The Whole of My Heart.

September 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

If you were to take a photo of my heart, it would look something like this.

One chamber would have red hair, bright blue eyes, and a fuzzy yellow duck that is starting to show the wear from all the love it’s been given.

One chamber would have soft ears, sweet eyes, and probably wearing a superhero costume.

One chamber would have freckles, compassion for all, and a giggle you can’t miss.

The fourth chamber would be a fuzzy brindle, a devoted friend, and have the uncontrollable urge to roll in anything that had any odor whatsoever.

I would have a fifth chamber though.  This chamber would be strong — the chamber that the rest of my heart relied upon.  It would be at the very center of everything — my best friend, my one love, my other half.  It would be so much a part of me, that I couldn’t be sure where it ended and where I began.

No longer flesh and blood, but something even more vital than that.

This is my heart now.

Farming Town.

September 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Many of you may be acquainted with our dear sweet town of Osceola ….. some of you may not.  It’s little.  It’s cute.  (Think Preserve America Award.  Yup– we got it.)  We have a charming waterfall and charming bluffs along the charming river — like a miniature Stillwater, MN …. only surrounded by farms on all sides.

Now some of you may know this, some of you may not …. but I don’t really consider myself a farm girl.  Not a true one, anyway.  I can’t tolerate the smell of manure and am irritated by overly exuberant roosters; but even that doesn’t prevent me from appreciating the beauty and the value in family farms.  In fact, I can hardly visualize a perfect WI countryside without a distant red barn to complete it.  To be a farmer is a hard life filled with rewards that go beyond the value of money, and a profession that goes beyond the 9 to 5.  It is a life to be respected.

At least, that WAS what this blog was going to be about today.  Inspired by the beautiful morning drive, I had decided to take my camera out to snap a few shots of the neighboring cows that had been moved to graze in an area alongside the road, all the while mentally composing a blogal tribute to the wonderful farms that have become an indirect part of my daily life.  That is, until I snapped this photo.

Hold on.  Is that cow growling at me?

Now, I may get lost plowing a field, and I may lose more cows than I round up, but I’m fairly certain that cows do not growl.  They moo….occasionally bellow….but never grrrrrowl. I would like to think that, were cows to evolve the ability to growl, they would somehow sense my deeper appreciation for their lot in life, and therefore not growl at me. To be fair, it is quite likely that this apparently disgruntled cow was just merely busy chewing away when this shot was taken…..or perhaps, just perhaps, I documented the first growling cow in history.

Grrrr.

I’ll let you be the judge ;o)

A How-To. {book of the week}

September 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

With a child’s imagination, magic and adventure can be found just about anywhere, hidden around any corner, just waiting to be discovered.  During the changing of the seasons, this excitement and wonderment increases ten fold, with perhaps the incredibly vibrant autumn leaves being the most treasured (and fleeting) time of all.  This wonderland has inspired this week’s selection for Fun on Friday ….. How to Find Flower Fairies by Frederick Warne & Co., published by Penguin Books.

An intricate pop-up book that impresses even the grown-up eye, this book amazes young readers as it brings them into a magical, yet incredibly real world with every delicate turn of the page.

Continue the fun outdoors with your own fairy exploration, utilizing all the new “how to” techniques you and your child just learned.  Eyes will grow wide with excitement at the discovery of each clue that reveals that a fairy had been there.  It’s the perfect time for imaginations to run wild!

Happy Reading!  (And Exploring!)

Say Hello to My Little Friends.

September 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

There comes a point in every person’s life …..

…..where they must put childish things behind them…..

…..unless you happen to be a children’s photographer…..

…..then you can write it off as “business.”

If the sight of six (very close up) ridiculously happy cars makes you giggle…..

…..imagine the fun a kid would have with them.

It might even look something like this :)

The “Short and Sweet” {holiday special} « Kay’s Corner is currently under way (gift certificates are also available,) or schedule a full session if you’re in the market for a greater number of photos.  Tell a friend too — they might just like saying hello to my little friends as well! :)

Thank You!

The Big Why

September 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

This is why I do what I do.  This is why I do what I love.  To be able to spend time with a child, to find and bring out that sparkle in their eye, to be honored by their pure smile ….. this is the Why for everything.  The Why for the late nights, the stiff neck from sitting at the computer for too long, and the dedication of whatever energy my children leave me with at the end of the day.  Each child holds something special within, an inner beauty that is theirs and theirs alone–and when you find that, you can’t help but feel like you’ve just had a peek at them through their mother’s eyes.

This is Why.

How could I not?

Rain, Rain, Go Away.

September 20, 2010 § 4 Comments

It’s 11:15am on Wednesday.  I have hit the road, with one eye on the slightly-too-dark clouds that threaten the sky.  It wasn’t raining though — wasn’t it supposed to be raining by now?  Hmm.  Maybe the weatherman was wrong — it wouldn’t be the first time.  Maybe it won’t rain until tonight…..maybe….

I should have knocked on wood.  I should know better by now.

As if on cue, rain suddenly started pouring down like someone had kicked over a giant bucket filled with an endless supply of water.  The kind of rain that makes you wonder if perhaps you should have left the minivan at home, and taken the ark with you instead.  The kind of rain that soaks you through and through in 1.5 seconds.   The kind of rain that does not make you say “I want to go golfing today.”

What you may or may not realize about golfers — especially golfers on a mission to support a great organization like Family Pathways — is that they are hard core to the core.  Rain?  No sweat. Cold wind?  Bring it on. An 18 hole course with the afore mentioned weather conditions?  When do I start?

Roughly 100 brave souls showed up in support of the event, and fortunately the wind and rain let up shortly after the shotgun start.  For nearly 2 hours the rain held off, and it did not go unappreciated as spirits were high even as the temperature steadily dropped.  Making my way along the golf course in my newly mastered golf cart (if that doesn’t red flag me as being NOT a golfer, nothing will) I enjoyed being able to meet each team.  Everyone humored me with a smile, and many humored me with humor — little had I known that not one, but two golfers were under the wing of the witness protection program, and therefore could not be photographed (wink wink ;o)  The odds of that were incredible, but for obvious reasons, their names cannot be released at this time.   :)

As you can see, the fun didn’t end there!

All good things must come to an end though, and soon our 2 hour window of dryness was over, and we were once again back to having buckets of water being dumped on our heads.  By Banquet Time golfers were soggy and freezing, but the warm meal and team photos that greeted them had the good times rolling once again!

Due to the miserable conditions, the Putt Off was improvised indoors!

Doesn’t he look happy?  He should be — he just won a big screen tv in the raffle!

Did we win honey?

Bidding at the Silent Auction

It was a wonderful evening for a wonderful cause, and I am fortunate to have been a part of it.  If you would like to see the rest of the photos from the day’s events please visit my website, and I encourage you to explore how you can also support Family Pathways — a fantastic organization helping out those in need in the local community.  I can’t think of a better reason for golfing, can you?

Pet Promises {book of the week}

September 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

Is it Friday already?  Really?  It seems like just the other day it was last Friday …. then the temperature dropped (a not-so-subtle reminder of the weather that is soon to come) … and now it’s apparently Friday again.  No complaints here though — it’s time to spend another weekend cuddled on the couch with a book and our little one(s.)  So what book made the roster this week?    What Pet To Get?  by Emma Dodd,  published by Scholastic. This was one of our jackpot book-order finds that has been given a lot of love ….and all the crinkles and bent pages that go along with it.

This is a delightful story that takes the age old question of “Can we get a pony?” to a whole new level.  The vivid imagination and rationale of young boy Jack will make you smile (hmm, perhaps you’ve heard some of these propositions before?) and will make your children giggle as their own wheels of imagination start churning along with his  :o)

As you might have guessed, the list of proposed pets becomes quite …. extreme.

Yet for every logically presented animal, Jack’s mother responds with an equally rational response.  This conversation, which is downright comically formal at times, keeps the story flowing; and the repeating phrase of “What pet to get?”, which young children love to echo, will keep the pages turning.

Before you start reading, however, take note of the shout out to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as a source of information for those who are considering adopting a pet.  The support of shelter animals (and not puppy mill pups from a pet store) is something that I find very cool.

Hope you enjoy this week’s selection!  Happy Reading!

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