Day 2

1.2.15

“Forget Batman: when I really thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to be my dad.”
~Paul Asay

My best friends.

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We definitely have our moments–I’m pretty certain all mothers, daughters, and sisters do–but the three women in this photo are ladies I wouldn’t want to live without. I can remember as a young girl and teenager wishing I had a brother, but I don’t think we’d be nearly as close. I mean, I doubt I’d call him about “female” issues at 10 pm at night.

I couldn’t be more proud of my sisters, and if the Lord chooses to bless me with a daughter, I’d have to pray for another one or two so she wouldn’t have to face life without a sister and best friend.


Also, this shot was a simple self-timer photo. Nikon D7000, 50mm lens, ISO 500, 1/320 SS, f4.

 

Three Point Five {on my baby being three and a half}

T I M E   F L I E S

Last night, he walked out of the garage to follow his daddy and “help” mow. I reminded him about staying off the street because of “fast cars,” and he immediately replied “I’ll be fine” with a thumbs up. I laughed on the outside, but mostly in an effort to avoid crying.

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Everyday he says something clever, new, and I am amazed at what a spectacular young man God has given us. I worry (waaaaaaaaaay too much) that the influences of the outside world, other people, and media will harm him, but I MUST remember that our Heavenly Father loves him infinitely more than I can even begin to imagine.

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He admires his Daddy, me, and by the Grace of God, we’ll do our best to show him Christ’s love and help him learn that his greatest calling is to glorify God, love Him and love others.

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Having him look at me with his 3 and half year old wisdom and say “I’ll be fine,” was a heavenly reminder that God is in control and the plans He has for my little man are greater than any I can think of.

DSC_6775He is a fierce lover (and sometimes fighter), passionate, assertive, creative, intuitive, and just plain fun! I can’t wait to see what the rest of “three” is like!

Picture Dump

I’ve been playing around on PSE 10 and making a few collages and things…

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It’s a Rainy Day

{Random side note: I cannot type a post having anything to do with rain without humming Singing in the Rain.} 

We’ve had a couple days over the past few weeks with the fun kind of April showers you can play in. It’s fun to see the difference in my boys–one throws fits to be outside, loves the rain, and refuses to come in even if it’s a torrential downpour. The other demands all clothes off if there’s even one drop of water making him “wet!” and if he runs through the rain or a sprinkler, he begs for a towel over his head.

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I’m constantly amazed at our Creator in how He gives us all unique personalities even when we come from the same genes!

P52 | Week 4 | My Town

I think of a country song when I hear the phrase “my town”….not sure I like that or not. Last night, I went out and shot around fifty pictures of various things, and this is the one I chose to use. I picked it because it’s personal to me. The other images may have done a better job of representing a majority of the people where we live, but for our family, this image is a good reminder of what this town has meant to us.

We moved to this town because of this field. My husband spent countless hours here for six years, and I spent many, many Friday nights cheering he and his team to victory after victory. There honestly weren’t too many losses to speak of, but the few there were, were hard. He loved his time here, and even though he’s moved on to another school and team, this place will always hold a special spot in our hearts.

{side note–I wish I had a wide angle lens to use here. Love my nifty fifty, but on my crop camera it doesn’t always capture as much as I’d like…}

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Word dump….

I’m certain this post will be a bit random, but I want to get some thoughts down. 

First, I read this quote recently, and it SO perfectly describes how I feel about photography these days: “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” ~ Ira Glass ~  

In other random musings….I’m reading The Upside Down Marriage by Jim Keller, and even though I’m only a couple chapters in, I’ve already gleaned some wisdom. My favorite quote so far doesn’t necessarily apply to only marriage: “Being kind wins the day.” So often simple kindness will make a day brighter. It reminds me also of the verse from Proverbs 15:1, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” I NEED to keep this in mind not just with the hubby, but with my boys, and the students and teachers I encounter at work. 

End word dump. 

P52 | Week 1 | You

P52 | Week 1 | You

BLAH. I do NOT understand the selfie craze, but at least I can check week one off my “to do” list. I took about 100 photos after school before my boys got home, and only 1 or 2 were even … Continue reading