Project 365: December
Well, that’s it…the end of a year long photo challenge. The most operative word being, “challenge.” Aside from the actual task of taking a new shot every day, the past year was also filled with many real life challenges. The number of times I thought about packing it in saying “just too much else going on,” is far more than I could count, but I’m incredibly glad I never did.
However, if I were ever to do it again, I definitely wouldn’t choose a year that involves starting a new job, while also welcoming both a second child and a puppy into a house with a 1-year-old. Whew!
Of all the struggles, this month was by far the hardest. The real-life challenges got extra real when we spent a week at the Monroe Carroll Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University with our son James. He got frighteningly ill with a respiratory syncytial virus, but I’ve never been as thankful as I was that week to live in Nashville with world-class health facilities, a world-class family, and an out of this world church family. Ironically, the desire to finish this year-long challenge was an incredible distraction for my mind as we spend each waking hour of a week at the hospital. Speaking of, seriously this children’s hospital is doing amazing work not just for Nashville, but with research and help for children across the globe. If you feel so inclined, donations to VUMC can be made here.
Now, on to the final month of photos!
Favorite Shot this month:
With the week in the hospital for James I mentioned above, it put most of our Christmas plans on hold. For our family which is accustomed to rooms full of dozens of people at the holidays, the change was an unexpected delight. Just the five of us, four human and one furry. In addition to the first Christmas for James, it was also the first for Penny. She bounced around piles tissue paper like it was a pool full of bacon wrapped chew treats! When she noticed the whole room was watching, she looked up with this distinctive “I’ve been caught, and I just don’t care” look.
Something new this month:
They say streaks are meant to be broken, and in getting this shot, I’m glad that’s all that was broken! In over a decade of shooting sports, I’ve had managed to avoid any major contact while on a sideline. That was until Tennessee’s Derek Barnett flattened the Nebraska quarterback through the back of the end zone in the 2016 Music City Bowl. Laying flat on the ground provided for a great angle on this shot, but also prevented me from moving once over 500 pounds of football players came crashing down on me. Like a pro, I protected the equipment first…but will be reconsidering those super low to the ground shots in the future. (Who am I kidding, I can’t wait to get another one!)
You can follow along daily with my year-long photo project over on Instagram.