Category Archives: Lifestyle

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!

A Christmas Reunion

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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!

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

 

 

Twice the Love!

Two little blessings sent from above … twice the smiles, twice the LOVE!

Can you tell this family loves all things STL Blues and Disney?

Her First 24 Hours

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A new baby is like the beginning of all things: wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities!

Welcome to Our World!

Big sister and brother meet their newborn sister and are all smiles and cuddles!

These two are going to be both entertainers and protectors of her. 

They loved on her and counted all her toes and fingers too!

It’s Times TWO!

“Pregnancy is getting company inside one’s skin …” and for these parents, it’s times TWO!

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Two great joys are coming soon, and their grand family adventure is about to begin!

I’m so excited, happy and thankful for these sweet parents and so grateful that they included me in documenting their expectant-parent journey!

I can’t wait to hear about their Double Delivery!

Hello, Black Swallowtails!

Our butterfly garden has been abuzz lately with the hot temperatures and high humidity this Spring. These Black Swallowtails spent some time nectaring on the Butterfly Weed before they flew to their next snack stop. These are common in the Midwest and the Swallowtail caterpillars are usually found on plants in the parsley family (fennel and parsley are favorite host plants). The butterflies look for nectar-providing flowers.

Soon to be a Family of Five

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“Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.”

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“You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you.”

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DSCF3105 (2JLP) “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new…and so in you the child, your mother lives on, and through your family continues to live… so at this time look after yourself and your family as you would your mother for through you all she will truly never die.”

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“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.”

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“Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother’s Love.” – Maureen Hawkins

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“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.”  –Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

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“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.”

I’m grateful to have captured these fun and precious moments in the park for this family who will soon meet their child #3!

 

 

Getting Ready for the Monarchs

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Roxie and I are excited to begin our 2018 butterfly gardens!

Our new book “The Monarch” by Kylee Baumle is just packed with information about the Monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis stage, and the eclosing of the beautiful Monarch! (This book is available on Amazon.com   I’m recommending the book as a personal user and do not receive any compensation for my recommendation.) 

Help save the pollinators and butterflies! Create your own special garden either in containers or in the ground by using a variety of milkweed plants and native host and nectar plants in your growing area!

Find more information at http://www.monarchwatch.org

Visit your nearest botanical garden(s) for information on butterfly and pollinator gardening.

Writing a Note to Daddy

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“I love you, Daddy,” in his own words and writing. Look at that pencil-holding form! And his serious focus on his task! What a memory to preserve! He’s the little guy who drops what he’s doing to run to the door and hug Daddy’s legs when he gets home from work. Who could ask for anything more?

This is a sample of my lifestyle (aka “follow the child while he/she plays for precious captures”) photography.

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Pure Paper Whites

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Paper Whites (narcissus) are such a fresh, pure, surprise in the winter when the bulbs sprout their greenery and then their buds burst into these delicate blooms! Seeing them reminds me of the HOPE of Spring.

The Extended B Family

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It was a gorgeous afternoon in the park when I was privileged to capture the extended B family’s photos! We had fun talking about their holiday traditions and between posings, they laughed and tickled each other and made this session so much fun! Great Grandma, grandparents, siblings, and cousins got to be included in photos — something they had not had for quite a few years. God’s blessings to the B Family for wonderful holidays ahead!

The B Kids in Autumn Colors

Autumn is a favorite time of year to capture children’s photos amid the gorgeous Fall glowing leaf and sky colors!

Being able to document these children and their sweet personalities is pure joy. Each one is so different, so caring and kind, so special! They have great parents and are so blessed in many ways! I feel blessed to know them and see them often!

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Golden sunshine blessed us with great light on the afternoon of this dear couple’s anniversary photo session! These are just a handful of the captures for their anniversary book. I can’t wait to see which one they chose for their canvas wall art! I couldn’t have asked for more natural subjects! They are a great example of love and commitment for all who know them and witness their kindness and service to others.

Fall Fun

Who doesn’t like weaving spider webs for plastic spiders?

Or scraping the guts out of a pumpkin and saving the slimy seeds to roast?

Just a couple “lifestyle photos” in my Fall Family season collection! Super Fall Fun!

My Butterfly Garden

The bumblebees have found my purple coneflowers! I’m still waiting patiently for the Monarchs to arrive. I’ve spotted one Tiger Swallowtail so far.

The “blanket flowers” and butterfly weed and many more plants that attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and yellow finches are just waiting for visitors! I think our cool, wet Spring has affected the pollinators and butterflies so far. So I’ll keep watching!

 

A Heritage

“Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3

Ornamental Cabbage

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Looking forward to digging in the garden and planting beautiful veggies and blooms — dreaming through these next few months!

Love the colors in a variety of ornamental cabbage plants that range from dark to light shades. It’s fun to browse the seed catalogs and plan …

Coming or Going?

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The lightest snowfall provides a background for such interesting bird prints!

A Winter Walk

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It’s easier to tolerate winter when the sun shines and when you have a dog to walk!

Fishing vs Catching

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“A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!”

These two with their O’Pa at a favorite pond are simply happy to be casting and reeling and catching little biters.

Lined Up

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Where did Summer go?

The watering cans, well-used, gave drinks to so many flowers and veggies

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Now we’ve picked our last cherry tomatoes,

watered the impatiens and petunias for the last times,

and prepare to winterize soon.

But not too soon.

Please.

Give us more beautiful Autumn days to sprinkle thirsty flowers,

though spindly and fading,

just to enjoy the task.

Rest in Peace – Auf Weidersehen

Today is All Saints’ Day on the Christian church calendar. It’s a day to celebrate those sinner-saints who have gone before us to their heavenly rest.

During this beautiful Autumn season I’ve spent some time walking and photographing in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, MO, not far from where we live.

When my parents moved from Ohio to the St Louis area in early 2015, they changed their plans so that this national cemetery would be their final resting place.

Our dad is now at perfect peace and has been committed to JBNC since his recent passing from this earth. It’s a sad/happy time for us. Sad because we miss him so much–almost daily visiting, laughing, eating ice cream together, singing and listening to polka music, hearing his great stories about family and World War II and travel experiences and more.

We’re happy and comforted to know that we’ll see him in heaven someday, because we believe Jesus’ promise that’s written in John 11:25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

God blessed Dad with almost 95 years of life on this earth, with a beautiful and loving bride of 70 years plus, and with a caring family and many friends. For all this, we’re so thankful.

See you later, Dad.

“In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.”

“For every sin on Him was laid; here in the death of Christ I live!”

 

Monarchs Have Migrated to Mexico

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This is the last Monarch to visit our butterfly garden in 2016. We enjoyed each and every one that we saw, and thank God for His creation and their beauty! The monarchs enjoyed our butterfly weed, milkweed plants, and butterfly bushes (this one is named “Ruby”) as well as the zinnias and impatiens blooming here.

Read more about Monarchs and their migration here and on other sites that you find when searching Google for “monarchs” and “migration.”

Remember to save your flower seeds and plant in the early spring to help make your environment more butterfly friendly!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160314-monarchs-mexico-endangered-rare-butterflies-animals/

A Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Little sister brought her baby brother her favorite bookThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle–and he was completely mesmerized by it, as you can see!

The cocoon and hat were crocheted by Lake Effect Creations. You can find her Etsy shop online at etsy.com

Isn’t he adorable in it? A beautiful creation in God’s world!

Zzzz.

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Siblings in Summer

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She Flew

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The sun began to set.

And then she flew.

Tiny dancer!