This month marks two years that we have lived in this little apartment in Chicago. Two years that we have spent in this neighbourhood, getting used to where everything is, settling in and growing to love it. We’ve moved a lot as a family and had the opportunity to live in all sorts of places, as a result it can sometimes be difficult to think of any one place as home.
But we’ve come to learn that home isn’t necessarily the walls that you live between, it’s the people who are there with you. Home is the weekends we can spend together as a family, a Friday evening spent with my husband watching TED Talks over a shared bottle of red wine and those long conversations that are usually difficult to make time for these days. Home is giggles with a certain little boy, hide and seek and snuggling under blankets.
Home is always changing, but for me, their two faces are constant. Even if we don’t get to see my husband as often as we’d like due our different schedules. We know that although the schedules are temporary, we are constant. I wanted to be able to take a few photos of all of us, or at least one of my husband to include here, but getting everyone together during daylight hours is near impossible for the moment.
Home is warm, comforting things. Home is also difficult. It’s being there for one another when you can’t be physically present. It’s making phone calls to the triage nurse because your child is hurt. It’s staying calm on the outside when you’re panicking inside. It is walking, carrying a crying five year old boy to the pharmacy in the rain at 8pm on a Thursday night to get medicine. It is returning to our apartment and cuddling until the medicine takes effect and he falls asleep.
Home is so much more than the four walls we live between.
Head on over to Project Alicia today where Alicia is sharing some tips on taking family self portraits.
I’m teaming up with Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud and Alicia of Project Alicia for another inspiring adventure as we photograph our way through spring with the Nurture Photography Challenge – a seasonal photo challenge series chock full of tips and tutorials, inspiring weekly prompts, personal feedback and encouragement.
Just a few details:
All are welcome regardless of skill level, camera equipment or geographic location.
Share your favorite images inspired by our weekly prompts each Friday and grab our lovely button while you’re at it!
The linky will remain open from 9am Friday – 9am Thursday CST. Don’t forget to visit and comment on the previous entry in the linky list.
We’re sharing the photography love and showcasing our talented photographers by pinning some of your lovely photos to our Nurture Photography Inspiration Board.
The Nurture Photography Challenge has taken to Facebook! Stop by, “like” our new Facebook fan page, ask questions and share your work on our wall as well.
We love Instagram just as much as you do! We’ll be on the lookout for your beautiful winter photos, so be sure to use the #nurturephoto hashtag. We’ll share a few favorites on Instagram each week, sending a little bit of love your way.