal was that on graduation day, he would have left it all on the field, so to speak. No opportunity or time wasted. Just good memories and happy times with friends treasured.

His words made this mama’s heart so happy. I have been telling my kids for years to make the most of their days…and he was listening! 🙂

A few days later, he was attending a birthday party with his fellow soon-to-be high school seniors. One of his friends suggested that he should make a documentary (both with still photography and video) of his senior year. Josh was so excited about this idea that he came home from the party and was up until almost dawn researching and planning.

A Facebook status declaring his intentions received great support and numerous requests to be involved from his classmates.

Yesterday, he bought a new camera with his own money and the story of the class of 2014 begins today!

I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds!

May we also be aware of the gift of today.

Keep your eyes open to the beauty and blessings that surround you. Then maybe pick up a pen, a paintbrush, a camera and mark down what you see.

You will not pass this way again.

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Friday Photos: Evening Stroll


It has been hot as blazes in our part of the country for the past two weeks.

In an act of defiance, my husband and I emerged from the air conditioning to take a stroll (it was much too hot for a walk) down one of the quiet streets in our town.

I took my camera along with me because you never know where you are going to discover beauty.

It turns out, beauty is all around!

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Happy Friday! 🙂

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Friday Photos: Summer School


The Friday Photos section of the blog has been woefully absent in recent weeks, due to the hectic pace of end-of-school activities.

(Side note: If you have not read this brilliant—and hysterically funny— post by Jen Hatmaker on the end of the year madness, treat yourself to a good belly laugh this morning. You can find it here.).

Today finds us getting ready to take our son to a five week advanced studies program at a boarding school in our state.

Moriah's Party-0001-1-2He took his last final yesterday and with the completion of that test, he was officially a senior. He and some of his friends celebrated by running through the halls of the school and hugging everyone they saw.

I am actually grateful that he is doing this program. I look at it as a mercy, one that will let me ease into the rapidly-approaching day next year when we will drop him off at college in another state. Also, it is by all accounts an incredible program  that has wonderfully enriched the students who have taken part in it in the past.

In typical firstborn fashion, Josh was packed last night. He made the mistake of placing his luggage by the front door…which promptly sent our dog Buddy into a frenzy of fear, whining, and generally gluing himself to our sides, lest we leave him behind.

Within the hour, we will head to the school and get Josh settled in. It will be the first major step on his journey into making his own mark in the world.

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Moriah's Party-0032-1I will miss my boy, but I am celebrating the fact that he is a confident, talented, and extremely intelligent young man who is about to have a great adventure.

I really hope I don’t cry when it’s time to say goodbye.

It’s a good thing he will only be an hour away.

In the words of Bill Murray’s character Bob Wiley (from one of our favorite movies What About Bob?): “Baby steps.”

That’s what I need.

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