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.
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.
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.
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.
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