A little change is good for the soul …

It’s not much … just a slight change.  A little softer and a little sweeter.  I’m finding my wings!  So it seemed appropriate to add them to my name. My photography journey has taken a great turn this year.  I’ve … Continue reading

February is for Youth

001I have the great pleasure of serving on the steering committee of Youth Unlimited (Youth For Christ) here in Niagara.  This past Thursday we held our 3rd annual fundraising banquet at the St.Catharines Holiday Inn (Ontario St).  This year’s theme was Hollywood Glamour and these ladies sure fit that bill!  These 3 lovely young ladies shared their stories of how YFC/Youth Unlimited had impacted and changed their lives.  They are amazing young women and we were so inspired by them.

Our Steering Committee Chair, Ernie Reimer of St.Catharines Building Supplies, thanked the many, many sponsors for an event like this.  Not the least of these was the Holiday Inn Hotel, St.Catharines who provided us with the facilities for this great event.  The place is truly beautiful and the food was outstanding!  We are so thankful for people in our community who see the potential in every young person and are willing to help!  Our musical guests were the Juliette Dunn Quartet who got us “jazzed” up with their fantastic music.  Great music, delicious food and a stocked silent auction rounded out our event.




Along the Red Carpet Walk into the banquet hall guests could take advantage of our photo booths and the assortment of accessories provided by the team.  Here are a few of the faces who stopped by for a pic that night.
















Under the Evergreen – The Willems Family

This is instalment number 2 of sharing portraits of my family.  Vickie is my youngest sister and you might recognize Hannah and Keith from their wedding pics.  This week was their first anniversary!  I love how much fun they all have together.  No matter what life throws at them, Kelly & Vickie are able to find a way to see the positive and come out smiling.

When I got married, Vickie was just a girl.  When she got married I was very pregnant with my second child.  And now both of us have adults instead of kids.  Time really flies.  Before you know it we’ll all be old and … well, not grey because Hannah will take care of our hair.

So, here are the Willemses!


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I finally get to show off my son.  He’s a busy guy and hard to get time with.  So, this year as my Christmas gift from him, I asked for an hour of his time.  He just smiled and said … “sure, mom …. when do you want to get together?”  Well, when the snow started to fall yesterday and covered the ground I called and he came. 

My dad gave each of his kids a package of old photos of us at Christmas this year.  When I went through them, I realized that there were pictures of us as young kids and pictures from our weddings and our families.  There was a whole chunk of our lives – when we were young adults – that was missing.  Other than those horrible school photos, our teen years were, mostly, nonexistant on film.  I’ve missed that opportunity with my kids and am searching for as many pics from those years as I can find.  My goal this year is to take beautiful pictures of my family members – no matter what their age.  To not have any more gaps.  My family is precious!  Your family is precious!  Make sure you have beautiful photos of all the years of your lives.

So … here’s the first installment of my Family Portrait Series 2014.  James.


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The Lights of Rio Lane

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Christmas time is here … filled with love and cheer.  And you sure can see it over on Rio Lane.

Every year the folks who live on this circle in the north end of St.Catharines go all out to bring smiles to the faces of the people who visit them.  Starting on the first Advent weekend, all the homes and the circle are aglow with twinkling lights, balloon characters and the message of Christmas.

Those who visit get to help spread the Christmas cheer to those who are in need by contributing to the collection barrels placed along the street.  Non-parishable food items and toys are delivered each week to be given to families in need this season.

When I was a kid I loved it when my dad would drive us around the city at Christmas time to see the houses all lit up.  When we had kids, we just had to walk across the way to visit our neighbours on Rio.  On those winter nights when big, fluffy flakes of snow started falling it was absolutely magical!

Our kids are all grown now, but I still get a little excited when the lights are switched on for the first time each season.  It’s probably not enough to be seen from space, but it doesn’t matter.  I can see it from my front window and it makes me smile.  Merry Christmas, all!



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Sweet Young Things – University Bound

Meet Carmen and Austin!  No, they are not engaged … just dating.  But they are celebrating one year as a couple and they are both leaving on Monday for university.  Starting a new adventure.  So exciting!  Stepping into adulthood and independence.  I’m  a little jealous and a little proud.  I’ve known Carmen since she was little and have watched her grow into a beautiful, confident young woman.  She’s pretty fantastic!  And I know Austin has to be pretty fantastic because Carmen wouldn’t choose a guy who wasn’t.

So I am wishing them much success and will be praying for them.  They are two bright lights for our future!  And it shows in their faces.


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