may 23, 2018

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“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” ~ Tony Robbins

 

peek-a-boo

 

Even though there was plenty of daylight during the ceremony, the church was dark at last weekend’s wedding. Jackson Bick, Stacy’s oldest great-nephew, son of Brett and Lisa, grandson of Pam and Joe, was in the row in front of me. He’s always been joyful with the camera, but this time he pretended to be camera shy. But not really. He just wanted to play, and so we made a game of it. He won, of course. I didn’t come away with anything fabulous, but he’s so stinkin’ cute that even my bad photographs didn’t dull his shine. Jackson might be the best behaved, most generous hearted little boy I’ve ever met. He has a smile for everyone he meets. But, then, his parents are brilliant human beings, so it would be hard for them to have anything but a sweet, loving child. He’s going to grow up to do great things. 

 

generations

 

Cincinnati Red and daddy

march 13, 2017

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“Let us not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around us in awareness.” ~ James Thurber

 

meeting

 

It’s heartening to see the joy and hope new lives bring to a room. Just yesterday the girls (Annabell whom I call Apricot, and Lucy) were exposed – so to speak – to me and my camera. They weren’t quite as enthusiastic as the boys. In fact, they weren’t amused at all. On the other hand, Jackson AKA Cincinnati Red and Grier are becoming increasingly enthralled with the camera. This bodes well for future images I think, and it also means we’ll have a blast along the way. The girls may never warm to the camera. I’ll take my chances.

 

babies

march 12, 2017

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“Don’t promise when you’re happy.
Don’t reply when you’re angry.
And don’t decide when you’re sad. ”
~ Unknown

 

cousins

 

I joined the Yelton sisters at the family cemetery in Burlington, KY to view their father’s recently placed headstone. Beautiful day as it was, bone chilling wind made short work of our visit. We drove to Pam Yelton Bick’s in Milford where we were joined by most of the remaining family. The cousin count has nearly doubled in the least two years. It was a hoot with these little ones around. The boys are both walking, running actually, so there was loads of fun to be had on the floor while the girls oooo’ed and awwwww’ed and compared hair bows. I’m awfully lucky they let me hang out and watch their babies grow up.

january 16, 2016

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“Say goodbye to drama, toxic people, and self-criticism. Say yes to more happiness, love in your life, and time with good friends.” ~ Unknown

 

spreading happiness
spreading happiness

 

Meet Steve and Anne Kiselewich. They joined the party back in November to welcome Grier Whitehouse to the horde. The same party when we also celebrated their son-in-law, Brett Bick’s, birthday who, of course, shared his cake and candles with his son, Jackson and wife Lisa. Steve is calm, quiet, and exquisitely kind. Anne is outgoing and I’m not sure she has ever met a stranger. She is the embodiment of happiness, and she shares that happiness every time I see her. I hope to follow her lead.

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 26, 2015

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“Don’t be distracted by criticism.
The only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”
~ Zig Zigler

 

cool chicka
cool chicka

 

Meet Katie Bick Menard: one of the coolest people on the planet. She’s smart and funny, and I’m told, quite the prankster from way back. She’s also one of the toughest, most resilient, women I’ve ever known. Katie is Ryan Bick’s aunt. She knew far too well what Ryan’s parents were going through having also lost a child many years ago. Last year she lost her husband, and now a nephew. That’s a lot of close, personal loss. As we were walking to the graveside, I said, “You’re a strong woman, Katie.” Without blinking she replied, “Don’t have a choice. These things happen, and you just have to pick up and move on.” That’s the kind of spirit I admire. A determined attitude that doesn’t let the bad things in life destroy the good things. It can’t always be easy, but Katie was given important tools to help her through. Some of those tools are her totally awesome son Matt, nephew Brett, and grandson Dakota (below). That’s just a glimpse of the wonderfulness that surrounds her. I’m telling you, Katie is the queen of cool, a positive warrior woman, deserving of all goodness that befalls her, and I’m mighty pleased to call her friend.

 

her boys
her boys

january 22, 2015

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“What is to give light must endure burning.”~ Viktor Frankl

 

just so long
just so long

 

I initially missed this day’s post because of late night visitation services for Ryan Paul Bick. People waited in a winter cold line wrapped around the funeral home and down the block for nearly two hours just to pay their respects. A two hour service turned into five. It was quite moving, and it lifted the family like little else could have done given the circumstances. Near the end of the night, when only the family remained, I was sitting alone at the back of the room. There were Ryan’s first cousins – Connor, Taylor, and Ashley – and brother Brett embracing each other, telling Ryan stories, crying and laughing all at once. And, just off to the side, as she had done so many times throughout the night, stood very quietly the love of Ryan’s life, Chelsey Robinson. So sweet. So hurt. So composed. The wonderful thing about the Bick/Barnes/Yelton family (and they do operate as a single family at times) is that they adopt people along the way. They’ve adopted Chelsey, and I have no doubt that she will bring them great joy and comfort, and it will be returned in kind. That’s the kind of people they are. What a blessing to be part of.

june 7, 2013

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Sublime means you get inside of it…it goes from a solid into an entirely different shape and in that transition you can see yourself.” – Nikky Finney

prima sobrina
prima sobrina

I refer to the second generation of the Yelton/Bick/Barnes family as my nieces and nephews (I don’t have any by blood, and I’m ever so thankful they adopted me). Cassie Bick, above, is my oldest niece. She’s getting married tomorrow. Her brother Brett, below, got married two years ago and will be a father come October. Tonight, we enjoyed a wonderful rehearsal dinner for Cassie and her fiance, Jeff Whitehouse. I am so excited about this wedding, and I just adore Jeff. He fits right in, and he’s so cute, like Brett, like Cassie. They’re all pretty to me. I might be biased, you know, being an aunt and all.

papa-to-be
papa-to-be