HAPPY EASTER

• April 17th, 2017 •

 

HAPPY EASTER

I hope you had a wonderful Happy Easter!  It’s been quite a week over here at the farmhouse leading up to Easter.  It all started with a call to photograph my neighbor, Liz Hopkins of Mt. Airy Farm, for a local magazine.  Up at 6 a.m. to catch the light!  I am not a morning person but would do anything for Liz!  I caught this image as I walked up to the barn.

 

Mt. Airy Farm is situated behind my house and I have the most glorious views of it all the time!  I joke that it is indeed mine and I have the most wonderful people looking after it!  One of the reasons I bought this old farmhouse was the view!  But little did I realize I would get neighbors that you only dream about; ones that are always there for you, no matter what.  You can’t put a price on that!

Liz had posted that one of the sheep had twins so it was time to photograph her and Jim (and Jack and Jill) for the article as well as some chickens and a photo of the barn itself.  So this was the beginning of Holy Week!  What a beginning it was to see two beautiful lambs enter the world.  A couple of days later, Liz sent out another e-mail saying another sheep gave birth…triplets!!!  I cannot wait to wander over and take photos of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus!!  Stay posted on that one!!

Friday found me at Holy Family Church for the Passion.  I am always moved by the Passion and its message.  I am reminded of what the Bald Ballerina wrote on Easter Sunday:

Easter is one of my favorite holidays because nature so perfectly mirrors the religious celebration of the resurrection. I love seeing trees that appeared dead a few months ago suddenly burst into bloom. I love seeing leaves pushing through the bare earth followed by golden daffodil blossoms. Spring and Easter celebrate the rebirth of the spirit and the hope for a better future.

For people like me who are living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, every clear scan gives us hope that perhaps our cancer winter is ending and that the spring of remission has arrived. My philosophy was beautifully stated by designer Lilly Pulitzer:

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s Spring.”

Such a moving message from someone who is suffering from Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer.  I am hoping for a miracle for this beautiful girl who gives us so much in so many ways!

Saturday rolled around and as I prepped for my photo session with Paula, a beautiful woman who happens to be a ballerina, I could not help but reflect on what it is that I do; create beautiful images that empower women!  In the interim, it is I who am empowered as my subjects inspire me and make me want to create beautiful images and to continue to learn and grow.   My spirits soar; I am lifted to new heights and so grateful that I continue to do what I love to do best, be a photographer.

I woke up on Easter Sunday to the Ren Man’s breakfast…pancakes, sausages, topped with maple syrup and a pot of coffee all enjoyed on our front porch; country living at its best! Church is only a few minutes away so I delayed my trip to the last minute.  What was I thinking?  It took me nearly 20 minutes to get to 214!!  However, it was worth the hassle.  It was lovely seeing so many young families attend Mass. The children were all dressed in their finest clothes and the mothers looked beautiful.  It rivaled anything you would see at the Royal gathering on Easter Sunday.  But what would Mass be without a few children being ornery or the siblings elbowing and teasing each other?  Mom’s stern reprimand and look was all it took.  I chuckled to myself because it wasn’t long ago I was in a similar situation.  Anyone knowing my boys when they were younger knows exactly what I mean. I wanted to hug the moms and say to them, “Enjoy the ride for one day they will be grown up and you will wonder to yourself, “when did this happen?”

After church, back to the farmhouse for a glass of sherry.  It was a lovely indulgence.  Quick lunch and garden work all afternoon, well, let’s say one hour for the writer.  It’s exhausting but fulfilling.  Our garden isn’t in top shape and needs a lot of TLC but we are getting there, bit by bit.  I am loving the blooms of the Dogwood tree this year.  I’ve not seen it so beautiful.  My magnolia, however, bloomed too early and the frost killed all the buds but it’s foliage is filling in and soon it will be full!

Easter dinner by the Ren Man finished off the evening.  Have you ever had Southern scalloped potatoes?  So delicious!  It’s fun to mix our heritages; Southern, Acadian, Cajun.  One never knows what the Ren Man will serve up next!!

We rounded up the evening watching the very last inning of the the Nats game…that last inning was a nail biter. Did you see it? Game is tied; Harper is at bat, 2 men are out, he has 2 strikes, bases are loaded; it’s the bottom of the 9th.  He delivers a home run!!!  Does it get any better than that, folks?  Just bring on the cracker jacks!!!!

Easter Monday Morning:

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Easter Monday morning delivered!  Thank you, Jim for rousing this household so I could get out there to capture this gorgeous reminder that He has indeed Risen!

 

I wish you and your family a beautiful week!  Make beautiful memories!!

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