This last weekend we finally got the chance to take Joie on a photoshoot! We’ve been wanting to do this for a while and we’re so thankful that Grandma and Grandpa gifted us with an extended date. We ran a few errands and went out to lunch while they entertained the kids for us.

And this happened:


Each eye it cheers when she appears,
Like Phoebus in the morning,

When past the shower, and every flower
The garden is adorning:


As the wretch looks o’er Siberia’s shore,
When winter-bound the wave is;

Sae droops our heart, when we maun part
Frae charming, lovely Davies.


Her smile’s a gift frae ‘boon the lift,
That maks us mair than princes;

A sceptred hand, a king’s command,
Is in her darting glances;

The man in arms ‘gainst female charms
Even he her willing slave is,

He hugs his chain, and owns the reign
Of conquering, lovely Davies.

joie-labor-day-2016-25-of-51My Muse, to dream of such a theme,
Her feeble powers surrender:

The eagle’s gaze alone surveys
The sun’s meridian splendour.

I wad in vain essay the strain,
The deed too daring brave is;

I’ll drap the lyre,

joie-labor-day-2016-48-of-51and mute admire

The charms o’ lovely Davies.


– Robert Burns, excerpt from “The Charms of Lovely Davies”