Monday, January 31, 2011

2010 Year in Review

I totally missed doing a Christmas letter this year, because I'm unorganized like that. So, we decided to do a year in review. 2010 was a year of much learning for us all...


Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Freeze Frame

This week marked a milestone for our middle child, Laney. She got glasses.


She had been complaining for a while that she could not see the board at school. That things far off looked blurry.

I had no idea how difficult it was for her, until she got her glasses.

As soon as she put them on, she looked around in wonder. Telling me everything she could finally see clearly.
The billboard across the street.
The crops on the way home.
Birds in the air.


It is amazing what we can see when things are in focus.
Take the time to see.
To focus.
To learn.
To appreciate.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Who are you listening to?

Taking a risk for me is frightening. I guess you could say I'm risk adverse. So, it goes without saying that I married the opposite. Ralph views risk as a challenge. A chance to prove what can be done.

When I bought my first 'nice' digital camera, I had someone ask me if I was going to be like everyone else now? I asked what they meant, and they said you know everyone who buys a camera like that thinks they can take pictures.

Gulp.

That's exactly what I wanted to do, but I encountered the first "you can't do this!" moment.

After that I was encouraged by a lady that I really admired. She encouraged me to shoot, play around with my camera and told me that I could do this. She took time to advise and encourage me. Thanks Kim Stone for the encouragement to start this.

I had another friend with whom I had many conversations with about following my heart. To listen to that desire that God had placed inside of me and wanted to grow. The many conversations I have had with Elizabeth Bennett have been a major source of encouragement for me.

There have been many more who have also encouraged me. My point with this post, is with all the positive being spoken, I would still go back to the one negative. The one conversation that would lead me to think that I cannot do this.

It's too big of a risk.

Until one day, it hit me. One person's opinion, is simply one person's opinion. Especially when someone doesn't know my heart.  Was I going to let someone who did not "know" me, define me.

The short answer was no.

My question for you is, who are you listening to? The one negative or the one positive.

My advice, take the risk and listen to the positive.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Year, New Design, New Opportunties...

I realize it's been a while since I've posted. There are several reasons why, and I've actually missed it. I mean who doesn't miss sharing their off the wall, totally random thoughts with the rest of the world.

Wait, am I the only one with my hand raised? Eh, story of my life.

As I was saying, lots of things have been going on round these parts. Mainly the holidays. Oh, the wonderful holidays! I say that with lots of wonder and excitement in my voice, because believe it or not, I do enjoy the holidays. The music. The lights. The cold weather. The decorations. *Sigh* and now they are over.

And then there's this little idea I had, that my husband has helped develop and encouraged (read here-pushed & said "You are doing it, 'cause it's a great idea and I believe in you."). This idea has been marinating for a while, and it is time to jump.

Yesterday we launched our website MyBarefootLiving.com.


I have always been interested in pictures. When the children came along, photos took on a whole new meaning. Then that lead to me looking all around me and seeing amazing images. God is pretty amazing with the use of His color palette. So, in the last 3 years I've been just taking pictures of my family, my surroundings. That has flamed this passion.

I am very much still learning the technical aspects of photography, and I am loving looking at life thru my camera lens.

There are other dreams that Ralph and I have discussed with My Barefoot Living. The phrase itself very much describes our family. We have the wonderful fortune to live in the Sunshine State. Most of the time you will find me and my daughters barefoot. Our girls may or may not have mud or sand between said toes of feet on any given day. That's what we want for our girls, to enjoy the simple things such as mud, dirt & sand on their feet.

There is beauty in the simple things.  We are so busy and distracted that we often miss the beauty around us.

Slow down, breathe deeply, enjoy the simple things - that's our goal. To capture and celebrate the moments when we can relax, laugh and see the beauty in and around us.

I look forward to this adventure and where it will take us. I look forward to you joining us and being part of our journey.

Just remember - Barefoot living is more than a catchy phrase, it can be a chosen way of life.