Monthly Archives: July 2010

::four-legged family members::

Isis Meet our sweet Isis, named after the goddess “Protector of Children”, errr… “Afraid of Own Shadow”.  But it’s okay; she makes up in love what she lacks in courage. And intelligence. She’s a little over three years, and she’s a full bred brindle boxer. Who thinks she’s a princess. You can tell on account […]

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joann - July 31, 2010 - 3:27 pm

those are some adorable dogs.
I have a yorkie. Worthless.
Never get a small dog. Derrick talked me into it. It wasn’t hard, because she was an adorable puppy.

Ashley @ Ramblings and Photos - July 31, 2010 - 9:44 pm

What sweet pictures – I love your story behind each one of the.

ELK - August 1, 2010 - 2:30 am

the tears crest and fall as i gaze upon your very special 4 legged ones.. i am so happy that the were in the parade..give them a big kiss from are such a stunning artist with the camera ..and words that touch my heart …blessings …

Kellee - August 1, 2010 - 4:39 am

Oh I do just love this. I remember your post about Ciba, and how it touched my soul. I’m glad to have met your other family members now, as well. :) I really wanted to be part of the pet parade, but my Ruby decided she did NOT want to participate with me. Silly dog. :)

Gayle - August 2, 2010 - 12:17 am

Awww, I loved reading about your canine sweeties!

an open letter to my peeps

You seem stressed… Is there something I can do? I know you didn’t ask for advice, but… I’ve been there, {done that}. I know stuff. And I’m here to tell ya, even when life is at it’s best, it’s hard. Ya gotta get over that… accept it, then get on with the living of it, […]

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Nancy - July 29, 2010 - 1:41 pm

“…get on with the living of it.” Love this post, these pictures, this truth. Twenty years, or twenty-five truly does pass in a heartbeat. Found you on imperfect prose–glad I stopped by.

Claudia - July 29, 2010 - 3:06 pm

love the picture for …Ya gotta get over that…that’s a perfect fit – just jump!

Melissa | Madabella: made beautiful - July 29, 2010 - 3:30 pm

beautiful photographs and i needed this message today!

joann - July 29, 2010 - 3:56 pm

this is so beautiful and encouraging to me. We are trying to sell our house, we are trying to buy another one, hoping the stars align so we aren’t stuck with TWO houses, and then there are two little kids here…crazy comes in two I guess.
This is a wonderful post, it made my morning.

Kellee - July 29, 2010 - 4:46 pm

So beautiful, Patty, and so true. My favorite quote recently has been, “Be not so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

Ashley @ Ramblings and Photos - July 29, 2010 - 5:51 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this letter and photos. You make me smile.

in the hush of the moon - July 29, 2010 - 7:57 pm

it would seem all of the imperfect posts are making me cry today, this one the hardest so far… the other day i was running, and my throat seized as i thought of all of the moments i’d been missing with my son, and how fast he was fleeing into grown-up. thank you for putting life into perspective for me today. thank you so much for linking up, writer-friend. xo

Susan - July 29, 2010 - 8:10 pm

Love this!!! Patty, you need to put all of these posts and pictures in a book for your kids! They will love it!!

deb @ talk at the table - July 29, 2010 - 9:15 pm

we need to be reminded sometimes though…

all of these photos are phenomenal.
for whatever reason the one of the dark lake water, feet up on a dive in…
that is so so everything.

and thanks to your family.

they light my day.

Kim - July 29, 2010 - 10:48 pm

Thanks a lot! ( for making me get off the computer and speak to my husband). Twenty years have passed and my son is all grown up (physically anyway). So sad about all the lost time, but so eager to see where he ends up.

S. Etole - July 30, 2010 - 12:37 am

your series of photos says this so well … how quickly it goes by

Bethany Ann - July 30, 2010 - 2:30 am

sheesh — those photos were so beautifully distracting, i had to go back and read your words over again! and they were good, too!

Julie @ SweetPeanuts - July 30, 2010 - 4:17 am

Really appreciated your wisdom in this post. I’m beginning my first-time journey into parenting a (very strong-willed) toddler, and somedays I can’t wait for her to grow up and grow out of this stage. It’s good to remember that someday I will probably yearn for these days (as hard as they are) and wish I could see her in all hey baby-ness again. Your family is beautiful, thank you for sharing.

Cate - July 30, 2010 - 4:20 am

So, so true!

Robyn - July 30, 2010 - 12:35 pm

patty, these are gorgeous and i love your words to go with them. i love reminders like this because i am constantly in need of them. thanks so much for sharing these! they are fabulous and as usual, are a great display of your talent behind that camera. my favorite is the holding hands! also love meems and ron on the phone. miss and love you! xoxo

Southern Gal - July 30, 2010 - 1:31 pm

You’re so right. And I love the way you express yourself with your pictures and words of poetry.

Gayle - July 30, 2010 - 3:13 pm

So sweet!

Jingle - July 30, 2010 - 11:37 pm

your images are breath taking,
your words are perfectly cozy and loving.
thank for the handsome prose.

erinn - July 31, 2010 - 2:08 am

awesome!! made me weepy!

[…] currently have a Ball Python that was given to us by a family who no longer wanted […]

my swimmer girl

This is my swimmer girl, who is actually a dancer girl. She swims in the summer for fun and fitness, and I cannot believe swim season is over and school is right around a two week corner. But it is… and her dad and I have made a difficult decision about her schooling. We’re about […]

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in the hush of the moon - July 28, 2010 - 1:56 pm

oh, change is so hard. so. hard.

thankfully, he never changes.

love to you, sweet mama friend.

Jamie - July 28, 2010 - 2:58 pm

Great capture! I was a swimmer so that makes this photo even more fun for me…ah, the memories!

petie - July 28, 2010 - 3:03 pm

Good luck with the changes :) That’s a great shot of her swimming. So glad I found your most current blog! I loved exploring all your beautiful shots and stories. You have a gift.


joann - July 28, 2010 - 3:32 pm

I miss swimming. It was my life for so long.
I used to smell like chlorine…ALL the time. Sexy.

Kellee - July 28, 2010 - 3:49 pm

First of all, gorgeous pic.

Secondly, good job at facing and making the tough choices. I know it’s hard, but you have what is best for her at heart. :)

Nicole - July 28, 2010 - 8:05 pm

Change is difficult! I’m not a big fan of it myself!

Ashley @ Ramblings and Photos - July 28, 2010 - 10:49 pm

What an incredible capture – I love your work and hope you’ll be able to find something “urban” for the challenge this week.

Robyn - July 30, 2010 - 12:36 pm

AMAZING picture of beautiful lexi!

Gayle - July 30, 2010 - 3:14 pm

This image is amazing! Good luck with the upcoming changes.

Holly - July 30, 2010 - 10:02 pm

Change is always a difficult thing!! ((HUGS))
LOVE the shot!!
Found you from Shutter Love… I’m just slow.
(Too much drama this week and I kept having to WALK AWAY from the computer. *sigh* LOL!


He said, Marry me- we’ll explore the world together! She smiled; it was such a fanciful idea. He said, Marry me- we will make something of our lives! And she smiled; no doubt. He said, Marry me- I will love you to the end of time! She smiled and thought, that’s a very long time. […]

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deb @ talk at the table - July 27, 2010 - 12:06 pm

crying in my coffee here, patty.
Happy Anniversary to you both.

the light alone in the photos is enough to make me feel dreamy all day, let alone your love for each other.

emily - July 27, 2010 - 12:22 pm

I’m crying in my coffee right along with Deb! I want to read this one every morning. Oh my lovliness.

Sheri - July 27, 2010 - 12:46 pm

Beautiful shots, even more beautiful love story.

scraps of starlight - July 27, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Exquisitly expressed…. “Rainbows from the sun”. Yes, I see those too sometimes:)

Joy - July 27, 2010 - 1:19 pm

What a beautiful story. Happy Anniversary!

Southern Gal - July 27, 2010 - 1:44 pm

Such a beautiful story. Wishing you a Happy Anniversary today!

Kristen@Moms Sharpening Moms - July 27, 2010 - 1:48 pm

Stunning, in words and picture! Happy Anniversary to you!

justine Gordon - July 27, 2010 - 1:56 pm

fantastic photographs and congratulations!

amanda - July 27, 2010 - 2:31 pm

coming over from emily’s and wow! just wow. this is an incredibly sweet post. happy anniversary to you both!

joann - July 27, 2010 - 2:33 pm

Beautiful. All those promises AND glitter in the sky? It’s like the guy deserves some lemon bars :)

This is the most lovely Anniversary post, it’s sooooooooo romantic. I love it.

Lisa - July 27, 2010 - 2:35 pm

Crying too!

Kelly Langner Sauer - July 27, 2010 - 2:37 pm

holy moly. i’m dying over those photos, and this love… wow. you got a good one…

Jade @ Tasting Grace - July 27, 2010 - 3:12 pm

Oh. My heart. This touches deep. It’s beautiful. Happy Anniversary!

The tiny twig - July 27, 2010 - 3:59 pm

Seriously beautiful. Such an amazing portrait of marriage.

Jennifer - July 27, 2010 - 5:22 pm

This is so beautiful. What a beautiful love story. Happy Anniversary!


Wendy @ Almota Roses - July 27, 2010 - 6:48 pm

This is such a beautiful post…on so many levels.

Happy Anniversary to you! And many more!

Ruth - July 27, 2010 - 8:22 pm

Beautiful post. It has been too long since I could stop by and “visit”. Hoping you are loving and enjoying your summer!!


Ruth - July 27, 2010 - 8:23 pm

Beautiful post. It has been too long since I could stop by and “visit”. Hoping you are loving and enjoying your summer!! Happy Anniversary!!!!!!


The daily Wyatt - July 27, 2010 - 8:57 pm

WOW WOW WOW WOW!!! I love everything about this post EVERYTHING! wow.

Courtney - July 27, 2010 - 9:29 pm

Wow. These are insanely gorgeous! Truly beautiful!

Traci - July 28, 2010 - 12:50 am

This might be the most beautiful thing I’ve read in a LONG TIME! Thank you!

imoomie - July 28, 2010 - 2:05 am

Beautiful tribute to your life and love! Congrats!

kendal - July 28, 2010 - 2:24 am

i LOVE it. very much. happy anniversary!

Scott O. - July 28, 2010 - 8:04 am

Love me some bokeh! Lovely and serene!

Rebekah @ It Only Gets Better - July 28, 2010 - 12:17 pm

OH! I can’t catch my breath after that post.

Kim - July 28, 2010 - 1:07 pm

Ok, I thought I was the only one who would tear up at a blog post until I read the rest. Don’t tell your hubby that, I have an image to protect at work. You are very blessed, and thanks for pointing out and reminding me what a blessing a good husband is. We (I) need to take more time to put thoughts down on (blog paper) and let him (and the world) know.

Tara - July 28, 2010 - 1:32 pm

Happy Anniversary…oh my goodness what beatiful photos and what a beautiful tribute. I had tears in my eyes reading this…just perfect.

Patricia - July 28, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Happy Anniversary ~ what a beautiful love story ~

Kellee - July 28, 2010 - 3:51 pm

Oh this is just so beautiful, Patty. What a beautiful tribute to this life of yours. :)

Susan - July 28, 2010 - 6:23 pm

What a wonderful anniversary gift you have just given to him, the truth of your heart and you crafted your truth beautifully, wordsmith!

shelle - July 28, 2010 - 8:04 pm

be blessed, happy anniversary!

Mommy Reg - July 29, 2010 - 2:21 am

Awesome and beautiful! The shots and the stories. Happy Anniversary.

Kristy - July 29, 2010 - 8:42 pm

I love this post! I love when LOVE is celebrated. Happy Belated Anniversary!

Cate - July 30, 2010 - 4:18 am

Oh my – Patty your words and images are just breathtaking.

Happy Anniversary to both of you xxx

Gayle - July 30, 2010 - 3:17 pm

Happy Anniversary!

suzannah @ so much shouting/laughter - July 31, 2010 - 4:39 am

glitter in the skies–love this! happy anniversary.

restoring jane: a friendly reminder

Wearing sunscreen? ***** DOUBLE-DOG DARE:  Wear it! Wear it! Wear it! Daily… even if you’re not planning on being in the sun. You get tons of exposure in your car and just being out and about.

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Kellee - July 26, 2010 - 1:52 pm

Okay, I will admit that I do not usually wear sunscreen. I HATE the feel of it. Hate hate hate. I will also say that I spend my time inside, literally. Working from home, most days I don’t leave this house, and if I do it is when the sun has already gone down. No driving around in the sun for me, especially in the summer. My blinds are closed, no light gets in here. So I know it is a huge sin to go without sunscreen, but I literally get almost no exposure… and if I DO… I usually remember to put some on before I go. Forgive me? :)

joann - July 26, 2010 - 2:49 pm

I do NOW…on my face…but really I never wore it growing up and I was a SWIMMER so I figure the odds are already against me. I wear it on my face for cosmetic purposes….me no likey wrinkles.
I know.

Susan - July 26, 2010 - 5:52 pm

Yes ma’m! I wear it daily in my Mary Kay moisturizer! Love that stuff! I do forget to put it on when I run…and I need to do better. Thanks for the reminder!!

cathy - July 27, 2010 - 1:16 am

I’m in anchorage! more ltr. great trip. no need for sunscreen (rain!) time for long hot shower! xoxo

Cate - July 27, 2010 - 8:59 am

Soo timely – have literally just finished watching a documentary on this, just 10 minutes ago! Apparently we in the Southern Hemisphere are exposed to 40% more UV light than you guys at the same latitude on the Northern side of the equator! I already have pigmentation damage to my face after a childhood spend cooking in the hot, hot Western Australian sun.

imoomie - July 28, 2010 - 2:08 am

I am a fanatic…I think I wore so much last year that I ended up being low in Vitamin D…I guess there is a balance.

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