Feature: Kim

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I’ve had these gorgeous pictures on my computer for awhile and I’m so excited to finally be sharing some of them on here…meet Kim; to say she’s awesome would be an understatement. ย She has a great sense of humour, and is always up for an adventure wether it be a road trip or just a coffee shop meet up.

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Kim has grown into a strong young woman who works hard to achieve her dreams such as organizing a young people’s mission trip because she’s interested in missions in Ecuador.

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Not only have I been inspired but her “get’r’done” attitude but also by her self discipline and determination to learn something new.

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She’s also got the musical gift…on the day I snapped these pictures she “only” had two of the five (I think!) instruments she can play. ย We were missing the banjo, a piano, and a bass guitar. (I could probably add in mandolin …which would make six) and I could very well be missing a couple more.

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I’m excited to see where God is going to lead her and how He’s going to use her for His kingdom!

Always, Aims

Child’s Hand

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As you can see, I’m kind of in a little of a “black and white” phase right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Black and white photography has always intrigued me and often inspired me more than (some) colour photography.

An artistic shot of Rasco practicing cello. ย More music related post(s) coming soon!

Always, Aims

An Outdoor Concert

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been spending some time with my family this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ We spent the long weekend out of town and stretched that into Tuesday and for some that carried on into Wednesday.

Yesterday, our “family band” gave some guests a little outdoor concert.

Trying to make a longish story short… there were about 10 RVs parked in our baseball diamond over night.

They’re on their way across Canada (how cool is that?!) The evening’s entertainment included a little Southern Gospel music. ๐Ÿ˜€

Our band…

The man who started it all, my Grandpa. Instilling a love of music into his children who have passed it down to their children.

Grandpa started the band years ago when my mom and her siblings were kids. ย It’s grown to include their spouses and the grandchildren. ย Over the years we’ve played in church and different nursing homes throughout the city.

Violins…

Cellos…

Bass Guitar and viola

Cousin love ๐Ÿ™‚

The keyboard.

The newest addition to the family band. The Double Bass!

He was tuning at the time I took the picture, hence the serious expression. ๐Ÿ˜‰

More guitars and one of the three mandolins (a little too cool look at the camera though ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Introducing the all new “Mandolin-Air”.

Another electric

Another way to play pizzicato, just hold it like a guitar ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course, our guests! ๐Ÿ˜€

After this I joined in with my violin! It was great to play together again! As we’ve grown up and there are more schedules to work with it’s hard to get everyone together at the same time! ย Even last night there were at least three missing. If we’re all there I think we’re about 21 musicians strong (not including the mandolin air ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

So very thankful for my grandparents and my parents who have encouraged the love of music in their children and grandchildren!

Definitely a lovely memory of this summer!

Always, Aims

Street Photography: Musicians. Part 2

To continue my street photography theme. ย Here’s part 2; centered (mostly) around musicians in Europe. ๐Ÿ˜€

He was part of a group of people dressed in costume from the 1800s.

And one more… even though he isn’t a musician, I couldn’t help but share it. There’s something ironic about smoking while leaning against a door with a “no smoking” sign…

Enjoyed sharing a little taste of the musicians I saw while in Europe. ๐Ÿ™‚

Missed part 1 last week? You can see it HERE.

Always, Aims

P.s. I’m already SUPER excited about tomorrow’s feature…just sayin’. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Street Photography: Musicians. Part 1

Being a musician myself… I notice other musicians, especially those who take their instrument of choice to the “street corner”. ย I enjoy stepping back and listening, observing them… how they interact with the crowd (if they do at all!) or if they’re with another musician, the way they interact with each other.

For this post, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves… my words won’t do justice.

Why yes…he DOES have a kitten sitting on his accordion. ๐Ÿ˜€

Sometimes your instrument consists of what is available…

If you know what this instrument is called…PLEASE let me know! (because I have no idea!) ๐Ÿ˜€ I think it’s some form of bass-ish instrument.

They obviously enjoyed playing together…

Hope you enjoyed a this little taste of music on the streets. Next week in Part 2 will be street musicians in Europe.

Missed last week’s street photography post? You can see it here.

Always, Aims

Simply Thankful…

There are just so many (simple) gifts for which I’m thankful today…things that I often take for granted:

I’m thankful that it’s FINALLY spring, that it’s sunny outside… that it even smells like spring (…so very thankful I can smell too!)

Laughter

That I have ears and can enjoy listening to my favourite music! (What, would life be without music?)

For the extra cup of coffee I had this morning… (that I can taste and enjoy it!)

That I can see…that I can enjoy all the colours around me. (Have you ever closed your eyes and tried to describe a colour using only words. It’s harder than you think. How would you describe “green” to someone who is blind?)

For (true) friendship.

Being able to squish and kiss my little 4 year old sister, Boo…and listening to her giggles and the smile on her face when I gave her a candy.

That our cat, Night-Fury came back after not being around yesterday. (Around here if a cat hasn’t come back for a couple of days, that usually means it’s “gone”….as in deceased.)

So take a moment, step back… and be thankful for those simple gifts.

Always, Aims

A hint for tomorrow’s “best friends” feature:

 

 

Entering the blogging world; officially!

Honestly, it’s somewhat daunting sitting down and writing my very first blog post – ever! However, there’s also a ripple of excitement in the under current because I’ve wanted to start a blog for awhile and just never got around to it… until now ๐Ÿ™‚ (yes, I like using “emotions” when I write!) I feel as if I’m at the beginning of a journey and I don’t know when or where (or if?) it will end… I just know that it’s bound to be an adventure! ๐Ÿ™‚ All great and exciting journeys must start with taking the first step… and I’m officially taking my first step (yes, it’s a somewhat tentative one!) into the virtual world called “blogging.”

Thanks to my lovely friend Christi for capturing this moment!

So… where does a person start? Well, I started by pouring myself another cup of coffee (what better way to start something new than with coffee, eh?) and playing some epic music.ย  It’s quite in my usually not-so-quiet house tonight, so I’m taking the opportunity while it’s here because the quietness won’t last. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was thinking about doing a whole “meet me!” type of post, but have decided against it. There’s no way express who I am by one blog post… little pieces of who I am will appear as I continue to blog (I hope!) This blog will be a specific place where I can share my love of life through words, but mostly through pictures, which are simply memories and moments caught in time.