I have been in an extremely sentimental mood lately. Maybe it’s the elections, the nearing of the holiday season, or just because I’m getting older. I am beginning to look around and just want to soak up what is close and important to me because I feel like anything or anyone could slip away at any moment. I know it sounds drab and probably a bit paranoid but it’s oh so true. I would be absolutely nothing without my family. Becoming a professional photographer has been a pretty major adjustment for us all. I went from stay-at-home mom/wife to entrepreneur mom/wife in a relatively short period of time. Creatively and otherwise these changes have been beneficial and thoroughly welcomed. What I learned and continue to learn is that as an artist though, you are constantly putting a piece of yourself out for all the world to see and judge. You move from taking snap shots at family functions to having a photography studio. In a word it’s HORRIFYING! (but i’m grateful) Through the tears of joy and fear it is sooooooo nice to know that at the end of the day there is someone there with you. My husband is always in my corner. He has been so supportive of my journey and often I take for granted what an amazing, patient (with coffee) person he is. Fight we may, but in this spinning mosaic called life, he remains my center. After personal losses, personal triumphs, becoming a couple and then becoming a family of five…we always seem to float to the top still holding on to each other. I love him enormously. I’ve given love to a lot of people on my blog but I have never stopped to recognize a huge part of what drives me… I love you Pa…Thanks Gabe.