Monday, January 09, 2012

friends gathering

We start out each new year with a gathering of friends at Rand & Michelle's in Waddell, Arizona. It's heaven out there, like we're out in the country, when really we're only about an hour west of Tempe.

It's almost like elsie's yelling "Hey, I'm here! Let's get this party started!"

Emolyn loved entertaining Elsie & Cadence.

And the horses next door were a big hit with the grandkids.

Love taking pictures during the golden hour.

 As the sun was setting over the White Tanks, we gathered together for the annual group shot. Nancy's daughter Amy, who came all the way from LA, and happens to be a professional photographer, helped set up the group shot and I couldn't be more delighted with the love pouring out from each and every face. We have done life together for over 30 years and I can't think of a better tradition than a Forever Friends reunion at the start of each year. And when it's time to eat, you can bet it's always a hardy smorgasbord of soups, salads, breads and desserts. My favorite kind of meal.

My husband is always one of the first to head out back to get the bonfire started...

... and what a bonfire it was!
Thanks Nancy for capturing these great night images.

When we left hours later ~ our hearts were full ~ and better able to face the new year with a renewed sense of hope ~ anticipating what lies ahead ~ with faith as a mustard seed.
But you know what? That's all God wants from us. (Matthew 17:20)


Amy T Schubert said...

love the photo with the dandelions :)
Emolyn is TOTALLY into it!

Liz said...

Hi Linda,
I just wanted to pop in and say hi. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!