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The Cool Factor

on July 11, 2014

Evening sky through my daughter’s eye…

I think we all wonder if our children think we are “cool” or not… 

I guess I’m aging myself and that I am “uncool” for even using that word. I don’t know what’s relevant today- hip, dope, happenin’… yes, I am revealing my uncoolness with every word I type.  

BUT

I try to remain true to who I am, and who God calls me to be.  

One of the things my girls have joked about is the fact that I like to take lots of pictures.  They do not like having pictures taken of them, and so for the most part, I don’t press the issue.  I see the immense value in being with them and not having the pressure of capturing every moment on camera.  BUT the one thing I love to take pictures of is sunsets- which, by the way, is sort of not a cool thing to do- according to my girls.  

Nevertheless, I continue to do the things that bring me joy in hopes that THEY will do the things that bring THEM joy- and not worry about what other people think.  

One of my girls expressed sadness that other friends do not share her affection for playing with dolls. I tell them if it brings them joy- then they should not be concerned about what other kids think. And so I choose to do the same thing.  We shouldn’t take up hobbies or do things we don’t enjoy just to “fit in”. It’s okay to be different.  

So, imagine my immense JOY when my older (insert, the one who thinks I am the uncoolest of all) points out the beautiful sky as we were driving last night.  

“Momma, can I see your camera?”  

“Sure, babe.” 

I began to turn the phone on, and she quickly yanks it out of my hand.  

“I know how to do it…” she says, completely and utterly annoyed with me. 

I am secretly smiling inside, because I know she’s going to take pictures for me.  

photo 2

Evening Sky #2

And I listen as my girls talk about how beautiful the colors are… and my oldest says she wants to be a photographer when she grows up…and then they tell their friend (who we brought with us to church that night) how much they love watching sunsets with me every evening.  

This one is my favorite of them all…

photo 1The power line pole looks just like a cross.  Several years ago, when I first said YES to God and to ministry, I prayed to Him as I drove.  I asked Him to show me that I was going in the right direction.  As I looked up, I saw many of these power line poles lining the winding, hilly road- and at once they all looked like crosses, much like the one my daughter took a picture of.  A simple moment with me and Jesus- but one I will never forget. For several years, I have tried to capture a picture like this…what a blessing it is for my daughter to have taken this beautiful photo.  

As I plant little seeds in my children’s lives and encourage them to follow their hearts and to do what brings them joy, I have been given a treasure in these beautiful pictures. Ones that my daughter took out of love for her uncool mom, without any prompting from myself. One that shows me that my girls really are taking in His beauty and that they learning to appreciate the little things… and that is the COOLEST thing of all! 

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4

 

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29 responses to “The Cool Factor

  1. atimetoshare says:

    Beautiful opportunity to plant.

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  2. rolerrol says:

    I loved this post…..!!!

    Rolain.

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  3. paulfg says:

    You write love. It is infectious. 🙂

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  4. Great post. You’re a true blessing!!

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  5. Skye says:

    I love being “uncool” and catching my kids in equally “uncool” moments. It is so….well….COOL!!!!! 🙂 Hugs & love sent to you and your “geeky” family. P.S. I love sunsets, too….and my family gets equally exasperated…..until they spot something first – then that flower or sunset becomes the prettiest or coolest thing EVER! 🙂

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Yes, being uncool is the new cool in my book, lol!! And yes, if the kids see something first- it’s waaay more cool than if I spotted it. Ahh… the joys of motherhood! My girls are making their own Barbie furniture out of cardboard at the moment- a very cool thing, indeed! Hope you are doing well 🙂

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  6. Terese says:

    What a wonderful memory making time with your girls! I love looking for these small opportunities with my kids, thanking God as my 14 year old continues to discover who she is and will occasionally still come to snuggle, while my 19 and 18 year olds still call me mamma. I am learning to enjoy each season! Thanks for a great post. By the way my kids call me basic, which I’m guessing is the new word for uncool. 😉

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thanks, Terese! Lol… I haven’t heard of “basic” used this way! That is wonderful how your youngest still wants to snuggle and that you are close to your older ones as well. I guess I’m basic, too 🙂 Blessings to you!

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  7. T says:

    beautiful! The cross telephone pole is my favorite! I have took endless sunset and sunrise pictures for a long time and been ‘uncool’ in my kids eyes. recently I have noticed that my 10 year old grand daughter takes sunset pictures I am so excited she is going to be uncool like me. Most of all I am excited that she is just being herself. lovely post today 🙂

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  8. What a wonderful experience with your girls! The seeds we deposit do (eventually) bear fruit 🙂

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thanks, Lilka! I am trying be more intentional at being present in the moment and thanking Him for little things- like that beautiful evening. I pray that I will one day see a harvest in their lives! Many blessings to you!

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  9. sf says:

    Beautiful photos! How special these are!

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  10. Zestwriter says:

    A wonderful post and wonderful photos, but to me the most wonderful thing of all is the close relationship to your children and all of you that close relationship with Jesus. Thanks for a blessed share, I enjoyed! 🙂

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! I am thankful for my girls and our relationship… and I pray that as they will learn to put Jesus first in their lives. Glad you enjoyed it! Blessings to you!

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  11. vw1212 says:

    lovely and wonderful sharing. very perfect pics as well 🙂 vw

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  12. Wonderful post…and spectacular photos! Have a great day!

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  13. Joan Clapp says:

    I loved reading this one! It made me a little sad that so much time has passed since I have seen my “chosen” grands! I hope I will still be “cool” or whatever, the current word may be! Keep blogging…..it makes me feel that I am closer to you than I am.

    I was just looking at the pictures on my dresser and hoping that you might take a current one of them together and send it to me………….do you think they would let you, just for me????

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Aww… I’m so happy to hear from you, Mimi!! We actually tried to call you this past weekend. Katie found the L’ecole chicken book you made and she was really missing you! We all love you, and the girls talk about you all the time! I asked them if we could take pictures tonight- just for YOU- and they said yes 🙂 love you!!

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