Take A Picture It Will Last Longer

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Last week our family took a much needed little vacation and headed for San Diego. It has been a long time since we have had the opportunity to do something like this and for desert dwellers like us, the ocean is a particularly powerful siren song.

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I don’t see myself as a photography guru or anything, but I think there is something about a picture that makes things seem more clear somehow. Or maybe it just feels that way to me.

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A photo not only freezes a particular moment, event or even a feeling, but it also clearly shows the passage of time. This last week I have been cleaning out my mother’s home in order to sell it and as I have looked at the various albums this passage of time is very evident. Even something that just happened a few short years ago tends to get that mystical “star in your eye kind” of feeling as you move forward. Because one day the children in those pictures are little babies and it seems like they will be that way forever, but then all of a sudden they aren’t anymore.

And I promise you it happens almost over night.

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My 3 year old daughter Anneliese is obsessed with dolphins, pandas and koalas and this obsession is probably the primary motivator for the destination decision for our family trip.  Her quest to see pandas and koalas was indeed achieved on this first day of vacation. We will get to the dolphins later in another post. She may not remember it all, but I have the photos to prove she saw them.

I guess that is why they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

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After watching this guy for quite a while, I understand her obsession with pandas.

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Plus doesn’t this little guy look like he has the answers to all of life’s questions?

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Come to think of it, I think that kids have most of the right answers on things. It is us adults who try to complicate everything.

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As my children get older, sometimes I see such sage wise souls in them and then, well, other times, they do something that reminds me they really are just kids. I think that’s kind of cool… Um “wocka-wocka?”

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Also restored on this trip was a firm belief in both Santa and the power of “all seeing” reindeer. This guy made the 3 year old rethink her behavior in order to stay off the naughty list. I’ll take it. I think he might have just wanted to eat the granola bar she was munching on, but as parents we need to take our wins wherever we can.

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My 8 year old daughter Rebekah broke her arm this week in class and is now the proud owner of  a pink cast for the next 3 weeks. Last night she and I were talking about mistakes and she asked me if I had the power to time travel and stop things from happening would I? Absolutely, I think everyone wishes we had this super power.  There are most definitely some things I wish I could undo or make sure that they never had happened, but I wonder about the consequences of such things?

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To demonstrate what I mean, my 15 year old daughter Samantha is particularity terrified of heights, but on this trip she sucked it up as we say in our family, and went on something that scared her.

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She did it even though she wished she weren’t there, but as she took a moment to look around she was able to see things from a different perspective. Mostly because she had been willing to step out of her comfort zone. I guess that is what the tough times in our lives do to us. They give us perspective, force us to grow and become stronger.

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It helps us to appreciate the friendships we make and the people who love us and for me personally, it helps to more clearly see what I have right in front of me. Which is a lot.

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I guess this kind of is like what snapping a photo does? Come to think of it, maybe  I should snap more photos and see if God and I can agree that that is enough, and less growth opportunities are needed….

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As an aside, this goat became known as “Goldie”. We spent about 30 minutes feeding her and a week out from our visit, Anneliese is still collecting leaves to “Go back and feed Goldie.” I guess that is the power relationships have in our lives.

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There have been a lot of changes in our family lately and a friend and I were talking about it. He told me that “change is good eventually, but man does it hurt sometimes.” Amen Brother!

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I wonder how often though if I could have seen the end before the change if I would have been less hesitant and more willing to go headlong into the change? But that isn’t the way it works and I guess that is why it makes our faith in the good that is out there so important. Because it is there.

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And when we see it, it really is something mighty to behold.

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Stay tuned for more adventures about seals that play peek-a-boo, dolphin dreams, oceans that were conquered and more!

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  1. Looked like a wonderful, family adventure thus far and truly glad you got to go and also share with us here. Oh and by the way, so sorry to hear about the pink cast, but am familiar as my younger daughter at 4 years old donned one for a month’s time after she broke her wrist. So, truly feel for you and your girl and sending some good thoughts that it will heal quickly now. <3
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  2. Beautiful post. It really can be tough to deal with changes, but it’s good to believe in something or someone so that you know that things CAN and often WILL get better. I love your photos too – it looks like you had a great vacation. I love taking photos!

    -Lauren
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  3. Sweet blog- photos do help us remember important feelings. Thx for sharing yours.

  4. The shots are great, but the words rock. Change is something that’s sometimes good, sometimes not so good and sometimes just plain painful. Change will happen though. It’s how we react to that change that’s key.

    I love San Diego. There are so many wonderful things to do.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺
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      Amen. Sometimes I feel like running around and throwing my hands up in the air and screaming, “I give”, but that isn’t a very good way to deal is it?

      It really is such a beautiful city. The freeways though.. I kind of get all shaky just thinking about them !
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  5. I take a zillion photos myself!!! I’m so in agreeance with you that pictures act as like a portal back in time to revisit the memory of maybe people who aren’t with us and even to the person some of us used to be before we became what we are now…(that make sense?) Memory Jolters I like to call them. =)

    I’m with your daughter who’s scared of heights. I wouldn’t have gone up there so kudos to her for fighting the beast and not letting it prevent her from enjoying a moment with her family.

    Like the blogger above, how we react to the change is key! Thank you for sharing your photos!
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      Thank you! I like that idea of memory jolters. That is exactly what they are. If I look at the baby pictures of the teen after she is acting very teenageyish (it’s a word I swear) it helps me feel better. Or the pictures of my children making messes in the toilet… at least some of them are way past that stage, so pictures really are important :)
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  6. San Diego is healing for the soul, I know. I went there once in frigid December and it was warm and inviting. In fact, I used that trip as a way to get over an awful breakup and fall in love with someone new!
    Of course I married the awful breakup guy, but whatever.
    Go Samantha for fighting your fear. I did that with two roller coasters this summer. It’s so scary and freeing.
    That reindeer is awesome!
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      It is. I needed a few days there to gear up for all that was waiting for me at home. I wish we could go back. Like today! I love your love story. Love is just good all the way around I think.
      You are brave, I went on one with kids and realized that is why I no longer go on them. Man I am getting old!
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  7. Hi Jen, your photos are lovely, especially the family ones. And I totally agree that taking them can help us see what is right in front of us that we may have otherwise not really noticed or appreciated. I am sorry to read that you are going through tough changes at the moment, and whatever they are I hope they are for the good in the long run. Sometimes it’s not until we get there that we realise things happen for the best.

    You take care and I look forward to reading about the seals and dolphins…. I’ve always been lucky enough to live near the sea and can’t imagine ever not. The calming effect is priceless.

    xx
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      Another reason why someday I am coming to visit you! I think that I am like a seaside girl who has been stuck in the desert for too long and pools just aren’t cutting it anymore.

      Thanks my friend for your sweet comment. Hugs!
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  8. This reminds me of our San Diego vacation so much! I can’t believe how much Anneliese has grown. She is my John David’s age, so I am doing double takes over here going, “Where is the baby??? How can they no longer be babies???” She looks so much like her big sister!! All very true words. I’m glad your family got a well deserved vacation.
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      All my girls are like little mirror images of each other and actually of me. It’s funny, but sometimes in pictures I have to think for a minute which baby/toddler/preschooler is which.

      Yes, how did they get so big so fast? Your guy is a cutie! Although truthfully I am old and have to say that the more Anneliese continues to grow up a little more and sleep through the night, the happier mama I am :)
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  9. I love pictures! I have a terrible memory for things and even if I do, I won’t remember what it all felt like without some good pictures to remind me. Unfortunately I have the world’s worst camera right now and it’s KILLING me, but hopefully this Christmas I’ll get a new one.
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  10. What a great post! I love the panda photos! I also like how your post is a good reminder to focus on what really matter and also to take pics! : ) I always think I’ll remember everything and I’m particularly interested in photography so I’m the last one to think about taking a picture. I need to do record our memories more often; I’m sure I won’t regret it.
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      Thank you! I can’t even remember where I put my shoes, so I know I need pictures!

      That panda really was amazing! Our world is full of amazing stuff though isn’t it? Good luck recording your own memories :)
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  11. Looks like an amazing trip! I am a photo hoarder myself and can never take enough! you might miss catching that one fabulous moment if you stop! #happynowlinkup

  12. I firmly believe in taking as many pictures as possible, I mean why not?! My family loves looking back at all of them and chatting about the fun we had. Such a great way to keep the memories alive!
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  13. It looks like you had a lovely family trip, it’s amazing how kids can teach us things even though they’re still so young.
    I loved all the photos too!
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