This photograph was taken in 2010. It is a view from our old house, a house that saw the birth of our two out of three children, and much busy work of motherhood. I did not know it then that I would miss this house because more than anything else at that time, I wanted to move out. I wanted to be in a different neighborhood, better school district, roomier house, with a different floor plan. I did not like the ranch style and bedrooms in the basement where we would have to put our kids. I was so adamant about it. Fast forward a few years and we are in a new house-- a large house in a beautiful neighborhood with exactly the floor plan that pleases me. Yet I miss the old house now more than ever. It was smaller and cozier and easier to take care of. I do not have the life-giving view of the lake anymore, nor the beautiful light in the kitchen and the dining room. I do not have babies or little children running around happily. Now there's struggle that comes with middle age and ever present electronics. I am as busy as ever but today I pause and reflect on times gone by. Today, I would gladly take the view of the lake and a smaller dwelling.
Experiments in shutter painting at sunset.
A rather typical summer day in our life. Literally the last day of summer before school starts. Still crazy and chaotic. Emotions run high. My middle son started soccer and we visited Ella's school to meet her new teacher. It was fun and exhausting! I took almost 450 pictures throughout the course of the day and narrowed it down to the following 70. Enjoy!