Thursday, June 16, 2011

Simply Summer

I have been on a quest to simplify this spring.  It seems that I spent a good bit of my thirties adding things to my life.  They were good things.  Valuable things.  Often even happy things.

But.

There were an awful lot of things.  I became the girl who just could not say no.  Need a volunteer?  I was your girl.  Need help?  I can lift that, do that, organize that.  The thing is that I really do enjoy doing a little bit of everything so saying yes was never outside of my comfort zone.

But.

Enjoying everything and trying to do everything did not work.  I ended up missing out on life.  My kids were growing and I was not fully present in their life or my own.  So it was time for a change.

So.

I took a breath.  A really long breath.  I learned how to step away from the screen.  I stepped down from some committees telling myself it is time to give some other moms a go.  Those ones in their thirties look hungry for experiences.

Now.

After several months of removing, I can begin to add again.  To really relish the items that I add back in.  To enjoy.  To breathe.  To live.

I love capturing moments of my children on film.  In my business, I found I was taking photos primarily for assignments and with a specific need in mind.  I am rediscovering my love of photography.  And I am keeping the camera as a side note while the family fun takes center stage.

On Monday, I headed to the Morton Arboretum with my mother in law, sister in law, and all of the kids.  7 in total from age 1 to 11.  I took an assignment in mind inspired by a challenge at the blog Simple As That.  It was to take a photo of a simple moment this week.  LOVE!




As we wandered along a lake, the older five kids sneaked under a tree off the beaten path and found a big rock where they could sit and look at tadpoles and search for frogs.  I was across the way pushing the baby stroller when I glanced back to see this sweet summer moment.


I added just a simple title to make a postcard to send to my inlaws as a simple reminder of a wonderful day.


Would you like to see some more simply beautiful photos, click the logo and wander through.  These are some totally talented people!  Thanks to Rebecca for the inspiration.

5 comments:

  1. Lovely post and a gorgeous photo. I also have only last week discovered Rebecca's blog.

    For several years I enjoyed paper scrapping, until baby number 8 came along three years ago and was very time-demanding. I DO love using my photos in my blog, which I started early this year.

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  2. Such a lovely and true post!
    Your photos looks so summery and HOT! It's still so cold and rainy here!
    Jo-Anna

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  3. Very sweet photo and memory!

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  4. This is lovely. I love the idea of removing things. Sometimes you get so busy that you forget to live.

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  5. hon I so totally ♥ that pic!!! incredible!
    And I am really into Simple things in general! - but I also like the link-

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