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soaking up every moment

June 21, 2010

I think I probably have enough flower images by now to design a calendar. Maybe I will. I think that would be a fun project to undertake. Speaking of projects, I am now  finished with the first week of my summer classes. I can’t believe how fast they are flying by! They are not as time-consuming or as difficult as I had anticipated, but I think a lot of that is because they are both hands-on, creative learning. That’s really the only way you can learn photography and web design (in my opinion) – hands-on with your imagination at full throttle.

Every time I delve into web design I realize again how much I really enjoy it. I almost feel guilty because I have fun. Should school be fun? I ask: why shouldn’t it be fun? My master’s program has been very challenging, sometimes overwhelming, but – for the most part – a lot of fun. I enjoy it because I am studying what I want to study…and there’s no math involved!

The other day I decided to try my hand at making basil pesto. We have a lot of basil growing on our patio and I wanted to put it to good use. So, I used this recipe and just substituted the pine nuts for walnuts.

It doesn’t make the most beautiful dish in the world as far as aesthetics go, but it tasted very good! I put it over spaghetti squash and sprinkled some grated Parmesan cheese on top. Perfect for a summer evening meal.

This guy was on our bamboo shade out on our patio. I saw him early Sunday morning and thought I would snap some pictures. He had amazing detailing on his wings. I got pretty close to him at my own risk. I’m glad he stayed put because I know I would have screamed if he had moved. Ha.

But he didn’t move. And I didn’t scream. So everything worked out just fine.

Sunday we celebrated Father’s Day out at Dad and Mom’s place. We had an amazing dinner of rib-eye steak, salad from the garden and coconut cream pie. It was a beautiful day to relax on the back porch and float in the pool.

I love the last picture of Dad and Lydia. They were kind of goofing-off, and it made me smile when I brought it up after downloading my pictures from the day. I think it captures their father/daughter relationship well 😉

And this was the delicious Coconut Cream Pie that Mom made for dessert:


If anyone would like to try their hand at it, here’s the link to the recipe. Delicious.

Looking over the randomness of this post, I realize that these are the moments I want to cherish. I want to soak them up. They are gone so quickly. Every day is full of opportunities to stop, acknowledge the Lord’s blessing (even in the midst of the inevitable difficulties of life) and soak up the moment. I let the beautiful and the simple pleasures slip by without notice far too often. I love to have images that allow me to go back and relive, but I also like to have that emotional “stamp” that is many times more powerful than a full-color image – that brief pause where I stopped, gave thanks and simply soaked up the moment. It’s the only way to really live.


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One Comment
  1. Great post! Great photos!

    Love you!

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