Monday, December 5, 2011

You Hold The Key


Picture the Holidays - Day 4

We all have at least one magic remedy that no matter what, will give us the perspective that we need. The key is to remember what that is and pull it out when we need it most. Because this month is about enjoying ourselves and not letting the craze out there get the best of us, use today to remind yourself of your own soul cure so you can have it at the ready for whenever you might need it. What helps you to slow down, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment? Capture it!

I don't suppose there is an absolute rule that we can only use images that are taken during the challenge, and I want to include some of my favorites where they fit because I hope the end result will be a book that will be personally meaningful to my family.

This old door is in the house where my dad was born and we visited there twice this year. On both visits I took my camera and photographs that I'm certain will become treasured heirlooms for my boys.

Understanding where our families came from and what environmental, cultural and social influences made them into the people they are today can give us a new perspective on our own childhoods and adulthoods. I would go so far to say that it would be the key that unlocks many mysteries.

The catalyst for those visits back up to the holler, my uncle's illness and passing, also reconnected me with family members that I'd not spent much time with in the past twenty or so years. Even so, I was struck by how similar we all are, our lives, our personalities and even our senses of humor.

Even more striking were pieces of me that I found in family members that I had only limited interaction with in my life, such as my uncle Don's penchant for books and my grandmother's playful and salty sense of humor. Within five minutes of any family gathering there is left no doubt that we are all from the same tribe.

Going on on these little photo excursions gave me not only photographic keepsakes of times gone by, but memories of a time shared that are now woven into the fabric of our family story. These trips have also gone a long way to foster that sense of deep time, I spoke of a few days ago.

It is hard to believe that we are already almost a week deep into December. Today is my lovely daughter-in-law's birthday, so I want to give her a big shout out and happy birthday wishes. She is now a part of our story as well. I feel so blessed that my son has her in his life and he brought her to ours. We have had a BIG year with a wedding and a deployment and we have lots to look forward to in the new year!


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  1. I agree! Those "photo keepsakes" are something so special for our children but also for ourselves. It's interesting to see those things from our pasts in a new photographic light...just like with life, it's nice to see and note how our perspective on everything evolves but stays or becomes even more special. Pretty post and really lovely image. I love keyhole and door images!

  2. What a wonderful post and beautiful photos!

  3. Beautiful post. Found you on Creative Exchange. Your photo is lovely.

  4. beautiful image and wise thoughts too!

  5. Lovely, heartwarming post!

  6. What a wonderful post LeAnne, and both of these are stunning images. I always like to try to pick a favorite, but there is no way that is going to happen with these. They are both so beautiful.

    Thank you so much for sharing today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a wonderful evening.


  7. What a wonderful post Leanne!! And yes, I have been doing continued search from my dad's family that was already started and have traced my roots all the way back to the year 1060! And there is a town in Pennsylvannia that they named after them when they came over from England. And now I really want to go visit . . .

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

  8. Oh, and I love that first photo! Both are wonderful!

  9. Awesome snap! love the texture on the door!


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