Life Thur the Lens 26/52.... Purple Fusion in the Garden

I am not quite sure where the month of June went. For us it was a stress filled month checked with moments of pure gratitude. 

A June Gratitude List...

~ the good....baby bunnies romping in the yard

~ our Chloe, who chases the baby bunnies in blundered attempts to play with them

~ a deer and a fawn tucked neatly into the valley of our neighborhood

~ purple fusion rampant in the garden

~ the random... a hike to the tip top of Bear Butte, and a conquering of my fear of heights.... more to come

~ a Volksmarch graced with chit chat and catching up on life

~ the forest floor quilted with the color of wildflowers

~ a sunset so magnificent we had to pull over and watch its glory

~ the fun... the great adventure of searching for a forever home begins

~ the smell of the book store, and a summer reading book club

~ watching the momma turkey hens peck for bugs with their babies

~ Dreamer, me and The Great Race... more to come

“When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows." ~ Ann Voskamp



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Life thru the Lens 22:52

Last week, I inadvertently took the week off. Sorry about leaving you all hanging and wondering if Life Thur the Lens would be up and running. The slow motion of the shutdown all began around the 19th. I have been tossing some life ideas around in my head trying to decide if i was going to commit to something rather major, or not.

And then, The Thinker and I had an anniversary that week, our 21st. Since he was gone for our 20th we decided to live it up a bit and to fill that entire Friday, the 22nd doing as we pleased. We took a stroll down a trail, I say stroll because there was no intent of distance mastered that day. I snapped away at flowers, and bugs, and the curvature of the path as we rounded bend after bend.  

Love Flower by Lisa Kerner ©Simply Living Photography

When we lost interest with our hike we hopped over to a quaint little town and spent an hour wandering from antique store to antique store. Afterwards, we headed up the hill to the winery and sat on the veranda listening to all the rambunctious tables around us filled with young people and laughter. And then, we ate the most remarkably divine dinner while we gazed out the window at a wedding ceremony taking place at the wineries venue. 

The Thinker and I spent a vast part of our day discussing my life ideas, the main one being whether I would go back to school, or not. For a long while now I have wanted to go back to school to pursue photography, but I have hesitated because I did not want to be wasteful on obtaining a worthless degree. Over the last few months, several things have come up that have confirmed my thoughts and desires, and last week I finally took the plunge and made the commitment. I am currently in the registration process as we speak. 

Ultimately, the final decision came down to following my own advice. Blue Eyes and Dreamer have both been chatting a ton about what the next step in their lives will be once high school is wrapped up. We have lingered long on our trail with their worries of the "what ifs" and 'how do I knows." I have often given them the advice to pursue something that would fill them up and interest them, even if they cannot find a job in that particular market once their schooling is done. The way that I look at it, our current job market is rather wonky, masses of twenty somethings leave college and struggle to find a job in the college career they choose. If the real possibility of that happening is at stake, then why not pursue a degree you won't look back on and regret? Why not pursue something that when you look back you say, "I haven't found a job in that market but I loved school. I loved learning about that topic, and I loved every second I immersed myself in it."

I am positive that people will read this post and find my thought process completely irrational in logic and not responsible in the nature of parenting.  I am one hundred percent sure that some will roll their eyes at my words and think that I should be encouraging my children to major in a more "successful" degree, seeking an education in a field where the job market is growing by leaps and bounds. That we (I) shouldn't waist our (my) money on degrees such as photography. Maybe you are right. However, the one thing I know is that I would forever regret encouraging my kids to waist money on a degree that their hearts are not attached too. I know that money is not everything in life and the joy and passion that one receives from working in a job that they love will fulfill them more  than money in their bank accounts. If I know and believe that for my kids, then I should know and believe it for myself as well. 

So, my week was full to the brim with paperwork. And, while I felt terrible about leaving you all at my doorstep but not and answering the bell, I also knew it was a now or never moment for me. What time I did spend on the computer, it was stuffed with college applications and transcript requests. My Life Thru the Lens was an excitingly scary week last week... what was yours?!?

I look forward to heading to all of your cyberhomes to hang out with you this week. I so cherish you, and your little places, where I am able to know who you are a bit. 

All of these photos were edited with Kim Klassen's new Studio Presets... you should totally check them out. And, no I receive no compensation for that little plug other than to know I am supporting someone who I can confidently call friend.

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