Last week I went through New Bern heading to Greenville for my daughters appointment and passed an old house that I have stopped at numerous times throughout the years to take photos of. This was one of my favorite places to shoot and I was telling the girls about it when we came upon it. As I turned the corner I was shocked to see that it was gone. This was my first place to stop about three years ago on my journey through photography. It inspired me to venture out and explore more of what my surroundings had to offer. This is what it used to look like through my eyes.
To the left of this once beautiful home was a barn which was about the same size if taller than the home. This barn was the first photo that I won 1st place in the Carteret Community College Annual Paper Wings. It too was in a pile of rubble.
And of course there was an old store on the right just as you turn the corner to these two places. It also has been beat up by the weather and other not so natural circumstances. I will try to get out and take a few pics of it hopefully before it is gone. Here is the front of it from a while back.
I have lost a lot this year family members, childhood home, love, friends, and I know that it is a part of life. I can’t control what happens, all I can do is adjust to it the best way I can. I think that this year has been a very hard and rough road to travel. It is not over yet so I’m prepared for more and hoping for the best. The girls are getting bigger, Michelle is already taller than me and Julia is almost there. They are both doing great in school and I’m very proud of them both. We plan on going to Arkansas for Christmas then they fly to Michigan for the remainder of the year & I come back home.
This weekend is over and I’m looking forward to Monday, come on rain. We really need it and I hope it brings some cooler weather as well. Going to go running in the morning even if it is raining. I love running in the rain (only if it’s not a down poor). I’m also waiting on a reply from the JPD on my application. I think the more days go by the more nervous I get. Oh well, take it day by day and see what happens..
To all of my friends and family that I haven’t talked to in a while, I miss all of you and hope all is well in your life. May all of your days be filled with lots of happiness and of course LOVE..
Here is a great song that I found by Sick Puppies. I don’t think they have a video yet but the words tell it all..
Until next time, Take Care and God Bless!! 🙂
My oldest Julia, has now hit number 12. I have no words to describe how I feel. Old, young, tired, happy, sad, all the above…. She is getting so big and I’m trying to keep up. Just yesterday she was starting school and now she is in the 7th grade putting on makeup and coming up with these ideas for outfits for school and so on. Today will be just me, her and her sister. Saturday will be for her friends and family. I can’t stop thinking about this time next year, she will be a TEENAGER.. Just saying the word scares me to death. I hope and pray that by this time next year our lives will be better and more comfortable. Right now I’m keeping a positvie attitude and still searching for that place where I fit in. Anyway today is Jewls day and I will post pictures probably toinght or tomorrow of how it all went.. Whewwwwwww where did the year go. I feel like I have been in a coma for ever and just woke up and everything has passed me by. 🙂
I have finally made my first step at attempting to change my life’s path once again. It’s a start but hopefully a new beginning. All the paperwork for now has been submitted and I’m waiting for a response to what my next move will be. As for my girls they are excited and I am as well, just hoping that everything works out. Running, working out, and among other things have been on my agenda and will continue to be from now on. The weather is cooling and making it better to run in. The rest of the year is going to be a busy one. Julia will be 12 next week. The fair, Mullet Festival, Seafood festival, Halloween, ect… We are also going to Arkansas for Christmas and then the girls are off to their dads for the remainder of the year. So with that being said, I will be on my toes and trying to keep things in order before we leave for the holidays. I’m hoping that my next move will work out and I can eventually land a CSI photography job. Who knows, anything can happen. One day at a time, thinking positive and letting nothing hold me back. It’s been a tough go, and I know in time it will get better. For now I’m healthy, my kids are healthy and I have friends and family for support for whatever move I make.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me”.
Well Saturday rolled around and I decided to take the girls down to Wilmington for the day.. Of course the drive was brutal.. Are we there yet, it’s taking too long, I’m hot, and of course I need to go to the bathroom. Go figure. Cape Fear museum was first on our list. I must say I have never been there and was greatly amused at what was in store. With kids comes many, many questions too which I simply stated yes, no or I have no idea.
We ended our day with a fantastic meal at Front Street Brewery and I enjoyed a couple of beers. It was a great day, I hope to make it out that way again. The meal was so good that I plan on eating there the next time I venture out in that direction.
After the girls got on the bus today I headed out to Bouge Pier and watched as the surfers tore up the waves. It was a beautiful morning, the air was breezy and cool. The police were also out in full force making sure everyone left the Isle before the afternoon set in. I have food, water, movies, and my girls. We will be relaxing and maybe venturing out into the weather later if it is safe enough. Here are a few pics from this mornings surfing session. Enjoy Earl 🙂