Friday, May 27, 2011

{Friday LOVE} Wildflowers

Okay, so it may not be officially summer yet... but when I see wildflowers blooming along country roads, my heart jumps for joy a little bit. A few days ago, I had the profound pleasure of another engagement session (stay tuned for that blog post in a few days!). So I was wandering around the area for a few minutes before the session.

And saw this.

Wildflowers make me smile so much.

I give {LOVE} to the beautiful flowers God created. Blooming in the wild. Like they're in existence to simply bring people joy. :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

{Personal} Where Hospitality Lives

You can learn something from everyone. And I've been mulling over a little lesson that I learned a few weeks ago. You were treated to a few portraits of Dave & Savage the Horse earlier this week. I'm convinced that Dave is a person gifted in hospitality.

While it helps that he lives in the most beautiful stone house tucked away in the stillness of Pennsylvania's Sugar Valley...

With the magical house name of "Ironwood & Roses."

With a porch that just hugs you with welcome...

The wooden screen door that closes with a satisfying SLAM.

Reminders of the nearby horses.

Delightful summer blooms at every turn..

Perfect place for a picnic.

The sounds of rippling creek waters echoing softly around you.

While all of these things add to the joy of visiting Dave at his home, what I really love is his genuine happiness in spending time with friends. He is the kind of person that makes one feel welcomed. Conversation is alternately deep and humourous and fun and spiritual and fully satisfying. It is time well spent. I love the memories of times spent at Ironwood & Roses. I love that I visit Dave's home and page through his ever-present guestbook to see my squiggly teenager's signature from years past. And I remember delightful retreats spent with my church groups, monumentel times of conversation with friends, times of worship and preaching and ministry.

And though this place is beautiful, it is here that I'm reminded of what it means to be hospitable. To open one's home to friends and strangers alike. To put aside tasks and everything that must be done, to just focus on others. To do unto others as you would have them do unto you. To truly LOVE.

Thanks, Dave, for teaching me a life-lesson through your lifestyle of hospitality.

Monday, May 23, 2011

{Portraits} Dave & Savage the Horse

I contemplated calling this blog post "The Horse & His Man," as a tribute to C.S. Lewis and my love for all things Narnia.
But then I didn't think Dave would appreciate owned by a horse.

Anyway, Dave is longtime friend of the family. He lives in a beautiful stone house by a creek in Pennsylvania's Sugar Valley. (My favorite house in the whole state, but more on that later).

Dave has horses. I'm always up for a photographic adventure, so when Dave asked me for a portrait session including Savage the Horse, I jumped at the chance.
Figuratively jumped.
Not literally.
.... enough of my nonsense. Let's get on with this! ;)

Beautiful mountains I had to climb.

Hello there, deer.

Fields and fields of dandelions!

The many faces of Savage. Goofy!

Talking horse.

Nice. :)


Surrounded by mountains.

Love it when the horse marches like this!

Enjoying the mountain views...

One last look.