Archive for November 28th, 2012


I noticed this evening I’ve passed up 900 views.  Not bad for a blog that I write to no one and for myself, right?  I have been sharing my 30 days posts, but before that not much.  We’ll see if I keep spamming FB with my posts or not, I haven’t decided.  Part of me is curious about who’s reading what I’m writing and if it’s the same people or not {I highly suspect a lot of my readers are FB friends}

As the 30 days project draws to a close I’ve made a few observations.

  1. I stuck with it this year with just a little bumpy patch through Thanksgiving weekend when I was out of town.  
  2. I am nowhere near done being grateful — I *am* grateful that if at the end of the day I realize I haven’t taken a picture today it’s okay I can still go to bed and not stress.  Today’s snap of a picture that made me frustrated I didn’t have the time or the light I needed made me realize how important it is to me that the images reflect my feelings.  
  3. I have really missed shooting.  I think it’s a part of me that got lost for a while in the turmoil.
  4. This year feels worlds different than other Holiday seasons, kind of hard to explain but I’m going to sit back and enjoy it.
I really do shoot for myself and write for myself, a blog is just an easy place to think through my fingers {I noticed a blog titled that today, I don’t know if I subconsciously stole it from them or not, but I do feel a twinge of guilt using it} I want to keep shooting, even through and around the barriers that block my way.  I’d really like my last few November posts to be strong but I don’t have a clue yet what to do for them.
I am going to do a weekly gratitude post, it will give me more time to get a great image and hopefully have some meaningful words to go with it so don’t fret — I’ll keep spamming you a little more.

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Yes, I know and I’m not going to entertain discussion about how I used the on board flash. You don’t like it you can move right along. Getting a picture was more important than waiting and getting the picture I’d hoped for.

Michael gave us a run for our money when he was an infant, so much so that Charlet thought the best restaurant in Salt Lake City was The Rainbow Cafe and the folks at Ronald McDonald House knew us by name. So much of that experience has led me to where I am now, how I treat patients and their families and showed me that I can do things I didn’t think I’d be able to. We watched his growth (and shrinkage) ounce by ounce and stood on the brink of interventions I am grateful that we didn’t have to do. He’s now 12 and 5’8″ and just over 100 lbs. When I was putting him in newborn sized clothes on his first birthday I never, ever thought we’d get to the point that his feet are bigger than mine and he’s just shy of outgrowing me.

Along with figuring out how to grow he’s also done some pretty amazing things. Anything that needs “some assembly required” he’s your go to guy. Anything hands on he’s all over it, making sure it gets done and done right. {Hmmm, aren’t dishes hands on?} When I look at his hands I see Gromps’ hands.  I first noticed it in this picture by P&G Photography.  I wanted to capture his hands as I see them, similar to this one from summer 2006

However, he is at an after school program until 5 when we’ve lost light and I’m not letting him tear apart another bike for the sake of a picture {although I was tempted if we’d had light} so I popped up my on board flash and got this one.  I love you Michael, you continually do things that amaze me.

30 Days of Gratitude:  Day 28 -- Michael

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