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Why start a blog? Honestly, I don’t truly have an answer for you…yet. There are so many blogs out there in cyperland that I’m sure no one is really going to read mine. Will it be interesting? Possibly. The only person it should be interesting for is me. Since these will be my own words and photos, I should be interested. If you become interested along the way, that would be fantastic!

This won’t be a how-to blog, a cooking blog, an educational blog, or a hey look at me blog. I will be writing down some thoughts, possibly some short stories, showing a little bit of my photography, and generally just shooting the breeze when I feel like it. For all of my grammar nazi friends, feel free to let me know when I’ve royally screwed up my grammar. If it helps you have fun…nazi away! (PS I’m not getting rid of the ellipsis, get over it).

You will find that I am a true Gemini. You never know what mood I’ll be in for the day. Sometimes bright and sometimes a little moody. I can have a “smart mouth” as my mother would say, and I can be a little sarcastic. I try not to be too blunt. You’ll find some days I am extremely conversational in my writing, and other days waxing poetic.

Anyways, just trying this thing out tonight. It’ late and I’m not really putting my best foot forward. So I’m working on my “real” first blog post. So, cheers!!! Let’s hope I did this thing right. Night 🙂

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the barn. inspired by life. august 2018

We have a barn. It’s not your typical barn, there are no horses, pigs, or chickens. There is no tack hanging on the walls, no hay in a loft, nor are there any cats chasing small mice. But it is a barn where a large amount of sweat, blood, and tears are shed and prayers are said.

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One day I’ll have to tell you the story of how our barn was built, but that’s not for today. I want to show you the work that is being done every day. This is where my husband, Brad, works. Day in and day out, mostly 7 days a week. He will take a break when I force him to or when his brain does. Besides my dad, my husband is the hardest working man I know.bmg_july2018_barn_edit1_web.jpg

Unbeknownst to us, God had plans for our family that we never would have dreamed possible. He has been guiding and providing for us in a way that only God can.

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Brad makes crosses. Yes, he makes crosses for a living. I love to see people’s reactions to this. They never believe it. But that is one thing that I have learned over the last several years. Have faith and believe. It is truly amazing what God can do for you if you just have a little faith.

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One afternoon, I asked Brad if I could bring my camera in to watch him while he worked.  I just started shooting away. It’s been a couple of weeks since I took these, but I didn’t feel it was the right time to post them. This is the week, the 33rd week of the year. Yes this was exactly the right time.

I hope you enjoy this small tour with Brad. And if you would like to see what his crosses look like, please check out http://www.divinecrosses.com or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/divinecrosses.llc/ It’s such beautiful artistry.

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I’ll take my camera in to the barn any day. I’m sure this will not be the only time. The light in here during the fall is so beautiful. I’ll have to show you 🙂

♥ Brandi

This blog is part of Inspired by Life Blog circle. It is filled with wonderfully talented photographers from different parts of the world. Please follow the circle and see what has Inspired our artists this month. Next up is my friend Channon. Please check out her blog here. See ya’ll next month!

one of those days. inspired by life april 2018

I told Joshua we could go spend a couple of hours at the beach. We are fortunate to live in a place where an hours drive will take you the most beautiful beaches in America. It’s still a little chilly for me to be hanging out in a bathing suit, but Joshua was all for it!

And then he surprised me. He asked me if he could bring his paints and a canvas and paint a landscape while we were at the beach. Well of course I said yes!! Now just so you know, this was his first attempt to paint on site. And he didn’t take in to account how glaringly bright our beach is with the white sand. So for a while he had his towel over his head painting. It was so fun to watch. While he got his art on, I took my camera and got mine on.

It was one of those days….

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we had to find the perfect spot. so we sat down sightly behind this dune so he “could have some interesting views.”
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in his element.
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“mom I don’t have enough paints.”
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bathroom break.
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after finishing his painting, joshua wanted to go explore fort pickens. we used to bring the boys quite frequently but since they are older we haven’t been as much. i think he has missed it.
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brought my new lens baby so, of course, I had to experiment a little with this new lens.
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it gets dark in the tunnels.
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the landscape is so different around the fort.
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the wildflowers were everywhere.
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i’m thinking he had a great day.

I think we all need one of those days. Find yours. You’ll create memories for a lifetime.

❤️ Brandi

This blog is part of Inspired by Life Blog circle. It is filled with wonderfully talented photographers from different parts of the world. Please follow the circle and see what has Inspired our artists this month. Next up is my friend Melissa. Please check out her blog here. See ya’ll next month!

 

home. march 2018. inspired by life

Home. The place where your soul takes a deep breath because the air is different there. The sun shines a little brighter, the wind wraps around you a little tighter, and the rain cleanses the earth a little better. “Home” doesn’t always equate to a house. It could be that one vacation spot your family chose every summer for a family getaway. Pay a little closer attention to the spots you frequent. You may be surprised at the places and people that make you feel like you’re home.

Here are a few photos of the people and places that feel like home to me.

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this is the view from my kitchen window
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a sunset from our backyard
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my husband, brad, working in the barn
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brad teaching daniel in the barn
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a sunset through the barn windows
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joshua and a birthday cupcake
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my mama
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a sunset at lake jackson

As I type this, the window is open to cool March winds and I can hear the birds singing. It is the first day of spring and the earth knows it. Happy Spring Day!!

❤️ Brandi

This blog is part of Inspired by Life Blog circle. It is filled with wonderfully talented photographers from different parts of the world. Please follow the circle and see what has Inspired our artists this month. Next up is my friend Melissa. Please check out her blog here  See ya’ll next month!!

phoneography. february 2018. inspired by life

Hey Ya’ll!! I have started and deleted this blog post about a dozen times. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to try and express what I want to say. I wanted to talk about phone photography. I’ve been told countless times that equipment does not make a photographer. And, I should add, neither does a computer. When I look at something interesting, I’m always looking to see the best angle for a photo. And just because I didn’t bring my DSLR or my computer with me, doesn’t mean that I won’t get a great photo. I practice every day with a camera…whether it’s my phone or my Nikon. I’m always snapping away. That being said,

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there is an extremely large online photography contest currently happening and it’s the first time I’ve ever entered. Last year I voted a couple of times, but I didn’t have anything invested in it so I didn’t really stick to it. However, since I submitted 50 photos this year, I figured I should at least vote in the thing! It’s become somewhat of an addiction,

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trying to see if you spot your photos among the 100’s of thousands of images that were submitted. And it’s a total high when you do spot one of your own. Not only do you get to vote for it, you can see your photo in a grid of four and see how they look with the other contestants. I can see what I need to work on. I can even see where I have improved over the years. The funniest thing I’ve learned about myself…

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the phone photography category has become my favorite. It’s so interesting! It could be documentary, landscape,

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food photography, lifestyle, action, or portraiture. I love it all!!

All the photos in my blog today are from my phone. Basically, a-day-in-the-life-type photos.  I’ve decided that I’m going to embrace my phone camera. I won’t just take a selfie, I’ll take a selfie with my embarrassed teenaged son photobombed by my husband.

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I’m going to take photos of my grandparents and my parents when they aren’t looking.

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I’m going to practice my phoneography. It’s ok to document your life. And it’s ok to jump into the photo, too.  There’s one more thing you should do,

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PRINT YOUR PHOTOS!!!!!! There are so many companies out there that will print your photos for free, so there really is no excuse.

I just printed these photos (I only paid shipping), and let me tell you, it was like Christmas morning when I received my package in the mail. So much fun to look through “family pictures”. Print them! I promise you will not regret it.

♥ Brandi

 This blog is part of Inspired by Life Blog circle. It is filled with wonderfully talented photographers from different parts of the world. Please follow the circle and see what has Inspired our artists this month. Next up is Sarah’s blog, click here to see her incredible images!!

understanding: artist inspired blog circle May 2017 – purple

Enjoy the spring. There are colors everywhere. Today I found purple.

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The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

This blog is part of that circle. It is meant to share other artists. Please follow our circle by clicking here to see how Sharleen interpreted purple. You won’t be disappointed!!

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grey blooms: artist inspired blog circle january 2017 – grey

have you ever stopped what you were doing to watch the moon bloom? it happens so fast that you could miss it while you are eating dinner. next month, if you can remember, stop and watch. you could see a miraculous sunset to the west and a magical rise of the moon to the east.

my husband and i stopped working for just a little while and this is what we saw.

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just because the sky is grey doesn’t mean you can’t find the color. you have to pay attention and look up.

The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

This blog is part of that circle. It is meant to share other artists. Please follow our circle by clicking here to see Kathy’s interpretation of grey.

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the time for white: artist inspired blog circle december 2016-white

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White. Yep, I think about Christmas when I see white. Of course, there’s the snow, white lights in a green tree, fuzzy hats with white trim, and marshmallows floating in hot chocolate. But…I live in Florida. We rarely see snow, ice more often, so we have to make our “white” Christmases.

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One of my favorite things to do is make cookies. I love everything about it. Gathering all the ingredients, watching my family circling around the dough waiting for the beaters from the mixer, filling the house with that oh-so-yummy smell. You can smell them, can’t you? I was thinking about this blog post while I was making chocolate chip cookies. I looked down and viola! White!

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We may not have snow, but we have sugar and flour!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough….

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The kids weren’t too far behind. Even my hubs has to come grab a spoonful. There’s nothing better when it’s a little chilly outside and there are fresh baked cookies. I think it’s time for another batch 😉 happy baking, ya’ll!!!

PS-I promise to be more organized in the future so I’m not trying to type this up the night before publishing!!!!

The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

This blog is part of that circle. It is meant to share other artists. Please follow our circle by clicking here to see Kathy’s interpretation of White.

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orange pop: artist inspired blog circle november 2016-orange

Hey ya’ll. So I missed October’s blog post…eh, it happens. The best thing about a blog is I can be serious or I can be chatty. Since I’m having a little trouble with this month’s blog color, well, I’ve decided that I’m not really going to chat about orange. I don’t have that many photos that I can use for this color anyway, and because it’s November, I feel like giving thanks. So here goes.

  1. This year was the first time we have ever done a true “family vacation”. We hopped on and off a couple of planes eventually landing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We wanted fall. We got it!  It was fantastically gorgeous!! I can’t even believe there are so many colors of leaves. I know I’ve seen pictures, but it doesn’t do it justice.

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We found a park that we could play in, Gold Medal Park in downtown Minneapolis. These were my favorite trees. ^ And the yellow’s!! They were so bright!

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Minnesota and Wisconsin are wonderfully beautiful. If you ever have the chance to visit, I highly recommend it.

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2. Thankful this political season is over.

3. Thankful I have a job where I make a difference. Even if it is on a small scale.

4. Thankful for my family. This vacation only reminded me how I couldn’t go on without them. They are truly my life.

And last, but not least, never least: HOW BOUT THEM CUBS!!!!!!!!!

What do you even say about it? Holy cow. That’s all I keep thinking.

5. Thankful we got to see them win one. Of course, it’s something none of us will ever forget. We were in a hotel room so close to Lambeau Field we could see it out the window while we were watching the game with heart pounding anxiety. I’ve never sweated so much watching a game. I kept telling my husband that my heart was hurting. There was much tossing and turning in the beds because we were afraid to get up and pace. We were trying to be quiet! .

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this was taken during our tour of Wrigley in 2012

I was searching through my photos from our trip to Wrigley and started reminiscing. (I’m very bad about that….getting distracted). The last game we saw at the field was the last game of the 2012 season. We left with the W flag flying. There was something in the air that year. A change of seasons, perhaps, but there was hope.

 

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It may have been raining at the time, but the sun was starting to shine on the Cubs.

The day after the World Series we were truly stunned that it had finally happened. I kept waiting for someone to say it was a mistake. It happened!! So very cool to see. I just want to tell all those that haven’t been Cubs fans until this year that the Cubs are special. Their field is special. You’ll see. You’ll fall in love too. Just remember that Wrigley is just as special. So take care of it.

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It’s all about R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Well, I’m off to bed. Night!!!!

The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

This blog is part of that circle. It is meant to share other artists. Please follow our circle by clicking here to see Kathy’s interpretation of Orange.

BTW: ALL PHOTOS ON THIS BLOG ARE MINE AND COPYRIGHTED BY BRANDI GEOGHAGAN 2016.

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the gold season: artist inspired blog circle september 2016-Gold

I dislike September. If something bad is going to happen, it always seems to happen in September. Green Day had it right when they sang “Wake me up when September ends.”

Besides September 11th, there have been many things in my own life that have given me this sense of sitting on tenterhooks waiting for the next disaster. My grandfather, the most enigmatic man I’ve ever known, passed away September 15th, the day before Hurricane Ivan slammed into Pensacola (my hometown). Unfortunately, it took a while to find out where his body had been taken after the storm, much less get a funeral together. My family had to arrange our own flowers for his casket. With power out in the city we couldn’t use fresh flowers. So, we bought silk flowers in Jacksonville. I still have one in a shadow box. I should have know he would have gone out with a bang. Nothing was ever simple with that man.

Several years later, my husband’s grandfather passed in September. His death wasn’t as dramatic, but the impact was felt as severely. I miss his jokes and inappropriate humor. I seemed to have been the only one in which he would share that particular characteristic.

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Enough about me. It’s not really what I wanted to talk about. I just finished reading a wonderful book, The Butterfly and the Violin, by Kristy Cambron. Part of the book takes place during WWII. And it got me to thinking, as any good book should do.

When I was a child I did a social study project on Auschwitz, and during this project I interviewed two survivors of this horrible place. It was one of those moments that changes the way you view the world and the people that inhabit this place. It can be shocking to realize the evil that exists. I’ve always “known” that evil exists. You cannot grow up Catholic and not know. Even the church accepts it. However, true evil, the evil that infects so easily and breaks down every barrier without hardship is completely and utterly terrifying. Oh, and guess when little ole Hitler marched into Poland? September 1, 1939. Evil and terror, such as he created, is incomprehensible to me. Was he even human?

How do you survive such unholy terror? It tries to destroy everything that makes you human. But that’s the thing, being human. Our will to survive is simply amazing. But even more fantastic is the ability of the human spirit to see and create beauty and love in even the most dire of circumstances. And I believe the reason we can is because of God. He is there to help us see and feel it. We just have to let Him.

I wonder sometimes if those moments are special because they are so simple.

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Do you think the people held prisoner in the “work” camps could even see a sunset? Or did the ashes from the crematoriums block out the sun? Could God’s golden sun break through, for even just a moment?

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Was the silence of snow on golden leaves precious? Or did it feel like doom knowing that winter was ready to bleach out the color?bright-woods

How in God’s name did they do it? How did they keep their soul from wasting away behind barbed wire?

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To put it simply, I don’t know how they did it. I’m just glad that they did.

I wonder what their first sunrise was like after their liberation? Do they remember it or was it just enough to know that they would be seeing another one?

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I told my husband today that if anything like that ever happened again I hoped that I would be as courageous as the survivors, or as honorable as the people that helped to hide them or assisted in their escape. Not because I want to be important, but because I want to be the person that God wants me to be.

As for September, well, I suppose there has to be a low before the high. Maybe I’ll use this month to look for the simple beauty in watching the heat dissipate and the clear air reveal all the wonders of the gold season.

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The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

This blog post is part of that blog circle. It is meant to share other artists. Please follow our circle by clicking here. I hope you enjoy Kathy’s interpretation of Gold.

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