July 27, 2010

life inspired

A few days ago, or so, I decided to join a flickr photo group called "life inspired" created by someone I admirefromafar, Sara at Walk Slowly, Live Wildly. It's a group where you submit photos of "beauty in the little details of life...and share what makes you happy."

You take un-edited photos with your cell phone camera, and I try to do this once a day. Sometimes with my phone, most times with my mind. Like:

Cleaning day
resting

Friday, cleaning day. I took a break, and got Ivy to nap. And the bed was made, with us dreaming (and daydreaming) on top, and in this fleeting moment all was right with the world.


jump
jump

Saturday, at (a friend's) the lake house.
Carter taking a leap. Hubs and I talked and decided we'd much rather a beach in our back yard vs. a pool. I could sit and write and think and "waste away" an entire day on a shore, and never have to get in.


[nursing Ivy to sleep in church]

Sunday, if I had taken a real photo, it would have been me in the back of church sitting on the floor nursing Ivy to sleep. She didn't want to go in the nursery that morning and I couldn't resist her hug so tight to me. Breastfeeding her to sleep, listening to the message, singing praise songs, taking communion, with her asleep in my arms was pieces of heaven, I imagined. (Ok, maybe I did try taking a photo, in church no less, but it was too dark where I was sitting.)


[yellow ducky towel smiling at me amidst a pile of laundry]


Monday, I made piles of laundry and back and forth to the washing machine I regarded the mound of towels on my bathroom floor, the way they were there in front of my ruffled shower curtain, the way the mid-day sunlight poured in, the yellow ducky hoody towel was peeking out, playfully. Made me smile.


[spaghetti family dinner]

I don't have a habit of having my phone with me during dinner but if I did I would have captured a shot overhead of us tonight, sometime after the prayer and Ivy's premature amens and before a dessert of popsicles and getting the atlas out. Me sighing that my white Vera cloth napkins are always the only ones clean when we have spaghetti. And realizing that having dinner together, with cloth napkins, and popsicles, often leads to playing basketball outside and riding bikes on the driveway together, and then coming inside to look up videos on youtube together like this one and having a dance party, together. Such a chain, of events. Of together.


My life inspired set can be seen here when I actually do take the pictures, with my iphone camera.


25 comments:

  1. And THIS is why I love coming to visit you.

    Together means a lot to me with my family too. I'm here typing this up overjoyed that the boys finally have their bunk bed and that while putting them to bed, dad and I fell asleep on the spare bed in their room (with the baby) and the whole family is still together...

    I love our together time...

    I'm so glad to hear ur still nursing Ivy too. I get a lot of negativity about nursing my daughter who's going on 2.

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  2. I love this idea! I want to participate. :-) I'm going to try to take some photos. Love how you included those you didn't take but wish you had. :-)

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  3. beautiful. and i am so inspired.

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  4. love this!! Great photos and great photos of the mind!

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  5. "Sometimes with my phone, most times with my mind.."

    When you said that I knew exactly what you meant. I do that all the time too! Take photos in my head...

    And the photo of you two girls resting is pure brilliance.

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  6. I love your life inspired. You got me craving spaghetti now. That video cracked me up.

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  7. i dont always comment steph but love reading. its that good intentions thing :) i love this entire post and idea makes me want to remember and jot down those moments in day to day life that add up to make life beautiful. am in the car on the way to dc so hoping no typos and all makes sense! -samara simplicityinthesuburbs.com

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  8. lovely momentoes....i take more in my mind to :) and i still nurse my 1 and a half and intend to carry on when baby 2 comes in january unless he decides to stop :)

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  9. I so joined this group as I love taking photos each day with my iPhone. I thought that I wouldn't but I seriously do. The way they look through the app, how they aren't perfect and they capture things just the way I want them.

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  10. "back when men were men even though they wore lace cuffs and fancy pants..."

    I'm surprised they were allowed to shake hips like that in '44...

    Also? That one gal looks exactly like a blond version of my mom in the 60's...

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  11. The photo of you and Ivy is amazing. She is such a beauty and you look so happy. Glad all is well with you.

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  12. The photo of you and Ivy is amazing. She is a beauty and you look so happy. I'm glad all is well with you.

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  13. I adore this "life inspired" idea. Fortunately or unfortunately, these are the bulk of what my pictures look like.

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  14. I love the inspiration and beauty that you found, that you imagined taking pictures of those moments even without a camera. Your words captured them so perfectly, though.

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  15. i love the technology of a phone to capture moments just like this.
    also, i love that i, too, take so many in my mind. or even while holding my fingers up to my eyes, holding my imaginary camera and saying "click."

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  16. The pic of you & Ivy is so beautiful! Sounds like you have a lot of beautiful mental pictures as well!!!

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  17. The first image made me tear up - absolutely perfect.

    Cheers,
    Anne

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  18. Both pictures are dreamy.

    I don't actually have a phone with a camera on it. I'm so old school, it's almost embarrassing to admit that!

    Nell

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  19. I think I might try to join this group, being that the iphone is the only camera I have. My camera died a couple of weeks ago do to a Casey error. Days like those you write about are the ones I just wrote about, the ones that one stick out in their memory but are the ones that matter.

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  20. Don't you just love the camera on your phone? I can get some of the best pictures since it is always on me and I can just take a quick snapshot. Love the picture of you and Ivy!

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  21. i could just say "yeah, that" to erin's comment ... i am not a writer, so i truly enjoy reading your blog solely for the way you put everything into words. i can see it so clearly even though there's no picture, and i'm a very visual person, so that's saying a lot. *wink*

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  22. that first picture is so sweet

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  23. Such a great idea! Phone photos have such a wonderful authenticity to them.

    I especially like the one where you are wearing a bandanna in your hair. I wear that same style often when we camp. :)

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  24. Yay! So glad you joined. Your life is beautiful. xxoo

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