i climbed in the bed last night,
not physically exhausated neceassarily
but mentally exhausted.
the last week to 10 days have been full of so much excitment,
so much newness.
& even more "big" things ahead in the next month..."big" for me anyway.
i looked back over my goals for 2011
& found so much of what i prayed for has come to fruition.
almost all within a relatively super short period of time.
my mind is whirling around with all my to-do's.
thankfully i'm not planning a graduation party
or a wedding!
within 48 hours i had the privilege of photographing
2 beautiful people.
one is miss ruby.
miss ruby is 81 years old.
i also photographed audrey claire
in all her 7 day newness & deliciousness.
(each one i'll share about on their own little feature)
pictured right in the middle is me.
almost exactly in the middle of their ages.
right in the middle of two vastly different stages of life
i thought it a sweet little ironic reminder to me
that all of our days are so important.
i read the status of one of my daughter's friends on fb the other day
& honestly i made me a little sad.
it was something to the effect of enjoying the happy because it doesn't last forever
but don't worry about the sad because that doesn't last forever either.
now, maybe i was being a little too introspective
but i thought that was so sad.
because our happy moments & how we respond during even the simple
makes an impact in those around us
even when we're gone from this earth, a forever imprint on those we love
& those that simply watch us from afar....
i looked at the glorious smile on the face of a woman
who has lived a life of joy for almost a decade
& doubted that she thought the happy things didn't last
or that the hard things didn't weave together with the good
to make her journey a beautiful story that
her great grandchildren she's pictured with
will most certainly always remember
& be inspired with...
i'm trying to soak in all that's going on right now.
trying to be thankful for the adventures that i feel were basically dropped in my lap
from the lord,
trying to push & stretch myself to try new things.
i've never done a session of a senior citizen
& i technically haven't done a newborn session
( not since really learning about my camera).
i didn't want the irony to be lost in the business
but i'd rather see the two as opportunities for me to grow,
grow in my new skin as a photographer
grow as i bravely sink in to my passion of photography
grow & expand my comfort zone as the lord brings more opportunity into my little world
remember that the happy does weave together with the sad
& form our beautiful tapestry
that does last longer than just the moment...