Oh, I have a lot to say about last week's DesignMom feature! I still can't believe that they really wanted to feature my house - my family. I'm pinching myself.
I had so much fun with the photo shoot. A friend came over and helped me scoot chairs and plump pillows and remove clutter and laugh. Mostly, it's laughing that what is normally an every-day scene can be dolled up into a fancy-pants fashion photo. It was so satisfying to see the inherent wonderfulness in my life - the beauty that I'm usually too busy to acknowledge.
A night or two later, I was headed to bed, trying my best to ignore the whisperings of the dirty dishes on the counter. I really shouldn't leave them until morning, I know. Not just because of flies and the health department, but mostly because my sweet husband does breakfast and a messy kitchen makes him crazy. I appreciate that he takes the morning shift and I don't want him to have angst that early!
I was so tired, though! I walked back to the bedroom with the image of the stack of soup bowls and piles of dirty spoons still flitting around in my head. I'm grateful for those dishes. It's a testimony that my family was well-fed tonight. Before I could climb into bed, I just had to grab my camera and head back to the kitchen. It only took a moment or two to grab the shot (and then I went to bed anyway).
The next day, I was looking through the raw files, getting ready to crop and edit the pictures to the format DesignMom wanted. There, with all the pretty pictures was the shot of the dirty dishes, awkwardly hanging around the cheerleaders like a seventh grader with braces. Oh yeah, that was me.
I don't know why I included that late-night picture. I was sure they wouldn't use it in the article. It wasn't prepped, it wasn't pretty, no natural light...who wants to see my dirty dinner dishes?
It's part of our life, and they included the picture in the home feature. I gasped when I saw it, then bubbled up with giggles. Really??
I guess we don't need to look that hard to find beauty in our lives. Dirty dishes and all.