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It’s hard to believe six years ago yesterday I gave birth to my first of three boys…Lane Parker. I was always told by older moms that time goes by so fast..and now I know….it does. He immediately comes home from Kindergarten, puts his “soft pants” on (anything fleece) and wants to play his Nintendo DS. He no longer needs me to care for him 24/7, watch him like a hawk, feed, and bathe him. He’s growing into his own little self, his own little man. I pray everyday that God will direct his path as he grows………….and grows.
Here he is yesterday with the crown he wore at school.

of course, Cole had to jump in for a few….
by this time, Reece (my one year old) was putting a ball in the toilet……I love my boys!!

I like metaphors…and I’m not sure if it’s because I like making something small and insignificant into something more meaningful, or if it’s really God trying to tell me something through the everyday motions (I’m going with the latter!). So, here it goes….

I was helping Lane brush his teeth the other day when I noticed he had a permanent tooth growing in behind his baby tooth. What in the world, I didn’t know that could happen! I felt his baby teeth and they were a bit lose, but not wiggly enough to even think about coming out. So, me in my worried state, called the dentist..they said it happens sometimes, but that they would take a look at him. As I was driving to the dentist, I thought, great, they will take care of it, they’ll pull out some of his baby teeth and make room for the permanent tooth. When we got there, the dentist said he didn’t really like to pull baby teeth out, and that even though they weren’t ready to come out, they would eventually be forced to do so because of the permanent tooth growing in behind. (of course, I’m thinking he’ll just have ugly teeth the rest of his life because they’ll never fall out!).
So what does a baby tooth have to do with anything?? Well, I guess the thought that was impressed on my heart was that sometimes in life we’re not ready to do things, maybe it’s finding a new job, telling someone about the love of God, or simply smiling at a stranger in the grocery store…but whether we’re ready or not, sometimes we are forced to make changes or decisions because if we don’t we’ll have ugly teeth forever! I don’t know what’s going on in your life, maybe you are having to make some tough choices, maybe you feel like the world is falling down on you, but you can hold fast to the truth that no matter what’s pushing on you, God will be there when your baby teeth fall out!

How can it be that another one of my boys is growing up?! Today, Cole had his first day of preschool! What kind of mother would I be if I wrote a blog entry about Lane going to Kindergarten, and not write one about Cole’s first big day?, so….here is his story…Cole is definitely a momma’s boy, so I knew this day was going to be a bit difficult for him. Here he is acting tough with his big kid backpack…

and as I look more closely at him, I see some things that I never want to forget…

He wasn’t too excited about letting me take pictures of him….and YES, he was getting ready to throw a rock at me. So, I’m yelling at him from behind my camera…”Don’t you Dare!!”
ok, that didn’t last long!

I ended up taking him to school today, because I don’t know if he’s quite ready to ride the bus with his bigger brother (ok, maybe I’m not ready for him to ride the bus!). Either way, here he is in front of the school checking out the big kids…

here are some of the fun things in his classroom! I don’t remember having such a cool room when I was in preschool. He didn’t want me to leave his side, but I had no choice. Luckily, one of his friends came in and he started talking, so that was my chance to scoot on out. I can’t wait to hear about his day!!

I can’t believe the day has finally arrived for my first born son to go to Kindergarten!! It seems like I was just holding him in my arms and wiping up his slobber. Oh how the the time really does fly by….Here he is excited about getting on the bus….

On closer examination, I notice several things that I never want to forget. No, he wasn’t wearing the preppy little boy clothes that I wanted him to wear, his shirt was tucked in his shorts like an old man, and his socks were pulled up…but that’s my boy! On an even closer look, this is what I see…

At first I was going to take away all of his marks and make him “just right” for the picture, but that’s not how he really is. We live in a photoshop till perfect world, taking out marks and things that make us who we are, that tell a story. Well, this is his story on his first day of kindergarten, and one day I’ll look back on these pictures and it will no doubt bring a smile to my face!! I love this little boy and I pray that God protects his little ears and eyes as he grows!!

and there he went, just like that….oh now I will be counting down the time until he gets back!!

Wow, I never usually post personal stuff, but God has been tugging on my heart for a LONG time and I can’t ignore HIM anymore. My business has been growing by leaps and bounds and as greatful as I am, I am struggling to keep my head above water. My edit list is getting out of control and I’m such a perfectionist that I can’t trust anyone else to edit for me, even though it would take away some of the burden. I absolutely love what I do; I love capturing priceless moments between a husband and wife and children and their parents. But as I look around my house, I find that my walls are a bit empty for a photographer, where are the priceless memories of my husband and children? Everyday my two oldest boys are asking me when I’m going to be done on the computer, and everyday I say, “just wait, I’m almost done” or “I can’t right now, I’m too busy”. I don’t want to be that mom, I want to embrace every day with my husband and children, because in the end, that’s all that matters. I had praise and worship practice tonight at church and my pastor prayed that I would be able to have balance and put my priorities in order…then on the way home I heard this song by Sanctus Real called “Lead Me”. It’s written from a husband’s perspective, but it really touched my heart (is it a coincidence that I heard it right then? I think not…God is so intentional in HIS timing). What really pulled my heart strings was the second verse about his children…so, please listen to it!! (you’ll have to pause the music on the blog first)

So what does all of this rambling mean? It means I’m going to limit the amount of sessions I take, so I can stay on top of editing and spend time with my family. I think my client list will fall quite a bit when I tell you the next part…..I’m going to raise the price of my cd and copyright. (Yikes!!, don’t hate me!!) One of the reasons I’m making this change is because, I want you to order from my lab, so you get the quality, color, and detail you deserve! I know some of you are really ticked by now, trust me I don’t like change either. I haven’t quite decided the details of everything, and I’m not going to do this right away..so if you have an appointment already, dont’ worry. I’m just preparing you for what’s to come…I remember when AppleBees changed their honey mustard sauce and I was crazy angry because I didn’t like the new one as much. But, they must have changed it because it was better for them, and a few chicken finger platters later, I was in love with the new sauce!…ok, ok, I know this is nothing like changing dipping sauces, but I’m not changing things to make you angry, I’m doing it because in the end, it will be better for all of us. This is super super duper (yep I said super duper) hard for me to do, because I want everyone to be happy and I seriously have no backbone….but I need to focus on what’s best for my family. I will keep you posted on the changes I will be making. Please remember I love all of you sooooo much and it means a great deal to me when you choose me to take your pictures.