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    by Amy Chappelle

The Road less traveled…

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

My chauffeur for the afternoon.

He loves driving these roads.

He had a big smile the whole way.

So Thankful for that Less Traveled Road.


Mom - November 28, 2012 - 7:16 pm

So thankful that you love that road and have taught your kids to love it too. Beautiful pictures & wonderful memories!!!!

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Spelling Bee 2012

This year both my kiddos made the spelling bee.

Only one of those kiddos was happy about it.

Sarah was thrilled, but Caleb not so much.

He did not want to study all those words. I can’t say that I blame him too much (although I did not express that). There were a lot and I tell you, the 5th grade words were Hard. Caleb also was not too excited about spelling in front of a crowd.

Anyway, we thought it best that Caleb work through this and insisted that he be a part of the Spelling Bee.

We did not push the studying on him too much. We encouraged it, but it was his decision. Two nights before the Spelling Bee, he decided he better look at the words and got serious about it.

The first graders went first. They are so cute. All go through a practice round and Sarah did great on that one. But on the first round, she got the word “better”. My heart sank. She has trouble with double consonants. She began spelling “B-E-T…..E.R”.  Poor thing.  She had to sit.

The second graders went next. Sam, my nephew, was in that. He did fabulously. He and his buddy Seth were heavy hitters and went at it a long time. Seth finally won out. So sweet to see them encourage each other.

3rd, 4rth, then 5th Grade’s turn. Caleb and a handful of his buddies were in this one. Caleb wanted so badly to get just one word and he was nervous. Surprisingly, he did great. He ended up in 3rd place after 4 words. He lost to his buddy, Nicolas (2nd place) and Joshua (winner).

I was a little afraid that Sarah would be disappointed in her performance. But, Sarah was Sarah. Her first words to me were, “at least I got in the spelling bee, mom” with a big grin to boot. Funny how much you learn from your kids.

Not only was Sarah happy with herself, she was so happy for her buddy, Madeline who won! Yah Madeline!

Sam getting his ribbon:

Our Fifth Graders:

Caleb with some of his supporters.

Nicolas and his mom. Tania says (and I agree with her) that we age significantly during the spelling bee. We feel so much anxiety for each participant. It is seriously stressful!

Our winner, Josh, and his mom, Briana. Way to go Josh!

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Anyone want to “Go Coastal” for a moment?

Kenny Chesney….

I love him. Not that way, but I am crazy about his music.

He loves the Caribbean.

He loves the south, small towns, and high school football games.

He recharges at the beach.

And, he sings about it.

Close your eyes and listen and go Coastal for a minute:

or you can see a live version by clicking on this (I like this one better):


Feel better. Yeah, me too.


Mom - November 12, 2012 - 12:30 pm

You are your Mama’s daughter!!! What fond memories that brings back. Makes me want to go right now!!!!

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In light of….

The huge ELECTION that is going on today, I thought we could use an excuse to pause. Do you need to smile? Do you need to remember what it was like to be a little carefree? To be young.

These two reminded me of my younger days:

Little Brothers… Something I totally get.

You love them, You hate them… You can’t stay mad at them. You love them.

I should have told her that one day he will call her for advise and that feels really good.

One day she will have to hold her tongue when his heart gets broken.

One day, he will be the only voice on the other side of the phone that understands, really understands where she is coming from.

There is something special about a brother. You just don’t realize it until you are about 20 or so. Oh, you get glimpses here and there before then.

I think he will keep his sister laughing all the days of her life:

This sister is an angel for this photographer. She did everything I asked and she instinctively knew where I needed her. Nice! I love the way her photos turned out. There is just something about red hair…sigh.

So, hang on, sister. The day is coming.

I think I miss my brother. Funny how life is. Thankful these two came across my path this weekend to remind me of some of my fondest/funniest/most miserable moments that I would not trade for anything.

OK. Now back to reality. BE SURE TO VOTE TODAY!!!



Mom - November 6, 2012 - 5:58 pm

That made me smile!!!

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I love this time of year for soooo many reasons.

There is a slight chill (less than 90 degrees for us Houstonians).

Football, oh how I love some SEC football, high school football, and learning to branch out into NFL football.

We get to decorate our houses accordingly. First for Fall, then for Christmas!


Christmas Cards!!! I love them. I love that I have an excuse to tell my hubby that we NEED our family pictures made.

I love getting them made, I love receiving them for the first time and I love finding the perfect card to showcase them on…

Oh and I LOVE getting Christmas cards.

We sit around the dinner table and look at the cards we received that day and talk about the people in them. We have moved a fair amount, so it is nice to remember where we have been and the special people at each stop.

So, all this to say…. I know A LOT of you guys need some quick, fun, family memories to capture to put on your perfect card.


I will be hosting Mini-Sessions this coming Saturday, Nov.10

These are 30 minute sessions

The cost is $125

You receive 5 High Resolution Fully Edited Images

Perfect for that Christmas Card!!!

For each session, I will donate $25 to Redeemed Ministries.

Please take a look:

Redeemed Ministries has a heart for those affected by Human Trafficking.

Please leave a  comment, or email me to let me know that you interested.

My email is

I will message you to let you know the details on time, place, etc.

I am so excited!

Hope to see a lot of you this weekend!!!





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