Category: honest stuff

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The teachable moments of parenting fails

“I’m hungry.” It’s not WHAT she said that drove me crazy, it’s WHEN she said it. It was midnight. Bedtime had been stretched out insanely long for months now, something I hoped to remedy soon, and my last straw was being asked to get a snack at midnight. By a 3-year old. By my 3-year old. Right then I acted like a very mature, … Read More The teachable moments of parenting fails

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The Farm

The little boy was leaning nonchalantly  against the door, with one hand on the door knob and when we jumped out of the van he said into the cold wind that whipped at our faces, sounding more like an adult than a child,“Welcome to our farm. Come on in.” I smiled to myself at the sound of such serious, grown up words coming from … Read More The Farm

When the garden is gone

I must admit I’m sad to see our garden now gone. I miss the garden even though it didn’t yield much in the way of produce. Our backyard seems so barren and drab now with the garden dead and the left over plants brown and brittle and crushed under the weight of the snow and frost. For awhile this Fall we had unseasonably warm … Read More When the garden is gone

One of us. One of the mourners.

Out of the two of them I worried about telling my 11 year old son the most. I dreaded it, in fact, but then I dreaded more the delay in being able to tell him; a delay caused by his spending time with a friend and then unexpected weather. My daughter is only three so I knew telling her her great aunt, who was … Read More One of us. One of the mourners.

Don’t let someone else tell you what God is calling you to be

When you search the internet for the word “calling” one of the definitions is “a strong urge toward a particular way of life or career; a vocation.” In the Christian definition we often use the word to describe God’s plan for our life and we often believe God lays one calling on us and we are to do nothing but that ONE thing. This … Read More Don’t let someone else tell you what God is calling you to be

Photographing families in their own environment | Athens, Pennsylvania photographer

I’ve heard it said that if you have a dream you should speak it out loud. I have a dream that sounds self serving but I’m speaking it anyhow. I want to photograph families in their homes and capture the real moments of interaction. There, I wrote it and when I wrote it I spoke it out loud. Photographing people in their homes is … Read More Photographing families in their own environment | Athens, Pennsylvania photographer

Faithfully thinking: Don’t base your value on the fake world of photography

Photography today is creating what isn’t real. It’s manipulation of you, the viewer. That beautiful scene with that family in an open field with amazing sun? Nine times out of ten that’s not real. It was edited in Photoshop. The power lines were painted out, the sun flare was added with an overlay and that kid who photo bombed the whole thing was quickly … Read More Faithfully thinking: Don’t base your value on the fake world of photography

Don’t stop asking if you can hug me

There we were driving over the back roads to the small Christian school my son attends and just like that summer was over. Sure we had one more day before school officially began but on that humid summer night I felt a tight feeling in my chest and knew it was because the carefree days when I could hug him on a whim anytime … Read More Don’t stop asking if you can hug me

He listened to hear. Remembering a Wyalusing treasure

The line to the funeral home stretched down a long sidewalk to the driveway and inside there were more lines, weaving through rooms, people waiting to tell his family what he had meant to them. We only have one life to live and he’d lived his well. Was he perfect? No human is. But he was loved and loved back. He smiled and laughed … Read More He listened to hear. Remembering a Wyalusing treasure