Thursday, July 17, 2014

If you give a kid a camera.

 We recently returned from two of my favorite places in the world (Yosmite and Bass Lake) in which we camped in tents.  Real tents. On the ground.  However, this isn't about the tents, or the ground, this is about an old camera and an eight year old girl.

A long time ago I bought a cheap refurbished waterproof camera
Then I forgot about it.  It was hidden in a drawer collecting dust as I shot frame after frame with my iPhone.  Summer was approaching and I was contemplating getting a Lifeproof case for my phone.  As one was sitting in my Amazon cart, I remembered that little green camera.
Out it came, and the instant Lucy saw it she asked if she could use it.
From the second she took her first photograph she was smitten.  I knew right then that I could let her show responsibility and maturity and let her take custody of it. 

What I didn't expect was to see what she would capture.
Giving it to her was perhaps one of the best things I could ever have done.
I wonder if Drew needs an assistant.

Here are a few of her shots.  All straight out of the camera, all straight from her eight year old perspective.  No edits.  No cropping.  
Dig your old point and shoot out of that junk drawer.  Give it to your kid and see your world through their eyes.  
Also, squirrels.  Because Lucy.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Eleven things this side of the world.

 1. The past two weeks has been a glorious whirlwind.
So much love, support and prayer.  I am packed, but I am not ready.  I suppose you are never really ready, and I love that about God. 

2.  Armed with prayer and Xanax I am going to survive the flights, and arrive in Nairobi joyful and willing to do whatever He calls me to.

3.  In the scurrying I haven't picked a winner of the world pallet sign.
I will do that when I get back.  Promise.  Thank you so very much for each and every one of you that bought a print.  I hope that those little bits of love are encouragement on your walls.

4.  My friends sent me off with a stack of cards to open each day while I am gone.  And they are bringing meals to Jason and the kids.  Did I mention how much I love them?

 5.  I had to get a tetanus shot.  That was hideous.  Then I googled how long the pain will last.  That was a mistake.  Never google things.

6.  These maxi skirts are going to be my uniform for the week.  They are super soft and not very maxi, perfect for short girl problems.

7.  Unroll Me is one of the best things I have ever done to my prevoiusly out of control inbox.  You don't even want to know how out of control it was.  It will keep it clean and under control when I am away.  The best.

8.  Jenni.  She is basically one of the kindest, most generous people that I know.
9.  Kate.  I was so blessed meeting her at Choose Joy (more on that heartbreaking, hopeful, weekend later) and sweet Andrea bought me this necklace that I treasure.

10.  Leaving them will be so hard.  I have never been gone this long, or this far.  So thankful for FaceTime.  While I dream of being Amish at times, this is a time I am so glad that I am not.

11.  With that I am off.  Thank you for loving, supporting, and sending.