Saturday, August 27, 2011

Life's Memories

I'm still adjusting to the news that we'll have a grandchild in April. This week I purchased my first gift for the new baby, and there's a story behind the gift.

When I was born my paternal grandmother gave my parents a baby book for me. It's not like any other baby book I've ever seen. It has pages to record school days, every childhood birthday, teen years, marriage, my anniversaries (all the way to my silver anniversary), and my great grandchildren.

When Heather was born I wanted a book like mine for her. All I could find in stores were baby books that were for the first year of baby's life or first 5 years. I did not have a computer or internet access then so my only options for shopping were the nearby stores.

I was in school for advertising design when I was pregnant with Heather, the same age my daughter is now. I had a lot of art supplies and tons of tracing paper, marker paper, etc. I decided to make Heather's baby book. The secretary on the farm where Marty worked came by one evening and taught me how to make the decorative cloth covered photo albums. I made one for Heather with lots of pink and lots of lace with her help. Within the pages I put traced copies of the pages of my baby book so I could keep a record for Heather similar to the one my mom kept for me.

from a page in my book:

Heather's first photo in her book:

My first photo in my book:

from mine:

from Heather's:

from mine:

from Heather's:

This week I decided to search for the book online in hopes it is still being published. I found the printer here and have ordered the baby book as my first gift for my grandchild. I an anxiously awaiting its arrival in hopes that it is just like my book and Heather's. I've written my grandmother a letter letting her know the legacy she began with my book continues with my grandchild.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Burgess Family Portraits

Last week I had the privelege of photographing one of my favorite families! I gave them several location ideas and they chose to take them at the river in Gruene, TX. This family loves the outdoors, especially where water is invoved so this location is perfect for them! Their oldest daughter just left to return to college and it's the first time this family will be so far from her. They wanted new family photos before she left.

20 Years together and obviously still so much in love

Father and daughter

Mother and son

brother and sister

Erica, may you have a blessed year in college! You will be missed by us all!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tube Time!

Our great friends John and Kendra and family have recently moved back to Texas and we are THRILLED to have them nearby again!!! Summer is quickly slipping by but we all took a break from weekend chores and they took a break from unpacking and getting settled to meet at our favorite place on the river. By the looks of it, it must also be a favorite place for many many people!






John & Kendra:

How I've missed my friends while they were stationed in Maryland!
Kendra and me:

My hunny and me:

The river was PACKED but still so fun!

There was much splashing...

...and even an attempt to stand up in my tube! Tada!

We are enjoying having such good friends closer to us again and look forward to making many more memories together!

Welcome home John and Kendra! We ♥ You!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Blessed Saturday

Matthew 18:1-3

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.


Matthew 28:19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,


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