Christmas is over. My Canon camera decided to not take any photos. We had the family over for a party and I went to turn on my camera. NOTHING. It would not turn on. First choice was to charge the battery. I did that and it did come up but when I held down to take a photo. NOTHING. One time it did show a E (ERROR). My husband tried, my kids tried and still no photos. So what did I do? I took photos that night with my cell phone. Then for Christmas I used my husband's little Canon (one he uses to take hunting). The pictures are "okay." I looked at them last night. Hmmm... I felt disappointment for a small second and then realized that no matter what I have photos. I'll take the yellowish photos and treasure them. They are my masterpiece afterall. ha!
This is actually ONE of the better photos and I had to really edit it. However, I have all the kids in one photo. THIS is what matters. I scaled way back on the gifts. The kids were still happy. We talked about how much we have... things money simply does not buy. I know it's crazy to have such a large family to some people. I am beyond grateful for this.
This was Devan's first Christmas with us. Also, Seth will be leaving on a mission in 2.5 months. Seth (red shirt) will be going to serve in Mexico and we will not have him home for Christmas. We got him a luggage for his journey. I will miss him. I have known him since he was only two years old. He is now 18 years old. I am really proud of him.
Matt and Kayla and the kids are living in WA. They celebrated with her family this year. We skyped with them yesterday. Azalea is walking. Maxson was so excited. We missed them... so far away.
I will post more photos tomorrow. This holiday was PERFECT! I have so much in my heart right now. I am so grateful I went back to NC to be with my sister and family. It opened my eyes to so much. I have felt so much sadness with the sad events taking place in our nation. The innocent children and teachers being killed, the firefighters who were ambushed and it was literally hurting my heart.
I know that we cannot live in fear and yet there is much more good than bad in the world. I know the media focuses on the bad. It helps me as a person to know that we much cherish every single day with those that we love most. We must show our love to others in word and deed and not live in fear. Does anyone else feel this? I know I do at times. I worry about my kids so much and I text them all the time to "be careful"... the roads are "icy." Well, our world has changed. The world is icy now. I went to bed last night reflecting on this. I know for me, it is being happy with the simple things and not always being in a rush. I have slowed down for the past few months. I have "let things slide" more. It has brought me peace of mind. It has made me realize to hug my kids and husband MORE and never miss an opportunity to tell them I love them.
My design team has been doing project life (every day life) with my products. I wanted to show you this blog entry. If you are not following them you should. My team of girls are amazing!!!! www.teresacollinsdesignteam.blogspot.com
Rachel here to show you my "Week in the Life" album.
I LOVED the idea of "A Week in the Life"....but... I had never put together a mini album before. I'm a terrible scrapbooker, something in my brain just does not compute arranging photos on paper and writing about them. So I was a little nervous about how it would turn out, then I decided there was no wrong or right way and to just go with the flow. It's more about the memories than how cute it turns out, right?