Thursday, April 24, 2014


I had a gratitude journal in college where I wrote down the highlight of each day. It’s been an inconsistent, imperfect habit ever since, and still serves me well. Especially when life seems particularly overwhelming.

Moab Utah photography

1. Oh so grateful for this sweet boy who is newly nine! He had some of his best buddies over for a Minecraft party to celebrate another orbit round the sun.

2. I’m also grateful to be officially done with birthday season around here for another year!

Image of 5x7 Chicago Is Letterpress Print

The above letterpress print is by Kelly Purkey and available at her shop.

3. Grateful to Brian, who will hold down the fort while I head to Chicago for a while. He’s an amazing dad, and that makes it much easier to leave everything in his hands.

4. Grateful for understanding clients. I finished up all the galleries that were waiting (if you haven’t heard from me yet, your photos are already in the mail!), but have needed to reschedule a few shoots. There will be a bit of a crunch to fit everyone in before the heat returns to Moab in June!

Family photography by Deirdre O Keating Moab utah

5. Grateful for returning clients. I’ve gotten out of the habit of sharing sneak peeks here. At the start of 2014, I resolved that I wanted to blog more for me rather than for work…I thought that would lead to more blogging in general but I’m lucky if I get three posts a month done. But I have to share a glimpse at this sweetheart---it was my third time capturing him, and I’m more in love with him each time.

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6. For the past few years a good friend has invited us to Easter brunch and a big egg hunt and this year we got up early for the sunrise service so we could finally accept the invitation. Mass was beautiful, starting out in the dark and cool, and ending with the sun bright and warm. The egg hunt took place in the most beautiful garden I’ve seen in Moab. It was a glorious Easter spent with friends, and ending with just us around a ham & asparagus dinner, with each of us sharing our own list of gratitudes, as if it were Thanksgiving.

I can’t wait to get back to this good life here.



Friday, April 18, 2014

letters to our sons | april 2014

One of the reasons I created a blog was to capture this time when my sons are young. So I’m excited to join a group of friends, moms, and fellow photographers as we share about the boys in our lives on the third Friday of each month. You can follow our blog circle to Brandi Picou of Brandi Picou Photography next, and continue all the way back here.

All of these photos were taken on our iPad, because that’s just how we roll these days…I love them not for the quality of light or composition, but for the bit of our story they capture.

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Dear Nolan,

You went to bed one night last month as a five year old, and woke up the next day a six year old. I am still attempting to wrap my brain around that fact.

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You knew exactly what you wanted for every aspect of your birthday party: a puppy theme, and a dog park cake. You had as much fun preparing for it as you did at the actual party.

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It’s been a busy spring for you. Lots of birthday celebrations (your big bro, your grandad, yourself), St. Patrick’s Day and more. You’ve been preparing all month for the kindergarten opera version of Rapunzel. I’ve loved listening to you practice your lines (that you wrote yourself!): “I’m the tiger. The witch captured me in Africa and brought me here. I’m friends with Rapunzel.”

I happened to see you practice last week, and it made my heart hurt with joy and pride as I watched you so seriously moving stage props and making sure to be on cue. You love to laugh and be silly, but you also take your responsibilities so seriously. That’s a great combination to have, Nolie.

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You were the main line of defense for the Sparkle Robot Lizards and loved having your dad as your coach. I think I missed all but one of your goals, as Sean was usually playing at the same time, but I got to have you fill me with your exuberant enthusiasm that we all adore. How I loved watching you race down the field! As much as I prefer baseball to soccer, I think you’ll find t-ball a bore after all the soccer action. Perhaps we’ll wait until t-ball becomes real baseball.

starwars initiation

So much of your excitement about turning six centered around these two big-brother obsessions: Star Wars and Harry Potter. You’ve been impatiently waiting to watch the first (even if Aidan would correct me and call it the 4th episode) Star Wars movie: A New Hope. I’ve held you off as long as I could, but now you and I have begun the journey to Hogwarts together. I love snuggling with you at night and revisiting these characters, and remembering when your brothers first met them as well.

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Just as I can’t wrap my brain around you being six, I am still in shock when I hear you reading. I shouldn’t be surprised, given your big brothers and their books and your smarts, but it is such a leap. You entered kindergarten knowing your alphabet sounds and a few sight words, and now I can’t even keep up with all that you know. I love hearing you read the books you bring home from school.

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I know how very lucky I am to be your mom. I won’t go so far as saying you love me more than ice cream---but I think it’s close!

More than all the stars,


RhonnaFarrer_2ps_FreeNewYear_swirlsYou can follow our blog circle to Brandi Picou of Brandi Picou Photography for the next letter to our sons, and continue all the way through the blog circle.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Simple Things Sunday

A rare rainy day in Moab. Sean and Aidan had planned to set up the lemonade stand they created the day before, but the weather had other plans. I loved the excuse for a slower day, with cups of tea and honey and lots of books. 

This shot was taken with our iPad...which sadly is the camera I use most with my own kids these days. I'm just grateful for the bit of mojo that I've gained from Instagram and the ease of using the iPad. I really want to be capturing more of our own family. 

These are the days.

This post is part of Rebecca Cooper’s Simple Things Sunday series, which she describes as “taking the time to photograph the everyday details…to enjoy the beauty in the ordinary and to be reminded of just how important the simple things are.”

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April 5, 2014

Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving   
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing   
as a woman takes up her needles   
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned   
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.   
Let the wind die down. Let the shed   
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop   
in the oats, to air in the lung   
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don’t   
be afraid. God does not leave us   
comfortless, so let evening come.

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