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Just recently I took a trip to Chicago and Kankakee Illinois for a reunion of sorts. In the late 1980s my Grandfather and his brothers set up the Maggie Sloan Crawford award in honor of their mother to then honor female recipients whose life exemplifies Christian ideals and whose faith is evident in their life’s work. They also set up a scholarship fund in honor of their mother. My Great Grandmother was the first graduate of Olivet Nazarene College. She was a teacher and later a minister. About every ten years Olivet Nazarene University sets up this award and also invites the Crawford family to participate in the ceremony. I attended this award when I was eighteen but to be there as an adult with more life experiences, it was just so humbling.  This year they awarded Mary Lou Carney, a Christian author for children and young adults. She was a fabulous speaker and well deserving. We attended a couple dinners and walked around the campus. I learned some fun things about my Grandfather and his influence on the college and spent some time with family members I had only met a few times in my life. Most importantly I spent time with my sister, my mom and my aunt and uncles in Kankakee and then later in Chicago. We had a marvelous time (kid-free) and it was a treat, though I always miss my family. Here are some photos I was able to grab while in awe of the experience and the wonderment of downtown Chicago. Of course it wouldn’t be a proper post without mentioning the weather. In case you are wondering, it was cold and windy. So, so cold and windy.

It’s been a long year of healing and I was curious how my body would do if I started shooting again. I asked my cousin if I could do a little test session with her family, she said yes, so we met up at Bear Creek. As always their family is delightful. They are such a loving, beautiful family and it’s always a pleasure photographing them. For the most part my body did ok. I was pretty sore that night and for a few days after but I was surprised how well I fared. As for my shooting, I’m a little rusty. It’s hard to jump back in and remember all the things I had learned over the last several years but I was able to capture some sweet images anyway.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I update my “Here and There” page often but posts have been few and far between. I am feeling better, trying to shoot more and get back into the hang of things. I am optimistic that I will be able to begin shooting families again this fall although I may only take a few this year. So since I haven’t posted much, here are a few favorite images from our trip in June. (I had a small flare during this trip so I didn’t end up taking as many photos as I normally would have.) We spent the majority of our vacation in Cayucos, CA in an adorable cottage right on the beach. The town is a beautiful, quaint beach town near San Louis Obispo. We toured antique shops and ate way too many cookies at the Brown Butter Cookie Company. Almost the entire time we were visiting, there was a marine layer that stayed most of the day, the sun popped out here and there but not much. I would say it was very cold but my family had no issues with it and enjoyed the water anyway. We visited the Hearst Castle and the Elephant Seal viewpoint but mostly relaxed and enjoyed visiting with Grandma and Grandpa.

 

  • Betty o - Lovely photos❣️We camped on the beach near Monterey one summer. 2 weeks of sun out of 3 months😜 I wore sweats the whole tome🙄ReplyCancel