The race marked out for us

Some very special kids enjoyed a celebration in their honor this past Saturday morning.   The 34th annual BACH Roll ‘n Stroll brought together VIPs from all around Brazoria County: BACH ECI staff and volunteers …   puppeteers …   and a friendly cow with questionable spelling skills.   Roll ‘n Stroll teams took their positions …   … and the Danbury High School…

Lovely Birthday Girl, then and now

Today is my mama’s birthday!   Looking through the earliest boxes of slides taken by my grandmother Lydia (my mom’s mother-in-law), I’ve been thrilled to find lots of great shots of young Jane.  Here are a couple of my favorites.  Isn’t she just the loveliest girl?!   My parents met at Southwestern University, where my dad’s next-younger sister was also a student.  Here they…

Nearly 71 years ago

I recently inherited 15 large boxes containing an estimated 23,000 slides.  Many were taken by my great-grandfather, Frank K. Stevens, but the vast majority were taken by my grandmother, Lydia Stevens Shepherd.  My plan is to work through the boxes in chronological order and share some of my favorites here as I go.   These photos were included in my grandmother’s first box but…

Something new

2014 ruined me for normal life.  I guess traveling around the country with folk rock stars will do that to you.  (If by some strange chance you don’t know which folk rock stars I’m talking about, ask me and I’ll be happy to fill you in.) You can look at the scarcity of posts on this blog to see that my head just has…

This scamp …

This scamp … … took my picture today!   I was maroon-faced, sweat-soaked, hair slicked back, worn out after 5 hours of photographing lots of tiny dancers — none of that mattered when McKamey reached for my camera and said “PICTURE!” She’s a fellow photographer, after all, and had been busy with her mom’s phone camera while waiting on me to get to her….

Sunrise Alleluia

Is every sunrise this breathtakingly gorgeous? I wouldn’t know because I typically sleep right through them.  Today I was up, though.  I was with my Friends at Surfside Beach, remembering that the tomb is empty and giving thanks for the great love of the Father. Taking photos had not been part of the plan so my camera was left at home.  Who knew THIS…

One Wonderfully Made Day

Each day tells a new story in the book that is your life.  Some of the stories are joyous, some are bittersweet, and some are comfortingly uneventful. Do you keep mental snapshots of those days?  Would you like to also have photographs that document your stories? One Wonderfully Made Day is a different kind of portrait session – one that aims to observe and…

Did you know that Heaven is very green and rocky?

Four years ago my family spent two weeks in heaven.  You may know it by its earthly name, IRELAND, but we know it is really heaven.  In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I invite you to travel back there with me by revisiting 15 posts from my old blog.  Relax, take your time, and enjoy your visit! This journey is divided into 15 parts….

How to become a bathing beauty in 12 easy steps

I have a tutorial to offer you today, and the lovely and talented Haley has graciously agreed to serve as our instructor. We begin with Step 1:  Relax and just be your natural, fabulously beautiful self. Steps 2-5:  Gradually move toward the water, playfully drawing ever nearer. Steps 6-10:  Casually step/kneel/sit in the water, gasp at how shockingly cold it is, and then just…

Hmmmm

Did these just happen or were they … wonderfully made? With Your very own hands You formed me; now breathe Your wisdom over me so I can understand You. Psalm 119:73 MESSAGE