Legacy

December 1, 2015

Laina Rose 2015Hello friends! Most of you know I’ve taken a leap and gone back to school for Digital Photography. My first class is winding down, but not without a big final project! It’s been a wonderful learning experience and I’m leaving this class with even more ambition than when it began. I thought to share my final project with all of you since it’s something I’m so passionate about…just like this little space!

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The greatest gift I’ve been given in life is Laina and the opportunity to be her mother. She is part of my legacy.  In the short time we’ve had together so far, she has taught me a love so fierce I never knew existed. For that I am forever grateful.  Her Dad and I hope she values and holds pride in her family and all the earlier generations as much as we do.  Without them, we wouldn’t be blessed with our own life.  This project is an ever-evolving one; building a display of her beautiful family members and preserving their stories. Stories of happiness and achievements, storms weathered, places lived, places traveled, successes, failures, lessons learned, growth, love, loss and new life.

I can't help but wonder what Laina's legacy will be.

I can’t help but wonder what Laina’s legacy will be.

It's like we gave each other the greatest gifts...life and motherhood.

It’s like we gave each other the greatest gifts…life and parenthood.

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I want Laina to know where and from whom she came and continue to carry and share this beautiful legacy for generations to come.  So who is Laina’s family?

It sorta began with us...

Mom and Dad on our wedding day!

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This is Laina and her Nonnie (my Mom) Summer 2015. They are two peas in a pod; sharing the same level of love for shoes!

Laina's Italian family: Great Grandparents and her Pop-Pop. I love the large picture of my parents...

Laina’s Italian family: Great Grandparents and her Pop-Pop. She will not have the chance to meet her Pop-Pop or her great grandparents, but we will share their beautiful stories.

And so I began weaving Laina’s family together with a piece of twine. Pouring through a few dozen photographs of family members to build the pieces of her beautiful gallery, it’s humbling to see the life that was before my time. A snap shot of time shines a little light on happy moments from the past. Final Project-7

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One of my favorite photos of all time is this one of my Mom when she was pregnant with me! Taken two months before I was born, this photo was a gift to me at my own baby shower.

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Laina’s German great grandparents fresh out of high school. And her other Nonna and Grandpa on their wedding day.

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Laina’s family, weaved together. Grandparents and great grandparents on their wedding day and as children themselves! See Laina at the top left? Like she’s looking out at her family.

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Laina and her big brother, Finn. She holds him on the highest pedestal, as you can see, she wants to be just like him!

Over time, I look forward to taking Laina on a journey through her families’ past and ignite the many moments and stories of her past.  We hope she holds the same level of gratitude for her life as we do.

 

 

Gratitude

November 10, 2015

Well the season is full swing now, right? We are seeing sights and smells of the holiday season all around us. But first, let’s consider gratitude. Given the month of thankfulness, I’d like to take a moment and address the people and things I am so thankful for, every single day. Every day is truly a gift and I like to live each day to the fullest. That may sound cliche, but it’s true. I value life and finding the beauty in all the little things. It may be the way Laina’s hair is flying crazy while she runs around, the way the color of a flower is just, so perfect, the way I feel at the end of a long day, but it was enriched with learning. Here is a photographic tour of some recent moments that fill me with pride and gratitude. And those last two? Christmas card photo outtakes!thankful 2015 03 thankful 2015 01thankful 2015 02 thankful 2015 05 thankful 2015 04

So far, this fall has been chock full of fun! (Definitely beats my summer!) We picked apples with some of our besties and Laina and Jake smooched in the fields, as usual! I baked some killa pumpkin spice madelaines…you should try them! We went on hayrides, picked pumpkins, made chili, drank fall beer, and sat by bonfires. This is by far, THE BEST (and my favorite) time of the year. 

This year for thanksgiving will be very new and equally special. We have a whole new family in our life and a man that is making my Mom so happy, like we’ve never seen.  And so this Thanksgiving, his family and our family are going to have a great gathering and breaking of the bread at the table. I can’t wait.

So there you have it. I’m thankful for the people in these photographs, the moments we shared together and the dreams that are made each and every day. This is what gives me purpose, inspires me to do better and pushes me to be better. What are you thankful for?

Lessons in Lettering : 02

October 29, 2015

It’s been a little while since the first installment of Lessons in Lettering, so let’s get rolling already!  I’ve been practicing a few new hand lettering styles as well as perfecting with a new nib. Holy crap I LOVE the Brause 66 Extra Fine nib. Hello to those beautifully thin lines that have been hard to get until now!calligraphy

Today’s lesson, thanks to this awesome quote: Once in a while, blow your own damn mind. What’s that even mean? We are all human and can’t be perfect every day and maybe some days we can’t even put our best foot forward. But once in a while….once in a while, we can blow our own damn minds. With work, with our families and with any great life decision. What do you want? If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. And when you make it happen, you will totally blow your own mind. I plan to blow my own damn mind. I think each day I get closer….stay tuned! And for starters, I gotta say I’m super pumped that all these photos were shot in manual mode! (I’m gett’in it!) Do things you don’t think you can do and you will realize your capabilities. You’ll never know unless you try, right?calligraphy calligraphy calligraphy

Tell me, have you blown your own damn mind lately? What have you done?

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