Best Day Ever!

Yesterday was an incredible day for our daughter. Pro Football Day finally arrived; she had been counting down the days all week and was beyond excited to get out and push herself in the quarterback challenge, to run and compete in professional drills, and to PLAY FOOTBALL all day. I dropped her off at the field and had no doubt that she would have a great day.

When I arrived at pick-up, it was evident that she played hard.


Elated, she walked toward me and wasted no time in showing me all of her times on her player profile card. Her confidence was overflowing; she was energized and proud of herself and her accomplishments; she seemed changed by her positive experiences from the day.

Jean_H_de_Buren_football_3455-BWI asked her if Coach gave her the football that she was carrying. A broad smile crossed her face as she let me know that she–and a friend from school (Congratulations, Michael!)–were both awarded the MVP award for the day because of a combination of their positive attitudes and scores from the day.


Once home, after a moment or two of rest and a snack, she and I headed to the backyard to play catch with her MVP award.


Watching our daughter work hard and find both success and joy in something she is passionate about is such a gift!

At the end of the day, our daughter summed up the whole day nicely when she announced, “Today was the best day ever!”


Fall morning silhouette

On this morning, as I set my camera to take a photo of the light streaming in through our back windows, our daughter walked up and waited for me to finish. She was just outside of the frame of the photo and I asked her to take a few steps forward and stand in the sunlight. While waiting for me, she looked down at the little pumpkin in her hands and I captured this image.


A fallen leaf

This morning, an image from this time last year caught my attention.



Welcome, fall!

Today is the first day of fall, day 300 of my third 365 photo project, and my 100th blog post all wrapped into one.



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