Thankful for JOY.

This post is a few days late, (okay, a week late) but as I am recounting Thanksgiving at my family’s farm, I am filled with joy—pure joy. The kind of joy you know could only be given to you by the big man upstairs. I praise Him for joy and for time that makes me think about things like…


{my best friend}

{my sister and her shimmy dance} {And skies like this one…seriously, how gorgeous is that? Many of these pics are overexposed, but this one gives you a tiny glimpse of the perfect gray we experienced late afternoon on Thanksgiving day.}


{my uncle}

{a good game of front yard football}

{sipping sweet tea & porch time}

{farm walks with the one you heart}

{chasing the dog around…and around again}

{special time with your aunt/niece}

{and time with your future family}

{sisterly fighting}

{and hugs, too}

Always remember: you’re never too old to be silly with your sister…

or to see if you can still do a handstand…

although, you might be sore the next day…

Don’t forget to practice your “Dirty Dancing” moves. You never know when “I’ve Had  the Time of My Life” is going to come on. You’ll want to be ready when it does.

Take a long walk…

…and don’t be surprised when the lady with the camera catches you when you’re not looking…

Oh, so thankful. :)


  1. Christie Wilbanks 12/02/2010 / 2:31 pm

    I LOVE this. All around it is wonderful. The pictures, the faces, the “story” :) I’m glad you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I DO need to know what kind of camera you used or how you tampered with the photos to get them so clear and precise…please :)

    • sbparks 12/10/2010 / 12:46 pm

      Thanks, Christie!! So glad you read! :) I use a Nikon D50. I got it used, but it was in pristine condition. I’m really loving it, and I would totally recommend it!

  2. Janie Sanford 12/02/2010 / 3:36 pm

    Soooooooooooo cute! Can’t wait to see you and that ring and the beautiful wedding in February. I am so happy for the two of you!

  3. Lauren Springer 12/21/2010 / 10:33 am

    I am so impressed with Jonathan’s ability to aid you in fulfilling your Dirty Dancing dreams… too cute!! =)

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