S: Sweeter Than Honey... or Even Brown Sugar 2010
BC: For you my love, I made this for you....
FC: Sweeter Than Honey... or Even Brown Sugar a Photobook 2010
1: To Josh Keane, my soon to be Husband; I truly live when your hand is in mine. You make me live and thrive. Here's to our fabulous life ahead! I adore you.
2: In the Beginning... There was you and me, our new Canon camera, and a sudden urge to document everything we laid our eyes on...
3: Including, but not limited to, meals prepared with lots of love and laughter....
4: Spring foliage and flowers popping up all around the house....
5: And our many walks through the neighborhood to the near-by Chestatee River....
8: "You have to find what is good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now. Looking back makes one competitive, and age is not a competitive issue."
10: We often took our camera home with us, to photograph our animals and family....
11: And found these photos not only provided us with full and delightful subjects, but often times left us rolling with laughter... at the thought of my Dad being a "guido" or Kerry seeing the world truly fruitful.... | Or discovering that "cloot" meant something similar to the word "devil" and our comedic acting out of our new found Quiddler vocabulary word!
12: "You're very consistent. It's your virtue and your defect. You yourself are a consistent character and want all the facts of life to be consistent, but that's not how it is. You want work to correspond invariably with its goal, but that's not how it is. You always want everyone's activity to have a goal, too, and love and family life always to be one and the same. And that's not how it is. All the diversity, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shade." "Anna Karenina" Leo Tolstoy
13: "There can never be enough said of the virtues, dangers, and power of a shared laugh."
14: We took to the water many times this summer at Lake Hartwell! Enjoying good company, learning to wakeboard, and spending much time sun bathing and laughing! "Life is good today.."
16: The many faces of Josh!
18: One particular evening in Toccoa we set out to have dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. The lighting was so perfect we stopped at Anderson Park to take some photos and then went on to downtown Toccoa, taking more photographs and forgetting about our hunger..
19: "Blessed, this is the life and I'm gonna celebrate being alive!"
20: "The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection." -Bertrand Russell
22: And then before we knew it, it was 4th of July!!
23: and then something marvelous happened.....
24: ....You asked me to be YOUR WIFE! | September 25, 2010 Saturday You took me back to the same gazebo where we had met 8 years previous. There, down on bended knee and with ring in hand, you asked me to marry you and it was my absolute delight to accept! XOXO
26: "All I want is you. Will you be my bride? Take me by the hand and stand by my side... All I want is you will you stay with me? Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea.."
27: "If you were a wink, I'd be a nod, If you were a seed, well I'd be a pod, If you were the floor, I'd wanna be the rug, And if you were a kiss, I know I'd be a hug.."
28: "Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me." -Sarah Bernhardt
29: "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." C.S. Lewis | You're the one for me...
30: Dick's Creek, Dahlonega, Georgia | We had frequented Dick's Creek together when we were young.. it was only fitting to return there to photograph our reunion and commitment through engagement.
31: I will commit to you each day my best... | my all... | And will serve you and love you all the days of my life. | my heart...
32: "Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence." -Vincent van Goch
34: Engagement Photos at Frogtown Cellars and Winery in Cleveland, GA
39: "For once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been... and there you will long to return." Leonardo da Vinci
40: Loveland, Colorado | Shortly after our engagement, we boarded a plane and flew out to Loveland, Colorado to visit family friends. Loveland, the name says it all, what a suited place for a newly engaged couple!
43: Our first day in Loveland! We took a scenic drive up into the "High Country." We saw glorious mountain tops, glacier lakes, and colorful yellow aspens.. | Here we are in Estes Park and enjoying together all the altitude dizziness and breathtaking views.
46: "Climb the mountains, and get their good tidings." -John Muir
47: Climbing our way to the top! We peaked at around 14k feet! Here we are above the tree line, with our fearless leaders Mel & Gerri to guide the way!
48: "The Mountains are calling... and I must go." - John Muir
49: "Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and places to pray in..."
50: Here, right outside of Estes Park, is located The Stanley Hotel, where "The Shining" was filmed, in 1980, with famous actor Jack Nicholson. It is rumored to be haunted... BOO!
52: Remember that time I put Josh in jail for wearing a dress!?? O.. cruttle nuggets!!
53: On a driving tour from Loveland, to Masonville, to Fort Collins, we shot this photo of a storm brewing over the plains.
54: Horsing around in Loveland's Sculpture Park...
55: Back in Georgia.. Home Sweet Home..... | Toccoa Falls, Toccoa, GA
56: Mount Yonah, Cleveland, GA
57: Day-hike to Mount Yonah in the fall with lil ol' Sharon! We had a great time enjoying all the colors of fall, good company, breath-taking views, and lots of laughs!
58: An Engagement Party to Remember..... | November 20, 2010
59: Our fabulous hosts, Kerry and Rob, threw us a beautiful Engagement Party to celebrate this happy time in our lives. What a party they threw! We spent the evening enjoying sharing our happiness with friends and family.
60: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.
61: Keane Family Reunion: RoadTrip December 2010 St. Augustine, Fl | no turning back... | On the road again...
62: The Keane Family Reunion in St. Augustine, Fl. Above is Sharon getting some love from Grandma Irma & here is Daniel getting into, yet another, shenanigan!
63: “The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you”
64: Detour to St. Simon's Island... So what, we got a little lost....
66: There were a million birds in the sky and the three of us trying not to get pooped on. The perfect ending to a short "mini" vacation. Here's to good friends and family!
67: "Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories." Cathy Allen