Ok I know I have been a total loser about getting to my 299 posts while my husband is deployed but hey 190 post so far with three kids, a full-time growing career and no family in town to take the load off once in a while (although my friends have been wonderful this year). I think 190 post is pretty damn good. Here is a post I have been meaning to get up on the blog for a couple of weeks. This was Olivia’s summer essay for her third grade class. I feel as if I did a really really good job you know with the Husker store being one of her favorite activities or a really bad job because the Husker store was one of her favorite things. And clearly she takes after me in some of her creative spelling of her words. Thank god she will always grow up with spell check at her disposal.
I just scrolled through about 400 pictures on Facebook of Oksanna’s trip to Panama. It looks like the group met some amazing people although very impoverished. Judging by the pictures it looks like the kids feel in love with their group of about 20 kids. Here are just a few I pulled of Oksanna…
Oksanna get’s home tomorrow. 🙂
This Mama has called in for a huge favor in the form of a whole 48 hours with no little people around at the end of the month. I will be taking a glorious two days and traveling back to the thriving metropolis of Lincoln, NE to see what is sure to be the concert of the year.
I probably would have given away a Kidney to have to whole weekend to myself but luckily I didn’t have to do that and only had to take in these three crazy extra girls for a night or two….piece of cake!
Olivia and I would like it to be known that although right now we are doing the majority of the house and yard cleaning (Olyse helps in her own special way) when Oksanna and Chris return we will have no problem integrating them back into the “routine” and relinquish control of all or at least half of all household chores.
It’s going to be hard to give up because you know it’s like Christmas, my birthday and the Fourth of July every time we run of the vacuum, or scrub the toilets but we have come to the conclusion that everyone should take part in the fun and we are fully prepared to make it happen…
Heading a new direction, both personally and professionally over the past few months has been quite the test! Overall, the family is doing well and I think that we’re maintaining a passing grade: Chris and I continue to operate as a unit, even from afar, and the girls have settled relatively well into our ‘new normal’. From a personal perspective it’s required a great deal of determination, friends, treats of various definitions – and the occasional chainsaw. Add in the patience I’ve had to summon from the professional perspective, and it must qualify me for some kind of sainthood!
Although I am excited about changing my focus to fine art photography, working on my new website has required more time and effort then I ever imagined! People in the know tell me that this is not unusual but the optimist in me thought I would have it up and running long before now. Fortunately I have not been traveling alone on this long, and very winding road: Chris, for his part, continues to be my biggest supporter and I most certainly could not have done this if it weren’t for his willingness to support me heading this direction in the first place, his incredible faith in me, and well, his persistent questioning as to when I would have it up and running! (Motivation comes in all forms!).
I’ve also had a tremendous amount of help from my good friend and personal marketing guru, Sue Linroth! Sue has been there from the day one, with a calming voice amid the chaos and a business mindset that I had not previously had a chance to appreciate. She was my constant business companion, making sure that we got through the seemingly endless list of to-dos, and that we kept moving forward!
The journey, although long, has been a good one and I’m pleased to announce that Jennifer Mecca Photography officially has a new home! I think that you’ll find that each photo in my collection, not unlike this blog, has a story to tell, when one takes a moment to stop and listen. Stories of people, of places and things, of natural beauty and the beauty of nature. Stories of the unhurried, unscheduled, time spent and days gone by. Stories you will only hear at www.jennifermeccaphotography.com. Please take a moment to look and listen and let me know what you think.