It didn’t start out this way. Our first Christmas/holiday greeting card was meant to be a simple way of keeping in touch with family and friends. It was accompanied by a one page letter updating folks on our highlights and some low lights during the past year. Joanne and I started the greeting in 1987, the year I began dating my wife Joanne.
The next year I proposed to Joanne in Ireland. We were married in 1989. We welcomed our first daughter Emily into this world in 1990, followed by our second daughter, Marian in 1994.
Since 1989, I use a camera timer to get our annual holiday shot. I’ve propped the camera on rocks, chairs, tables and railings, but mostly used a tripod to get the photos.
Time captures the changes in our family each year. Our babies became girls and are now young women. Joanne is still as beautiful inside and out as the first time I fell in love with her.
You can click on the photos below to see them in full-size renderings. We began with film and have been digital for several years now.
These past two years, our son-in-law Dan Glover, Emily’s husband, joined the annual greeting card tradition. We couldn’t dream of a better son-in-law. Pets are also a regular part of the McCoy holiday photo show. Each photo brings back memories of the places we have lived, jobs we worked, schools we attended, friends we have known, family and friends we miss or have lost, heartache and joy. What I remember best are the friends and family we have spent time with all these years. These memories are most enduring of all.
What began as a whimsy, has turned into a family tradition. I’m the grouchy (I just want it to be perfect and eventually resign myself to admitting it is what it is.) one who sets the camera shot and timer before racing to stand with the family as the photo is snapped.
To Joanne, Emily, Marian and Dan,
I apologize for being a grouch. I hope it’s worth putting up with me so that we can keep the tradition alive. One of these years I hope you girls will take over this tradition.
And friends- We have two questions as we look back over the past 25 years.
- Where did the time go?
- How have we been so blessed by so many wonderful, wonderful friends and family?
Merry Christmas and happy holidays wherever you are.