Thankful November 28th: Friends

I’m writing this from my phone as we head out to Thanksgiving dinner at the home of our dear friends. I have the best friends. Some are close physically, some are far away. But all are dear to me and have played a huge part in my life. I’m grateful everyday for good friends.

I don’t have a good photo on my phone for this topic (I’m horrible at phone photos), so you get a picture of the ghost of pie past. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


Changes to the Photo a Week Challenge

Big Sur sunset

Hi, everyone. Before anyone gets too nervous, I just wanted to let you all know that I will be continuing the challenge. However, due to a hectic work schedule and just life in general, I will no longer be commenting on everyone’s entries. I’m sure you’ve noticed a delay recently. I love that you all love the challenges. Please, please, please continue entering and sharing your wonderful photos. Please visit each other’s entries and like and comment.

Thanks for all of the wonderful support, and here’s to more happy photo snapping!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners


During our trip to Switzerland, my niece and my mom were great partners. They had a lot of fun sharing experiences and hotel rooms (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Thanks for making Europe so memorable!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration


I admire my mother. The last couple of years have been very tough, but she has more than weathered the storm. She has shone and been a light for her children during difficulties. She has shown us what it truly means to be a devoted spouse and partner, and she has kept her kindness and positivity through it all. I love you, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day this week.

For more from this challenge, visit Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration.

I realized after I published this that it works for Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Facial Features challenge for this week as well.

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love

When my father passed away in November 2014, my parents had been married for 55 years. It was the only marriage for each, and they had complete fidelity for each other. When my father-in-law passed away, my husband’s parents were just shy of their 60th wedding anniversary. They also were only married to each other and completely faithful. What amazing examples.


Enduring love

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic

What keeps me optimistic? Relationships, especially family and close friends. I love this picture of my mother with her living siblings. I believe the only things we get to take with us when we finally shuffle off this mortal coil are who we are at our core (the heart of our matter) and the relationships we have cultivated while we’ve been here.


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue or Purple Flowers

In August, I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding reception that featured a cake with this amazing cascade of blue-purple roses.

For more from this challenge, visit Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue or Purple Flowers.