knowing . . .

“When you adopt a dog, you have a lot of very good days and one very bad day.”

~ W. Bruce Cameron

I’ve written before about our Westie, McKenzie.  She came to us in 2005 the year after we lost my Mom and we lost our Akita, Teddy.  It was me who said I didn’t want another dog after we lost Teddy, but the house seemed so lonely, no one to greet me when I arrived home from work.  A person I worked with owned a Westie (West Highland White Terrier) and told me how wonderful the breed was.  I located a breeder, she came to our home, and approved us as parents for her puppy.  That is how McKenzie became a family member.  

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Let it be Christmas

“Peace on Earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.” ~ Helen Steiner Rice

The days have gotten shorter, it’s dark earlier as the Winter Solstice approaches, but this time of year, the Christmas lights brighten the darkness. Lighting the way for all to experience joy and love. Even if you aren’t Christian, you cannot help but love Christmas lights. As children my parents would pile us in the car and drive around to look at the light displays. I followed this tradition with my daughter and I know she will do the same with her son. Why do lights amaze us and enlighten us so? What is the meaning behind the lights, and why do we feel the desire to celebrate in this way?

According to Robert Lobitz:

Symbol of the starry night on which Christ was born: 
Some people like to think of the lights representing the Star of Bethlehem, the sign that marked that Christ was born.

Symbol of the light of Christ:
In Christian tradition, candles are a symbol for Jesus and the light he brings to earth even in the darkest times. Some believe that the light is symbolic of the eternal light of Jesus’ spirit that is particularly kept in mind over Christmas. Different colored candles also represented different qualities, for example a white candle represents the purity of Christ whilst a pink candle represents joy.

Symbol of the light, hope and good in the world: 
The Christmas lights also served to remind good Christians to provide light to others.

Symbol of following the enlightened path: 
Some suggest that the Christmas lights are a reminder to follow the way of Christ. The path of lights that wind around the tree leading to the star at the top may be symbolic of the enlighted path to salvation.

I recently heard a song by Alan Jackson which seemed to resonate with me. The lyrics seemed to bring home what Christmas is truly about. Sometimes I need to remind myself that I need to be kind to others, even when I may not feel kind. None of know what sadness or possible situation may be happening in others lives, so we should try and be kind in spite of ourselves.

Christmas lights represent hope, lighting up the night sky, bringing joy to all this time of year. If we could keep that hopeful feeling in our hearts and in our daily lives throughout the year, what a better world we would all live in. I am not a deeply religious person, however, I do feel that being a good person and being kind to others, makes me a happier person inside. That inner happiness shows on the outside, which in turn brings happiness to others.

During this Christmas season, may the joy and love fill your hearts and the hearts of your family and friends.

Merry Christmas to everyone! Thank you for following along . . .

X’s & O’s

no matter how much I say I love you ~ I always LOVE you more than that . . . 

Love comes in many forms, but the love for your child cannot be compared to any other.  It’s a love you cannot truly understand until you have a child.  I know that love because I felt it when my daughter was born twenty seven years ago and I felt it again when I recently became a  Grandma.  Somehow this was different, not that I loved her any less, but with this baby, I had all of the joy, without the responsibility of having to raise him. 

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Cupcakes & Macarons

I crave a life filled with magic in the smallest of things.

Life is short, so why not eat dessert first?  I am taking a food photography workshop through  2 Lil Owls owned and run by Denise Love.  I’ve followed her for some time on Instagram and when she advertised that a food workshop would be offered in January I was eager to sign up.

It’s been quite interesting to see how she makes such beautiful images in such a small space.  The magic of her images is created in a small area in her dining room by a large patio door/window.  What I am truly loving about the workshop is her practicality about how she purchases her props and also about how she thinks about the arrangement of her designs.  Her method of teaching is easy to follow and very informative.  She explains where she purchases certain props and why she has chosen them.

Food evokes many emotions, it is often a first date for a new couple, it is something we crave after a night out dancing, it is what a first birthday cake smash is the center of, and let’s not forget, it’s what all married couples feed each other at their wedding.  Food is more than just nourishment, it is a feeling, an emotion, and what better way to express your feelings than with cupcakes and macarons? Both are comforting and simply fun to eat!

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I love flowers and when I came across these peonies, I knew they would be beautiful with the cupcake.  They fit perfectly next to this simple yet elegant cupcake, don’t they?  Two very romantic items, paired together for the perfect LOVE.

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As always, it was so nice catching up with all of you.  Have a fabulous week ahead. Until next time . . .

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Christmas time is here . . .

May you have the gift of Faith, the blessing of Hope and the peace of His Love at Christmas and always.

With Christmas one week away, I was inspired to photograph some Christmas still life scenes on Sunday.  Time goes by so quickly and it seems to pass exceptionally fast when there is a holiday soon approaching.  As we all busy ourselves with shopping, baking, trimming the tree and well, just getting ready for the big day, those days leading up to Christmas go by extra quick!

I came across a book I read to my daughter every Christmas Eve, just reading the inscription I wrote to her so many years ago, brought back such loving and good memories, it’s difficult to believe she is all grown and married herself.

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Memories are what holidays and special occasions are all about.  The actual day goes by fast, years later, we are left with fond memories of the people we shared the day with, and the laughter we all shared together.

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As you prepare for your family gatherings, enjoy the festivities, food and good times shared with your loved ones.  From my family to yours, I wish you the Merriest Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

I will be taking a short break for the holiday but will be back in the new year with more stories and photographs.  In the meantime, please continue to follow me on Instagram.

Thank you for continued support I truly appreciate it, until we meet again . . .

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the inevitable . . .

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” ~ John Grogan

If you follow me on Instagram you have seen many photographs or our Westie, McKenzie. McKenzie has been part of our family for twelve years now.  I guess it was about one year after we had to put our Akita, Teddy, to sleep that I decided it was time to have a dog again.  My husband and daughter knew they wanted another dog after we lost Teddy, but I was the hold out.  I just didn’t want the responsibility of owning a pet again.  My daughter was getting older and we weren’t home much anymore for a pet. Logical, right?  Even though the logical part of my brain knew we really shouldn’t own another dog, the emotional part of me knew the house was lonely and we needed to get a dog.   Continue reading “the inevitable . . .”

A Bit Melancholy | Smithville Lifestyle Photographer

Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer. ~ Dorothy Rowe

The days are shorter and the darkness is creeping in sooner each day.  For anyone who is affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder you certainly know what I mean.  I had heard of this disease, even knew someone who experienced it, but I never experienced it myself. About two years ago, I began to feel a sadness come over me when I knew summer was coming to it’s end.   Continue reading “A Bit Melancholy | Smithville Lifestyle Photographer”

Where from here?

Forward & Backward …

This past week I began cleaning out some old art portfolio cases I had from college.  I hardly remember those days, some 30 plus years ago now.   When I was young and had dreams, that never became a reality.  Sometimes I wonder what my life would had been like if I had gone to art school instead of college? or if I hadn’t worked in New York City; or if I moved to California when I had the opportunity.   Continue reading “Where from here?”