Last week, I talked about our Visit the Family Road Trip. Today I am sharing a few of the highlights, mostly through photographs. Sometimes a photo has the ability to change the way we see the everyday. “Why Not?” look around this week at your everyday moments and freeze a little bit of time?
Several of these photos were taken by my daughter — you can tell which ones are hers because she has the ability to photograph a “feeling.” Thank you, Michaela, for sharing not just some of your pictures with me, but lots of laughs, too!
#LetsGoSouth15, the mother/daughter road trip. Over the past 18+ years we have racked up thousands upon thousands upon thousands of miles together, so she finally decided our memories need a hashtag — we have arrived, folks! I don’t need a hashtag to call it a great time with my girl, but somehow, we just seem so much “cooler” now! 😎 (Take a look at our hashtag on Instagram and Twitter for more fun!)Photo by Michaela Staton
Those southern clouds and sunsets. All that heat and humidity that plays havoc on my hair becomes paint and brush across a southern sky. The further south I go, the bigger and more beautiful the cloud formations.
Sun, sand, and sea. There are few things more beautiful than early morning walks on the beach.
A 65th wedding anniversary and some quality time.
Aunt Vivian and Uncle Raymond were both 18 years old when they were the first to be married in Clayland Baptist Church’s new building.
When we showed him this picture, his smile was instant and genuine. Then he said, “We’d known each other for years. Pretty much since the third grade. So when I married her, we’d known a lot about each other for a long time. We’re coming up on 65 years of marriage this week. I think that’s a problem today: people don’t put the effort in to get to know each other. And all these years later, we’re still learning new things about each other.”
And 65 years later, she is still beautiful.
Photos by Michaela Staton
My great-grandmother made her own wedding dress. It fits inside this box, which is about 6″ long and 2″ deep. Yes, “Wow!” is right! I wish I had taken a picture of the dress itself, but it was so delicate, I was afraid if I let go with one hand to grab the camera, it would fall apart!
Life in the country.
Photo by Michaela Staton
A little girl, a big heart, and wide open spaces!
I’ve known Sheldon since we were in first grade; we were best friends. We graduated and went different directions across the country. Though we kept in touch sporadically, we didn’t see each other. Our daughters were born within 3 weeks of each other, and we both secretly hoped they would somehow meet and become best friends like we had been.
I was so excited to have a chance to spend 12 short hours with her last week! We stayed up late talking, just like we did as teenagers. And the following morning, we were greeted in her lovely yard by…a dead possum in her pool. Good morning to us! Being the soft-hearted soul that she is, Sheldon fished the poor little guy out for burial. Being the soft-stomached soul that I am, I hid my face until it was over!
I could live on Sheldon’s back porch!
Who couldn’t create in this space??
These windows!! She gave me these wonderful windows and I cannot wait to do something great with them! I’ve been pinning window ideas like crazy! Any suggestions from your creative minds?
Of course, Sheldon couldn’t send a friend off without freshly cut hydrangeas from her yard!
Photos by Michaela Staton
Have I ever mentioned I have been blessed with the best people in my life??
Step by step. I didn’t want to lose the progress I had made on my Couch to 5K attempt, so despite shin splints and back pain, I took to the sand. The heat, even at 7 AM, was more than I expected. I was looking down the expanse of beach, thinking of a few things (not at all related to the idea of running) that had me discouraged lately, and contemplating scratching the whole thing, when the song “Step By Step” started playing in my ears buds.
“…Sometimes the morning came too soon, Sometimes the day could be so hot…
Oh God, You are my God, And I will ever praise you
And I will seek You in the morning, And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days.”
Slowly I started to feel on the inside the same peace I was seeing on the outside, and a few fuzzy things started to become clear. Those are the moments I am reminded that no matter where my own mind and heart may be, God is right there waiting for me to say, “Oh, yes, I really do need You.”
This is photographic proof that little things make big moments. Are you capturing the little moments in your life?
“Why Not?” take a look at your life through a camera lens for a few days, and see if your change in perspective turns your little moments into big moments!
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