Thursday, April 4, 2013

the tiny, the small

I am so excited to host Krista Knott as my first guest here in this month of personal passions.  Krista is the photographic, word-smithing genius behind  is the blog My Life As I See It.  She's also an editor at The Bright Side Project.  She's the mother of two very loved littles and is a woman who thinks deeply and loves with that same kind of thoughtful passion.  Krista is the kind of woman who makes me resolve to think more before I speak and to savor small moments instead of rushing.  I love visiting her little corner of the world, and I know you will, too. 



it's the tiny moments. there are the big things, sure. the milestones, the markers, the great monuments of a life well lived. the large tragedies and comedies that we carry with us, hand down. but i am a big believer in the small, the in between.

i am a working, at home mother to two small children. i spend a large portion of my day dealing with feeding, cleaning, organizing, chaperoning, driving, washing, playing. the big things are the bookends at the end of seasons, the milestones marked by doctor appointments and birthday parties. loose teeth, skinned knees, first words. these are the fireworks. 



but i'm talking about the balloons. the tiny puffs of inconsequential day to day life that we carry around with us, tied to strings. so often, i go about my day and i randomly snap pictures of things without thinking too much about it. snap snap snap and each of these moments swell up and float to the top. they stay tied to the chairs i sit in, they wrap around my fingers like diamond rings. they become such a part of our day that my children no longer are afraid they will pop.


sometimes i do it before bed, sometimes a few days later. but i will always go through the gallery on my phone and notice things i didn't before. things that would have been swept away with the breakfast crumbs had i not taken the time to notice them. the way he squats now that he knows how to climb up on chairs. how much she (finally) loves to get dirty. i will not remember the temper tantrum over hitting each other, the argument over eating healthy foods, the absolute nightmare that is the witching hour for children (you know what i'm talking about.) i will forget about the work deadlines that loom over me after they are in bed, the list of to do items that never seem to get crossed off, the fact that i have failed to shower. i will look at the bookmarks of my day and think yes. i love this life of mine. passionately. 


All words and pictures are by Krista Knott and are used with permission. 

13 comments:

Suz said...

oh.a woman after my own heart
loved every word you shared of hers
thanks Relyn...
I wish we had had digital cameras back when my kids were young
those cameras have changed everything for families
If ..they choose it

Ally said...

I'm on the same page with Krista. I always say that: life is in the details. Lovely post.

krista said...

thank you so much for having me, relyn. i understand a bit more the definition of 'honored.' xo

Kyra said...

Nice to know you Krista, shall be dropping by your blog and Relyn thank you for providing this forum :)

Elizabeth said...

As always, beautiful.

Marilyn said...

beautifully said! yes, it is the small things that are worth noticing. I wish all mama's of smalls would take the time to notice as you do. Thanks for sharing this with us.

alexa said...

Poignantly and beautifully written ...

Roban said...

Being able to take the time to appreciate the little things is so important. And this post was eloquently written.... A beautiful start to the passion series, Relyn. Thanks for bring Krista to me. I'm looking forward to reading more!

Wine and Words said...

Great post Krista. I love that too...the photos as bookmarks, and how we can revisit and learn, and learn, and learn. Details, in writing or photography, come through in stages...almost as if each peels back like an onion.

all that i am said...

love your snap, snap, snaps...especially that last black and white.....

Jennifer Richardson said...

i love that you're doing these little snapshots of lovely hearts again, Relyn.
what a beautiful soul, this.
thanks for sharing her with us,
Jennifer

Maggie May said...

Krista always brings it- and defines it.

Jaime said...

Oh, there is such sweet beauty... and comfort... in the little things.
Lovely little post, this is. ~~*

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