For with You is the fountain of life; in your light, we see light. Psalm 36:9

That photo sums me up well: mom, photographer, messy pony-tail wearer. I have been married to my Marine for thirteen years and in that time we've been given four amazing little people to love. I once sent kid photos by the hundreds to friends and family as a way of keeping them connected to our growing, military-moving lives. One day it dawned on me that what I really wanted to share were the most special moments, the I wish you could have been there moments, and dumping a couple hundred snapshots of baby's first bath into their inboxes probably wasn't sending that message. That is how the blog was born.
I called it The Zinnia Patch after a plot of ground in my North Carolina front yard where I had scattered thousands of wildflower seeds just to see what would happen. It was the zinnias that exploded in a riot of color (along with a few strong willed cosmos that towered over my head.) That chaotic garden full of weeds and thorns was beautiful: incredibly, wildly beautiful. Also, it attracted a lot of attention out there by the road. People would stop and gawk much like they do now when I take my circus along to the grocery store. Maybe that's why life and family remind me of that zinnia patch...or is it the other way around?
This blog is a record of our messy and colorful days. It is how I remember the blessing. Even through drought and storm there is beauty to be found, if only we have the Light to see it.

Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.
Deuteronomy 4:9
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