Deb- front and center- and loving it- all the while a little flirty with twinkling eyes and smiles.
Bobbie- strong and tall and having our backs. There is nobody I'd rather have behind me.
John- the new guy, leaning more and more into our crazy world with his endearing smile and easy ways.
Chelsea- usually on the bottom floor, not so much in the middle of anything, but straight up and always there for us. She's also showing off that smile that lights up the room, and there ain't nothing better.
Me- wanting to stay out of the limelight, yet somehow always in the middle, sincerely enjoying the heck out of our Assisi family and plotting the next mountains to collectively conquer.
Santa- a volunteer, epitomizing what volunteers are- wish granters for all of the extra specials given to the animals in our care. Angels of Assisi provides the foundation of our mission, and the volunteers come in and light it all up, bearing the gifts of their time and talents, and forever making us believers in the good side of humankind.
The most symbolic part of this photo, however, is the one that is not seen- it's the lady behind the camera, our friend Carrie French. All of those personalities perfectly captured and made to look darn good are because of her.
You haven't seen Carrie's name associated with the beautiful images that come from Angels of Assisi, but she's always in the background creating them. Carrie has an amazing way of blending in with the surroundings, not drawing any attention to herself, and with a kind heart and sharp mind capturing the spirit of these precious moments in time. She's always there for the animals, and it's not uncommon to see her with a squeaky toy in one hand, treats in her hip pocket, one of her amazing kids at her feet, while the other hand holds a clicking camera to her eye. She embodies the true sense of giving back with all of her heart.
Carrie is by far one of the smartest and overall most amazing people I've had the pleasure of meeting in this journey called animal rescue. I am honored to call her friend, and I know many others that share that honor, probably better than she does. From the bottom of our hearts we thank her for innately bringing out the inner beauty and giving those who needs her most a real shot at life and love.
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense,
about what is being photographed.
— Ansel Adams