Tuesday, September 16, 2014

bww - remembering the sounds

I am remembering the sounds and smells from our Hawaii vacation . . .

It doesn't seem possible that we have already been home almost 2 months.  Listening to the waves crashing against the sand, well, there's not much like it.  The smell of the ocean and the glorious climate. . . I could go on an on.

The weather is FINALLY breaking a little here in good old southwest Arkansas, and I am reminded of the sweet weather on vacation.  No worries about stifling humidity in Hawaii.  The breeze coming off the water, the smell of salt in the air.  Nothing to do all day but wonder where we were going to have dinner.  We were truly blessed to be able to share our vacation with our wonderful friends and our grown-up kids.  I think THIS is why you shouldn't smother your children when they are young, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for all you struggling with the "why's" of small children or the tantrums of school-aged children. . . . or the dreaded door-slamming "I hate you's" of teenagers.  I enjoy my candy bits so much more now that they are adults.  Love them past heaven!

Ahhhh . . . can't you just hear it?

Link up your favorite black and whites this week!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

remembering 9/11

I guess all of us  . . .  of a certain age . . . will always remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news about 9/11.

I was in college.  No, I am not that young . . . but I was in college, attending Southern Arkansas University.  I was working on my computer programming homework until time for class to start.  I left the house and as I pulled out of my driveway onto my road I heard the DJ at 98 Rocks announce that it was possibly the darkest day in 98 Rocks history.  Then he commented that none of the phone lines were lit up at all.

I remember thinking to myself, "Dude, get over yourself.  The darkest day because no one is calling YOUR radio station?"  Of course, I had no idea what was transpiring, my only introduction to the whole situation was this singular remark on a radio station.

When I arrived on the 3rd floor of the business building I thought it was weird that NO ONE was in my class.  None of the professors were in their offices and it was eerily SILENT.

I snooped around the 3rd floor and decided to go down to the 2nd floor to see if I could find any signs of what was happening.  My mind reeling, I thought class was cancelled . . . moved. . . . I was really missing some kind of meeting or special class that I had totally forgotten about.  

I found an entire room filled with college students who were completely SILENT.  This was about the freakiest thing I had ever seen.  Even during class, college students are rarely completely SILENT.  And here before me was an entire lecture room . . . standing room only I might add. .  and no one was saying a word.  I turned to look toward the front of the room and saw the CNN video feed of the burning buildings in New York. . . . and we all know the rest of the story.

Thankful for a country that survives.  Thankful for a God who loves ALL of us and forgives us.  Especially thankful that terrorists didn't win on that day.

I am taken back to that lecture hall on the 2nd floor of SAU's business building each and every time someone mentions 9/11.  I am sure you have a similar experience.  So many of you have some moving stories, some of you may even have relatives or friends who were in New York on that day.  So feel free to tell your stories in the comments below.  I love to hear from all of you wonderful readers, so here's your chance.

Where were you on 9/11/2001?


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

bww - Cotton Candy is ONE!

Well, I really can't believe it has already been a year . . . . but check it out!

Walking  . . .  almost running everywhere.  Into everything, Cotton Candy is ONE!

Candy Jar in his BATMAN outfit!!

Opening presents.

Eating cheese balls.

Cupcake time.

Little Bit had fun playing with some of the presents.

Here is your black and white for this week.  THIS might have been the favorite birthday present, LOL!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

bww - ah, that's the one!

Since I started doing photography as a hobby/business/obsession I am always surprised by what God puts in my camera that I never expected.  There are the shots you set up and say . .  . "Ahh, yes this is what I was going for, nice one!"

Sunday, August 31, 2014

the big lie

Here's the biggest lie in America in today's culture. . .

"I don't believe in any religion really, I think as long as you are a good person then it doesn't matter what religion you are."

This lie is being spread at an alarming rate among Americans.

I have heard this said on multiple occasions by so many people.  It is being reinforced on television shows and even on public service announcements promoting "values" almost as if it were a religion on its own.

It's very scary.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

bww - so much fun

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

bww - Saturday mornings should be savored

The last few Saturday mornings I have been completely surrounded by babies.

Monday, August 18, 2014

I won't take less

Recently, while riding in the car with Santa I heard this really old country song.

I Won't Take Less Than Your Love - 1988 

written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz

performed by  Tanya Tucker with Paul Davis & Paul Overstreet

Saturday, August 16, 2014

*eh hem* - a little perspective on Saturday morning

I woke up early because I have 2 back-to-back baby sessions that I get to do, only to find more stupidity on social media than I am willing to let slide off my back.  My little baby fingers poised on the keys and ready to strike.

The randomness and absurdity of my facebook feed has reached a new low.

I read about Lily who is a small child struggling with a new heart transplant.  Touching.

I read Mike Hucabee's response to "evil" in Iraq.

Then I read where facebook was going to require users to install Messenger.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

bww - reality

Okay black and whiters . . . the new name I have for all your wonderful black and white photographers.  I am sorry for not posting a black and white picture and link up for you this week.

I am wedding planning with Reese's, working with Skittles, wedding stressing with Lollipop and talking allergies and tubes for Tootsie Roll with Tootsie Pop.