The past two weeks all my time has been spent focusing on figuring out how to teach 1st grade and pre-k and keep a two year old from losing her mind in the process 😅. And I’ve had a giant stress-induced cold sore to show for it 🤦♀️ I’m sure a lot of you have been going through similar experiences (the stress and school part, hopefully not the cold sore)! Thankfully Baxter’s teacher uses Friday as a catch up day, so we were able to relax today and it was so wonderful. The quarantine has led to many postponed sessions, and I’ve been too exhausted to pick up my camera at home until today. But I got some sweet shots of my kids in a rare moment of quiet, and, as always, photography reminded me to be still and soak it in! I shared some behind the scenes tips in my stories today of how I shot these and also saved them to the “tutorials” highlights. While we are on this little break from life, is there anything specific you’d like to learn about photography?
You know what’s crazy? We are home all day, with no where to go, but the days feel busier than ever. Between rotating the kids for their school work time with me and making all the meals, then cleaning up after the meals, I am exhausted by the end of the day! Does anyone else feel like this? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I guess I should be thankful I don’t have time to get bored. One thing I am SUPER grateful for is that Alex got our freezer working again!
What a week. It has been a rough ride on a roller coaster, swaying between feeling totally defeated to just laughing at how ridiculous some moments are. I’m am thankful to report that my kids are slowly settling into our new normal, even if life is crazy around us. Are you hanging in there? How can I pray for you?
Alright friends, how are you? Like, for real? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll be honest with you, yesterday was day three of our homeschooling and it was the hardest. I hit a wall and hit it hard. By the time Alex got home I was in the fetal position on the couch. I didn’t realize how much stress I’ve been silently carrying as all this craziness has unfolded. After a pint of ice cream and a lot of prayer, I realize that nothing I have is mine. It’s all gifts from God. This business, my children, every single thing I have. In the same way God allowed photography to come into my world, he will sustain it. He gifted me by entrusting three little people to my care, and he will give me what I need to care for them. This morning started a fresh day, and it has been so much better. I decided to turn off the news and leave it off. I’m trying to give so much more grace to my children and only doing the bare minimum of school work required. And above all I’m actively trusting the Lord. I’m praying the same for you and that your days (while exhausting) can also be sweet!
I was just testing the light and chatting with this sweet girl until we were ready to get some sibling shots, and look at the perfection that resulted 😍! Sometimes, the sweetest moments can come in those unplanned moments. It’s going to be a weird week, I pray we can all find some sweetness in the quiet and unplanned moments.
I know these days in the unknown may feel chaotic and stressful for some. So to distract you, enjoy the perfection of a little smile on a precious newborn. Plus, it’s hard to feel stressed when you have a beach bum nursery with Jimmy Buffett overlooking your crib!