There will be no “standard” Foto Friday post today.

However. As I looked through my Foto Friday posts I found that there was not any really rhyme nor reason to the posts. No “standard”, per se. Basically, I would just share what new things that I was learning, whether it be about composition, manual settings on my camera, or about photo editing.

(Interesting side not I just thought of. You probably were not expecting me to post anyway, with it being Good Friday and all (A statutory holiday!). I think it in interesting that kids are not allowed to pray in schools, and yet a national Holiday celebrates the story of Jesus (Son of God!) dying on the cross. I’m just sayin’…)

The problem is, I have not been learning much. As I expressed the other day, I have been merely treading water. Not moving forward. I have started inching in the right direction, but I have a lot of catching up to do. I need to pick up speed.

Before we left for Mexico, I felt as though the (photography) world was my oyster. The feeling continued as I was in that magical place, and I felt as though my camera was an extension of myself.

Upon arriving home, my beloved camera was put down in favour of my (even more) beloved children. My creative self was stopped dead in her tracks.

After over two weeks of separation from my (camera) baby, thing were looking up. We were all feeling better, and I was not as needed (or as needy) as I had been. I wanted to reconnect with my camera but did not know where to start. I felt like I had taken one step forward…and was now two steps back.

On that fateful Tuesday afternoon when I took my children to the grocery store, I lingered at the flower department. I am not one to spend money frivolously, being married to a Dutch man and all. I was taken in by the Easter bouquet. It had colours that made my heart sing.

But flowers cost money. And they die. And I just bought a little purple plant last week for $1.99.

Purple

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Buds

Did I really need to spend more money on this Easter bouquet?

I debated. And debated. We circled the store and got all of the groceries that we needed.

I found myself back in the flower section.

I put the bouquet in my cart. I went through the checkout.

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Blue and white

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Orange

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Faded pink

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Blue and white

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Pink!

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Orange

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Blue and white

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That $5.99 was worth every single penny.

The verse that sprang to mind was about the lilies of the field. These were not lilies, per se, but they were flowers. If God can adorn these wee plants so beautifully, how much more does He take care of me?

I feel renewed, rejuvenated, refreshed.

Inspired.

Now that the creative part of me has been reignited, I might even go into my craft room this weekend and play with some of the (oodles and oodles of) pretty paper I have stored in there.

What is it that inspires you?

Happy Good Friday!

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  1. Hannah March 21, 2008 1:40 am edit

    Beautiful flowers!! So wonderful that you found inspiration in some of God’s most beautiful creations.

    I am often inspired by words. Especially ones put to music, but many times simply words I read somewhere. I’m a lover of quotes, sayings, poems, verses, scriptures, thoughts … often words will stir my soul and inspire me to create/sing/pray or simply think deeply for a change.

    Happy Easter to you!

    P.S. Is Good Friday not a statutory holiday everywhere? We get Easter Monday too! The kids also get Easter Tuesday (??) but again, not many people in our society even realise or care about the REAL reason we have this holiday. So sad.

    Hannah’s last blog post..Good Friday

  2. K March 21, 2008 3:44 am edit

    That blue flower is so gorgeous!! I still can’t get over it. Or course you photograph it beautifully. :)
    Nature inspires me too, but also other people and their perspectives. It’s incredible to me how people see the world so differently.

    K’s last blog post..Reminiscing about Delilah’s Puppyhood

  3. Kami March 21, 2008 6:59 am edit

    I love this post, you share your heart for all to see and it inspires me.

    YOU inspire me.

    Of course I don’t have a fancy camera or pretty paper but what I do have is house that needs organizing. That’s about as creative as I get. :-)

    Oh and I totally agree with you on the praying and holiday thing… could we be any more contradictory? That’s why Jack goes to a Catholic school… at least it’s Christian.

    Enjoy your weekend and I can’t wait to see the new Easter outfits ;-)

    Kami’s last blog post..Update

  4. Scarlett March 21, 2008 7:06 am edit

    Great post! I too am inspired from your pics. The camera is being used FO SHIZZLE this weekend!!! =)

    HAPPY EASTER!!!!

  5. Janssen March 21, 2008 7:54 am edit

    What a lovely post. Good for you, for buying those flowers. They are gorgeous!

    Janssen’s last blog post..Feel Free to Ignore Me

  6. Heidi F March 21, 2008 9:56 am edit

    Amazing! Now that $5.99 is bringing a blessing to all of us! Thanks!

  7. Elizabeth March 21, 2008 11:15 am edit

    Beautiful flowers. I am inspired by God’s miraculous creation!

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..Real Ridin?

  8. Loralee March 21, 2008 11:54 am edit

    Money very well spent, indeed.

    So, Good Friday is a National Canadian holiday?
    I’m envious.

    Loralee’s last blog post..Sideblog: Jumping on the ?Comment Luv? bandwagon

  9. little miss mel March 21, 2008 1:55 pm edit

    family, friends and food inspire me.

    luckily, i will get to be with all three this weekend, and the next, and the next. it’s going to get busy around here and luckily we are not alone. :)

    little miss mel’s last blog post..a little dab of goop with do ya

  10. Beverley Warwick March 21, 2008 2:02 pm edit

    I noticed your blog banner during the week … that inspired me. I’ve got a thing for trees at the moment … they inspire me. Basically God’s creation does it for me … or maybe the odd really cute little girls outfit.

    Beverley Warwick’s last blog post..Good Friday

  11. Anna March 21, 2008 2:26 pm edit

    Ooooo, those flowers are fantastic!
    Beautiful, I want some!
    I am glad to hear you are on the rebound….I wondered when we would see the inspiration for the new banner, I love it!
    It is so you….I think;-)

    Anna’s last blog post..puddles

  12. metalia March 21, 2008 2:32 pm edit

    I’m glad you circled back and got the bouquet…the resulting pictures are breathtaking. Have a great weekend! xo

    metalia’s last blog post..Insert Elvis Song Pun Of Your Choice Here

  13. Carolyn March 21, 2008 3:57 pm edit

    Love the photos. Glad they inspired you.

    Me? I’m inspired by pretty paper too! Love it. I have more than I could ever use in ten lifetimes. I also love great writing and fantastic graphic design. I read or see something amazingly well crafted and it makes me want to just get to it.

    And of course, thoughtful and honest bloggers like you are always inspiring.

    Happy Easter!

    Carolyn’s last blog post..happy tenth wedding anniversary to us.

  14. christy March 21, 2008 4:21 pm edit

    My husband and his ever increasing wisdom inspire me. As I’m sure you well understand. Happy Easter. I was thinking that you and your passion for flower photography should look into getting a softbox for your flash. I hear it makes all the difference. Never tried it but it’s what I hear….
    google it perhaps?

    BBQ this weekend?

    christy’s last blog post..Stunning family.

  15. Holly March 21, 2008 5:52 pm edit

    The blue & white flower is my favourite – stunning!
    Blessed Easter to you and your family :)

    Holly’s last blog post..5 Things

  16. Michele March 21, 2008 8:29 pm edit

    BEAUTIFUL!!! As I said before, I love the blue and white ones…Are you going to put any of them on Etsy? I happen to know someone who would buy them, (hint, hint)! If those pretty flowers don’t say Spring, I don’t know what does!!! Have a great Easter weekend!

  17. Schnozz March 21, 2008 9:46 pm edit

    Hey, now the flowers sort of WON’T die. That’s nice. :)

    As an agnostic, I like the idea of giving everyone a day off to do their thing a lot better than any organized ritual being integrated into the education system. Your point is taken, but I DO see a difference … even non-Christians enjoy spending time with their families, and it doesn’t hurt them any to do it on a Christian holiday! I think it’s a nice compromise.

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