Photographs of our twin daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.
We were at a 4-day family reunion during the last week of the past year, and it was a perfect culmination to the awesomeness that 2014 was. It was also a time of rest, slowing down, and reconnecting with relatives from literally all over the world who we haven’t seen for so long.
Both my husband and I came from big, wacky, closely-knit, Jesus-lovin’, God-fearing families, and we’re so grateful that we get to raise Dawn & Rain with our big, crazy village!
These photographs were all taken through my phone camera because, obviously, these days we don’t have enough hands to carry a bulky DSLR around. Just the same, I’m happy with these blurry, grainy, imperfect remembrances of those perfect moments. Definitely for keeps.
So.. more than just a pile of photographs, this project has been good for me.
I only wanted to preserve memories for Dawn and Rain, but in the process, this project gained me more than just a pile of photographs. I discovered that taking photographs of them has become an instant pick-me-upper, especially when bedtime routines are dragging on way too long, or we’re having a rough week.
The truth is, I started the project thinking I was doing something that Dawn & Rain would appreciate in the future, only to realize that I did it for myself, too.
First, I needed to be challenged. Taking photographs of two toddlers (and getting them to smile at the same time!) was such a challenge. To do the routine every week for 52 consecutive weeks required some discipline, and a bit of push, which makes it all the more gratifying in the end.
And second, I want to remember. These babies grow too fast! And these photographs are proof. Often, in the busyness of each day—all those hours spent changing diapers, cleaning up after them, feeding them, giving them a bath, getting them to sleep, dealing with tantrums, training and disciplining them, you get the picture—I worry about being sucked in the routines and missing out on the good times and the milestones. I know most of these priceless moments can’t be captured in photographs, but I want to preserve as much as I can, to help me remember these years forever.
I’m putting this gallery page up, if you want to see and walk down the memory lane with me. It’s still under construction for now, but I’ll build it up within the next few days.
Over and out!
And that’s a wrap for 2014’s 52 Week Project! Can you believe I managed to complete the whole thing? 52 sets of photographs, every week, for the whole year of 2014. Thank you for bearing with me and this little project of mine, for reading my endless lovestruck mommy-musings, for all the messages, the likes, and the comments.. and for somewhat making our stories a tiny part of your weekly reading. Thank you, thank you.
Project 52, Year 2015
So I’m doing this project differently this year. I want to keep taking photographs weekly, but I will no longer post them weekly on this blog. Instead, I’m going to put the photographs in a Project Life album, and maybe share a blog post about it monthly or quarterly.
If you want to challenge yourself and take photographs of your children weekly this 2015, go for it! Jodi’s 1/52 is now up, you can learn all about the mechanics (more like, non-mechanics!) here.