Category Archives: U.S. Military Veterans

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!”

 

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The H Family

The H Family

Have a holly, jolly Christmas!
I had a jolly time with the H Family Saturday afternoon and evening, capturing them in their adorable PJs and playing with a variety of props!

The lighting was quite challenging, but worth the effort — even the untangling of the wires many times as we moved them from front yard to inside to deck to front yard again!

This is one happy, hearty, “(w)holesome” family who knows how to celebrate!

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A favorite outtake while we were waiting for the sun to disappear … Grandma kept W warm in the red blanket while Miss M played with the banner behind them!

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Friendship

Friends. Spouses. Soulmates.

She walked over to Him and asked,

“Do you remember what we were doing 66 years ago about this time?”

He answered with a sweet smile, “I do.”

She replied, “And I still do.”

Friendship. It all began with a small town, street-corner meeting.

It continued through snail mail during World War II.

It grew and blossomed after the war.

It was cemented in their marriage vows.

This friendship is for better and for worse.

She and He have come to know the true meaning of that.

This is my entry for the I Heart Faces Friendship Photo Challenge this week.

Click on the link and see tons of wonderful “friendship” theme photos!

Love Serene

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A baby girl is a precious gift wrapped in love serene.

Welcome to the world, baby Elena!

I thank the Lord for you and for your loving family.

Doesn’t her daddy’s gaze toward her just melt your heart?

And isn’t she lovely on lavender?

Legacy of Life Wall Art

This is a sample of a 12 x 12 inch (to be framed) wall paper art showcasing photos and journaling, customized for a client. A framed sample will be posted in the future.

I create this style of custom wall paper art for senior citizens and for U.S. military veterans, to document their lives and service.

A custom piece of wall paper art would also be appropriate for families to include their “mission statement” or favorite Scripture verses. It could also serve as a shadow box/memory box for a baptism, confirmation, wedding, or an anniversary celebration.

No two pieces are ever the same; each is unique for the individual(s). I use paper and dimensional elements from Close To My Heart, Inc., a scrapbooking company that provides high quality products in a variety of coordinating colors and patterns.

Contact me for designs and prices. I’m happy to work with you to make a special item affordable and memorable.