Church Family and Some Belly Pics

24 Jun

Working on the weekends (as well as during the week) sometimes means that I give up doing things that are fun, and even things that I need.  Sometimes I give up sleep.  Sometimes I give up hanging out with friends in favor of sleep.  Sometimes I give up doing things around the house.  Actually, I give that one up more often than not.  Sorry if you’ve been to our house lately.

The amount of traveling and working I’ve been doing lately has meant that I’ve given up something that I’ve come to miss a whole lot.  Something that I really need.  I have given up seeing my church family every week.  Not because I don’t want to be there.  Mostly because my Sundays have been spent shooting weddings or driving back from shooting a wedding, or just being out of town in general.  We did get to go to church the past two weeks, and it was so great to be back.  I didn’t even get to really talk to anyone the first week.  I was so worn out that we left right after the service and I went home to sleep for the rest of the day.  No really.  I did.  But it was so good to be back in the community that we have been a part of for over 3 years now and with people that we have come to love.

Sundays have literally been days of rest for me for the last 2 weeks.  This is a new thing for me.  But right now it’s kinda necessary.  I have spent the past 2 Saturdays (and several before, but the past 2 have been more intense) shooting weddings in near-100-degree heat.  That kind of heat will zap your energy no matter your physical condition, but at 27 weeks pregnant, I’m finding it affects me more and more. I have literally done nothing on Sundays for the past couple weeks after we’ve gotten home from church.  Except maybe sleep.

If you’re a photographer, you know that a lot of the time, shooting weddings means that you end up ignoring the things that you need to make sure that you don’t miss anything, that you get the shot, or that you take care of the things your bride needs instead.  That can mean you don’t get a drink of water for 4 hours or longer, because there’s either none to be had or there’s just not a moment to stop for a drink.  I’ve discovered that can be a problem for me these days.  After walking half a mile on the beach, in all black clothes, in the sweltering heat last Saturday, I was red as a beet, sweating like a pig, and about ready to collapse.  Luckily, the catering staff working the wedding was super sweet, and every single time I passed by either of the bars, they would hand me a water, whether I asked for one or not.  They basically forced me to drink it, and I’m so thankful that they did, because I tend to ignore what my body tells me, thinking that I can keep going no matter what.  I’m kinda stubborn.

Anyway, I’ve been really out of it on Sundays for the past 2 weeks, and the only thing I can think to attribute it to is the heat I’ve been in the days before.  But despite being so loopy and out of it, it has been wonderful to be back at our church.  Being away for so long, it has made me appreciate them even more.  And I’m looking forward to being around a bit more now, since my wedding season is starting to wind down.  It’s an abnormally short season for me this year, since I’ll be out of commission for September and October, which were my marathon months last year.  I am kinda sad to be missing out on all those weddings, but I’m sure I won’t give it a second thought once September gets here.  I’ll be glad not to be out in the heat, and counting the days until our baby girl arrives, and frantically trying to get things ready.

I feel like this particular post has been kind of scattered and random… feels a bit like my life right now.  But, like I said, things are calming down, and I’m looking forward to having some extra time to work on things around the house.  Thanks for sticking it out with me this past couple of months.  It’s been crazy, for sure, but good.

People keep telling me I need to post some belly shots… I don’t really have that many yet, and as it’s kinda hard to take them of yourself, I just have a few that Joel has taken for me.  These are kind old, from around 20 weeks (beginning of May).  I’ll work on getting some more taken soon…. 🙂

My view… apparently baby girl was making my belly lopsided that day…

One Response to “Church Family and Some Belly Pics”

  1. Millie holloman June 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    I love the belly pics! Also, love the inspiration stuff… I love spending the day at the bookstore too, I should do that more often!

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