I have been married for fifteen years now, to my college sweetheart. We have four beautiful children, ages 11, 9, 7, & 5, and we reside on a quaint tree-studed cul-de-sac, in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have an art degree, with an emphasis in graphic design, which surprisingly comes in handy around my house. Twelve years ago, I chose to forgo the corporate world to stay home and raise my children, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to do so. Parenting is a HUGE part of my life, but I also enjoy things like digging in the garden, most sports – especially if speed is involved, just not golf (bores me out of my mind), creating (I’m a project girl – please don’t call me crafty), photography, decorating (and re-decorating), a little knitting in the evenings with a good cup of coffee, and being with friends. I’m really really right-brained, so I’m not the one you want to ask for directions, or talk to about taxes and such. ;)
MY PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY
Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved photographs. Old and new. As a child I would often take out our family photo albums and page through. As a teen, my friends and I would spend our weekends photographing one another and then run to the store to get the film developed. (We thought the 24 hr photo was a gift!) As a college kid I took a few photography classes to learn a little more about the facts, you know, f-stops and apertures, ISO and all that jazz. Turns out I really enjoyed the darkroom process. (Okay, now I’m really dating myself). But I think the tipping point for me was, [hang on, I’m switching gears here] two years prior, at the death of my big brother. When we got the news, I poured over every album for days and nights, and put together two huge collages that were eventually displayed at the funeral home. It was rough. But that was my outlet. It helped me process things. It was my therapy. And those photos were all I had of him. I cherished those images. And that shaped the kind of photographer I am today.
Now, I see life in pictures. I document every event no matter the significance. It makes me happy. It is my creative outlet. And it is still my therapy. …Sometimes I drive my family crazy with the my ‘third arm,’ but they are good sports. They’ve really grown quite used to it after all this time.
“Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil, this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.” Ecclesiastes 5:19-20
As a mother of three independent (my nice word for strong-willed), curious, adventurous little boys, and one little “me too” girl, I am very ‘occupied.’ My home is often loud. There is usually a mixture of chex (used to be cheerios, but now we’re gluten free – a whole other story), legos, and train tracks strewn about my living room floor, and I’ve got a mountain of laundry that only seems to grow in size. That said, I choose to ‘rejoice’ in it! It’s life, and I’m learning that it’s all about perspective. I want to remember. I want to capture every mess, every adventure, every little expression, a twinkle, pout, and grin – so in later years, when my house is clean, still, and quiet, and the laundry is all caught up, I will be reminded of all those details that are so easily forgotten in the difficulty and chaos of the early years.
Honestly, I have too many interests, and way too little time. My mental to-do lists is always full (and they’re not usually things my helpful hubby can assist me with). I have projects lined up from before my oldest son was born… He’s 11! I often feel disappointed in myself for not “getting anything done,” and then God taps me on the shoulder and reminds me that my perspective is small. What is my priority? By His grace, I am reminded of the big picture, my children, and that I am to, “teach them diligently… when we sit in our house, when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Regardless of what’s on my to-do list, I am choosing to place my little ones near the top. I believe, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4 So here I share with you, hoping you’ll keep me accountable as I daily step one foot in front of the other, choose joy, focus, and remember, “Whatever ye do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord.” Colossians 3:17
I just wanted to create a venue for sharing my days, my kiddos and the joy they bring, our adventures, and my love of photography – they go hand in hand. So, for everyone who knows & loves me, and even those who don’t, may we encourage you, and brighten your day : )
It’s all about perspective!
THE NAME BEHIND THE BLOG
We bought the boys a ‘goodnite lite’ years ago. (Maybe it was more for us ;) It’s a wonderful little programmable night light that shines a blue moon when it’s time to sleep and a yellow sun when they can get up. I don’t believe they’re around anymore. We had it for almost 10 years. But Amazon sells one that’s pretty close. We’ve used it to get their internal clocks changed from 5:15am to 7am. (Have I said it’s wonderful?!?) Anyway, since our oldest was 2 yrs old we’ve been greeted, pretty much daily, with these cheerful little words, “My sun is to Yellow!” Now granted some mornings when these words chime in my ear I just want to role over and pull the covers over my head, but I know the days are fast approaching when my children will be grown and gone, so I choose to change my perspective. I want these words to be a reminder to live in the here-and-now. “My sun is to yellow” reminds me that “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 Love it when God teaches me through my kiddos : )
So as my children are my inspiration behind both my photography and the blog, I thought it was only fitting! Enjoy!