I had this dream that I had a blog. And I would write about our daily life and post pictures to tell a story. I would share the fun and the fearsome, the scary and the silly - all parts of what make our life...well...our life. I had friends who would read it and post comments - and I would smile and read their blogs too! And we understood each other. Our lives were connected. And every once in a while someone new would find it - and write how they could relate to our life - or were encouraged by my blog - and my heart would swell - for this blog is my life song. The words of my heart poured out for anyone to see - the prayers of my soul lifted up to my Father who gives me life. This life.
This complexly beautiful life.
And in my dream - there was nothing I wanted more than to keep reaching out - keep giving hope - keep making connections - keep sharing life.
And then I woke up.
And I realized it wasn't a dream after all.
I DO have a blog!
The question is do I still have any followers?! ;) lol.
I don't know if you feel the way I do - but I feel as if life has hidden my blog from me for a few weeks. I was one of those "every other day" bloggers once upon a time. Then a "few times a week" girl. Then maybe "once a week". And now...I don't even know. It may not have been as long as it feels. But on my list of priorities - the blog kept slipping down. Not that I didn't want to write - but I had other "things" to do. Two of those "things" are displayed on the right-hand side of this blog. One is Shea - I've continued my efforts to raise money for Shea through photography and even though our chipin button says "this event has ended" - Saving Shea is in no way over yet. :) Under the chipin button you will see a link to Shea's family blog - their chipin is still active so please visit their site to make your donations to Shea's adoption grant! They still need our help. They are getting so close! I received news from Liz that the hope to travel by late May and that would be fantastic! So please keep them and sweet Shea in your thoughts and prayers. He is almost home. What a beautiful day that will be.
The other is closely connected. With the success of Sessions for Shea and my growing love for photography - taking pictures has now become an even bigger part of my life.
I am starting my own photography business. :)
Eek! It is very exciting and slightly/very overwhelming at times. But I love photography. I love how it captures life.
I love how light and color and nature all come together to make something beautiful that I can look at over and over.
I love how I can freeze a moment in time and study it.
I love how I can see more through my lens than I ever have with just my eyes.
I love how the simple things can suddenly seem like art. The art of life.
I love how details can be brought to full attention and how all the little things around us are made suddenly clearer when finally focused upon.
To me, photography is more than a hobby or a business, it's how I cherish, reflect on, and remember each day. It makes me stop. It helps me see. It gives me perspective. It brings me joy.
And I hope I can use it in a way that will bless others the way it blesses me.
And to everyone still reading...you bless me too.
Stay tuned friends...we have a lot of catching up to do.