This morning, as I wandered some of Southern Manitoba’s countryside looking for some upcoming session ideas, I spotted a quaint backyard with pretty details. I pulled my van over, and tapped on the front door of the house.  A silver haired lady  graciously greeted me, & as she spoke I noticed her lovely English accent. With formal introductions aside, we began to talk  about our lives.

Alma Carson, born in 1921 in London England. This was only the beginning of her story……

She loved flowers right from her early childhood. Gardening was something she naturally spent time doing, she embrodiered & in a quiet way told me she was quite musical. She played the organ. Yes, I would have loved to have seen her hands play.

She told me she was a morning person, and still enjoys her Wednesday tea times.

I then noticed the wedding band on her finger &  so with a twinkle in her eye she told me about her love story.  She said it began during the war. A man named Albert was stationed in England, near where she resided. There happened to be a dance that they both attended. He spotted her, and came over and asked her to dance. After that  she said they would go on many walks in the countryside. From what I understand she then moved to Canada & letters where sent back & forth. In one of the letters he proposed. His heart needed to wait to hear back…..& then a letter came with her reply. Yes.

Isn’t that just beautiful?

Albert died in 1980. I asked if she still had that letter written so long ago. She told me she has kept it.

I believe it is difficult for me to adequately honour Alma with my words. I asked her if it would be okay if I told a bit of her story here & she said it would make her day.   She was one of those unexpected gems that comes along every now and then, &  a story told that somehow leaves that imprint on your heart.

 

 

candlelighters childhood cancer support group

 

This is a support group for families who have or have had a child with cancer. The bidding for their auction fundraiser begins today!  If your heart leads you, feel free to check out their facebook page for this fundraiser and its details. I am grateful to be a small part of this: a child photosession with judithvothphotography is up for bidding along with many other great items.

my jar of hearts

~Send me a sign; a hint, a whisper, throw me a line ’cause I am listening.  Come break the quiet, breathe Your awakening, bring me to life ’cause I am fading

Surround me with the rush of angel wings.

Shine Your light so I can see You

Pull me up, I need to be near You

Hold me, I need to feel love

Can You overcome this heart that’s overcome ?~ david crowder band Shine

 

I believe our hearts have days or seasons of speaking these words. Sometimes our “jar” feels empty. We long for it to be filled & for our quiet to be broken. I believe in my life God has been faithful to reveal His love to me through His creation & the people that surround me. My jar was filled with hearts the other day.  I am quite sure the people that filled it really did not know how much their words had met my quiet & had become those rush of angel wings.

love, judith

 

tangible dreams

It is always a treat to be invited to photograph the design projects by Melody Martens of Tangible Dreams Ltd. This kitchen space had that shimmer & sparkle that immediately caught your eye! More design projects by Tangible Dreams can be viewed here.