Ramblings & Musings, with a side of Venting

This is a hodgepodge of what’s been running through my head lately. Brace yourself πŸ™‚ Or you may choose to exit the blog πŸ™‚ Here goes….

So everyone has been doing New Year’s Resolutions, or one word for 2015. That’s fine and all, but I’m not always good with stuff like that. There is one thing I decided that I’d really like to do, and that’s to start my day with prayer. I do not always remember to do that, and I think my day would go much better if I would do that. I’m not talking about a huge amount of time. Just some time to pause before my Father, and ask for his help to get me through the day. Sometimes that may be kneeling beside my bed, other times that may be when I’m milking cows, or snuggling a child. God doesn’t care. He hears us whenever, wherever. Maybe that is sort of a resolution? πŸ™‚

Next topic. What is it about the morning routine, that leaves me feeling frazzled and short-tempered? I wish I could figure out a way to magically make my children crawl out of bed with a smile on their faces, and hit the ground running. No fighting, no talking back, just calm, cool, and collected. Let me know if you have tips. My problem is not really with the 2 youngest. They are generally happy when they get up. The others, well, they need to work on it πŸ™‚ God often hears me begging Him for patience. I need it in high quantities πŸ™‚

So I wrote the above paragraphs last evening. Now I have a few moments before they are all awake. The calm before the storm πŸ™‚ This morning happened to be a morning I went out to milk. The first stall I entered, the cow plastered me in the face with the tail she had been soaking in the gutter. All I could think as I wiped the urine and manure off my face, was that it was good I remembered to pray this morning. It helped me remain strangely calm πŸ™‚ And I also thought that cow must not have read my letter πŸ™‚

Since when is a 9 yr. old smarter than a 32 yr. old?!? My 9 yr. old thinks he is πŸ™‚ The road we travel to school was closed yesterday, so I needed to take a different route. As I’m driving, Devan told me I should have went the other way. And he said it in his IThinkIknowEverything voice. I asked him exactly what way I should have gone, and he proceeded to tell me the most out around way to go πŸ™‚ I told him that way would have been 5 minutes longer than the way I was taking. What did I get? An eye roll. My children have perfected the art of them πŸ™‚ I tell him what my mom used to tell me. Someday, your eyes might stay that way. And I get another eye roll. Sigh. What do I know anyway?? I’m only the mom.

I’m starting to count down the days till I head down to Haiti to see my sis and her family! I know me, I’ll be all stressed out next week trying to pack and organize and schedule. This will be my first time in the air, folks. This farm gal didn’t get out much πŸ˜‰ It’s also the first time I’m leaving my hubby and children for 4 days. That doesn’t come easy for me. I definitely like when I get to take a break from the needs of my family, but usually it’s a shorter break. Yes, I know they’ll survive πŸ™‚ Hopefully I do πŸ™‚ Ok, I may be a wee bit scared of flying. If you think of it, say a little prayer for me πŸ™‚ I am very excited to experience Haiti and see my sis. You can expect picture overload when I return. If I return πŸ˜‰

After seeing a sky like this, how can you not believe there is a God?

Trevor and snow 014_edited-1Trevor and snow 011_edited-1I took both of these pictures last winter, and I was playing around with making a watermark. So what are your thoughts on watermarking your pictures? I’ve heard one professional say it’s not necessary, but then a lot of people say you should. You’ll notice so far I wasn’t using a watermark. Part of me says, if someone wants to steal my work, that goes with them. The other part might be that I’m too lazy to do it πŸ™‚Β  I know if I ever do use one, it won’t be the above one. Too noticeable πŸ™‚ But please give me your input, if you are a photographer that reads my blog.

Have a great day!


15 thoughts on “Ramblings & Musings, with a side of Venting

  1. Jolene….great post! πŸ™‚ I am with you on having a hard time with resolutions! The other day I dropped my kids off for some volunteer work, and I took my pen and tablet and an iced mocha and went down to the park in town for some peace and quiet, just wanting to think. I ended up writing down a bunch of things that I want to work on this year, so I guess you could call them resolutions??
    Your pics of the winter scenes are beautiful! I miss that!
    Have a fun time with Sherita in Haiti! I’m sure you will!! πŸ™‚

  2. Interesting question about the watermarks. The only time I feel inclined to add a watermark is if the picture is of a person I know, because then I feel like it’s not just MY image. Sometimes if I don’t feel like adding a watermark, then I just download or post it at a low resolution, making it not worth stealing. In general, I don’t think there’s much to worry about. I only know one photographer who had a picture stolen from her blog, and it was quickly found out and removed. This was someone with a lot of very unique images.

    If I had to get children to school in the morning, that would make mornings really hard. As it is, I need a lot of patience at bedtime. One thing is for sure, mothering can’t be done alone. We need God more than ever in our daily walks.

      • A camera owner with training wheels πŸ™‚ I like that! That’s me too πŸ™‚ Thanks for weighing in on the watermarks! And bedtime around here requires patience too πŸ™‚

  3. Our mornings around here are complete chaos, trying to get the kids ready and out the door on time. And as far as watermarking… it’s really just a personal decision. If someone really wanted to steal an image, most watermarks are easy to erase in Photoshop, it just makes it a little bit more work for them to do so. But if you have images that you are proud of, I think it’s fun to watermark them, because if somebody likes an image that they see, they may google you, to see other pictures that you’ve taken. Both are gorgeous pictures by the way. πŸ™‚

  4. I don’t mind the mornings as much as the evenings….that is when I get short tempered and just want to be DONE with all the craziness of the day!!!
    I’ve never done watermarks only bc I am lazy. πŸ˜‰

  5. Fun post. I do love your blog. I am not a fan of watermarking my photos. Maybe if one went viral on pinterest I would wish I had? I don’t think it’s crazy to do so either. I just keep things pretty simple over here. Nine year olds… so smart. I have one. Also… Haiti!! I want to hear all about it.

  6. Oh yeah, roll those eyes. Sounds like we could just all get together and roll our eyes and feel right at home with each other. πŸ˜€ When did teenagers get to be so smart? πŸ™‚
    Haiti, it is one place I’d like to go. A family from our church is down there right now.
    Watermarking… I do, well lightroom does it for me with a click of a button. I have had people save the photos, even tho they are low resolution, and upload them somewhere else. I can’t stop that but at least they are marked if someone wants to know where they originate. I have also had people save them and then crop off the watermark, since I don’t want to mark them through the middle of the photo there isn’t much I can do to stop that. Guess it’s just a matter of preference. πŸ™‚

  7. I loved reading this post and seeing those beautiful pictures. I will be praying for you for safe travel and for safety and peace for both you and your family while you are apart. I am not a fan of air travel either! I will go to great lengths to avoid it, but I know sometimes it is necessary when the only way to get there is to fly or go by boat!! LOL! You will be fine, in Jesus’ name, and He is omnipresent, so He will be with you in the air and far away and with your family all at the same time. What an awesome, mighty God we serve!! So faithful and attentive to our needs and fears. I happened to like your watermark. Before I read on, I was thinking what a beautiful color the pink was and wondering which font you had used. I actually love it. My thoughts on a watermark are pretty casual, actually. I thought about creating one, even worked on it for a while, but then I realized, someone could just crop it out if they wanted to, and if someone wants to steal, they will steal. As you said, it is with them and on their conscience, and to God be the glory for any comfort anyone else can find in looking at and enjoying the pictures. Have a wonderful, safe, enjoyable trip, and I can’t wait to see all of the pictures when you return…YES, you WILL return, in Jesus’ name!! πŸ™‚

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