Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Capturing Everyday Miracles

I find that capturing everyday miracles is sometimes a case of being in the right place, at the right time, with your camera at the ready.

Case in point:

I happened to capture this miracle last summer in Minneapolis at the Mall of America on our family vacation. We were taking a break from Nickelodeon Universe and went to explore Legoland. I must have been trailing behind for some reason (maybe I got distracted by something shiny! ;) ) Anyway, when I got to where the kids were, I immediately noticed that my boys were holding hands-- not a common occurence to say the least. But, in being in such a large place, I'm sure they felt safer this way. But whatever the reason, I knew I had to capture this moment on film.

I love how the everyday miracles with which God blesses us include our relationships!

Here's the layout I made with this precious photo:

I used Bazzill (cream) and Papertrey Ink cardstock (hawaiian shores), American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket & The Girls' Paperie patterned paper, a Basic Grey fabric brad, Papertrey Ink stamps (Wonderful Words, Half & Half) and die (Half & Half) and my Quickutz Alphabet dies (reuse).

Other times for me, it's just a matter of taking a photo to remember a moment.

Here's another example:

We were having a wiener roast the other night. I was sitting behind my youngest son while he was roasting a marshmallow. All of a sudden, I heard him singing softly: "Take my life and let it be, all for You and for Your glory. Take my life and let it be Yours.” It was a chorus from a praise song we’d sung that morning in church. It made me so happy to hear this and I knew I wanted to remember it always, so I took this photo:

Yes, it's from behind and you can't see his face. But I felt moving around in front of him would have ruined the moment. Besides, this is the true memory for me.

Here's how I scrapbooked it:

I used Papertrey Ink cardstock (enchanted evening, kraft, stamper's select white), and Half & Half die. I also used Crate Paper patterned paper and a download for the title from a Big Picture Class.

Thanks for looking!


Joyce said...

Just so sweet.

Deanna Jean said...

What a great moment to catch. I love that you took the picture from behind...from your view. Perfect.

Elena said...

awww, I hope mine are still reaching for each other when they get a bit older - I melt everytime I see them holding hands, but they're still little... and I love hearing their little voices singing praise songs - with such purity and without pretense... love it.

Nancy Ludwick said...

Wonderful moments for sure! I'm so happy you were able to capture them in a picture and now on a scrapbook page. Tender hearts toward God and toward each other. Doesn't get any better than that for a parent!

Mara... said...

Very sweet layouts, Leigh. I love the moments you captured and that is so awesome you got the memories down in the scrapbook. Isn't that what it's all about? :-)

Amy said...

Oh Leigh, your layouts and the stories behind them are priceless. Such beauty and precious moments you have caught on camera! Keep it up!!

Laurie said...

OK girlfriend. These pictures are AMAZING! I love these layouts and I am in awe! Can you please come over so we can scrapbook together? WOW!!

Danielle said...

love this one too! :)