Plugging Along {Day 25}

It’s another new day! Yesterday was hard, for very different reasons, tho all related. But today’s a new day, and I must focus on today. I just want to fast forward my time clock a couple years! But I know I have to go thru each day from here on out until we reach that point. It will make me who I’m meant to be! Just not sure who that person is!

Yesterday, I went to Gene & Jude’s famous hot dog stand (not really a stand tho, is it?) for lunch. My friend and co-worker has been talking about this place all year, so she and I and another friend went for fun. I was the only one that hadn’t been there before. The hot dog itself was good, but nothing worth driving all the way there for. The fries, on the other hand, were pretty darn tasty! {But who puts fries on a dog? Apparently they do!}

We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. ~Robin Sharma

{Day 24}

Yesterday was pretty uneventful. I spent pretty much all day going thru the photos from Saturday’s swim meet, all 1401 of them! I got the total down to about 1000 after initial culling, now I have to go thru them all a second time! Hopefully I’ll have them uploaded today or tomorrow! Yes, I spend a lot of time doing this, and truthfully it’s not worth my time. But sometimes we do things for enjoyment, not monetary gain. Why do I enjoy standing in the hot sun for many hours taking photos? Then sitting at a desk for many hours sorting thru them? I don’t know, but I do. Photography is not just a job for me, I really enjoy it. I do have to make sure not to let it take over tho, it’s easy to do! Anyway, today’s photo is my computer monitor, which is about all I saw yesterday!

Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it. ~Buddha

Another New Chapter {Day 23}

It’s amazing how much better I feel now days! As my counselor pointed out, it probably has to do with the confidence I have in doing what I truly feel is right. I’m comfortable with where I’m at, and no longer at odds within myself. It’s such a relief and relaxing feeling!

Today’s photo shows another new chapter in our lives. My firstborn is entering high school, and yesterday I had to register him. It’s so hard to believe that he’ll really only be with me for 4 more short years. Time flies so fast! I know I’ve heard that since the day he was born, but you never really take the time to think about it. So if you have children, don’t take one second of their time with you for granted! You’ll be here before you know it! {If you aren’t already!}

Don’t put off living to next week, next month, next year or next decade. The only time you’re ever living is in this moment.

New Life {Day 22}

I was right… yesterday was a GREAT day! I think it’s the first day since my life was changed the first time, back in early April, that I haven’t felt consumed by everything negative going on in my life. Yesterday, my life was changed a second time. Yes, I had been doing better the past three weeks, when I first realized I needed to truly put it in God’s hands, but yesterday, was something more. It was so surreal to me. And all these years that I thought about baptism, I realize now I just wasn’t ready then. The best part? My Mom came to share the day with me. Today’s photo is the cross, where each person being baptized was supposed to pin a note of gratitude to God. And boy am I ever grateful!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Faith and Love {Day 21}

Today is a good day! No, it’s great! Through all my personal trials, I have learned that it is God that is getting me through this time. Faith in Him, and trust that he will do his work in me and my family. I remind myself that it is not my life to live. Everything is happening with His reasons, and on His time. Yes, it’s hard, and at times I forget. But I just have to force myself to pause when I start feeling out of control, and reconnect with that feeling of peace, knowing that He is in control. So, with that said, today I am going to be baptized. It’s a decision I’ve wrestled with for years, but never truly was ready to give my life to God. Now I am. I’m really ashamed to admit that I had to go through this, that my children have to go through this, to see that I need Him in my life. But yesterday is gone, and there’s only tomorrow, and my tomorrows will be wonderful!

On to the photo of the day. I was going to post an action shot, but instead I decided on this one. This is a true showing of why I love this team! Yesterday’s invitational had, I believe, eight teams. And even with my experience on swim team during the winter season, where you come in contact with a lot of different teams, I have never seen a team like this one. Every meet, you see the other team members cheering on their teammates. Sometimes just a couple at the end of the pool, but often a gaggle! Yes, you always see teammates cheering each other on from various teams, but not in mass like this! This is a true team, and a family!

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

{Day 20}

Well, I survived! As I mentioned yesterday, it was a big day in my personal life. I was pretty consumed with everything else, I didn’t take the camera out yesterday. But, I’m still sharing a photo for today! I spent the entire day today photographing action shots for the Summer swim team that my daughter usually swims on. They have one big meet a year, and I take action shots during the meet that families can purchase of their kids in action. I don’t know why, but I actually enjoy standing on deck for 9 hours taking pictures! {Ok, maybe not all 9 hours, but that’s how long I was there! There’s two sessions, so there was a 1.5-2 hour break in there.} And today? It was a great distraction from everything else! So here’s a photo of my home away from home for the day. Maybe tomorrow I’ll share a favorite swimming photo.

Everyone faces challenges in life. It’s a matter of how you learn to overcome them and using them to your advantage.

Big Day! {Day 19}

Today’s the day! The one I’ve been dreading, but learning to embrace. It’s going to be a trying time, but I know I’m not alone. I have friends, family and God with me, and I know it’ll all be ok. Today’s photo is my scrapbooking bookcase. I finally got it organized last month, and have actually been taking some time to use it. It’s another thing that just helps me along.

In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. (Isaiah 30:15)

A New Day! {Day 18}

That’s right… it’s a new day! Yesterday was still tough, although things were looking up yesterday afternoon and evening. Overall, I felt good about my day. And I woke up this morning with a renewed spirit. Yes, I made some mistakes this week, I allowed everything else in my life to take control, and I didn’t allow God in as I should have. Today, it’s a new day! And He is back in control! Everything that is happening, is happening for a reason. I’m on His schedule, and I need to remember that. No, it’s not easy. Tomorrow is a BIG day for our family. I will get through today, and I will get through tomorrow, with God by my side. For those of you of Faith, please pray for our family tomorrow. Oh, almost forgot! Today’s photo, my morning ritual. I start every morning with my coffee, in the same mug, which is from our Disney vacation last Fall. It’s a great reminder for me of all the memories!

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10b)

Business as Usual {Day 17}

I’m really trying to stay positive, but it’s proving difficult. Thankfully, I have my photography. Yesterday, I had a session for a High School Senior… my first boy! You wouldn’t think it’s that big of deal, but photographing for boys is so different than girls! So it’s a whole new learning curve! But, it gave me a highlight yesterday, and now as I edit, it’s something to take my mind off the other events of my life. So, for today’s photo, I’m gonna toot my little business horn. 🙂  Here’s Jason! And if you have a high school senior that needs photos, give me a call!

There is no teacher who can teach anything new. He can just help us to remember the things we always knew.

Peace {Day 16}

Peaceful. It’s a word I use a lot now days. When my counselor starts every session with “How are you feeling?”, this is always one of my responses. Yes, I have a lot of other emotions – frustration, sadness, anger, even happiness. But underneath all that other stuff, I have to find the peace within. It’s not easy, and I have to remind myself constantly that with so much outside of my control, I have to be at peace with the situation and knowing God is in control! There’s a lot of emotion floating around for me this week. Generally speaking I’m just overwhelmed and overcome with all emotion. But I read, journal, pray, yes, even blog – whatever I can to reconnect with that inner peace. It’s the only thing that’s keeping me grounded and getting me through. So today’s photo is the source of much of my peacefulness, the bike path that I walk almost daily. There’s something about enjoying the walk in nature, and forgetting all else, or at least trying real hard! 🙂

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.