Thirty Minutes in the Life {May 2014}

Sometimes I wonder how different our life would look without these three little people in our lives.

I wonder, for example, how last Thursday night would have looked.  I wonder if, when Chad said he was going to be working in the tree farm late, would have gone for an evening run?  Or perhaps I would have grabbed a book and sat outside on a lovely Spring evening.  Maybe, if Charlie, Chanelle and Meadow never were I would have taken the evening I had while Chad was working late and vegged out to watch a movie or grab a cup of coffee with a friend.

I’m certain there are about a dozen different options that may have been appealing.  However, none as fun, adventurous, or beautifully creative as an evening spent with these three people we call our own.

After a brief picnic in the overgrown grass the explorations began. . .

It never takes long.  Within minutes a slight movement was seen out of the corner of my eye and their entertainment was found. . .

A tiny, hopping, scaly, greenish-brown colored toad named, “Froggy”.  (My kids are extremely creative.)

They all held him, played with him, chased him, and enjoyed him–however, one particular member was especially fond of him.

Meadow claimed Froggy as her own and made sure he didn’t get too far from her. . .

The thing about loving little creatures like this though?  The thing that makes it not so easy?  The sun finally eases it’s way toward the horizon and good-bye becomes necessary. . .

And we all know, good-bye’s are not easy. . .

But still, we wouldn’t trade those moments of fun to save us from that good-bye.  It’s a part of life and they are learning as they go.

It’s funny to think about–the question–what would our life be without them?  I just can’t imagine it.  I don’t want to.  When I think about it, I am so sure that there is no other life I would want right now.  There is no book, or cup of coffee, or movie on t.v. that could be more fulfilling than the world these little ones reveal to me each and every day. 

It’s pretty incredible what 30 minutes teach you.

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  • Janet Crouch - Oh my goodness…this touched my heart! As a child, I had a fondness for frogs! (strange, I know) 😉 The photos are priceless. A beautiful, simple evening. Thank you for sharing.
    May 26, 2014 – 4:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen Hunt Photography - Oh Summer, I always enjoy your posts. Your words are just beautiful and add such a special touch to the post. The photos of your daughter trying to kiss the frog are absolutely precious!May 26, 2014 – 4:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Juli Isola - This are so cute Summer! My favorite is Meadow kissing the frog! You really must save that one for her wedding photo slide show some day…hahaha! <3May 26, 2014 – 4:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Cindy Cavanagh - sweet lady…your children and their sense of adventure and love of nature is so beautiful…and you are doing a marvelous job at encouraging that…and capturing it.May 26, 2014 – 11:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Stacey - Summer…your children are absolutely gorgeous! I just love the images with the frogs…just so adorable!!! Beautiful!May 27, 2014 – 11:22 amReplyCancel

  • Polina - Dear Summer,
    I love your post SO MUCH! Both the pictures and the words. Sometimes I have the same thoughts, and you know, it's not bad to think about it – one day kids will go to college and it's good to know what to do then. But now I'm so much with you – trying to enjoy every minute of this exciting journey! 🙂May 27, 2014 – 4:53 pmReplyCancel

  • charley1962 - Summer what gorgeous pics. You have such beautiful children and I love how you weave the stories around them. I love the look on Charlie's face as he takes the frog to them, Meadow kissing the frog, and the close up photo of Chenelle with all the light coming in. She is gorgeous and the photo is stunning. Well done. What fun.
    May 28, 2014 – 5:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Mary Slone - Girl, you hit it out of the park every. single. time. Seriously. These make my heart burst… and they aren't even my kids! hahaha The one of Meadow kissing the frog needs to be a canvas somewhere in your home.
    Love the photos and, as usual, the words too. You rock.May 28, 2014 – 7:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi Libutti Burton - Definitely one of my fav 30 minutes of yours so far Summer! You have a gift for making an ordinary time magical. Beautiful family and images!! xoJune 7, 2014 – 7:53 pmReplyCancel