Twenty-Nine Things


Twenty-Nine Things

Here it is, the last year of my twenties! As usual I’ve got a few things I’d like to accomplish this year (you can also check out my lists for twenty-six, twenty-seven and twenty-eight).

I love this quote I came across in a Dee Henderson book a few months back and it really hit home:

“she doesn’t waste her life.
she just lives it.”

Living life is what I’m aiming for.

On to the list for this year:

1. get professional family photos done
2. order photo books for 2013, 2014 & South Africa
3. decorate our master bedroom (and get a new bed since Jared broke ours)
4. continue our now-annual summer camping tradition
5. document my grandparent’s stories (like actually write them down)
6. get some photos with Raeca and some horses (her obsession)
7. also on that note, get some photos with Ephraim and trucks/tractors (his obsession)
8. start saving for Europe (next year are both of our 30th birthdays and 10th wedding anniversary!)
9. put more effort into celebrations/events/occasions
10. go on five more day (or longer) trips around Saskatchewan
11. buy that elusive globe (ha, this is from last year’s list)
12. go canoeing or kayaking
13. buy an old school popcorn popper for the movie area I want to create (I’ve got my eye on this popper)
14. get some drawings into my nature journal (and some watercolor too)
15. run at least one workshop (hopefully more)
16. start a tradition of having my family over for one Sunday lunch a month
17. homeschool myself (I’ve realized I know absolutely nothing about history, so I’d like to improve this)
18. have supper with at least five of our neighbors
19. learn to freehand draw a map of the world (using the technique mentioned in The Core)
20. plant an apple tree
21. work on my hand lettering (I mentioned in my twenty-eight update but I’ve been going through this free series)
22. read twelve classics
23. read five missionary biographies (Jim Elliot and George Muller for sure, any other recommendations?)
24. start photographing some children and families again (knowing what I enjoy photographing and sticking to it is huge for me, the more I enjoy what I do, the better the photos are win-win for everyone)
25. start a podcast (so many ideas, so many little time!)
26. have a table at a craft show
27. do afterschooling with Raeca through kindergarten (similar to how we are now)
28. participate in the 31 days writing challenge in October (blogging every day for a month)
29. don’t let my marriage get pushed to the back burner just because things are good and life is busy, aka be more intentional about getting out on some dates!

I am excited for this year! Bring on twenty-nine!

If you make an annual list I’d love to know some of the items on yours.
Is there anything on  my list that you can help me complete?

twenty nine


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I Played Pretend Between the Trees {Photo & Video}


Recently my Mom asked me if I would ever start back up with my photography business and it really started me thinking.

I realized that I loved photographing children and young families but I didn’t like the business end or the awkwardness of saying no to people who I knew that asked for photographs but wanted photos other than those I loved to take.

After that Jared offered to look after the business end for me and I’ve just decided to be firm with only shooting children and young families (families with children 10 years old or younger).

I always used to feel mean when I would say no to shooting certain people or events but I’ve come to realize that me saying no is better for everyone involved. To be honest, I’m not good at shooting extended families or events like reunions and it would not be good for me to say yes. So this time I am sticking to it, even if I may feel like I’m being mean, if you ask me to shoot your great-uncles 95th birthday I’m going to have to say no and it’s going to be the best for both of us.

There is one thing that I love in addition to photographing children and young families and that is incorporating a little bit of video into the session as well. I did it a few times years ago when I was in business and I always thought it helped to tell a story and was such a great way to capture children and families in an authentic way.

I’ve priced out my photo and video sessions and to be honest I’ve kept the video portion much cheaper than it should be but even though video takes a lot more time than just editing photos I want to keep the video pricing within reach of just the photo package because I think it is a priceless memento that people will cherish for years to come.

Also, I’ve mentioned on here for years but I’ll always have aspirations to be like Blue Lily Photo, travelling the world and taking family photos as they do. Maybe one day my photography can pay to cover my travel bug.

I’ve been wanting to take Raeca for a little walk and shoot some photos and a little video of her and the other day she was all dressed up with no where to go.

I wanted to capture her now, on the cusp of kindergarten. With her love for dress, all the accessories and her sweet doll Susie who has been a favorite for years.

I can see myself tearing up in a few years as I watch this and remember her childhood innocence.

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