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A Very Special Thank You to a Very Special (Extended) Family

I’m far too excited to sleep. I’ve only got 2 weeks left in the semester! I’ve been up for hours researching Master’s programs and trying to decide if I want to move away when I begin working on my PhD. That’ll be a few years from now but I’ve actually been thinking of moving much sooner. My kids are all grown and everybody’s on their own, pretty much, but I can’t leave my mother, so I’m sticking around this ole town. At least for a year or two more. (But it’s in the cards.)

The major hurdles are over this semester and I’ve only got my term paper on OCD to tighten up and two finals remaining. That’s reason to celebrate. 🙂 The mood around the house is jovial and I’m feeling packed full of love!

For anyone who may be reading this who has chosen to follow my blog and has offered your support over the weeks, months, and years, both emotionally and artistically, I want to take this time to thank you. I started out writing this blog so that my kids could have a piece of me when I’m gone. And, so perfect strangers might read my story (BIO) and see my pics and be inspired. I’ve had a lot of hard knocks in this world, but they’ve only served me. I like to tell people that the more cuts you have in your stone, the greater your shine, and that’s so true.

What’s started out as a lone walk through bloggie land (more than three years ago) has turned into me claiming several hundred of you as family, and you certainly are. You’ve supported me, held me together (stapled, tied and glued!), encouraged me when I was downtrodden, and made me laugh when I thought it impossible. I love all of you. ♥ Oh! And thanks a whole heap extra for encouraging me to hang in there when I wanted to quit school (a million times)!

Thank you guys- friends and strangers alike. Here are some flowers for you. 🙂 MUCH LOVE. xo And Oloriel, if you’re reading this, the 2nd pic is especially for you. I thought of you when I was editing it- it totally reminds me of you. :0)

Taken two days ago- Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/2.4 vintage film lens
(I’m totally in love with this rocking lens.)


One more thing. SAMI, if you’re reading this, I want you to know that I MISS YOU VERY MUCH. I hope things are well, and I hope you’re still toughing out that journalism major! I also hope “other situations” are better too. I miss our many chats. Lots of love to you. X

9 responses

  1. Yay!!! Congratulations on finishing up the semester! These photos are amazing! I agree, that the more cuts we have in our stone, the more we can shine. Somedays, it’s easier to see that than others, but I would like to thank YOU for helping me remember it on those difficult days.

    You deserve all the love and encouragement in the world!!! 🙂 ❤

    April 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    • And likewise to YOU, Amy. :0) I hope your marriage and (situation “B” heheh) are going really well! I’m very happy that you found your lucky star and are madly in love and have all the happiness that YOU deserve in the world. Thanks for always putting a smile on my face- from either encouraging words or making me almost pee on myself from laughing so hard. Love you. :0) XO

      April 20, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      • Hahaa!! Situation “B”. That is AWESOME! Do you mind if I use that? 😀

        April 21, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      • Why of course not. 🙂

        April 21, 2015 at 8:08 pm

  2. Claude O

    Oh, Poop!

    Put the damn books down an’ let’s go Metal Detecting!!! :))

    April 21, 2015 at 8:15 am

  3. stunning

    April 22, 2015 at 1:16 am

  4. elmediat

    Beautiful realities to open mind & spirit. 🙂

    April 28, 2015 at 3:01 pm


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