Friday, April 16, 2010

Spread your wings

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More Florida birds, for the most part the birds in Florida were very cooperative. Although, this week they've been pretty good to chase me down, even in my house, lol.




A Little Girl Talk


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It's been a crazy week! So rather than talking about the birds I just wanna babble a little. There's SO much going on in our lives right now - does life ever slow down?!  We're seriously contemplating where life is taking us, where we want it to go, and how we are going to get there.

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And today, my husband and I will be off shooting a wedding, and be exhausted by the time we fall into bed I'm sure - but a wonderful exhausted, you know(?) - I always feel a charge seeing people take their vows, changing their lives and bringing together their friends and their families and the celebration! It helps to remind me to be ever thankful of the blessings in my own life - and there are many really.

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But today, also marks a new stage of life for us. Our youngest child, the baby of seven (my four, his three) turns 18! I'm not sure how I got this old. I know when I'm not looking in the mirror I still feel like an 18 year old myself, but here I set at 43 - wow, really, did I just say 43?! Wow, I'm getting up there!

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And I know my son is anxious to spread his wings, and probably by the end of the year it will be just my husband and I living under this now quiet roof. It's actually quite scary thinking of all of our children as adults. I watch them and see them going through some of the same struggles I did starting out and I'm impressed at the way they handle themselves.

And I look at my mom, my dad, my grandma - heck grandma is 8o-something - she'll never tell, and she's still living each day like she's got 40 more years ahead and I start to wonder, is 43 really that old?

22 comments:

  1. Let me be the first to tell you that NO...43 is not old. Not at all. And I KNOW that because I am 51!!

    You are only as old as you feel...and there are days that we all feel old and there are days when we all feel young! I think it will be a little lonely when your last one moves out and it is just the two of you.

    But we have come to accept the New Normal....and you will too!! Love your bird shots, Lisa!!

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  2. I wanted to say the same thing, 43 is NOT old, I'm going to be 53 in October and it feels like eighteen here as well!

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  3. I think we feel like we are 18 for many, many years. No, 43 is not old at all. I honestly feel you are as old as you feel. If you decide to spend your life in a rocking chair then you are OLD. But if you are living your life to its fullest then you are still young.

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  4. Beautiful shots.

    You are not old until you sit in a rocker and can't make it go.

    Darryl and Ruth : )

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  5. 43 is not old!! My hubby just turned 43 yesterday!!!

    Great shots as always. So many wonderful birds where you are.

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  6. Heck no! You are as young as you feel, so good for you for feeling like 18 (as long as you don't dress like 18 :-D) I'm forty-fifteen and feel like I'm still thirty-something.

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  7. 43 is not that old! I wonder how I got to be 61. Great bird shots.

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  8. You are just a baby ... the 40's are the best years! Enjoy them and keep chasing beautiful critters to photograph!

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  9. A Garden of ThreadsApril 17, 2010 at 5:00 AM

    I love the shots of the birds, great. You know that saying everyone keeps telling you 'You are only as old as you think', well I wish the body would remember that. LOL, have a great time photographing the wedding and take care:)

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  10. Goodluck on your busy day! Gorgeous photos..

    Hope you ca take a peek of my a wandering goose, have a great weekend.

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  11. Loved your bird photos. You are definitely NOT old. My son will be 18 in December.

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  12. I love going to weddings too and seeing two people in love and surrounded by love. Happy birthday to your youngest! My daughter turns 1 today and I imagine that the next 17 will go just as fast!

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  13. It just amazes me that I will be 43 this year and I have a 5 year old!!! Funny that we are at such different stages in life but are almost the same age!

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  14. You found yourself some beauties there!

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  15. Brilliant photos. If it weren't for the green I'd have mistaken the season for winter...Supercool. 43...that can't be old...that's what I'll be next year !! Happy Birthday Lisa !! Sending 44 (one for good luck ) birthday honks from Times Square , YOU ROCK !!! HAPPY B-DAY !!

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  16. Happy brthday wishes to your son!!

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  17. That's supposed to have an "i" in it. :)

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  18. you have seven?? we only have six. always something and always fun.

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  19. I enjoyed looking at all your bird's photographs here Lisa, some I've never seen before , in my corner of the world. Both my babies are still living with me, they are both in the 20s. Here's it common to have unmarried children living with parents . Some married couple do live with one set of parent , to look after them in their old age.

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  20. You got some wonderful shots. Brings back lovely memories of birding in FL once upon a time. ~ks

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  21. lol, i'll be 48 in a couple of months and my baby will be turning 2 in October...and i refuse to be old, even if i feel it sometimes...i did find some shots of your kiddies!

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