Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Golden Tree

We couldn’t stop laughing this morning as we remembered the first time he said I love you, in a Wendy’s restaurant, only three weeks after we met, as I choked down a salad. And said nothing. And he thought this was especially funny, considering the morning after we first met I told my mother, I […]

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Raining Silence - November 29, 2011 - 11:03 am

Such a sweet story. Your words and photo’s captivate me once again. Beautiful.

Life with Kaishon - November 29, 2011 - 11:47 am

Such a sweet post! We say I love you a lot too. I think it is the best thing to say : )
It makes every day special.

Thanks for visiting us at Communal Global. We are so glad to have you! Love, Becky

Southern Gal - November 29, 2011 - 11:54 am

Sweet story, Patty. Is that a Japanese maple? Beautiful.

Stephanie - November 29, 2011 - 11:58 am

Wow, Patty! You really know how to strike a chord with your words. Beautiful photos, too!

becky - November 29, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Oh I love this…the branches of our life. Pure poetry!

Jessica @ Running To Be Skinny - November 29, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Awe, we say it a lot too. Love this post. :)

Danelle - November 29, 2011 - 12:47 pm

What gorgeous fall colors! Just beautiful!

Yvonne - November 29, 2011 - 2:05 pm

I love these! Gorgeous color :)

Lianne - November 29, 2011 - 2:18 pm

Not only are these beautiful pictures but beautiful words, as well!

I enjoyed this post! I would love for you to link up more great posts like this and help grow my new link party starting every Monday! I absolutely love seeing posts like this one!!

Snap till your heart’s {content}

-Lianne @ a content housewife

emily - November 29, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Beautiful leaves and what a sweet story to have such wonderful memories!

nat - November 29, 2011 - 7:20 pm

such bright colors!

Suzanne - November 29, 2011 - 11:14 pm

Gorgeous summary
of true love : ) I was the
first to profess love to my
hubby, who answered,
“I really, really LIKE you,
too!” The “I love you”
wasn’t too far behind, but
I still razz him to this day
about his response to my
tender-hearted whisper!

xx Suzanne

Jennifer_StudioJRU - November 30, 2011 - 3:40 am

Amazing. Beautiful words. Beautiful images. So, so sweet!

Felicity - November 30, 2011 - 5:53 am

Truly beautiful and inspiring.

Happy day!

Pamela Gordon - November 30, 2011 - 7:21 pm

Beautiful photos and thoughts on love. Blessings,

deb duty - November 30, 2011 - 10:01 pm

Stunning photo and colors and such a sweet story. I knew I was going to marry my husband the moment I saw him from across the room. It took him a lot longer to figure it out!

Pieces of Sunshine - December 4, 2011 - 3:39 am

Gorgeous photos and memories and way of life.

In the front seat of my car

We sit here, in the front seat of the car, entertaining each other while waiting for our boys. In a few short hours, she will be on stage once again, dancing her heart out in another production of the Nutcracker. Her nervousness shows in her giggles and giddiness, {but maybe only to me… I know […]

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Glenda Childers - November 28, 2011 - 3:58 am

I am popping over from Privet and Holly.

I like the way you honor the everyday moments with your daughter. You will always be glad that you enjoyed them.


Beth - November 28, 2011 - 11:00 am

This is such a gorgeous post.
I wonder if I will be writing a similar post in a few years time. I have a nine year old who is currently loving her ballet and is so desperate to get her pointe shoes. We try and watch either The Nutcracker or Swan Lake every Christmas. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter.
PS I have discovered your blog via Suzanne at Privet and Holly.

Stephanie - November 28, 2011 - 11:57 am

Little tears as I read this, for I have a daughter about that same age and ask myself the same questions…when did all of this happen? It goes by quickly!

Marty - November 28, 2011 - 1:03 pm

So sweet and a good reminder to take the time to be thankful for the “simple” things in life. Pretty pictures of a beautiful “ballerina”.

Sandra - November 28, 2011 - 1:11 pm

She is so beautiful Patty..just like her Mom! I love those one to one moments with my girls when we just get silly and giggle together.

cathy - November 28, 2011 - 1:15 pm

beautiful. photos and words :)

Raining Silence - November 28, 2011 - 4:34 pm

She is beautiful! Your website has been such an inspiration to me.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - November 28, 2011 - 4:37 pm

she’s beautiful. my big chick is trying out for a play this week and i’m a nervous wreck for her. i know the feeling.

Jessica Washburn @ - November 28, 2011 - 7:06 pm

I was feeling the same way with Sophia this morning at 4 a.m. when she had a bad dream and I was secretly glad she was snuggled up next to me. We are so blessed to be mom’s to these beautiful girls. Love the pics, she’s gorgeous. :) Jess

Sylvia - November 29, 2011 - 12:33 am

It’s a precious , tender moment …so well described ! I do believe that such simple joys are the moments that make up a meaningful life and they deserved our full attention …Your daughter is beautiful as is your love for her !

Suzanne - November 29, 2011 - 11:11 pm

I have such similar
thoughts about my
kids, daily, and find
myself wishing that
I’d really “seen” them
more, as they were
at each stage. Instead,
when I think of them,
it’s a melding of all
the “thems” that have
come before : ) Love
your daughter’s passion
and confidence for dance.
I’m thinking she is a
7th grader, like my son.
My daughter’s passion
is for art and I love to
hear her enthusiasm in
these same type of small
moments. Yes, this is the
stuff life is truly made of!
Thank you for all of your
beautiful comments and
for joining in around the
virtual water cooler, Patty!

xx Suzanne

PS: Yowzer, she’s a beauty, too!

Lisa - November 30, 2011 - 3:40 am

12 year olds. Still our little girls. Yet looking all grown up. Making us see time flash forward and back and present day again. There is something about this week that has us unwrapping the same gift. That’s so cool!

Felicity - November 30, 2011 - 5:52 am

How wonderful to have found you via Suzanne’s space “Privet & Holly”.
I just know I’m going to enjoy spending time here.

Happy day!

Mel - November 30, 2011 - 2:29 pm

How beautiful your daughter is and what confidence you have instilled. But most of all how precious that you are able to capture, live in and document these irreplaceable moments in time.

Traci - November 30, 2011 - 4:36 pm

Oh how beautiful she is! How fast they grow up for sure! - December 1, 2011 - 1:14 am

Hi Patricia, thanks for sharing this moment. I relate, well to this post my eldest is 15!. But I think savoring these moments does slow them just enough cause a memory impression in our hearts.

Blooming Rose Musings - December 5, 2011 - 1:31 am

Your daughter is so beautiful and lovely. I love that you shared these very precious moments. You have instilled a confidence in her that will bless her for a lifetime. Beautiful post.
I am visiting from Privet and Holly. You know, I thought I left you a comment several days ago but I must have viewed your post from work and wasn’t able to leave the comment. I’m so glad I came back because this is a wonderful post. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.


I take the winding, ribbon road through the mountains, through the woods and past the farmers’ fields, toward home. The morning sun is low and sets everything aglow. I don’t know what it is about this morning light that washes everything in golden contentment, but I love it. It warms me and settles me and […]

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Jennifer - November 22, 2011 - 12:59 pm

Wow this is a beautiful post! Your photographs are amazing. You know, I totally agree with you… there is something about how the sun makes everything glow and brings you into a place of peace and gratitude. I feel that same thing. I love finding those tiny blessings. :)

becky - November 22, 2011 - 1:01 pm

Beautiful post Patty. I’m thankful for you:)

deb duty - November 22, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Such gorgeous photos and beautiful words. Perfect light and lovely fall colors. Such a beautiful post!

secret mom thoughts - November 22, 2011 - 1:43 pm

Beautiful shots and post.

emily - November 22, 2011 - 2:49 pm

Lovely can be so easy to forget the little things some times!

Kirsten - November 22, 2011 - 2:56 pm

Patty…I just love reading your blog. You inspire me so much! You are a beautiful person, Patty! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Kaye Swain - November 22, 2011 - 4:18 pm

What gorgeous photos – the last and lovely hurrah of a sweet autumn – most of our fall foliage is gone and today’s rain and wind storm will probably finish them off. So I’m grateful for another sweet thrill in the lovely colors, and for great food for thought in your sweet words of encouragement and inspiration. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Mindy - November 22, 2011 - 4:46 pm

Love the one you linked up with Darcy. And the first image with those beautiful, colorful rolling hills in that light!

Buckeroomama - November 22, 2011 - 4:51 pm

Wow, these are such beautiful images that you’ve captured! Very lovely.

Judy Haughton-James - November 22, 2011 - 7:33 pm

Awesome post with beautiful pictures! I am visiting via Communal Global. Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

Shanna - November 24, 2011 - 3:40 am

Beautiful photographs and sentiment. Gratitude has a way of creating more gradtitude. A blessing.

Jessica @ Running To Be Skinny - November 25, 2011 - 2:23 pm

Beautifully writtenn Patty. You’re words mirror what I have been feeling all week. My cup runneth over for sure. We are so blessed! Hugs. :)


joann - November 25, 2011 - 6:25 pm

this took my breath away. Lovely.

Suzanne - November 26, 2011 - 9:08 pm

It’s the little things,
to me, more than
the momentous ones,
that truly stitch together
a life!

xx Suzanne

Laura Hegfield - November 28, 2011 - 3:18 am

Oh how magnificent…it is the little things that often bring the greatest joy and opens me to gratitude too Patty! Your photos are exquisite, you have truly learned perfected the art of capturing the light. I started the gratitude quilt late this year, but if you want to share a few of your “gratitudes” please drop by and leave a message on my blog or send me an email by Tuesday at midnight…I’d love to have you join in again this year:-)

barefootmama - November 29, 2011 - 3:45 am


nat - November 29, 2011 - 7:22 pm



Birds do it. Insects do it. Fish do it. Animals do it. People do it, too. Fight to be in, to look alike, to flock together, to move in sync with others, seeking {the sensation of} sanctuary. Feeling the beat of neighbors’ wings, moving in rhythm, swarming. A scientific phenomenon, nature, mathematical chaos… Attempting sameness, […]

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kim - November 17, 2011 - 2:18 pm

Wow, do you know how timely this was, on the morning I’m telling myself all the reasons I should NOT go to Blissdom? Will I fit in, will I have the right clothes, my blog is so boring, I can’t take a decent picture, blah blah blah. All that sounds so ridiculous, I know, and has very little to do with this post (to you, maybe). LOL

Southern Gal - November 17, 2011 - 2:41 pm

I love your words here, Patty. I can relate with Kim. We all have those thoughts and insecurities when all we crave is the company.

Have you seen this murmuration video?
I saw it two weeks ago and it makes me praise God every time I see it.

Jessica - November 17, 2011 - 6:08 pm

I love this post. Your pictures are so great and that video and music is making me want to drift off into a very deep sleep. I’m as relaxed as if I just got a massage. LOL. :)

Beautiful words. Can’t wait for Blissdom roomie!!

Cathy - November 18, 2011 - 12:25 pm

what a beautiful way to write about being our unique selves. xoxo

Michelle DeRusha - November 19, 2011 - 9:16 pm

Those bird photos are just incredible!

And your pictoral journey through Key West down below? I am swoooooning!

Laura Hegfield - November 20, 2011 - 4:18 pm

So much beauty dear Patty!

The Gardens of Key West

*Warning to the light of heart: obscene number of photos contained within I love walks in The Gardens… So, shall we? Piano in the lobby In case you haven’t been here in a while, my husband took me to Key West at the end of September to celebrate our 20th anniversary. He took care of […]

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Jeanie - November 8, 2011 - 10:17 am

awww Patty, the pictures are beautiful as always!!! This place looks amazing! Your eye for detail….truly gifted!!! Ron did good!!!

Tina´s PicStory - November 8, 2011 - 10:18 am

wonderful photos! they are perfect for this weeks picstory topic: indoor. so if you like…. you are always welcome :)

kim - November 8, 2011 - 11:13 am

Thank you! Added to my bucket list. Pictures are amazing. Definitely a good excuse to get that camera I’ve been eyeing forever.

Southern Gal - November 8, 2011 - 12:01 pm

What a great anniversary trip! That fountain picture is breathtaking. I love it. I am impressed with all those great angles. I’m definitely not a photographer. I’m too concerned with people looking at me with my camera. It doesn’t help that my family collectively rolls their eyes when I get my camera out at restaurants and such. Ha!

emily - November 8, 2011 - 12:21 pm

What a splendid trip! That looks like such a relaxing and welcoming place to spend time! Thanks for sharing!

Susan - November 8, 2011 - 12:34 pm

Oh my…what a dream trip! Gosh…I’d love, love to go!!

Thanks for the tip.

And those pictures were just stunning. So inviting!

Hope you have a blessed day today♥

teachinfourth - November 8, 2011 - 12:53 pm

Your collection is a potpourri for the eyes…

Carol - November 8, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Wow! Awesome photos! And such a dear husband ~ glad you had a wonderful time! ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) Happy SST ^_^

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - November 9, 2011 - 1:32 am

those are amazing patty. wowza girl. i feel like i was there too.

Jessica Washburn - November 9, 2011 - 4:08 pm

I am so glad you two had such a good time. You are such a cute couple, thought I’ve never met Ron…I can just tell. 😉 Love ya friend!! We need to get together. Seriously. I have a plane ticket I have to use by spring. :) R U going to Blissdom? Or some other conference?

Stephanie - November 9, 2011 - 11:42 pm

Bee-yoo-tee-full! Thanks for sharing your gifts!

Suzanne - November 10, 2011 - 3:29 pm

Ah, I’d love to
be wisked away
to 1940’s Cuba….
er…Florida! Looks
like a magical trip.
Love how you
documented all
the special details….

xx Suzanne

Cate - November 13, 2011 - 4:01 am

What a stunning place! How romantic for you both – happy belated anniversary! xx

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