Day 149/365: To my children: I won't always be there to stop you from falling. I won't always be there to prevent a hurt... I can only pray that I am close enough to kiss away the tears and make the pain a little less intense by trying to make you giggle. You will fall in life, and sometimes the falls will hurt more than others. But what's important is that you find a way to get back up, shake it off, and remember to giggle. I will do my best to keep you safe in life by teaching you what's important and by trying to show you how to avoid the ruts and crannies that may make you trip and fall.
(This accident happened yesterday. My poor girl had a spider on her and at this point in her life - that was enough to make her panic and so she fell and scrapped her knee. This photo was taken this morning as we changed her bandage. I was there yesterday when she fell. I wasn't close enough to catch her, but I did kiss away the tears and helped her feel better by reciting the poem Little Miss Muffet - which made her giggle).
Day 147/365: I love the simplicity of black and white and all the different shades of grey that come out in a photo like this. These little beauties are growing like crazy beside my house. Lily of the Valley. These cute little flowers always remind me of Alice in Wonderland and I have always loved that movie.
Day 145/365: This photo isn't spectacular by any means. It's quite blurry because I have an insanely OLD phone and the pictures taken from it just are no good. However, what's special about this photo are the memories behind it. This was my view tonight as I was enjoying sitting around the fire with some great friends. These times for my husband and I, when the kids can go to grandma and grandpas, are priceless. Last night was full of great stories, both old and new, and a lot of laughs. It was a great night and I'm happy for the memory!
Day 140/365: Plugging away at work and my devoted furry friend sits by my feet and sometimes peaks at me around my computer screen. She is always so near me and literally has panic attacks when she can see me but can't get to me. She will be 11 years old this year and even though she is starting to show signs of stiffness and she is slowing down, she is still such a dear and loyal friend to me.
I am hoping that after today things will get better for me. I am very blessed that I don't have to work in my office often as I mainly work from home. This just happened to be where I was today.
Day 138/365: I have always loved looking at the sky when the sun's rays stream through the clouds. It makes me feel the hope of a bright tomorrow, a bright future, a bright life. But then it also makes me think about loved ones I have lost. I like to think that heaven is up in those clouds and all those who I have lost are up there looking down on me - and there's hope that someday I will meet them all again!
On a side note - I was blessed to photograph an event for my church today that we call The Run for the Cross. It's an even where motorcycles and their riders enjoy a 100 mile trip raising funds to utilize for our community as needs arise. This also fit in to today's prompt for me today. I have lost two loved ones due to motorcycle accidents and this day really made me think that now that we are upon motorcycle season and the bikes will be out in full force - it's important for the safety of these riders. Here's hoping that all riders stay safe this summer!
Now that I am getting ready to say goodnight to this exceptionally wonderful day with my family - all I can do is send a quick prayer that we continue to grow and develop with each other. That we can continue to have wonderful, fun and laughter filled days, and that we can continue to express to each other how much importance each one of us has in the growth and development of each other. In my opinion, there is nothing more important than that!
Day 136/365: Teaching little boys the benefits of self-discipline can come with many challenges. If I have learned anything as a parent - there is nothing as important as repetition, repetition, repetition! I will repeatedly tell them how much I love them so they will never doubt it. I will repeatedly take them on adventures so they will know the joys of this life. I will repeatedly stalk them and watch them so I can keep them safe and happy. If I help instill good and healthy habits in their life while they are young, I can only hope that they will continue on with those good and healthy habits when they are older and gone from our home. So, yes, one of those things does involve brushing our teeth every morning and night. One day, I imagine that they won't need me to remind them to do so...
Day 135/365: This photo opportunity came about unexpectedly as I was working. I have my camera always near me so it wasn't hard to get these photos. I love how I can look out my big living room window and just watch the birds. I find myself curling up with a blanket and just watching them even in the midst of my kids running around being crazy and wild. Birds are fun to watch and I feel that it is relaxing to do so. And when you get to see beauties like this - it's just hard to look away.
Day 133/365: My favorite form of activity is yoga. I love how it makes me feel. Some huge benefits of yoga: flexibility, strength, joint health, spinal health, bone health, gets blood flowing, heart health, lowers blood pressure, lowers cortisol levels which helps reduce depression, helps maintain weight, lowers blood sugar, improves coordination - reaction time - and memory, it improves your immune functions, relieves pain, and so on... I've learned this hands on... I'm a proud yogi. I practice daily.
Day 132/365: This is one of the ways that I take time for myself for some serious self-care. I snapped this picture from the certificate that I have. I'm very excited to have some relax time just for me. I have all of my regular medical check-ups done already for this year so this was as close as I could get for today. There are so many benefits of massage like stress, tension, and anxiety relief. Massage helps to improve blood circulation to help deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells. It helps stimulation of the lymphatic system to carry away the waste products in our bodies. It helps to relieve and prevent muscle cramps and spasms. It also helps with things such as arthritis. My appointment is scheduled for tomorrow at 8:30AM.
Day 131/365: As your mother, I will ALWAYS love you. I will ALWAYS be there for you. I will hold you as you cry and jump for joy as you succeed. I will be there with failures and triumphs alike. I will never be too tired to listen or watch. I am doing my best to capture all I can via my camera so I can help tell your stories. There is a story behind everything. Some may be easy to tell and others will be difficult or even heartbreaking. Details may be forgotten... Days will blur by... All I can hope to do as your mommy is help teach you to live one day at a time, enjoy the small things because those actually end up being the biggest things. Take nothing for granted. Get things off your chest and move on. Forgive and love. I pray that you will live a healthy life and that God blesses you with health. And ALWAYS remember - these arms will always be there for you. No matter what!
Day 129/365: This is my husband's creation (I kind of explained what I was hoping for). We have a half of a wall here as it's up against our stairwell and I was hoping to utilize the space fully for our entertainment needs. We also didn't want to spend a lot of money. He was beyond skillful and ingenious with this creation and it cost us a fraction of what a store bought piece of furniture would have. With some inexpensive blocks, some nice wood, and stain - this project was done in a day and it displays all the fun stuff we have. My husband and I have been together for 10 years and haven't paid a day of cable (hence all the movies), we do have a Wii that we let our kids play for only an hour a day, then I have all my scrapbooks displayed so anyone who comes to visit can pull out a book to look at. I am very proud of my husband and all the skills and ideas he has!
I trust my husband to lead his family with all the strength that he was made to. I trust him to take care of his family (with me helping every step of the way), to provide for us, and to protect us. I trust him to love me until death parts us. The vows we took are extremely important to both of us and we know that trust is something you have to give just as much as you take.
Day 127/365: Definition of poise: 1. a state of balance or equilibrium, as from equality or equal distribution of weight. 2. A dignified, self-confident manner or bearing; composure; self-possession: to show poise in company. 3. Steadiness; stability: intellectual poise. 4. Suspense or wavering, as between rest and motion or two phases of motion: the poise of the tides. 5. The way of being poised, held, or carried.
I had a tiring day, so tonight as my husband and I were visiting on the back deck after the munchkins went to bed, I was enjoying a glass of wine and he was having his beer - I realized that this was as close to poise as I was going to get today. I have always thought those who have knowledge of wine are very poised. I cannot say that I include myself in that category - but I do love a good glass of wine on occasion! :)
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.