Friday, July 29, 2011


Sometimes life is hard~ excruciatingly hard, and more so for some people than for others. Several months ago, I was "introduced" to a little girl named Leah. Leah from the same town as us, Leah who has an adoring older brother, Leah who has two parents completely devoted to their children, Leah who loves crafts, the color pink and piggies, Leah who was diagnosed with brain cancer in March of this year, and sadly, Leah who lost her valiant fight with brain cancer this past week at the mere age of 5. How can it be?

I find myself frequently visiting her facebook page and viewing the photos of this gorgeous little child. How can it be possible that this child, so full of life, is no longer on this Earth? How can it be possible that this family will be able to rise through the deep sorrow and continue on with their lives?

This family...mother, father, daughter, son is remarkably similar to our family. I can't even begin to imagine the grief...

I never met this little girl, but she left a footprint, one much greater than her shoe size. She demonstrated the value of everyday life. She forever changed not only her family, but an entire community of people who fell in love with her. Thank you Leah for teaching me to look at each and every moment as one of worth and something to be cherished. Thank you to Leah's family for sharing your story and your precious Leah with all of us...I know I am forever changed...

Photo taken from Facebook

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." ~Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Another Self-timer Pic

I'm linking up with Emily today for Embrace the camera.

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"Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true."
Jacques-Henri Lartigue

Sunday, July 24, 2011

"Crazy" Summertime

Happy, Crazy, Summertime Fun.

Can it get any lovelier?
"Be intent upon the perfection of the present day."
-- William Law

PS...and just because I'm on the topic of crazy...
I'm linking up with Heather today for Life Made Lovely Mondays.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

This Week

Our time away is just about over. Getting back to reality is going to be hard.

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A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by a mother who sees that the others get it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Here we are on Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire with my cousin and his family. I used the self-timer on top of a park bench to take the picture. I'm a big fan of the self-timer feature on cameras and generally, the kids tend to get into too....a win, win!
I'm linking up with Emily at the Anderson Crew Blog today for Embrace the Camera

"No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget."

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Apparently when you get your face painted like a kitty, you automatically start acting like one too.

"With their qualities of cleanliness, discretion, affection, patience, dignity, and courage, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?" - Fernand Mery Her Majesty the Cat

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Handing over the camera

I'm linking up with Emily today over at the Anderson Family Crew. Happy Thursday all!
A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future.
~Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Not a cheap treat!

Today we went bowling and I lost an arm (and almost a leg). Good grief! It cost $25.00 to bowl and that was with the $5.00 coupon and then with the game room, it cost me another $20.00. Not cheap for 90 minutes of entertainment. I like next to nothing ways to keep my kids entertained. I'd go broke spending that kind of money everyday.

Crazy fluorescent lights, loud music, and (most of the time) happy kids made for a good time.

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Little Miss tried a couple of ways to get the ball down. the tried and true between the leg roll and the run and drop. She did equally well with either method, so she kept alternating between the two.

Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your head.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fourth Favorites

Hydrangeas from the yard,
Ice Cream sndwiches rolled in patriotic sprinkles,
and Dollar Tree Airplanes that the kids could decorate.

"America, America, God shed His grace on thee...."

Embrace the Camera

Today, I'm linking up with Emily at The Anderson Crew.