by Avery Sullenger-Wedder
(Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Hand In Hand
Title: "Golden Dip" Two siblings and a good friend enter the brisk waters of Lake Michigan for a final swim of the day in front of an amazing golden sunset.
Location: West Olive, Michigan/Lake Michigan
Title: "Hand in Hand" I took this shot of our youngest son, Luke, and his friend, Ben, as they raced down the shoreline of Lake Michigan. This was another evening where the sky was an amazing golden- red color and was just magical.
Location: West Olive, Michigan
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by Laura Whitter
(North Attleborough, Massachusetts, USA)
About two weekends ago my family and friends went to this spectacular event in Providence, Rhode Island. This event is called WaterFire, which has fire on water, it's such a beautiful experience and such fun. The wait of the firewood being lit can be so unbearable and then the fire is finally lit and now you watch the fire dance and move to the beat of the wind. This event is such a beautiful summer event and I love going to it every year.
This picture was taken on our first family camping trip. We drove a whole fifteen miles to the coast of Florida and camped on a cliff above the shoreline. After just waking up, Gavin (7), Layla (6) and Carter (3) were encouraged to put on their hat of choice. It's obvious how much bonding we did on this camping trip when all three of them eagerly lined up and smiled for the camera. If you haven't tried camping yet, I definitely recommend it!
We had the pleasure of being allowed to take our foster children on a month long camping trip in Upstate NY. During this time our two autistic children actually engaged in social and creative play with each other while sitting at the campfire and had a great time.
Just made some home made popsicles for my kids. My son is actually in his birthday suit because it was so hot, but you can't tell. They were just sitting, laughing, eating their popsicles and put their arms around each other when I asked them to smile. I thought it was such a genuine picture of siblings showing love and enjoying the Summer!
My picture describes my love for photography. I came up with the idea to color on a blank paper then hang it from the clothes line. I think this picture is great because the setting is nice, and you can tell the main idea of the photo.
As educators, our occupation allows our family to take an annual 30 day camping trip each summer. We have hiked all over the 48 continental U.S. National Park lands. We have been blessed to see so many beautiful creations. This summer we ventured to Jasper and Banff National Parks in Canada. My children, ages 12-11-8-7, found Lake Moraine to be the favorite of this year's expedition! We just finished kayaking and swimming in the 50 degree water of Lake Moraine, then proceeded to hike to this overlook. The Valley of the 10 Peaks surrounding us is indescribable.
Our family summer fun includes heading up to the top of Middle Gull Pond near St. John's, Newfoundland, and spending a day on our floating wharf. The kids enjoy swimmimg, floating on lounges, riding the ski tube, having a barbeque, fishing, and boating. But most of all, they enjoy having fun.
Barney still lives on. My grown daughter loved him as a child and now shares that love with her 4 year old foster sister. During our recent trip to a favorite children's play spot, I caught our little one in the throws of affection for her friend! Priceless!!!
We are originally from NY. In 2009 we moved to TX, then at the end of 2010 we moved to FL. My 15 year old son has struggled for many years with ASD, along with ODD and ADHD. Routine is crucial for him so our moves were very challenging. All he has wanted to do was go "home" to NY since we left.
My 16 year son got accepted into an Early College High School in TX while we were there. It is a brand new school and he is in the first graduating class! He will graduate from high school and a two year college at the same time when he is 18. He will be able to tranfer into his third year of university at 18. In order to allow him to keep this opportunity we made a TOUGH choice to allow him to move in with a wonderful family from our church in TX.
All of that to get to my picture. This summer I didn't plan on seeing our 16 year old. He works two jobs and we couldn't afford to get him here. My sister in NY bought a plane ticket for my 15 year old to go "home" for the summer. I was preparing myself for a sad, long summer!!
Well, my 15 year old realized how hard it is to be away and was ready to come home early. Then, the family that my 16 year old stays with surprised us by sending him for a visit in FL. These two events occured 4 days apart!!! This mom's dream, my four kids together, just how I love it most!!!
This picture is our first outing together, for the first time in six months!! We had an absolute blast. Watching my children begin to grow up and redefine their relationships is the priceless part of being a mom. No more fighting and sibling rivalry, just taking each moment they have together and savoring it!!!
This is my beautiful daughter Madison with her father swimming for the first time. This was taken before he left for more Army training. I love them both in this picture, it shows just how much they love each other.
I captured this photo of my daughter flinging sand as we played on the ocean shore of Grayland, WA. (I actually used the "vintage" setting on my camera phone for this, and did no digital editing to it.)
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