This multiple image has been something I have wanted to try for a long time. Creating a double exposure effect of a person and trees has always held a strange appeal for me. I’ve seen a lot of variations, but I wanted something that was unique and a bit different than what I had seen.
I feel that there is always something that is occupying our minds. We are longing for that hope which our future holds, whether near or far. We have little hopes and big hopes. Dreams don’t need to be rational to be longed for. Simply holding on to an idea of something that brings us joy is how we continue to move forward each day.
My daughter always says, whenever we see a particularly beautiful, deep grove of trees, “I want to live there.” My sweet Cupcake has heard me mention dreamily often that I want to move up north and live in the woods. Using her for this project was perfect. She’s dreaming of the deep woods.
I don’t know when our dream of living in the woods will come true. In my head, I have this beautiful image of paradise earth with trees that stretch on for miles. Till that day comes, we’ll happily enjoy camping up north and soaking in the fresh air of the many pines.
When I was younger, I used to choose resolutions for New Years. My family would stay up till midnight while making homemade pizza and playing games. We would also come up with a resolution. Normally I’d forget about my resolution within the first week. I’ve stopped celebrating New Years and making resolutions. I don’t feel I need to wait for the new year to start a great new goal. I can do that any time. I have, however, come up with a theme word and quote for the year.
This year, Cat helped me come up with our theme word. Our past words have been pretty simple, haha, literally. With four children, I found the need to simplify everything. In 2013, the goal was to simplify our schedule. After having been on bedrest for half of my pregnancy, I had already somewhat adjusted to doing less. Learning to minimize our schedule was still a balancing act for a while. 2014, I loved what simplifying our schedule did for our life. I wanted to continue focusing on that and and also simplify our routines and possessions. 2015 was a continuation of that. In 2016, I joined a Minimizing group on Facebook and began to make big changes in minimizing our belongings.
For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
It goes by in the blink of an eye.
Ohana means family — no one gets left behind, and no one is ever forgotten.
The Love of a Family is Life’s Greatest Blessing
The joys of a family of 6.
It’s going to be a good year.
Although I want to continue to minimize our belongings this year, I felt the need for something different. 2017 seems to be a year of big change. Our local congregation moved and merged with Cottage Grove. January 1st was our first day at our new Kingdom Hall. Each of the kids has been adjusting to new schools. There are changes I want to make. The children have their own goals and struggles as well. I keep thinking to myself that I need to take a leap of faith, place my trust in God and everything will be all right.
I asked Cat what the word of the year should be and she said “Faith”. It’s perfect. Faith is what we need to get us through hard times. Faith is what we need every day. Faith lifts us up. For us, having the Bible is a great first photography project. It’s not one of our random words, it’s the perfect symbolism for our first week.