I was talking to Jeremy the other day about blogging. He asked me if I ever wanted to do it full time (like put Will in childcare and not do it at 2am in the morning) or write a book or make more money out of it or grow the ‘business’. He asked if I ever wanted to take on contributors or have him join the ‘team’ in writing…kinda like what a lot of blogging couples do. He wondered what I really wanted.
I told him this…
I want to be a freaking amazing parent.
I want to know what matters and what doesn’t and let go of the stuff that hurts.
I want to protect my family from cruel words and would love to have a cup of hot chocolate with every single reader that leaves an encouraging comment or prays for me and my family. with marshmallows.
I want to have every little and big girl out there feel as encouraged and as loved and as hopeful about their future as I do. even when things don’t go according to our plan.
I want to walk away from each year knowing I did my best. I worked hard. I dug deep. I loved big. I felt the depth of everything on my journey. I jumped. I served. and I soaked it in…even when it was hard. and I did a good job.
Lastly, if I stopped breathing in this moment, I want to know that I left something beautiful here.
I said all that and realized that one of the things that I feel most proud of is capturing just a small taste of the beauty in others…my photography work. If I can grab just an ounce of the amazingness of someone else, bottle it up and give it to a mother or father or grandparent or any other loved one….and know that a picture could be one of the most cherished gifts in that person’s life. Well…that fills me with a joy indescribable. What an amazing priveledge I have. I am so glad to have you all to share these with…these are some of my girls of the last twelve months…and I think you will agree that they are truly beautiful.