with jack handey? sometimes when i'm sharing something that's near and dear to my heart, i think, "i hope i don't sound ridiculous, like jack handey". ha! there is actually an official jack handey website. today's thought is this: "if you wear a toupee, why not let a friend try it out? we won't hurt it." cracks me up. hope i don't sound like that when i'm sharing my *deep thoughts*!
my sweet friend gigi gave me a beautiful book full of quotes of one of my favorite heroines, mother teresa. she got it. she lived it. SHE is inspiring. love her whole philosophy. here are a few of my favorites-
"love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do."
"joy is love - a joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love, for she gives most who gives with joy."
"do not allow yourself to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best."
and when i read this next one, i started to weep, because it is SO true-
"in these times of development, everybody is in a hurry and everybody's in a rush, and on the way there are people falling down, who are not able to compete. these are the ones we want to love and serve and take care of".
isn't that profound? tom and i are both pretty sensitive to "the underdog"...but maybe not sensitive enough.
"we cannot condemn, judge or speak words that might hurt...by what right, then, can we condemn anyone?"
i want these words to be words i live by.
"let us be very sincere in our dealings with each other and have the courage to accept each other as we are".
i always try to make resolutions that involve every area of my life...not just the typical *i want to lose 10 pounds*. i'm sharing them here, partly to keep myself accountable and also to hopefully encourage-
1. to keep things in perspective. God first, then family and friends and then me.
2. to continue to start my day with prayer and Bible reading. (i use the one year Bible for my daily readings and am able to read through the entire Bible every year.) starting my day this way, really makes a difference in how i live.
3. to eat more raw, unrefined foods and get healthy.
4. to be consistent in my workouts.
5. to write down all the books i read, as i read them. (i used to do this and it was sort of rewarding to look at the list, plus it kept me from starting to reread books i'd already read)
6. do a gratitude journal. i did this years ago and it really made a difference in my ability to appreciate EVERYTHING.
7. do something creative every day. (otherwise i get crabby :)
8. to work on the presentation of my work. (i just need to know what this means)
9. to strive to keep my environment full of the things i love. to get rid of anything else. (i know this sounds a little extreme, but i know it works for me)
10. to be aware of the importance of relationships/people over the *to do list*. (my constant struggle)
okay, that's mine...i'd love to hear yours if you want to take the time to leave a comment.
i had the opportunity to photograph a very cool family on saturday. photographing large groups is always a challenge for me. it's not my strength...but i appreciate the chance to try and improve at it. it's easier for me to connect with individuals and smaller groups. that being said, this group was extraordinary. i immediately sensed their closeness, and hopefully captured their connection with each other...which was a beautiful thing.
it's all because of these two...who are both awesome people! so i guess it would make sense that they would have awesome kids and grandkids!
i adore how he has his thumb inside mom's shirt and how he's hanging on. (sometimes it's the smallest details)
i have never taken this many shots of any other family. after we finished doing the large group and the twin sisters and their families and mom and dad, their son and his wife and new babe stayed for baby girl's first real photoshoot. i loved their attitude and could feel how right they are together. grandma stayed and that was cool too...she totally got what i was seeing. oh and if you're sensitive about seeing skin....don't look :)
oh and i will never forget little miss lily's birthday because she was born on my bday! as we were doing the shoot, we realized that we had mutual friends in george and tammy (george is one of tom's sturgis' buddies), so i KNEW i was shooting good people. love when this happens. i hope our family has what their family has...i think maybe we do :)
so as i post this last blog post of the year, i want to say thanks to each of you. thanks for giving me encouragement and inspiration. your comments here have been some of the bright spots in my day, and i appreciate the time you took to read and comment. i hope that you have a safe and happy new year and that 2008 is a GREAT year for you! God bless!