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 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.
Reading back over last month’s Moments In Between post, I was hopeful that Spring would put in an appearance during March. Sadly, it’s not really happened, with freezing temperatures and more snow making it feel like it’s been the longest winter ever. Fingers crossed that’s the last of it now and April will hold plenty of sunshine for us all.
I know I shouldn’t let the weather get to me. After all, it’s not something we can actively control or change so what’s the point in complaining about it? All we’re in charge of is our response to it. Most of the time I can pull on wellies and hats and gloves and go out anyway, determined to make the most of every day. But sometimes the lack of light just gets to me and my mood takes a bit of a downhill dive.
One thing guaranteed to help me feel better is pulling out my camera and capturing our every day, even if we’re not really doing anything all that special. And that’s where this project comes in with it’s snapshots of our very ordinary lives: silly moments; sad moments, celebratory moments; quiet moments; crazy moments and all the other kinds of moments.
Whenever I come to put these posts together, some of the shots always surprise me – things I’d forgotten about (like the one sunny day we had last weekend where we actually managed to go out exploring somewhere new!), expressions I hadn’t realised I’d captured and tiny details that I hadn’t spotted first time round. It always results in a real variety of photos – all pieces of the puzzle that makes us who we are. Each and every one of them tells part of our story. And I love them all.
Every month I find I have new favourites and March is no exception.
This is us.