Once There Was a Girl…

Who Loved to go Hiking…

And she would pack up her favorite things and put them in her backpack.

And off she would go…into the woods.

Chattanooga Child Photography Giving Tree

And she would delight herself by playing among the branches of the woods.

Chattanooga Child Photography Girls in Woods

And she would collect all kinds of natural treasures, including the leaves of the trees she loved.

Chattanooga Child Photography Girl with Leaves

And she would stop to read her favorite book.

Chattanooga Child Photography Girl reads

And eat snacks.

The snacks were a very important part of her hike.

For after traveling the treacherous trail only a few feet, she would be famished!

Chattanooga Child Photography Girl with candy


And she would rest in the shade of the trees.

Chattanooga Child Photography Girl rests


And she would eat another snack at the next bench.

(We entitled this new sport “bench press” hiking…you should try it sometime.)

Chattanooga Child Photography Girl with Apple

And the girl loved the trees that she met on her hike.

Chattanooga Child Photography Girl loves tree


And the girl was happy.

And she was very thankful for her hike.

Chattanooga Child Photography Girl is Happy

The end.

Of course, these photographs were inspired by one of my favorite children’s books The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein.

I love this simple book, because its theme speaks of unnoticed sacrificial giving.

This little girl would give you her last M&M, if she thought it would make you happy.

In the spirit of thankfulness this season, you might want to listen to this short audio broadcast

(scroll to a bit past 17:00 minutes into broadcast)…


Listening to this testimony will make you very thankful

and give you new insight into the impact of those shoe boxes that you send this time of year.

Have a happy Thanksgiving season! 🙂

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  • Adrienne - Carol, this post is darling. I love that book, too!ReplyCancel

    • Caroljean - Thank you, Adrienne! I love children’s books, but this one is just so sweet and simple with a deep message.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Smith - What a beautiful posting. Thank you for sharing this! And have yourself a wonderful Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - Love your interpretation of this! The pictures turned out great!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - What a beautiful concept! I just adore it!ReplyCancel

  • Dana - the one holding the leaves is simply adorable. Wonderful take on giving!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Love it! (I did get hints of The Lorax… she speaks for the trees :D) Great story/series 😀ReplyCancel

  • rochelle - such a neat idea and adorable images!ReplyCancel

    • Caroljean - Thank you for your sweet comments, friends! 🙂 We had a great time! I just love to hear the rustling of the leaves beneath my feet!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Romney - So cute!! Your daughter is lucky to have you freeze these memories in time. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jody - Lovely photos and her hat is super cute too xReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Love these! Your daughter is so full of life. I love this idea!ReplyCancel