The Little Mister

May 23, 2011

“A brother is a friend given by Nature.”
~Jean Baptiste Legouve

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“Boys are found everywhere — on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to.
Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them.
A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger,
Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.”
~ Alan Marshall Beck

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Never Forget

November 12, 2010

“Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would I’d never leave.” – Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday, we remembered our veterans as a country and most of the world remembered Armistice Day.  We remember because it’s important.

This weekend, I’m remembering someone else. The image below is an old picture, but an important one. You may already know from my previous fundraiser or from Clarity Defined that leukemia and childhood cancer have been motivating factors in how I live my life.

Four years ago this Sunday, my high school friend Courtney lost her battle to leukemia. She was 19 years old. She should have turned 20 the following week. She should still be here today – gearing up for another birthday and the holiday season.

If you’re gearing up for the holiday season, or just need to do some shopping, please use this 30% off coupon at Gap, Old Navy, or Banana Republic and encourage your friends to do the same. Gap, Inc. will donate 5% of what you spend to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Courtney has been a huge inspiration in my life – I hope she’ll inspire you too.

Gone from the Ground, Into the Heavens

For all cancer angels, know that we won’t stop until we find a cure. We’ll never forget you. Courtney, I’ll be thinking of you even more this Sunday. I can’t believe it’s already been four years.

Summer Lingers Still…

August 26, 2010

I have chosen summer over blogging as it seems… long days of sunshine (finally!), movement, late nights with friends, laughter, and delicious food (best creation thus far? Brie spread over a baguette and topped with fresh blackberries… mmmm…).

Summer Lingers

“August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied.” ~Joseph Wood Krutch


A Summer Strawberry

“In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” — Francis A. Walker

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” -Joseph Campbell

Marines Standing At Attention

“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust,
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.” -Minot J. Savage

Of God & Country

“And I am proud to be an American,
Where at least I know I am free.
And I won’t forget the men, who died,
Who gave that right to me.” -Lee Greenwood

Remaining Soldier

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of other are often stiffened.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Little Rose

April 17, 2010

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of photographing my friend’s baby girl. They’re moving away next week… oh how I’ll miss them! I really loved the duo tone processing on these photos and I just adore those close ups. I’m a sucker for full face shots. I’ve chosen just a handful of favorites to share with you this evening.

portraits of a baby girl

“A wee bit of heaven drifted down from above, a handful of happiness, a heart full of love.” ~Helen Steiner Rice

Mass for Peace

March 3, 2010

“Lord, teach us to pray.”

This is an image the Our Father during candlelight mass at the University of San Diego.

“For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, now and forever. Amen.”

The Sign of Peace at Mass for Peace at USD

“Peace be with you.”

This post is cross-posted at Clarity Defined.

Oh How The Years Go By…

February 24, 2010

I was perusing my flickr stream (as I often do these days) and decided to add some photos to a set for a slideshow. My goal is for a new slideshow semi-regularly. Here are my beautiful young cousins over the last few years… my goodness! How they’ve grown! I love how the use of the same pose over time allows you truly see the growth and change in each child. This post is cross-posted at Clarity Defined.

“And oh how the years go by
And oh how the love brings tears to my eyes
All through the changes the soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

And if we lose our way
Any night or day
Well we’ll always be
Where we should be
I’m there for you
And I know you’re there for me”
~Amy Grant, “Oh How The Years Go By”

Ordinary Miracle

February 12, 2010

It’s not that unusual
When everything is beautiful
It’s just another
Ordinary miracle today

This picture shows an azalea blooming at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego's Balboa Park

When you wake up everyday
Please don’t throw your dreams away
Hold them close to your heart
‘Cause we are all a part
Of the ordinary miracle

This picture was taken on a walk during my lunch break with a remarkable, now former, coworker.

The Sarah McLachlan song lyrics seemed perfect for this picture of a flower about to bloom. I was reminded of the beauty in her lyrics during tonight’s opening ceremony for the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. I’d forgotten how much I love that song until Sarah performed. The dancing was exquisite and the special effects amazing. I’ve loved every minute of the ceremony thus far. Canada really did a marvelous job. Thank you to our northern neighbors! I hope we can all be reminded of life’s daily, ordinary miracles. And now, go Team USA! This post is cross-posted at Clarity Defined.

The “Fur Baby”

February 9, 2010

This is my parents’ new puppy. Tully is the sweetest, mellowist puppy I’ve ever seen. He’s half pit bull and half lab. These pictures don’t show it (unfortunately), but he has white fur on his chest that is shaped like a heart. He’s about four months old and my parents rescued him from the pound. He’d only been there a couple weeks, but they were going to put him to sleep because he’s part pit bull. :(

They’ve had him for just over a week now and we’re all attached… Tully included. In fact, we’ve talked about changing his name to Shadow because he follows my mom and dad everywhere. (We’ve also talked about changing his name because it’s super close to our last dog’s name… Teddy.) He’s having some separation anxiety right now and sulks and searches all over the house for them when they leave. He’s super smart and adorably sweet. This post is cross-posted at Clarity Defined.

A series of photographs or our family dog - he is part pit bull and part lab

“A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbols mean nothing to him. A water-logged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.” ~John Grogan in Marley & Me

Just Turned Two

February 8, 2010

This little miss just turned two last week and we celebrated the occasion with a photo shoot. Isn’t she the cutest? When her mom saw the bottom left photo, she told me that “no one has taken a picture of my daughter smiling… ever!” That made my day; every parent should have a picture that truly represents the essence of their child. Those are the moments I strive for every time I take out my camera.

This photo collage highlights a toddler session in San Diego's Balboa Park

Like star dust glistening on fairies’ wings
Little girls dreams are of magical things.
— Sherry Larson