August 19, 2014

along the shore

I brought along my ipod, freshly charged, for this walk... longing for the worship music that moves me.  But I couldn't bring myself to plug in. I should have known... the rolling ocean, the rhythm of the waves is the worship music of my soul.

I walk, worship... and seek the treasures He reveals to me along the way.

August 18, 2014

a complete set...

This is the picture that completes the set.

The last first day of school picture. Over dinner last night he said the reality hasn't quite sunk in. He texted me a copy of his schedule this morning- which is not for the faint of heart. My own senior schedule was jam packed with art and music and study hall.  His?  Sciences, pre-cal, government, and other crazy things that I am sure are far above my intelligence level.  He is brave.. and smart.  I hope Senioritis doesn't set in anytime soon...

Moments captured from kindergarten to senior year {ages 5-17}...

Last night I promised him... this would be the last year.
But... I am planning on taking one this afternoon- because the lighting at 6:21 am stinks.
p.s...if you are just starting out? use those first day of school signs that are popping up all over pinterest. and??? start a folder on your computer for first day pix! trust me.

August 16, 2014

friday letters: the saturday edition

Dear Calendar,
August is half spent... and I have been dragging along, trying to catch up, and holding onto summer with all that I have. If only we could hold the turning of the pages.  I have been trying to document your days, and have fallen short of sharing them. That one time I said I'd be back on Sunday?  It slipped on by, along with the next one...

Dear Photo Challenge,
I gave up on your list, but have been conscious of the moments... taking at least one picture a day.

handwriting, white, family, smile, hat, shadow, purple, on the road

sunset, hearts, habit, where i stand, silly, collection, dessert, circle

Dear Cowboys, 
You gave us quite a show.  We thought we weren't going to make it this year, but when my forever friend asked, we had to say yes. They were amazed from start to finish, and it was so much fun to be there with them seeing it for the first time!

Dear Eric,
Twenty-two years. I had no idea of what that meant then.  I had no idea what we would walk through, and while we were in those valleys, I had no idea of how we'd come through- only that we would. I am so thankful that God has our marriage, our life, in His mighty hands. He has given us such beauty. I couldn't imagine this love, this laughter... it is so much more than I could.  I love you. I love to laugh with you. And I love to navigate this life with you. The next adventure is right around the bend, and as long as you are holding my hand, I know it will be amazing...

i love the joy and the confetti in this picture!


August 01, 2014

friday letters... because i have been absent.

Dear Friends,
Hello?  Why oh why can I not get my act together for more than one week in row?  I get on a good blogging spree and then... nothing. Nothing, as in I don't even have the desire to think of something to write. Nothing, as in I have a million words in my head and I cannot make myself log in and empty them onto a page. {sigh} It wears me out emotionally not to set the words free...

Dear August,
I cannot believe you are here, and I am not quite ready for you. Band camp starting next week? School starting?  Senior year? Nope. Not ready. But here you are, so there is nothing to do but celebrate your days. I found a photo-a-day for last August, and was inspired to try it by Mindy's photo-a-day in July{she will laugh that I used her as an example!}  It could go wrong, it could end in a big blank canvas... or it could focus my mind and my heart towards the beautiful.

Dear Class of 1989,
I so wanted to be there tonight.  Really, really wanted to.  But I had to make a decision, and... as this week has unfolded, I found that I made the right decision. But I want to see pictures. Lots of pictures. Tonight I will make a toast to you, and maybe dance to some great 80's tunes...

Dear Africa,
Thank you... for sharing your wonder with my family once again. I am only sorry that I am seeing you through photos and stories this time around! But... those photos and stories, and the expression on the face of my son, are amazing. Just over two weeks, and you have pressed upon Camden's heart once again. He tells me you have grown by leaps and bounds, and somehow stayed the same.
return to music rock - with the cousins - mom & bob
Happy August first... I'll see you when I share my photo-a-day pictures on Sunday {see that? I just gave myself a deadline!}