Category Archives: imperfect prose

Unspoken Connection

“settle down, it’ll all be clear don’t pay no mind to the demons they fill you with fear” *** Life lessons are hard. I was 19. Too young and far too sensitive to know. My car had just been vandalized, and I had made the hour and half drive from college to home. I sat […]

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Becky - April 25, 2013 - 11:49 am

Tears. You have no idea how much I needed this. Thank you Patty. Simply beautiful. You have such a gift.

Kim - April 25, 2013 - 11:50 am

Love this, Patty.

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - April 25, 2013 - 12:14 pm

This is so beautiful! That is one of my favorite songs these days.

Sarah C. - April 25, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Love it!

Heather D Livesay - April 25, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Love this one Patty! It is in all of us to feel alone, even when we are surrounded by family and friends. There are days you just know that no one can possibly understand your pain or frustration. I find myself in this position quite often. I am though learning to really “go with the flow”. Takes some of longer than others ya know. Anyway when we go for that cup of coffee finally I will bring my little 65 with me and though she is not candy apple we will go cruise. Much love to you!

Carolyn Z. - April 25, 2013 - 1:30 pm

That was definitely a Word in due season. Thanks Patty. I am so sorry about your car. I had no idea it happened at the time. Lots of love!

Suzanne - April 25, 2013 - 1:48 pm

One of my favorite
songs, which I sing
with gusto. I can
so feel the pain of
that disgusting act
of vandalism, all these
years later. As always,
love your thoughts
and photos, Patty.

xo Suzanne

Tracey of HaikyYouDo - April 25, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Wow. This is all so true and it resonated with me. Now every time I hear that song I will think of you and your story. Candy Apple Red. <3

Kim Cunningham - April 25, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Beautiful post in both word and image. I can’t imagine your poor car and that destruction! But, I know this goes beyond the material, and into the soul. I know what you mean. Sometimes I feel so much more vulnerable in mid life than ever before.

Molly - April 25, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Beautiful post…. I love the train track image.


Tiaras & Tantrums - April 25, 2013 - 3:27 pm

you always touch me with your words

Susan - April 25, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Love that song, and could feel your sadness and pain at the vandalism caused on something you worked so hard for.

Yesterday I saw a poor woman discover her car on JACKS in a parking lot because someone decided they needed the wheels and rims more than she did. She looked so forlorn, standing in her scrubs, the contents of her car gone. Even though she was surrounded by her friends and co-workers, she too looked all alone.

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Donna - April 25, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Beautiful as always Patty! I have now had my cry for the day. Thanks for being you. Love you!

Stephanie - April 25, 2013 - 6:19 pm

You ARE a multimedia artist, Patty! Story telling, a song, oh! And there’s poetry in your pictures! Well done

Lish - April 26, 2013 - 9:28 pm

Wow. Lovely post & beautiful words. Thank you for sharing and for making me remember that I truly have beautiful things in my life to appreciate! Thanks for linking up to Loves on a Thursday!

jeanne stone - April 28, 2013 - 2:51 am

Love your photos and the story that you tell here! Beautiful and so perfect photography to go with it!

emily wierenga - April 29, 2013 - 2:42 am

oh friend, i love how you told the story about your beautiful car. and how alone you made us all feel before we heard those sweet words sung: there is someone who will always be there for us. someone who will never leave nor forsake us. bless you.

Self-esteem is a birthright. ~Gloria Steinem.¬† It’s a beautiful thought, that just because we are here, we are entitled to it. Even our faith tells us it’s so:: we are loved, regardless of anything else. Yet so many girls and women battle self-esteem issues throughout their lives. And I’m afraid these battles wear us down […]

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Amy Avery - March 21, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Patty, I can not tell you how excited I am for you and the other ladies involved in the launch of your site Pearls For Girls! This site is so full of encouragement, love, honesty, resources, and more for women of all ages. As a mother of two daughters and someone who works with children, I am so thrilled to see a site devoted to empowering young girls and women to find their purpose that was so uniquely and intentionally given from God. I have always found you to be a person of great inspiration to others and I am so happy to see your passions come alive in yet another wonderful site!

kelli woodford - March 21, 2013 - 11:07 pm

it’s a beautiful thing that you’re doing here for girls. encouraging them, teaching them to love their lives. may you be blessed in this endeavor.
and thanks for sharing at imperfect prose!

emily wierenga - March 28, 2013 - 3:19 am

oh friend, YES. yes. thank you.

Of Baseball and Men

The school year is over, another season is past, and I’m left with regrets for not being there more, for not being his cheerleader when he was the hero, for not telling him how proud of him I was even when he wasn’t. I wash out his uniform for the last time and I am […]

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - February 21, 2013 - 12:19 pm

What amazing memories and beyond amazing pictures!

Southern Gal - February 21, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Your pictures and words remind me of my baseball loving son who experienced the ups and downs of baseball, tournament ball, traveling teams. I miss it so much. Thank you for taking me back.

Southern Gal - February 21, 2013 - 1:01 pm

And I have a picture of Jacob at 18 months old throwing a big plastic ball in the air and hitting it with his big plastic bat. Our boys would have much in common…

Mia - February 21, 2013 - 8:36 pm

Hi Patty
What a good-looking young man! They grow up so quickly and before you know it, they are ready for the big world. I am glad with you for all these men that helped to shape your son’s life! Over via Emily’s!
Much love

Kathy - February 22, 2013 - 1:41 am

Dont forget about another important component to the equation…the baseball MOM :).

Kati Woronka - February 22, 2013 - 9:39 am

Two things come to mind… first, the lessons of endurance, faithfulness, steadfastness that came through a life of sports training. That’s not to be dismissed, is it?! Second, the photographic record of the memories is worth gold.

Robert J. Gerryts - February 22, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Loved the progression of this heart story and the love and wisdom in your words. Champions are made in the off season. Great read.

Holly - February 22, 2013 - 5:00 pm

What a beautiful chronicle of your son’s experience. Your pictures are wonderful and your son’s story, touching. Thank you for sharing.

emily wierenga - February 23, 2013 - 2:32 am

oh, this made my soul weep. what a gorgeous tribute to an integrous young man. you should be proud!

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Grace, and Authenticity

I struggled this year with the idea of Grace. Not God-grace, but maybe God-given grace… Unconditional love and acceptance and non-judgement of the human kind. Which is all lovely, until you meet someone who is mean to you or someone you love. Or for me, when untruth hits you in the face. When disappointment rolls […]

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Southern Gal - January 24, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Love the realness here. That’s why I keep coming back. The pictures are fabulous, by the way.

Carolyn Grenkoski - January 24, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Patty you are perfect when you accept the imperfections and embrace the lessons you learn from them… Love your pictures and the true glimpses into who you are. It is easy to see your beauty. It is much more difficult to show people your soul…Thanks for sharing those raw and unrehearsed moments!!!

MG Atwood - January 24, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Good for you. Grace can be challenging at times. Something for all of us to rmember.

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - January 24, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Happy birthday to you!! ou look so happy! Enjoy your year around the sun!

Kathy - January 24, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Oh my. I struggle with Grace all the time. I know what I WANT to do…but can’t seem to achieve it when it would prove to be the most useful. Happy birthday to you, there is beauty in the everyday…and you illustrate it wonderfully :)

Amy Avery - January 24, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Oh you are the real deal Patty! You are one of the most sincere authentically beautiful people I know. oxox

Heather D Livesay - January 24, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Thanks Patty, been struggling a bit here lately and this was a wonderful message for me to see. You inspire hope. Thank You again,

Elizabeth W. Marshall - January 24, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Oh it is so wonderful to meet you…..visiting from Em’s. I love the real, the authentic and the pure joy of this post. And happy birthday to you.Your photos make my heart pitter patter and your smile is captivating. Hoping to see you again at Emily’s place. Wishing you JOy.

Ewa "Mom Photographer" - January 24, 2013 - 8:04 pm

there is nothing wrong in being imperfect and trying to embrace it!
wonderful post with such real photos!

Dina@4LettreWords - January 25, 2013 - 11:36 am

The 1st thing I noticed were all the smiles! Such a lovely post…and happy (belated) birthday, my friend!!

Stephanie - January 25, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Happy birthday! Looks like a great one. I love these photos! They really capture the moment. You look so beautiful and happy :-)

Serendipity is Sweet - January 25, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Beautiful!! Happy belated birthday :)

June - January 26, 2013 - 1:45 am

Heartwarmingly beautiful :) Happy Birthday!

emily wierenga - January 26, 2013 - 6:53 pm

oh, what a gift, to receive the REAL you, and on your birthday too! happiest of days, friend. you are so, so beautiful.

buenos dias, my friends

i woke up this morning in my own bed, in my own house, with my family scattered each to their own spaces but under the same roof. i was cuddled up in gratitude and blanketed in humility. not quite awake, i made my way to the kitchen and started the teapot. the opened bag of […]

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Kathy - January 10, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Wow, the colors, the details, the composition…just plain gorgeous photos! Well done.

shirley - January 10, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Wow! Such a lush and beautiful place! Wonderful photos!
Found you from This or That.

Brenna D (@chicagomama) - January 10, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Beautiful words. Beautiful photos.

“cuddled in gratitude and blanketed in humility.”

Thank you for sharing with us!

Pat - January 10, 2013 - 7:51 pm

What a paradise you live in!

Stephanie - January 10, 2013 - 9:59 pm

Missed you and your blog! Yes..I have often heard from various travelers that Central American folk are very happy! So often, too, they don’t have a whole lot, and yet they enjoy life. Perhaps this American lifestyle of owning stuff is not all that it is cracked up to be because in the end, our stuff owns us!!!! Glad you are back and will be sharing with us.

becky @ farmgirl paints - January 10, 2013 - 10:29 pm

very excited about these!!! cannot wait to see it all through your lens. that leaf picture with the light streaming through was breathtaking. share away friend. i’ll probably never get there so take me on a journey;)

Ellen - January 11, 2013 - 4:16 am

I find such a sense of peace looking at your pictures. Thank you for sharing.

Kim Stevens - January 11, 2013 - 4:47 am

I can smell the fresh air…and the coffee…and I can feel the sunshine. I hear birds in the distance and some giggling. I feel the vibrations of the spiders web and I can feel the peacefulness of this place.

I … see…the …beauty!! I can only dream of going somewhere like this one day, thank you for sharing it with me!! xo

Kati Woronka - January 11, 2013 - 10:49 am

Wow, I love these photos, and I love the narrative that goes with them. It’s making me miss my tropical days…….

Dina@4LettreWords - January 11, 2013 - 12:03 pm

I’m so thankful for all of these lovely photos…and the ones on IG. Such a beautiful place, definitely worth sharing. Thank you, Patty!

deb colarossi - January 11, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Your photos leave me speechless as always. Unreal Patty.
Not sure if you got my fb message asking your thoughts on it as our choice of travel for our 25th soon, but after seeing these photos I have my answer. A hands down yes.

Kim - January 14, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Ooh, catching up here. More, please.:) I really enjoy your encouraging words to share our own experiences. I sometimes avoid it because I feel my own experiences just don’t compare to some. I also feel the iPad has caused me to blog less. I must get back! You inspire me, Miss Patty.

emily wierenga - January 16, 2013 - 4:07 am

buenas noches, friend! these photos are so lovely… they make me want to travel :) love you.

Laurie @ Pride in Photos - January 18, 2013 - 5:21 pm

You have captured everything I have heard about this place and more!

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