Friday, September 30, 2011

The Queen of Everything





When Saraiah was a little baby, we had a special little rhyme we used to sing... "Saraiah Jean, she is the queen...of everything, Saraiah Jean."  I don't say it as often anymore, but every once in a while, something comes up that reminds me.  Saraiah's name means my princess from the Hebrew name "Sarai."  She has been the princess of the family from the day she was born, but on Wednesday she got to be the princess of the kindergarten class.  At the homeschool resource school we attend, they have a "Kindergarten Experience" class.  Each week, a child takes turn being the special student, and Saraiah was drawn to go first.  She made a little poster with pictures of her as a baby, photos of the family and Hawaii, and "some magazine pictures" as she said.  She got to go up front and share them with her friends, and then she had the privilege of passing out snacks.  It was fun to get to see Saraiah feel special in her new role as an "actual" student, and I loved looking at her baby pictures.  How are my babies so old?  Eva is turning 13 in a week, and Saraiah is already five.  Tomorrow Brandon walks her down the aisle, I guess?





Looking very teacher like...


special student name tag




showing off her circle drawing



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Up close: How to turn your cell phone camera into a macro close up camera

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Quite a while ago, I read that you can turn your cell phone camera into a macro camera.  All you need is the lens that a dvd player uses to read dvds.  Luckily, a good friend of mine has a husband who takes apart old electronics...he had lots of these little lenses.  She gave me the lenses for my photo class to maybe try, and I had to try it out!  All you do is take some scotch tape and stick the lens over your cell phone camera lens, and voila, up close and personal with Mr Lincoln!  I did notice that I should use opaque tape for smaller lenses because light tends to peek in around the lens.  What an awesome use for a broken dvd player!


key

penny

dime

my eye

bee wing

fly

dime

fly

resistor?

my wedding ring.  you can see the flaws

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dime

fly


tiny wing






key

screwdriver


tiny winged thing

ball point pen

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bloom where you are planted


These two photos represent today.  The first is a rose, given to be by my dear friend Kari...on the occasion of her birthday!  She thought of getting it for herself, and instead gave it to me.  I can't remember the last time I was given a rose.  It is lovely, and reminds me of what wonderful friends I have, and how key they are in building me back up when I just feel yucky.



I noticed these remnants of flowers as I stepped over a curb at the kids' school today.  I think they look like starbursts.  They are beautiful in their age.  They have done the hard work of passing on their genetic code into little seeds, and they are light with the freedom that comes in fulfilling their destiny.

It was a hard day for me on the home front.  I was faced very clearly with my shortcomings, and instead of taking it gracefully, I whined and complained.  I want to be like these flowers instead.  I want to spend my energy on giving life.  Even when I am not perfect and fall short, I know my purpose, and I will, in God's strength, try to serve my family as I am meant to, being a caring and giving wife and a patient but gently firm mother who goads her children on to good things, so that they can be who they too are meant to be.