Happy Birthday, Deanna

Today is our oldest daughter’s birthday.  I can hardly believe it has been 15 years since we first met Deanna.  She was born just a month before our first anniversary, back when we were still newlyweds.  It had taken all of 2 months for me to get pregnant, and we couldn’t wait to be parents!

The day of her birth also happened to be my father-in-law’s 40th birthday.  Hubby still chuckles over that 2 AM phone call in which he first greeted his dad with “Hi, Grandpa.”  His dad instantly went from groggy to wide awake!

Deanna has taken an interest in photography lately – she was nearly as excited about our new cameras from Sony as I was.  She was especially captivated by the Alpha, which is also my favorite.  She takes many of the photos that you see on our blog, but in honor of her birthday I want to show off some of the first that she took with the Alpha while she and I were in Oregon together.

I love the promise of spring color in this shot.  It snowed while we were at Grandpa and Grandma’s house, but there were buds and blooms everywhere!

Bleeding heart, right?  Deanna worked hard to get the “blur” effect, where only the subject is in focus.  You can see it in several shots, but I think it’s most pronounced here.

Is it weird that the dandelions are my favorite?  I know they’re just weeds, but I love the color, contrast and composition in this shot!

Horsemint, maybe?  I think we have this one around our part of the country too.

And I love all the layers of color echoing in the bluebells above.  Ummm…are they bluebells?

Again, I’m just guessing.  I’ve heard some people call this trilium, but in our book it looks more like rain lily.  Whatever it is, I love the way it just pops up in the middle of nowhere.

I just love the way these photos of hers turned out!  They are uncropped, shown just as she shot them.  I’m just guessing on the names of the flowers, so please correct me if you know something I don’t.

Happy birthday to a talented photographer, my first and oldest daughter.  May you take a million more pictures!


  1. My dd2 (13) is into taken pictures too. She wants to put some in the county fair.

  2. Margaret says:

    Happy Birthday Deanna!

    That last flower is a trillium. 🙂 When I was growing up, we always looked for them as one of the first signs of spring.

  3. The bluebells photo is my favorite! They are really lovely!!

    God bless,

  4. Hey D,
    Happy Belated Birthday!!

  5. Happy Birthday Deanna! We are the same age, and we both love photography. How neat!

  6. Happy birthday to your sweet first born. She has a talent and makes God’s creations look very beautiful in a picture.

  7. Happy birthday Deanna!! I’m a long time reader but I’ve never commented. I enjoyed looking at the pictures you took! I love photography as well.

  8. Christal says:

    “…The day of her birth also happened to be my father-in-law’s 40th birthday”.
    My youngest daughter was born when I was 40. THis is disturbing news that grandparenthood is possible at that age…. LOL
    ~Christal from Canada

  9. Happy Birthday Deanna! I’m so glad we were able to meet a few months ago. The pictures are so beautiful! Great job!

    Keilah E.

  10. Happy Birthday to your daughter! The pictures are lovely…may she have many more birthdays to come.

    God bless!


  11. Happy Birthday!!!!

  12. Hi,

    I’m Jen, a long-time lurker from Ontario, Canada.

    The last picture is definitely a trillium, and it is the provincial flower for Ontario. They’re beautiful, eh? (Oh boy… I really am Canadian!)

    Congratulations on the birth of Bethany!

  13. Happy Birthday Deanna! How lucky your parents got 15 years ago today!!!

    My heart stopped when I saw the photo of the “Baby Purple Christmas Trees” (Grape Hyacinth) as I fondly called them as a child. Everyday before elementary school I would pick one from the lawn and hand it to my best friend on our way to school and we would giggle and at the creation of our silly name.

    Tiffany from above is right too, that are difficult to get rid of, and we live in Illinois. They drove my mother CRAZY. Somehow they ended up in our lawn and my mom used to go BONKERS trying to figure out what they are and how they got there. I was glad she never figured it out 🙂

    Deanna you have quite an eye for photography! These are magnificent.

    I’m somewhat of a new reader and I read more than I comment… but I just wanted to say Happy Birthday to Deanna and share my story about the “Baby Purple Christmas Trees”. (Go ahead… TRY not to call them that the next time you see them 😉 Hee, hee!)

  14. I must have been tired last night. Did anyone notice that I titled the photo of blue flowers “hyacinths” then forgot right away and called them bluebells?
    Thanks for setting me straight!
    Ditto on the trillium. I was guessing *and* trusting my memory from a year ago. Now I need to find out if the flowers we have around here are trillium or rain lilies. This time I’ll know to pay particular attention to the leaves.

  15. Im a new reader and just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEANNA!!

  16. Yep, the other commenters beat me to it, but it’s definitely grape hyacinth Deanna captured in her picture!

    Happy Birthday, Deanna! You are a credit and a blessing to your parents!

    And Kim, You look FABULOUS for having a 15 yr old, and a new baby, and 7 more kids besides!

    God has been so good to you!

    Leanne in Longview

  17. Yes, they are grape hyacinths, or Muscari. They grow in abundance here in Oregon and are difficult to get rid of once started. They reproduce with little bulbs. Though their name suggests otherwise, they are really part of the lily family.

    Your other shot is a trillium indeed, but it and your Rain Lily are also both of the lily family. Trillium take 6 years to bloom and are often planted by ants because they love part of the trillium!

    Happy Birthday Deanna! Wow, 15 is such a key age. Keep looking to Jesus:)

  18. Happy Birthday Deanna, you take great pictures!

  19. Wow! Great pictures Deanna! I hope you are having a great birthday. Best Wishes!!

  20. Happy Birthday, Deanna!!
    Great to see such budding talent!!!
    I have a few books for you to find at your local library or perhaps to save and buy at Amazon for your talent to grow..
    Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson
    The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby

    These 2 books have helped me learn so much and I refer to them when all those numbers get so crazy! lol!
    Good luck and may all your birthday wishes come true!

  21. Happy birthday Deanna!

    The purple things are ‘grape hyacinths’ I think. I used to use them as grapes and berries for my dolls. 🙂

  22. Jessica says:

    Hi there! Long time reader, but I’ve never commented. First, congrats on Bethany! And Happy Happy Birthday Deanna!!

    I am hardly a flower expert, but DD and I have just finished studying Canadian floral emblems in Abeka science (no, we’re not from Canada). That last one is most definitely a trillium. Its 3 leaves and 3 petals often remind people of the Trinity. I did a Google image search for the rain lily, and it has completely different leaves, so I’m 99% certain it’s a trillium. I’ve never seen one except the pics in the book, so thanks for the picture, Deanna! (Although, it a picture online really any different than a picture in the book? LOL)


  23. great pics…it is a trillium, the official flower of the province of ontario (canada)…i love that flower…

    Celina from Ontario Canada

  24. Happy Birthday, Deanna 🙂 what great photos.
    The last flower is indeed a Trillium. They grow wild in the woods here where I live, and they are the provincial flower of Ontario, Canada.
    here’s the wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium

  25. Khristi says:

    Happy Birthday, Deanna! Your pictures are delightful 🙂

  26. Happy birthday, Deanna! You are very talented.

  27. Happy Birthday and much happiness!

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