january 6, 2019

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“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe” ~ Unknown

 

one

 

I said I was busy last year and here’s more proof. I finally got to meet rental niece Cassie’s second-born, Ellie Rose. She turned one year old yesterday, a fellow Capricorn, and this morning, Cassie and Jeff had a birthday party for the big girl. It came as no surprise at all to find her completely adorable and fun. She was all decked out in her pink dress with matching silky underpants and rosie cheeks. Big brother Grier helped with her cake and her cousins helped with her presents. She enjoyed eating the wrapping paper almost as much as she enjoyed her incredible cake from Servatii Pastry & Deli. I think she had a great time. I know I did. Even though it took a year to meet her, she was totally worth the wait. It won’t be another year before I see her again. I look forward to watching her grow.

 

mama and one

 

four

october 21, 2016

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“Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.” ~ Desmond Tutu

 

grandma's are the best
grandma’s are the best

 

Today we bid a final farewell to Paul Yelton who died suddenly two weeks ago. We met at the Yelton family cemetery in Burlington, Kentucky to say our goodbyes. We came back to Pam and Joe Bick’s house for pizza, and that’s when the man of the hour, Grier Whitehouse, made his entrance.

 

reflection
reflection

 

Grier’s mom, Cassie, reminded me that it was almost a year ago I was shooting pictures of Paul with Grier. The light was perfect that day. Grier was only nine days old.

 

grandma calls me "little imp"
grandma calls me “little imp”

It’s amazing to see a heartbroken family suddenly find themselves laughing and playing when a baby walks into the room. Grier now, as then, provided the kind of reminder that life is cyclical, never-ending, and always worth smiling about even when you’re sad to the bone. I’m really, really grateful that I was able to document some of Paul Yelton’s life with his daughters and grandchildren. He was adored. There is so much to be thankful for even on the worst days. Let Grier Whitehouse help you remember that. He’ll be right here if ever you need him.

 

the old ladies
the old ladies

 

one set
maternal set

april 10, 2016

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“Words are mere bubbles of water, but deeds are drops of gold.” ~ Chinese proverb

 

Opal @ 106
Opal @ 106

 

You’ve heard me talk before about my friend Opal. You first met her in May 2012 when she was just 102. Now, at 106 and showing no signs of stopping anytime soon, she and two other Centenarian Kentuckians were honored at a dinner given by Sanders-Brown Center for Aging the night before she attended her great-granddaughter Taylor’s baby shower. This may have been the first time Opal met Grier Whitehouse, I’m not sure, but the massive amount of history that has taken place between her birth and his was not lost on any of us. Opal was born before women had the vote, before the Titanic ever set sail, before WWI. Compare that with Grier who was born nearly 50 years after man’s first landing on the moon and the World Wide Web had transformed nearly every aspect of the modern world. The contrast is profound. What a joyous moment to witness. Opal always honors me with a smile, and for that I am truly grateful.

 

listen here young man
listen here young man

april 9, 2016

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“Spread positive energy wherever you go. It all begins with a positive attitude.” ~ Unknown

 

happiness
happiness

 

I saw five-month-old Grier Whitehouse at his auntie Tay and Ash’s baby shower today. If his beaming smile doesn’t fill you with happiness, there’s no happiness to be had. I’ll just leave this here to complete your day. He certainly completed mine.

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.

november 14, 2015

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There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
~ Buddha

 

cousins
cousins

 

Meet Grier Ryan Whitehouse. Today, he’s nine days old. He spent two and a half hours being passed from person to person to person all while being photographed. He took it all in stride. He’s pictured above with second cousin (first cousin once removed) Connor Barnes.

 

grandson #2
grandson #2

 

Grier is my rent-a-great-nephew, son of rental niece Cassie and RNIL Jeff Whitehouse. He is the second grandson of rental sister Pam Bick and husband Joe. His great aunt Stacy Yelton and I got to meet him for the first time this afternoon. He is, of course, as beautiful as I expected he would be.

 

for scale
for scale

 

Grier is small. His facial features are chiseled, quite unlike other infants I’ve seen. His nose, lips, and chin are so perfectly formed I can see him as an adult already. His hair is thicker than most adults and shiny like silk. He is sweet natured and calm, not grumpy at all (unless he’s hungry, but adults are like that, too). I’m pretty sure if he could have stayed awake he would have conversed with us fully. Cassie said he was born talking instead of crying.

 

in the fold
in the fold

 

Grier has brought so much love to a family that just ten months ago lost a member. He is a healer. As true a blessing as ever there was. I look forward to watching him grow up. I’ll keep my camera at the ready.