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October 4, 2010

No Mom Talk Monday

I was so surprised that I had so many people link up last week for the very first edition No Mom Talk Monday! I had hoped that there would be several people, and I think I ended up with eight links. Yay! Pretty good for the first week. I hope that you guys will continue to give your mommy selves and break and enjoy a little bit of you time.

In case you didn’t play along last week, the idea is to write about anything and everything that  your little heart desires-except your children or anything pertaining to parenthood. We spend 99.99% of our days being mothers, and it’s high time we take a step back and get back in touch with who we were {and still are} before we had kids. Please make sure that you link directly to your No Mom Talk Monday post and not to your blog homepage. It can get a little confusing if you link directly to your homepage for someone who doesn’t join in till later in the week. This week, I’m going to leave the link open until Friday. No rush in getting it up. Don’t feel bound to posting this just on Monday.

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{ONE} I really already knew this, but I was reminded again this weekend that some people never, ever grow up. And some people don’t know how to move on from the past. And it’s just sad. Really, really, sad. I’m so proud of my ability to let go of what has happened and move forward. Being caught up in the used to’s, the could have’s, and the might have been’s really take away from the moments. And I absolutely refuse to live my life that way.

{TWO} I’ve had to deal with another death this week. Remember when I talked about that poor girl who was in A-School with my husband getting killed? This week, one of the girls I went to high school with was killed in a car wreck. She was 23. Had a newborn baby who had only been home from the hospital for a few weeks. And her short life, is over. I don’t know if God is
trying to teach me something or send me some kind of message, but I’m definitely getting it. Really learning, more so than I think I want to, that Life is too short. I am finding myself embracing things so much more deeply. Hugging my son a little bit tighter, kissing him a little bit more, playing a little bit longer. {Yes. I mentioned my son here, but it was a generic type way…not in a ‘this entire post is about motherhood’ type way.} I don’t want to wake up one morning, not knowing it’s my last day on this Earth and wish I had done something differently.

{THREE}I sold my first Etsy Print this weekend!! A 16x20 Canvas of this photo.

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I was excited. Very, very excited. My hope is that maybe people will see this photo that she ordered and decide that they want one of my unique prints for themselves. We shall see.

{FOUR} As far as my photography is concerned, I have realized that I enjoy shooting so much more when I take the focus off of it being a “job” so to speak. Not that I intend to stop making money from my work-selling on Etsy and doing shoots-but when I just get in the moment and focus on the shoot itself, I enjoy it so much more and I get so much more creative with it. Same with my writing. I think that when I stress too much on what I’m going to write, the words don’t come out as naturally. And those posts, the ones that I strain my mind for, get the fewest comments and the least amount of feedback. So undoubtedly, you guys notice it to.

{FIVE} I am heading down to Florida this weekend to drag our winter clothes out of storage and take a bunch of the junk that we aren’t using/are running out of room for to our unit. I am also shooting a Military Retirement Ceremony and some family portraits down at the beach. It should be fun and I’m really excited to hopefully get some good pictures of Little Man while we are down by the water.

{SIX} It is officially FALL here in Alabama!! It got down to a cool 45 degrees last night! I. am. thrilled. Time to bust out the hoodies and the jeans and sweaters. Okay, well not quite, but all in good time. The highs have been in the mid to upper 70’s this week and I am loving it. Fall means the fair, Little Man’s birthday, Halloween, more Football, Thanksgiving and then CALIFORNIA for Hubby’s Graduation. We are waiting anxiously on the list of picks…I’m thinking any day. Ok, well I’m hoping any day.


Please keep the family of the girl that I mentioned earlier in your prayers. They have a lot ahead of them and my heart is broken for her family, her fiance and her newborn little girl.I know you guys are prayer warriors and I know that they will appreciate any prayers you guys send their way.

Have a phenomenal Monday!!

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