Some of you may or may not know that I volunteer with www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org. This is an organization that strives to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture.
Today I had my first real session with a family. For obvious privacy reasons I won't mention any details however, I will say with all that I have going on now in my life it seems to pale in comparison to how rudely and abruptly time stopped and this families heart decimated in 1000's of pieces.
The loss of a child, especially as a parent myself who has lost more than a few children to miscarriages and "tubal" pregnancies, is one of life's hardest tragedies. I hope you will join me in praying for this and other families that have to endure this.
I have long had a sense in my soul to connect with nature, to want to live a simple, clean life. The other day I got the chance to go to the Beauty Spot and took some pictures and as I walked around with my children I thought I could stay here forever.
Below the following pictures are a few that captured the honest moments of Bella and Andrew exploring and playing with some bugs. Watching a hawk scout above us. It was beautiful, and I can't wait to go back. What do you like to do in your "off" time?
I know, we're all busy! People tell you, it's just 5 minutes or 10 minutes and you can do THIS workout or THAT business idea or THIS meditation technique. The lists of stuff to do goes on and on. Funny though, how we do love to tell everyone how busy we really are isn't it?
One of the things I love most is going out on a hike by myself. It's like therapy for me. Being around God's creation, taking in the air, and as I am hiking I'm looking. Looking for cause to pause. Looking for a life outside of my own. This is an image I took just on Monday, Memorial Day. So, as I'm walking along, looking for interesting this going on, I see this beautiful, colorful spider. Eek! I know, spiders, but seriously this guy (or girl) is about the size of my thumbnail but it caught my eye. I began to ponder as I took a few snapshots. How far does he travel? Does he know I'm watching? Does he care? I wonder how old he is ( I don't know average lifespans for a spider)? I wonder does he have a personality? would it be a warrior spirit?
The age we leave in is wrought with heaviness. Do as much as you can in as little as you can with the least amount of effort. We are definitely a quantity or quality era. In light of this, we go go go all the time. This comes at the expense of our work productivity, our family life and interactions and even into our social times. I want to encourage you all today. Find something in life so amazing, beautiful and wonderful that you pause.
What is it or what will it be for you?