Wednesday, December 26, 2012


“Accept who you are; and revel in it.” 
― Mitch AlbomTuesdays with Morrie

Blessed, Grateful, Love

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Carter: the Self-Proclaimed Comedian

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I was uploading my pics from Christmas morning. I nearly laughed my butt off and couldn't help but asking, "Carter, look at your face.  I was trying to get a pic with Grandma and Grandpa, what were you doing?"  He started laughing and said, "I was trying to show your camera my poop face."

Merry Christmas!

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You will never have this day with your children again.
Today is a gift.
Breathe and notice:
Study their little faces and feet.
Relish the charms of the present.
Enjoy today, Mama,
it will be gone before you know it...

Monday, December 24, 2012

Glimpses of hope.


On Ellie's birthday she came downstairs to find all of her gifts wrapped and waiting for her.  One by one she said, "is this for me?"  



Then, "But where is Carter's?"

She decided to give one of her three gifts to her brother.  I had a stocking stuffer that I wrapped up really quick so she could give it to him instead.  

Proud.  Mom.  Moment.

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Pictures of this girl, never get old.

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The kids:  Mom Mom! Look, the snails are hugging.
Me:  No Honeybears, what you are seeing is actually a disgusting snail wiener.  Look away.

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Don't act like you aren't laughing.

We garbage picked an ATV. And it. is. awesome.

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Evidence:

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Yes, they held a wedding.  Yes, the seahorse was the witness.  No, she does not need a wedding dress.
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Carter


This little boy, with the shaggy hair and the purple nails, changed my whole life.  He was the start of everything I love.

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You were born into a strange world.
Like a candle, you were meant to share the fire.
I don't know where we come from, and I don't know where we go.
But my arms were made to hold you, so I will never let you go.
Cuz you were born to change this life.
You were born to chase the light.
You were born...

Love your mother, yeah she's s good one.
She'll build you armor; keep you warm as a hen.
The stars may fall and the rains may pour,
But I will love you evermore.
You were born to make this right.
You were born to chase the light.
You were born...

Oh my precious, oh my love, when they come to take me, 
I will hold you from above.
I don't know why we're here, and I don't know how,
But I'm here with you now, I am here with you now.
Cuz you were born to change this life.
Cuz you were born to make this right.
Cuz you were born to chase the light.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dear Carter, I know that you stole my phone, because once recovered, I have found 47 self portraits you took.
Ps- I am glad you had fun picking out your new clothes-I had fun too.
I love you everyday,
Mom

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Dolly






December 18th, 2012

My heart can't even handle it.  
My baby.
Three years old.

I feel like a season of my life just passed me by.  
And look at this adorable girl she grew into.

She is perfect.
And if I never do anything else in my life, I still have her.

















Friday, December 7, 2012

71 years later...

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Photography Fridays, My take on light meters:

People think this is crazy, but I ignore my light meter.
It is an "auto function" to tell you what is "perfectly exposed" for the scene you are looking at.
The problem with this is, the camera doesn't understand what you want, and if you rely on the light meter it will fail you over and over.
Example: let's say you are taking a pic of your kids under the shade of a tree, but the background is full light. Your camera is going to assume it is bright, and their faces will be under exposed (too dark.)
The opposite can happen too.
So my method is this.
First I pick my aperture. (Do I want a blurry background? Do I need a lot of focus? Am I going to need a lot of light so that I can have a fast shutter speed?)
Then I take a guess at what I will need the shutter speed to be.
Then I aim the camera toward the direction of my pic, and take a test shot, look at my screen and see if it is the light I want.
Then make the adjustments accordingly.
If you practice like this, in a few weeks you will be able to guess your setting pretty accurately.
And that automatically sets you ahead of most, and opens you mind to creativity- because I promise, most photographers aren't doing it this way.
Also, on a side rant: trust yourself to pic the exposure, and don't let computers tell you what is perfect for a situation.
You are the artist, you are designing a picture.

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Did you know that if you put a person in the shade with a bright background behind them, you can "overexpose" and completely make the background disappear?

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You can do the opposite too.
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Find a flower that is in the sun, that has shadows behind it (once you start looking you will find that, that is pretty common.)
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Underexposed the picture and see what happens.
You completely isolate the flower. The flower will be bright and the background will be completely black.
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THAT is why you shouldn't use a light meter.