Monthly Archives: June 2011

Snapshots of a Marriage {3}: Heart of Gold

{Part 1, Part 2} I bounded up the steps, excited to tell him how well my interview had gone, but even before I could knock on the door, he was standing there, blonde hair shining, smiling ear to ear. It still took my breath, this man who stole my heart in less than two weeks. And […]

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kendal - June 30, 2011 - 12:33 pm

:) love.

Suzanne - July 1, 2011 - 3:37 am

Patty, what a
beautiful, beautiful
story and a memories
to hold close, forever….
I have a ’95 and a ’98
as well : ) Your
husband sounds like
a gem and I’m looking
forward to hearing “the
rest of the story….”
xx Suzanne

Southern Gal - July 5, 2011 - 2:57 pm

You make me cry everytime with these remembrances.

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Photo a la {M}ode {17} :: Bokeh

First, my deepest apologies for not being consistent last week… We’ve had some serious weather moving through these parts and my internet connection was sketchy at best, and was out for over 30 hours last Tuesday through Wednesday. Please, link last weeks’ post below, if you were ready and want to… Or link both last […]

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Southern Gal - June 29, 2011 - 11:53 am

Looks sort of like a Carolina/Clemson match up. I will say your son is wearing the right color. 😉
Aperture is the only thing I fully understand on my camera right now. The other stuff is coming into focus slowly, but surely. My main problem right now is getting the time to go shoot photos!
Thanks for continuing this series.

Cathy - June 29, 2011 - 12:59 pm

Patty, that first photo is incredible. Look at the dirt behind the runner’s shoe and under his elbow! You rock the camera, my dear.

Ruth - June 29, 2011 - 1:02 pm

Patty, this was so incredibly helpful!! Thanks so much for the step-by-step. It was really a great explanation & I learned so much. Can’t wait to try it! xoxo

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - June 29, 2011 - 1:11 pm

i love that effect. so pretty. my favorite was the waterskiing shot.

lisa - June 29, 2011 - 8:22 pm

Great post Patty, and some truly gorgeous examples of bokeh!!

Jessica Washburn - June 29, 2011 - 10:09 pm

Love all your pics especially the baseball and waterskiing one…however, I’m a girly girl and love sparkles so love the bokeh too. xoxo, Jess

Suzanne - June 30, 2011 - 3:25 am

I’ve mainly had
this happen by
accident {bokeh},
so it’s cool to
read the how-tos.
Loved the baseball
shot. I’ve got a
boy who I try to
capture on the diamond,
xx Suzanne

Susan - June 30, 2011 - 3:25 pm

What a fun challenge! Count me in! (I found you through Cedar’s blog.) How do I find out what next week’s assignment will be?

Another walk in my neighbor’s yard

Come, let’s walk in my neighbor’s garden again. The paths beckon, the critters are busy, and the flowers await. We’ll share quiet messages of peace and hope and love. And we’ll share stories and discover treasures like lily pads and hungry pumpkins and secret hiding places. And when it’s time to go, we’ll carry with […]

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Ashley Sisk - June 28, 2011 - 3:36 pm

YOu really have a beautiful photo walk!

Adriana Iris - June 28, 2011 - 3:52 pm

love love love all i can say

Sue Anderson - June 28, 2011 - 4:03 pm

Just lovely!

(My husband inscribed the “Grow old along with me” quote on my wedding band.) I love it!


Cedar - June 28, 2011 - 4:56 pm

These are really stunning! Gorgeous! I still have so much to learn. In your manual mode link-up are the pictures SOOC or edited?

Susan - June 28, 2011 - 6:40 pm

Oh my, I wish I lived in your neighborhood. These pictures are just stunning!

Enjoyed the walk, thank you!

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - June 28, 2011 - 7:27 pm

especially love the last one…so pretty!

joann - June 28, 2011 - 8:32 pm

your neighbor’s garden is so freaking amazing! The pictures are stellar. You have such a gift friend!

elk - June 28, 2011 - 10:05 pm

these are really so very real and true ..that beauty as we walk in our lives is right there!!

Pieces of Sunshine - June 28, 2011 - 10:57 pm

What a stunningly beautiful garden to walk through, thanks for sharing. It must be a joy for you to know it’s so close.

lisa - June 28, 2011 - 11:13 pm

It is so nice to meet you Patty, and thank you for taking us along on your walk today at The Creative Exchange! Your neighbor has a beautiful garden, and your photographs of it are wonderful.

Have a great evening!


Evergreen Tree - June 29, 2011 - 3:40 am

The yard sure looks so beautiful with an awesome collections of colourful flowers. Great shots!

Tricia - June 29, 2011 - 2:54 pm

I think I said this the last time I visited your page, which was also a walk through your neighbor’s garden, but it fits here, also… beautiful garden & you photograph it so very beautifully. =)

Ms. Becky - June 29, 2011 - 7:08 pm

there are so many, and each a WOW. I’m loving the maple leaves/seeds and the lily pad. thanks for taking me along on your walk!

leigh - June 30, 2011 - 2:51 am

What a lovely walk that was…thank you!

Pat - June 30, 2011 - 6:19 pm

A lovely post!

Snapshots of a marriage {2}

{This story starts here.} Before I knew what had happened, he scooped me up by my waist and held me high on his hip as the icy cold water stole my breath and curled around my throat, tickling my ears. Keep your feet up! We were not so old in this relationship that trust would […]

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Flower Patch Farmgirl - June 23, 2011 - 5:55 pm

I am slain. Keep going, sister.

Southern Gal - June 23, 2011 - 6:32 pm

Your knight in shining armor…chivalry isn’t dead.

Ruth - June 23, 2011 - 7:16 pm

What comfort and security in knowing this. My husband is the same way.


Jessica Washburn - June 23, 2011 - 10:40 pm

Sounds dreamy….must meet him someday. 😉

Kelly Sauer - June 24, 2011 - 11:55 am

I’m kinda laughing and crying through this post, Patty! I love it! And now you SERIOUSLY have me hoping you make it down here… I definitely want to see all this in action! 😉

mountain mama - June 26, 2011 - 5:11 am

wow!!!! i’m pretty speechless…wow is all i can come up with.

Suzanne - June 27, 2011 - 11:26 am

I was gripped from
the start of this post,
as I’ve never done white
water rafting….out of
fear….although I’m also
blessed to have one by
my side who would absolutely
protect me. What freedom
in that knowledge. Loved
this; congrats for your
marriage and may it last
xx Suzanne
PS: Thanks for popping by
and for your kind words! So
happy to connect.

elk - June 27, 2011 - 5:59 pm

a beauty filled story of love and strength ..with amazing photos!!

deb - June 28, 2011 - 1:58 am

I’m heart glad to know you have a such a man.
( I do too. 😉 )

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{And} the rain did fall

The wind blew and the trees shook and it rained and it poured and we huddled close. And just when we began to wonder if the sun would ever shine again, it did. And things sparkled and glittered and shined. And as the world quieted, truth reflected in light and richness. We are strong and […]

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Kaye Swain - June 21, 2011 - 12:30 pm

GORGEOUS! Is that bits of snow or a closer close up of the rain? Either way, all are beautifully intriguing and delightful for this Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Susan - June 21, 2011 - 12:54 pm

Oh wow…amazing pictures. Loved this post!

Hope you have a blessed day♥

deb - June 21, 2011 - 2:21 pm

I have never seen a more beautiful portrayal of a rainy day. I really enjoyed your post. Your photography is stunning.

Kelly - June 21, 2011 - 3:52 pm

Gorgeous shots!!! Happy Tuesday!!

Sue Anderson - June 21, 2011 - 5:36 pm

The way your camera sees it, life is nothing short of exquisite!

Amazing photos.


Lizzi S. - June 21, 2011 - 7:31 pm

Life is beautiful and all is well. And I love your first photo.

Uyen - June 21, 2011 - 9:32 pm

GORGEOUS! I love your beautiful photos! Can you send us some rain? We are in desperate need of it in Tampa! LOL!

Pieces of Sunshine - June 21, 2011 - 9:56 pm

Lovely photo story, with a happy ending. LOVE the rainy white flowers photo in the middle.

Elena - June 21, 2011 - 10:47 pm

Stunning shots! Absolutely love every one and your words even more beautiful!

Jennifer - June 22, 2011 - 1:32 am

Wow! Such a beautiful post… in words and photos. I love how everything sparkles after the rain! :)

Southern Gal - June 22, 2011 - 10:40 am

You need a love button on this blog. I feel like I say the same things in all my comments. But, honestly, your photography takes my breath away at times. This is one of those times. Gorgeous shots. All of them.

Cathy - June 22, 2011 - 1:38 pm

ye gads, woman! those shots are incredible! have sent you a few emails catching up a bit. missing you :)

Thauna - June 22, 2011 - 2:41 pm

Absolutely stunning!!!

Ruth - June 23, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Gorgeous photos. We have had rain here for the last couple of days. The pattern has been about 2 days of sun followed by 5 of rain for over a month. I am a little sun deprived.


deb - June 28, 2011 - 1:57 am


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