Thankful November 4th: Russell

When I found my husband, I really hit the jackpot. I was in my early 40s. I had never been married and had reached the point where I was fine with that. Funny how life has other plans for us sometimes. We met doing a play at a local community theater. I was the music director, he was a bass in the chorus with a small speaking part, and when the show was over, I took him home and kept him. That was almost 12 years ago, and I now can’t imagine my life without him. And while he is the first one to admit that he isn’t perfect, he is perfect for me.

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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A Photo a Week Challenge: Enduring Love

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Endure: remain in existence, last.

This has been a difficult week for my family. My father passed away on Sunday. He had suffered with illness for a long time, but he was able to stay at home and be cared for by my mother. For the last five months, nurses and aids from hospice came each morning to get Dad ready for the day, and at night, one of us children would go and help Mom get him ready for bed. Because we were fortunate enough to live close to my parents, my sisters and I were able to spend a lot of time with Mom and Dad. When he passed away, he was surrounded by his loving wife and family. This past summer, my parents celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Watching my mother take care of my father showed me the type of bond that allows two people to endure the trials and hardships that come to every marriage. Because of their unshaken commitment and devotion to each other, Mom had the strength and ability to care for Dad until the end.

These photos were taken at my nephews wedding almost three years ago. I love the shot of Dad brushing off the seat before Mom sits down. I love the comfortable feeling they have together as they wait for the group pictures to be taken. This is something that comes with only long-term, for the long-haul commitment.


Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.