Happiness is having a loaner camera and lens to use, which makes it possible for me to share this short photo list with you.

It’s realizing I sent the photo above, along with the rest of her wedding pictures, to a bride in record time—a mere 3 weeks after her wedding, and only a few days before the fire took all my image files.

Happiness is spending time with adorable little girls …

The Ivory Hut: Happiness

… and goofy young boys.

The Ivory Hut: Happiness

Happiness is furniture rental to help you feel like you’re home …

The Ivory Hut: Happiness

… and finally being able to set a place on a table.

The Ivory Hut: Happiness

Happiness is morning rain …

The Ivory Hut: Happiness

… and barn cats that come up to the porch to greet you. (Good morning, Mimi!)

The Ivory Hut: Happiness

Happiness is a view without power lines …

The Ivory Hut: Happiness

… and watching the fog settle around you.

The Ivory Hut: Happiness

And happiness is finding a photo I uploaded to Flickr years ago …

The Ivory Hut: Happiness

… and though the rings are gone, I still win because I get to celebrate another anniversary with my husband tomorrow.


51 thoughts on “Happiness”

  1. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband Erika! Happiness is viewing your photos and seeing that you are moving forward with such grace and positivity. Continued best wishes.

  2. Erika ~

    You just don’t know how much this fills my spirit – am so happy to read this post, see those beautiful pictures and celebrate your anniversary with you. Am thanking God for your family, your life, your spirit. Keep posting – we’re here. Hugs!

  3. Happy anniversary, Erika! Thank you for sharing all of those lovely photos. I’m so glad that you are all finding a new normal. Sending lots of love! <3

  4. Aww! That’s such a cute post. There’s so much happiness all around us and we still look for it. Your post just made me go pick my daughter from the day care and call my husband back home :-(
    BTW do you live closer to heaven? Your house is so beautiful :-)

  5. Beautiful. Words and photos.

    You don’t know me, but I’ve heard a lot about you- mostly through Jennifer (Bread and Putter). You all have such a lovely and supportive online community I felt inspired to contribute to the fund drive for you.

    Also- I’m human. What a horrific thing to have happen to you and your family. How could I not help out? But you’ve had an incredibly positive attitude throughout so in a way, you’ve given me more. Really- finding that silver lining is something we should all do every day.


  6. What a lovely post, Erika. You are a woman with such a generous and positive spirit. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband – I’m glad you are able to be together, despite the difficult circumstances.

  7. Your happiness brings happiness to my day! Thank you for sharing such lovely posts. If you need anything- don’t be afraid to email/DM me. I have a new number too- I’ll email it to you! :)

  8. As a young mother & fellow fil-am, you inspire me in many ways! Happy Anniversary to you & your husband! Wishing you both many more tomorrows!

  9. Your photography talent has always amazed me. It warms my heart to see you shooting again. Your grace in the face of catastrophe truly inspires me. I hope you and your husband have a very happy anniversary.

  10. Happy anniversary to you and your husband Erika. I hope you two like a long and happy life together. With eveyrhing you two have been through, you truly I inspire people to be happy with what they have. Gorgeous photos. You have truly mad my day. Thank you…

  11. I’ve been gone for a while and everything fell apart, but so glad to see things are coming together and that you have a camera to use. You’re in my thoughts! Happy Belated Anniversary!

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