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Take LOTS of pictures of me please!



Photo Credit Emily Davis

Photo Credit Emily Davis


Tomorrow will be a history making day in the Davis household!

For the first time EVER we are having “REAL” family photos taken by my friend, and fellow runner,

Julia Cantley, of  Julia Cantley Photography!


Besides the fact that I could fill a suitcase with “awkward” pictures taken of myself during the last 40 years….I’ve also been “losing 20 lbs” for the last 10 years or so, thinking that THEN we could have a picture made.  This year I changed my mind.  We’re having a photo session despite my own self criticisms.  I know that as my children get older & move away it will be more difficult to arrange this & I didn’t want to miss out.

This year, the value of a photo was made ever so clear to me with the passing of my sweet Mother-in-law, Mary, from this earth into Heaven.

I had the pleasure of making a movie of pictures that we all had collected of her through the years.  I’m happy to say that we had MANY.  Each one suddenly became a treasure.  Scanning through each picture was very therapeutic for me.  My favorites were the ones that showed the REAL Mary.  They were very  likely the pictures that she didn’t even like of herself.  There was the one while she was sleeping that showed her crooked toes & calloused feet, another of the sweet curve of her shoulders and even the perfect space between her front teeth that she disliked with a passion.  There were others of her at all stages of life.  With each picture, I only saw the essence of Mary:  loving & selfless, proud mother to Matt, sweet Gran to my children.  The weight, wrinkles, & as the song says “perfect imperfections” were the things that I cherished the most.

Now that she’s not here with us on this earth, there still aren’t enough pictures, or videos of her.  Those along with any handwritten notes or cards are our most sought after possessions.  When anyone shares another, it’s as if they are sharing another piece of her with us.  Priceless.


 Sleeping, chewing, talking, laughing, 20 lbs overweight, bad hair, good hair…whatever….just snap away!

It’s a gift!  With love from me to you.

…and if you’re reading this, be sure to do the same. 

It’s not about you,

but it IS very much about special moments with those who love you.




My lovely MIL, Mary Culpepper

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YES! A great big, HUGE YES!!!

I received this e-mail yesterday:

Julia – Do You Want a D800 or 5D Mark III?


Hey there Julia,

Are you dreaming of winning our contest for your choice of a brand new D800 or 5D Mark III?

If so, we’re happy to let you know that today you can win up to TWENTY FIVE bonus entries today in just 3 simple steps:

Step 1:  Create a quick post about the contest on your personal blog or website
Step 2:  Include this exact sentence with the hyperlinked words somewhere in the post. Cut and paste this:

Big thanks to the SnapKnot wedding photography directory for offering this great camera giveaway!

Jesus.  Family.  Running.  Photography.

My 4 favorite things in life.

My camera broke awhile back…I really miss it!

I don’t have time to make a nice blog entry today…but YES!  I would LOVE to win this contest!  Thank you for the extra entries SnapKnot!

You should enter too!  Someone has to win, right?