September 27, 2008
We've been discussing the economy and the credit/housing bubble. I have to admit, after years of going virtually credit-card-free (paying with cash or check card only), I broke down last April and got myself a camera. It was right after my son won the regional Robo-championship and we were off to nationals across the USA. Daddy took me to Best Buy and we signed our life away on a nice digital Cannon. I love my camera (but I hate the payment). Thankfully I don't have a lot of credit card debt - but we have our share of school loans, govt. loans (disaster loan from FEMA), and of course the mortgage and car notes. We stopped using credit cards for the most part way back in our last 16 years together. We just haven't been able to shake all of our debt yet.
My mega-zillion photos from last April through today make me feel better about that Best Buy payment each month. Photo memories can't be replaced and will always be treasured. I hope I can pay off the camera quickly, though. Lately I have been considering doing some photography for money on the side. A lovely friend at my retreat last week told me that I wouldn't have a hard time starting my own business. I thought about offering to take pictures for homeschoolers - annual class photos for the school year - but homeschoolers are usually not the type that have money to spare for luxuries. I am too afraid to do a wedding (until I get some more experience under my belt).
Whatever ensues with my camera ideas, at least I have the option to continue making beautiful memories for our family. Here below are a few from April through September of 2008 (my "Summer Essay in Photos" for the HSBA Post's meme):
From left to right, top to bottom:
Back to school breakfast
Moth in the back yard
Redecorated school room (my desk)
The sweetness (Quaker my cat)
Cool July rainbow clouds
Watermelon on the porch in June
Morgan's Keepers ceremony
Dirty fingers at Aunt Kristie's
Memorial for Bubba in June
Intent gazes - Robofest in Michigan
Aunt Kristie's garden pests and tomatoes
Brother and sister hugs at the Wildflower center
Aunt Amanda and Morgan
15th year anniversary sweethearts
Cousin Ty and Kaden with his missing front toof
Purple mermaid on a noodle
Hill country beauty
Longhorn mole cow
Those are just a few of my photos from this past year (with the exception of the rainbow clouds, which I didn't take). How about you? Do you have a summer photo essay up? It is easy to make a picture collage. Just download Picasa and use the easy collage feature to make your own photo boxes.
I'm off to clean house, get dressed, cook dinner for my cousins, and pay a few bills. Hope your Saturday brings you much joy. The trick to the joy part is just being thankful.
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