In a few short days, I’ll be sitting on a plane soaring over the ocean for an adventure with my very best friend.
But until then, I’m pretty much just trying to get it together.
Because sometimes amazing photography jobs land in my unsuspecting lap and I just go with it. Saturday I met up with a lovely Mom, her beautiful teenage daughter and her adorable 5 year old son. We wandered around Westhampton for a beautiful town session and ended up with some pretty fantastic images. Then on Sunday, I shot my sixth year of portraits for the amazing Caldwell family. We went for a classy home session, since the weather was rainy and as I clicked away, I counted the blessings of being able to capture six years of memories for such a special family. And then today, I drove out to Garden City to do a Business Session for a pretty cool doctor that I met this past summer after shooting his family session in Southampton. And every single one of these jobs were awesome and amazing, but getting them all edited in a short amount of time was a challenge.
And because a few days ago, I absolutely failed as a parent after I lost it in an argument with Christian. It was one of those moments that I instantly wished I could take back. And I sat in a pit of my own sad and ashamed misery, but was then beautifully lifted out by the grace and forgiveness of our son. It’s hard to put into words, the blessing that our son gave me. It reminded me that parenting is hard. And while we are often the ones to show our children grace, sometimes, they are the ones that show us.
And to be honest… there’s just been so much to try to get done on a sheer logistical level. Jeremy’s parents flew in Sunday evening (they will be staying with our kids while we’re away). And so the house needed to get put into some sort of order, and the laundry done as well. And our kids and their schedules need to be sorted out. But I’ve wanted to do my best to take moments with them, good moments. So we’ve talked and played Spot it (super fun, by the way) and laughed and breathed and just enjoyed little moments in between. And the other things, they’re eventually getting done too.
And I’m mostly just vent typing and hopefully not sounding too complain-y. And I have to admit, it feels a little bit better. Because in a few days, I’ll be sitting on a plane, enjoying a probably much needed break. And for the days that will follow, we’ll relax and find adventure, and walk for miles exploring new lands and all of this effort will be well worth while. And all of that will come, in just a few short days…