Seriously, have you ever done this? Put something off long enough that it grew to be too intimidating to tackle? I do it a lot. Start a project and then get side tracked with another ten or so projects, only to realize that I, once again, haven't finished what I started. It always makes me feel irresponsible. I am learning to curb the amount of new things that I take on (I think I'm learning that), but inevitably, there is something that gets put aside and grows into a monster that stares at me with those looming eyes and makes me want to run!
I used to do this regarding my time with God. I would start the year with the grandiose plan to read through the Bible before the next January. I've done it before, I should be able to do it again. What I fail to remember is that when I did it before, I was in high school and didn't have as many responsibilities as I have now. Even then, it meant some days of reading for hours. I would miss a day or two and realize how much reading I needed to catch up on, get intimidated and procrastinate even more. When I mustered up the courage to "catch up" I would be several days behind and end up reading into the night, barely able to keep my eyes open. If I had such a hard time doing this when I was in high school, what makes me think that I can do it now with three young children, homeschooling, a photography/art business, a busy church life, a house to attempt to keep clean, a husband to adore, a family to feed, etc? I have finally realized that my time with God is more important than an attempt to read the Bible in a year. It is a time to sit down and be with Him, to enjoy His presence and His company. To listen to what He is speaking to me and to pour my heart out to Him, even though He already intimately knows everything that is inside. Do I always remember this? Of course not! But He does and He is good at reminding me. The other benefit is that when you only get to read a little bit of His Word in the day, it's easier to meditate on it and really remember what it says!
So what have I been doing since my last blog?
For the most part I've been editing pictures from the two conventions I had the honor of photographing. Below are some of the detail shots of those events (I know that most photographers would post the pictures of the actual people, but I didn't want anyone being surprised to see their picture on my blog!).
|Okay, I had to include this one. The baby was kicking through the entire awards ceremony.|
|From a Vegas Theme to the Tree of Life|
|This conference was at my church. My husband helped make these trees. He's so talented!|
|During the blessing of the daughters|
|My daughter during a visit to a close friend's house.|
|My friend has a GREAT couch!|
|My friend has a gift for braiding hair, even through the gauntlet.|
|HOW did she do this?????? I have never been able to braid this child's hair (and have it look decent).|
|So excited to have braided (bumpy/brinkled) hair.|
|I couldn't believe she did Emma's hair without E screaming even once. I felt better after seeing the facial expression in this picture.|
|We went to swimming and gymnastics classes several times!|
|Look at that little girl go!|
|He asked her to open her eyes, not her mouth.|
|Once again, "Open your EYES."|
|She loves Mr. Chris.|
|She's not fond of being on her back, so we find fun things to look at on the ceiling.|
|Gracie really wants to be in gymnastics class.|
|Their classes are really fun, but even if they weren't, E's facial expressions would make them worth while.|
|I was surprised by friends at the door. I was expecting them, but I wasn't expected their alter "wigged" egos.|
|I hosted a spa party. No, she wasn't eating doughnuts, this balm makes your lips soft and smooth.|
|Since I took pictures of my friends w/ white lips, it was only fair to pose as well.|
|Inspired by my friend's wigs, I let Emma play with Daddy's old wig. Yes, this wig belongs to my husband! He used to wear it to 70's parties back in the day.|
|Not so sure about that last underwater experience.|
|She graduated from her class and got to ring the bell!|
|Ferrel cat, our neighborhood is full of them. This one is very nice. Anyone want a cat?|
|We took a walk to let the girls see some horses.|
|Our fearless leader (well, one of them).|
|Couldn't resist including this one.|
|Helped my girls make felt puppets, okay I made them pretty much on my own while E kept me company. You can tell that she picked her own colors. Hers is a unicorn by the way.|
|I tried some costumes on Gracie to see what she might be for Halloween.|
|This was taken when she realized that the costume was too small and she couldn't straighten her legs.|
|I celebrated with E as she figured out that she could do a bridge by herself!|
|Watched a rousing game of leapfrog.|
I also got a new camera!!!!!!!! New pictures will be coming soon. All of the above are with the old one.
I guess that catches us up. Sorry for so many pictures. I've never been that great at paring them down!