A few months ago, I caught wind of a photography project some moms were doing. It made such an impact on my heart, I had to join in.
The images were moving to me. I have a really hard time letting go of clutter and mess in my home. Having 4 kids, the mess can take over a home in minutes. I have tried to do my best to organize and control the mess (like I wrote about HERE), but regardless – kids will be kids. It is a real mental effort for me to realize that having a clean home all the time is not possible with little children, and I have to work really hard not to go all ba-zerk on my kids when it is a mess.
After seeing the images from these other moms I realized something life changing. The evidence of children in our lives is such a blessing! Their play/mess is a reflection of who they are and if we are so concerned with just cleaning it up – we miss the beauty of the little life we have been given to raise.
Now, I’m not saying I have embraced it and we now live in complete chaos. I still make them clean up every day, but I have enjoyed taking the chance to pause before we do and see what they have created with their imaginations and the joy they have experienced that day.
I wanted to show you some images I’ve shot in the past few months, here and there, that have helped me see my kids in a different light. Kids are so awesome! Their creativity and imagination inspires and uplifts me every day. I’ve decided to title my project “Kids Live Here” rather than “kids are here” just as a personal reminder that my home doesn’t need to be neat and tidy to be perfect. I might add, none of this was staged. I simply saw a moment and grabbed my camera.
Here we go!
Better use of a couch.
Surprise drawings in my inspiration journal.
Baby doll in a windowsill.
Kid style decorating.
Another pack of baby wipes, on the floor.
Welcome to our room.
What happens when I say, “go clean your rooms”.
Hiding mess from mom.
This is what it means to “put your shoes away”.
Never ending laundry.
Dr. Seuss’s horse stable.
The 1 year old tornado.
And the quiet after the storm.
The princess lair.
Don’t trip on your way out.
The ever-changing window decor.
Warm tousled bed with morning light.
Late for school.
Didn’t want to sit there any way.
I hope this has inspired you to find the beauty of childhood!
I would love to hear if you have a photography project idea of your own! I had so much fun with this one!
*Linking up to these parties, HERE.