Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Favorite Photos from the Year

2013 has surely been a fun and beautiful year! I picked out some of my favorite photos from each month and remember now what a good way that is to remember all of the blessings God has given. A blessed 2014 to all of you!!!


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Sparkling winter beauty on a sunny day


Bridget in the snow

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Cardinals on the deck


Edward after the Irish Jig 5K



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Flower girl at Heidi & Steve's wedding

Laguna Beach

Santa Monica Beach


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Bridget's graduation

Dogwood Blossoms

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Bridget & friends before Prom


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Father's day at Notre Dame

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Peonies in our garden

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USS Niagara in Toronto

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Simon & Emily's wedding

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Allie Cat

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Seagulls at Sleeping Bear

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Ed's graduation at Notre Dame

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Bridgie leaves for Calvin


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Maria & roommates

Bridget & friends


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Bridget & friends

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Edward leaves for Seattle


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John reflecting

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Christmas Day, Edward's birthday in Celeryville

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy Birthday, Edward!

Christmas Day, 2013

We picked Ed up from the Detroit airport on Christmas Eve and made it in time for the night time family party.  The next day, we celebrated his 24th birthday in style.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Silent Night, Holy Night

How you see is what you see. And to see rightly is to be able to be fully present—without fear, without bias, and without judgment. It is such hard work for the ego, for the emotions, and for the body, that I think most of us would simply prefer to go to church services. - Richard Rohr

Monday, December 23, 2013

Light the Candle, Christmas is Coming!

We had some terrific ice storms late last week and into the weekend. Though the walking and driving through it was a bit sketchy, it made for some sweet photo opps.

Monday, December 16, 2013


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"Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be the roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance."


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Flash Back Friday

In June of 1990, John & I & 6 month old baby Eddie were among a quarter of a million people in Boston in the Charles River Esplanade to hear Nelson Mandela just 4 months after he was released from prison. I'm briefly in this video behind the stroller at about 30 sec. then Edward at about a minute, then you can hear children singing and then Lady Blacksmith Mambazo singing and then Nelson Mandela speaking. A little better view starts at around 4:40... you may not hear much but the atmosphere was exciting!

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