I love to take pictures.  I love to look at the world through the lens of a camera.  I get much joy from seeing the beautiful objects around me, and then magnifiying them with my camera lens. 

But I noticed something over the past six weeks.  I didn't take many pictures.  For lent, I gave up blogging, along with other things.  This left me with no place to show and tell stories through my camera lens, so I basically stopped. In fact I didn't take a single picture for the first two weeks of lent and I could tell someithing was missing.  I missed seeing little fingers clutched around a spoon, or eyes focused on pushing a car around the room.  Of course I still saw everyting my children were doing, I just wasn't seeing it.

It's so easy for me to be present with my children.  I'm with half of them all day long.  Every hour.  I greet them in the morning as they are waking and I am with them when they shut their eyes and fall asleep after a long day.  But it's different when you look at them from behind the camera lens.  I love to get really close and take pictures of bits and pieces of them.  Hands, eyes, hair, feet, shoes.  And so while I briefly posponed taking the pictures, I felt like I wasn't taking the time to see my children.  Taking pictures and blogging bring me joy.  They really do.  I get to sit back and look at all that God has blessed us with.  I get to really see it.  I never want to get too accustomed to our blessings, our children, home, health, TJ's job, the fact that I am home with them all day, for granted.  I want to keep looking and watching our children closely, capturing their littleness.....forever.


Three Cheers for Spring.

Spring is here....sort of.  We've had some lovely, warm, and even hot days this spring.  Days where the kids have wandered around outside coatless and shoeless.  We've also had some wintery, snowy, down right cold days as well, where the winter coats and hats and gloves had to be dug back out to make their appearance....again.

Nevertheless, it's good to know that spring is here, to see the blossoms on the trees and the grass changing from its drab shade of brown to a beautiful green once again.  Its good to get outside.

Welcome back, spring.


Where to Begin?

Well, hello again!  It's good to be back! 

It's weird to look at the computer screen again after six weeks of....not looking.  But lent is over and Easter has come, ALLELUIA! 

The Lord has risen, he is risen indeed!

Where to begin...so much has happened, yet really not, when I think about it.  We're all still here, doing the same things we always do.  There have been a few big events however which have spiced up the ordinary days....Evelyn turning two, Annie turning seven, Thomas making his First Holy Communion,  Annie starting soccer and Thomas starting flag football, planting a garden, and of course celebrating Easter.

Thomas received his First Holy Communion on April 16.  It truly was a beautiful day.  I can't believe that we are already here...where our oldest is old enough to receive Jesus.  It feels just like yesterday that I was taking this chubby little thing to daily mass at St. Joseph's and having him fall asleep in my arms....

Evelyn turned TWO on April 6th.  TWO.

And Annie turned SEVEN on April 18th.

The Mustangs....Thomas' flag football team.

The Flames...Annie's soccer team.

Easter.  What a beautiful, most welcomed day Easter Sunday was.  It was a good, long, lent that made Easter truly a day to celebrate!  And we get to celebrate for 50 days!!!!