Little Things Thursday

It’s been a solid week of constant driving and play rehearsals around here.  I’ve already put in 6 hours in the car by Wednesday, so there hasn’t been much time for much else.

Everyone is a little tired, and afternoon downtime is a treasure to behold.

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Tomorrow, the kids head over to the theater for their first stage rehearsal and with just a week to go before the curtains go up for the opening night. This Pick-A-Little Lady is has put in some hours rehearsing songs and staging the numbers.

We are looking forward to seeing it all come together.  I’ve purposely held off listening to any of the songs or reading any lines because I want the experience to be fresh when we finally see it.

How’s your week?

 


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Senoia Coffee Cafe with the Boys

This past Friday the boys and I decided to go for a hot chocolate date during the hour my daughter spends in math tutoring.  I realized that an hour spent pent up in the car, in a packing lot, was just not a good fit for two active boys. Furthermore, two bored and ansty boys are not a good fit for this Mama.  Know what I mean?

We have a couple fun outings nearby that we can totally see in a hour. This week it was the Senoia Coffee Cafe, also known by Hollywood as Woodbury Coffee House.

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We ordered a couple hot chocolates and a mocha for Mama. No zombies on the menu, today.

Gosh, I love coffee shop light! Who wants a coffee shop session?

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Sipping hot drinks quietly only lasts about 3 seconds, so we took our cups on the go. Our boys do not watch The Walking Dead, but since it is still fun to see the filming area, we walked a few paces over to where the sets sit behind a barricade.

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We tried to use the big rocks across from the sets to peer over the wall, but no such luck for we three shorties. There are signs nearby that say, “No, Nope. Not you. Don’t even think about it.”

Well, not exactly those words, but those sentiments.  The security guards basically look the same way. But anyway, there it is behind the wall.

I think filming ended in the fall, so not much is happening here currently.  The last activity I can recall was the odd catering tent set up last October on the way to school drop off.

I love this wall of rocks in the area and always have, so we grabbed a couple shots.

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And then our hour out and about ended. We had five minutes to spare to make pick up for my daughter.

It was a short and sweet way to kick off the weekend.

Linking with Random-osity and Black and White Wednesday

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Little Things Thursday

I’m so sorry for the delay today for Little Things Thursday.  Severe weather moved through the area last night and I felt it was best to get off the computer for a while.

It may have been the alert that a tornado was spotted nearby.  Those kinds of warnings do sort of stop my work! All ended well as the tornado moved northeast of us, but we did get a deluge of rain and lightning.

You know what else is a tornado around here? These two.

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They have been like two F5s around here with their boy-like wrestling, pushing, shoving, running, etc…

They really do love each other, but this week you might wonder.  I’m glad they will always have each other in spite of how much they are getting on each others nerves lately.

And a note of housekeeping, we will go on as planned for next Thursday on Thanksgiving. If you can make it, great…but if not have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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Unwritten

Staring at the blank page before you

Open up the dirty window

Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find…

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Today is where my book begins. The rest is still unwritten.

2015 has been the year of questions both answered and unanswered.  The main question I faced was how to stay afloat in a sea of waves that I felt were carrying me every direction except the one that I wanted to go.  This summer I faced a moment of surrender to the rocky seas.  I realized that the waves were not meant to harm, but to push me in the best direction.

I felt very much that my future was already written and that it wasn’t one that was excited me.  It wasn’t one I would choose for myself, if I held all the power to choose.  I was feeling stuck in the mud, as my former toddler use to say when he didn’t want to do something.  The mud was self-inflicted and imaginary. All he had to do was stand up.

I, too, had to stand up.  Once I gave up the fight, so to speak, I started to see bits and pieces of the shore. Though everything was certainly not perfect, the pieces were falling into place.

God was in the business of providing some needed change that would shake up the monotony of right here. Through that, I began to see anew that I could trust Him with much larger things.

If He could provide a school for my daughter and more time outside the four walls of home for the rest of us, He could provide for the other concerns of our hearts.  But, first and foremost, He was just concerned with my heart that was starting to lose hope. I felt a very real call from God to just turn from my striving and seek Him.  The real answer to all my questions.  That was exactly what I needed and still need each day.

God showed me that while He has certainly written my future, it isn’t second best to my imaginings.  His plans are bigger and better than any dream I could dream.  Right here, with exactly what we have, at this exact moment, is good.  But not just good, BEST.

I guess you could say that He is disciplining me in trust and contentment.

I’m living with my arms wide open to God’s plans for us, whatever they may be.  I still pray for those little heart’s desires, but I won’t break if that’s where they stay.

This new school year is so different already and I’m encouraged by all the growth I’ve seen both in me and my students.  All I have to do is be faithful to the day’s work. Fruit is on the vine.

Linking with Good.Random.Fun, Songography, Black and White Wednesday, and Wednesdays Around the World.

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First Day Jitters

The first day is in the books for Gracyn, our Freshman.

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There were the usual jitters upon drop off, but she was all smiles at pick up. She kicked the year off with a bang by getting a 100 on her government quiz!

We are pretty sure that she will be just fine as the year goes on, even though it will require a lot of her academically speaking.

Socially, it is promising to be just as great.  She met a few new kids on the first day and had her first social this past weekend.  One of the kids hosted a s’mores bonfire for all the high school students at a get to know you gathering. The high school only has 100+ students so they will have a pretty intimate group with many chances to develop friendships.

These are exciting times!

Linking up with Randomosity, Black and White Wednesday, and Wednesdays Around the World.

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Little Things Thursday

What happens when the corn crop you so desperately looked forward to dies?

You create a backdrop out of it, of course! It’s the whole lemons and lemonade drill.

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I envisioned refreshment.  There were bits of that, but not on the scale that I felt I truly needed to be refreshed to begin again. But, the thing about need is that what we think we need may not be what’s best for our growth, overall. I’ve grown all summer long, but I’m weary. I guess you could call it growing pains.  I’m planting and planting and planting.  The harvest sometimes looks like disappointment on the surface, but rather it is the fodder for a greater harvest to come.  I believe that.  Because disappointment, when used correctly, causes us to grow. We dig deeper, and make adjustments. I’m no quitter and I also believe that God wastes no circumstance that He allows.  We just have to be willing to accept and learn from our circumstances.  It’s not easy, but it is necessary. While not getting a vacation or other luxuries this summer was disappointing, I do think I’ll look back on this time as pivotal. My souvenirs aren’t seashells and T-shirts, but I believe that my take-aways are valuable.

We have less than 3 weeks before our new school year begins and I am furiously working to shore up loose ends so that I’m not crawling to the first day of school.  I apologize for not being as available to participate and visit.  I hope you know that my desire is FOR those things, but that well, honestly, I’m struggling to balance duty and delights. Delights have just had to retire to the backseat over the last month or so.  There has been just so much on my proverbial plate that needs attention. It’s nothing serious, but as you know, when things pile up life can feel overwhelming.

I do have a couple massage gift certificates that will be a balm once I get through the bulk of the crazy.  I’m looking forward to those.  I’m still going to be around, and I’m trying to make room for delights as I can. Soon, routine will win the day once again and I’ll be back on the saddle. Less than 20 days to go! How’s your summer?  


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Dance With Me

Dance with me, I want to be your partner

Can’t you see the music is just starting

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Night is falling, and I am falling
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Sunday I had the honor of photographing this 30 year strong couple. They truly are the happiest, most loving people I know.

They are the definition of blessed.

One of their passions in their semi-empty nest years is ballroom dancing.  I asked them to give me a little demonstration of their favorite moves while standing in this field.

They more than happily obliged me.

Linking with Good.Random.Fun., Songography| Dance With Me|Orleans, Black and White Wednesday and Wednesdays Around the World.

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Little Things Thursday|Rain

I love a good cleansing summer rain.

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After days of hot, steamy weather I look forward to seeing the thunder clouds roll in with the promise of renewing the parched ground and spurring on growth.

Everything the rain touches breathes a sigh of sweet relief, including our tired souls.  From a distance the rain may seem menacing, a foe.

But as the saying goes: There are no rainbows without a little rain. Everything is grace. Even the things for which we struggle to give thanks.

When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know. 

Also joining Black and White Wednesday.


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Little Things Thursday

“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road.”

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I’ve alluded to this a few times already, but in case you missed it, I have taken up daily walking combined with little runs. Basically to the end of the road type runs, but multiple times over the 3.4 miles. I’m still building stamina to run. I hate running.

Except, I don’t hate the benefits of those short sprints. Stress? I love taking it out on these morning walks/runs.  I love feeling strength creep back into my body.  I’m at a place in life where I can take better care of myself.  I’ve been walking a week and a half and I have already logged 33.3 miles. My knee is cussing me out, but I feel accomplished. I love arriving back to my porch after 45 minutes completely drenched in sweat.  The endorphins are an amazing anti-depressant.  I just gotta have my Rocky “No pain, No Pain” moment to get to the endorphin part.

Another no pain, no pain pep talk is getting to the end of the school year.  We are almost there and I will be back to regularly joining all the linkies very soon! Thanks for your patience and still joining me here each week while I tie up loose ends!

Let’s see your week!


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Currently

Happy April! Something about April 1st makes me feel like we’ve truly made it past winter’s woes.  All the blooming, greening, and thunderstorms are making me want to just be out in the world.

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Literally, I just want to be out with camera in hand honing and learning everything I can.  Reality is having a hard time keeping up with this desire.  But, I am making more room for doing it anyway.  I need it.

My current photographer crush is Jonathan Canlas.  His work is just so inspiring in it’s simplicity, and yet it is full of life. And the fact that it is 100% film makes me ache to perfect the film medium.  You won’t find over-edited work.  You just see photography that is pure.  It’s really inspiring. I said that already.

Normally, I wouldn’t desire to take a film image and desaturate it in Photoshop, but I haven’t opened my black and white film yet.  And I was desperate. 🙂 I need to start shooting tandem film and digital work, because the lull between shooting and developing has me scrambling for images to post!

I know I keep gushing about film lately, but I just have a serious crush on it right now, even though I am not where I want to be with it yet.  But, the journey with all its hills and valleys is really fun.

Linking with Black and White Wednesday and Wednesdays Around the World.

 

 

 

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