Saturday 8:45 am

I’m home. rested and ready for a Saturday!

For all the photos I take, I sometimes have a palpable ache in my heart when I can’t photograph something. Like just now, I was holding Taft on my lap. He needed mommy hugs and we sat on the couch together for at least 10 minutes and I wished that someone could come along and capture a really cool interpretive image to remind me of what I was experiencing — the feel of his curls and smell of his hair, the way his body all curled up fits perfectly on my lap, the way my arms wrap around him and the way he still holds my hand and so many other little things.

As I sat there I remembered my opportunity to take a picture with my heart — to very deliberating notice and mentally imprint on my brain each sense and the yearning in my soul to hold onto this moment. He’s upstairs now and I was left to hope that I would make time today to write about this moment — and then it dawned on my that I could share this with you, hoping that maybe today we can all be a bit more conscious of immersing ourselves in unphotographable moments.

And by the way, there is a really cool blog/website that has for its aim this very thing. If you haven’t yet, please visit — it’s cool.

Good things happening today. Registration for Barbara Carroll’s very popular Photography 101 workshop opens at 9:00 am — it will fill fast. Barbara is so good at what she does and so eager to share her talents and empower us all with better photography skills — don’t miss this chance to experience this class. Check out the photo she sent my for my birthday this week …

hello?  Wouldn’t you love to get even a little closer to being able to do this?

We just launched the first of three project now classes by the ever-talented and adorable Nic Howard. I had  "watched" her from afar and had the opportunity of getting to know her a bit better last fall when we traveled to New Zealand. I’m thrilled to bring you her perspective on this great hobby of ours. This first class is called Conversations and it’s FAB. And the really cool thing? We are working with David Roberts and Kiwi-Scraps to provide a "down under" resource for supplies in Nic’s classes. Please let us know how this works for you and if it is something we should pursue for other classes as well. We love our Aussie and Kiwi students — so let us know!!

and finally, a BIG thanks to all the gals at Mega Meet. Kayce and I had a wonderful time in Novi and LOVED meeting a handful of LOMers and so many more. Thank you, thank you for the chance to come and experience your corner of the world.

And, thank YOU for all the nice birthday wishes. In honor my 43rd year, I’m going to be exploring the site 43Things (based out of Seattle — so it has to be good!) There is also 43People and 43Places — sounds like something I could get into. Check it out and tell me what you think — this whole social networking thing is quite amazing!!


  1. Well Stacy, you already sound very organized, but.. Just to keep the 43 meme going there’s which is a great getting things done site.

  2. Hi, Stacy,
    It was so great to meet you in Novi! Thanks for coming to Michigan and for taking the time to talk with so many of us!
    I’m glad you had time to snuggle with Taft…I had a similar moment with my youngest son, and I remember thinking how glad I was that he slipped his hand into mine today. I’m savoring these moments, because I know they are fleeting!
    (That son was not in the “we’re all the same height” picture I showed you – he’s not tall enough to qualify yet! ;-) )
    Enjoy your weekend with your family, and Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Jeannette P says:

    I totally love the description of you spending some special snuggle time with Taft. I love being able to do that with my children and I too have journaled a little about the experience after wishing I could capture the moments with a camera. It just wouldn’t be the same if you said, hang on Taft, Mommy wants to get the camera…but instead revel in the moments. I like to journal things but I have decided that one of these days I’m going to either have my DH take some pics of me & the kids doing storytime & bedtime routine or I’m going to set the tripod up so I can share it in my albums.
    Totally sad that I missed you in Novi. I bet your class was amazing.
    Enjoy your special day tomorrow as we celebrate Mother’s Day. I’m sure your family will bless you with many wonderful thoughtful things, be it hugs & kisses, cute notes, or even material things. My 5 yr old came home from school on Friday with a sentence she wrote in response to her teacher asking the class to write a sentence about their moms. She wrote” My Mommy is goofey!” I smiled so HUGE when I read it, especially since I was just being silly with her before we cleaned her backpack out. This is a definite keeper for a page in the near future.

  4. Ok, so I didn’t see your post on Sat. But I am here wishing you a very Happy Mother’s day!
    I hope you have a wonderful relaxing day.
    Thank you for all you do!

  5. Theresa says:

    Stacy, it was so awesome meeting you last Wednesday and again in your class on Thursday morning at the Mega Meet in Michigan! I was one of the few who forgot there pictures for the project and talked to you up front. I think you are a wonderful person with so much inspiration for all of us. Thank you for sharing your albums and yourself with all of us. I collected a sticker off of an avocado today to start my own FOOD album. Isn’t that cool?
    Happy late birthday, I am also 43years old and can relate. Have a great mother’s day! You are teaching me to celebrate my life and not worry about chronological albums.
    Thanks again for coming to Michigan. I hope to see you again.

  6. I’m glad you and Taft had some ‘snuggle time’ and that you blogged about it. Love the photo card that Barbara sent you. She is a REAL talent and a lovely friend. I hope your Mother’s Day was wonderful.

  7. I am trying to find the quote of the day link again and I cannot find it. Can you help me get to it, please?
    Thanks so much.

  8. Stacy -
    You always surprise me with “just one more website” I have to visit. 43Things… such fun. I can’t wait to see if it reminds me next week to “live in the moment”. I realized tonight that I did not. For tonight my 9-year-old son climbed onto my lap and I didn’t take a photo with my heart – and I should have. Instead I thought of all the work I still needed to get done. How many more nights will I have left like that? I am going to make an effort this week to “just be” with my kids. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Claire fader says:

    Stacy – HELP !!! We’ve all read your Photo Freedom book and have loved every little bit of it ( writing this from the UK by the way~) but we can’t buy the drawers you show in your book ( which are such a vital part of your system ) for love nor moeny – well maybe money – that’s the problem . the cheapest we can find them in the Uk is about $320 which makes it prohibitively expensive. Can you recommend a US supplier who will ship to the UK ? We’re all dying to get started – we all belong to a UK scrapping forum called ( unsurprisingly) UK Scrappers and there’s a thread going on there that has about 200 posts now ! Would love any help you can suggest !

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