If you would like to set up a photography session, or have any questions, contact me via email: betsy@betsyjophotography.com. Thank you!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Gift: (n) something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, to honor an occasion.

I knew before I left for IL that it would be a time of laughter and remembrance. I knew that my niece and nephew would steal my heart all over again. I remembered that Nora would have a blast running around with Carter and Kerigan and chasing their new puppy, Charlie. I even knew that Melinda and I would have plenty of things to talk about, especially with Dan goading us on and making us laugh. I knew it would be busy, and I remembered to plan for all sorts of outings and happy times together. I knew we would be tired, and the kids would be weary sometimes, but we'd all go with the flow and cherish the moments. But even with all the planning and packing and remembering, there's one thing I forgot, and always fail to plan for-- how saying goodbye is the hardest part of all.

Thanks, Dan and Minna, Carter and Kerigan, for days of memories that I'll hold as a special time between sisters and cousins. I can't even tell you how much I love you all; my throat aches so much right now. I miss you already. So very, very much.

Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.
~Richard Bach

*I am heading back to CT tomorrow, and plan on having an overload of posts once I have time to catch my breath and resume reliable Internet service. LOTS of images to come!


  1. AnonymousJune 08, 2009

    One thing you have always been able to do is make me cry!

  2. Love Love Love the pics. We had so much fun with you out here. This morning Carter said "Mom I want them to come back and stay with us again sometime" and Kerigan said she liked sleeping in the princess house with Nora, better than by herself (she slept there last night again :) Love you much and thanks so much for the pics again.

  3. AnonymousJune 09, 2009

    I love the pictures! I'm glad you could take some with their beloved "Charlie". Alost every day he's at our house, Carter says he misses Charlie. They are telling Ashley & I all about their time spent with you, they especially loved the zoo!!So glad you took the time to come to IL. Tami

  4. AnonymousJune 09, 2009

    beautiful!! oh my, these are beautiful! i LOVE that first image. the light is gorgeous and golden in these -- and those kids are so precious!

  5. AnonymousJune 09, 2009

    Great pics Betz! And of course an adorable family to take them of!! (Minna, that dress on Kerigan is ADORABLE!! I think I recognize the fabric) AWESOME!

    Your Cuz Sarah

  6. Yes Sarah you do recognize it, Amy Butler!! It was an Etsy find though, I love the dress, I am thinking I could make it myself with a little time and patience!! practice too would help :)

  7. AnonymousJune 09, 2009

    Great pictures! Can't wait to see more posted from your trip.

  8. Wow more great pics!! You have such an amazing God given talent. I'm always informing my co-workers that "Betsy has new pics on!!" Can't wait for more from the trip!!

  9. Ahhh they're soooo PRECIOUS. I love love love my beautiful neice and nephew. Can't wait to see them again.

    Min, no excuses for not hanging these ALL OVER Your house! They're sooooo good.

  10. AnonymousJune 09, 2009

    You always make me cry!!!
    -Bethany :)

  11. These are great pictures! The one of my brother with Carter brought tears to my eyes. Glad you could spend some time in IL with Dan & Melinda and their sweet kids. You definately have a knack for taking pictures! Good work!
    -Amy Ifft

  12. AnonymousJune 11, 2009

    Wow I love love the pictures of my awesome bro and sis-n-law and they're perfect family! :) of course I think they are the cutest EVER. I also want to thank you again for taking my senior pictures..they turned out way better than I thought they would!
    -Lori Fehr

  13. AnonymousJune 11, 2009

    These pictures are absolutely GREAT!! How do you begin to pick ONE to fit the package deal?????? Not possible!! Keep shootin', Betsy, you're making wonderful long term memories. Dan and Melinda, you have a beautiful family!! Sandy