July 2016 Archive

Farewell | My Nono

This week I lost the last of my living grandparents.  My grandfather, Nono, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday morning soon after we flew down there to see him, hold his hand, and say goodbye one last time.

My son, Asa, had been asking me to read “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint Exupery for a couple of months now.  I had been putting it off because I didn’t have the time and so I grabbed it when I was packing for this trip. As I read it while I sat next to my grandfather, slowly breathing, I realized that it was the ideal book for this visit. The perfect words for letting go of something that you love and for understanding what truly matters in life.  If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading it.  I am going to include a few of my favorite quotes from that book as they just seem so poignant.

“Here is my secret. It is very simple: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”  The Little Prince

 

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It is difficult to fully describe this man (as it is with any complex person) and the many qualities that made him so special.  He was funny, he was intelligent and highly educated, and he was extremely stubborn.  He spoke his mind but in a gentle way, and managed to gain the respect and adoration of everyone who knew him.  For all of his wisdom and authority he truly had a child’s spirit and loved to laugh and play jokes. He adored children and always took the time to hold them and play with them and teach them silly tricks.  I could easily list the established accomplishments of his life; he was a WWII Vet, and had a PHD in Nuclear Physics and much more.  But to me, he was Nono.  Always greeting us with open arms and yelling, “Heeeeyyyyy  Katie!!”  Grabbing us out of bed and throwing us in the pool, still in our pj’s.  Rounding up bikes from local junk shops so we could ride around the neighborhood during our visit. Taking us to the beach and letting us cover him in sand. And coming home from work and jumping in the pool with us, still fully clothed.

“All grown-ups were once children…but only few of them remember it.”  The Little Prince

He was an avid gardener, a beer lover (particularly the cheap kinds in cans), a woodworker and a scoutmaster. He loved camping and playing his homemade dulcimer.  He possessed a childlike wisdom that served him well and he never lost sight of the most important matters in life.  Love, God and family. He and my grandmother had 11 children and endured the loss of 4 of them.

He truly listened to you when you talked to him. He offered advice when he could but he was humble and mostly just gave you the strength or the guidance to figure out a solution to your problem. He believed in the power of prayer and in letting God help you solve your problems.

I’m pretty sure I got most of my German stubbornness from him.  But hopefully I also got his compassion too and maybe even a touch of his wisdom.

“In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night.”  The Little Prince

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My grandmother and six of her children, including my mom.

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Nono with me and my kids just last summer.

He will be sorely missed by the large and wonderful family that he left behind.  But I have no doubt that he is looking down on us all. Reminding us to be patient and to love each other and to laugh.

“It doesn’t matter that you are not here in person as long as you are here in my heart.” The Little Prince 

XOXO~Kate

Kristie and Robert | Married | Backyard Wedding

Kristie and Robert were married on Kristie’s parent’s horse farm in Massachusetts it was such a beautifully, happy day.  Being the second marriage for both, their kids played a big part in their day and it was a very special occasion.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a groom smile as contentedly during a service as Robert did and the love between them is so genuine and strong. It was a joy to see and I know they will have a wonderful marriage.

Events by Sorrell planned the wedding and her attention to detail never disappoints.  Apotheca Flowers created the most stunning bouquets, herb gift boxes, and lamb’s ear ring box that we were all dying over.  Impress Me Designs beautifully incorporated the bold color scheme into the invitations and signage and Francestown Village Foods provided a delicious luncheon.

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XO~Kate

 

Phoebe & Eric | Engaged | NH Wedding Photographer

Meet Phoebe and Eric.  One of the cutest couple ever. They are getting married this October at Phoebe’s childhood home and I cannot wait for their wedding!!  I love the connection between them and that they are always smiling and laughing.

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XO~Kate

 

Family Connections | NH Children’s Photographer

I am so lucky to call Heather and her beautiful family my friends. We met when we first moved to Mont Vernon and had an instant connection. She is the kind of person you can talk to about anything and is doing an amazing job raising her kids. Finley is very close to her son, Owen, and loves spending time at their house. And who wouldn’t, with so much laughter and love in their home. It is a beautiful thing to see such connections within a family and I look forward to sharing our time together over the years.

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XO~Kate

Heather and Kaveh | Cobb Hill Estate Wedding

The Cobb Hill Estate in Harrisville, NH is a magical place for a wedding and it was the perfect setting for Heather and Kaveh’s marriage celebration.  These two adventurous souls were married on a mountain top amidst wildflowers and split rail fences.  Surrounded by close and loving friends and family they exchanged heartfelt vows and soaked in the beauty of New Hampshire.  They had an amazing team of local vendors including Mayfair Farm and Vera Flora Farm.

The entire wedding was genuine and beautiful and fun, just as a celebration of lifetime love should be. Congratulations Heather and Kaveh!

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XO~Kate