the real thing.
I've got some new projects in the works this month. One of them will be launching on Thursday and you won't want to miss it...especially if you're a mom with a business (hint: I'm in cahoots with some other women).
The other project is me. After seeing my friend, Kelly Moore, do an stunning self portrait session I decided that there just aren't enough pictures in the world of me for my kids. There aren't pictures of the every day, mundane things that I do with them...the things that really mean something...the things that if they didn't happen or if I wasn't here they'd be missed the most. A lot of it is just me being a mom, me just being around, me just being here. Doing the same ol' ol'.
Really, though, life is made up of the just being there for someone...through the ins and the outs, the ups and the downs. So I want my kids to see that I've been there in the little ways...that we've had fun together, that I've done the being there things. I also just want them always be able to see me in case for some reason they don't. I don't want to be just this faceless person on the other side of the camera that came out from behind it for the occassional shot.
So...this month is about self portraits of me doing what I do every day. I won't always look pretty or cute or whatever. But it will be me doing what I do to just to get through the day.
So tonight I made cookies for the kids and we read. We actually finished The Giver tonight and I have to admit I got a little choked up. We had big conversations about the ending and I loved sitting around talking about it. I love that when we read my kids end up just all over the place around me...especially when we read on a Sunday after church.
Because we have a 40 minute drive to church these days the kids always bring the book we've been reading so that I can read it in the car. When we get home from church I never do get out of my dress because we walk in the door and they are already saying, "Don't stop Mom! Keep reading! We have to know what's going to happen!" So I sit on the couch and read and read. The kids lay around me and eventually we finish and then we talk about it the rest of the night.
Tomorrow the kids will each probably come up to me at some point in the day and talk to me about Jonas and baby Gabe and do I really think that the book ended....(I won't say HOW it ended for those of you who are going to read it...and you totally should!). But they will talk about it tomorrow...and I love the talking. I love that they think and wonder about the characters in the books we read. I love that they're concerned and that they want the people we've come to love to feel the things that they feel.
It's beautiful. I loved sitting around the table eating cookies and just being together.
So...here's me today...still in my Sunday dress...reading and making cookies...feeling like I just had a perfect episode of "Leave it to Beaver"- with- June- Cleaver- Sunday -afternoon.