He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting. You appoint darkness and it becomes night.
Psalms 104: 19 & 20
Life in the country, for me, is all about the sunsets. Its probably my most favorite time of the day. The light transforms everything into this brilliant golden hue and it is all this perfect color. I wish I could capture the exact way the sun streams over the fields as it sinks on the horizon.
Last month Paul filmed a highlight video for Kansas City photographer, Heather Brulez. Long story short I ended up second shooting the same wedding. It was fun working with an experienced photographer and capturing a couple's special day. The location was the Plaza in Kansas City, MO.
Here are a handful of the pictures I got:
The bride and groom wrote a letter to each other to read before the wedding.
Few shots of the reception hall. Their theme was Winter Wonderland.
Then off to the chapel!!
I had to include one shot of Paul doing what he does.
Birthdays around our house were special. Mama would prepare a festive meal, I usually requested Eggplant Parmesan, and she would bake a cake. All your siblings would head to the store with Papa and pick out an assortments of gifts ranging from honey roasted peanuts to a new calender (those were popular because it was always close to the new year).
I was born four days before Christmas. To this day my presents still are always wrapped in Christmas paper. Its just a fact of life. And on the odd occasion I do get Christmas/Birthday presents from people. I always felt ripped off when that happened. Oh, how envious I am of the person with a birthday in June! They get gifts twice a year!
Last month I turned twenty-four. Paul and I celebrated by going to get NY style pizza and watching movie. The Rogers family had a wonderful little party for me when we got back.
As far as older brothers go, he is one of my favorites (along with the three others). Tommy is one of those types of people we are all jealous of and only wish we could be: a natural at everything. He navigates his way around numerous musical instruments including the piano, guitar, violin and mandolin. I am pretty sure anything that he puts his mind to, gets done. He is an avid sports player, mostly soccer, but he has been know to run, bike, snowboard and play volleyball.
There are a couple memories of Tommy and me that I like to remember:
-The time he taught me piano. Or tried. I guess I am really thick headed because the lessons only lasted a month or so. But it was really fun. He is a good patient teacher.
-The time I flew out to Colorado to meet him and we drove across the country to Virginia. His car was standard and I "thought" I could drive it but distinctly remember him yelling "CLUTCH! CLUTCH!" as we are practically stalling at a stop sign.
-And then the time he took me to actually learn to drive stick. Nothing disastrous happened. I just drove around some empty parking lots with Tommy giving me instructions. It was a good time, and although I didn't get the hang of it till a couple years later, I will
always credit the first steps to him.
So here is to a wonderful brother, who I have always admired over the years.