But, that doesn't mean that it's easy to access, read about, learn from etc. I want my kids to be able to look at the pictures regularly, to read and re-read about our adventures that we take every day. I want ME to be able to remind myself of all those fun adventures, of the efforts I make, have made, and succeeded in being there for my kids, at being slow, mindful, and a good parent. That's why I recently posted on Facebook that I will no longer be taking photography jobs. At least for a while. This year I will homeschool 4 kids in different grades (5 if you count preschool!). I was starting to feel the stress of being able to do that. Where else could I simplify in my life to make room for this new challenge? It wasn't really a stressful challenge so much as it was stressful in trying to figure out how I was going to fit it all in. Eliminate something, I told myself. But what?
Although it was a hard decision, I feel good about it. At peace. I have the rest of my life to be a photographer, but I will only have my precious children with me a short time.
So tonight, I started again to work on my own photo's. Organizing, editing, choosing the favorites that I might blog or scrapbook one day. Remembering some fun days that we had this last spring. I love looking back at my photo's. Even the bad ones. I love the memories, feelings, smells and emotions that they evoke.
So, I figured since I was already up 3 hours past my bedtime, what better time to write a blog post? Ha! My first in 8 months, but if we are lucky, maybe the first of many over the next 8 months? We'll see ;)
Here's a bit of what's been going on over the last 8 months
Fun Friday (When the kids complete all their school work Monday through Thursday, then we get to play on Friday!)
Savannah, my little reader
Keeping up our Sunday Best
Attending our First General Women's Meeting!
Sunday Best with my Girl
We became chicken owners!
Took a huge trip to the East to see this precious baby enter the world!
Free Slurpee Day
One of my favorite place, The Oregon Coast
A collection of images I have had the privilege of taking this year.