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Halloween Masquerade Party

You are cordially invited to my Halloween Masquerade Party, October 30th through November 2nd. Please post a photo, tutorial, story, song, recipe, costume, home decor in the theme of Halloween (or fall) on your blog, and ┬álink back here beginning the 30th. Then visit others on the linky tool, and enjoy discovering new places, new […]

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Kellee - September 29, 2010 - 3:11 pm

Ohhhhh, what a fun idea!! :)

imoomie - September 29, 2010 - 8:07 pm

Very fun!!!

Polly - September 29, 2010 - 10:49 pm

sounds like fun, can’t wait!

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{rain falls angry on a tin roof}

I picture us standing there together alone in the middle of a field, sparkling in dew that never wets our toes, and surrounded by an army of imaginary flowers that scent the air wild with sweetness. Our arms circle round, hand clasped wrists- right over left, left over right. As I pull one way, he […]

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joann - September 28, 2010 - 8:12 pm


I love those flowers, so bright!


Cate - September 28, 2010 - 10:51 pm

You simply amaze me girl – both your pictures and words are so heart felt.

Ashley @ Ramblings and Photos - September 28, 2010 - 11:57 pm

Look at all the colors! I love this post.

melissa stover - September 29, 2010 - 3:10 am

what amazing color you found! i love it.

in the hush of the moon - September 29, 2010 - 3:20 am

patty, every time i come here, i want to dive into your photos and your words and let it all soak in…. gorgeous friend. the colors! ooh the colors. i hope you’ll join me this week for imperfect prose, and share your amazing talent there… love you friend. e.

Sally G. - September 29, 2010 - 2:37 pm

I was wrong earlier this week – there IS a poet I’m loving and admiring more and more each day … you.

I loved this. Thank you.

Laura Hegfield - September 29, 2010 - 2:55 pm

your words and images are so filled with enchantment…I feel drawn in from the first photo, the first stanza…what a pleasure it is to stop by and experience the magic you weave.

Kellee - September 29, 2010 - 3:14 pm

What an incredible find!!! Amazing pictures, great eye!!

“As I pull one way,
he gives,
and as he pulls the other way,
I give,
and the circle never breaks.”

I’ve never seen a better description of a relationship – the way a relationship should be – in my life. Wonderful!

imoomie - September 29, 2010 - 8:11 pm

“Wall less home of love”…fantastic!

What a whimsical, bright, happy little house!

April@M3RH - September 29, 2010 - 9:23 pm

Love your Halloween blog hop idea, can’t wait! Also looking forward to participating in “The Way I see It” Great thoughts and pictures, glad you visited me at M3RH so I could find you! Following!

Sarah Jean - September 29, 2010 - 11:27 pm

Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog. Your images are beautiful and words powerful. There’s something healing about them together. Looking forward to more posts!

Katie L. - October 1, 2010 - 4:10 pm

I LOVE the colors and textures in these shots! So awesome and friendly!! :)

in the hush of the moon - October 3, 2010 - 3:48 am

how i love that you linked, friend. xo

elk - October 10, 2010 - 1:57 am

just had to say how the word and images touched my heart..

restoring jane: restoring me

I started running again. I’m ‘preparing’ for a race I ran last fall, unprepared. I think of it more as a challenge, than a race. I’m not trying to win, or to beat anyone else. I’m just trying to do the best I can. I set my focus on that mailbox, the one at the […]

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edie - September 27, 2010 - 1:42 am

beautiful patty :)

i said to steve today, “i’m either going for a run or i’m gonna make cookies.”
it started raining again. i made cookies. maybe tomorrow i’ll be strong too!
love to you and thanks for a your insight at bookclub.
you are most certainly my most poetic friend.

joann - September 27, 2010 - 1:49 am

And now I’m motivated.
I WILL run
I am fat.
No seriously. It’s baby fat. I take no responsibility. Okay, half responsibility.

Sally G. - September 27, 2010 - 2:06 pm

It’s amazing how the simplest of concepts can resonate so profoundly within us at times. “Train to finish” — that really struck a chord with me. Thank you.

I’m in a Book Club too ~ I’d love to know what book you and Edie just read and discussed with your Book Club. Mine met last Friday to discuss “The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake. The overall consensus was that the concept was rich with potential, but the book itself avoided depth and was therefore disappointing.

deb @ talk at the table - September 27, 2010 - 4:21 pm

I’m a quitter.
I am such a head case.

and when i push through it empowers ,
and yet.

perfect post for me at this time Patty.Thank you .

Susan - September 27, 2010 - 4:25 pm

Love this post, sweet friend! I ran inside today on the dreaded treadmill. Many miles! But, I had my Jesus music, so it was good. One foot in front of the other unless I wanted to fall off the treadmill!(which happened many years ago!).

Give me a holler!

kendal - September 27, 2010 - 10:18 pm

:) Go, Patty, go!!!

Laura Hegfield - September 28, 2010 - 5:44 pm

“Be fabulous where you are” This really jumped out for me. It does not mean to stop, or forget about the next step…but it is permission to rest…to catch your breath…to trust your intuition if the mailbox feels like enough, then it’s enough. YOU are enough, even if you don’ t make it to the mailbox! Knowing when to rest, to be gentle is another kind of strengthening of the heart. Run because you love to run, because you can and you want to be healthy, but don’t push beyond what is safe for your body just because you want to be someone else…someone stronger…you are “fabulous where you are”.

gentle steps

Kellee - September 29, 2010 - 3:21 pm

You are amazing, and strong. Indeed!

I find that training on a place to get to *helps* me, though. A huge goal might feel just like that, huge. If I break it up into smaller pieces, though, I can go farther. Just to that mail box, just to that street lamp, just to that intersection. As long as you set your sights further, each time you reach where you were heading, you can push your limits! :)

imoomie - September 29, 2010 - 8:14 pm

A glass half full for sure. I gain strength just reading about your strength.

diptych {faceless portrait}

Mine is on top; Cathy’s is on the bottom. Our theme: Faceless Portraits ***** It figures… We would both pick pictures of our children. Of course! ***** I had every intention of taking a picture of moi, but as I put yesterday’s post together, and saw all those faceless shots of my daughter and spoke […]

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joann - September 25, 2010 - 3:09 pm

gorgeous as usual!

cathy - September 25, 2010 - 6:14 pm

wow…our athletes in action :) love the whole idea of faceless portrait…we could do it for a month and be dazzled every time.

Kellee - September 26, 2010 - 3:10 pm

I think you ladies had a great theme, and I love the photos you came up with!! :)

Cate - September 26, 2010 - 11:39 pm

These are lovely, girls!

deb @ talk at the table - September 27, 2010 - 4:22 pm

they are both fabulous.

and Patty, I hope she always feels free to dance. We all should.

just sit there and look pretty

When she was little, they’d say to her, You’re so pretty! We’d smile, say thank-you… But as soon as we were out of earshot, I’d ask, What’s more important than being pretty? She would smile {this game of ours} and dutifully recite: Being smart! Being kind! Being a good friend! And we hug her and […]

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Cheri A. - September 23, 2010 - 12:29 pm

what a beautiful statement about female empowerment. Your daughter is one lucky girl (and she’s pretty too!).

mrsmediocrity - September 23, 2010 - 1:20 pm

a great series of photos…she CAN dance!

imoomie - September 23, 2010 - 1:43 pm

You amaze me…love the color change. Thanks for sharing your creative mind and your mother’s heart.

Think I will implement that game with my girls! :)

Kellee - September 23, 2010 - 2:11 pm

Ohhh, Patty. You always say it “just right.” She is very pretty, in all the ways that count, and in the ones that don’t as well. :)

Debi - September 23, 2010 - 2:13 pm

OH!!! I LOOOOVVE this! Love it! Perfect, perfect!! I have a niece (no children) – almost 14 – and I do the same thing! xoxo

Leslie - September 23, 2010 - 2:51 pm

I love the way the photos move from black and white into color, as your words progress. And I love your mommy love for your beautiful, inside and out, daughter.

Laura Hegfield - September 23, 2010 - 4:13 pm

So much more the pretty…so much more. And she knows it, feels it…this is so clear in the photos, the confidence, the grounded-grace and comfort she expresses as she moves…dwelling in her body and the world around her with ease. Thank you for sharing your lovely daughter with us today. How blessed she is to have you as her Mom/spiritual guide through childhood/adolescence and into the doorway of adulthood.

mismikado - September 23, 2010 - 4:15 pm

I love this series of photos and your expressions of motherhood. That is a game I want to share with my daughters when the times comes because you are absolutely right about the pretty ways that count :)

brian - September 23, 2010 - 5:10 pm

an that inner beauty will be what shines through for the world to see…lovely words and wisdom…

Skye - September 23, 2010 - 6:28 pm

Truly beautiful photographs; I love the way they drew me in & were so in synchrony with the story of your conversation(s). Lucky girl, indeed. And lucky mom.

elk - September 23, 2010 - 7:21 pm

what a fun series of her dancing ..twirling through life ..being smart too!! good job mom!!

Amy - September 23, 2010 - 8:21 pm

This is fantastic! Each photo is wonderful, but I love the way they work together as a series and the shift from black and white to vibrant color–a powerful statement. You are blessed to have such a daughter.

tanna - September 23, 2010 - 8:33 pm

STUNNING photographs… with the thoughts and love and hopes and dreams that only the mother of a daughter could truly feel the depths of…

I am sure, because of having you, she will know… she will dance. Beautiful… inside and out.

Donald Kinney - September 23, 2010 - 9:02 pm

Wonderful set of photos!

Kati - September 23, 2010 - 9:58 pm

I love this! That’s so fabulous that you walked your daughter through that from such a young age. It’s a rare rare gem to be someone noticed for her physical beauty, but truly lovely because of her inner beauty. One of those people you want to hate but can’t because they’re so wonderful – it sounds like that’s your daughter. May she ever be so and more and more. Amazing photography!

Rhonda Trawick - September 24, 2010 - 1:01 am

I’m here because of the Emma Tree contest and I’m so glad that I got here. Your entry is a series of great photo journalism, every photo tells a story and together with your words tells a life story. I just love this entry.

jaime - September 24, 2010 - 1:52 am

We were on the same page with this one today!
Absolutely beautiful photos…the movement is wonderful. And the words are so perfectly expressed.

in the hush of the moon - September 24, 2010 - 5:28 am

oh, patty… you captured it. she’s becoming the lady you’re praying her to be, right in front of us. she’s twirling her way into grace. i have tears in my eyes… for your love for her, and for your wisdom… thank you so much for linking. e.

Me - September 24, 2010 - 1:07 pm

This is beautiful! She is beautiful – and if what you say about her is true, she will have a long and beautiful life filled with laughter and love. . .

Hearnhappiness - September 25, 2010 - 1:57 am

What a wonderful thing for a girl to learn when she is young. Speaking from a girl who was overweight when I was younger this is what made me who I am. I was always told your beautiful, if you know true charity and believe you can do anything. This is what I have tried to instill in my daughter, so that she CAN accomplish anything and be a beautiful, smart, loving woman who has empathy for others, I will feel like I am a success as a mother. These photographs are amazing and you did a beautiful job. I love this new site and can’t wait to see more!

Sally G. - September 25, 2010 - 3:48 pm

I truly loved this. So beautifully done, so frankly shared. I also enjoyed the colour change, the flow of the images and the words ~ I’m so grateful to have seen this today. Thank you!

pam - September 25, 2010 - 4:09 pm

i always love your photographs…so much. xo

tami - September 26, 2010 - 1:29 pm

What an absolutely stunning post. I wish we could teach ALL our daughters this message.

Gayle - September 26, 2010 - 7:05 pm

This is such a beautiful series of shots of your beautiful, and very smart girl!

deb @ talk at the table - September 27, 2010 - 4:35 pm

this just melted me. because it’s true
and of course you live it. of course.

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