Friday, April 16, 2010

Realities & Blessings, More Spring Blossoms, and A GIVEAWAY...

Happy Friday, friends! We did...we made it through another week. Although for me these days, the weeks are going much too fast. I'm having a hard time digesting the fact that in a little over a month, Rayne will be finishing her Kindergarten year. It seems crazy. It all flew by in a blink.

Anyway, that's really a whole other topic and one I'm sure you get sick of hearing me talk about. But it is Friday, and around here that means Realities & Blessings where I look back at my week, turn my cons into pros, and get a fresh start for the weekend. I had a tough time this week coming up with realities...really. I'm really pretty happy. And in the face of what some others are going through, I feel insanely blessed. But you can always come up with something that's not perfect, right? And I think that the practice of turning things around is one worth continuing so that when things are rougher, tougher, and maybe not so good, that the underlying blessings will be easier to find.

Reality: I've lost my Spring fever. I know what you're thinking: last week I want to get over my Spring fever, this week I want it back...make up my mind, right?! But I miss that carefree, relaxed feeling that I had. The kids have lost theirs too...the whole newness and excitement of being outside again has worn off and now their afraid of the bees and bored with our toys.
Blessing: It is nice to get the housework done from time to time. And without the kids pestering me to go out all the time, I'm more likely to stay inside and chip away and the ever growing piles of laundry and paperwork that needs to be done. And missing those Spring fever feelings encourages me to open the windows, take pictures, hang clothes on the line...anything to get just a piece of it back.

Reality: I have found myself saying on more than one occasion this week that all I wanted was a clear head and two free hands.
Blessing: I am never {as in not ever} bored. What's more, I have become incredibly good at utilizing small chunks of time and typing left handed.

Reality: Rayne reads fluently. {that is not the reality~that is all blessing~stay with me} She is now privy to the overabundance of propaganda and written advertisements that pervade our society. Up until this point, I have been happy that all of that hasn't been a part of her world. Rayne is easily persuaded by suggestion. At Wendy's for lunch the other day, Rayne tried to convince me that she should most definitely be topping off her lunch with a chocolate frosty. "But see here," she says "it's impossible not to smile while eating a frosty!" It said so right on her cup!
Blessing: She reads! The girls reads all the time and extremely well! She read the word 'impossible' for goodness sake! And she's reading chapter books and story books, reading herself to sleep, reading to her sisters...and that is ALL blessing! I'm just going to have to explain the whole economy thing to her now!

Reality: Although I had intended to have my print shop up and running by now, I just haven't gotten the opportunity to begin the long process of setting it all up. It seems easy to just list my prints...but it's actually quite time consuming to determine which prints to sell at which sizes and prices and then writing a description for them and figuring shipping costs. It's definitely something I want to work on...but definitely not something I can do in one of those aforementioned small chunks of time.
Blessing: My time is being spent in better places: "listening" to and being present with my kids and caring for our home. Plus, my lack of focused drive in setting this shop up signifies to me that I am content; that I'm happy being where I am in photography and in life. And while I don't want to shy away from bigger goals, I also don't think it's a bad thing to feel good at any certain stage and take my time moving on from it.

Reality: I spilled a lot here this week. I got all kinds of real and messy about the ups and downs of motherhood. While I like to keep things as honest as possible in this space, I usually keep it pretty light.
Blessing: You guys were warm and compassionate. You made me feel understood and not alone. I am so  grateful for that. And I can only hope that my writing and sharing of these real and messy parts of my life will help someone else get through the real and messy parts of theirs.

Okay, now for the fun part! My 300th post is just two posts away and I feel like celebrating! I'm giving away a copy of the Spring issue of Artful Blogging magazine {in which I am featured} and also a Spring blossom 5x7 print of your choosing. You may pick any one of the spring blossom pictures from this R&B post or from last Friday's post. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. And if you post your own R&B post and link back here, you can get an extra entry. I will choose one lucky winner randomly on Monday, April 19th.

Happy Friday, everyone!!!


Andrea K. April 16, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

Beautiful images! And also a wonderful practise of seeing the good in things that are difficult. What a blessing in itself to have trouble coming up with negative things in your life. Enjoy the spring, even without the fever!

I've been wanting to check out artful blogging magazine so would be thrilled to win a copy.

a little green birdhouse April 16, 2010 at 7:44 PM  

Your photos are soooooo beautiful!

Um, there is a magazine called Artful Blogging? Where have I been? Oh I want it!!! :)

Happy weekend!

kk April 16, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

gorgeous shots. :)
We are experiencing the same issue with Sam. We are so incredibly happy that he reads but not when he reads things we wish he wouldn't. ;)
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Corinne April 16, 2010 at 7:58 PM  

The reading thing sounds tricky :) I can't tell you how much I appreciate this post every week Maegan. Thank you!
(my R&B post:

Denise April 16, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

all your shots are just so beautiful! I love your Realities and Blessings.......
thanks for the great thoughtful of you!

Kelly April 16, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

Happy Friday! I love your Spring blossoms. How fun to be featured in the magazine! I would love to read it!

Mary April 16, 2010 at 8:53 PM  

Your images are absolutely gorgeous! I love reading your Realities and Blessings, too. I would be thrilled to be entered in your giveaway. :)

Camilla~ Bloom April 16, 2010 at 9:13 PM  

I am loving your honesty Maegan.

I am also loving your images...beautiful spring images, with soft light and gorgeous bokeh.
Spring hit Montana today...and I am giddy...what a difference a day makes.

gina April 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

What a lovely, giveaway! Thank you!

Happy 300th post, btw.

radiantreflections April 16, 2010 at 9:37 PM  

Such gorgeous images (so lovely to see your spring shots while we head into winter here!) and how wonderful you are featured in the magazine!

Johnna Riddell April 16, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

I loved this one... Spring is so strange the way it seems to swing our moods. I have really been in my element this last few days, flooding myself in what I had been missing... i think it comes and goes. And I think it's good to have "on" weeks and then "off" weeks. It keeps us appreciating.

Also, I think it is wonderful that Rayne is such a good little reader. Lydia is picking up on all kinds of little words, and I am over the moon ... I can only imagine the swell of pride you must have -- :) YAY Rayne!! What a little genius!

I have really enjoyed all your prints of "spring" where you are. Just gorgeous. I love seeing your macro photos really take off and enjoy a peek into things there :)

Have a Great Week and thank you again for this lovely Series :)

Courtney @ splashing grace April 16, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

I love your realities and blessings posts - they're so encouraging... i think I need to start doing them. Your spring photos are beautiful!

Laura April 16, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

I love your Realities and Blessings post. What a great idea.

Your blog is so beautiful...oh, to be able to take and post pictures like that!

Happy weekend!

Vicz April 16, 2010 at 11:05 PM  

I'd love to participate!
but I live in Argentina, could I?

please, let me know.
victoriapichel(at)gmail dot com

Erin Wallace April 16, 2010 at 11:10 PM  

Another great post with superb photos. I just bought Artful Blogging and I haven't opened it, so I didn't know you were in it! Congrats, and I'm going to read about you while I take my buble bath!

Kathleen April 16, 2010 at 11:19 PM  

It's been a busy week here, and I'm just now catching up on your week. All the ups and downs, the realities and blessings... the beautiful spring blooms. It's not quite as lovely as sitting down with you and cup of tea, but it'll do!

I've been wanting to read Artful Blogging - and I'll get my hands on this copy for sure! Here's hoping it's in a package from you with one of your prints!

Cassie April 16, 2010 at 11:26 PM  

O.o How cool! This is exciting, because I love all of your beautiful spring photography. I will have a hard time choosing if I win!

And doubly cool, because I just wrote my post!

caruba April 17, 2010 at 12:32 AM  

I saw your spring blossom pictures on flickr - they are so beautiful!

Adrienne April 17, 2010 at 12:49 AM  

these shots are so inspiring!

Linda April 17, 2010 at 2:45 AM  

I love your photographs. I have wanted to see that magazine but can't seem to find it here in the UK.

jessica April 17, 2010 at 7:26 AM  

Oh I'd love one of your spring blossom photos, they're divine! If I had a blog I'd be doing R & B too, I love the idea behind it. Thanks for sharing yours :)

shelly April 17, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

i already have this issue, but i would LOVE to win one of your prints :) your photos are so beautiful, i would be honored to own one.

MIchele April 17, 2010 at 9:06 AM  

So glad I found your blog. Your prose, your photos and your honesty inspire me/move me/motivate me.

Kris's Kaptured Moments April 17, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

Need I say, how much I love your heartfelt post and gorgeous spring blooms. They make me swoon for more blossoms...
hope you have a blessed week.

Cindy Knull April 17, 2010 at 1:16 PM  

These images are so intriguingly wonderful. And the realities and blessings postings are inspiring. Great post.

Feather April 17, 2010 at 3:22 PM  

fridays are always my favorite reads here! i love your outlook. i love your ability to find the hidden blessings. i think i've said this, like, every friday! but i think it is such a gift to be able to find joy.
i loved your pictures, so when i got to the bottom and read about the giveaway i was very very excited about the opportunity to win one! happy weekend, dear.

Amy April 17, 2010 at 4:59 PM  

Yes please - I'd love to be entered to win!

This is a lovely post and a practice I think I'll attempt with my children at dinner tonight. Thank you for the inspiration.

Also, would you mind telling me where you print your photos? I've been researching a good printer. Thanks!

Jamie April 18, 2010 at 9:30 PM  

I would love to have my very own Madeline Bea print

Amaranta April 19, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

Here haahahah

Amaranta April 19, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

Yeah, thanks!
escuishi (at)
I did blogged about this giveaway!

Mim Smith Faro April 19, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

I'm new to your blog but already I love what you have to say and how you see the world. I'd love to win!

Today is my daughter's 15th birthday and it's been a tough day at work. This would be a real pick-me-up.

Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama April 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM  

I came here from a link on Corinne's most recent post on Trains, Tutus and Twizzlers...and found myself unable to leave. Your photography is gut-wrenchyingly beautiful, and I'm in awe of, and inspired by, your Realities and Blessings posts. I'm prone to focusing more on what's going wrong, rather than all the blessings I do have, and I'm determined to change that about myself. I love how you take the time to discover and celebrate the blessings hidden within the everyday reality of life! This was inspiring for me, and I'm so glad I clicked that link to your blog today!

Laurie April 19, 2010 at 5:40 PM  

I love all your Spring flower images.. so soft and dreamy :-)

As usual I love reading your words, they are very inspirational.

I would love to have my own Maegan photo and copy of the artful blogging magazine of which I have not checked out yet but have wanted to as well.

Here is my own R&B..

Happy Spring and thank you for the love, xo

Charity April 19, 2010 at 7:00 PM  

I think you're right - the discipline of realities & blessings is good to continue, even when you have a wonderful week (woo hoo!). :o)

Congratulations on (almost) 300 posts!