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It’s Friday! Cheers!! {This is Me}


posted: 01/26/13

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It’s Friday! Cheers!!

I have a whole long list of complaints about this week. The top of that list is how I have to do continuing education to maintain my certification as a social worker (my career from my past life), which meant that I had to spend four hours today remember what it means to be an ethical social worker. Which means that this was my first chance at blogging today.

Blogging is more fun than being told that social workers shouldn’t sleep with their clients.

Yeah . . .

So, one of my blogging buddies recently issued a challenge. Amy over at While Wearing Heels suggested that we, who are so skilled at being behind the camera, step in front of it. She suggested that we embrace who we are and not look at each and every picture of ourselves with such a critical eye.

While Wearing Heels

But what really struck me about this challenge was that in participating in it, we would be creating something for our children. We would be leaving them with more pictures of ourselves.

This is what roped me in.

Some of you who have been following my blog for a while might know that I lost my mom to breast cancer five years ago. I will never forget the painstaking effort that my wonderful sister-in-law took in compiling pictures of my mom for her funeral. The final video she created with those pictures was amazing. And at the same time, it was difficult! There just weren’t that many pictures of her. And the pictures that I shared of my mom in this post are wonderful! But they are some of the only pictures I have of my mom and I.

I’m not planning on going anywhere any time soon, but I want my kids to have an abundance of pictures of me with them. Because I know from looking at pictures of my own mom, that I don’t look at them thinking she should have taken more time with her hair and make up, or that she could have stood to lose a few pounds, or that she really should have coordinated her clothing more often. Honestly, I don’t htink about these things when I look at pictures of her. (I might think of them when I look at pictures of me . . . . )  And I know Gavin and Quinn won’t look at pictures of me with those critical thoughts.

In all liklihood, they will just look at the pictures and feel the same warmth in their hearts and feelings of love that I have when I look at pictures of my mom.

Thanks for the challenge Amy. I’m in.

Join Amy and the rest of us the last Friday of every month as we step in front of the camera. This month’s theme, simple moments.

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Amy of While Wearing Heels says

    Lisa, you just brought tears to my eyes. What a poignant, touching and emotional post. I am so glad that you are ‘in’, that you are participating in this challenge and that you helped me sum up exactly why I wanted to do this challenge to begin with. This picture of you and Quin is so sweet and real. I am sure, one day, your daughter will look back at this picture and smile.

    • Lisa says

      Thank you for starting the challenge Amy! I can’t wait to see what everyone else does! :)

  2. Sarah says

    Oh Lisa, I just followed the link and saw your beautiful post with pictures of you and your Mom. Thanks for the reminder to get in front of our own cameras and capture our connections with our own kids, as well as for us to stop self-criticizing the way we see ourselves in the process :) It’s so important :)

    • Lisa says

      Thank you Sarah :) I saw your picture up too. Gorgeous.

  3. Cathy Trochelman says

    This is a great post. I’ve often said my kids will look back at pictures and think I never spent any time with them…or with anyone for that matter…because there are no pics of me!! I love this one of you & Quinn – such a tender moment :)

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Thank you for this Lisa! I need to do that more. I take lots of food pics and pics of Jordan, but not many with me in them. I need to be better about that!!

  5. Lisa says

    Thanks Dorothy. I think we all need to get better about it :)

  6. [email protected]'s Mansion says

    Lisa your post has strengthened my resolve to make sure the kids have pictures. Thanks for sharing your post and I look forward to sharing 2013 with you

  7. Erin Biggers says

    Love the picture. These are the kind of shots I like looking at from when I was little.

    • Lisa says

      Thanks Erin. These are the kinds of pictures from my childhood I cherish too! And so when I was having this moment with Quinn on our kitchen floor, something that happens a lot, I knew it was perfect for Amy’s challenge. Since I love these so much from my childhood, why don’t I take more of them for my kids????

    • Sue says

      I just came across your blog and you made me cry twice- of the simplicity of pure love. Thank you for these beautiful reminders.

    • Lisa says

      Thanks so much, Sue. You aren’t the first person who has told me that my blog makes them cry :)

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