June 11, 2013

say, where do you live?

Just a little while ago someone emailed me and asked if I lived in Arizona.

I kinda snorted. HA.

Now why on earth would anyone think that? (wink)
Is it because I swoon over the ONE cactus patch in town every time I pass by?

When I drove up, there was a man selling oranges on the corner of the patch. I was like "Mind if I join you?"

He didn't care so I went to the other side and snapped away. Though I'm pretty sure he thought I was loco en la cabeza.


This one is gonna be SIX in a few days. He's doing SO WELL compared to the days of yore.
Why, hello life sized poster of Ollie. 

From age 3 to 6, he doubled his life span and morphed into a completely different boy.

Gone are the days of:
endless crying
speech delay
fear of his shadow
suspicion and fighting

Replaced by a boy who is:
pleasant
articulate
curious
friendly, loving and trusting

And mama is no longer pulling out her hair. 

We may still have some hurdles to overcome in the future...and he can be a bit belligerent at times...

But we trust all will be ok. Just gotta keep smiling...

...and shakin' your booty with your partner in crime.


From En Vogue...


...to Eminem. Crazy Tweeds.

We love our home sweet home on the range.

A few days later, I got another email asking if I lived in Oklahoma.

LOL. NO.

Though truth be told the landscape of my town resembles Oklahoma in many ways. I can tell you this. I live in California by a bunch of farm fields.

What is the landscape of your town like? Do you like it?

38 comments:

  1. I think I know where that cactus patch is...not far from a certain strawberry patch. Isn't it the property where the couple who owned it were killed in a car accident and where covered in cactus needles when they pulled their bodies out of their wrecked van? Or is that an urban legion? Dunno.

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    1. ay yi yi! glad i wasn't around for that!

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  2. Love my landscape...wide open spaces! I'm an Alberta, Canada girl :)

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  3. I live in New York and I love the landscape I live around. When most people hear New York they always think of the city,which true New York City is a big thing in New York, but I live about three hours outside of the city in the Catskill mountains. Though alot of New Yorkers come down to where I live and have weekend houses, I think 60% of our population is weekenders up here. But I love our landscapes lots of mountains to hike!!!

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  4. You're photography is spectacular! Just beautiful! And I just love your little boys - they're so incredibly adorable. :) And the setting is gorgeous as well; what a nice landscape to live in. :)

    also, I went back and read the post you linked to about Ollie. Praise God for incredible healing!

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    1. thanks for the kind words!!! you are super sweet!

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  5. Growing up I lived in a suburban neighborhood in Ohio but I could see a cornfield from my bedroom window. One day a friend of mine said she liked that my room had "a view." I had never thought about it like that before, but it made me realize that I liked where I lived. I made sure to take a picture of that view before my parents sold that house.

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  6. this is so funny because I've also wondered where the heck you live! Although I was leaning towards Texas. Or maybe I was just hoping since that's where I'll be living come summer's end ;) I definitely did NOT think all those fields were in Cali!

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    1. hmmmm Texas...you know the people who live there are fiercely devoted to that state! If I didn't have family here I could live in Texas!!!

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  7. Your boys are the CUTEST!!
    I live in Seattle...so lots of green & I love that!

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  8. Oh my... I'm once again completely impressed.
    So I know I always talk about how stunning your photos are but really truly I LOVE these! Straight otta a magazine!! You better watch it or those crazy cute youngsters of yours are gunna get snatched up by some Hollywood snoot! (Not sure why I went southern on you..)
    I am currently homeless (for reals!) and we are finding a home town- I've always wanted to live in Cali - and now I have yet another reason why I want to live there!:)

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    1. aw you are WAY too sweet, thanks Care!!! I wish you lived here!!!

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  9. Oh, I love hearing about Ollie's progress!! Such a beautiful story of God's provision and work in his life and your family. These photos are some of my faves of yours yet (I know, I always say that. But it's always true!!)

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    1. thanks dearie. i always swoon over your pics. xxoo

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  10. So, I am just dying over these gorgeous boys and beautiful photos-- LOVE the Adam Levine outfits :)

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    1. aw thanks auntie Lindsday!!!! and lol about adam levine...:)

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  11. i live in australia ! :D love the golden hour lighting

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  12. I live in Johannesburg, South Africa.. ITs winter so everything is dry and yellow, blah.
    YOu're such an incredible photograper, love these photos!

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    1. aw thanks Carey. Dry and yellow could still work;)

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  13. I never would have guessed California, haha! Love the cactus photos! :)

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  14. You have the cutest boys! Love your pics and how you capture the scenery as well as your "models".

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  15. okay, now i gotta know where in California you live. I was with those others thinking you lived somewhere out yonder. I live way up north in Redding, CA!

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    1. i never say exactly where i live in case of an axe murder lurking nearby;)

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    2. Got it! Makes sense. :) Do you live somewhat close to me? I am so curious now......

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  16. I just love the way your photography captures your boys' personalities.
    What a wonderful way to remember them by!

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  17. I snorted too...because I found your blog through people I know... who live by you... in California... near those fields!

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  18. Haha who would have thought California can be so,so diverse? I just moved to Seattle and was SHOCKED it had so many hills. This coming from a gal born and raised in Chicago, which is as flat as you can get. And your boys are crazy adorable- I love the dancing shots, haha!

    xo Marlen
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  19. I would have NEVER guessed California. ever.

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  20. All I have to say is that the light in these photos is awesome. I've been chasing that light in my sessions lately and can't seem to get it at the right time. UGH. But I LOVE THESE. your photographs and words always inspire me and lighten my mood:)

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  21. i know where you live!! ;) jk. however, i know where i live. and let's just say it aint florida. someone save meeeeee! my little guy is 6 on the 20th :)

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  22. Just a little bit obsessed with your blog. These photos are beautiful. xoxo

    loveekierramakayla.blogspot.com

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  23. I LOVE your photos! Of course it helps that your subjects are so darn cute!!

    I live in Auckland, New Zealand! I'm a rural girl but flatting in the city for university! :) I recently moved to a cute neighbourhood with the cuteset villa homes! I'm very lucky, that's for sure!

    Ngaio xx

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  24. So I'm having a major crush on that cacti. Gorgeous pics. We live in ND, surrounded by rolling hills of farmland. I adore it

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  25. i really don't know what to say about the booty shaking pics....so cute!

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  26. wow the kids are so cute. love the last photo :)

    hellodida.blogspot.com

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  27. we live in the flat, eastern side of north dakota. we live downtown but enjoy a jaunt to the vast country just blocks away :)

    i love your pics.

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  28. awww i love your words on how your son has grown ... gives me hope lol.

    love the landscape! I live in Missouri in farm land where there are more cows than people :)

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