this moment


{this moment}

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.


SIDE NOTE: I wish I could have captured a sound. The sound of a barred owl in the middle of the night, and the feeling of excitement and joy inside me while I listened and smiled.

they call it a gala

I call it the best damn macaroon I have every had.


It wasn’t exactly a kid friendly event, but somehow it worked out that way anyways.  The Ogeechee River Gala was divine.  The amazing owners of Brighter Day so generously passed on some comped tickets to us, thinking it was closer to our neck of the woods and that we may rub elbows with some folks who think like us.  And we did.  It was spectacular.

The night took place at Ft. McAllister, where we had the opportunity to board a giant shuttle bus (the boys were just giddy about this), head to a scattering of gorgeous white tents adorned in oversized matching balloons, and enjoy a festivity benefiting the powerfully beautiful river nearby.  We felt beyond lucky to attend such an elaborate party.  Even our boys could feel the energy I am sure, for they didn’t once make a run for it and only once tried to grab the microphone.  Things just work out, don’t they?


It seemed as if our boys would be featured in several newspapers by the evenings end.  The camera loves their sweet little faces, and boy did I love those sweet cameras!  So, I left the photography up to their fancy flashes and giant apertures and just enjoyed the festivities.  We danced, stuffed our faces with delicious foods, questioned the folks dressed up in reenactment costume, observed the amazing spinners, and of course mingled with the birders.  I officially can call myself one of those too.  I had my rite of passage I believe.  I approached a man with an owl on his arm with a “whooo cooks for youuuuu!” and was answered with a giant grin and a “yes!  a barred owl!”  Yes, I am incredibly cool.

I found myself glued to the tent where The Georgia Southern Wildlife Education Center offered a silent auction item that was in my eyes nothing short of spectacular.  A falcon hunt.  And by this I mean, going with a falcon, and a bird dog to watch them hunt.  Surely not something you come across everyday.  But when I took a glance at the starting bid, and decided I would let some other folks enjoy something like this instead.

The rain prevented us from attending the candle lit tour of the fort, but that was ok, because our boys were done and done.  We made a dash for it across the pouring parking lot, packed ourselves in tight and cozy in the old Subaru and headed home recounting the evenings events.  Not so often our family of four gets a night on the town, and we certainly didn’t take it for granted.


Thank you to Janie and Peter at Brighter Day!

PS- I will announce the winner of the banner giveaway on Thursday!  So, if you have not entered you have a couple more days!