There’s not much that compares to stepping away from our normal routine, stepping in closer to each other, just us in the salt and sun. The thrill of surprise and new adventures, discovering beauty and the delight of together. This was Destin 2018 in iphoneography.
My favorites in the golden hour.
This time away always brings us together.
Memory making through missteps and makeups, messes and marvels and everyday miracles- every day, miracles.
Every year they let the waves pull them deeper.
Another one of those photographs I want to make again just like this when I’m gray and in bifocals and my sons stand over me and my daughters lay their head against me the exact same way.
Limbs extending, world expanding.
I’ve found myself studying mothers and fathers just a few years in front of my steps. I watch their pride swell as the ones they held hands of and tucked in bed with stories now bound forward in freedom fueled by dreams, independent. I feel the invisible tension of time as limbs extend and horizons expand and moment by moment children are transformed into adults, pulled one discovery at a time, metamorphosing step by step, mistake by triumph by miracle into a wider world they’ll make their own. It’s a privilege I don’t take for granted; I never could’ve imagined this adventure of watching my children grow. See, it was an unparalleled gift to meet them. That chapter of becoming a mother, sentences of holding them new against my chest, navigating all it took to nourish their tiny bodies and all the tears and pain and delight along the way- it was all God breathed grace. But starting to turn the page now into this chapter of of my story where I now get to know these spectacular human beings? Where I get to nurture their hearts and marvel at their minds and step back and watch the art that is the way they live? No words can express this humbling honor. #homeschool #motherhoodunplugged #uniteinmotherhood #wildandfreechildren #loveourbigkids @loveourbigkids
Someone asked me today what the children do when they finish their schoolwork for the day. I love when I’m asked questions about this season of our #homeschool life because it helps me reflect on the “whys” and “hows” of our rhythm. To be honest, I stumbled a bit over my answer. Because it looks so different every day. Some days it feels like we’ll never finish the tedious tasks, mundane computation or frustrated repetition. Other days our learning is unconfined by books, nature is calling or real life explorations and experiences must be had. And then other days look very normal- mornings busy with pencil and paper, music and art classes in the evenings and in the sweet lull of today’s afternoon with her brothers busy painting in the space around the corner, here she is on her own, soaking up a bit of quiet and flourishing in the freedom of imagination, tinkering in the kitchen, playing to a reinvent a recipe she created last week, something simple nonetheless, but something all her own. And it leaves me so in awe of time’s gilding power, and the blessing of these regular but oh so monumental moments at home. #wildandfreechildren #motherhoodunplugged #childhoodunplugged