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taking a walk through the snow

couldn’t help but grab my camera and take a walk around the house…  this kind of beauty is so fleeting and will quickly disappear… as in the very next day it was all gone.

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Princess had the same idea I had.  Notice she is now wearing a jacket.. the temperature was already rising quickly and getting warmer.. back to jacket weather.

My Granddaddy

I took a photography class back in January and learned a ton of things to help my picture-taking improve.  But the one thing that stands out in my mind today is something my teacher told us over and over again.  She said that you never know when a picture of a loved one will be the last one you take.

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A few weeks ago I posted a tribute to my grandmama and the impact she has had on my life in so many ways but mostly that of a wife.  Each time I took a trip to Tennessee to visit with my “Grands” I always told myself it might be the last time I will see them.

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Last Friday after eating their lunch together,  Grandmama told Granddaddy to go lay down while she cleaned the kitchen.  He laid down and went to sleep and didn’t wake back up.

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Now, while I loved my Granddaddy very much and will miss him in my life, that is not where my sorrow is focused.  He was 91 years old and lived a GREAT life.  He used his talents and abilities for those he loved and never asked anything in return.  He was truly a good and Godly man.

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No, the grief that I feel is for my Grandmama alone.  You see, my Grands were married for 71 years.  A friend who spoke at the funeral said it best when he said that when you are married to someone for that  long, you don’t know anymore where one ends and the other begins.  You are one.

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There are many times in my life when I have felt helpless and this was one time.  I stood by my Grandmama during the funeral and burial praying with all my heart that I could take away a piece of her grief.  Just some of it so that she wouldn’t seem so alone and lost.

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She wrapped her life around his until his wishes and desires were hers and hers were his.  Everyday was spent together as one. She told me later that she doesn’t really know what to do without him.  My heart breaks for her and my prayer each moment is that joy and peace and hope will fill her up again.

First Snow

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This is what winter looks like around here.  Cold and rainy.  The sun will show itself but the feeling is always cold and damp.  Over the past holiday weekend, we took a trip up to Tennessee to see my family and celebrate my grandparent’s birthdays.

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While there, the snow started to fall.  As quickly as it had begun, it ended and the sun was in full glory.

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I grabbed my camera and rushed outside to get a few pictures because this might be the only snow I see this year.

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This same system that moved in to Tennessee and just flaked out, also had moved into South Carolina..to our home and dumped out 2-3 inches!  We missed it!  As we were traveling home, the kids voiced my wish, “Maybe there will still be some there when we get home.”  But, sadly, no.  Not a hint of snow was left.  The southern sun came out and melted it all within that 2 days.  What was left…. cold and wet.

Crown of thorns

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While wandering the woods behind my uncle’s home, I came across something I had not seen before.

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These thorns were a good 3-4 inches long and sharp.

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At first glance, I assumed it was a vine that was growing up the tree but then realized the tree itself was producing these spikes.

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After taking every angle picture I could, I went back to the house to ask my uncle about it.

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This tree is called a Honey Locust.  He said that he actually cut down all the other ones and left this one near their bonfire pit because it was such an interesting conversation piece.  I would say so!  Simply amazing to me.

Prego Mares

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After enjoying Strait Flight and She’s Jet Powered, Jeanne took me over to meet the next group of Mama’s who will deliver their babies around April.

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This beauty is “Callie” or SF Calypso Girl (registered name).  She was the most friendly and photogenic!

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I spent a lot of time photographing her and could have stayed a lot longer if the weather wasn’t beginning to get yucky.

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She must get her picture taken often because she didn’t flinch with my camera in her face like this.  Can you see me in her eye?

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There, now you can see me.

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The other two were a bit more standoffish.  This big mama is Hot Nova.  She had the most gorgeous red hair.

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Behind Hot Nova was One Way Today, whom I never got a good picture of.  She was a black beauty!

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