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When you finish reading our story, don’t forget to follow the circle, starting with my talented friend, Cynthia Dawson.

I fear that he won’t ask me to go on nature walks for much longer, so I try to soak in as much of these as I can.
Here are just a few of the images I captured from our most recent walk.

He was a little apprehensive about the “unmarked trail,” but we pressed on.

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Are there any Backyardigans fans in the room?  “It’s my turn…. I’m going first….”

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The best part of these nature walks is hearing his stories.
That side smile.  Who does he think he is?

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You know what else I’m going to miss?
That big ole gap between his front teeth.

I mean, I don’t want him to have it forever, but it will mark images from this time in his life
and I know it will remind me of his quirky, childhood innocence every time I see it.

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He always acquires a walking stick.

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Our other nature walk finds

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Those trees really blocked the wind.
We decided quickly that we needed to head back home or we would freeze hanging out at the park.

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A Year of Stories 48/52

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When you are done reading our story, follow the circle, starting with my dear friend, Laura Mood.

 I can’t tell you this story without telling you the ending first – M is doing great!
The doctor says it is nothing short of a miracle that she wasn’t seriously hurt.

This time last week was spent in the ER and follow up doctor visits after Miss M fell off of a trampoline.
No, she flew out of it – catapulted to the ground would be the best description.
I was right there, less than two feet away, snapping pictures of the kids jumping,
when her body somehow leaned at the perfect angle at the exact time someone bounced in precisely the place that would send her out the tiny door in the netting.
I watched it happen.  Then I replayed it happening.

Over and over and over and over.

And I couldn’t pick up my camera for several days.
Every time I looked at it, I knew those images before the fall were on the card.
When I picked it up, the accident immediately came back.

So I didn’t shoot last week.
Until I realized that, until I replaced those images in my camera, I wouldn’t replace the ones in my head.

So I slung the camera over my shoulder as we headed to the park and captured a series of M joyfully playing.

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December 6, 2016 - 4:22 pm

Laura - Love the way you captured her spirit! I see so much joy!

A year of stories 45/52

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In keeping with the theme of places I love to hang out, this week’s story is about my neighborhood.
When you are done reading our story, don’t forget to follow the circle, starting with the talented Meredith Rockefeller.

I say we live in Mayberry, but it’s probably more part Little Rascals / part Desperate Housewives (and not because we are scandalous, but because we are interesting, hilarious, and diverse).

Other than the people (which I will get to in a minute), these porches are my favorite part of living on this block.
The breeze, the windows to the awesome neighborhood, the magic light that dances through the trees across the street as kids laugh and play in the background.
Life doesn’t get much better than this porch.
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I probably would just live on the porch, but there’s those people out there,
those awesome neighbors with fantastic kids!

I love that we can throw together impromptu kickball games,
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parachute sessions,

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Super Moon watch parties (one neighbor mentioned the moon and the next thing you know,
the entire gang is out there waiting together!),

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or just impromptu park play dates.

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A friend is just a doorbell away,

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and then these little minds are off creating games and worlds that the adults can’t even follow,

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creating chalk masterpieces that brighten our days,

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and, best of all, just hanging out,
being kids.

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We move A LOT, and we never know what world we are stepping into.
We hit the jackpot here & I wouldn’t mind just moving in permanently.
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November 16, 2016 - 1:30 pm

Meredith - These are great! I know a lot of it has been through other social media platforms, but I have enjoyed seeing your kids adjusting to their new neighborhood and friends. You capture it so well!

November 17, 2016 - 6:14 am

Tess Runion - Pleasantville for sure! I am in love with your porch. I would never leave that spot!!! Great post!

A year of stories 44/52

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After you read our story, don’t forget to follow the circle, starting with one of my favorite photographers, Sonja Stich.
I’m not gonna lie – I’ve been in a shooting slump.
I don’t know if it’s the approaching holidays, the election season,
my darn tennis elbow (should be called Photographer’s Elbow),
or just a creative valley, but I haven’t been taking many pictures.

I think it boils down to time.  There hasn’t been much extra of that lately.

So, today, for the weekly story, I’m taking you back to another time and place.
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A place where time seems to stretch forever and worries roll away with the dew on the flower petals.
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Where work seems like play and life feels unrushed.
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My mom’s backyard.
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It’s the only place I ever get rainbow flare when I shoot
(this could be the result of being able to sleep late at her house so the sun is just in the right position,
but I’m going to stick with it being magic).

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The most magical place in her yard is the treehouse.
No matter the time of day, it’s always drenched in the most beautiful light.
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The kids will play up there for hours, lowering the bucket and asking for sticks and leaves.
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I’m not sure what the goal is with the sticks and leaves, because they all just get piled in the corner.
But maybe that is the point, just playing without a plan.
Just living in the moment and enjoying the journey.

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My wish for my kids is that they have peace in their souls.
That their worries are few so they can focus more on loving and miracles and light.
That they notice there are flowers to smell and that they stop to smell them.
That they breathe in the gloriousness of the present without worrying so much about past or future.
In this backyard, I love that they have that.

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November 9, 2016 - 6:22 am

Tess Runion - Oh Mel….the light in these is extraordinary. I love to go back to favorites when I’m slow to create! Lovely post!!! XO