It’s not easy, but so worth it…

Parenting is not for the faint at heart with the sleepless nights soothing infants to more sleepless nights waiting for teenagers to come home safely.  There are ups when we are so proud we could burst and we have our down moments when it seems the challenges will never end.

Then one day you wake up and your child is starting senior year of high school.  Where did the time go?

Image by Joyce Meyer ~ RJMeyerArts
Image by Joyce Meyer ~ RJMeyerArts
Images by Joyce Meyer ~ RJMeyerArts
Images by Joyce Meyer ~ RJMeyerArts

And, if at the end of the day you can still share a laugh or two, consider it a job well done.

Image by Joyce Meyer ~ RJMeyerArts
Image by Joyce Meyer ~ RJMeyerArts

As with all things in life, it brings to mind the old adage originated in the writings of the medieval Persian Sufi poets:  This too shall pass.

So, take a deep breath and enjoy the ride…

A fairy tale on the prairie…

Yes, reality tells me that fairy tales are not really all that important in the whole scheme of life, but it is fun to dream.  It’s just that all of us have different ideas of what really defines a fairy tale.  Adventures and exploration can take place in my own neighborhood or the other side of the globe.

I’ve always said that I’m lucky that I’m easily amused and could entertain myself in a cardboard box.     After all, lots of dreaming can be done inside a box.

Fairy Tales & Dreams
Fairy Tales & Dreams

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The Catcher

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

Maya Angelou

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Leap of Faith

Three components here:

1)  talented gymnast 2) late evening prairie 3) Scripture

I had the gymnast blended with the prairie,  but  something was missing.  Found my old Bible, randomly opened it up to a page and Proverbs was in front of my eyes.

Leap of Faith
Leap of Faith

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4-H Photography… the times they are a changin’

IMG_20140806_212043_767Judging 4-H photography in Lac Qui Parle county was an eye opening experience for me.  Judging is based on 50% photo display and 50% judging interview so I had plenty of opportunity to visit with the 4-H photographers.  That’s my kind of day!

What surprised me was the quality of photos the kids were capturing with their phones.  The problem with phones is that you have no control over shutter, aperture, and ISO settings and that hinders learning the relationship between light, shutter and aperture.  But at least, it gets them started and they may continue to pursue this interest in photography and take it to the next level.  There is a saying in photography that the best camera is the one you have with you the most and this may prove to be correct.

I’m expecting the camera phones to keep improving and when searching found that the Samsung Galaxy 5 does offer some controls.  Although mobile phones can’t hope to offer the same level of customization as your typical digital SLR, they still come with a few manual settings which can drastically alter the way your photos look.

Click on the camera review link for a list of phones and reviews of their cameras:  Camera phone reviews

If you ever want to feel good about the future of our world, hang out with 4-H youth.  You will go home smiling…

IMG_20140806_143415_926I even used my phone to capture these images!

Summer means baseball…

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There’s just something about summer nights that brings back memories of youth and local baseball/softball programs.  From chilly nights early in the season to warm and humid nights filled with the aroma of bug spray and sweat along with youthful chatter from the dugout.

These programs help develop more than just physical skills.  You can’t win by yourself, you need your teammates and you must learn to work with others.  These experiences also develop relationships which enrich the summer experience beyond the field.

It is also important to enjoy the now.  It is highly unlikely that any college recruiter or professional scouts are watching these games so why not keep it all about the kids who are learning the sport together.  Yes, some will be better players than others, but that’s the way it is in life.  Some will always need to work harder  and that is a life skill that will reap tremendous benefits in the long run.

Please take advantage of any opportunity to support local youth programs.  It will be money and time well spent.

You gotta love summer…

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…washing the dust of daily life off our souls. ~ Picasso

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