Memories Dreams Reflections 2013

Happy New Year!

It’s 2014!  WOW – I hadn’t really got used to writing 2013 & now it’s gone.  Hehehe. Each year Ashley challenges us to go back through our year in photos & share some highlights.  Boy there were a lot of photos to comb through.  But I love this challenge because it really does bring back so many memories that I had forgotten. So let’s get to it.

Memories Dreams Reflections 2013

1. Me! What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2013?
Finding the Light- Selfie Experiement This was from a challenge to capture shadows. Living in North Idaho in the winter certainly gives me lots of shadow play.

I’m proud that I have grown the blog beyond what I ever thought possible in a year’s time. I am also proud to say that I have overcome some photography challenges I had when we first moved here. It’s been a learning experience but also pushed me to expand my knowledge & skills.

2. I Love You
Picture Perfect Practice ~ Parallel Lines & Symmetry The hubs & I on a photo walk.

3. Still Laughing…
Lake Pend Oreille, Picture Perfect Practice ~ Framing The girls- enjoying the park by the lake.

4. Winter Wonderland
snowflake images, The Miracle of One Snowflake I actually captured this with my phone – I love this.

5. Birthday
15 Years ~ Birthday Session, teen photo shoot From the boy’s 15 year birthday session

6. Friends
Lunch with a New Friend I was blessed to have blogging friends who knew someone in our new home town.

She hooked us up & it was great to find new friends & feel more at home. (Thank you Mary Gene)

7. I Was Inspired…
Scenes from the "Hub's Cam" ~ Lake Pend Orielle

The hubs caught this with his phone. I’m always inspired when I go to one of the lakes around us. The water is so calming & centers me.

8. Spring Fever
20130506_224-copy-web The tulips in our front yard just made me so happy.

9. Travel or Vacation
Lake Pend Oreille, sail boat, Scavenger Hunt Sunday Lots of travel on these.

10. Summer Days
Golden Evening 4th of July One of the many fun summer events we were blessed with.

11. A Day In My Life

The munchkin loves being in the parades.

12. All Smiles
Scavenger Hunt Sunday ~ August 11 2013, silly She’s so animated – brightens my day.

13. Autumn Harvest
a good day, fall colors, northern Idaho, Scavenger Hunt Sunday October 20 2013 Fall here is INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL.  I couldn’t get enough.

14. Family or Home
End of Summer Session, Coeur d' Alene area family photographer, Northern Idaho photographer My perfect family- from our early fall session.  I’m blessed.

15. Celebrate!
Buttercream Frosting Recipe The munchkin’s birthday cake.

16. Let’s Do It Again…
Scavenger Hunt Sunday 10-27-2013, your mood today Playing at the park- yep- love to do that again.

17. I Miss You
Mom & I As many of you know- my mom passed away at the beginning of December.  We were incredibly close- I miss her more than I can express.

18. Beautiful
water, Scavenger Hunt Sunday June 16 2013 Lake Coeur d’Alene.  One of my favorite places – EVER

19. Dress Up
High Key Birthday Photos One day I dressed the girls in my grandmothers gowns & snapped a few pics for fun.

20. Macro
Frayed Corn Husk Wreath One of the many corn husk wreaths I made this past fall

21. Holidays
Eggnog Hot Chocolate You say holidays- I say Eggnog. How about some Eggnog Hot Chocolate

22. My Favorite
Merry Christmas From our sub zero holiday photo session. It was freezing but gorgeous that day.

23. Don’t Ever Change
Merry Christmas It’s hard to believe just how grown up they are now. Bittersweet.

24. Just Because…So There!
20130403_26-copy-web I really hope to get this finally put on canvas- I love this shot of them from our spring session by the lake.

25. Hopes and Dreams – share what you hope to come or dream for 2014.
Scenes from the "Hub's Cam" ~ Lake Pend Orielle

Praying for continued professional growth for both the hubs & myself.  I pray that with the good that comes we can not have the painful blows & setbacks that tend to diminish the memories of the good times.  I’m looking forward to some upcoming conferences to meet many of you all finally.  I’m looking forward to some great collaborations, exciting features & personal growth with things that I have been working on.  Praying for the Lord’s favor to be upon us as we charge towards achieving our goals.   Thank you all SO MUCH for all your love & support in good times & bad.  I am blessed to have you all in my life.


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  1. Andrea Campbell says

    Such beautiful photos and memories, Gina. Thank you for sharing them, and Happy New Year to you and yours.

  2. says

    Beautiful, beautiful photos! Your self portrait is just stunning! So sorry to hear about your mom. I hope 2014 will bring you lots of healing and happy days.

  3. says

    Oh my Gina, each and every one of these is breathtaking, you have such a beautiful family…#17 made me cry just a little but you look so much like your gorgeous mom and what a wonderful memory. Much love to you in the new year, wishing all your goals and dreams to come true!

  4. deanna1043 says

    This collection of your 2013 is truly inspiring. Your children are beautiful, your scenery is stunning, you can see the love for your hubs, and your Mom was a beautiful woman. Sweet thoughts your way!!

  5. says

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful year. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I know how difficult that can be. I lost my mom to cancer 6 years ago.
    Hope you have a great New Year!

  6. says

    Amazing selection but my stand out favourite is most definitely the portrait of you in the first shot. Quite simply WOW


  7. says

    Wow. Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures you have chosen here.

    I especially like the fall photo, but man! The ones with your kiddos are great too!

  8. says

    Gina, love the look back. I’m sad that you & Tracy haven’t gotten together again. I’m sad I haven’t made it over your way since you moved. Also, so sad about your mom. I’d love to tell you those feelings will pass, but I’d be lieing. Enjoy that new camera and perhaps in 2014 we can get together with our dueling cameras and catch up!! Happy new year!!

    • says

      Thank you Mary Gene. I really want to carve out more time for getting together & doing things both with you & with Tracy. Definitely feeling the pull for that connection. Loved that day with her. Would really enjoy getting together if that opportunity ever comes up- dueling cameras would be so much fun. Love & hugs my friend!

  9. says

    What a beautiful collection of photos from this past year. You’ve really captured some special memories. I think your favorite is my favorite. Love the light and the little pop of red of the hat. Hugs to you my friend. Hope you are doing ok. Hugs.