july 28, 2019

“Beware of monotony. It’s the mother of all deadly sins.” ~ Edith Wharton     I love and adore the Family von Bartlett so much. They take care of Wally like he is their own and I am forever grateful. So is Wally. He loves the Family von Bartlett as much as I do. You can tell by the nose smears on the window they’re waving through. 

july 13, 2019

“Stop being afraid of what can go wrong. Start being excited about what can go right.” ~ Tiny Buddha     Baby Rori is nine months old and it was time for our next session. We chose McConnell Springs as our backdrop, arriving early enough to beat the heat, most of the crowd, and still grab some delicious morning sun. I love this family so much. It did my heart

may 13, 2019

“When you replace ‘Why is this happening to me?‘ with ‘What is this trying to teach me?‘ everything shifts.” ~ Unknown  

january 29, 2019

“Read more books than status updates. Look into more eyes than screens. Hold more hands than devices. Love more than you judge.” ~ Dulce Ruby⠀     I promised a photo of the Birthday Girl and here are two with one of her two beloved (and adorable) nephews, Josh. Annie loves her nephews beyond all telling and I was really glad to finally meet at least one of them (I

december 18, 2018

“Sometimes we look for those thunderous things to happen in our life for our lives to change or go in the other direction. We seek the miracle. We seek the parting of the seas, the moving of the mountains. But no, it’s a quiet thing. At least for me it was.” ~ Ben Vereen     Aunt Charlene and Uncle Tony invited us Lexington Terry transplants over for a pre-Christmas meatloaf

november 22, 2018

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but grateful for those which he has.” ~ Epictetus     Once more Aunt Lois opened her home to the family so we could enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together. Last year we had over thirty of us. Mike Moore’s brother came along. This year we had a smaller crowd, no less grateful mind you, and

november 4, 2018

“Ideally, one would live as if one were going to die the next day. I mean, if you were going to die the next day it would be well worth sitting and watching the sun set, or rise. It might not be worth doing a huge laundry.” ~ May Sarton     I don’t know why I love this picture so much, but I sure do. Maybe it’s the generations.

october 24, 2018

“Stay kind. It makes you beautiful.” ~ Najwa Zebian     At the recent family gathering I finally had the chance to meet Mike Neal, a cousin I’d never met before, photographed here with his wife Tammy and their kids Jonah and Jovannah. I’d met Tammy and the kids last year at Charlene and Tony’s wedding. They were, and are, simply delightful. As the day wore on I kept running

october 15, 2018

“Never give up on the things that make you smile.” ~ Unknown     Every fall uncle Harold and his boys Brian, Evyian, and Kevin hook the trailer to the tractor, throw on some hay, and take us for a ride up one holler or another. It’s fun for all of us regardless of age. I almost didn’t go this year. I just wasn’t feeling it. Until the tractor started

october 13, 2018

“Never underestimate the power of kind words” ~ Unknown     We had our fall family gathering today at Uncle Harold and Aunt Phyllis’ farm in Morgan County (that’s Eastern Kentucky for those unfamiliar). Fall’s brisk weather finally swooped in and made the day crisp and overcast. Perfection. We ate hearty foods, drank hot coffee, had our annual hay ride, shared birthday cake for Dad and Aunt Linda, and told