5th Annual 30 Day Photo Challenge ~ Day 30 ~ Beauty

I had a few other subjects in mind for this one, and had no intention of sharing the picture I am sharing for today at any point in the challenge until this morning.There is so much beauty around us in the world, even in the worst of times.One of the places I've learned to see beauty in recent years is in the mirror. It's not been an easy journey, and I've spent the majority of my life beating myself up in my head. I wasn't blonde enough ....more

5th Annual 30 Day Photo Challenge ~ Day 29 ~ Wild

This is one of the days heavily subject to interpretation, so have fun with it.I chose a picture of my 6 year old, in what truly is his natural environment. This kid would never come inside if I didn't make him. This was the day after he got his walking boot off, up in the mountains, where he immediately began to climb trees and scale rocky hillsides and jump off of all the things.This boy, and this setting...wild ....more

5th Annual 30 Day Photo Challenge ~ Day 28 ~ Sunrise/Sunset

There are so many opportunities around here to capture amazing sunsets because of the mountains, but I usually try to soak in the moment without worrying about trying to take a picture. Every so often, though, I remember to take one.This was from last week ....more

Historical Revisionism, Racism, Colorblindness and Changing Our Mentality

In the wake of this, the most recent story of unimaginable violence, there has been much argument in this country about how we should ensure that tragedies like this don't happen again. The usual people have drug out the usual soapboxes and made the usual arguments, as usually happens.Within mere moments, the finger pointing began, the vehement defenses of gun rights began, the claims by far too many people that the events that took place in South Carolina had nothing to do with them. Except that what happened in South Carolina...more

5th Annual 30 Day Photo Challenge ~ Day 27 ~ Water

Always one of my favorite days in the contest, water is something near and dear to my soul. I'm an Aquarius, so I suppose that makes sense.Anyway, this year, I've chosen a picture I took late one night, staring down the business end of a pint glass ....more

friendship and loss and the lessons we learn

As I sit here on the front porch typing this, my daughter is willing the minutes in this day to stretch out for an eternity. This day is one she's been approaching with dread for weeks now, ever since the decision was made and shared....more

5th Annual 30 Day Photo Challenge ~ Day 26 ~ Joy

So we do this thing in our family where if one of the kids gets to do something super awesome, the rest of them get "super happy fun day"....more

30 Day Photo Challenge ~ Day 25 ~ Scar/Reminder

This is another new theme to the challenge this year, though I knew what I'd be using as my picture almost immediately. This is the side of my knee in all it's pasty glory. There are a few scars on this knee, but the largest ones all are from the same incident, one that represented the night I hit bottom ....more

5th Annual 30 Day Photo Challenge ~ Day 24 ~ Down

Teenagers. Always looking down.Hey.You.Up here.The humans are talking to you... ....more

5th Annual 30 Day Photo Challenge ~ Day 23 ~ Up

This one is simple enough. Take a picture of something that says "up".I took this picture a few weeks ago while we were hanging out in a local outdoor mall watching a street performer. I just adore the trees that line this walkway, and the sky was gorgeous set behind them this day.I tend to find myself looking up a little more often this time of year ....more