…a few thoughts on ‘go-to’s…

Was sweet to be able to spend time with Chase a few weeks back. We walked and talked on the beach and then he started throwing shells as I took some beach shots with my camera.  He didn’t realize that he was the subject of the photos a lot of the time… And as I looked through the lens and watched him skip shells, well, it brought a huge smile to my face. I don’t even think he realized whatRead more

Mono chromatic Pebbles Weekly Photo Challenge

Pebbles.  A millions little pieces that can become the ground we walk on.  As a child, I knew the feeling of walking barefoot on little pebbles, for we had pebbles that filled the spaces around the back of our home.  We played in pebbles by making mounds, we smoothed the pebbles with rakes, we threw and scattered the pebbles with buckets and dump trucks and were strongly reminded to make sure the pebbles get back to the area within theRead more

Thankful Thursday

Today…I’m thankful for… …hugs and tears and sweet see-ya-later-love-you-so-much good byes to my not-so-little birds who are leaving the nest. …suitcases that miraculously stretch and items that fit together like a puzzle when there is absolutely  no way that all of these things could fit in that space. …sons and daughters who have personality through the roof but who will drive for hours to give one last hug, and make an effort to bowl one last game with their littleRead more

Thankful Thursday

On this Thankful Thursday, my heart is so full.  We’ve had a full day…a last hurrah of sorts before the exodus of my children begins… Up early, turkey in the oven because even with this full day of family time white water rafting and kayaking and traveling, we have a surprise Christmas dinner (slash birthday dinner, slash Easter dinner, slash every holiday that my son will be missing in the next year as he is overseas and we are here…)Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ “Beneath Your Feet”

To climb is to hope To reach is to believe To step is to have faith To dream is to conceive For as a man thinks in his heart, so he believes And what a man pursues So often starts in dreams So dream the dream my daughter, and climb and hope and see But keep your feet planted firm In what you have received For firm is the foundation of faith for for those who turn To God for theirRead more

…a few thoughts on endings and beginnings…

It was another beautiful Carolina sunset last night.  I was in the car with four of my children traveling back home after we had spent a fun time with their grandparents.  As the summer winds down, I’m so aware that there are very few days left of the long anticipated break that we’ve so enjoyed.  It’s the first time that almost all of my kids have been together in our home in over 4 years, and it’s been really sweet.Read more

Thankful Thursday

Am thankful today for the many many memories and images that one single photo can bring up.  For little girls who conquered fears of amphibians and who aren’t afraid to hold frogs and toads and wrestle with their brothers.  For brothers who would never dare to wrestle all out with their feisty little sister. For gardenia blooms and the scent that lingered through the window and greeted us as we arrived home.  For the many years spent in this homeRead more

…sometimes it’s just a lose-lose situation…

Life is full.  There are great and amazing moments. . There are moments that will tear your heart out.  There is a lot of the in-between.  There are times when the way is certain and there are no gray areas in terms of which way to choose.  There are times when the way is clear and the choices and consequences are clearly laid out before us. There are times when the way ahead feels like it is clouded with fogRead more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ “Vivid”

Well, this week’s weekly photo challenge sure is timely.  “Vivid”is the word.  It is timely because this little guy is graduating from high school today.  But what is vivid in my mind? This image of him starting kindergarten literally feels like it was taken yesterday.  I can remember the missing tooth, the USA baseball shirt, the backpack and the flowers blooming on the front porch.  Yesterday.  Time goes so fast when you’re looking back. But at this stage for him….whenRead more