30 Minutes in the Life: Gaining a daughter….

I will confess right at the start of this that I did not take these photo’s this month but I have a lot going on right now and it seems like this will be as much as I can do as the photo’s are all edited already.  We have a wedding we are preparing for.  As I write, family are flying in.  This coming week will be about entertaining family, socializing with friends, building a backdrop for the stage, creating the flower arrangements for the church and wedding venue,  developing a guest book,  developing a slide show and last and by no means least hosting a rehearsal dinner.

So over the past couple of weeks I have been putting together a slide show of my son and his fiancé’s journey in life,  in preparation for their wedding on Friday, August 28.  It has taken me back to some really interesting events in life. Moments of joy and laughter, moments of sadness, moments thinking “I cannot do this anymore”, and moments thinking “did we really do this with the kids”.  It was that ah ha moment when you realize things as you know it are going to change.

Cameron’s arrival in the world was not the greatest.  He was sick for 10  days with jaundice and was one pinprick away from a blood transfusion.  He was my child with allergies.  He was the child that I spent 7 years at his beck and call every time he had a surgery.  He was the boy who got me on my knees to pray when I could not deal with another surgery.  His final surgery caused me to develop shingles.  Yet I would not change a thing.  This journey has prepared him for so many different choices in life.  His teenage years were spent on crutches.  Hard on any young boy.  But what it has done for him is to help him understand that life has it’s knocks and you have to deal with the stuff.  It has given him a different perspective for life.  Cameron  has a real heart for ministry.  He has a compassion for youth that has to make me smile.

He gives love and in the same way he wants love.  So when he met the woman of his dreams, we could not help but be excited for them both.  We pray that their journey in life will be a smooth one, but that when the foundations are rocked, that the bond will be strong and steadfast.  We wish them endless joy and happiness.  We wish them a future that will be a good fit with their ministry desires.  But most of all we wish them love.  Abundant love!

We are excited to welcome Kathryn into our family, we hope she will quickly become one of us, quirky and different as we are.

Here are a few of the photo’s I took to celebrate their engagement.  It was early morning and bitterly cold as we waited for the sun to come up.

Engagement Ring


Cameron & Kathryn on the beach with the dog.


Cameron and Kathryn sitting on the rocks.


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Cameron and Kathryn sitting on the rocks with dog


Hands and paws




love never fails


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hands and dog


Holding hands


Kat facing forward


Standing on Faith hope and love


Heart hands


Engagement Ring


Cameron and Kathryn walking on the beach.



Cam and Kat on the rocks live, love, laugh, sing, dance, dream, smile, cherish

Cameron and Kathryn may you  live, love, laugh, sing, dance, dream, smile, cherish all the days of your life.

We love because He first loved us

~ 1 John 4:19 

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7

 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Since the wedding is now over, I thought I would just post one photo of the happy couple.

Mr & Mrs Stuart

Mr & Mrs Stuart


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Tell me a Story: August 2015: Noah E – welcome to the world

I am in a crazy place right now with a wedding looming and a daughter leaving.  I find myself wondering what it is going to like when my son moves out to be with his wife and my daughter is on a different continent.  It is no getting in a car and driving to Gainesville – this is some serious mileage to get to Macedonia.   It was just the other day that they were born, and just the other day that I thought, oh my gosh they are starting school, then we left South Africa and I found they were in middle school and then high school.  Time has flown and it seems like even though we packed so much into those years, time goes to quick.

I had the privilege of heading off to the hospital to visit with a new little man who has mad his way into the world.  Noah is the sweetest little guy and at 21 hours old he was so alert and frowning and when he did let out a cry, he had a pair of lungs.  To his parents, I would say, enjoy every moment of this little guy.  Time goes way too quickly and before you know it, he will be moving out.

Love him with the Godly love that you know so well.  Encourage him, guide him, make sure he knows the value of money, help him to process the right choices.  I have learnt that you cannot make them for you children, but be willing to give advice knowing that there is a good possibility that they will not take it.   Make sure that you are always a unified front.  If dad says no, mom you have got to support him.  You can tell him you disagree later.  These little people know the buttons to push.

I am so excited to follow your journey in life, thank you so much for including me in the last three big steps.   I wish you endless joy with this little man, love, laughter and happiness.

Here is my images of Noah, 21 hours after he entered the world.


Noah at just 21 hours old

Noah at just 21 hours old

Noah at just 21 hours old

Noah at just 21 hours old

Noah at just 21 hours old

Just 21 hours old

Just 21 hours old

Noah at just 21 hours old and his mama

Just 21 hours old


A child is the beauty of God present in the world – the greatest gift to a family

~ Mother Theresa

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Sharetographers: July 2015: Smooth

Sharetographers topic this month is smooth and for most of the group summer has been happening.  We have had guests from out of country and life has been a little hectic.  We have 24 days to my son getting married and about double that before my daughter leaves to join the Peace Corp and will be gone for at least 27 months.  Smooth probably is not what is happening now.

In the midst of all of that transition, we took a day at the beach with family who were in town from Australia, and it was great to chill and do nothing but float in the waves.  Did I say waves?  The water was smooth, reminded me of a pond, and attempting to use the paddle board as a surf board was a joke, but Amy gave it her best try.

I had a little point and shoot Cannon underwater camera and we went into the waves to play.

Here are my six images for the topic smooth.

Smooth waves

Attempting to get a partial under water and above water image.

Walking on smooth water

Walking on smooth water.  Amy gets the feel of what it is like to stand on a paddle board

Hanging out waiting to catch a wave.

Hanging out waiting to catch a wave.

Smooth waves with a paddle board as a surf board

The paddle board quickly becomes a  surf board but the water is like glass and not a lot was happening.

Just hanging out waiting for a wave.

Apparently surfing was not happening so she just floated in the waves for a while.

Smooth waves on a gorgeous beah day

Smooth waves on a gorgeous beah day

Take the rough with the smooth,

happy with the sad,

remember who you are,

and be grateful for what you have.


I am so very grateful for the family, they soothe my soul, bring calm in the disruption, and give me just a little taste of what home used to be like.  We are scattered across the continents and it looks like the scattering will go a little further when Amy leaves, but there is nothing that can replace family.  They are the very core of who you are.

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