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Reining in the Crazy Lady

June 2, 2017

     “Smile, or I’ll spank you!” These are my own words, desperately uttered at three little boys as we were nearing the end of a very cold, autumn photo shoot. Fast forward 18 years, and today was photo shoot day once again. “Where are the clothes pins? You must have thrown them away! They didn’t walk out of the drawer by themselves!” In the process of trying to create something beautiful, the scenes behind the camera can be quite different.


     I’m still in the process of creating my FREE EBook. I’ve decided to add photography to it and create a visually stunning (hopefully) book for you. I’m testing out Anna, my budding photographer to see how she does. She has a great eye for photos, but she’s just learning how to use her fancy new camera. So today, I had two photos in mind that I wanted to take. Here comes crazy Mama. 


     The irony is not lost on me that I became slightly stressed as I tried to set up the photos for a book about “Simple Pleasures.” Even after writing this blog about slowing down for six years, and encouraging others to stop and enjoy the moment, I can still turn into a crazy lady. This happens when I take my eyes off my purpose and begin to focus on what others are doing.


     In the past, I have been driven, and it can still sneak out at times. I am so very thankful that my girls know that they can be honest with me and point out to me when the crazy lady has surfaced. I want to create a beautiful book, and I want my blog to be successful, but most of all I want to enjoy each moment of my life. I want to have fun when we take photos. I want my life to be an honest picture of what I share on this blog.

     So, my journey continues. I will proceed gently as I pursue my writing. I will take time to work in my garden with my kids, even though I’m a bit behind on my on-line writing courses. I will be sure to sit on the screen porch with my family, and watch a DVD by candle light, even though I’ve seen it before, and I know I need to write, and I will have fun taking photos, and they will be a true representation of the joy that we are living.


(That sky!!!)


     May 28th was not only my 34th wedding anniversary, it was also my blog’s 6th anniversary. To celebrate, and say thank you, I have a special gift to give away. I will randomly choose a name from each person who is a subscriber and comments on this blog. So please leave me a short comment or suggestion to be entered in the drawing for this gift.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Bobbi permalink
    June 2, 2017 11:09 am

    I have sooooo been there! People tell me all the time how impressed they are by my patience with their kiddos on shoots. Let me just tell ya, it took lots of tribulation to work that patience in me. Thanks for the honest look into your crazy beautiful life!

  2. Bobbie Wallsmith permalink
    June 2, 2017 11:17 am

    Awesome love reading your Crazy Lady stuff. Congrats on both of your anniversaries.

  3. Diana permalink
    June 2, 2017 12:02 pm

    My ‘crazies’ come when I have company. If I have a daughter who is home they will usually, at some point, take me by the hands, remind me why we are having company and send me away so I can regroup while they finish up without dealing with a ‘crazy lady’. I love reading your blog for the reminders of what really matters.

  4. Doris Lechner permalink
    June 2, 2017 1:06 pm

    So true. I love your honesty and your writing.
    You are an inspiration!😍

  5. June 3, 2017 2:53 pm

    Happy 34th anniversary a bit late. I think we even spoke on that day. Love you all. And keep writing!!

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