Our Photo Journey

Haley’s In Charge

If you have been following our quest to take at least one picture a day for 30 days, you already know that today is day three of our photo journey. However, what you might not know is that today a special twist was added to the challenge.

For one day, I wasn’t to take pictures of Haley. Instead I needed to take pictures of what she told me to. The mission was to make a beautiful picture. Her job was to tell me what she thinks might make a beautiful picture My job was to make the beautiful picture. Haley was to be “in charge” for the day.

Day Three Haley Is In Charge!

Just in case there was someone who wasn’t sure, Haley felt that we definitely needed a picture to make things very clear. Yes, that is her thumb in the picture but we were too chicken to ask someone to hold the notebook for us, and the wind kept blowing the pages!

The Castle

We were barely out of the house when Haley knew exactly what picture she wanted. She wanted me to take a picture of the castle! You want a picture of what? The castle mom. Ummm… Can you show me where this castle is? Yup! Okay Haley, you’re in charge, but please tell me that I don’t have to trespass to take the picture!

Sign In Coffeeville Mississippi

In the tiny town of Coffeeville (population 947) there has to be at least 50 of these signs, but Haley had to have a pictures of this particular one because of the flowers nearby. Of course this required slamming on the brakes in front of a full cement truck while trying to find a place to pull over, but we got the picture. 🙂

It took us all of about 15 seconds to discover that Haley’s idea of beauty and mine were several worlds apart, but I don’t think we have ever had quite as much fun as we did today, especially when I tried to explain that there was no way in heck that I was going to take a picture of the totally hot guy in wranglers that was working in his yard, no matter who was in charge.

Scuffed Up Boots

Shhhhh…. Don’t tell anyone that Haley was the model for this picture! We have no idea why we like this picture so much, except maybe there is just something comforting about a girl hanging out in the bleachers in her scuffed up boots and favorite old jeans.

Rustic Old Tractor

Last on her list of pictures that she wanted to get was an old tractor in the middle of a field. You have no idea how long we looked for this particular scene or how many mosquito bites I ended up with getting this shot.

At one point it was very tempting to find a new tractor and age it later in an image editor. There was something gratifying about sticking it out until we found what she was looking for though.

As we headed home, Gary Allen started singing Life Aint Always Beautiful on the radio. Listening to the words telling us that struggles make you stronger, and the changes make you wise, life aint always beautiful but it’s a beautiful ride, we couldn’t help but smile.

Spending a day looking at beauty through the eyes of someone else, I learned some stuff that I wasn’t expecting. By not being able to take pictures of Haley, I realized that I was still struggling to find beauty in the world around me. I realized that all of the pictures I had taken this week were of Haley, with the world blurred out in the background.

And, just maybe Haley was sometimes having as hard of a time explaining exactly what she wanted as I was having understanding.

 Corn Stalk

We figured this out when she was trying to explain the angle she wanted me to use for a picture of a stalk of corn. Sorry folks, this one was a lost cause no matter how hard we tried to make it beautiful!

Sometimes maybe you have to lean on each other and work together as a team. Working together towards a common goal, we found a special bond, and laughed more than we have in ages.

Remind me to tell you the story sometime about getting caught sneaking into the country club to get a picture of the 10th hole that Haley wanted!

Thanks For Being A Part Of Our Lives!

Cricket Walker

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  • Reply Pam July 18, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    Nice job on your task of the day. You gotta put up the stalk of corn too. It might not be beautiful but it is still valuable for other purposes…. like “Great Day” memories.

  • Reply Veronica July 18, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    LOOOOOVE it – Good job Hailey. Sometimes a girls gotta get what a girls gotta get. Very well commented Cricket is it not amazing how we sometimes learn such valuable lessons from our kids. Can’t wait to see what comes next. (Will you take requests in the near distant future?)

  • Reply Cricket Walker July 18, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    @ Pam – We actually have ended up with an average of about 100 pictures a day that we are adding to our own personal photo album of memories.

    @ Veronica – The more I teach, the more I learn. I am very blessed to have such incredible kids. 🙂

  • Reply Cricket Walker July 19, 2007 at 12:08 am

    By popular request we have now included the picture of the stalk of corn we were trying so hard to get!

  • Reply Les July 19, 2007 at 12:48 am

    Thanks for sharing your photo journey. It is an inspiration.

  • Reply Carolyn July 19, 2007 at 1:38 am

    There is perfection everywhere you’ve gone Cricket, even that cornstalk is pretty darn lovely. Good for Haley for picking these great shots and good for you for listening.

    PS No WAY do you live in COFFEEville! (grin)

  • Reply Cricket Walker July 19, 2007 at 2:14 am

    We do not live in Coffeeville. It is a nearby town. 🙂

  • Reply Cathy July 19, 2007 at 7:20 am

    ‘Fess up! Tell us about the B&E job you did at the country club

  • Reply Paul July 19, 2007 at 11:18 am


    From the looks of Hailey’s choices, she will make a great photographer along with her mother. Every picture there has a story to tell, even the corn stalk. Have you ever handed her the camera, and looked at the pictures she took? I’ll bet you would be supprised if you haven’t.
    Keep shooting. Your good at it. Stop and take a good look at what nature is doing around you, it’s amazing what you can see.


  • Reply Christy August 4, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    I’ve backtracked and started at day one, and I must stop and tell you both that you INSPIRE me. You both inspire me to love harder and smell the wonderful aroma of life a bit deeper tomorrow. Thank you and you are both so lucky to have one another. I need to go give my baby a hug now.

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