Monday, October 27, 2014

Take Off Our Shoes {Breathe}

Wrote this the other day...

The carpets were rolled out again today.  The weather is changing; leaves, rain, and mud adorn the ground once again.  All those elements become hitchhikers on our shoes this time of year, so the carpets, not needed during the summer, must be laid down again to welcome these wet, muddy visitors.  It is the season to take off our shoes lest we trek all the muck from outside in.

But maybe there is more to it.  There is a reverence to taking off our shoes, isn't there?  It is an act of pausing...of thoughtfulness, of assessing the current state and transitioning to something new.  Our feet move from "normal" and "protected" to vulnerability and risk (and perhaps relief?).  We walk differently without shoes, don't we?  Less casually and a little more aware.

Yes, it is the season to take off our shoes.

As I extracted the carpets from their place in the garage, I was reminded of a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  (Funny how such a mundane act can lead to poetry!!)

Earth's crammed with heaven
And every common bush afire with God
But only he who sees takes off his shoes
The rest sit around and pluck blackberries

"But only he who sees takes off  his shoes."  That line was a lingering single note in the silent auditorium of my mind.  This shoe-taking-off season is my invitation to SEE.  To slow down, pause, take a breath and see that "earth is crammed with heaven".  It is an invitation to walk a little more intentionally and with deeper reverence because the Presence of God is everywhere - ablaze to be noticed!

So I think I want to practice taking off my shoes wherever I go...because somehow my eyes are linked to the condition of my feet!  Is it because our feet can feel every inch of the earth beneath us and they give our eyes permission to see Burning Bushes and not just blackberries?  

Yes, it is the season to take off our shoes.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Traveling Family {Highlands Ranch Family Photographer}

This crew was traveling through Colorado last weekend...on a 10+ day family trip...driving...and they still like each other!!!  I met up with them in Colorado Springs to play a little and see if we could get the beautiful Colorado backdrop in some family pictures!!  Here are a few from our time together....

These kiddos are AWESOME!!  After all that time in the car together, they were still friendly with each other and proved they could still have lots of fun!!

(And here is the fun!!)

Thanks S Family!!  I had such a great time with you!  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nothing Mini About This Family {Littleton Family Photographer}

We headed out for a mini session last weekend...and it HAD to be mini, since we could see the rain moving in quickly!!  This family, however, is anything but mini!  They have a BIG love for each other and the world, a BIG faith, and BIG generous hearts!  I am privileged to call them friends!

They all did big jumps except the smallest one, who just thought it was funny to watch them jump!!!

A BIG thanks to the A Family!!  I always love being with you guys!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jumping for Joy!! {Highlands Ranch Family Photographer}

Hung out with this awesome family the other morning!  We did some
walking, some well-behaved pictures, and then we chose to photograph joy!
I love when mom and dad get in on the fun!!

Maybe they are actually a family of super heroes???

We threw good behavior to the wind and got on the trampoline...
seriously, they are all so amazing!!

Thanks H family!!  It was fun to play with you!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Class of 2015: Matthew {Highlands Ranch Senior Portrait Photographer}

Matthew is a young man of strong character and conviction.  He is an athlete, a dog lover,
 a musician, and man of faith who wants to serve his country.  
It was a pleasure to get to photograph him!!

 May your senior year be more than you can hope or imagine, Matthew!!