november 16, 2015

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“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” ~ Pema Chödrön

 

baby blue eyes
baby blue eyes

 

If baby Grier hadn’t brought us all together Saturday, rental nephew Brett’s birthday would have. Brett’s son, Jackson, aka “Cincinnati Red” has not been quick to warm up to the camera as you can see. Despite aunt Cassie’s coaxing of a smile, he was having none of it. In Jackson’s defense, however, he hasn’t seen enough of me to really understand what’s going on. I’ve noticed how little kids reach a point of aggravation with cameras at a fairly early stage. You may recall my photographing Riley Morrow every month during his first year. I can see his progression from fascination to annoyance from one month to the next. It started around his seventh month and he hasn’t gotten over it yet. He’s three and a half now, just a few months older than Jackson.

 

one for each year
one for each year

 

Besides, there was daddy’s birthday cake waiting to have its candles blown out. Who’s got time for pictures when there’s ice cream cake? I’ll tell you what, Jackson is so stinkin’ adorable you just want to squeeze him and never let go. And after he had a bite of the icing he said, “De-lish-ous” in the most adorable voice. Every heart in the room melted with joy and every voice rang out with laughter. It was an unforgettable moment.

 

blood brothers
blood brothers

 

At the end of the day Jackson kissed his new cousin Grier goodbye. If this picture doesn’t warm your heart you don’t have a heart to warm. These two handsome boys are going to either love me or hate me when it’s all said and done. Then again, most people in the outhouse probably feel the same way. <insert smiley face> I’ll be keeping my camera charged. It’s just what I do.

january 11, 2015

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“If someone makes you feel bad all the time, get away from them.” ~ Silas House

 

summing us up
summing us up

 

This is not a technically stellar, or even abstractly interesting, photograph unless you’re a Terry. But, if you are, then you’re probably laughing. AJ Watkins has grown to the point where he enjoys the company of adults more than that of his younger cousins. At thirteen, he’s not afraid to speak his mind, or stick out his tongue, whichever comes first. Meanwhile, aunt Barbara Schirmer comes with her own set of facial expressions that are no less entertaining. They, along with my other aunts and cousins, helped make my birthday weekend one of the best ever. The Barbie candle alone was worth remembering.

AJ: Why is there a Barbie candle on your cake?

Aunt Lois: Because Kopana and Missy used to play Barbies downstairs all the time. <winks at me since it wasn’t true>

Cousin-in-law Mike: If it didn’t involve a drumstick I just don’t see Kopana playing with it.

My family always make me laugh, and their surprise birthday cake and singing made my day. I adore them.

 

she's a Barie girl, in a Barbie world
she’s a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world

january 10, 2015

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“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
~ D. Simone

 

a few close friends
a few close friends

 

I had the most amazing day. Here is a selfie as my Kentucky Tribe sang Happy Birthday: (starting from the left side of the table) Eric, Riley, and Heidi Morrow, Deb Chenault, Susan Stewart, Catherine Brereton, Annie Bassoni, Ruth Bryant, Reinette Jones, Kathy Schifflett, Vanessa Oliver, Greg Davis, Sandy Davis, Crystal Heis, Stacy Yelton, Tracy Hawkins, Lori-lyn Hurley, Duane Krieble, Jeanne Marie Hibbard, Becky Ryder, and Bryan, Abby, and Jen Bartlett. They all joined me for lunch at Jalepeno’s, and if I ever doubted they loved me, they came to lunch during a UK Wildcats basketball game. Now, that’s love! Heidi made a delicious red velvet cake, and I was overwhelmed by the thoughtful gifts, and kind words from my friends. As soon as I left The Tribe, I met my family for our belated Christmas get together. Mike, Missy, and Macie Moore, Lois Wilson, Barbara Schirmer, Charlene Vest, Rhonda Dedic, Renee, AJ, and Adam Watkins, and Eric, Jessica, Logan, and Lyndsey Stigall surprised me with a birthday cake, too!! Then, they also sang happy birthday and showered me with cards and gifts and kindness. I had a planned party, and a surprise party. To say that I had a day filled with love from beginning to end would be an understatement. In fact, there aren’t words enough to describe how happy each and every one of these people have made me, or how important they are to my life. This has been the best birthday ever.

 

surprise cake
surprise cake

january 11, 2014

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Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” ~ Fulton J. Sheen

talking
talking

Riley and his mom and dad made birthday brownies for me. Along with aunties Stacy Yelton  and Annie Bassoni, we enjoyed them over a few rousing hands of Cards Against Humanity. Riley has begun to talk. He’s very smart, and his diction, such as it is at this point, is remarkably good. There’s just nothing sweeter than watching that little boy grow up, except maybe watching him try to blow out my birthday candle. He’s awfully cute, and we’re awfully lucky to have him in our lives.

birthday, singular
birthday, singular