Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Before and After....

A picture can say a thousand words.... and these pictures are saying words of summer fun, flowers, green grass, meals on the deck, coffee with a view....and a house ready for lots of visitors!!
More details and photos coming soon....stay tuned!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope you all are enjoying, celebrating and thankful for the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other important women in your life! As I have been reflecting on the women in my life this week I continue to love the stories that are told through photographs...for those of you who know me or have been reading this blog that probably comes as no surprise.  I love those moments frozen in time...and just wanted to share a few. 

Mom and Christina

 A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  
-- Washington Irving

Grandma Ruth with my Dad

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see -- or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
-- Alice Walker
The Larson sisters... beloved Grandmother and Great-Aunts
Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. Such simple and sweet truth I too have and do remember not only from my mom, but from grandmothers, aunts and other great women of faith in my life as well.  Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

You Are Your Father's Daughter

Yes I know it is Mother's Day weekend...but in our family it is also Dad's birthday weekend!  These words "You are your father's daughter" have been uttered several times by my mother over the years...most recently when we were at Ruth's back in February.  This was our first visit since I had closed on the house and we were cleaning, fixing and getting things set up.  I found myself in the back of the closet under the stairs in the dining room - perched on my toes in a squat, wearing my head lamp, hammer in one hand, screwdriver in the other - prying layer upon layer of old flooring out of the closet.
It hadn't started that way - my job had been to vacuum the closet and then come back in with my rag and mop water to wipe down the floor (the seeming multiple layers of half torn out floor covering) Simple enough...right??
So one would think...and that was about the moment when my mom just laughed, shook her head and said "you are your fathers daughter" as I began my much more in-depth project that ended with a nice clean single layer of wood floor in the closet!
Colorado Loving, Adventure & Explore...with a little stubborn on the side! Thanks Dad!
It is true, I most definitely inherited the "do it right the first time..see what is around the corner or underneath.. adventure and explore" personality from my dad.  Over the years this has lead us to explore country roads just to see where they lead, local shops instead of the tourist markets when traveling or what might have been an hour long build a model house for a school project into a day long, but most well built and detailed project the teacher had ever seen.
My dad can fix just about anything, which I have greatly appreciated time and time again - and he has made it a point to teach me along the way for which I am grateful.  A little stubborn (blame that on our Dutch heritage), a sense of adventure and a desire to see things done well.  Thanks Dad for these gifts you have given me.  Happy Birthday to You!