i've received quite a few comments and emails asking if the new site is replacing this one. as far as daily posts, yes, it will. but i will continue to keep "live and learn" up and running for the purpose of directing people to my new site and for photo galleries. at first i wasn't sure how i was going to go forward with this, but i think it will make things much easier to post daily postings in one place. so that place is right here: http://www.beckynovacekphotography.com/
just remember to scroll down past the introduction area for the new post. sorry for the confusion! i hope you will continue to check out what i'm up to! you have all been so supportive here and i don't want to lose the connection we've shared!
i have a new website!
check it out!
i like the idea of having a less complicated life. i think i've made strides this winter. i'm more laidback and a little less driven. my family has noticed...and for me that's big. trying to savor the process of each day and be less rushed and pushing for "the next thing". life really can be more enjoyable if i take this approach. i know this, and yet there's so much i want to do every day. twice this week, i've lunched with friends and taken my time. it's been nice. i haven't even felt panicked when i realized the time. that is progress friends! it's already friday and i'm not freaked about what i didn't get to this week. just had to share this little milestone.
thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on aging gracefully! so fun to read all your thoughts. lorraine's comment put things in perspective. i thank God every day for my health. and i pray daily for loved ones who aren't in good health. my mom's car accident years ago was the most paradigm changing event of my life, as far as mortality and health issues. i think we all have wake up calls in this regard. since i mentioned my mom, i want to thank you all again for your prayers. she is doing well, still experiencing very few symptoms. she had fluid removed from her chest last week, but she has bounced back from that very well.
last week, i took grey's 6 month photos, right on his 6 month birthday. i love this shot so much.
i love it so much that i already have it framed and on the wall!
this one is sweet too-
my obsession with baby toes has not subsided!
i finally photographed a couple of layouts i've been working on, in the few nights that i've made it up to my studio-
i adore jenni bowlin. both her personally, and her products! i'm having fun playing with her new stuff!
i had such good intentions to do a project a month around the house....but it just didn't happen in february. i have continued to sort through and purge throughout the house, so i suppose i could cheat and say that i've done that! i went through the island in the kitchen (which has 4 junk drawers!) and i've done a bit more in the basement, but that's about it. i have spent a good deal of time working on website stuff. i'm a little discouraged about it right now, because i was customizing it even further last night and messed something up royally. i'm working with tech support right now to try to get it fixed up. i am not a techy! but i am really excited about having it up and running! i'll keep you posted!
here's a quote from "purpose driven life" that fits in well with the changes i'm trying to make:
"when our schedules become overloaded, we start skimming relationally, cutting back on giving the time, energy, and attention that loving relationships require. what's more important to God is displaced by what's urgent.
busyness is a great enemy of relationships. we become preoccupied with making a living, doing our work, paying bills, and accomplishing goals as if these tasks are the point of life. they are not. the point of life is learning to love-God and people. life minus love equals zero." rick warren.
here's another quote from the book that i like:
"purpose-driven living leads to a simpler lifestyle and a saner schedule. the Bible says, "a pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life." it also leads to peace of mind: "You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in You." rw
it's interesting to me, that our church is "full life church".
today is joshua payton, ( known as payton)'s birthday! he is 7 today! he is so tall and grown up. when he hugs me, he's almost up to my shoulders! we always compare our hands and feet in size and he has almost passed me up already! i love my little artist bud.
happy birthday payton!
God bless each of you! have a great weekend!
this one being inspired by a special issue of people magazine, that i glanced through while at the orthodontist's office a few weeks ago. i'm not writing this from a standpoint of a self appointed expert....i feel more like a pioneer among my friends. they are either much younger, or possibly less superficial than i, and don't really care! i just like to share what i've figured out works for me, as i enter each new season of life. i love reading when others share too...so don't hesitate to share your tips and secrets! i hate to beg for comments, but lately it's been a little sparse! maybe i'm just not posting things of interest? i see lots of people reading though!
*b* list of beauty as you age:
i'd love to know your thoughts and tips!
i do have some photos to share of a beautiful family! tom and i have known mike since he was in our church's youth group! look at him now!
mike has done alright! they bought this cool, spacious log home on a gorgeous plot of ground in the country. so happy for them!
i think i've shared enough for one day! God bless each of you!
spring is around the corner. this morning, when i let sophie out, the air felt different. it feels and smells like spring. and the crocuses are up. the sun is out, and it's supposedly going to be warm out today! i'm not gonna lie, i'm more than ready for spring....and yet, i'm a little panicky, because i know with the spring weather, i won't be getting my indoor projects done, like i would if it was nasty outside. but to get the projects done, i need to be home!
it does feel good to be getting out of my bubble lately. i spent most of the day saturday slicing and dicing. we had a missions dinner at church saturday night. it was satisfying to spend a day with the ladies of our church in the kitchen. interestingly enough, everything really flowed...we all worked together pretty much seamlessly and i think the outcome was outstanding! i'm not patting myself on the back at all, it was pam and chelsea's brainchild. they planned a menu that incorporated international dishes with all-american dishes, and i think everyone enjoyed it. chilean missionaries, matt and kristi kling spoke, and i think they lit a fire in many of us. i have had the desire to go on a missions trip for many years....but it hasn't happened yet! they mentioned that once they are established there, they would love to have a group of us come down and help with a building project. i so want this to come about!
i also got to take some pics of our friend's dave and mary's son and daughter-in-law, dave and becca, who serve at washburn university. good people, just like dave and mary!
sunday morning, a prison chaplain and his wife, (who also run a halfway house that is Christ-centered) spoke. holy cats, did he preach! it was so inspiring!!!! when the figures were put together on missions donations, our church tripled it's previous faith promises! so exciting!
i also did a family photoshoot this weekend-
and their beautiful mom-
with nine adults, it went really quick!
so, with it getting late, i'm not going to add a *b* list today. i'm still having issues with typepad freezing...so i may be going to a few small posts, rather than one long one. yesterday, i couldn't get in to correct spelling on my post...which is very frustrating! so please bear with me, as i figure out how to address this. i'm still working on a website solution, so i may be changing things up completely very soon.
God bless your day!
so this will be quick! i'm on my way out the door, to get my hair highlighted, etc.... and then off to a fun location photoshoot!
this morning, i noticed that this layout was up at fiskars:
no time for lunch today, so i'm grabbing a pear for the road. i am a big fan of pears. if you read my blog, you know that. we bought a bag at costco (a place i'm a big fan of). i could eat a pear every day.
have a great monday, and God bless!