Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Not In Vain

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It has definitely been a while since I've written on this blog... and I have missed it so much.  It's not that there's been nothing to write about, but more that life has been busy.  Sometimes I'm just not sure how much to share - or how much to keep to myself.  But honestly, I truly believe sharing is my way of dealing with things - but also hopefully a way to offer help and hope to others who may be experiencing some of the same things I go through in my own life.

This is my personal blog page... it's Beyond Photography by DonnaKay, because I AM Photography by DonnaKay.  Yes, it is technically my photography business... but being a photographer is definitely a part of WHO I am as a person, a woman, a mother, a wife... and all of the other descriptions that could be used to define me.

So let's jump ahead to the past couple of days in my life.  I had to drive to the beach to go to court for someone I love dearly.  And I would probably have driven to the moon and back if that was what it took to lend my support.  (thankfully that wasn't required!)  Much to our disappointment the DA got the trial continued... and we will have to do it all again in the not-to-far-off future.  But the trip wasn't in vain.  Nothing ever really has to be in vain, does it?  There are always lessons that can be learned... friendships that can be made... kindnesses that can be bestowed.  And I have learned to not waste any of my moments in life.

This trip I was able to meet some new people... and hopefully they are people who will remain a part of my life.  Parents who are struggling with the pain they've experienced through all of the events leading up to the weekend.  No one will probably ever know the extent of what they have been through, and of how much their hearts have hurt from it all.  But if there are things I've learned myself as a parent, they definitely include: 1) NO family is perfect; 2) our kids may disappoint us, but they are still always our kids, and we NEVER stop loving them; and 3) never, ever give up hope that consequences will help bring someone back to what is right.

Hold on through the tough times... those are the times you are growing the most, developing character that will make you WHO you are.  Don't let them tear you down or destroy you -- you can get through them.  And you don't have to ever be alone.

Here's a picture taken outside of the courthouse... I, of course, was behind the camera (my happy place!!!) - but these people touched my life over the past couple of days.  And that is a good thing.

Have a GREAT day!!!