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Stop and Snap the Roses

Tuesday morning was hectic. I had 6 kids here (4 mine and 2 a friends) to get out the door to school on time. I had the Green Mountain Coffee virtual coffee tasting early in the morning as the kids were getting ready. I needed to drop my 2 year old at a friends house several miles away and head to Crown Center to speak on a panel for the Farmers and Ranchers Association Annual Meeting. Oh – and I had to be dressed up… out of my mom clothes, hair and makeup done and into something that looked presentable to the public. Needless to say I was rushing around from the second I woke up.

I was driving through a neighborhood I’m not normally in when I passed by the most beautiful tree, engulfed in fall colors. I caught my breath at the sight of it, the colors were that vibrant. I didn’t have time to be gawking at trees that morning. I had places to be, kids to drop off, things to do… but I couldn’t help it. I turned my car around pulled up beside the tree, got out and snapped the picture above. And I love that picture… my memory of that tree would have been good, but a picture? A picture will make it forever.

I know we are all busy. Life is that way, right? My morning is nothing more crazy and hectic than any of the rest of yours. But, for once, I decided to stop and “snap the roses” and I’m glad I did. I hope as we head into this crazy, hectic season that you all remember to get out your cameras (phones or whatever) and capture your life. It can be a simple, head clearing activity that you can revisit each time you see the picture… a reminder to stop and savor what is around you.

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  1. I have been doing a photo-a-day this month of things I’m thankful for. It’s been wonderful to stop and just be vigilant of the beauty and blessings all around!

  2. I love the fall colors <3

  3. Sounds like your day turned out pretty good after all! :)

  4. I love this post! I think we all need to remember it’s okay to just *stop* for a moment sometimes, even when we have a trillion other places to be. Plus, this photo is gorgeous. :)

  5. Crown Center in Kansas City, MO?? Hey! You’re in my neck of the woods!

  6. I love fall colors on trees! Always a good reminder to stop and enjoy the small moments everyday.

  7. My family no longer likes driving with me because I continually need to stop and click pics of random things. Glad to know I’m not the only one who will forsake just about anything for a great picture (and it is)!

  8. Absolutely love that picture!So beautiful..:-)
    “It can be a simple, head clearing activity that you can revisit each time you see the picture… a reminder to stop and savor what is around you.” I agree,let us not forget,that taking a moment’s break from our hectic schedule,in order to savor the goodness of life,is a stress-busting activity as well!

  9. Love this post! Love that you stopped! Thanks for being you, I really like you! :) xoxo from Conroe, TX!

  10. Love this photo! Sunsets snag my attention without fail, although it’s often from peeks in the rearview mirror just to get a couple quick glimpses rushing from place to place. Glad you stopped, keep pausing!

  11. we would never get anything done if you and I lived close!!

    I do that kind of stuff all the time! LOVE that shot Kristen!!

  12. What a beautiful picture!

  13. Sad, as I was noticing the fall colors today and thinking how I wanted to get my camera out, but didn’t. C’est la vie. Thank you for the reminder.

  14. Gawgeous! I’ve been distracted by the fall colors. Also, I realized I haven’t been taking as many pictures as I usually do. Time to slow it down.

  15. Amen. We all need to stop and “snap the roses” I love that!

  16. Love the shot. Dad printed it out for me. Hope I have enough talent to recreate it on canvas. I love you, too, Kristen!

  17. Thanks for sharing, Kristen! I think I will do just that.


  18. I am already following you, my sweet friend. And, I love seeing all of your beautiful pictures.

  19. Wonderful idea! And I like the photo a day idea too…..

  20. Wonderful post and a great shot. If you were late for your Farmers and Ranchers Association meeting you could have just shown them what you had to stop and take a picture of and they would have understood.


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