Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Grip It

Nolan had his last basketball game this past weekend. He went from standing in the middle of the court and crying the first two games to screaming, "PASS," and making two baskets by the last game! 

This is an invaluable lesson I am learning from my boys; that everything evolves over time. Stages that I thought my boys would never grow out of are now a vague memory alongside the pencil line measurements of their height on the wall in Nolan's room. This gives me faith in knowing that nothing is permanent, life is like a basketball game. In fact I found these amazing words written by a 13-year-old girl named Paris Anne Rosenthal, and I don't think I could have said it any better.

Grip it

Life is a basketball game. You cannot go through it without other people. The time gradually runs out, so take as many chances as you can and take advantage of the precious minutes. Do not rush or wish away the time. Sometimes you hit the right spot, and sometimes you don’t. Not every shot or every day is the best. A coach is someone you look up to in life. There is always someone to guide you and teach you new things. Always try your best. Work with others and share the ball. Share your glory, share your generosity, share your wisdom, share your humor, share. But also be greedy sometimes. Take shots; don’t constantly pass. Alone time and individuality is essential and vital. Use the losses, the air balls, the complete misses, and failures as ways to learn and be better next time. Bond. Take time to stop and simply reflect. Love, travel, laugh, study, learn, think. Compliment someone. Wear a uniform. Literally? No. But have your own number that stands out in the crowd. Be yourself. Have your own personality and build an identity. Face it, you can’t have someone else’s title or jersey number, so cherish your own. Grip the basketball firmly, and do the same with your life. Make sure you know what you want and how to ask for it. Jump high for the ball, jump and go over the top. Assist. Make passes, and help other people in life. Give more than you receive. Do at least one active un-bargaining service or duty each week. If others don’t recognize your deeds or humane actions, keep doing them anyway. Continue giving without receiving. Watching others’ glory can be hard, but the best thing to do is just cheer for them. Treat them how you would want to be treated; support. As the time diminishes, kick the switch up a notch, give in the fuel, and go for your dreams and goals before you regret anything.

Love & Light,

 Nolan's first basket, caught on camera.

Nolan's buddy, Johnny. This is what really happens on the court (above). 

 Nolan's last day of basketball and his first day of baseball training. 

Nolan helps me decorate the Easter tree today.

I smell spring in the air.


  1. I tried so hard to take shots in the gym when Ella played basketball. They stunk. Do you have an external flash that you use? Just wondering :) You know I love the sports pictures but am much better outside!!!

  2. Megan~ Believe it or not I did not use a flash at all. My ISO was high, about 1000. Which is okay because I knew these would only be for web use not prints. My f-stop was also low 2.8. I only use that external flash on really dark places but I can still get away with no flash inside gyms. Try upping your ISO, dropping the f-stop but keeping your shutter speed to about 250 for action and see what you get. Some places are darker than others and I was surprised that this gym had enough artificial light to support photos without adding a flash. I love your shots!! xo