Category Archives: life



i searched for words as i crossed the short distance between our houses. the last time i saw her, she was in her housecoat, in bed, fighting pain and the cancer that caused it. i fully expected her to be the same, if not worse, and i just didn’t know what to say. i climbed […]

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We’ve had so much rain this summer, it seems unreal. The water in our reservoir lake is so high, higher than I ever remember for this late in the season, and I watch the current run into the cove outside my back door. My husband calls nightly as he heads home from work and asks, […]

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Molly - July 31, 2013 - 1:20 pm

I watch mine grow every day. I am proud of them and happy they are slowly growing more and more independent. All I hope for them is happiness


Patrice - July 31, 2013 - 11:51 pm

It has been a very wet summer…

Becky - August 1, 2013 - 2:23 am

No matter what season… They will always need you. I get it though. And the thought of change makes me ripple a bit :/

Pieni lintu - August 1, 2013 - 9:17 am

Beautiful shot!

Joan - August 1, 2013 - 10:47 am

I was watching those same ripples of change just a few years ago and DREADING post motherhood. And then something so unexpected happened…I found it to be another wonderful phase of life.
Sounds like you have a good head start on that.

prom season, 2013 {Brothers}

 These two are fifteen months apart…  And they are as different as night and day.  Well, superficially. Truly, they are alike in all the ways that matter.  And I’m so grateful. *** Sweet Shot Tuesdays Communal Global Inspired Tuesday 52 Weeks of Happiness *** Also, please join me here of Fridays for the 1440 meme. […]

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Southern Gal - April 23, 2013 - 11:27 am

Handsome sons and a beautiful mama!

MG Atwood - April 23, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Such good looking guys! Oh how wild and wonderful it must have been with them growing up.

Kim Stevens - April 23, 2013 - 6:26 pm

My daughter promised me she would get back in her dress so that I could do a proper photo of her…they all met at someone elses house and it was a nightmare trying to get a good picture! 😉 So handsome he is…

Nicki - April 23, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Good looking boys. My son has his first Prom this weekend so I’ll soon be in the Prom pic mode as well. (so, SO much easier than his sisters – and a lot less expensive).

Jade @ Tasting Grace - April 24, 2013 - 10:38 am

Oh gorgeous photos and such handsome young men! You must be so proud. :) Hope they had a great time!

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.

January, And Happy Faces

Walter In 2009, and again in 2012, the people of Costa Rica were named the Happiest People on Earth, based on data gathered by the Gallup World Poll. Their ranking is a reflection of high life expectancy, high incidence of experienced well-being, and a moderate ecological footprint. Steff When I asked, Steff said, I think […]

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Molly - January 14, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Thank you for the shout out and the link. I have reopened the page so you can add you link… and anyone else who wants to join as well!


Amy @ The Avery House - January 14, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Oh how I love this post Patty! Happy birthday again dear friend! And yes, let’s get together and have lunch VERY soon! I miss seeing you! oxox

Marty - January 14, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Patty – you are such an inspiration to many! Your list for the New Year is ambitious and is something we all should concentrate on doing. Thanks for sharing your amazing experience with us. Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY (again)!!!

Kim - January 14, 2013 - 3:16 pm

This looks like so much fun! Do they allow non-divers? How did you hook up with this group? Hope to read more about it :)

Stephanie - January 14, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Inspiring! Love. This. Post.

JoAnn - January 15, 2013 - 11:30 pm

Wonderful! I have been wanting to waste less. I think I’m fine with having as much as I don’t waste. if that makes sense. Anything extra is bad. :)

Danielle - January 16, 2013 - 1:01 pm

The photographs really speak for themselves but I really enjoyed your very thought provoking post.

Dina@4LettreWords - January 18, 2013 - 11:30 am

What a beautiful post…and people!

Brandy - January 18, 2013 - 12:36 pm

What beautiful pictures – love those smiles!

Kim Stevens - January 20, 2013 - 3:51 am

A beautiful heartfelt post, with beautiful photos of beautiful people!

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