Recently, I had the opportunity to capture some family pictures of our friends, The Taylors. They, like many of us who have family who live in far away places, don’t have the opportunity to be all together very often. These friends of ours are missionaries, have been missionaries and are soon to be serving the Lord God in Canada. John and Jacky have served the Lord in the country of Ukraine for many years. They came to the states over five years ago to be part of administration at the ABWE home office, and are soon to be back in Canada as President of ABWE Canada. For many of us, we are very sad to see them back across the border….but, they are returning to their home country of Canada. So, this is a bitter-sweet experience for them. Their daughter, a missionary teacher overseas, their son and his wife in New York, and their youngest still attending university means that their family is spread all around and their times together are rare. I was fortunate to be able to capture some of the joy and gladness they had all together this year.
Mary Alice, born in 1921, was the oldest of three. After graduation, she attended Lancaster Bible School. She was married in 1941 and had one daughter. This remarkable woman has always been very musically inclined. She played the piano and directed choirs at several churches, played the organ and played the violin. She has taught Sunday School and led Pioneer Girls for many years. All the while she was an Executive Secretary to the Actuary at PA Blue Shield. Along with her husband, Mary hunted, fished and boated, and in fact, shot her own deer!!
Mary Alice was an accomplished seamstress, made coats, gown and all her own clothes and her daughter’s. She knitted, crocheted, embroidered, and quilted. She did all sorts of crafts.
She has two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. They are pictured here in honor of her hundredth birthday. What a enjoyable photo shoot this was. Having been long-time friends with Chuck and Joy (her daughter) along with the Shugharts, made this so much fun to be part of.
July 4th, a celebratory day! It is a day that we celebrate our country and all the good things that it stands for! Freedoms! and Blessed Opportunities! It is a day that, in our family, we celebrate the Patriarch of this Feehan family. Without him, all the rest of us would not be here! He is a descendant of an Irish immigrant. His family came here as a result of the Potato famine in Ireland during from 1845-1852. They came through Ellis Island, and ended up as farmers in the Midwest. My Father-in-law was born on a very hot day in July. No air conditioning in those days. The only way to cool off would be to take a ride in a buggy or wagon ride after the heat of the day was over. According to my father-in-law, that is exactly what his Mother did. Some time later that day, on the Fourth of July, He was born! He grew, attended St. Wendelin High School in Fostoria, Ohio. He married Patricia, my husband’s Mother and they together had 9 children! Barbara, Michael, Janet, Cathy, Mary Jo, Patrick, Danny, Debbie and Ann. As in most families, there have been times of challenges, sadness….but, mostly blessed, joyful times. We celebrate his birthday on the Fourth every year. Every year, there have been changes….new grandchildren, new great grandchildren, and then some people are missing that were here the year before. But, mostly we celebrate family being together, at least one time a year to celebrate and make memories together, just by spending time enjoying one another. Such as it was this year…despite the world’s changes…we could still do this as a family.
One thing I really love doing is taking pictures of people. It is so nice to be able to photograph a family. Mostly, I photograph my family, but once in awhile I capture images of people whom I haven’t met before. This is a blessing, getting to know them through the camera lens and interacting with them on so many levels. Recently, I have been able to meet a family and shoot their family pictures at Little Buffalo State Park. This was an awesome place to catch a small glimpse into their family. Lots of places to walk and talk and pose. The Stahl family consisted of Grandparents, Tim and Bernice, their Son’s family, Josh and Maddie with their sweet little boys, Ryker and Kolton. The little people were so very patient and good during this process! We captured many lovely images of all of them and some of them. Enjoy a peek into a very enjoyable time!
We decided that every time we saw one of the government signs telling everyone to stay home – we weren’t! We decided to keep doing what we always do when we have the time. That is we were going to go hiking and walking and exploring. But, instead of heading to Ireland, or Portugal, or out west somewhere, we were going to make the best of a bad situation. Well, it was a bad situation when one of our favorite things to do, is to travel and explore new places. We decided to take our exploration to areas 50 miles or less near our home. We found so many lovely and beautiful places where we could be outside and exercise — both things that fight the virus! We truly live in a beautiful part of the United States! I have included a collection of many of the places we visited during the spring and summer of 2020, some of which is along the Applachian Trail.
It seems that months go by and once again it is time for school pictures! Since the local guys are schooling from home this year, we were later than usual getting their fall pictures taken. Of course, with all the excitement of moving to a new house, Mimi’s surgery and just the newness of everything-school-at-home, we were pretty late snapping pictures, and we didn’t do the usual grade level things, and school items sitting around. We just did pictures! Every year, there usually is one guy that seems to be the “star” of the show! LOL This year it was Paddy. Finally, he has learned to pose just like Mimi wants. So very easy to take pictures of these guys…of course, I have been doing it for quite awhile…they are really used to it! Take a look! I think you will agree, they are pretty handsome!
We were so happy that our family from Greenville came to visit us this past summer. Right before the big surgery! The cousins had such a great time together — playing, running and playing in the creek! They have not seen and played with each other much before! It was a short but fun time visiting Wildwood and Lake Tobias together. They had a quick trip to Hershey to engage in candy! Took a few minutes to shoot some pictures since it had been a year almost! They grew so much….these sweet boys!