Tuesday, July 8, 2014

sea air

"I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh and free sea air was like a cool quieting thought."  -Helen Keller

I often saw her alone...digging in the sand, jumping waves, and running on the shore.  I would call to her to join us...and she sweetly declined.  Her contentment was tangible.  She played with the ocean like she would play with a friend.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

clear days

photo credit: in my collection of Aunt Dot's photographs

"On a clear day, rise and look around you,
and you'll see who you are.
On a clear day, how it will astound you--
That the glow of your being outshines every star...
And on a clear day...
You can see forever and ever more."
-On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Clear days for me included REMEMBERING God first thing in the morning.
Clear days for me include REMEMBERING to spend some time outside each day.
Clear days for me include REMEMBERING to look those I love, those I talk to, those I meet in the eyes...and truly listen.

Clear days are the very BEST days...how can I REMEMBER to create them every day?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

tell your story

 I am thrilled to be a part of the TELL YOUR STORY WORKSHOP FOR TEENS this summer!!!!  It is a workshop that is designed to inspire and educate those 13-18 years of age to express themselves through photography in positive and fulfilling ways.  They will learn how to use light, composition, and become more familiar with the settings on their camera!  Did I mention that was ANY CAMERA!?  Some very creative and inspiring women are working together to make this a wonderful experience!  For more information visit:  tellyourstoryworkshop.blogspot.com

Sunday, March 16, 2014


I remember this like it was yesterday-
Sophie and I waiting outside Ellie's guitar lesson at least 4 years ago...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

rise above her ankles

On Tuesday I called the orthodontist to set up an appointment for Ellie's braces.  They had an opening the next day or February 28th.  I chose this Wednesday.  They told me that she would need spacers as soon as possible that day...so I jumped in my car to find her at school.  "Why are you checking me out?" she asked cheerfully.  When I told her she was getting braces her smile grew from ear-to-ear!  It reminded me of my younger days---wanting braces and unwrapping a paperclip hoping it might at least look like a retainer!  (I don't think I was as enthusiastic when I finally did get braces as a junior in high school!)  The spacer installation took minutes so we rushed to her school for next year (JR HIGH) and registered her for classes.  She was confidant with the classes she chose and told me the school felt just right.  As we walked out those doors and to our car I held back a little bit and watched her walk---confidant, happy, and with the hem of her pants trying to rise above her ankles.  I felt a wash of joy and wonder...how did she grow up so quickly?

Monday, December 30, 2013

a date night for three

It is snapshot with the phone...
the quality of the image is nothing to be excited about...
but the gaps in her teeth, her hair past her shoulders, sitting on her dad's lap
(yes his legs are running along the bench...we are classy like that at Nielsen's)
make me want to remember this image forever.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

snowshoeing with sisters

We are never quite so adventurous until Annie comes home.
Snowshoeing with these two was one of my very favorite memories this Christmas.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas morning

May Christmases always be as magically as this morning felt today~

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Early on a November morning...by sweet friend Catie drove up with us to the family cabin at Sundance...to freeze her tail off...like no friend has ever done before!...to take our family's pictures.  Thanks for suffering frostbite for us---dear Catie!!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Grandparent Party

We had our annual GRANDPARENT PARTY!!!  Sophie and I played a duet of Good King Wenceslas on the piano.  Kate and Ellie played the songs they had learned for their Christmas Concert this year.  To the grandmas we gave duvet slippers (Restoration Hardware).  To Papa Davis we have a hands-free magnifying glass (Restoration Hardware).  To Papa Miller we gave him the final revision/edit of his life history!  We hope all of the grandparents will write their life histories so that we can give that gift again!!!