Photo-a-Day 2014: Day 31

This is a personal project I commence in January where I take a photograph of my children each day. This exercise stretches me as a photographer, as a mother, and as a journalist. This is my 3rd year on this project and I hope to continue it as the years pass.

I have been thinking about this image quite a bit - the last image of my project.  I need to make a statement, have it be perfect/outstanding/remarkable/memorable since it will close out a month's worth of effort.

When today rolled around, life culminated into a big ball of tiredness for me after a trip to the grocery store with all 4, then unloading them all and putting them away, making breakfast, lunch and dinner, changing diapers, discipline and instruction, loads and loads of laundry, not to mention the failure to complete a single homeschool lesson today and the guilt I fight over that.   Honestly, all of my creative juices flowed out of me and I couldn't even be creative with dinner, which ended up being potato soup again.

I had this crazy idea that I needed to make this last image fantastic.  And then I asked myself the question: Why? Why am I putting this pressure on myself?  I couldn't find an answer.  So, while the soup was boiling on the stove, I called all the kids up to my room and let them roll all over the bed.  I figured I'd see what I could come up with by just pressing the shutter:
Day 31
This image made me chuckle.

I love Mallory's natural smile; she loves being a little girl and is content in this phase of life.  Ethan's missing two teeth reminds me he's growing up.  Evan has a sly look on his face, which pretty much stays on his face 80% of his waking hours.  Adam's crooked "Rocky" mouth when he cries usually makes me laugh, even while he's squalling.  These little things make my life worthwhile and bring me great joy.  

Though this image is ordinary and not that creative, it reflects my kids and my life:  not everyone is happy all the time, oftentimes they are extremely silly, and perfect is hardly ever attainable. 

Ordinary can be remarkable.  Remember that as you go through the hum-drum of life.  The day-to-day means so much more to your kids than you think it does.  The ordinary can make life extraordinary.  You don't have to always show your friends perfect in your pictures; the pedestal is SO not where you want to be.  Being real is the best thing you can give your friends AND your kids.  Show them you make mistakes.  Show them your imperfections, accept them, and then laugh.

Ordinary IS remarkable.  


  1. You have to read Glimpses of Grace. I'm in the middle of it and it's so this post. Beautiful Images. I've enjoyed seeing them.

  2. Thank you, Melissa! I'll have to check that book out!!! I've been doing this project for 3 years and it's SUCH a good exercise for me! It really helps me appreciate the little things...