Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Breathe {Inspiration for Wednesdays}

Funny...I was wondering what I should write about today, when a friend of mine called a few minutes ago.  Actually, her 5 year old called, declared she wanted to get a present for my daughter and asked what I thought M would like.  After I gave her a few ideas (don't want to list them here, just in case that girl of mine reads this!) the little girl put her mom on the phone.  At that, my friend (we'll call her A), told me the story...

A had gone to visit her grandmother, now in a nursing home, a few weeks back.  As they came to the end of their visit, A's grandma wanted to give her something.  Of course, she is not allowed to have a lot of things, and especially valuable things, living where she lives - just in case they go missing.  But A's grandma opened a drawer and in it was a ziploc bag within which was a Hershey Bar and $40.  She handed it to A, despite protests, and was adamant about A taking it as a gift.

After she left, A called her dad and expressed to him how guilty she felt about taking grandma's money.  She didn't really need it, and was sure grandma needed it much more!  But A's dad told her to take it, and to teach her kids something through it.

A came home and began to tell her kids a story.  It was a story about a grandma who had always been generous and still was.  A story about how her generosity taught her son (A's dad) to be generous and in turn, that son taught his daughter lessons in generosity.  It was a story about seeds planted in the soil of a family, and how they had grown multiple times over so that now generosity was part of the native landscape of the family.

A explained to her kids that even though she was given this money from her grandma, she didn't really think it was hers.  She explained to them that it was for each of them....each would get $10 to buy a gift for someone else.  And thus, she began watering the seeds of generosity for a new generation.

May we all practice generosity this week - whether we do it from a family culture that has taught us to be generous or whether we are planting fresh seeds in our own lives and families.  May we water that generosity so it grows and grows still more.  And may we reap the harvest of abundance that a generous life brings.

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Siblings...Some Things Never Change {West Seattle Family Photography}

Instead of going shopping on Black Friday, I went and hung out with this much fun!!  

I love the picture on the left...with siblings, some things never change!!  I am not sure what brother is getting blamed for, but it is two against one and I think he is about to lose!

Of course, with so many family members gathered in one place, this little pumpkin just assumes they are there to be her playground....which is totally true!!

(Until she tires of the grownups!)

I love the smiles and laughter of this family....(I don't really want to know what was going on behind me to evoke these reactions!!)

Near the end, it was the grownups turn to really play!  Evidently, this is something the two of them did as kids!

Thank you H Family!!  It was wonderful to spend time with you!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Kiss Me: Sally and Max {Seattle Engagement Photography}

Sally and Max are getting married!! And I am invited to photograph their wedding in August!!

They are fun, in love...

...and they both have great shoes!!  :)

Seriously though....I had such a great time with these two!   I can tell they have a great time together no matter where they are or what they are doing!

(They both wanted their chance to get a piggy-back!!)

See you in August, Sally and Max!!  I can't wait!!

There are a few more on the Red Thread Images Facebook page (although I hope it works, because I've been having issues with FB lately)...or you can go to Red Thread Google Plus

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

You say grace before meals.
All right.
But I say grace before the play and the opera,
And grace before the concert and pantomime, 
And grace before I open a book,
And grace before sketching, painting,
Swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing;
And grace before I dip the pen in the ink."
~GK Chesterton

May we all say grace...a lot!!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Breathe, smile and go slowly!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Full of Laughter {Federal Way Family Photography}

Sometimes sunshine (or non-rain) happens...and when it does, it is always good to know that there is a spontaneous family waiting to be photographed!  These guys are friends of mine and I was supposed to photograph them later this week, but when the weather looked good, I called them Saturday morning to see if they were available that afternoon.  Thank you P Family...

J & K (aka Mom and Dad) are amazing people!  They let me know that they hadn't had a family picture since their youngest was a she is 12.  I would say pictures were long overdue!

I, A & A (aka The Kids) are equally wonderful people!  They are all uniquely talented, wonderful with people and they really like each other!  There was so much laughter involved in this was such a pleasure just to be there!

(Of course, before you get too enamored by the P Family, we had to let you see a little of their "dark side" too!!)

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these pictures with Mom!!  K is so full of life and has a smile that fills up a room!  Obviously, it also works magic on her kids!

Love these ones the color on the top one, and the expression in the bottom one.

Thank you, thank you, thank you P Family!!  It really was such an honor to photograph your fun together!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Couple of Head Shots {Graham Senior Photography}

When the weather turns cold here, we have to take any nice moment we can get.  These two ladies needed head shots for their yearbook and we happened to get a nice afternoon (sunny, but cold...brrr!)

I think they are both just beautiful and can't wait to photograph each of them during a longer session, but wanted to get at least one picture of each of them on the blog...

Meet Mackenzie...

 ....and Morgan!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

Does God still speak out of burning bushes?  I have not seen one crackling, in the midst of flames lately, but I pass by this vibrant sapling - ablaze with painted on fire - all the time.  And while it may not shout out from the inferno, it whispers to me words of wisdom.

I love the fall!  I love the colors of the leaves - yellows, oranges, reds - and to be honest I wish they could adorn the branches all winter long.  In the gray Pacific Northwest, colorful trees would provide a luminous delight during the long, dark days of winter.  But alas, it cannot be so.  Our decorated autumn lasts only briefly; the leaves soon relax their grip on the branches and allow the wintertide wind to carry them away.

It is an amazing process!  The tree in its most glorious moment, when it could hold on and relish all its beauty, color, and majesty, instead lets go.  It stands in beauty aflame for merely a moment or two, and then surrenders it all to the whim of the wind.  How sad to watch this sort of death...especially when these exquisite leaves fall on the sidewalk or street, only to be trodden upon or run over - forgotten with the next powerful storm.

But the falling of glory may prove to be a grace.

The tree knows the wisdom of creation...without letting go of its glory, it could not withstand the weight of the snow and ice to come.  In order to get ready for another season, it must kiss goodbye its grandeur, chose nakedness and wait for the gifts of winter. Without yielding, it would break under far too heavy a weight.

So does God still speak out of burning bushes?  I think so. 

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Class of 2012: Emily {Spanaway Senior Photography}

Meet (another) Emily...a strong, beautiful member of the class of 2012!

Emily is resilient, focused and knows where she is headed.  It was an honor to spend time with her!
(And, by the way, the picture below is one of my favorites!!)

And this one too...

....and this one too!!  (Why do I have to pick just one?)

Thanks for the privilege of photographing you, Emily!  There are a few more on the Red Thread Images Facebook page...if you are interested!