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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Forever on My Toes - One Year Ago, Today

About a year ago, I was given an opportunity to develop my photography skills through a workshop provided by a wonderfully talented photographer, Sheye Rosemeyer. As a workshop assignment, we were asked to capture "ourselves."

I am sharing this photo and post with you, as I shared it one year ago, today.

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I was what you would call a “girlie girl.”

Like many aspiring ballerinas, I dreamed of the day when I would pirouette across a New York stage to the music of The Nutcracker Suite. But, life is funny. You never know where you will end up.

When it was time for me to have children, I knew that I would have girls. "Girlie girls" have girls, right?! So, imagine my surprise (with two deliveries) when I heard the words, “It’s a boy!” It was time for me to begin to learn the ways of boys…I had no idea I would remain forever on my toes.

Nicholas’s car crocks have made an appearance in several photos on
this blog. When he picked them out, I cringed. The word, UGLY, came to mind. But, over the last several weeks—and by force—these shoes have grown on me. I love the car face. I love the character. I love that they are red (Heller’s favorite color). I love that as I post this, Nicholas is running through the house in a diaper and his car shoes.

With this photo, I hoped to capture the juxtaposition of life’s direction—where we are at one Pointe—pun intended—is not necessarily where we will end up, and it’s not a bad thing…just different.

This leads me to one of my favorite quotes from the Bible, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, “plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

I have faith that we will all eventually land where God plans, even if we don’t recognize the vehicle—pun intended—that takes us there.


Lara said...

Oh Hayley, I remember this!!!!

I am so thankful that I encountered you and the other amazingly talented women in that course. My life is so much the richer for having you in it.

Happy anniversary, you girlie-girl to car girl!

Rikki said...

I loved this then and I still love it now.

I am ever so grateful that I met you and that I can call you my friend.

Kate said...

I was going to say - almost exactly word for word - what Rikki and Lara said!

I can't believe it is a year ago. Amazing. So happy to that I know you.