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This post will remain at the top of the blog for the duration of the summer. Scroll past it to see new blog posts.

In an effort to take more photos of my own children (beyond the usual cell phone photos I Instagram on a regular basis), I’m committing to this being a Captured Summer. As summer moves along, images will be added to the slider below (pictures will go from newest to oldest). Nothing wordy – just images telling the story of our summer! Enjoy!

On a mobile device, you can just swipe across the photo to see the next one.

{when you’re curious about what’s happening in the picture, you can click the little thought bubble in the lower, right hand corner. if you love photography and want to know my settings, you can see that by clicking the little camera icon in the lower, left hand corner.}

  • June 2, 2015 - 1:02 pm

    Cindy in San Antonio - Oh, I’m so glad you’re doing this! I love photos and I like watching your kiddos grow. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • June 2, 2015 - 2:18 pm

      Helen - Oh yay, Cindy! Thanks for checking them out! New ones will be added to it every few days most likely 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 3, 2015 - 3:57 pm

    Dick Coleman - As usual, fine shots. Love the chance to see the shutter speed and ISO. I’m trying to explain to my daughter, Tammy, how these two things go together to create
    good pictures. Yours will help. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2015 - 8:59 pm

      Helen - Thank you! Glad you can find the camera info helpful!ReplyCancel

Things are not all sunshine and roses over here lately. In fact, it’s kinda matched the Kansas City weather we’ve had this month – a lot of rain and stormy skies. We’ve been having the kind of days where I want to just curl up in the corner and mumble “I love my kids. I love my kids. I love my kids.” over and over.

I’m going to be honest – there’s been so much yelling, fighting, and crying this week that I’m officially dreading that tomorrow is the last day of school (and only a 3 hour day at that!). I should be excited about the Last Day of School tradition we started last year, and then checking off our Summer Bucket List, but instead of looking forward to it, I’m dreading it.

I’m anxious.

What if they keep fighting? 

What if  they continue to not listen?

What if I keep yelling and wanting to cry?

The other day I was so fed up with not being listened to, that I turned and started talking to a kitchen cabinet, because I figured it would generate about the same response as talking to my kids (specifically the 7 year olds). True story.

Clearly I’m losing it.

I know they’re excited and wound up about the end of the school year. I know they aren’t behaving this way for teachers and adults at church, for which I am insanely grateful. I know they’re good kids. This has just been an epically crappy week… and it’s only Thursday.

I need an extra dose of grace right now. Grace for them, because I know their tiny little brains can only process and handle so much, and there’s a lot going on right now. Grace for me, because I’m not a complete screw-up of a mom and everyone has their bad days.

Needed - an extra dose of grace |


I know that something beautiful can and will come from all of this rain, but my gosh, it’s hard to focus on that right now. All my head wants to focus on is how desperately I want a vacation…. by myself!

Today I’ll be forcing myself to focus on what is good in my life – my wonderful husband, my silly Lily, and my sweet and caring boys. A dog that drives us crazy and makes us laugh all at the same time, a roof over our heads and that our basement hasn’t been too wet, considering all of the rain we’ve had. Money to buy groceries and clothes for our growing kids. Fun family time ahead this summer, and that my boys had an amazing school year with fantastic friends and teachers.

With some focus on what’s good and right in my life, and grace for my behavior and the behavior of my kids, I can and will turn this week around.

I will turn it around.

  • May 21, 2015 - 1:40 pm

    Margaret - Ah! Thank you for posting this. I just had a bad morning with my 6 year old, and I’m feeling a lot like this right now. Very encouraging to read your focus on giving our kids, and ourselves, grace to pick up and try again!ReplyCancel

    • May 21, 2015 - 2:16 pm

      Helen - Ah, so sorry you are in the same boat, Margaret! I’m glad my sharing could encourage you though. Here’s to calmer kids and moms! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2015 - 3:50 pm

    Esther - My Emma is 7, and she has been INSANE the
    Sat couple weeks. Getting in trouble in school, which she never does, and NOT LISTENING at home. Sweetheart, you are not the only one. Virtually hugging you right now!ReplyCancel

    • May 21, 2015 - 5:49 pm

      Helen - Virtual hugs right back to you, Esther! These kids!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2015 - 5:56 pm

    Kara - I adore my children. I marvel at their every achievement. I thank God every day for them. I am constantly amazed by the amazing miracles I have the opportunity to raise. I would lay down my life for them without even making a conscious decisions. I love them more than myself.

    But I don’t always *like* them. And that’s okay. 🙂ReplyCancel

Last night the boys and I made a quick little video, to try and help with a fundraiser at their school. We had a blast putting it together, and did so much laughing while shooting it! Even better – we laugh still while watching it, and so have family and friends.

It’s been quite a while since I posted a video here, so I thought you all would get a kick out of seeing just how big and grown up Jackson, Ty, and Chase are getting. And yes – those would be braces Ty is now sporting (he’s clearly our most expensive kid right now)! Gah!

Anyway – a little back story, the school they’re at has two playgrounds – one that’s more appropriate for Kindergarten and 1st grade, and one that’s used for 2nd-5th grades. Next year they’ll be in second grade – what?!

The K & 1st playground is nice and new, while the 2nd-5th playground is quite sad. The PTA has been trying to raise money to fix it up, but it’s been sloooooow going. I thought we’d kick it up a notch by showing off just how sad the playground is, and try to drum up some donations for next week’s Walk-a-Thon!