may 12, 2019

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“Courage is knowing it might hurt, and doing it anyway. Stupidity is the same. That’s why life is hard.” ~ Jeremy Goldberg

 

Number 1

 

This is one of the best pictures I’ve ever seen of my mother. It’s hard to catch her being natural, but catch her I did when we stopped yesterday to photograph the covered bridge. She was enamored with the gorgeous purple wildflowers growing near the road. By the time I got to her, she was trying to pull a bunch up by the roots to replant them at home. She thought better of it when they didn’t pull up with ease. They quickly turn to be a lot more trouble than they were worth. (If anyone knows what they are, tell me!) Even without the flowers we had a great Mother’s Day weekend.

 

Birthday Girl

 

The whole day was such a great time. We all slept late, then took to the roads for nearly eight hours. We ended our day by celebrating all-in-one Janet’s birthday (Monday the 13th) and Mother’s Day (today). She loves anything with peanut butter, so we snagged an incredible peanut butter pie from the Amish Store in Flemingsburg. The four of us ate the entire pie! It was a 9″ pie mind you. Despite how Janet looks in the pictures, she really did have a great time. She’s gotten so she doesn’t like the camera. Really, she never did, though she has humored me a great deal over the decades. One advantage to aging is that you no longer feel compelled to humor anyone, not even your niece. Meanwhile, Dad has taken to photo-bombing as he’s aged (see below). We ended our night by attending church service with Janet. Local preachers take turn about holding service every night for the residents, and we finished our pie just in time to join in. It was a… spirited service. We left feeling thankful to enjoy one another’s company for another Mother’s Day/Birthday celebration, and it’s always a blessing to spend time with Janet. 

 

and Mother’s Day

may 19, 2018

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“So many people are searching for the meaning of life instead of giving their lives meaning. Find something more important than yourself to dedicate your life to, and do that (something, not someone), and watch your world shift.” ~ Timber Hawkeye

 

real sisters (snapseed)

 

It’s been a wedding day unlike any other. I awoke at 6:15am and watched live the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It was a really, really, really remarkable wedding for so many reasons. Honestly, American Bishop Curry stole the show. He gave a brilliant sermon/speech that, had it been in an American church, the chapel would have echoed with amens start to finish. It was a great way to start the day as Stacy and I travelled to Cincinnati to attend Connor Barnes’ wedding later in the day. As you may recall, Connor is the son of rental sister and BIL Kelly and Craig Barnes. He’s also the youngest of the Yelton grandchildren and the last to marry. It was a fabulous wedding full of love and laughter and Connor showing off his mad rapping skills. I was honored to be among them. I love having rental sisters.

 

real sisterly love (snapseed)

january 22, 2018

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“What’s past is past, nothing can change that. But the future can be different if we choose to make it so. We have to cultivate a vision of a happier, more peaceful future and make the effort now to bring it about.” ~ Dalai Lama

 

triple threat

 

I’m not even sure what to say about these three. They’re always a joy to be with of course. Every once in a while, they get these little silly notions, and the next thing you know, the camera comes out and shenanigans are caught. I’ll tell you the truth, the Yelton sisters have enriched my life beyond measure. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I’m sure glad I did.

december 25, 2016

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“Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there’s room.” ~ Neal A. Maxwell

 

his sisters

 

After cooking for hours, eating for hours, and then cleaning for an hour, mom, dad, and I drove across town to my Aunt Lois’ where all four of dad’s living sisters were gathered. We got there just as the cousins were packing their loot and taking their leave. It was good to see them however brief. They all love dad, and it was obvious they were happy to see him. He loves them, too. I watched him perk up, his color got better, his smile wider. Mind you, he wasn’t in a bad mood to start with. We’d had a fantabulous meal. Stacy joined us, and we four ate until we were full as ticks. Even the dogs got a bite or two because dad thinks every sad eye is that of a starving dog. We had such a great day that we didn’t exchange gifts until we came back from Lois’, which seemed to surprise everyone. But for us this Christmas was about being together. We didn’t take it for granted. We soaked up every moment with each other and our loved ones. A more perfect Christmas couldn’t have been had.

 

first course

september 7, 2015

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“Our words and images have power and it’s up to us if those have positive or negative results.”
~ Silas House

 

friends
friends

 

The sun had set and tiki torches lit when I came across these two little friends, perhaps sisters, enjoying their wedding dinners pond side. How sweet they looked watching the colors creep across the calming waters. Life for these girls will be all the richer if they stay friends forever. I wouldn’t take anything for my lifelong friends.

december 8, 2013

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To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ~ Nelson Mandela

sisters
sisters

Rebecca Brereton-Farr, left, turned 17 years old. Today, a delicious lunch was had in her honor complete with gifts galore and smiles a-plenty. Later, younger sister Isabelle, right, performed at UK’s Singletary Center for the Arts as part of the Christmas production Collage. Izzy is a member of Lexington Children’s Choir which opened the show. It included a number of area choirs as well as UK’s Acoustikats (below), featured on The Sing Off which premiers tomorrow on NBC. All the girls loved these boys, and mercy, what’s not to love? They’re easy on the eye and incredibly talented, just like Rebecca and Isabelle. Hang time with these young ladies was such a delightful way to start the Christmas season. I’m pretty dang lucky.

younguns love Acoustikats
younguns love Acoustikats

october 10, 2013

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To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.
~ William Blake

happy bride
happy bride

Pam Thurman’s little sister, Deborah Burkybile (right), is getting married tomorrow. She was sweet enough to invite me to photograph the wedding, and even sweeter to invite me to the rehearsal dinner. I was hugged as soon as I got out of the car, and everyone just keeps hugging and being sweet and kind to one another. She’s marrying a great guy, and Pam’s husband, Gary, is the great guy who’s giving her away. Every wedding party should be this full of love and happiness. I am truly honored to be in the company of these beautiful human beings. What a gift.

happy sisters
happy sisters

july 27, 2013

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There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
~ Paulo Coelho

best friend
best friend

It’s positive reinforcement week for me and the outhouse. I went to a bridal shower for Stacy Yelton’s youngest niece, Taylor (whom I also claim as niece) and Ashleigh, and there I ran into Stacy Spell Jansen (note these two spell their names the same way). She was at once complimentary of the outhouse, which of course pleased me beyond words. I mentioned that two people likened the outhouse to a diary. She very quickly retorted, “Oh no! It’s much more a devotional.” The clouds parted, and the angels sang because I knew she was right (plus I was relieved it wasn’t a diary to everyone). I have proven to myself time and again that, no matter how crappy the day is, there is always one good thing for which to be grateful. Thank you, Stacy Jansen, for a truly enriching conversation.

who got the boobs?
little sister got ’em

Thank you rental sisters Kelly Barnes, Stacy Yelton, and Pam Bick, for always including me in your lives and the lives of your children, and for always, always, always making me laugh. Stacy got everyone’s share (draw your own conclusion about that <snort>).

Opal's legacy
Opal’s legacy

And finally, thank you Opal Evans. You inspire me every single time I am in your presence. You are a woman of great compassion, charm, and limitless appreciation. It would be so easy for you at 103 years old to be blasé or cynical because you’ve done and seen it all, yet you possess the fascination and zest of a young woman. Your great-grandchildren are shining examples of your indomitable spirit. Just look how beautiful they are. Well done, Opal. [L-R: Kathleen Murphy, Taylor Barnes, Elizabeth Murphy, Connor Barnes]