Thursday, January 17, 2013

Get In The Picture!

I was inspired by this post from the blog 71 Toes.  It talks about mom's getting in the picture with their children. Don't we want to remember how young and capture the love we are feeling at the moment.  After reading this, I wondered how many of the thousands of photos I had that I actually was in the picture?  I went back and looked and within the last two years, it was a sad number of about 5.  This does not include family pictures we took for Christmas cards.  However, when I am behind the camera taking pictures for people I do insist on the mom getting in a few with her kids.  I am a little camera shy and don't like seeing myself with laugh lines(wrinkles) and age marks on my face.  But time is speeding up and I will start to look older and older.  I need to put the camera in my husband's hands more often.   Here are some great mom and child photos I have taken this last year:

Pure Joy!
I love how Mom is cupping her hand hoping to catch the spilling water.

No matter how old we are, we will always be mothers.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013


In my last post I wrote about the book Reached.  There is a picture of the book in all its glory.  It seems that the hardback book just appears with its magic written in hundreds of pages.  I have been with Ally as she talks about her books and in personal conversations about how she writes as a young mom.  Needless to say it is NOT easy for her.  But yet she does it and is able to see great results.   Many of us who write in journals, on blogs, or face book experience some kind of gratification.  Our voice is heard.   How many of us just want to be heard?  But yet we refrain because we are afraid of what people are going to think.
Writing is very personal and can be very devastating if it is not liked or agreed with.  I received a negative comment on this blog once and wasn't sure exactly how to respond.  I had to recognize the source and realize that some people are just idiots.  If you would have read it, you would of agreed.  The comment was on this post about pornography.  Which by the way, this post gets the most hits and it disturbs me.  I am grateful to those who are willing to share thoughts, ideas, and personal stories about their lives.  I follow a few blogs and learn to like the writers and feel like I know them through their writing.  The writers really give of themselves, which I think is brave.

Last May I took my kids to the St. George Temple Grounds to celebrate the first day of summer. I gave them each a notebook and pencil and encouraged them to draw or write whatever they felt like.  Some liked it more than others and I really don't know if they remember doing it.  But it was a good idea for me to do with my kids. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013


(c) Brook Andreoli 

I have just finished the third book to the Matched Trilogy.  I think I liked REACHED the best.  It was a great read that left me thinking about life and choices.  Tears came to my eyes as I looked at the very last page that has a picture of the author Ally CondieAlly has been a friend of mine since High School and I am so proud of her and what she has accomplished with her writing and the person that she is.  Click here to go to Ally's website and see book trailers, reviews, and all that is happening for this trilogy.  There may even be a movie made.