Dear Messrs. Dolce and Gabbana, I read your comments in Panorama Magazine with interest. You see, we have one of those “…chemical children, synthetic babies.” I know your comments were wrapped in other opinions – which I also disagree with, but have no personal experience. I’m not going to chastise or wag my ever-powerful Mom […]

  • Shelby - beautiful and so very well written!! Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia | ImagesByCW - Beautifully said! I have no idea what D&G published, but I don’t need to, because clearly they were wrong. Ava appears to be a wonderful, perfectly imperfect (I mean, who is or really wants to be perfectly perfect?! ;)) young lady. I wish we had been as blessed, lucky, successful in IVF…ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Zielske - You GO mama!ReplyCancel

  • Sabreena Konsdorf - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Noland Hogan - Beautifully said!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Pierce Young - Oh how the world adores you AVA! Lisa! This post made me start my day with tears!! But sweet ones! She’s something else that girl!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Frear Connelly - I am sitting here blubbering at work! Perfect must come from Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Susanne Helmert - <3ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Koslowsky Adams - Ditto! Awesome letter!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Templin - I loved reading this because my story is almost the same. My daughter was conceived via IVF. I remember all the shots, waking up in the middle of the night for that one last shot to be done at a certain time. I remember the huge bag of drugs on the dining room table, for there was no place else to put it all. We had to go through that hell for three different months before it “took hold.” After that, my pregnancy was completely normal.
    I don’t know either what D&G published, I only know that we just needed a bit more help from medical science to create our daughter. We’ve never told our daughter about it, I guess we have almost forgotten about it, she’s been here for 19 years and life is normal now.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - There are so many IVF miracles out there! We’ve told Ava her ‘story’ from the start – I kept journals that she can read once she’s old enough to decipher my handwriting – lol!ReplyCancel

  • Latrice Gray Murphy - Fellow IVF mom and I agree so much. Great post. Glad you got your babies. BeautifulReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Lymperis Bergeron - Congratulations on your beautiful children. My two daughters were also produced by infertility drugs. Unfortunately there are not enough people in this world that understand what we are parents go through to become a parent. Your exactly right our children are not a synthetic or built by chemicals but they are built by all of our love and support.ReplyCancel

  • Shaun Olin McPherson - I’ve been a very good friend of Cathy for years Since we were 12…. Beautiful storyReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Beautifully written, Lisa!

    I had pre-ordered something from them for the upcoming season. I believe I’ll return it when it arrives now.


    • Lisa - You’re so sweet, Carrie! I truly wish them no ill will, I just wish they could meet someone like Ava as I’m certain they might reconsider their stance. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jules M - Beautifully said. So blessed to have the wonderful family that you do.ReplyCancel

They say if you love what you do it isn’t really work. It’s true. Shush now, I’m NOT just saying that. I swear, if I could work 24×7 to edit the backlog of images I’ve shot I would be a happy, happy gal. My other love is typography and my brain spins constantly with ideas […]

I have some good things to share, but…oof…let me drag ye olde SOAPBOX out of the closet (heh, pun fully intended) so I can heft myself atop it with my mighty megaphone. Last week a colleague pointed out a fellow “photographer” who apparently decided: “Let’s see what Lisa has in her shop and copy it.” […]

In case you missed my post on Facebook: This is my Mom’s beloved dog Bleu. She is the sweetest, most loving dog I’ve ever met. When my Mom first rescued her she was a hyper mess, but after years of love and training she’s calm, happy and perfect. She adores my children and I contemplate […]

  • Mom - This was the scariest thing I ever went thru, except the time you drank the cough syrup!!!!
    I wish I could keep the kids here in NY so Bleu would be happier, she was so sad when you left.
    Thankfully, just like you, she has recovered and can catch her dog bones again.ReplyCancel

I didn’t grow up with a Christmas village. While a fan of the holiday, collecting wasn’t really my Mom’s THING. My Nana Frear had a little church that lit up (and always prompted a game or 20 of ‘Here’s the Church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and see all the people!’) but that wasn’t […]

  • Elizabeth - I love Kelli! I’m hoping to get over to ATL area to see her before we move out of Alabama.

    Your collection is lovely. We collect smokers, as Matt lived for a bunch of years growing up in Germany and we’ve added to his childhood collection over the years. I love them, and can’t wait until we are permanently settled when I can get a whole bunch more :)ReplyCancel

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Always one of my most popular annual offerings, don’t miss out on my two (yep, two!) 2015 Calendars. There’s a pretty nature calendar, filled with flowers and trees and clouds: And a rustic country calendar with farms and hay and windmills: I love to give these as gifts during the holidays. To teachers, my friends, […]

I don’t bake. Have I mentioned that? I can cook like nobody’s business, but I’m more of a cookie EATER than a cookie MAKER. Seriously. But I do love me some apple stuff in the Fall. Even if 1/2 of my family does not (harumph). This was floating around Facebook for a week or two, […]

  • Barb - THANK YOU for this! It looks easy and awesome. And YES, I can completely relate to 4:30 dark, 5:30 pajamas, and wanting lights out at 7:30. It’s 4:50 right now and it feels like midnight. At least I have a few Christmas lights up.ReplyCancel

If you’ve followed along at all, you know that our 2014 started out like a big old plateful of crap on a cracker. But if there’s anything good to come out of bad times, it’s appreciating the good ones. And I am WOEFULLY guilty of taking the good times for granted. My friend Cathy has […]

  • Elizabeth - Looks great, Lisa. Love the contrast provided by the black. Here’s to finishing (always my problem).ReplyCancel

  • Liz - Thank you for sharing! I am inspired to do this.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - I think I’m going to do this this year as well! If not make an album, I’m at least being mindful to record something I’m thankful for each day.ReplyCancel