Saturday, December 31, 2011

December 365

The final month of my 2011 "365 photo project" is complete!! Yay!  One photograph a day, for 365 days.  Whew!  I'm ready to begin my 2012 project.  I love reviewing the chunk of days at the end of the month.  I love looking back over the year and actually remembering each and every day.  I love being able to remember photographs that had meaning... and some that didn't because it was 5:00 and I just needed something for the day so I photographed my water bottle or my dinner.  I love bringing my camera with me everywhere I go even though it makes my purse really heavy and might be causing me chronic back problems that have nothing to do with my newly diagnosed arthritis.  I love bringing you along with me... so here's to the end of one year, and the start of another....
 I love finding the perfect shade of lipstick.  Ordinarily, I'm a lip gloss kind of girl, but the other day I happened to stumble into the grocery store looking for a few items, and found this frosty pinkish color.  Well, fell in love with it, is more like what happened.  The shade is Revlon's "Satin Plum" and it's the perfect wintry pink color. 
 Sitting on the couch at night, snuggled up with my man watching the movie, "A Shine of Rainbows," realizing that I never picked up my camera once all day (which is uncharacteristically odd) but the glow of lights drew me in, and the perfect photo op was born.  (This is also another way to say that basically I was too lazy to do anything but photograph the view from where I was sitting.)
 I love listening to my kids take turns reading our morning devotional book.  I love messy morning hair, wayward bowls of half-eaten cereal, cozy pajamas, and sunshine streaming through our east windows. 
 It is a well known fact, that I love babies and almost always want another.  Or twelve.  I'm all done having them... but it doesn't take the want-more out of me.  I love their tiny newness.  I love their noises and stretches.  I love their downy heads bumping into my chin.  One thing I love the most.... is their yawns.  So incredibly adorable.  These sweet little feet in my hand belong to the baby of my girlfriend Amy, who happens to be a professional photographer.  She snapped this photo on my camera, so I thought I'd toss this in as a guest appearance in my 365's. 
 I love times of quiet with Jesus.  I also love Isaiah 61:1.  I think I might paint it onto a subway art-ish board.  I believe it's my mission in life.  I believe it's your mission in life as well.  It's the kind of mission we should be obsessing about.
 I love this boy.  I love his dimples.  I do not love the fact that he located some very old (and rotten grapes) in his bedroom recently. 
 I love fun.  I love food.  I love fun food.
 I love fresh greens.  I love old wood.  I love twinkly lights in the background. 
 I love aqua glitter. I love little metal houses for four dollars.  I love making a mess.  I love being covered in sparkles the rest of the day.
I love my little moleskine journal.  I love sitting on the couch next to my baby girl, a bucket of sharpened colored pencils between us, consulting one another about our drawings. 
 I love my big framed "MERRY" artwork, my chippy supply cupboard, and tiny boxwood wreath tied with a red velvet ribbon. 
I love holiday stamps.  I love having all of my Christmas cards ready for mailing.  I love checking the mail in December.
I love my baby girl.  I love her creativity.
I love that my friend Amy let me come and play with her newborn while she photographed him.  I love babies with santa hats and fluffy white blankets.  I love that I got to put Amy's Christmas tree lights on her tree for her.  I love my friends.
I love waking up to new blooms.  I love how that feels like a promise for the day.
I love indulging in a little silly-ness with my daughter who was aghast that our sketching dummy is naked all the time.  I love that we came up with a skirt for it and a bow for it's neck.  I love that we laughed and laughed as we posed it. 
I love baking.  I love baking with my kids.  I love it when something turns out yummy and cute. 
I love delivering goodies to friends and neighbors.  I love having my hoodlums home with me.  I love them even more when they aren't fighting. Ha!
 I love my big chicken wire frame.  I love hanging it up for Christmas cards.  I love it when people stop to look at all the fun photos hanging.  I love memories that spring up as I see faces of long lost friends and family.
 I love trying.  I don't always get it right.... but I know the goal.  I love that early morning light, when the promise of a fresh day with no mistakes awaits.
 I love that my man has always called me his "beautiful bride."  I love that I know he will always call me this.  I love that he does it even when it's not exactly true!  I love his love for me.  I also love that he got me this gift....when I specifically told him not to get me anything... he shouldn't have... but it was sweet that he did.  
I love watching my kiddos play and have fun.  I love watching the excitement and anticipation build. 
If ever there was love in a photo... this was that photo.  I invited pretty much everyone I knew to our church's candlelight Christmas Eve service.  I was standing on the end, with my man next to me, then one of my sis-in-laws, her man, my mom-in-law, my parents, my hoodlums, and in front of our row, was my uncle and aunt, two of my cousins, their significant others, and a whole passel of little ones.  I stood there singing Silent Night, looking down a candle lit row of faces I love with all my heart.  (And I was also really happy that my mama kept my son from accidentally lighting my uncle on fire with his candle.  Bwahahaha!)
 I love this photo... out of all the photos I took during our day, this was the best because the chaos had just ended... so real life.  (And um yeah I did use a bunch of free postal boxes... but don't worry, I reuse them all for my Etsy shipping!)
 House all clean, decorations put away.  Love that.  A man who always knows what to say when I'm hurting, love that!  Time with family, love that too! 
 I love sweeping out the junk and cleaning up the mess.  Tree gone, decorations boxed up, and moving forward with life.  Grasping the tails of the joy that was momentarily stolen.  Brighter days ahead, I just know it.  Love that.
Family movie day together, thanks to Christmas gifts from grandparents.  I love my husband and my kids and I love spending time with just them after lots of holiday extended family togetherness.  Ha! 
 There might not be anything sexier than a man with a dishtowel over his shoulder as he scrubs dishes.  I love my man. 
I love that my brother and husband went bowling with my hoodlums and then played some Wii games with them while my sis-in-law and I hit Ikea and then worked on her baby's room!  I love days with them so much and wish I lived closer so we could do it more.
And like closing the cover on a book... today we close out the last day on a year we are happy to be finished with.  I can't say I've loved every minute of this year... but I've learned a lot and I've loved some of the moments during the process.  I think I'll leave it at that.  And I hope... and pray... and hope again that our home sells (for real) this year, and we can have at least a taste of what it must feel like to be settled both in home and heart. I hear that's a really wonderful feeling...

May 2012 be a year of new beginnings for all of us!  Happy New Year friends. 


Mrs.B said...

Love Isaiah 61:1 and I am SO looking forward to hopeful, better days in 2012!
Happy New Year!

Alicia said...

i absolutely love these posts. i must do this this year. you are so beautiful, sweet one, inside and out! praying that 2012 brings the sale of your house and brand spankin' new beginnings for you and yours :)

PandaMom said...

I'm tellin''s scary sometimes!! My Man of almost 20 years to this day calls me his Beautiful Bride. ; ) Love all the pics and to followed you all year and to have done a 365, too and to be DONE with 2011!! ; )

Ben, Fiona, Joshua and Daniel said...

Happy New Year, Sasha! Thank you for all the wonderful things you share on your blog. You are an inspiration and I am going to do 365 in 2012 as a result of reading this post and looking at your gorgeous photos! I wish you and your family a wonderful and blessed year xxx

Cheryl said...

your December was filled with beautiful photos and memories you will have afor a lifetime. Loved those little baby piggies. We too are done with having kiddos, but I am always drawn to the sweet little piggies of a baby and the sweet, fresh smell that they have.
My hubby washes dishes with a towel over his shoulder too. (smile)
You've inspired me this year and I hope to take more photos with my camera and maybe start a 365.
Hugs to you sweet friend!
Have a joyous filled 2012!

KC and the Sunshine Kids said...

I think I MIGHT just be smitten with you because YOU might be one of the few in Blogland that would HAPPILY post a picture of her living room strewn with boxes, papers, the mess of Christmas morning chaos...and most importantly happy kiddos. THAT is a perfect home.

A Thrifted Market said...

Happy New Year Sasha!! Beautiful pictures!

Beth said...

love all your pictures! and love the bright hope for a new year! I'm ready for it too:) love to read your blog! If you don't mind me asking, what kind of camera do you use?

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Lovely. Thank you!

Amy said...

That was wonderful! Have a happy new year! Thanks for the verse.

Christine said...

Beautiful post! Love reading the 365. You have a uniqueness about your blog. I like it. Happy New Year!

Dandy said...

I love all of this. This postal boxes are brilliant and did I tell you Becky sent me that devotional? I love it (and her) so muchly :)

Kim {Recipes To Run On} said...

So so glad to have found your blog. Such beautiful photography and encouragement. Looking so forward to all you have in store in the coming year... I've added you to my Reader and to my favorites page. Happy New Year!

daisy said...

Continued blessings in the new year. Thanks for sharing so much of your family with us. I will be following to see what God has in store for y'all!

Katie and Gwyneth said...

Morning sunshine and a baby's yawn--good things for the soul. Thanks for your lovely posts.

Yolanda said...

I just love your blog! You make me happy and are such an inspiration!!

Jeannie said...

Happy New Year Sasha! Your photos are gorgeous and your message speaks straight into the heart.
May God bless you with the desires of your heart on the journey of the new year.

Kerri said...

I love EVERYTHING about this post! We are all so BLESSED to have you and your blog! Oh, and that bag is REALLY cute from the photo on 12/26 Happy New Year my friend!

Yolanda said...

just wondering how you can post so many large pics and your blog is not weighed down? What I mean is that I can scroll through it quickly, where as some blogs take forever. What's the secret? Maybe you can give a little blog :D)

Yolanda said...

just wondering how you can post so many large pics and your blog is not weighed down? What I mean is that I can scroll through it quickly, where as some blogs take forever. What's the secret? Maybe you can give a little blog :D)

Gypsy Heart said...

I love this post! I love all the beauty and love in it.

Wishing you and yours the very best new year...including the sale of your home.


Gypsy Heart said...

I love this post! I love all the beauty and love in it.

Wishing you and yours the very best new year...including the sale of your home.


lexsmama said...

My nickname has been "beautiful" since the beginning of dating, years ago. It's so awesome.

I hope 2012 brings many blessings to you and your family. Thank you for your words of wisdom and truths over 2011. (I started reading then. :-) ) You are a beautiful soul.

Cori said...

Do you mind if I ask where you found (or the brand name of) the grey bag pictured on December 26th? It was love at first sight. Thanks for sharing your journey this year in words and pictures with all of us, Sasha. You've been more of a blessing than you'll ever know.

rebekahdisch said...

I've been following your blog for quite some time now and just HAD to tell you how much I adore coming here and reading your posts. And I love how a total stranger could encourage me so much in the Lord. Amazing.

And Amen to the husband-washing-dishes thing. I think it's a universal turn-on for wives!

Rach@In His Hands said...

What a beautiful December. I've been crushing on these 365 posts of yours....and plan to do the same!