Summer is in full swing here on the farm. The sheep have shed their winter coats, the egg baskets are brimming over and the grass seems to grow by the minute. While many are able to push the pause button on normal life during the summer months, our schedules are fuller and busier. Knowing the pace of our days, I was especially grateful to have a few moments to play with the girls in the field and watch them twirl and laugh and enjoy. As I was looking through my lens, particularly at my eldest, I could have sworn she grew taller and older before I could press the shutter. She seemed more alive and more herself in a way I had not seen in some time. As we walked inside she thanked me and said she loved me and could we please do that again. I know that it was not the simple act of me taking her picture that stirred her heart. I sense it was the feeling of being seen, appreciated and valued. So whether it involves my camera or just my gaze, I hope to see her in a way that gives her wings. And with those wings, that she would soar over the mud and the mire and see clearly who she really is and Who it was that made her.
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” -C.S. Lewis