Love…in the purest form.


A tender moment in time between a father and his newborn son.

Yep, still here…

image001The Mayan Calendar appears to have been inaccurate as far as predicting the end of the world, so I guess it will be worth writing a Christmas letter after all.  The entire buzz about the end of the world seems to be kind of a downer.  Hmmm… what should I write about?

A word that does come to mind is bliss.  Is bliss attainable or just something we dream of? I’d like to think it is something most of us are able to experience if we allow ourselves.  So, here’s a list of things in our lives that we perceive as bliss.

  • Having a crop to harvest even though the drought caused lower yields
  • Sitting on the deck at the end of the day while sipping a glass of wine (Hey, It’s good for the heart!)
  • Preparing and eating a meal with most of the ingredients coming from my garden and locally grown meat (My kids grew up so I now I nurture my garden.)
  • Meeting new people in Jamaica last April
  • Planning and dreaming of future adventures
  • Seeing our 14 month old granddaughter smile and laugh
  • Feeling as though our kids are doing well even if one (Bryon, the chemistry major) lives in a house we envision to be like “Animal House” from the John Belushi era, another lives on the other side of the planet (Elizabeth teaches high school English in Thailand) and the other is discovering the joys and challenges of parenting (Julia and Vince are parents of little Rachel)
  • Having such wonderful care for Randy at the Sanford Heart Hospital
  • Our own cozy bed after being in the Sanford Heart Hospital for a week
  • Appreciating friends and family who have been so generous in their offers of help and assistance
  • Faith in Jesus who died for our sins, so that we may experience true bliss in heaven
  • For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  ~ John 3:16

We sincerely hope that you can find a little bliss in each day, too.

Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Randy & Joyce

More rambling about life may be found at:image004

Elizabeth’s blog about her life and travels:

Yes, Santa, I’ve been good!


Mr. Smiley shares a tender moment with Santa.  It is interesting to observe the many reactions to the bearded gentleman in the red suit.  While this little guy is pleasantly amused by the encounter, some children scream with fright while others are puzzled by the whole experience.  To each their own.

It’s Photo Friday – Evening Light

Every child begins the world again…. ~Henry David Thoreau

The wild yellow flowers were in their full beauty last night in the evening light.  Evening is the ideal time to capture some warm summer images.

Aperture Priority ~ 2.8 @ 1/1250 of a second ~ ISO 100 ~ Canon 5D Mark 2 ~ Canon 24-70 and 70-200 L lenses used. Blended an image of flowers with the image of mother/child. Warming filters also used.