Well, we’re back at the Laurelwood Inn in beautiful Coudersport, PA. This time, as you can see, we trailered the bike down to avoid getting wet and cold on the way down. Paul and Christine were there to welcome all … Continue reading
Let them eat …. pierogis??
My sweet daughter, Jodi, was asked to sing with her good friend, Nolan Jodes (aka Boy Jody) at Monday’s Facer European Festival. So, of course, the bearded guy and I had to go and support our girl. In case you … Continue reading
Alissa & Johnny are Engaged!
It’s funny how life brings you ’round in circles, isn’t it? See if you can follow this without getting dizzy. Alissa grew up living around the corner from my in-laws, where my kids spent most of their summer days. My … Continue reading
Carmen & Austin are getting married!
This pic is from a few years ago, but today they will look even more gorgeous! Wishing you nothing but happy times together on this YOUR WEDDING DAY!!!!
A couple of weekends ago the bearded guy and I embarked on our (now) annual pilgrimage to Coudersport, Pennsylvania to meet up with some friends and ride through the beautiful hills. Our numbers were down a bit this year, but … Continue reading
Lifting up our City
Again this year I had the honour of photographing the Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast. This event brings together leaders from our churches, communities, businesses and politics to share ideas which will make our city more compassionate. And to be inspired by … Continue reading
It’s in the Details
I love how the little details at a wedding set the tone for the whole event. Whether you are wanting a vintage feel or a romantic garden. I get to hear about these ideas in the planning stages when I … Continue reading
**An Indulgent Affair** Gala for YFC
I had the honour of being the official photographer again for the Youth Unlimited/Youth for Christ Winter Gala held this year at the Americana Hotel in Niagara Falls. This organization helps youth in our Niagara area in so many areas. … Continue reading
Looking forward …
2016 started out with so much promise and excitement. It ended with heartbreak for me and my family.
The year included some wonderful events. I was able to celebrate marriages both as a guest or as the photographer. There were learning opportunities for me, a milestone birthday for my husband and many other really great adventures.
The heartbreak came in the form of a fire in my daughter’s apartment, which took almost everything she and her boyfriend owned – including 2 of their pets. I am thankful to God that they weren’t home. And the following day my best friend died and my heart was shattered.
It’s rare to find a friend who touches you and knows you like she did. I don’t think you get more than 1 friend like that in a lifetime and I am forever grateful for the years we had and for all the pictures I have to remember her and the times we spent together. She was an amazing wife, mom and friend.
You never know when someone will be gone forever so I am jumping on my friend, David Anthony Williams’ bandwagon. Take lots of pictures of the people you love and even just like. But don’t just leave them on your camera or in digital form … print them off and fill your house with them! They will make you smile and remind you of great times you had together. And they will help to mend your broken heart … just a little.
Though my heart still aches I am going to move ahead. Even if that is an inch at a time for a while. I have to … because my friend wouldn’t want me to sit and cry – even if that is what I really feel like doing. I’ve got some ideas I want to explore and I will be launching some new ventures. So … here’s to 2017. To sharing old memories and making new ones.
Cecilia & Gus -Sweetness by the Sea
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea” Cecilia and Gus are sailors … in case you hadn’t guessed. This summer they spent a month out on the open waters … Continue reading