January 2019: The Moments In Between

I take hundreds of photos every month, and most of them don’t get shared with anyone, let alone online. And yet the moments in time that those photos capture are just as important a part of our story as the other images that I do choose to share.

I originally created this blog as a way of documenting our lives, a way of watching the girls grow into who they’re going to be and a way of remembering who they once were. It’s something I want them to be able to look back on as they get older, because memories fade but (digital) photographs don’t.

It’s easy (and tempting) to only focus on sharing the fun bits, the memorable parts, the highlights and the celebrations. But I’m learning more and more as I continue through this crazy journey of motherhood that it’s really important to me that I capture the ordinary, everyday times that we spend together as well. The bits of the jigsaw that fill in the gaps to complete the picture. The tantalising glimpses into who our girls are becoming.

The chaos, the calm and all the moments in between.

This monthly feature – The Moments In Between – is a space for me to share all of those magical bits that would otherwise just stay in a folder on my laptop, never to see the light of day.

JANUARY

I am not a fan of January.  It always feels like the longest month ever; it’s cold and grey; the December celebrations are over; and all anyone wants to do is hibernate, which is not my natural state of being at all.  I know that there is beauty to be found in all seasons though, so I’ve worked harder to seek it out, doing my best to document all of those tiny moments of colour and light whenever they appeared.

I honestly thought I’d only have about ten photos to share this month as it feels like I’ve barely picked up my camera.  But yet again I’ve been surprised by how many moments I have captured.  And so once again I’m reminded that there is always something good if you choose to look for it.  There is always a moment worth remembering whether its a slow, quiet day or a busy, noisy, chaotic one.  Moments matter, and I’m starting to recognise that honouring them with my camera in this way means more to me than I ever truly realised.

I love every single one of these images, as always.  So very much.  They all tell a story, and when seen all together like this, they tell our story.  There are some new favourites in there for sure.  Every single one has a meaning for me deeper than the surface level of what you see.  Every single one brings back feelings and thoughts and moments I want to remember.  Joy and contentment and craziness and comfort and calm and love.

Every single one speaks to me in so many ways.

Every single one is a piece of our jigsaw.

This is us.

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply February 4, 2019

    Jade @ Captured by Jade

    This series of yours is one of my favourites within the blogging community.

    I think especially as people who share snippets of life online, it is easy to get caught up in the big moments & wins, not celebrating the small – or as you say, honouring them. Our life is made up of big & small moments, with the small ones often being what bring us to the big, and also some of the most treasured. They are definitely worth honouring.

    Happy February to you & your family.
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    • Reply February 10, 2019

      Chloe Ridgway

      Oh wow Jade you have no idea how much your words mean to me. This is my absolute favourite post to put together every single month – I just love telling our story in this way so my girls can see it all when they look back on it once they’re older. And yes, I agree – the small moments are sometimes even more special than the ‘big’ ones.

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