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The Consultant

A few years ago, I watched a mama helping her child do homework in the bleachers of a baseball game. I felt guilty because I didn’t do that. Mostly because of lifestyle, {too busy with one child to oversee the other while doing his homework} but also out of selfishness. I wanted to watch my […]

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Kathy - April 16, 2013 - 1:23 pm

I so agree with your comments. It’s hard to follow my own advice sometimes…but I hate looking like a hypocrite even more. As much as I love your thoughts here…gotta say…your photos are so creative and fun! What a great match of word and picture.

Amy Avery - April 16, 2013 - 1:53 pm

I love your images in this post Patty as well as your sentiments. As a teacher, I felt that children needed to become more and more responsible for their work and things. I told parents to not bring backpacks or other things left behind to school if their child had forgotten them at home or in the car. They weren’t going to learn to keep up with their things if they relied on parents to bring them. This was not to say that I didn’t want parents to be adequately involved, but rather, to be appropriately involved. It always seemed to work well. Now as a parent of school age children, I try and teach my own children the same concepts. I will be there to support them in their education, but they have to do the work and they have to take responsibility. Thanks for your post. As always very pertinent and insightful!

Dina@4LettreWords - April 16, 2013 - 1:57 pm

I love this so much, Patty…and couldn’t agree more. (Tho, it isn’t always easy to trust them to this crazy world.) :)

Southern Gal - April 16, 2013 - 2:01 pm

It’s true. Letting them work things out by themselves is hard for me. It’s best for them, though.

What settings did you use to get those action shots on the trampoline? Were you on a balcony? I’m going to have to climb a tree to get shots like that here!

Young Mom - April 16, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Isn’t this the truth! Your timing is impeccable. I was just thinking yesterday as my children were playing in their new sandbox with underwear on in the backyard – I sure hope our brady bunch neighbors don’t see them! I then start feeling like maybe I am a bad mom for letting them run around like that, then think maybe I am a bad mom for even caring more about my neighbors than my children having fun! Why do we do this? Maybe us women just think too much.
Less Guilt-Less Comparison-More Family Fun

Molly - April 16, 2013 - 4:25 pm

You are SO right and it is words I find very important right now. My son is 13 and finds motivating himself to do his homework very tough. I try to focus on motivating him and making him believe he knows the answers rather than feeding him the answers but it can be very easy to fall into that trap and suddenly realise I am doing too much and he is not doing enough.


Yolanda Ronaldo - April 16, 2013 - 4:57 pm

These photos are amazing! I love how you caught her doibng different flips and tricks…

Suzanne - April 16, 2013 - 5:24 pm

I subscribed to the
same philosophy…..

The results of that
philosophy will soon
be revealed, when
my firstborn heads
to college in the fall.

Love this, friend.

xo Suzanne

Sharon - April 17, 2013 - 2:14 am

The shadow shots are especially interesting. Your commentary — priceless! After raising 2 kids, I’d say someone will always encourage and someone will always criticize. We do the best we can. And I prayed a ton for my kids!

Nancy - April 17, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Wonderful shots and excellent insights. xo

melody - April 18, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Love your thoughts in the post and the pictures are great fun! :)

Paul O'Rourke - April 18, 2013 - 9:52 pm

fantastic idea and great shots.


Buckeroomama - April 19, 2013 - 12:22 am

Great post.. so true. It is so easy to simply ‘manage’ our children and it’s easy to fall into that habit, simply because when they’re younger, it just makes life easier and run more smoothly. At some point, though, we all do need to let go and let them do their own thing… and that’s a better gift to them in the long run.

I love your shots!

Tiaras & Tantrums - April 19, 2013 - 3:12 am

Oh I hear you – my 11 year old son thinks he needs to be coddled – but I have taken a step back from reminding him of every little thing . . . because of that – his last Latin test – C+ – which is completely unacceptable in our house. So, guess who is grounded from ALL media for the next 2 months!?

Jamie Calvin - April 21, 2013 - 3:57 am

Great story, and parenting perspective. I also love the idea of the shadow pics off the trampoline. another great perspective.

Surround Yourself

My daughter had a friend spend the night earlier this summer. This girl was visiting a friend in our area, and isn’t someone who is usually around my family. Her manners were a little less than par, and I noticed that the later the night got, the more my daughter began to adopt some of […]

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Linda Kittmer - August 28, 2012 - 12:21 pm

That first shot is incredibly beautiful! The colour is wonderful and you used the sunset perfectly to create a fabulous image!

Sandra - August 28, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Love this story Patty..It is something that I feel very strongly about and talk to my girls about often. I try to teach them to be the light.

Jill Wellington - August 28, 2012 - 12:48 pm

So true, Patty!!! Love what you told your daughter…to be the good example. Your photos are exquisite!

Molly - August 28, 2012 - 1:01 pm

“It’s important to be good examples to others, but it’s also important to surround yourself with people who make you want to be better.” This is so very true!


Marlo - August 28, 2012 - 1:33 pm

WOW! That first shot is absolutely stunning!

karen - August 28, 2012 - 1:53 pm

what a great lesson for us all. it is so important to surround ourselves with positive people who encourage us to be better. then we will do better. another great post.

MG Atwood - August 28, 2012 - 3:22 pm

Lovely shots, and perfect words. Something to always remember. Joining you from commual global.

Sisterlisa - August 28, 2012 - 3:31 pm

True true… if people aren’t helping to make you shine, then get around people who do. Love the shot.. I always enjoy getting down to earth to capture the beauty we don’t normally notice.

Teresa - August 28, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Your pictures are wonderful, and your words are very true. Beautiful post all around.

Kim Cunningham - August 28, 2012 - 6:29 pm

So true and good for you Mama for taking the reigns and addressing the situation.

I love the first image. So neat.

Heather D Livesay - August 28, 2012 - 7:55 pm

It is hard when you try to be the upbeat and positive person, and you sit and wait for the invitation to lucy or to just have a cup of coffee and to sit and talk and that invitation never comes. Maybe some of these negative people have experienced that too ad it has finally worn them down. Sometimes it is hard to face the world when you are made to feel like you are not worth being around.

Emily B - August 28, 2012 - 9:56 pm

Such fantastic advice. We are easily influenced, aren’t we? Something to remember from both sides of the equation.

That first photo is a stunner.

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - August 28, 2012 - 11:46 pm

Stunning! Good for you for standing up to the whole issue!

Jaymi - August 29, 2012 - 6:49 am

oh wow that’s STUNNING! I’m in love with that first shot! great composition and light!

Raisa @ Endless Wardrobe - August 30, 2012 - 2:48 am

I have to agree and be amazed at your Mum’s wisdom, and this never goes old “birds of the same feather”… It takes only a moment to rationalize what we absorb, and takes some time to straighten out our actions.


Buckeroomama - August 30, 2012 - 6:41 am

Very good post (very sound advice)… and wow, those photos are so lovely!

{5} The Gift of Beauty

a bird in the shadows sparkle and light color and contrast nature’s jewels * Wishing you beauty this season and always, and the ability to see it, even in the tiniest and most unexpected places. * Sweet Shot Tuesday Chatting at the Sky Communal Global Kodachrome

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Southern Gal - December 20, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Can I walk with you? Gorgeous.

Southern Gal - December 20, 2011 - 12:40 pm

Maybe I should say, “May I walk with you?”
School has only been out for three days around here and I’ve forgotten my basic grammar. 😉

Grandma Deal - December 20, 2011 - 12:51 pm

These are lovely photographs. We’re all hoping for a white Christmas here at Grandma’s house.

Stephanie - December 20, 2011 - 1:15 pm

You have the gift of being able to be in the moment, Patty. Otherwise, you would not see this everyday beauty so many of us miss. Thank you!

emily - December 20, 2011 - 1:58 pm

Beautiful frosty pictures!!

Becky - December 20, 2011 - 5:22 pm

Beautiful! Email me….lense advice;).

Merry Christmas Patty.

teachinfourth - December 22, 2011 - 5:41 am

I love the shot of the clover…

Kimberly - December 22, 2011 - 1:08 pm

Your photos always give me such a sense of rest. Coming here is like taking a deep breath. I especially love your photos of this season. Truly a gift to be here. Have a wonderful Christmas!

{12} The Gift of Time

Do you remember, as a child, on the last day of school, summer stretched out a lifetime before you? The days were long, filled with adventures, and still, there were moments when you wondered, What should I do next? Time moves so quickly now I barely have enough of it to breathe. I hold up […]

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joann - December 13, 2011 - 3:43 pm

YAY! I love coming here. Everything is so beautiful.

kd sullivan - December 13, 2011 - 4:47 pm

This is stunningly beautiful! Thanks!

Stefanie Brown - December 13, 2011 - 5:00 pm

What incredibly amazing shots! I love the imagery which accompanied beautifully written words!

So glad I visited…

secret mom thoughts - December 13, 2011 - 5:06 pm

Beautiful images and words.

Marty - December 13, 2011 - 5:16 pm

Gosh – your photos of the water were brilliant and so relaxing! Thanks for motivating me not once but twice today to listen to my body (in BP) and listen to my heart in living. Love your blog Patty!

Kelly - December 13, 2011 - 5:36 pm

Beautiful… It so true.. life rushes by and I need to remember to stop and take time to look at the simple things I overlook :) Happy Tuesday!! Love the photos! Gorgeous!

Nikki - December 13, 2011 - 6:51 pm

Stopping by from Tuesdays Unwrapped. Am so thankful I did.
Beautfiul post. And your photographs take my breath away.
So glad I spent my time here. . .

Kimberly - December 13, 2011 - 9:10 pm

I always look forward to your Tuesday posts, and you never disappoint. Absolutely beautiful!

elk - December 14, 2011 - 1:28 am

this is stunning ..wish it for you as well!!

Sara - December 14, 2011 - 3:36 am

These are absolutely gorgeous! The light is fabulous. Wonderful work!

rachel-wildflower photography - December 14, 2011 - 3:05 pm

i love the light playing with the water! gorgeous!

thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment! :)

Henrietta - December 15, 2011 - 6:13 am

Gorgeous serie, I feel warm and it gives me dreams of summer. Beautiful


Spring, she is waited for, and beckons out of winter slumber, dressed in her new green grass and breath of lilac. She is everything new and bright and wonderful. And Summer, she is passionate and wild, full of living, lush in dress and smelling of roses and roasting marshmallows and burning firewood. Autumn, crisp in […]

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Kelly - December 6, 2011 - 12:35 pm

Oh this just makes me happy!

Tonya @ Love of Family & Home - December 6, 2011 - 1:15 pm

Beautiful shots! Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Sweet Shot Tuesday! Have a great week!

deb duty - December 6, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Love the detail shots of the frost! So pretty!

Kimberly - December 6, 2011 - 1:33 pm

Gorgeous. The photos and your words, a gift on this busy, busy day.

emily - December 6, 2011 - 2:16 pm

Love your winter captures! Your winter is a lot prettier than mine :)

May - December 6, 2011 - 2:40 pm

Frost makes the world look magical..:)

Stefanie Brown - December 6, 2011 - 2:59 pm

Visiting from Tuesdays Unwrapped…

Stunning, stunning pictures! I could sense the chill, feel the frost on my fingertips.

So thankful I found your space…

Cate - December 6, 2011 - 5:34 pm

Beautiful images and love your words Patty.

Light Trigger - December 6, 2011 - 5:44 pm

wow your photos have a beautiful light!

Light Trigger: OUR ENTRY

Jaymi - December 6, 2011 - 6:36 pm

wow, these are REALLY beautiful shots! I wish it snowed where I lived just so I could take shots like these!

Sarah - December 6, 2011 - 8:47 pm

WOW! These are sooo gorgeous.

Shelly Miller - December 7, 2011 - 2:32 am

Lovely, just lovely. Every word, every photo. All of it blesses.

Jessica Washburn @ - December 7, 2011 - 4:36 am

Wow. I better buy a coffee table for my big fat Finding Serendipity book. You’re amazing! xoxo, Jess

Leovi - December 7, 2011 - 9:47 am

Frosty leaf wonderful, I love, with a light exquisite and delicious texture. Greetings.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - December 7, 2011 - 1:31 pm

oh my goodness patty that was pure heaven. seriously! what lens did you use? please please do tell.

carissa... brown eyed fox - December 7, 2011 - 5:17 pm

oh patty… those images speak!
winter beauty!
and paired with your words… well… as usual… you rock!

and your header!
i still hadn’t seen it!
lOvE that!

Desirae R - December 7, 2011 - 8:25 pm

These are stunning pictures!

Marty - December 8, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Such pretty photos that uplift the “blah” mood that winter brings! Thanks for brightening my day Patty!

Suzanne - December 11, 2011 - 4:24 am

Oh, my, you are
a poet as well as
a photographer!
It all sang to my
soul…..thanks for

xx Suzanne

Thauna - December 12, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Beautiful pictures!!! I love, love, love the first one!!! (and the frost on the berries)

scott - December 12, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Personally I think all your great blogs and pics should be in a book! and when you do, I want a signed copy! brilliant stuff P!

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