February 20, 2010

Appreciating Rainbows

My goal today was a to take an outside family portrait.  I had great plans.  But alas, our normally sunny and warm weather decided to be cold and rainy instead.  It seems that anytime I decide I would like outside pictures the weather dictates otherwise.  Seriously, it has become an ugly pattern I have become, I hate to admit, a bit bitter over.  And I think it began on my wedding day, when my lovely garden wedding had to be rushed inside due to a freak monsoon storm that developed just moments before our ceremony.  So today, I sulked and groaned at the falling rain, which I normally welcome by the way.  Just not today.  We all watched the skies attentively.  I prayed it would go away at least just for a moment.  My plans got thrown out the window, now all I wanted was at least one simple picture outside.  The time was ticking, the sun would set at 6 p.m. and then it would be too dark.   The sun began creeping through some clouds and it appeared at first glance that the rain had subsided.  But it was mocking me.  A light but contast and odd drizzle continued through the mixed sunshine for what seemed a very long time.  As I was beginning to lose hope it finally stopped.  And we ran outside and captured this and a few other precious outtakes.  

And I was EVER so grateful! 
But then

A full beautiful rainbow right in front of us!

And if you look clearly not only one but two!!

After this, I came inside and cried a little. 

When I saw the rainbow, I felt as though God was telling me everything was going to be okay.   

I sighed and smiled.    

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” Dolly Parton

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow." G.K. Chesterton

“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.”  Lord Byron

And as I write this, I sit enjoying the sound of the falling rain.

Now, I must go clean my toilet bowl because as my son put it, "Alexa juiced up my toilet!" Meaning she decided to pour her orange juice in and around our toilet and mix it with her hand.  Needless to say, she got a good washing but now the toilet awaits me.  Funny how juiced up toilets are just one of those things in life I never knew I always wanted.  


  1. Am glad you were finally able to get your pix:) your guys look very nice. Love the rainbow you captured it beautifully. I couldn't stop laughing about your juiced toilet loved it I must say I was expecting something else...lol


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  3. Beautiful pictures Michelle! I think it was all part of God's plan for your special family picture day.

    Stef, Ryan, Wyatt and Logan

  4. That was such a beautiful family picture. Maybe not what you had vision but it was perfect. Sometimes you don't always get what you wished for but work with what you have and I'll all turn out just fine. Just like on your wedding day turned out to be just as beautiful. My favorite picture is the one Lexi is looking at the rainbow.

  5. I think the rainbow was a sign. We're thinking you guys during this trying time!
    -kym vierthaler


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