Tuesday, February 9, 2016



This young woman and I share a happy place in common.
Imagine my delight when Margie was eager to do her senior photos there!


She spends time there year round on the trails.



We spent a little time enjoying the exercise...


and the natural beauty.

Margie family

It was such a gorgeous evening that the rest of the family couldn't resist coming along.
Even Grandma.


This is a young woman whose beauty and strength shine in everything she does.
Margie, I wish you the very best as you seek the right path into your future.
You have already learned to find pleasure in the simple beauty of life--
that's one of the most important things you will ever need to know.
Blessings to you on your way!

Monday, February 8, 2016



Meet Jen.
She's a survivor.

Faces of Diego

And meet Diego...


...her right hand dog.
He's a lifesaver.
The love they share is beautiful.

J and D 6

Jen has had to overcome a lot of things.
One was breast cancer.
Another was 6 1/2 years of the demands of military service
as an army medic and mechanic.
She has also overcome a lot of challenges to get her degree
and become a licensed electrician.
She will tell you that if not for her animals,
she doesn't know how she would have made it this far.

J and D 9

But then I look at Diego.
I don't think he would have gotten too far if Jen hadn't rescued him, either.

J and D 5


We got together at Jen's lifelong stomping grounds
for a special celebration.


It was her birthday,
and the day she got the news that she is now four years cancer free.
Being the Vikings fan that she is,
she had a quick little wardrobe addition to commemorate the occasion.
(And since the new quarterback is #5, she's all set for next year too.
Do you suppose it's even remotely possible that in celebration of FIVE years
the Vikings could make it to the Super Bowl for her?)
As luck would have it,  her latest work project has been
WAAAAY up in the rafters of their new stadium construction.
Better her than me!!


Since our session at the park,
Jen has rescued another dog to share in the fun.
I look forward to meeting Tonka!


Jen, I'm so glad that you and Diego found each other,
and thankful for all the good things God has brought into your lives over the past year.
And I'm especially glad you are capturing so many treasured moments in photos.
It's hard for the challenges to stay at the forefront


in the face of so much joy.