Sunday, June 1, 2014


 Yesterday my family celebrated Emily's high school graduation. Emily is a bookworm and thus we had a 'book themed' party. 

The quotes throughout this post are some of Emily's favorites. 

"Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last." 
Author Conan Doyle, His Last Bow 

"Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive— it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we knew all about everything would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?" 
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables 

Pennants made out of book pages

“Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.” 
― Victor HugoLes Misérables

 “Sometimes he used a spade in his garden, and sometimes he read and wrote. He had but one name for these two kinds of labor; he called them gardening. ‘The Spirit is a garden,’ said he.”
Victor Hugo, Les Miserables 

I am very blessed to be able to take this picture. Both sets of my grandparents are still alive, have been both married over 50 years, and they are all believers, and that is increasingly rare nowadays. 

 "It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to." 
J.R.R. Tolkein, The Lord of the Rings 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Azalea belles

Each Spring, our town has the honor of hosting the North Carolina Azalea Festival, which includes the Cape Fear Garden Tour. One tradition of the festival is the belles. The belles are a group of young ladies (mostly high school seniors) all dressed up like southern belles. Think Gone With the Wind. I participated when I was a senior, and now Emily has been able to enjoy it as well. 
The hoop skirts are so much fun to wear, though not practical at all, as you might imagine. However, the delightful task of being a princess for a weekend makes up for it.

 There are few dads and daughters who can coordinate so well and look so great together.

If the girls hadn't been so busy with their events, I might have kept them all day taking pictures. 

Southern belle

 It's hard to not take a great picture when you combine beautiful subjects with beautiful flowers.

 The anatomy of a hoop skirt.