Thursday, June 13, 2013


Sometimes it's not about a fancy set up or matching clothes, but about capturing that moment in a busy day. I am blessed. Blessed with the love of my life...Thank You God for guiding me into his path 28 years ago...and blessed he is the father of our 2 awesome boys. For all our struggles the last few years, we ARE doing something right! Well mannered and polite, they will be heartbreakers! And those eyes just kill me.

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Thank you for being an AMAZING dad! Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 7, 2013

The sweet smell

We've had such a rainy, cool spring that my honeysuckle is doing so well. We'll see what happens when we've got to untangle it to move in a few weeks.

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This one does not smell as much as the white colored honeysuckle. And right now, the wild honeysuckle is blooming and the air is so fragrant. (I probably should get a picture of that!)

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Dedication Part 2

Since we finished the mile and a half in a little over an hour, we decided to hit a couple more on the way home. It day was too beautiful.

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Foster falls. We didn't hike down to the bottom, but just stopped to look at it. Pretty soon it'll be down to a trickle again if we don't get some more rain.

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Heading down the mountain...a beautiful patchwork of landscape.

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Old Fort Archaeological Park has a lot of falls along their trails too

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Step falls...and you wonder where it gets its name?! The last time we were here we could walk out on them. You'd get wet, but not swept over. So no walking in the water this time. It was just running too fast!

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I love sunny days, but sun/waterfalls do not go together. It is so hard to photograph a waterfall without blowing it all out because of the brightness. But I worked with what I had.

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It was getting late in the day, so we were hurrying our way through the last few...and even skipped a few because we were finally worn out!

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You can get up close and personal at these falls also.

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As long as you practice safe hiking, we can all enjoy God's gifts for many years to come.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Dedication...part 1

Sometimes working at a non-profit is not about work, but about love, hugs and reassurance. It makes me appreciate my family a little more and the "limited" time we get to spend together anymore. My Mother's Day gift was requesting time together. Unfortunately 1 had to work and since we are trying to instill a work ethic for him, I let him slide on that one. But I know it won't be the last one we can't spend together. I just have to appreciate the time we do get together...and the out-of-the-blue hug I'll get every once in awhile. In the meantime, we hiked one of my favorite trails. It's got several waterfalls and several hidden gems along it's mile and a half trail.

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My adventurers :)

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She was in her element!

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They ALL were!

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We had so much rain this spring that the water levels were great! There's nothing worse than seeing a waterfall with just a trickle!

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Long exposure in daylight is tough without blowing it into just a white image. I took a lot of pictures and threw away a lot of bad ones! Sometimes it's just trial and error!

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It was hard to keep them out of my pictures sometimes!

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The last picture was on the path. This one was about halfway climbing down and someone spotted a small cave and wanted to investigate! So he was looking for the flashlight.

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It's not the easiest climb down, but it was so worth it!

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My little creature catcher!

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Another falls

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Not sure if these are just growing on the tree or if it's because of all the extra rain we've had? Maybe both?

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It was the only tree that I saw like that. Weird.

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These are great swimming holes...too bad the water was still freezing...although the dog did not care!

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Safety is a key to safe hiking. It amazes me that there are no barriers. You would not find that in a lot of parks. Appreciate nature and the forces around you and you can coexist...and for heavens sake, use some common sense. Unfortunately there's been several falls in recent weeks at local waterfalls and I guarantee you most of them were from carelessness.

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When you close your eyes and listen...those are the same waters that were running 2000 years ago. God's canvas is simply amazing. We really need to appreciate it more.

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For as much as she is not my dog, she would always come back to check on me to make sure I was ok.

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The end of the trail yields a massive opening of fallen rock. Not really a cave, but a massive opening. Unfortunately to get back to where we started, we had to take the path that basically climbs to the top of it.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Red Hot

I see this crazy looking plant blooming every year. I stopped for a picture a few years ago and decided to stop again. It took me awhile, but I finally found out the name of the hot poker plant. I always thought they were called the candy corn plant...until I googled it and realized there really is a candy corn plant and it looks nothing like this. Go figure.

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They really are cool looking.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013


We typically leave town on long weekends, but this year I don't think we've left town on ANY weekend. Totally unusual for us not to travel. But as the kids get older and get busier...I really didn't think they could get busier...we tend to stay in town. So this was our first year to experience our annual Memorial Day outdoor church service. And boy am I glad we did.

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After setting up the chairs, the youth had their Sunday school class while the Worship team warmed up.

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It was amazing to see how many people filed in after service started. Everything was full about 15 minutes after I took this picture. Largest crowd yet!

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We were honored to welcome back Hack Bartholomew from New Orleans. He plays a mean trumpet!

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THIS is how we have an outdoor church service! Feeling the music!

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Our youngest visitor with Grandpa Mike. I will make sure we're in town next year. What an awesome day!