Thursday, October 23, 2014

Anniversary Tree 2014

Every year, around this time, I get out the tri-pod, set the timer on my camera, and we snap a family picture in front of our Anniversary Tree, documenting the changes in our family as well as the growth of our tree.

This tree was chosen by us on the first anniversary of our first date, which also happened to be a month after we got married. So watching its growth has been a special and fun tradition.

I love to look back over all of the photos to also see how the landscape has changed. From a tree surrounded by field to the development of flower beds and fencing, the addition of greenhouse and kennel, the move of the vegetable garden from the South side of the house to the North side of the house, growth of surrounding bushes, addition and sad subtraction of pet family members. Even seeing the varying shades of color change in the tree itself has been fun, indicating either tardiness of photo taking or unusually mild seasons.

Our photo was snapped 9 days late this year (goal is always October 10), and still the color is just beginning to change. But my heart is full when I look at this image, because the happiest moments of my life are when I'm surrounded by these three people, the very dearest gifts to my heart.

6 comments:

Kaisievic said...

Such a lovely tradition and a beautiful family.

Ο κόσμος της Ράνιας said...

Είστε μια πολύ ωραία οικογένεια και ωραία ιδέα να βγάζετε φωτογραφία στο δέντρο στα γενέθλιά του !!! Πολλά χαιρετίσματα από Ελλάδα και είστε πάντα καλά και ευτυχισμένοι !!!

Robin said...

What wonderful looking photos and the memories you have each year. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Robin in Virginia

Thoeria said...

That is such a beautiful tradition!

Anonymous said...

You look so very thin and pretty. I'm Robin who bought your lion sampler. Remember me? I've retired early and moved a bit north. But I'm still around and I wanted so long to contact you. Your photography has gotten better and better and better. I admire your talents and loving heart.

CindyC said...

What a wonderful tradition and beautiful family you have! :)