Easter Morning

Confession: Easter morning pictures are always hard.

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Easter morning

We usually have roughly 3 minutes between the chaos of getting ready for church and leaving for church to grab a shot.  Most years I just say “forget it”.

This year, I just gave it my 3 minute best.  I’m sure I’ll be happy to have this anyway.

Linking up with Wednesdays Around the World.

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The sounds of silence

Hello darkness, my old friend.  I’ve come to talk with you again.

Because a vision softly creeping, left its seeds while I was sleeping. ( or not sleeping…I’ve been wrestling with insomnia.)

The vision? No barriers. Working through self-doubt.  Finding my voice.  Finding the light.  Finding peace in the journey.

The day before Easter is our annual egg decorating day.  We normally do this outside which feels more free of the dangers of mishaps. But the rains have been coming down for a solid 24+ hours leaving less than ideal light conditions indoors.

It’s an Achilles heel for me.  I have a couple.

I laid our dining table with Kraft paper and decided that the show must go on indoors. The show must always go on, no matter the conditions.

Today the sky was a giant soft box, and yet there was inward challenge for me to overcome. There are just so many voices. Games that hold no intrigue for me.

Sometimes you just have to raise the blinds, silence the doubts, and just apply what you already know.  Keep studying.  Never quit observing.  Find your team.

No barriers.

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Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

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Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Onward. There is more at stake than eggs.

The fight is only with myself and I don’t give up that easily. Even if my knees knock a little.

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Little Hipster

I have a couple more shares of my little bow-tied and suspendered hipster.

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Suspenders and Bow Tie

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This one makes me smile….smolder, smolder, smolder.

Suspenders and Bow tie

We will have to talk about using this look responsibly by saving it for one special lady.   It’s quite unintentional at 6, I assure you.  I see the inner teen in this one.

Danger Will Robinson!

The bow tie and suspender set is from Little Boy Swag on Etsy.  The vendor has cute, affordable styles.

Linking up with Photo Friday.

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Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday! I bought Jasper a set of suspenders and a bow tie.  He’s a little dubious.

I convinced him to let me take a few shots of his new garb last night.  I got the shots as quickly as I could so that he could get them off just as quickly.

I hope he gets used to it, because I love it!

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Suspenders and bow tie

Suspenders and bow tie

Suspenders and bow tie

And when he had enough, he turned the tables and started mocking me.

Suspenders and bow tie

Kindly, of course. He does love his mama.

What’s going on in your part of the world this week? And Happy Easter and Passover to you!

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Jacks

I bought my kids each a “vintage style” set of jacks for Christmas with which they promptly set aside.  It was kind of a bomb.

I thought they were cute and I loved playing with them as a child.  They were vintage then, too.

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Here it is now April, and I’m just getting them to play with this stocking stuffer. How? Through studying the Ancient Romans. Apparently, Roman children played a form of jacks with bones and stones. In honor of that, I thought it was only right to bring out those unused jacks. School was the perfect excuse.

And they loved it.

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I knew they would.

We need to perfect our skills, but we have plenty of time for mastery.

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Sunday Backyard Fun

Now that the weather has warmed up the kids have taken to playing more backyard games.  They unearthed a beach badminton set.

Thus begins the tales of the last day of spring break.

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Apple break to try to get the loose tooth out without success.

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We got chased by a bee, and are scared.   Game has been cancelled on account of bee chasings.

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A little reassurance goes a long way when you’ve been the victim of a bee chasing.  Feelings are sorted.

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Games will continue on another sunny afternoon. Back to school this AM. 6 more weeks to go.

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Photograph

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where the sprinkler meets the sun

Well, I didn’t have photographs that really represent my own memories of days gone by.   Nickleback’s photograph is a song of reminiscence that I’m sure anyone can relate to with life being a constant force of change.

Life is lived in seasons.  Childhood. Teen years. Young Adulthood. Middle age, and so on.   It’s easy to remember the good times in retrospect.  Those seem to be the memories that we cling to the most.

The beauty of a photograph is that it transports us back to those memories that we want to hang on to.  Though we can’t stay in a particular time forever, we can at least harness the goodness of a season in photographs.

That’s what I love about being a photographer….harnessing moments for people.  Even if my photographs become a laugh on a #tbt one day, I know that they are still treasures.  I feel privileged to do what I do.

But sometimes, in all honesty, there are days of wondering why I put myself through the hardships that photographers face trying to eek out a living in this profession.  There are a lot of things to face on a day to day basis that just cut away at the heart.

Discouragement comes.  You walk around the block several times trying to find your courage.  You play those songs on your iPhone that help you find your fight.

Then you notice that you see things that others don’t always see.  Your eyes and your mind are constantly taking photographs without a camera.  Constantly.

You run back to get your camera because you have to prove to yourself that what you see is really real.

It is.

You find a little courage. You find the will to fight another round.  The road is long. But…

There are photographs to make.

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Little Things Thursday

During this time of year there are so many “little things” to revive the body and soul.  Little Things Thursday celebrates all those little things that we may fail to notice if we aren’t intentionally seeking after them.

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mexican heather

Like this Mexican Heather that I just planted.  I love the tiny purple blooms.  If you don’t look closely you might miss them because they are so tiny.    But does the size alter the beauty?

Sometimes it takes a great deal of faith to believe that little is big.  Like blessings.  When you are hoping for much but just a little comes.  It takes faith not to feel defeated.  It takes faith to take the small blessing and cherish it as if it were the biggest blessing.  Isn’t any blessing really big when you get down to it?

I’m learning to give thanks for the smallest of gifts.  What gifts can you give thanks for today?

Have I told you lately that you are a BIG blessing? Thank you to all who participate here each week!

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Puddle Jumper

If you can’t beat ‘em…

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Join ‘em.

Take that, rainy day!

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Planted

I’m getting a late start today on this very rainy first day of spring break.

Like deluge rain.

First week of April2014

However, I guess it is good since we got our garden planted and those tender babies need water to start growing.  But not too much, right?

Since we aren’t traveling, I’m going to just play catch up this week on all those undone things.  Hopefully, we will get a little sunshine mixed in with this cool rainy weather.

Today it seems right just to indulge in making hearth and home happy.

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