junkstock 2017 | a short story

In 2015 we started going to Junkstock, just my girls and me.  For her birthday, Bekah wanted me to drive to Omaha and spend the weekend with her and E.Beth and to go to Junkstock.  Well, that was a no-brainer!  So now it has become our little tradition.  Year three complete with hopefully many more to come.  I wouldn’t trade this time with them for anything in the world.

This year was just a “tad” on the muddy side.  But not to worry, we came prepared with rain boots and umbrellas.  Thankfully, we didn’t need the umbrellas.  Unfortunately, we had to carry them around the entire day.  Oh well.

junkstock 2017

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twenty | a short story

She turned twenty and I baked her a cake.  A few days later, on her actual birthday, she went to Denver with her best friend and family.  They took her out to dinner for her birthday.  I was happy for her that she got to go with them.  It was a far better birthday than we could have given her this year because of schedules and such.  And I couldn’t have asked for a better substitute family with whom she could spend her special day.

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eighteen | a short story

It’s the beginning of the birthdays.  Nolan always starts off the parties, cakes, gifts, or at least he used to.  Back when they were all little.  Now, it’s just a cake, and sometimes not even that.  Of course there’s a gift.  Always a gift.  But as they all get older and are leaving home, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to have a “birthday party.”  So we make due with whoever is around and celebrate as best we can.  A bonus to this cake was the candles. I didn’t realize that I had bought trick candles.  It was kind of fun for the small bash.

nolan birthday

paper posey photography

Four weeks ago we had the privilege of renewing our wedding vows for our 25th anniversary.  We chose to do them in a place in Colorado that has special meaning to us and to have our ceremony performed by a very dear friend.  This was something that we had talked about doing for several years and could not wait for the day to come.

We had only our children present and incorporated them into our ceremony.  It was such a beautiful, memorable day that I will not soon forget.

Several months prior to this day I searched for a photographer in the area.  I had one booked but she had to cancel on me because of a family situation.  She was kind enough to find a photographer friend of hers to take our pictures in her place.  I think it was one of the best things that could have happened.  Not that the other gal wouldn’t have been awesome, but it was even more special having someone shoot our ceremony that shared the same faith as us.  One of the sweetest gals you will ever meet.  She is the owner and photographer at Paper Posey Photography in Salida, Colorado, and did such an excellent job!  It was so nice to not have to take my own family’s pictures for the first time in nine years.  So much easier and much more enjoyable.

Thanks again Avery!  You captured our day perfectly!

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climbing | documentary photographer

Our stay in Colorado was going to be short so we tried to make the best of every moment leading up to our vow renewal.  A lot of outdoor play was definitely in order!   From climbing to parkour, there was no shortage of exercise.  Our downtown was equally enjoyable as well.  With a little laziness on the porch, in the hammock or just a slightly competitive game of Wheel of Fortune.

How you can go from freezing on the top of a mountain to sweating on the top of a foot hill all within a matter of a few hours is just crazy to me!  Don’t the mountains know they shouldn’t have snow at the end of June?  Someone needs to inform them.

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