Monday, August 4, 2014

Taking an August Break

"Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven."
~Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928
Quote shared by the Lovely

Hello my friends! Susannah Conway is running another round of the August Break. It's a time to celebrate photography and wrap up the lovely summer. I absolutely cherish this time of year as it marks the ending of summer vacation as we head into the school year here in the Midwest.

I won't be blogging as I will be concentrating strictly on photography... You can check in here at my blog to see my daily Instagram feed which scrolls over in the right column.

Or, you can come directly to my links and follow me that way. I'll be sharing photos on my Instagram, Twitter and Flickr accounts.

There's plenty of time to join in on the fun if you are so inspired!!

See you all in September and have a funtastic August!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

A New Stage of Development

He's home!!!

My boy went away for a week to a sleep-a-way camp. It was so hard to say goodbye because it was such a new experience having him be somewhere without any means to contact him...

Please know, I trust the directors of this camp implicitly. They are a married couple whose kids go to the same school as my boy. They are loving, responsible, organized, experts at what they do. That's the only way I would've have let him go. Noah also had some of his best buds there at camp with him. They've been friends now for 6+ years and look out for each other like brothers.

He came home tired and dingy, but also having had one of the best experiences of his life. I asked him if he could tell me his favorite thing about camp. Thinking that was too limiting I then asked for two favorite things, he could not answer me. He said there were too many things to chose from. 

I then asked him what he would change. In short, nothing...not a thing.

He and his friends had such a rich experience that they've already planned a sleepover and want to go to camp again in August. Unfortunately, the sleepover will need to wait a small bit, they were hoping to do it tonight!!! Camp ends after next week, so they will have to wait for next year....Noah will be there for sure.

Oh and the girls... Well, let's say, he has a lot of new phone numbers!! My goodness...

{all photos courtesy of camp staff}

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Humanness and the Love of Books

I was checking out my friend Susannah's site and she posted a link to Call Me Ishmael. The genius of this site is a person calls this number and leaves a voice message about a book they've read. Ishmael then transcribes and posts the voicemail message for us to enjoy.

I love the humanness of it. Because, who calls people anymore? Plus, it's combined with the love of books. Sheer brilliance... There's just something magnetic about the human voice using the spoken word to share about the written word. Nerdy maybe, but I'm a nerd and proud of it. Hahaha

Check out one of the calls right here:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Peeling Back the Layers

Having a blast with my guys at Islands of Adventure-Orlando, FL

I've been away. Not by choice but by surrender...

A few weeks ago I contracted some sort of lung infection that has had me incapacitated now for almost three weeks. I've been unable to talk, write, socialize and function at a normal pace. Today is the first day where I feel more like my normal self.

I have more of a healing road ahead of me. But, I must admit it feels dang good to write again.

Every single time I get knocked on my arse with an illness, I think, "What the heck?" "Why in the heck?" This time I had plenty of time to sit, think, meditate and reflect. There's been some onion peeling going on, a peeling back of the layers of sorts.

I don't have answers only thoughts and reflections... That's good enough for me. Because, I've learned to take what is at it is and to let be what will be.

How are you? What's going on in your neck of the woods?