lots to be thankful for

It almost seems cliché anymore to say we are blessed, like some lame facebook hashtag. We have health, happiness, a roof over our heads and food on the table. We have each other. That’s a whole heck of a lot more than so many people have these days. God has provided for us, as he always does, despite worries and doubts. My gratefulness is without measure. There is so much poverty and struggling around us here in Clarksville and God has really opened my eyes to it. It always seems so much more poignant this time of year.

We had Thanksgiving with our friends at their house but we prepped our contributions of the food to take over there here at home. After a little parade watching, Paige helped me make all the glorious sides that make the perfect Thanksgiving feast.


a day at mr. washington’s

We had a great time today with the Thurmans touring George Washington’s Mount Vernon. We learned so much history and were truly inspired by the beautiful estate and the man who called it home. Paige got to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at Washington’s tomb.

national aquarium

Today we went to the National Aquarium in Baltimore with the Whitsons. Naturally, this post is full of the aquarium back shots.

baby girls

We needed a vertical of the three of them for a project Lori is working on.  It’s rather flat light and there are limb chops galore but I think it will do for what she needs.  Getting these three goofs to cooperate at the same time is almost impossible.



Okay, so there’s a story here. Raleigh is TERRIFIED of my camera. Like legitimately terrified. You can’t tell from the pictures but he’s violently trembling and Jeremiah is having to hold him down. If we are outside and I pull one out, he will willingly abandon his family and run for the hills. Which if you know Raleigh, is crazy talk.

The weird thing is, he wasn’t always this way. When I used my Rebel and nifty fifty, he would pose all day long. It wasn’t until I upgraded to my Mark II and fab lenses that he started this behavior. The only thing I can think of is it’s the mechanic sounds the lens makes when it is focusing (particularly my 85) that scares him.

Anyway, here is Raleigh. Pictures of him are rare, like catching an illusive wild animal.