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Month: December, 2013

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1,461.  lazy steam rising off coffee

Another thousand down in 2013. I wish everyone who sees this would join me by starting their own list of whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, and anything excellent or praiseworthy. It’s the best thing I do. 

Happy 2014  : )

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933. fresh December air

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1935. crocheted snowflakes on trees

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961. my grandmother’s angel will go on my tree one day

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942. books wrapped in newspaper

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941. Christmas socks

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952. Daddy’s conservative wrapping jobs

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930. listening to Burl, Nat, and Ella as we decorate the tree

“Our God who breathes stars in the dark – He breathes Bethlehem’s Star, then takes on lungs and breathes in stable air. We are saved from hopelessness because God came with infant fists and opened wide His hand to take the iron-sharp edge of our sins.

“Our God who forms and delivers the black of the heavens – He waits patient like an embryo in a womb and delivers Himself to free you. We are saved from forever pain, because God pierced the dark and came to the pin-point of us in the universe and took the nails. 

“Our God who cradles whole inking galaxies in the palm of His hand, whom highest heavens cannot contain – He folds Himself into our skin, and He uncurls His newborn fingers in the cradle of a barn feeding trough . . . and we are saved from ourselves.

“We are saved from our loneliness because God is love and He can’t stand to leave us by ourselves, to ourselves. 

“That is the message of Christmas. The message of Christmas is not that we can make peace. Or that we can make love, make light, make gifts, or make this world save itself.

“The message of Christmas is that this world’s a mess and we can never save ourselves from ourselves and we need a Messiah.

“For unto us a Child is born.”

 – Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

 

Keela & Andrew

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They’re one of my favorite couples around.

I had been wanting to take a couple to a tree lot when Keela asked for a mini Christmas card session. And oh, we had fun. It’s days like this one that keep me loving portraits. Andrew and Keela – thank you for being so fun and easy to shoot and so, so encouraging the last few weeks. I love you two and hope your second Christmas as man & wife is merry and bright.

In other news – less than 24 hours until I get to watch It’s A Wonderful Life. They don’t call it the most wonderful time of the year for nothing.

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530. Lacy’s handwriting

1,795. encouragement on Post-It notes

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…make sure you double check which state park you’re meeting your clients at before you drive two hours to the wrong one. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

I have been working with Carrie and Adam since they were expecting Eden, and last month I got to meet the rest of their family. We caught the last of the autumn colors and had lots of fun.

Thank you for asking me to do these, Ms. Patti! You are such a good friend to me. I hope these pictures help with Christmas cards this year.   : )

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1,710. brown leaves on grey cement stairs