Half of the time we’re gone but we don’t know where…

“I get the news I need on the weather report.
I can gather all the news I need on the weather report.
Hey, I’ve got nothing to do today but smile. ” -Simon and Garfunkel

I sometimes feel like life is literally racing past me. Between family and work it’s so easy to get caught up in the business of it all. I find it somewhat ironic that I am a photographer… a true documenter (I think I just made that word up) and I spend most of my time trying to remember what I even did the day prior. I almost feel like I rely on my camera to create the memories for me… rather than really live them and soak them in. It’s just a funny thing. I don’t want to be someone who is so busy they are just checked out and don’t even realize what is going on and miss out on things. Yeah, things. You know, like the important things. The special things. The magic things. The things you miss you when blink… when you look away for one second and your baby is suddenly two. I want to see it all. I want to remember it all… which clearly requires me to put the social networking sites down and pay more attention. ;-)

My son is almost two and half. What in the world. How did that happen? I mean seriously… when did that happen? Where did those years go? When I think of how much life has changed in two and a half short years I am blown away. I’m mostly blessed at all that God has done and allowed for us.

This post has no purpose other than to remind myself that I don’t need to go at such a crazy pace all of the time. That I don’t need to know what’s going on all of the time. That I literally can get the news I need from looking outside… that all I need to do sometimes is play.

I love my children SO incredibly much and am so thankful that they remind me of these very important things.  Especially Jude… lately watching him just reminds me of how important it is just to BE. In our adult life it’s so difficult to just BE. We always are trying to do this and that and constantly putting too much stress on ourselves which usually (unintentionally of course) pours onto our family. Sometimes you just need to BE. :-)

Because every post needs a photo, here is a recent one of my little Jude.

Look at that sweet face. He seriously warms my heart in the most special of ways and I am constantly thrilled and overjoyed that God chose me to be this little boy’s mama. He is quite the independent toddler, let me tell you. He always gives me a run for my money. He is here, there and everywhere. He is stubborn. He wants to test me. He pushes my buttons. He tantrums hard but man does he love hard. He is loud. He’s a boy. He’s my boy. He is my sweet love… and I wouldn’t have him any other way.

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  • cassandra-m - Thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving such kind words. I just spent a lovely morning checking out your AWESOME website (my favorite part is your “about me” section…love it~!). And also been on your blog awhile….your images are GORGEOUS & your use of light is INSPIRING. Love your work~!!!!! big smiles from Savannah, GA~!

  • Leanne - Thank you for this.

  • Kim - Oh my daughter, so true, so true. It blesses me to know that you get it! I am so blessed that God allowed me to be your mama and Jude & Joelle’s gramma. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I like “being” with you and your family. It’s my favorite thing to be and do. Love, Mom <3

  • Paloma - Brooke, this made me teary eyed. Such beautiful truth here. I’m glad God let you slow down to realize it, and I’m glad you slowed down to share it. And yes, your kiddos are absolutely beautiful and handsome and so sweet. You are blessed. And I’m blessed to know you and your sweet family. Love you!

  • Samantha - Seriously, this hit home. Needed it, I love you.

  • Danley - Oh Brooke! He is so cute! What a handsome little man!