Category Archives: moments


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.

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.

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!

Magic and Hope and Your Wildest Dreams

{My apologies! This post was scheduled to be published on New Years Day.} There’s always a Christmas story to tell, isn’t there? A perfect moment, a hope or a dream, a plan, a subsequent plan {big grin-I’m good at these!}… A thoughtful gift… An unexpected gift… Sometimes, even the hoped-for gift. Sometimes, {especially} the hoped-for […]

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Suzanne - January 6, 2013 - 1:58 am

It’s funny how making
their dreams come true
can make our own hearts
sing like there is no tomorrow….!

Hope your 2013 has been
wonderful, so far. Your
family is beautiful : )

xo Suzanne

becky - January 6, 2013 - 2:31 am

I love this post. Nothing like getting your kids what they really really want. So fun. You’re a good momma. Hope you’re having a ball on your trip. I’m dying to see those pics.

Southern Gal - January 6, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Sweet surprises. They are always so much fun when they are truly unexpected. Good job.

Danielle - January 6, 2013 - 1:13 pm

I just love the bokeh over the coffee ;)….very festive and colorful photos.

Mitzi - January 6, 2013 - 3:43 pm

I love how you set them up to not be disappointed and then came through in the end. I can only imagine the joy and excitement felt by all when they discovered those “special” gifts in their stockings! Beautiful post!

Kathy - January 6, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Bokeh steam??!!?? Seriously??!!??? I’m in love!

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