maybe it’s because i’m a souther gul, but i really enjoy taking life slow. life could be (and often is) very hectic, especially with young children. day in and day out, life comes at me full force in the form of poo diapers, dirty dishes, laundry, night wakings and early mornings, time-outs, homework, errands, making groceries, etc etc…the past 5ish years have been so full of challenges, yet they’ve been the best of my life. for most of those years, i’ve resented the menial, mundane tasks that come with being a stay-at-home mom. yes, i wait tables on friday nights and take on the occasional photo session. but life still seemed so… boring. what happened to the wild nights of my youth? what happened to the image of my future being filled with big accomplishments, riches untold, a life endlessly rewarded with health, wealth, happiness, rainbows and lollipops? why is it that the older i get, the magic is gone? well i’ll tell ya- the magic is there. only it’s not the dream-world magic you believe in when you’re a kid. it’s the real-world magic that lies in the tiny little things and moments that are always there. every day, i get up. my family gets up. we eat breakfast, we make a mess. i clean up, i take some pictures. i walk the dog. run to the grocery. text my husband a heart because i love him. check the mail… on and on.. and you know what? my neighbors are doing the same. getting up, going to work. pumping gas. picking their nose at a stoplight and looking around discreetly to make sure no one sees.. obviously, many people have important, high-profile jobs- but everyone picks their nose, right? 🙂 i feel very lucky to have photography, because it helps me to see (via photo) that the boring, little everyday moments are actually really beautiful.