Freedom Hour


“There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.


I don’t care for mothering when I have allergies. When all I can do is sneeze as I watch mini calamities happen all around me. Baby A grinding crackers into the floor making sure to rub the crumbs into every direction around her. Z stepping with painted feet on the floor and upturning her paint palette on the floor. Sippy cups dangle perilously of cushions, cushions that aren’t supposed to be on the floor in the first place. My temper is short and I can’t help counting the minutes until Freedom Hour or bedtime.

What I like about photos, is that they capture a moment, a moment in which you simply pressed the button for  a second. My mind could be saying, “I like the way Z’s hair looks at that angle. Click! What sticky thing did I just step on? And why is baby A screaming?”

In a photograph, your child is frozen. Silent. Peaceful. You can imbibe her fully with just your visual senses. In real life, there are more distractions. For me, after my children are asleep, when freedom hours set in, if I do get a chance to putter away at photos, I am able to take a minute, sit, and reflect.

In silence.

IMG_8953-2Z peeking at Baby A on the deck, the pink blob with the pink bows is baby A !



About Doodling Through Life

I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I have 2 new picture books projected for 2019: Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House, 2019) and Let Me Show You The Way (Eerdmans, 2019)! I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

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