Category Archives: sweet shot tuesday

We Interrupt This Trip to Spain to Bring You the Fourth of July

It’s become a tradition that my husband’s family comes to visit for the week of July 4th. Four siblings and their families, plus his parents. 23 of us in total. Under one roof. Making memories. Most of our time is usually spent outside, on the lake. So what do we do when it rains? The. […]

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kim - July 9, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Love the photos and that you found plenty of fun things to do even with the rain! (p.s. I’m getting ready to take my first photography class with my new Nikon this week..!)

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - July 9, 2013 - 12:51 pm

What a colorful holiday!!

Joe Moriarty - July 9, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Patty – these pictures are amazing. I need to take a digital photography class from you next time we’re there! Beautiful.

Kim Cunningham - July 9, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Awesome celebration! Love all the images!

Molly - July 9, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Wow, amazing fireworks shot


Pieni lintu - July 9, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Looks fun!

[…] after our family left, and the weather broke enough that we could get on the […]

The Beautiful Scene of a Crime

I’m skipping ahead just a bit… On the evening of our third night in Barcelona, we met our tour guide, Sam, on the square Placa d’Espanya, in front of Palau Nacional, on Montjuic hill. He told us the history of the building, which now houses the National Art Museum, and the Montjuic Fountains. He also […]

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melody - June 26, 2013 - 6:23 pm

Sad you lost your phone! Hopefully not too many photos though. These are lovely images and makes me crave traveling again! I really like the one showing the reflection of the sunset….beautiful colors.

Nita - June 26, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Absolutely stunning photos! That is a shame about your iPhone but good that you are reconnecting with your big girl camera. 😀

[…] borrowing a friend’s phone {you know, since this?} and didn’t want to mess with his settings, or overload his camera roll with a bazillion […]

[…] son and I ran away to Spain, I had my cell phone stolen, we had our annual 4th of July celebration, tiled our deck, redecorated my […]

Turning It Upside Down

This girl… Her energy level is crazy. Or maybe I’m just getting old. She had me follow her and her friends to the park Saturday to take pictures. {Girls these days love taking their pictures!} And I was glad to do it… Glad to spend time with them, Seeing their interactions, listening to their words, […]

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Pieni lintu - May 7, 2013 - 11:22 am

Great shots!! 😀

Southern Gal - May 7, 2013 - 12:25 pm

That last shot is so fun!
I love the work you’re doing for the girls.

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - May 7, 2013 - 12:37 pm

That’s so crazy and so fun!

Glenda - May 7, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Great pictures

Molly - May 7, 2013 - 2:37 pm

I love listening to my daughter and her friends, they have the most hilarious conversations


Kim Cunningham - May 7, 2013 - 2:44 pm

I love the last one. It has a fun composition. I love that you were willing to follow them and take pictures.

Alice Rogers - May 7, 2013 - 2:53 pm

…awesome swing photos!…love the upside down one!…

Pat - May 7, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Amazing captures!

Ann - May 8, 2013 - 3:32 am

Wonderful action shots. The last one is so fun.

Jade @ Tasting Grace - May 8, 2013 - 6:11 am

Great photos! I especially love the last one!

The Text About To Be Written:: Pearls For Girls

There are few things in life that I am truly confident about. But this is one thing that I am sure of: Pearls For Girls needed to be. And all along the path to getting here, pieces fell into place easily and circumstantially, to the point that I am sure this project was God-driven.  Our […]

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Kathy - March 26, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Totally going to the blog AND FB to check it out. You’re preaching to the choir here. I have a 15 year old girl and self-esteem isn’t a DAILY struggle….it’s a moment to moment struggle.

becky @ farmgirl paints - March 26, 2013 - 6:07 pm

this is so exciting friend!! what a ministry! our girls need this. they need to know they are enough. a boyfriend, popular status, facebook friends etc…will never fill that void, that hole…that only HE can. praying you and your mission will be wide spread and the difference will be felt greatly!!!

Kim Stevens - March 26, 2013 - 6:11 pm

I think self-esteem is something every girl struggles with even into adult-hood. Even though now being 50 and not really caring what others think I still at times struggle with that to be honest. I love the being older and wiser and not so concerned with others view of me and for the most part I’m comfortable in my own skin. But then there are days when I struggle to see the weight as I was once quite small. But I was proud of myself for finally dawning a bathing suit at the beach two years ago! I think my love of the beach and the water finally won over the fear!

You inspire me! xo

Kim Stevens - March 26, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Okay, one more thing….I love every photo, so beautiful!

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - March 28, 2013 - 1:46 pm

What a great event for such an important cause! The pictures of the church are just stunning!

Dawn - March 28, 2013 - 7:37 pm

This post is so close to my heart, I am 43 and still have feelings of that middle school girl. Unsure of myself, unfortunately I know I have missed out on some great things because I didn’t feel like I was good enough to participate. As an adult those feelings have subsided, but still come, every once in a while. It is so important for adult women to realize the impact they can have on the younger generation. I believe that PFG can help them realize their self worth and that they can do anything and be anyone they want to be, it will help them to love themselves for who they are and what they can do.
Thank you Patty for letting me be involved, it means so much to me.

Amy Avery - March 29, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Patty the work that you are doing with these ladies in Pearls For Girls is so valuable and I am certain Spirit driven. The images of the church you took are so amazing. One of my dear friends from Morristown was married in that church when Emma-Caroline was just six months old. We brought her to the wedding and she oohed and awed over the beauty of the space she was in. It brings back special and happy memories for me. It also connects me in a way physically to your work that helps me to visual you and your community. I feel so drawn to what you all are doing for young women because I also work with young girls, but especially because I have two girls who are growing up it seems faster and faster each day. Thank you Patty and the ladies who are working with you for your intentionality in bringing this forward to help others and make a difference. You all are blessing others with your gifts and talents and desire to help young women and older women alike!

[…]  They are committed to nurturing the tender hearts of girls, young and old.  My friend Patty started the group after writing a 31 Days series on Nurturing Her Self-Esteem.  I’m so proud of you, […]

mixed media. artist?

Do you know what your passion is? *  I used to be an artist.  I didn’t make money doing my art. Still, I was an artist. The passion to create is so strong and full inside of me, it’s crazy to think I could be anything else. But I did. And I moved forward, and […]

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Amy Avery - March 12, 2013 - 11:24 am

Oh yes! You are indeed an artist Patty! I’ve always thought that you had an artist’s soul in the way that you approach photography which of course is yet another art form in and of itself. Your mixed media artwork is amazing. You also are so gifted with words. What is very interesting to me is that your “responsible” path of being a physical therapists has given structure so to speak in how you aaproach your art in all forms be it mixed media, photography, prose in this stage of your life. It is rare that one is able to use their left and right sides of their brain with such efficiency one complimenting the other as you do. You are very gifted and I am so glad that you share your gifts so generously with others. Have a wonderful week!

Southern Gal - March 12, 2013 - 11:57 am

I’m in awe. Seriously. Thank you for sharing this part of who you are. I’ve seen the artist in your photos, but had no idea how talented you are in all these other areas. You are an artist, friend.

Molly - March 12, 2013 - 12:21 pm

There is so much truth in this post. I too ‘forgot’ about creating in the depths of Motherhood but I am glad it was only a temporary things and now I am back being an ‘artist’ but this time there will be no ‘forgetting’


Stephanie - March 12, 2013 - 12:31 pm

No doubt! You ARE an artist. You inspire others through your art every day!

Life with Kaishon - March 12, 2013 - 12:59 pm

WOW! Patty! This is a wonderful post. I am glad you found yourself again! These are beautiful pieces. Artists are certainly some of my favorite kind of people in the world. Who doesn’t love people that make life more sensational.

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - March 12, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Those are gorgeous! So happy that you have found yourself, it’s so important! Thanks for sharing these with us!

Susan - March 12, 2013 - 1:43 pm

You are so very talented. Gosh…love your work.


emily wierenga - March 13, 2013 - 1:37 am

oh Patty. you and i are so very similar, aren’t we? kindred spirits, i think. love this art. love the way it colors you happy :) can’t wait for the surprise!

Suzanne - March 14, 2013 - 2:25 am

My senior in HS is
an artist, and we are
encouraging her to
spread her wings and
fly right into it! She
plans to major in
Digital Art and Animation.
Still waiting to hear
from one college.
I think you should
answer your heart’s
call and keep creating,
Patty! Always and always.

xo Suzanne

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