Monday, January 6, 2014

Buried

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We have been away from home for over two weeks.
Traveled 3400 miles.

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Yesterday we drove home through this.

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It was…interesting.

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We were two degrees short of a 100 degree spread over the course of our trip:
 as high as 78º in the mountains of West Virginia,
and as low as -20º (awaiting us at home).
A fine "How do you do?"

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But if you think we're crazy, these people made us look pretty level headed.


Anyway, now I am buried in photo memories too numerous to count,
processing all of the treasured moments with our family in

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North Carolina
(my brother's entire family), 

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Georgia
(Lee's whole family),

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and Florida
(my dad and his wife Jeannie).

About those family photos:
You can't control the weather.
You can't control the agenda.
You can't make the people come to the right place
when the light is perfect,
especially during a season where daytime is short.
They may not be up for much organizing.
They are in the middle of a pool game, for heaven's sake.

When it comes to family photos, only one thing is required.
Attendance.
Chances are, at some point, you can get them to come.
Make it as painless as possible so they will want to come back.

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And then get the really great shots when they are just doing what they do.

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It was a glorious trip.
And now, 
I have a book to make.
With lots more pictures.

What a privilege
to be buried in blessings.

5 comments:

Givinya De Elba said...

What a great time away! And lovely pics of course, as usual!

Life with Kaishon said...

What a privilege to be buried in blessings. I concur.

Skeller said...

Yay for vacation and for family and for God keeping you safe in bad travel weather. Yay, too, for landscape photography thru car windows. And YIKES! How many bikes on one car is that?!?!?! And put some books on your kiddos' heads. They both look like they grew a foot just since my last visit to your blog!

MaryD said...

Laughing. Oh the family photos. :) You do such a good job with these somewhat reluctant subjects!

And as always, your blog and your photos are wonderful.

Tracy P. said...

Ha, Mary, "attendance, not attire" is my new mantra!!