Family of Four

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One of the most fun things to do is to follow a family with children through a beautiful park on a beautiful day … especially when they have toddlers! Aren’t these 16 month old twins the cutest little people? I’m always so happy to capture moments in time for families to remember the ages and stages of life. 

Play Date in the Park


Look who I found as I walked through the park! A sweet wee one in her rocker! 

Sweetie, please leave your cute gold headband on!

Sioux Falls SD

If you have never visited Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and if you ever get the opportunity, be sure to walk the “Sculpture Walk” downtown. These are just a few of the many sculptures that line the street on either side. Each has a detailed description, the sculptor’s name, and the date. Each sculpture is so unique!

Be sure to also see the beautiful Falls Park! The people of Sioux Falls have designed and created a wonderful city park around the natural waterfalls, and it’s an awesome natural wonder!

We enjoyed our visit at the end of September with friends who so graciously took us to see special sites in their pretty city.

Come Play in the Park!

If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.

Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, “The more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.”

Children in nature go hand in hand!

“To raise a nature-bonded child is to raise a rebel, a dreamer, an innovator–someone who will walk their own verdant, winding path.”  ~~Nicolette Sowder

A Golden Hour with the “ONE”

It’s true — girls are all about their outfits and pearls!

One Year! Rocking in the Park

When you have a favorite place in your favorite park, you take your favorite rocker and enjoy the sunshine and flowers … happy ONE YEAR little Miss M! You’re lovely in lavender!

The “Golden Girl” Birthday Party!

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Miss E invited her friends to her favorite eatery to have an IHOP breakfast and then for some fun time in the St. Louis Selfie Room venue where they had tons of fun posing and snapping pix. (As I stayed as anonymous as possible!)

Eleven Terrific Months

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Sweet M, aka Dumplin’, just might be the Miss Betty Crocker of 2035! She’s a bundle of energy and likes the colorful kitchen plastic ware. She was so content to sit in her great grand-father’s wooden high chair and tap her rhythms as I snapped away.

Those eyes! And this little Ginger is getting the curly hair too! She’s pure joy!

Lucy Lamb Love

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Lucy Lamb is a favorite of this ten-month old! She especially likes to sleep with Lucy since the lamb is so soft and cuddly.

Lucy is just one of the soft hand-made animals/figures from the baby goods company “CuddleandKind.” You can find them on Instagram and read all about this family of five’s mission to feed children. Did you know that for every ethically produced hand-knit doll, they provide 10 meals to children in need?

You can also find them at

I’m sharing their information because I think it’s such a worthy cause and a small business to support. I receive absolutely no compensation for telling you about them! Check them out, though, because their llamas, flamingos, bears, dogs, cats, and so many other cute dolls (including mermaids) are simply precious and from experience with my grands, they’re so loveable too!


Spring at Missouri Botanical Gardens

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Easter Blooms!

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Wowzer! The Candy Floss Amaryllis bulb has outdone itself just in time for pre-Easter beauty! 

These captures will be on my photographic notecards for sale if anyone is interested. Simply email me at (Watermarks will not be included on the cards.)

Thank the Lord and sing His praise! His beauty is in all of creation. We simply need to look for it and thank and praise Him out of response to His great love for us all!


A New Beginning


Little Valentine


Look who is good at making funny faces and giggling and showing off new teeth in time for Valentine’s Day!

Awesome is the word for today!

Letter Fun


Preschool children + foam letter stickers + a paper strip with matching letters (upper or lower case) = a ton of learning FUN!

Southern Missouri Sights


Blue blue skies … layers of cloud formations … Route 66 Diner … what’s not to like on a roadtrip in southern Missouri?

A Christmas Reunion


What a surprise it was to have friends and caregivers from 500 miles away visit on Christmas day! 

The smiles say it all! 

Thank you, Lord, for such special peeps!

Christmas Tradition

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A favorite Christmas tradition is to wrap the kiddos up in strings of Christmas lights for photos!

The unposed, fun, casual shots are always my favorite!


A Fun Couple

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Though I consider myself a nature and landscape photographer, I’m always happy to capture people for special occasions and just in everyday life too!

Here’s a fun couple who laugh a lot and show their joy for living, hug trees and love the outdoors. They decided to use some of these captures for their 2018 Christmas card! I’m honored to be their photographer and friend!

We caught some pretty afternoon sunlight over the hills at the park!

The Horses of Suson


Not far from our house is a beautiful county park where the rangers care for longhorn cattle, chickens, pigs, peacocks, geese, and these beautiful horses.

We often go to the park’s playground to have an afternoon playtime and a picnic lunch.

On this winter afternoon, the sunlight cast a glow on the horses as they ate their hay from the manger.

God’s creatures are so magnificent!

Branson Christmas Decor

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The quaint city of Branson, Missouri has much to see apart from all the musical theaters and museums!

We visited Silver Dollar City to see all the lights, and got to see the beautiful gingerbread houses created by the chefs at The Chateau! Each was more intricate than the previous one! These gave me great ideas to use in the future as we build our traditional Christmas gingerbread creations!

The concierge was so kind to take our photo in the Chateau’s lobby — it was totally a Christmas wonderland!

Holiday Happenings

It isn’t often that Great-Uncle Bill comes to visit our St. Louis area family, so we gather our kids and grands and do special things together. We made him some Pfefferneusse (pepper nuts) cookies that he enjoys (a very old German tradition through his family) and we went to eat a chicken dinner and see the pretty Christmas decorations at a favorite local homestyle restaurant. Come back soon, Bill, and we’ll go kayaking if the rivers aren’t flooded!


The TG Kitchen

It’s TRUE — the kitchen is the heart of the home!

Uncle Bill traveled to be with us all for Thanksgiving weekend — he was the kitchen “supervisor” as Ella and Beatrice helped cut veggies for a turkey platter, Emily enlisted her girls in creating a yummy cinnamon cream cheese dip for apples and graham crackers, and DH supervised the mashed potatoes and gravy. It was a two-meat Thanksgiving meal, with both turkey and duck on platters this year!

We’re all thankful for so many blessings: our faith, our family, and our time to be together!

A Cinderella Birthday

This Four-Year-Old was surprised indeed!

Her favorite moment was when Cinderella showed her her glass slipper!

Happy 4th birthday, dear Paloma!


NOT ready for winter!

My Special Helpers

At Gramma’s house, there’s always something fun to do! Aug (2 1/2) enjoys crafting and cooking, and Paloma (4) is already a talented cookie baker! They like wearing my big aprons, but they’ll be getting their own as Christmas gifts. It’s never a dull day with these Two Siblings!

A Lifetime Connection


My friend, Delene, has been a big sister/mentor to me ever since we moved from Ohio to the St. Louis, MO/ St. Charles area. We enjoyed being neighbors for a few years, rode bikes and crafted together, and she hosted my first baby shower in 1976 in her beautiful home. What a surprise it was that day!

This sweet Christian friend has kept in touch through all the years, and we recently visited in person to catch up on our families and their activities. She’s now a great-grandma–one of the BEST!

I’m so in awe of her strong faith, her attention to family and neighbors, and her hand-quilting projects. Most of all, I’m so grateful for her friendship over the years and the miles between us. We may not see each other often, but she’s always in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers. I love you, Delene!


Autumn Colors in Our Yard

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Be Yourself

It’s the best person you can be!

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. ~ Alan Alda

Monarch Note Cards

In a short time, our Monarch raising season 2018 will be over and we’ll miss seeing the beauties in the gardens. I’ll miss grabbing my camera to capture them!

Here is a sampling of the Monarch note cards I’ve made by matting my photos and attaching them to 5 x 7 inch note cards. The colors are spectacular!

Inside I stamp a sentiment such as “Happy Birthday!”, “Thinking of you”, “Praying for you”, and “Celebrate Life!”

Each is unique and each honors a special butterfly that we raised this Summer.

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How My Garden Blooms

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Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. ~ Walt Whitman

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero