Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh be thankful, little heart


Kevin and I love photography. We have since the year we got married. Life and schedules and responsibility often tugs you away from your passions, hobbies, and true loves. I used to sing and play the guitar and write music all the time (that's how Kev and I met, actually) and now I never do because I got too busy building a career and putting money in the bank. (Which, let's be honest, I'd rather have money in the bank than a really cool song about being broke)

The year we got married (2007) Kevin surprised me with this camera that Christmas. I cried because I couldn't believe it. We were both so excited and use it all the time, every single day. Well worth the investment.

We have been encouraged recently to start back up in taking more creative and beautiful photos to capture life instead of just snapshots, so naturally I thought "well then we need a nicer camera".

Wrong.

We did all sorts of research and we found out that a different lens would certainly help, but ultimately our camera is perfect for what we're wanting. It can take the beautiful, high quality pictures we're wanting. It's just up to us to learn how to properly utilize it.

So it got me thinking...
we need to find value in the things we have already been blessed with.
And not go out and just obtain a bunch of "stuff" in hopes that it will make us happier and happier.
And trust the Father that HE will provide what we need, when we need it.
Because, I mean, hello, look at the camera we already had!
Look at the clothes you already have!
Look at the home you already have!
And those beautiful children!
And that amazing husband!
And those strong, encouraging friends!

May we never take for granted what the Father has so graciously provided for us, as He always does.

8 comments:

Elaine said...

This was a beautiful post! We really do need to remember to give thanks because we have more than other people on this earth!

CLOTHED MUCH, a modest fashion blog

humblelearning said...

Jessica, best post in the history of WTK! I'm giving you a high five, a hug, and a thigh bump for this. Love, Shannon

(and ps, I seriously did my homework on the D40, it's (caution: curse word coming up) totally badass and you certainly can use it to it's potential)

annie farrar said...

WELL SAID! Great post! It's not always about 'keeping up with the Jones's'. Being content is more important. Great post.

Cassimus T. said...

so true, and yet so hard to remember! I am incredibly thankful for this post, and will be contemplating this today.
And now, for some strange reason, I am thinking about the Thanksgiving holiday ( being thankful, and such)...and Christmas songs. Oh, how the mind wanders.. :D!

Leslie said...

I know you will take beautiful pictures with that camera! And it doesn't matter what kind of camera you use as long as that Ruby is in the pic!

Jenny Galloway said...

Kudos to this post! I completely agree, chasing after material items or even trying to change relationships or people to be what we want is worth nothing. Stopping and loving everything where it is, is truely valuable. Not to say it isn't good for things to change or to attain certain things. Sometimes we as the people we are can chase for the wrong reasons tricking ourselves into thinking it's for good. I can't wait to see your pictures! I think the ones you post now are fabulous as is!

Larsen Family said...

Amen

Larsen Family said...

Jessica, I am NO photographer; but I know one who has a wonderful blog. ashleyannphotography.com She also offers photography classes every so often called SnapShots.

She offers photo tips, etc. You might really get a lot of useful information out of her blog. She is also very crafty and does amazing DIY projects. Check her out and let me know what you think. :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh be thankful, little heart


Kevin and I love photography. We have since the year we got married. Life and schedules and responsibility often tugs you away from your passions, hobbies, and true loves. I used to sing and play the guitar and write music all the time (that's how Kev and I met, actually) and now I never do because I got too busy building a career and putting money in the bank. (Which, let's be honest, I'd rather have money in the bank than a really cool song about being broke)

The year we got married (2007) Kevin surprised me with this camera that Christmas. I cried because I couldn't believe it. We were both so excited and use it all the time, every single day. Well worth the investment.

We have been encouraged recently to start back up in taking more creative and beautiful photos to capture life instead of just snapshots, so naturally I thought "well then we need a nicer camera".

Wrong.

We did all sorts of research and we found out that a different lens would certainly help, but ultimately our camera is perfect for what we're wanting. It can take the beautiful, high quality pictures we're wanting. It's just up to us to learn how to properly utilize it.

So it got me thinking...
we need to find value in the things we have already been blessed with.
And not go out and just obtain a bunch of "stuff" in hopes that it will make us happier and happier.
And trust the Father that HE will provide what we need, when we need it.
Because, I mean, hello, look at the camera we already had!
Look at the clothes you already have!
Look at the home you already have!
And those beautiful children!
And that amazing husband!
And those strong, encouraging friends!

May we never take for granted what the Father has so graciously provided for us, as He always does.

8 comments:

Elaine said...

This was a beautiful post! We really do need to remember to give thanks because we have more than other people on this earth!

CLOTHED MUCH, a modest fashion blog

humblelearning said...

Jessica, best post in the history of WTK! I'm giving you a high five, a hug, and a thigh bump for this. Love, Shannon

(and ps, I seriously did my homework on the D40, it's (caution: curse word coming up) totally badass and you certainly can use it to it's potential)

annie farrar said...

WELL SAID! Great post! It's not always about 'keeping up with the Jones's'. Being content is more important. Great post.

Cassimus T. said...

so true, and yet so hard to remember! I am incredibly thankful for this post, and will be contemplating this today.
And now, for some strange reason, I am thinking about the Thanksgiving holiday ( being thankful, and such)...and Christmas songs. Oh, how the mind wanders.. :D!

Leslie said...

I know you will take beautiful pictures with that camera! And it doesn't matter what kind of camera you use as long as that Ruby is in the pic!

Jenny Galloway said...

Kudos to this post! I completely agree, chasing after material items or even trying to change relationships or people to be what we want is worth nothing. Stopping and loving everything where it is, is truely valuable. Not to say it isn't good for things to change or to attain certain things. Sometimes we as the people we are can chase for the wrong reasons tricking ourselves into thinking it's for good. I can't wait to see your pictures! I think the ones you post now are fabulous as is!

Larsen Family said...

Amen

Larsen Family said...

Jessica, I am NO photographer; but I know one who has a wonderful blog. ashleyannphotography.com She also offers photography classes every so often called SnapShots.

She offers photo tips, etc. You might really get a lot of useful information out of her blog. She is also very crafty and does amazing DIY projects. Check her out and let me know what you think. :)