mornings around here

© Azzari Jarrett© Azzari Jarrett© Azzari Jarrett© Azzari Jarrett© Azzari Jarrett© Azzari Jarrett© Azzari Jarrett A typical late spring morning around here.

I love waking up early with sunlight there to greet me (yay for longer days!), breakfast with my little ones, trying unsuccessfully to make my bed while little feet are jumping, enjoying a moment outside, and morning naps.

I initially set out to capture the entire day in one roll.   But life happens, and I had to put my camera down and concentrate on my girls.   Thankful for normal days and enjoying every minute of right now.

What I Know To Be True

© Azzari Jarrett© Azzari Jarrett© Azzari Jarrett Quotes, links, an other tidbits that I have found to be true this week:

  • It becomes increasingly hard to change a baby's diaper.
  • Inspired by these film photographs by Tara Thayer.
  • I've been enjoying the people + interviews featured on Humans of New York  especially this one. And this one.
  • Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good.  I can relate to this post.
  • "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Rest In Peace, Maya Angelou.  I especially try to remember this when choosing my words and actions as a mother.  It is not what I say, how I say it, or what I do - in the end, it's how I make my girls feel.  It is this that they will remember.

Have a great weekend.

staying quiet better preserves the miracle

© Azzari Jarrett Photography

"Becoming a parent is difficult to talk and write about, not because the words are hard to find (though they are), but because when you find them, they feel too intimate to share. The smells and sounds and stirrings of the heart are individual and holy. There’s a sense in which the universal experience is yours alone when the opposite is actually true. You hesitate to say anything at all, as if staying quiet better preserves the miracle."

Nikaela Marie Peters, in New Lease on Life

around here

© A. Jarrett© A. Jarrett© A. Jarrett© A. Jarrett© A. Jarrett© A. Jarrett© A. Jarrett© A. Jarrett I am adjusting to being a mother of three.  I am stretched in so many directions - I am still trying to find my balance.

And for me, that means spending time with each of my girls.  They each need special time.  I need that time with them.

I have been a mother for 7 years now (and I'm sure many of you have more experience at this!), and I finally realized that the most important thing for me are the values that I want my girls to exhibit as adults.  That sisterhood is a gift, not everyone gets to experience it.  I want to build their character and instill inner peace so that they know that they are beautiful, smart, and confident.  That they should take time to hold the door open for someone behind them, pray and give thanks, bring a meal to a family in need.  And I realize that that this has everything to do with my behavior - my thoughts and actions, my tone of voice, the example that I set forth.

It has little to do with the details that I find so many young mothers agonize over - bottle or breastfeeding, co-sleeping, cloth diapering or disposable, sleep training or not, daycare or nanny, when to potty train - I could go on and on.  These are simply details, phases, which will eventually pass. Yet I find that so many mothers agonizing over these things.

This perspective has helped get through my days.  That I shouldn't concentrate on little things or small battles (which can be many with little ones).

summer's winding down

Summer is winding down.

It's the same signs every year - my oldest daughter is back in school, the days are a bit shorter, and I love the coolness of the mornings and late evening.

And I finally got around to developing + scanning the rest of my images from our beach vacation.  I could definitely use a couple more days on the beach.

I'm taking some time away in the next few weeks - posting will be light as I work on some photography projects that I have had in mind, and enjoy the last days of summer.