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Friday, October 14, 2011

National Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial

Our fallen fire fighter and friend John Glaser will be honored this weekend at the National Fallen Firefighter's Memorial in Maryland. You can watch the live stream here, or by visiting the City of Shawnee's website -

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Wedding Shoes...

Three generations of brides...and now soon to be four! I was approached at the Strawberry Swing Craft Fair by an Aunt of the Bride-to-Be who had a vision of a meaningful wedding shower gift that she hoped I could bring to fruition. 

Her mother, the bride shown above in the middle, is giving the Bride-to-Be her wedding shoes as a gift. Well, the Aunt thought it would be neat to take a picture of those shoes, and then inset the pictures of the three former generations of Brides. On top is the Bride's Mother, than her Grandmother (who wore the shoes) and lastly her Great-Grandmother. 

I was immediately inspired because I tend to be sentimental that way and this is the end product that I delivered to her this evening. I hope the Bride-to-Be cherishes this just as much as her Aunt did making it. And what a great idea for other heirloom items you don't necessarily want out on display, but can show off in the form of a clever photograph and still be displayed in fashion!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Nebraska Rain Storm

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Strawberry Swing ... Today!

If your in KC come out and see me at the Strawberry Swing craft fair today! 8201 Stateline Road at the Alexander Majors property!!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Flint Hills...

These are just a couple of shots out of the 300+ that came back with me from the Flint Hills last weekend. I've been having an internal debate with myself trying to decide how many I would share since I am looking forward to doing so on a new blog with my friend Dana who enjoyed this trip and what we hope will be others in the future...but also because I have been dying to start up my own Etsy shop and sell some of these. So enjoy these ones while I figure it all out. If any of you will be in the KC area next Sunday I will be selling my photography in various formats at the Strawberry Swing Craft Fair. For more info, check out the button on the right hand side of my blog...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

New Phone = Fun Apps

So...we recently upgraded our phones...and now there is no going back! To be honest, I could have survived with my cracked, ancient blackberry awhile wasn't a big deal. But we decided after two years with out current phones and the strange things that they kept doing suddenly that we would go ahead and make the move to something newer...and that meant a touch screen for me which I never cared about ... until NOW! I have been having way too much fun playing with the photography applications for Android...and these are just a few of the results! Keep an eye out for more fun pics like this...cause I am officially addicted!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer Concerts Part 1




Monday, June 13, 2011

a slight unintentional HIATUS

It was really not my intent to fail at blogging that last 3 weeks, but sometimes life just gets in the way, or you don't feel like sitting down and actually putting time into a post. Which is where I have been life and slightly not motivated to take the time to throw anything up here. But here I am, were back and things have been happening! Which I will randomly throw into a few more posts in the next few days. Today, I am sharing with you some pics from our family bike outing yesterday...we had a break in the heat and got to enjoy some fabulous weather this past weekend...but now it is hot again.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

freighthouse bridge

Just a few pics I snapped of the FreightHouse bridge down in the crossroads following dinner Tuesday night for Matt's birthday...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Stormy DowntownKC

Photo Courtesy of Gary Lezak

Had to share this image taken by our local weatherman during the recent severe storms that came through...pretty unbelievable huh! Looks straight out of a movie...

the 3rd birthday gift

Sydney turned 3 years old back on the 12th and since Dad had to work that day, we took a visit to the Fire Station so she could open her gift with both of us. This is a 'balance' bike. Itt has no pedals and the kids learn to balance and then pick up their feet and coast, eliminating the use of training wheels. Once she has outgrown it, we will go trade it in for the next step up, a larger bike with pedals!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Remembering . . .

Remembering, because I will never forget where I was when I heard the news...the news that our friend and my husband's co-worker John had been injured in a house fire...and the news that came shortly after which confirmed he had passed. 

I still have that text on my phone...and the news story on my DVR that aired the following day. I think of that final look that my husband gave me from across the truck as he shook his head confirming the news that John hadn't made it. Or when I yelled out and dropped to my knees because my immediate thoughts were on his wife and two small children. I remember repeating over and over, 'What is she going to do? What is she going to do?' as Matt wrapped his arms around me and we both just sat their and gathered our thoughts. 

We were camping...just north of Kansas City with some friends. Matt ironically had just been discussing the details of his profession and such when we got the call that someone had been injured. Not even thinking it was anything severe, we went about our business, knowing that we would get more information in the morning. But it was the random email that came through my blackberry asking for prayers that immediately triggered the lump in my throat as I realized that this wasn't anything minor.

And then there it was, the unbelief pouring over our faces and in our voices. We put Sydney in her car seat and everyone helped as we gathered our belongings up and tossed it all in the truck. Hugging them good-bye and heading straight back to KC and directly to the Fire Station knowing that even if we couldn't do anything, just being there, with our Fire family was where we needed and wanted to be. To find out exactly what had happened and to stay as long as we needed to make sure we saw and hugged everyone we could. To remind them and ourselves that we were not alone in this tragedy.

The days following up to the funeral now seem like a blur. Everything happened so fast and at the end of a very long week, we woke up feeling empty. Empty because the chaos was now over. Now it was time to try to get back to normal, but normal doesn't exist. I think about John and Amber and the kids every time Matt leaves for work. Every time we visit the fire stations and see any of our friends. Your head goes to places you wouldn't normally send it as it also subconsciously tries to prepare you for the worst too. You selfishly think to yourself how lucky you are that it wasn't you...and then immediately feel the guilt of thinking that thought, and the heartache of knowing that someone else has to go through that kind of pain instead.

Tonight we gathered with our Fire Family in front of the memorial at station 71 and held a moment of silence for John, marking the one year anniversary. And following the tears that most of us still can't hold back, we hugged each other again, and then stayed and talked, and laughed, and enjoyed just being there. And as I stood back and watched, I stared at the smiling picture of John staring back at everyone, knowing in my heart that even though he is no longer with us, he is the reason that we are all so close now...and that is just one more reason why he will never be forgotten.

R.I.P. John Glaser ... you are forever missed and will always be remembered.

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