A Challenging Start

What is it about January… it always manages to throw life at me. So first let me say, I’m grateful for everything January throws at me. If you stop growing then you’re moving backwards. I whole heartedly believe that.

So while challenges are in abundance, I’m looking for beauty and the ordinary, in different places of my life. Including the fire hydrant across the street! Who knew they could look so cool zoomed in! It’s not just cool though. Every picture tells a story. The fire hydrant for example… It matches how I was feeling that day when I heard my moms cancer is still spreading even with the chemo. But she’s still here when she wasn’t expected to be. So it’s working to some extent and we are counting our blessings.

The budding pinecone story? Well, it all started while I was at Salem pond walking the path around the park. A black duck hopped towards me while I was standing under a pine tree, looking at the snow on the branches. That’s when I noticed it’s neck and leg were totally wrapped in fishing line, and the hook was in his foot. I had nothing on me or in the car that could help so I called animal control. When the officer arrived, instead of helping me, he shewed it into the water! I was floored! He promised he was going to call in the guy with the big net and tools who could help him. To sum up the rest, I never saw anyone come and I never saw the duck again. The picture of the pinecone is for the little black duck.

The shoe laces… Trevor came home after two years in the Spokane Washington area, and these shoes were the only thing that wasn’t falling apart. He was getting ready to go workout with his brothers so I snapped a quick picture of his shoes.

The water and it’s reflection… I have not been drinking enough water for my body. I’m 6 feet tall and I know my body needs 100 – 120 ounces of water daily! I’ll get back up to it!

The weed… I have a hard time not living close enough to drive to the ocean anymore, so when I’m really missing the ocean, I look for the beauty in things that look dead and blaw during winter. I used my macro lens to zoom in on this one and I think it looks so cool! So many layers to make something so small. Beautiful!

My One Word for the year is “Finish.” We’ll see how I do!

Last but not least is Pippin, my little hobbit, I mean puppy. 🙂 He loves to play in the fresh new snow. He literally tries to dig a tunnel through it with his face. He’s a character!

Now that you know the stories behind the pictures, these were the prompts I may or may not have used for the following daily photo prompts:

  1. Welcome 2019
  2. Fresh
  3. One Word
  4. Branches
  5. Room to Grow
  6. Red
  7. Shades of Red

Be confident, genuinely, imperfectly you.


Published by dawnnichole

I am a mom, who is lucky enough to be married to an amazing, handsome, funny, talented ( i could keep going with this ) husband. And we have 4 amazing boys, and a fur-baby named Pippin. My passions are my family, friends, photography, scrapbooking, trying new recipes, reading, sports, the mountains, I'm a closet Lord of the Rings nerd... my list is long, so let's just end it here! :) This blog is to show you the world through my eyes. I hope we can help add that little bit of sunshine to your day!

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