Galena, Illinois was “born” in 1826. It is known as the town that time forgot. This beautiful town is filled with shops, candy, lots of chocolate, delicious coffee, great eateries and, apparently, ghosts! This is my bride, and we enjoyed celebrating 39 years together in Galena!
For us, January 1st is Happy Anniversary as well as Happy New Year. So, in honor of my bride: just look at those kids kneeling in stillness about to unfold a story to be told of their love just look at those kids praying and longing about to discover the path is so steep and love will require more than they know still here we are still telling a story older now somehow still here we are just look at those kids i do let’s go i’m yours your love is true through all the hurts pain and sorrow you still said yes through each tomorrow you love so well with grace and kindness staying by my side oh Ruth so grateful you’re by my side still here we are still telling a story older now somehow still here we are just look at those kids dear God thank you for the journey and for taking care of those kids and thank you for the gift of that high school girl who so long ago was kneeling beside me and still is
From a recent family birthday get together! Thanks for stopping by!
I am more comfortable photographing landscapes, and don’t feel as confident photographing people, but I like how this turned out from a recent wedding. Thanks for stopping by.
Our youngest son is getting married tomorrow... I walked into his room and reflected on what I found... dear son thank you for the empty room it tells me the time has come to see you journey on and say how proud i am of you dear son thank you for my heart is full it tells me that the time has come to listen to my memories and watch you make your own dear God thank you for your grace for me it tells me there is grace for him let him be so much more than me let him soar and sing and be a wonderful man a wonderful man who was once a boy to me
there are not enough words
in the world’s languages
to properly honor my mom
today I’ll choose two:
rest your eyes on her hands
a remarkable strength lies beneath
their frail appearance
when i greeted her this morning
her embrace was not only filled with love
it was filled with a force
that comes from deep within
i know her heart carries
and a weariness
that age and time have given her
her heart is also filled
with a near perfect combination
of strength of will and resolve
and a seemingly endless
river of love
in service of others
rest your eyes on her hands
hands that have worked so hard
to create a home
to clean and cook
to calm and reprove
– trust me when i tell you they are strong hands –
to hold and release
to serve all who entered her home
but these are just two words
shadows that dimly portray
my dear mom
I have so enjoyed spending some time on Long Island visiting my parents. Whenever I come back home I always take a walk in Eisenhower Park and visit the Veterans Memorial. This beautiful memorial serves as a tribute to the heroes of Nassau County. I also always go to Jones Beach. That will be the next post.
This is my dear mom who is… well, to be polite, she is above 90 years old. We try to get back to Long Island, NY a few times a year to visit with my family. COVID porevented an earlier trip this year and, this time, my wife needed to be at home, so I am here enjoying my parents who still live in the house I grew up in. We hung out on the front porch and just chatted away a few moments together. She carries a weight of sadness for all that she has seen in this world, but at any moment, she can laugh and get me laughing as well! Favorite quote so far: “You have to enjoy your home… when you think about it, for 60 years this home has kept us from getting wet.”
Took a stroll down Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square, Chicago with my oldest grandson. This is what we saw. Thanks for stopping by!
Traditionally, the family Christmas tree is set up the day after Thanksgiving, accompanied by a massive Christmas playlist. This year, with our kids gone to see in-laws, one living far away, and and one visiting his girlfriend’s families, it got done a day early. However, the one tradition that will happen today is that moment when all the day’s work is done (outside lights today), and we sit on the couch, turn off all the lights so that only the warm glow of the tree washes over us, and listen to Silent Night ( https://youtu.be/hTSkS0Abas4 ) by Mannheim Steamroller, arguably, the finest arrangement of that beloved hymn. May this season be filled with light and peace for you and yours.