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Warmth

We have a lot of excitement and anticipation in our home this evening.   It is snowing!!  Will there be school tomorrow?  Or will the kids get to hear the those much anticipated words ringing in their ears – “No school, it’s a snow day”!   Honestly I’m not sure who has more excitement, the kids or me.  Snow is very nostalgic for me and it brings back so many fun memories – sledding, snow men, hot cocoa, bon-fires, ski trips with family and close friends, and the warmth of the fire while cuddled under a warm blanket with a good book.  Today’s image is a reminder of warmth.  Is there anything warmer than a child’s bright eyes, rosy cheeks, and drooling smile?  Whether young or old, little ones warm the heart and make people smile.

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Poise

I was recently very honored to have been asked to second shoot the Nutcracker Ballet Dress Rehearsals for “The Dance Theater of Pennsylvania”. This experience gave me a huge boost in confidence in my abilities and really broadened my experience and technical skills.  In photography, as with many art forms, there will always be more to learn, but I’m very thankful for this particular opportunity to learn while capturing life, beauty and art.  If you are ever given the opportunity, I highly recommend this production.  The sets are incredible, the costumes magnificent and the quality of the performances extraordinary.  Not being a dancer, the grace and poise of the dancers amazed me with every turn, jump, point, or move.  They have incredible strength and stamina and their dedication to ballet was evident.  Periodically I will post images from my recent experience with the ballet.  I hope the images give you a flavor for the production, or perhaps inspire you or your little one to dance.

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Nostalgia

My son, Samuel, received a gift card to Game Stop for Christmas.  It is like money just burns a whole in this child’s pocket – he can’t wait to spend it!  He asked me to take him to Game Stop today to use the gift card.  My husband, John, said “Sam, I think you are barking up the wrong tree.”  John knows that video games are my least favorite past time.  With that, Sam asked John, with great urgency, to take him to spend the gift card that might have disappeared into thin air if not spent today.  When he came home he had a “Donkey Kong” game.   I suppose it is the latest and greatest edition of “Donkey Kong”, but it brought back childhood memories.  We didn’t have a game system at home growing up – my sisters and I were too active, or too involved and not interested, or my parents felt the same way about them as I do, or maybe they were just out of reach financially, not sure – but we played the games at my Aunt’s house when visiting.  So, needless to say, “Donkey Kong” was not a foreign name to me and I thought “how nostalgic”.   The moment of nostalgia reminded me of the days gone by when kids played “pick-up sticks”, board games, marbles, cards, or “Yhatzee” – remember that one?   I remember playing it with my grandmother at her kitchen table.

A friend said to me yesterday that her children were having a “video game withdrawal day”.  I loved it!  They were “just” playing yesterday; building with Legos, playing trains or kitchen or store.  In other words, using their imaginations.  I’m so thankful that all three of my children do prefer to “just” play and use their imaginations or run around outside as opposed to playing video games all of the time.  Of course John and I steer them in that direction, but we think it is important and I hope that all of you are able to encourage, or perhaps convince, your children to do the same in 2011.  Encourage them to enjoy the world around them and use it to create fun.   There is so much of it to be had!

Some of our favorite family games and past times include: dominoes, “Yhatzee”, puzzles, playing any sport outside,  hiking, or just cuddling up with good books.

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Stover-Myers Mill

Joshua has been studying the Revolutionary War at school.  As a result, we recently went on a Revolutionary War Adventure around Buck’s County.  This image is of the Stovers-Myer Mill.  It was in the same family for almost 150 years and was built prior to 1800.  It was originally a grist mill, later converted to a saw mill.  We think the stone in the image is an old grinding stone.

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Love

When my father was alive one of his hobbies was reading.  He was also a man with great faith.  The combination of these two things resulted in him reading the Bible front to back 13 times.  This number does not include the years he read just one testament or the other .  This fact about my father always inspired me.  Thus, I’ve attempted a couple of times to begin this task – making the effort during the first part of January, usually the first two to three days, and failing miserably.  This year however, I am taking on the challenge with some friends from church.  It is almost like a “double dog dare” to do this.  Now I feel pressure to succeed.  I now have accountability.  With that said, as I was reading this morning I came across the following verse: Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8.  As I thought about this verse I couldn’t help but think of the image I have of my sister on her wedding day.  After all, marriage is one of the greatest commitments of love one can make.

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Strength

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest

fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light,

not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves,

‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your

playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing

enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel

insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the

glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s

in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we

unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence

automatically liberates others.”

Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech

I saw this quote today and it really  moved me.  My neighbor and dear friend gave me an orchid for Christmas.  The meaning of orchid includes love, beauty, luxury and strength.  The quote above reminded me of the orchid.  Be strong and let your light shine.  For you never know when your inner beauty and strength will move someone in a life changing way.

The Orchid - love, beauty, luxury, and strength
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Back to reality

Daisy’s expression says it all….back to reality today.  Vacation is over and we’re all back to the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives.  The boys were not ready to go to school this morning.  Gracie on the other hand couldn’t wait to go to school and show her friends her Chicago Bear’s Jersey.  God bless her she has no idea that her friends are Eagles or Giants fans and don’t even know who the Bears are at the ripe old age of 3.  It is so obvious her life it centered around her brothers.  Daisy was “pouty” wishing someone was around to throw the ball, or to steal food from. I was sad to see the kids go back to school, but the peace and quiet around the house was ever so pleasant for the few hours it lasted.   I’m hoping all of you had a good day getting back in the swing of things.  Enjoy your week!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome to my blog.  Let me tell you a little about myself.  Photography has been a hobby for many years, I won’t tell you exactly how long because childhood was awhile ago and I don’t want to disclose my age. 😉 More recently, I suppose since the births of my children, it has become a passion with a goal of capturing life and documenting special moments.  In 2010 I took the “next” steps to further my skills and knowledge of the world of digital photography.   Starting this blog is an example of me stepping outside my box.  In other words, it is a HUGE leap on my part.  I am usually pretty private and fear throwing myself out there and risking any negative feedback.  But, it is a new year, and I decided to take a risk and “publish” some of my work and invite new opportunities in photography.

Many of my favorite images are stills, landscapes or obscure objects that keep people guessing.   I think that keeps it fun.  Don’t get me wrong, I have many images of people that make me say “wow, I love it”.  You will eventually find both types of work here and I hope you find something within each image to make you smile, wonder, or simply say “Wow.”  Everyday is filled with blessings and I tend to find them most often in the simple things.  I don’t need frills to make me happy and appreciate the little things in life.  I hope you see that in my work.

With that, I invite you to stop by and visit any time.  With three very active children there may periodically be lapses between posts, but my goal is to tickle your fancy with a new image as often as possible – at least once a week???

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,

Robyn

My Trio

 

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