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Unexpected Gift Late Christmas Eve

Tonight we were wrapping presents, stirring up the breakfast casserole for morning, hanging out after early church and Chinese take-out. A tradition Mark continues from late childhood when the only place open in Shadyside was the Chinese restaurant around the block. Matthew is here from Croatia.  Laura and James called on the way back from his parents’ home where they had spent Christmas Eve.  Said they might drop by or not.  They called again. Said they were at the front door. And James came in carrying a huge brown box.  He opened it up on the kitchen table and there was a beautiful oil portrait of Laura looking at me, full of life and beauty, painted expertly by her mother-in-law to be, portrait artist Sharon Weaver.  I was overcome, felt a lump well up in my throat, not just for the stunning and beautiful painting.  I felt intense happiness that she is loved so well by his family. The painting was such an unexpected gift. An heirloom present.  A gift of love.  I’ll photograph it again in the light of day. Thank you Sharon!

I am going to go and study how to photograph oil paintiings and shoot it again!

19 responses

  1. Rob Bard

    What a beautiful painting of a such a beautiful “subject”. A wonderful gift. Last evening we also continued our tradition of chinese food after Christmas eve service. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    December 25, 2010 at 5:23 am

    • Thanks Rob. Cool that you ate Chinese, too.Merry Christmas.

      December 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm

  2. Merry Christmas, Ruth!!
    I’m glad you like the portrait of Laura. I can send you information on photographing paintings. I’ll get back with you on that.
    Have a great Holiday! Sharon

    December 25, 2010 at 6:22 am

  3. josie

    How beautiful! that is the best gift a mom could receive! Merry Christmas to you and yours – Miss you – Love you -joz

    December 25, 2010 at 6:32 am

  4. connie

    Such a stunning presentation to capture this time in James and Laura’s life. Such talent and love. Merry Christmas. Connie and Shuey

    December 25, 2010 at 7:44 am

  5. Kristin

    Absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful treat!
    Merry Christmas to all!

    December 25, 2010 at 7:54 am

  6. Lucille Koehler

    What a wonderful gift!

    December 25, 2010 at 8:30 am

  7. Toni

    Wow!! Merry Christmas!!

    December 25, 2010 at 8:42 am

  8. Lovely, special gift from the angels…
    Merry XMas!

    December 25, 2010 at 8:52 am

  9. Vincie

    Gorgeous! A wonderful gift from one loving mother to another.

    December 25, 2010 at 9:16 am

  10. laura

    Merry Christmas! I love that I can spend the holidays with both families!

    December 25, 2010 at 9:23 am

  11. Amy

    What a wonderful gift! Happy Holidays Ruth!

    December 25, 2010 at 10:01 am

  12. Joyce

    A Christmas you will long remember…one filled with special love and sharing. Happy holidays to you and your family.

    December 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm

  13. Sue reinfeld

    I am speechless. Beautiful picture, beautiful girl, beautiful gift to give a mother.

    December 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm

  14. Kay Comini

    I think you photographed it beautifully. She is a beautiful woman and I have tears in my eyes reading what you wrote about her.

    December 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm

  15. Breathtaking, hard to believe that the inside is even more beautiful.

    December 25, 2010 at 7:15 pm

  16. I’m glad you love it! We had a great time today and can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

    From: Golden Child 2

    December 25, 2010 at 11:02 pm

  17. maryann murphy

    Beautiful!! What a great gift,and a great mother-in-law to be! Laura and James both hit the jackpot!!
    Merry Christmas xoxo

    December 26, 2010 at 11:27 pm

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