Tuesday, October 28

a day

When I was going through some stuff in my office the other day I found a big manilla envelope with an unfinished photo/scrapbooking project inside. It was a "week in the life" project, inspired by scrapbook guru, blogger Ali Edwards. (I think she is getting ready to do this project again soon.) Anyway, I dumped out the envelope and found a week of my life in pictures, from about 6 years ago. (Actual real life pictures! Printed on paper!) We were living in our old house, Max was a toddler, Andrew was farming, I was taking pictures. Lots of pictures. I can't tell you how awesome it was to find that little forgotten (even if it was unfinished) gift in that envelope. So many pictures of everyday stuff: the clothes we were wearing, what the house looked like, Max's toys, recipes. So neat.

I haven't photographed my life these days that extensively, but it would be so fun to do so. A couple Monday's ago I photographed some little details around here. Max is growing green beans in our kitchen window sill. We did an art project. Ada played outside in her pajamas. We had hot chocolate in my grandma's mugs. The leaves were falling, and there were mums on the porch. I even photographed the mess that is our shoe/coat fiasco in the kitchen. Little details that years from now will be so treasured.

*Note: used to things like our van in the picture of Ada bothered me because I thought it took away from the picture as a whole. Now I love details like that because I think it is something that places the picture in time. Does that make sense at all? You know when you look through really old pictures people will reminisce about times through the details. "Remember when we had that van with the broken door handle?" (Not that our van has a broken door handle or anything.)

Have a good day--capture some details!

Thursday, October 16

a sunrise

A few weeks ago I was getting ready to go work an auction. I was walking into the kitchen getting coffee or something, when I saw the most beautiful sunrise. I'm never very good at capturing sky pictures…they always seem to dissapoint me because they don't come close to the real thing. I thought I should try again. "Max! Going out to take pictures!" He was on the couch and was not surprised at all to see his mom go outside with a towel still on her head to take a picture of something.

I was initially wanting to take pictures of the horses in this beautiful fog with the sunrise, but I quickly abandoned that idea and turned my attention to just the sky itself: 
 
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.


(Psalm 19: 1-4)



Wednesday, October 8

inspired

A little random type of post today. I've been feeling a little random lately, so I thought I would just go with it!

I'm often inspired by little things. Sometimes it is even one of the kids' little things! We've had this book for a while, and it is one of my very favorites:
A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Every day Mr. McGee goes to work playing with the animals in the zoo. One day he is sick, so the animals (ride the bus!) and come to see him. I just love it, and every time I read it I feel like I want to give Mr. McGee a hug, then I want to get out all my pencils and draw something. This book was written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, and that makes me like it even more. (I did a little online research about Erin E. Stead, the wife and illustrator, and she looked just like I thought she would. Funny how I could picture her just by looking at her drawings!)
Just look at Mr. McGee in his socks and pajamas! I love it. The drawings in the book are so beautiful. I was a "drawing specialization" in college, and I always love drawings more than other media. The pictures in this story are so sweet and quiet.


Such a sweet book. Go ahead and order it for your kids for Christmas!