Do you have a "crafty" friend? My"crafty" friend is
Jacki Quinn, mother of two boys living in Plainfield. She's
the queen of homemade inviations, scrapbooks and personalized
gifts. Jacki embraces her talents and the process of creating
brings her great joy.
I asked her to write about one of her most interesting craft
adventures titled "Project 365". I thought this blog
community might enjoy the challenge. There are so many
different ways to embrace the present moment, and this is an
"active" way to appreciate each day….
By the time my first born was three, I had taken literally over
20,000 photos of him and his younger brother.
By the time my first born was six, I had completed seven
And then I came across "Project 365" and I thought to myself -
this is right up my alley.
The whole idea is to take a photo each day of the year, journal
about it, and put it into an album.
Every day I took a photo of something that was relevant in our
lives. I took many pictures of my boys, but took just as many
without family member as subjects.
I took pictures of my son asleep on the kitchen floor, my son in
his new baseball uniform, our family in front of the Christmas
tree, the kids in the neighborhood on the first day of school.
But I also took photos like the two bottles of medicine that my
son and husband were taking because they had strep throat, a photo
of the pipe I dug straight through in the garden while planting
flowers, a photo of the TV the day President Obama was sworn in, a
photo of my bed that my four-year-old made as a surprise, and a
photo of a perfect spelling test.
Each photo has a dated tag with journaling to record any
important or less obvious facts, and each two page spread holds
seven days. It really chronicles our daily life and
particular events from that year.
I often use it to look up things such as where did we have
Easter that year or what was the date of that Cubs game we went
Through most of my project, it was very easy to find things to
take photos of, and it didn't start to be somewhat of a burden
until about October.
However, I did not give up (I couldn't - I had already put the
first six months worth into the album)! It only pushed me to
use my imagination as to what else was important to us as
individuals and as a family.
As January rolled around and "Project 365" was completed, it
felt extremely strange not to have to take a photo each day.
At random points throughout the first couple of weeks, I would
panic, thinking, did I take my daily photo yet??
Now a new year is approaching, and I am looking forward to
tackling "Project 365" again (I had to check the calendar to be
sure 2011 isn't a leap year!).
It's the big stuff that everyone remembers, graduations,
parties, school plays, but it's the small stuff that happens every
day that really make up our lives. Those are the things I
want to remember…..
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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