Archives for April 2009

Capturing the Moments

Capturing the Moments

Flickr: lepiaf.geo

Part of finding beauty in life is savoring the little moments. A lot of life is stressful, busy, hardwork, often forgettable and quite unremarkable. And, many days are downright painful and difficult.

That is what is so sacred about beautiful moments. They come and go so quickly we can miss their significance.  We might be looking for something bigger and more dramatic and miss the beauty of what was right in front of us all along.

Ever since my children were first born, I have made a habit out of capturing little photos in my mind of the moments I wanted to treasure.

  • Sweet eyelashes fluttering over big blue eyes {remember those eyes so beautiful and innocent}
  • Chubby cheeks covered in sweet potatoes {linger on that baby face to remember it always!}.
  • Hugs by soft dimpled baby arms {don’t forget this feeling!}.
  • Singing soft lullabies to a sleepy boy {remember how precious he is!}
  • Two sisters laughing in the backseat of the car {I love their laughter, don’t forget how it sounded!}.
  • A little brother running to hug big sisters {my heart is full, remember this moment forever!}
  • Kids blowing bubbles on the porch {savor the sweetness, will this be the last time they blow bubbles?}

I had my parents over to our house at Easter. My middle daughter was looking through photos to find ones to put in her senior class slide show. “Remember this mom?,” she’d call over to me. Pretty soon we had all gathered around and savored the memories we had captured in pictures.

We laughed, we cried, we remembered and we shared the little things, the seemingly small moments that could be so easily forgotten if we haven’t captured them in our hearts — and fortunately, in pictures.

Capturing and treasuring those memories is what a joy-filled and beautiful life is about…it isn’t living the perfect life, or having life go exactly like we’d hope all the time, but it is living a life where we recognize what is precious when we see it.

Capturing the Moments

I have a great SURPRISE! giveaway today to help you in your endeavor to capture and share those memories! Kodak is giving away this wonderful prize, one Kodak Easyshare Digital Frame, to a reader of The Inspired Room!

KODAK EASYSHARE W1020 Wireless Digital Frames with Home Decor Kit — $269.95

These wireless frames come with a home decor kit that allows it to easily fit into any home aesthetic! With capabilities that include wireless access to stream photos from kodakgallery and flickr, to getting updates on news, weather and sports, this frame has it all with the ease of the KODAK QuickTouch Border.

The best part is, because of Kodak technology you can automatically send and receive pictures from KODAK Gallery members right on your frame with the Picture Mail feature so that you are constantly connected. To learn more visit Kodak!

Capturing the Moments

Just leave a comment here to be entered. If you share a beautiful life post on today’s Mr. Linky and link back to this post, (you can do this any time over the weekend or before the contest ends), you’ll get a second entry!  Put this link on twitter and share the tweet here for another entry! This giveaway is now closed

What special moments did you capture this week?
How did you find or create something beautiful?

Capturing the Moments

Share with us in the comments or via a link on Mr. Linky! Remember, all Mr. Linky links MUST BE TO A SPECIFIC POST RELEVANT TO A BEAUTIFUL LIFE. No home page links or it confuses me and I have to delete!

PS. Emily at Chatting at the Sky is celebrating beautiful ordinary moments on Tuesdays with her “Unwrapped Posts!” I’m linking up!

Inspiring Finds

Inspiring Finds
Make a dollar store skirt for your sink with Eddie Ross!

Inspiring Finds
Make your own home decor: stamp plates and create framed art with tips from Manuela!

Inspiring Finds
Make your porch pretty for Spring with Mandi Shandi!

Make your own artwork (great before and after) with an idea from Meredith!
Make your home happy with color (what are you waiting for!)!

Make a bulletin board with instructions from Lisa!

Make a sofa table for under $20 with the Thrifty Decor Chick!
Make homemade bubbles with instructions from Make and Takes!

Make homemade slushies with a recipe from Amy!

Make family rituals with tips from Tsh!

Make these crafts with your kids!

Make strawberry cheesecake trifle with this tempting recipe from Jen!

See my tumblr for lots of ideas and inspiration!

Stay tuned Friday for A Beautiful Life Mr. Linky AND a GREAT SURPRISE GIVEAWAY! Don’t miss it!