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The Summit of Mt. Haleakala. Maui, Hawaii

April 4, 2017

“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like that about spare moments.

Moments, Things I Hope My Kids Will Read One Day, Travel

A moment in India I’ll never forget.

April 4, 2017

When my son was very young, say four or five years old, I told him that one of the greatest gifts a person could ever receive was the chance to say I love you too. “Because if you get to say, I love you too it means that someone else said, I love you, first.” After that he would often follow up his “I love you too” with “Hey mommy, I win!”

At this writing he was much older, a much more taller than me, deep voiced, hulking, athletic teen—with a girlfriend, friends, team mates, school, video games, interests, etc. You know, a life of his own and with a lot of childhood things left behind…

Then one day, a few years ago, my husband and I were traveling in India and something about standing alone amongst the many, in the din of this Indian street corner, caused me to miss the few—my children. Finally, I managed to get enough signal to send a text home, so I sent my son an “I love you” text. A few minutes later I got an “I love you too” response and then, a second later, a second text that said: “Hey mom, I win!”

I lost my breath and my heart fluttered…he remembered. I let him think he won but, in that brief moment, I had my five year old boy, looking up at me and holding my hand (as we crossed a busy street) and telling me…he loves me too.

Hey son…I win.

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The edits I make are how I get you to sense me in my images.

April 3, 2017

For me, editing an image is personal, no matter how much (or how little) is involved I hope to do it in a way that makes you understand how I felt in that moment. More than anything else, I want you to feel it.

“We ate well and cheaply and we drank well and cheaply and we slept well and warm together and loved each other.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Nice, France.

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Mom! Mom! Mom!

March 31, 2017

Very excited to be in the car and headed to Gramma’s…

Yittle: “Can we talk a-l-l the way to Gramma’s?!”

Me: Of cour…

Yittle: Cutting me off says, “Yay! I love to talk and play and have fun! You know Mommy?!”

Me: I do know that about you Yit…

Yittle: Cutting me off again says, “Sometimes, my friends say that I’m hyper because I’m always the same — even if I’m not really feeling the same — I’m still the same to them, you know Mommy?”

Me: Now, let me finish because I think I know what you mean but what, exactly, do you mean?

Yittle: “I mean, sometimes, if I’m feeling grumpy or they’re feeling grumpy or something I don’t act that way towards them because I just want to play and have fun so I’m just the same, you know?”

Me: Okay, yes, I see. Does that ever get tiring for you?

Yittle: “Nope! Never. I don’t want to rain on their parade ’cause then they’d have all these wet parade props and the parade would be over and then what? We’d be done playing and sitting around looking…looking like we wished our awesome parade hadn’t been rained on and who wants that?!”

Okay, I’m sorry, this may not have been my finest parenting moment but I about drove off the road in a fit of giggles!! And then Yittle started giggling so much that I did have to pull over and after I wiped the tears of laughter from my eyes I HAD to unbuckle, jump out, go around, and give her a great big hug and while I was there…

Me: Yittle, honey, you are one of the most amazing people I have ever known and I think it’s wonderful that you have such a positive attitude. Now, tell me what you do when you need to reach out for support because that’s just as important as having a good attitude, right?

Yittle: Still giggling a little says, “Mommy, you know what I do — I rain on your parade! Hahahahaha!”

Me: What?! You just said you didn’t do that!

Yittle: “I said I didn’t do it to my friends but (whispering now) you know I rain on yours sometimes (now talking in a normal voice) but it’s because you do really awesome things with wet props and parades Mommy and sometimes I wind up forgetting they were ever rained on.”

Oh God, thank you for my children — they are a gift to my soul.

By the way, I begged her not to go to Gramma’s but apparently it is a magical wonderland not to be missed. Just like the ride over there. <3

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One for the archives.

March 31, 2017

In July of 2016 I was asked to give an interview with ShutterLogic Magazine. I really enjoyed the process and sharing it with all of you and then someone suggested that I give it a permanent home here on the blog by including it as a PDF, so voila!
View as PDF

If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you will. It’s best enjoyed with a cup of coffee and some nice music. 😉

Thank you ShutterLogic Magazine and Peter Fenech for being so kind to ask and for making it such a joyful process. You’re the best!

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I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions but in the spirit of the hour I can always remind myself of these things…

March 31, 2017

If you want to do something to improve your happiness this year work everyday to be less judgmental.

If you have the chance to lift someone up — take it.

When things get difficult find a way to laugh.

Celebrate your wins and celebrate with your friends when they win.

People will mess up — forgive them.

You will mess up — forgive yourself.

When someone is speaking to you listen and listen well.

Everyone you know is more special than you know — treat them that way and watch the world change.

And…

Time doesn’t stand still but sometimes we should.

I wish you genuine moments in the coming year — moments that will fill you with such joy, peace or happiness that they get placed securely in your hearts and minds forever. 

Happy New Year everyone! 🌟

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Sharing My Happy!

March 31, 2017

Yesterday my husband and I shot the first in a series of photos that will be a personal project for us. One that’s been on my heart for a while now and I couldn’t be happier about it — thrilled actually! It’s a collaborative photo series project I call “Title Tracks” that we’ll even be video documenting as we go along so that our children will have this journey to look back on one day and knowing that feels like…flying.

Scott has written the whole story and included behind the scenes photos and the final image at this link https://scottkelby.exposure.co/title-tracks, I hope you’ll go take a look, I’d love to share my happy with you.

Have a wonderful day everyone.