Day 119/365: My father-in-law raises his own bees and my family and I get the spoils of all that work. He gives us all the honey we could want. Honey is such an amazing thing and I have learned a lot about bees since he has been doing this. They are amazing little things. Not to mention the benefits of the honey. We love the sweet treat and use it for so many things in our household such as sore throats, an addition to tea, or a topping for biscuits.
Day 114/365: We love it when it rains! Holding our umbrellas and splashing in the puddles. Yes, we love it when it rains! We were lucky to have this prompt today as it is a rainy day... It always makes me think of the song: "If all the rain drops were lemon drops and gum drops - oh what a rain that would be. Standing outside with our mouths open wide - ah a a ah a a ah a a ah. If all the rain drops were lemon drops and gum drops - oh what a rain that would be."
Day 112/365: I was at a complete loss today about what to photograph for todays prompt. Then, out of the blue, I realized that I have this tattoo on my back that has barbwire on it. I forget about it because I never see it. The story behind this tattoo is this: My brother was deployed to Iraq as a Military Policeman back in 2003. He was deployed for an entire year and as it was so early in the war this was extremely hard for me and my family. My brother has a tattoo of barbwire around his arm and I wanted to do something in honor of him and the sacrifice he made for his country and his family. That is why I incorporated a heart in the design. My brother is my hero and I am extremely proud of him and everything he has done for the USA. He was very brave and this was my way of showing him how much I care for and love him. Since coming back from the war, he has suffered from PTSD, and multiple other issues from serving. It was a firsthand experience for me to watch him suffer through being away from his family for so long as he served and also the aftermath of being involved in a war. This will be a reminder for me, forever, for not only my brother, but all the men and women who have served our country.
Day 110/365: Our gathering from our Easter festivities included this quick group shot. I was able to capture it right as everyone was getting ready to leave after a wonderfully full and fun day. There was good food, good laughs, some baseball, and some bike riding. This all followed a wonderful morning at church where we were reminded what this day truly means ~ a man loved us enough to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our salvation. We are such blessed people. It's not a perfect image by any means but I absolutely love everyone in this photo and I am happy to have captured us all together on this wonderful Easter day.
Day 105/365: My daughter loves bath time! In fact, some days she begs for it! She loves to just sit in the water and relax. I peaked in on her today while she was humming a song and found her lying there so peacefully. I know how relaxed and rested I feel after a hot bath - she doesn't have to explain to me why she loves them so.
New International Version (NIV)
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky. 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth. 23 And there was evening, and there was morning, the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Day 103/365: This is the weirdest thing ever! This is how our ice freezes. It doesn't do this when the water is out of our tap. This is water that comes out of our water cooler that we use for drinking... We have no idea why this happens but my hubby says he doesn't mind because they make handy handles when he is getting a cube out of the tray. It's a silly idea but we get a chuckle every time we reach for a cube of ice.
Day 99/365: I smile because they are healthy. I smile because they are happy. I smile because they are silly. I smile when they give me hugs. I smile when they give me kisses. I smile when they tell me their stories. I smile because they love me. I smile because God gave them to me to love. They are heaven sent little packages of joy! I'm so proud of them! The bottom right photo is my daughter holding both her brother's hands and makes my heart melt! :)
Day 97/365: Sometimes you really need to step in close and really look... This is a vase that I had out for my wedding. In it holds a candle that we lit in memory of those that couldn't be with us on that special day. This now sits on a shelf in my daughter's room and until today - I never really looked at it. The vase is beautiful as it is covered with all of these beautiful flowers, but getting in close really brought to my attention, again, how beautiful this is and how much I really love it! Sometimes it's ok to say that we'll step back and take a look at things - but sometimes we need to really get in close to get an even better perspective!
I have taken on a challenge to take one photo a day for this entire year. I have been excited to join up with an amazing community of talented photographers who have also taken on this challenge. The goals I have for myself this year is to, first of all, complete the whole year of 365 photos. I also want to allow this challenge to teach me all I can about the equipment I have in order to better myself as a photographer. I am excited to learn and experience so much this year through this challenge. Thank you for taking the time to look through my journey. It truly means a lot to me.