Friday, May 25, 2012
One of the things I love about a good book is how the close of one chapter emotionally connects me to the next, enticing me to continue reading. Life is like that too, isn't it? All of our chapters connect to form the overall story of our life.
This past weekend, my husband graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He received a Masters of Divinity and will become an ordained pastor in August. His graduation marks the end of a 4-year long chapter in our lives. As I look back on that chapter, I can see it was marked by growth in so many ways: my husband read, studied and learned every day, we added a new member to our family (my sweet little boy, Jonah), we developed many new and wonderful friendships, I discovered a new hobby and passion for photography and we learned to live in a small apartment with one bathroom for five people. But most significantly for me, it was a time when I grew to be content with my life and come to know and understand who I was as a woman, as a mom, as a wife.
Although the ending of this chapter causes me to feel a bit sad, I know I can't stay in it forever. And it is propelling me (and my family, of course) into the next chapter. A chapter that I'm sure will be a page-turner!
Are you at the beginning or end of a particular chapter in your life? Terri's beautiful post earlier this week shared about being in the "empty nest" era of her life. I know many of you are watching your children complete their current grade in school and anticipating the start of another next fall. Perhaps you are beginning a new job or have just retired. Maybe you have had a new baby or a new grandchild. Whatever it is, share your "chapter" and your story with us!
And don't forget to continue to post your "sky's the limit" photos to the flickr pool. The month is almost over and we want to see all of your beautiful shots!
About my shot:
lens: 50mm 1.4
settings: f2.8, 1/40, 2000
lighting: canon speedlite 580 EXII external flash
editing: corrected white balance in adobe camera raw; RadLab (Lights On 39%, Oh Snap 49%, Warm It Up Kris 30%, Sugar Rush 58%, Clarify 31%)
Labels: Stephanie Mull