Sunday, March 23, 2008

Stroll & Savor

My girls and I took a long walk on Saturday evening. The three of us began with two magnifying glasses, two treasure collecting baskets and one trusty macro lens, as we ventured to discover the small wonders that Spring is awakening around our neighborhood.


Although there were many great shots of buds, bugs and blossoms, when my oldest snapped a few of me and my youngest, I knew I would be smitten. These kinds of shots remind me of how good life can be when I slow down and enjoy it, just as it is.


So, here's my Best Shot Monday (not really my shot at all but my uber-talented 10-year-olds). It's an ode to a weekend of family time and a celebration of the season. And I'd like to take that a step further and ask that you take all the Easter hope and gladness into your heart and hold it there as you read Jen Lemen's Prayer for Jenni Ballantyne. When a mother is going through what she is going through and is still brimming with love and radiating such beauty, you can't help but be inspired. She is amazing. And right about now, she could use some extra support.
Share your photos of family and love with us today as we celebrate what matters most.

53 comments:

Lara said...

mine is actually not holiday-related. just a simple image i was lucky enough to come across near my work: Surprises in Hiding

your picture is a fabulous one! that little photographer is a good one. :)

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

sounds like a wonderful, leisurely walk and what a sweet, sweet capture your daughter got of the two of you. i love it. :)

my best shot this week is pretty egg-citing :)

Anonymous said...

My best shot this week was from a date with my nephew. Though it turns out trying to photograph your own hand is semi-complicated

http://www.flickr.com/photos/akadragonflyphotography/2356451203/

melody is slurping life said...

Oh, I am feeling so sappy. What a sweet moment, and your oldest is following magnificently in her mother's footsteps. Actually, I'd venture to say she's blazing her own trail.

Here's my sappy, sugary BSM

Best Shot Monday

chaoticfamily said...

I love it! She did a great job and captured a very adorable moment between you and your other daughter.

Here is mine...
http://chaoticfamilypictures.blogspot.com/

Bonnie said...

That photo is adorable ! I love your idea of taking magnifying glasses and baskets on your walk !! I'm so going to "borrow" that idea ! My two are adventure lovers for sure ... a magnifying glass would add a new dimension !!

Happy Easter ... here's mine for this week.

Andi said...

As usual, your words and photo inspire...what a lovely time with your girls. These are the moments to treasure! Thank you for the reminder to enjoy the simple things. I believe that my post does just that...surprising considering I posted a day early.
http://www.magallanomournings.blogspot.com
(I really will work on the link tutorial that you shared as soon as I have time!)

DanaB said...

What a priceless, precious shot!! That one will always be a favorite of yours, no doubt!

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http://www.ourwindowswideopen.wordpress.com

DanaB said...

I want to add that your oldest definitely takes a great shot--bravo!!

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Anna said...

I have a photo that reflects a warm and wonderful family weekend as well. Thanks for sharing yours...or that budding photographer's!

My BSM for today

Bunny said...

My Girl
I spent some time looking at my now-TWO year old.

Maggie said...

I love that shot! Your daughter did a great job!

BSM: Age and Beauty

Stacy said...

I don't have an Easter shot just yet. I haven't gotten to them. I have been trying to get through all my vacation pics. My best shot is from Disney.

http://anothermommymoment.blogspot.com/2008/03/home-sweet-home.html

susiej said...

Love your green sweater. And thanks for the update/links for Jenni. I'm heading there now.

Our Easter? Full of snow... again!
You Know You're A Mom When

Jackie said...

VERY SWEET!!! Ours isn't holiday-ish but it's of one of the very spoiled dogs new shirt! http://armywifeforlife.wordpress.com/

Arizaphale said...

A Spring walk. What a great idea. We went looking for eggs....
http://arizaphale.blogspot.com/2008/03/best-shot-monday-happy-easter.html

Christina said...

Gorgeous photo, gorgeous moment - and talented daughter! She is following in your footsteps.

My shots say freedom to me.

MamaGeek said...

That photograph is so emotionally captivating! Obviously a photographer in the making.

Here's my attempt.

❉ pixie ❉ said...

Today is my little guy's first birthday. My shot today is from his party on Saturday. He is absolutely what matters most.

first birthday

treasureseeker said...

I enjoy so much the extra special moments with family that usually get taken for granted. Its nice to be able to capture them forever!
Here's my BSM:

A Person's a Person

alli said...

I love the idea of sharing family. Thanks for the inspiration!

Blueberry said...

wonderful picture by your daughter!!

bestshot

Dawn said...
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Dawn said...

Our Easter week was equally wonderful. I hope you all had great days with family.

BSM: Family Day Trip

Michelle Potter said...

Lovely photo. You're right; your ten-year-old is talented!

I put up a pic from playing with bubbles last week.

Jaimee said...

My best shot is up here:

BSM-Baby Bath

Hope everyone had a great weekend with their families!

carrie said...

oh i'm smitten with that photo, too! she is a great photographer!

my best shot is of a little walk we took, too.

Kim said...

I love that picture. One to take out when she's bigger and remember when she was that little!

My Best Shot!

Kyla said...

I had a hard time this week!

My BSM.

kim said...

Oh what a treasured shot!!
Here's mine:
color

Never That Easy said...

I always think I'm gettin here relatively early, but it's never true.

Anyways: It's a great shot, I love all the different angles, and it's even more special because your daughter managed to it.

Here's my shot....

What happened here?

Kimberly said...

I see photographic talent runs in the family. Here's my Best Shot. :)

Little Reader

Sassy said...

My 3 year old takes really good pictures too, it is awesome that our children have talents at such young ages. Thank you for reminding us how beautiful life is!

Here is my BSM:
Iris N Bella

Golightly said...

That is a wonderful picture your 10 year old took! We did some nature walking this weekend too. It was a weekend all about Easter (my best shot) and family.

natalie said...

I'm up. M loves to play with my camera. Perhaps one day I'll be posting sweet pictures that she's taken! I love your picture this week--and it seems like you've got your equilibrium back.

Springtime

Mandaroo said...

What a lovely photo of the bud and your daughter is very talented!(must take after her mother!) I've also been taking lots of new spring shots lately, we have some lovely fruit trees that are blossoming like crazy out back that are perfect for photo taking junkies like me ; )
What a lovely poem, nice to hear that she is getting so much support.
We also recently took a nice little stroll....
Justsomeweeds!

Amy Jo said...

Lovely shot Tracey! I just took some photos of my friend and her new-ish baby and they were so sweet. I love pics of mommies and their babies/kids!

Here's my shot from last week!

Donna at Blessed Nest said...

feeling a bit lazy today with my link..sorry for the cut and paste..beautiful picture filled with joy, hope!
THE DIRECT LINK IS IN MY NAME DONNA AT BLESSED NEST


my best shot...my favorite card
http://www.blessednestperch.com/home-at-blessed-nest/2008/3/24/my-favorite-card.html

Sarah-Ji said...

What a great capture of you two! Glad you were able to savor some time together.

Here's my BSM Post.

HLB said...

Beautiful shot, seems to run in the family... :)

Here's my shot for the week, Instant Gratification..

Sara said...

How beautiful. my best shot for the week changed because of your words.

Happy easter.

Childlife said...

What a beautiful time with your daughter! We cherish those walks at our house too.

Mine is up: My daughter picking spring wild flowers.

Leah said...

Here is mine! More Easter fun, shocker, I know. :)

Shannon Gurney Photography said...

I love that you're passing along your photography skills to your daughters. I can't wait until my sons can take great shots! Ty is already working on his skillz! Here's my shot for this week:
A Little Family Dynamics

Jessie said...

great shot! I love that your daughter took it too!

I wasn't going to post anything this week but a comment and then I saw that your theme is actually what my picture was of - family fun and togetherness. My photo's color is bad and neither of us look very good but I love it just b/c it is P & I having fun!

Jessie said...

Forgot to post my link :)

Maya said...

I'm pretty late but still getting in on Monday I guess!!! The stroll sounds wonderful in every way. We took time to slow down at the museum this weekend...and that makes up my best shot!

My Best Shot

To Think is to Create said...

Love that pic, your outfits are so adorable.

Here's mine: Thruthiness

Colleen said...

Your daughter definitely has inherited your photographic talent. Great shot!

Here are mine... just trying to get the hang of my new camera.

Best Shot Monday

blissbelly said...

I love your pictures and just came across your blog. How do I share shots in best shot monday??? I'd love to, but can't figure out how to add the link.

Mike said...

I'll post a photo taken by my 5-year old. But most of them are photos of my ... well, behind.

Hmp.


Mike
http://somethingaboutparenting.typepad.com/

If you are interested in a photo challenge, please join me at http://www.mikeleonen.com/

Barbara said...

Like many others a picture of our easter egg hunt.;)
My best shot Monday
I am trying to learn to put the link in the comment. Not sure it worked. If not please copy and paste this:
http://downstowngirl.blogspot.com/2008/03/weekend-snapshot-and-best-shot-monday.html
to go to my post. Thanks!

Mom101 said...

You just reminded me...maybe I should upload my easter pics, huh. Yours is lovely. Of course.