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Independence Day Birthday

Set alarm about 3:30 AM to catch a 6:25 flight to Nashville, connecting four hours later to Panama City FL.




“Oh beautiful for spacious skies”



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Knitting a horizontal ribbed cowl  and two eggs over easy with toast and potatoes, coffee and juice.




Self portrait     St. George Island on the Gulf Coast



The closest fireworks I have ever seen.  The beach had a number of colorful displays.






Marlene sent a video of the family singing Happy Birthday  and I was missing being with them  but

Erin baked a beautiful birthday cake, it some candles and my friend’s family sanga again. Very nice.


birthday cake


Thanks for all the nice birthday greetings and wishes.

Fourth of July Birthday is fun.   Then the Daily Post said, how do you celebrate July Fourth and I had already posted this one showing my actual birthday cake.

Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s Your Party



Early July 4th Celebration at The Lakes in Ohio

When we arrived, Erika suggested taking a photo of the place empty and then later after it filled up. Sounded like a good idea to me.

So here is what The Lakes Fourth of July celebration looked like Sunday night- June 29th.


The beginning





preparing fireworks at the Lakes

Preparing the fireworks across the lake



Flags and crowd reflection



Parade of teenagers



reflectionsThe Kids loved all the inflatable activities


family viewing




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The smell of gunpowder lingered in the humid air








During the fireworks- Michael on the right looks up at the sky filled with fireworks


fireworks at the Lakes

Lots of teenagers in clumps, enjoying the festivities





July FireworksThe fireworks are over.  A large light came on.  Everyone was packing and cleaning up.  Getting to the car and out of the parking lot.  Home in about 15 minutes after this shot!



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They Say It’s Your Birthday

Dear Mark,

Seems like just yesterday (May 26, 1976) you arrived at Ireland Army Hospital – Fort Knox, Kentucky.

You were born exactly two years to the day from my graduation from college. 

And suddenly, in a blink, it’s 38 years later!

I am proud of you and the wonderful man you have become. WOW. You have a beautiful family.

With love and gratitude on your birthday,

Your Mom

and of course I should have included the best present ever  

Been on a bit of a Beatles kick lately….

Stone Manor in Middletown Maryland Setting for a Super Wedding

If you follow the blog for a time, you notice my friend,  the top commenter, Sue Reinfeld.

Her daughter was married in a beautiful ceremony Sunday afternoon at Stone Manor in  Middletown ,  Maryland.

Steve and I were  glad we could share in the happy celebration. We left for home (Pittsburgh) as the sun was setting.


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Michael Joseph- First Holy Communion Day- St. Patrick Columbus OH

We woke up to pouring rain but the sun came out later in the afternoon.  St. Patrick Church- Columbus Ohio, Saturday May 10, 2014.

It was a special day for a special young man.

The family gathered in to celebrate and friends came later to share the day.


The procession. Taken with available light and a Canon 70-200 L series lens.


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Godfather and Michael

Godfather Joseph in from NYC  and Godson Michael Joseph

and at Michael’s baptismGodfather



Michael and his certificate2


lego rosaryFather Dosch  blesses the Florida Lego Rosary Aunt Lala and Uncle James got him as a gift


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Whole Family Communion DayFour generations pose for the family portrait. Michael’s Paternal Great Grandmother is next to him on his right and his Maternal Grandmother Marlene is on his left.  Grandfathers Pop and Pap in the back row.

Almost everyone ( not pictured Matthew in Croatia and James at work).

Took this with the self-timer and ran around and got in the back


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With his family.


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Helping Pap Celebrate His Birthday

Anna, Maura, Michael and Jack helped Pap celebrate his birthday Saturday evening. (Donald is Erika’s dad)

Happy Birthday Pap

Try to not shoot into the light source.  Used the Canon 5D with the 50mm L series lens with available light


I photographed the three grandkids in the garage on the way to church.  Jack was under the weather and stayed home with Pap.



Anna Maura and Michael in the garage.  You know how I love to photograph them in the ambient light.



Jack Thumbs Up

Not to leave anyone out- Jack giving the thumbs up after a good report at Children’s Hospital.  Photographed by his dad earlier in the afternoon.



Birthday party

Posing for their other grandmother, Marlene.

What a Difference a Year Makes

Happy Seventh Birthday Jack (John Patrick).

March 21st is your big day.  Thought you’d like to see the faces your old grandma captured this past year!


Last year you looked like this.

Jack in the Monkey tie



And now you are getting your permanent front teeth after losing those baby ones!


The shot below was taken one week before your birthday at the Columbus Car Show.


jack is sevenYou had a great year being six-   Here you are making the leap from six to seven!

jack at Idlewild stepping



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Wedding Flowers in the Snow

Valentine's Wedding Flowers Charlotte and Joel's wedding February 14, 2010


Happy Fourth Anniversary Charlotte and Joel. What a beautiful wedding it was….married on her Grandparents’ Valentine Wedding Anniversary. So romantic.

Originally posted on Ruth E Hendricks Photography:

What photo to put up?  A dilemma. There’s the ongoing documentation of the storm, the damage done-  like the aluminum canopy over gas pumps all twisted as if in a tornado, buckled under the weight of the snow.  Or an Alpine mountain (i.e. huge pile) of snow that looks like Geology class. So many layers, the striations  from the different days. The bottom layer  almost black sedimentary rock-  coal!  A dusting of confectioner’s sugar on top.  The snow I shoveled today felt like the stuff in the movies, that ersatz fluff in the Nutcracker that floats down  onto the Snow Queen.  If you need to Create Fake Snow Falling from a Ceiling for a School Play there are instructions. Tomorrow’s  shovelfuls might be like concrete.  And it’s snowing as I think of what to share.  Lots of comments and emails about Spring and the hope for pictures with green in…

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Matty, Your Age is Your Lacrosse Number Today

Happy 33!  I found this drawing from your birthday post from three years ago and saw the Lacrosse number.  I am thinking of you and hoping someone is celebrating your birthday with you in Croatia.  Missing you.

Birthday box on the way. 6-10 business days they said. Hope it makes it.  I ‘m inserting Richie Havens singing “Wonder Child”.   We’ve enjoyed Richie a couple of times when we were together so thought it was a good birthday song.

Here is the colored pencil drawing I am making for you with  Little Green Doggie, Lego, Playmobil, St Nicholas made with a walnut and upside down apple from German Kindergarten. ( You can see the Lacrosse #)    Love you, Ma

Matthew collageIt was your idea to start blogging for birthdays and it’s a wonderful idea.  Love to you in Croatia

Richie Havens sings on Sesame Street

Information on Richie Havens and Sesame Street here

Maura Clare is Five






Happy Fifth Birthday Maura Clare.  November 17th 2008 was a very happy day in the family because you were born!Enjoy your day. Here are some of my favorite photos I chose for the blog today.


Grandma Ruthie

Buckeye Baby- Not even 24 hours old in this shot.

Maura newborn

























Maura and her dolly

With her first dolly.

Maura in her Steelers Hat



Maura doesn’t seem to mind her Grandma wielding the camera.   Her sense of humor shines through.

Maura at Aunt Linda's


Like a little fish in the water….


Maura 2

Lunch out in Virginia at Thanksgiving time a couple of years ago


Maura in Virginia




Maura and Mommy onUncle Frank's car

Sitting on Uncle Frank’s running board with Mom, Erika.

Maura and Popsicle

Summer popsicles in Virginia


Maura in Ski Mask

Sporting her brother’s ski mask


Swimming ribbon


Maura and Anna









Big sister Anna had just fixed her hair for church


Maura on the playground


Playing on the swingset in the yard







MAura on the playlet


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