Sometimes we go out and find extraordinary people and invite them into our lives.
Sometimes they appear…
and you wonder what you ever did without them.
That’s my dear, sweet friend Cecilia.
These images on the truck were taken during my first visit to West Texas, a place I never knew would grab such a big part of my heart. This post was about my 2011 trek to photograph “Petticoats on the Prairie” , a vintage market she put on with her group, The Rodeo Queens…ladies who I admire and adore~ truly the best people live in this part of the country. I have fallen for this place!
Cecilia, in a matter of about two minutes, always makes me feel like a special guest (complete with badge that actually says this). From homemade pretties in my room when I stay in Texas, to introductions to others…she is one of those people in my life and I am so completely grateful for all that she has done for me (and what she brings out in me).
Elegant, beautiful and completely put together from head to toe 24/7…..kind-hearted, gentle, funny and gracious at all times.
My only complaint is that she lives a plane ride away.
The good news is that she’ll be here for our “Ignite” retreat this weekend. I can’t wait to see smiling Texas face at the airport today! My family is ready to meet this woman they’ve heard so much about.
This handsome cowboy, Tom, is her other half. To see the two of them together is really wonderful—a match that came about later in life and couldn’t be more perfect. I love how he loves her! We’ll get him out to the Northwest at some point. I want my family to meet both of them.
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During my last teaching visit in West Texas, I had the chance to capture Cecilia in her favorite vintage dress—and this very cool top hat. I visualized what I could create out of a the mesquite/dry land terrain. This was the composite I came up with.
So. much. fun.
Have a great rest of your week, lovelies~
p.s. ‘Not too late to come to the Ignite retreat. Festivities begin at 9:30 on Friday morning!