For those of you who are missing summertime, here is a glimpse back on my time in my hometown in July. I love Western PA in the summertime. I also love watching my nieces and nephews explore the creek (honestly, we say crick) that I grew up visiting on the family land outside of town, finding salamanders and crayfish among the rocks. 🙂
Here’s an added bonus to this post. A couple of my dad’s magnolia trees are thriving here in the north and had many beautiful blossoms this year! I’m not sure if I’ve shared the background story of his magnolias on the blog before, so here it is:
Magnolias hold a very special place in my heart (Southern Magnolias to be specific, but one can’t be too picky up here in the north).
For the last twenty years or so, my dad tried to grow Southern Magnolia trees at their home in Pennsylvania. I don’t even know how many he planted over the years. Many bit the dust quickly, some lasted a few seasons, and every once in a while there would be a blossom or two. Back in the summer of 2014, I was laughing at (with?) him as he watered his magnolia trees, reminding him that they really aren’t meant to live in the northern climate. He chuckled and said, “Well, we’re sort of delaying the inevitable here.” He knew they wouldn’t grow into huge, flourishing trees, yet he faithfully filled those buckets and continued to water them and enjoy them while they grew in the yard.
Magnolias have become a reminder of Dad for me. They remind me to live in the moment, “water the trees,” appreciate the little things, and enjoy life itself, because in the end everything is temporary. This makes me super thankful for biblical promises like the one in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal,” but this is already too long to add a sermon into the mix.
All that to say, this is why magnolias make me smile, remind me to appreciate each moment, and encourage me to trust God with the unknown and not-promised future.
Aren’t these blossoms beautiful?
When my niece’s daughter was born at the end of June and a photo was texted, I responded like most people by exclaiming, “That hair!” I was thrilled to have the chance to capture this beauty when I was home-home in Pennsylvania in July. I love her and her siblings and it was delightful to capture them in these pictures. I’m sure they were cherish the memory of Rori being this little, as well as her big brother’s camo cast from a recent tumble. 🙂
Enjoy these beauties and that hair!
I recently spent some time on the island of Newfoundland. I definitely had to google the Newfoundland and Labrador province before my friend and I planned this trip just to know where it was located!
We had a great time exploring a small part of this very large island. There was so much to learn about Newfoundland’s history and wildlife. O’Brien’s Whale and Boat Tours was a great place to start on a foggy morning!
We were able to see tons of puffins, murres (which totally look like penguins from a distance), and humpback whales on our boat tour. I hope you enjoy some of my photos from our adventure in Bay Bulls!
Here is a video (don’t worry, no plans to become a videographer anytime soon!) showing our slightly overdone excitement about having whales near our boat. 🙂
Additionally, here are some photos from my phone to show another perspective from our tour.
It was so much fun to return to the Franklin home and photograph them with their newest baby! It’s been a delight to see them grow through the years! Enjoy the latest photos of this beautiful family!
A couple years ago, I loved documenting my friends’ newborn daughter, Evelyn. This past December, I was able to photograph this family again, now with their newest daughter. It’s a joy to help my friends capture memories of their families with photos like these. 🙂
Following an extremely rainy day in December, I was so grateful for a clear day in which to meet up with my friends from high school and take some photos of their family! We had a great time at Highbanks Metro Park in Columbus, OH. I love watching these girls grow up. Click here to see one of our previous photo sessions. 🙂
Matt and Ashley have been a part of my life for the past eight years. We’ve been in the same community group through church, weekly investing in each other’s lives, and I’m so grateful they’re my friends. I had a fantastic time photographing them with their daughter in their beautiful home this fall!
This family appears frequently on the blog as they’ve grown the last few years. I loved documenting this fun stage of their family with these photos in the fall!
I had a really delightful time photographing this lovely family this past fall at Turkeyfoot Nature Park. I had taken their photos a few years ago, so it was great fun to see them again and to see how the boys have grown!
I loved getting to see the Sattlers a few months ago and capturing their family in action at Marott Park! They’ve come a long way since I photographed their wedding a few years back and have added a couple adorable kids to their family!