Stuff and Things

"Whatcha doin' honey?"...

"Stuff and Things..."

this is always his response...he says it with a smirk because he knows I'm a lover of words...and "stuff and things" does not even begin to cover the plethera of knowledge that I come, begging to attain from him...

It's our joke...

I come back with..."what kind of stuff and things..."

"oh you know...just some stuff here and a little of things there..."

We banter back and forth...this playful game we play until we are laughing and I'm asking so many questions that he can't help but give me the words I so desperately am wanting to hear...about his day, his thoughts, his perspective....

We've had a lot of "stuff and things" going on here lately...

*My eldest got braces this week...it wasn't something we were necessarily budgeting or planning for...she has straight teeth...but her bite is a tad off, which has ground some of her teeth down.  The cost, coupled with her flair for the dramatic & the pain that is currently bearing down in her mouth...we are trudging along...it's kind of a bummer for her spring break. 

*We hiked it up to Michigan, the girls and I...we had a quick visit with my brother, both sets of parents & my sister...all in a matter of 4 days...numerous hours in the car listening to books on Cd and my lovely white knuckle driving can leave one a tad weary by the end...but, we had a lovely visit all in all!

*I got a tune up on my camera whilst in Michigan at a fabulous repair shop.  This did delay our trip a bit...not to mention the trains that blocked our path & slowed us as well.  It was a much needed fix to my baby.

*soccer started up again for my younger girls and my hubby, who coaches both teams separately...and thus begins the spring season of chaos!

*our home has needed a new coat of paint on the inside for awhile...and so we 'started' this project a couple weeks ago...it's taking awhile...and I procrastinate with color decisions...this has a tendency to drive people crazy...and by people I mean my entire family, including myself!

*I took our dog to OSU to meet with a behaviorist and she's now on some anxiety medicine. She has some special needs and we are trying to be good "dog parents" :) 

*I know that once spring photography officially starts, I won't have the luxury of reading much until our summer vacation break...and so I've been staying up late reading book after book (which means I'll have another blog post soon with titles to share!!) but it also means that I avoid other things that need to be accomplished...I am thankful for a patient husband. 

*My Snapshop & Senior Day are quickly approaching...and I have too many ideas and not enough hours in the day to bring them to fruition!!!

*I recently learned that a number of my photo submissions into the world-wide photography contest of over 225,000 entries, made it into the finalist and top 30, 20 and 10% in voters choice awards...This is both humbling and exciting! The photos I entered were of families that I love and was able to capture a pure moment...nothing staged or planned...I entered my heart...

This is just a small snapshot of our life right now...I'm gearing up for spring and looking forward to summer...
And if I may be even more transparent...

I still struggle in some areas of confidence that can freeze my ability to respond and take action...
My "mom" roles are changing like shifting sand as my girls continue to grow, even though I beg them to slow down...
My husband & I are continually learning to ebb and flow in this life and find the ways that we connect and work hard to focus on those things that pull us together rather than apart...
I yearn for connection & friendship & relationship...and yet, am trying to listen for the small voice that I need to remember to allow me to fill me each day so that I don't search for significance in places other than Him...

I wonder what "stuff and things" are going on with you...
I know that we ALL have STUFF and THINGS that occupy our time and thoughts...
Not all of us "share" those things..but I think it's sometimes enough to just know that they are there...and to offer grace and a smile and maybe a hug along the way...

have a great weekend...



Anne Marie  – (1.4.16)  

I love this - "Stuff and things" - so cute. Congrats on the Shoot and Share - that is awesome!

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