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Oklahoma State Track and Field 2017

So it was my first time to have a child of mine compete in athletics at the state level.   My youngest boy competed in State Track and Field last weekend.  

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I've been a runner for years so to have my son competing in running is just awesome!  

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Once we got to this point in the day it was great.   

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I have to remind myself that this was what I was there for. It was an incredibly difficult weekend for me.  

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The boy can run! 

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I'm so glad I drove home to see him though.  

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At the same time there is nothing more that I want to forget than that entire week.  

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What is amazing about maintaining a blog since 2010 you can look back and see my baby when he was 9 and now he's all grown up and 16!   


I've Decided

That it's time to work on this blog.  A few weeks ago I went to El Malpais and wanted to do some night photography. 

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This wasn't a good evening.  I was homesick for Oklahoma.  I just wanted something normal.   

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Driving around in the desert to shoot the stars.  My divorce was just finalized and I've been feeling lost.  

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I just don't remember a lot about this night except how terribly homesick I was.  

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But how amazing the night sky is in the southwest.   

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I'm trying to remember that night. I knew I felt better by the time I was home, at the same time I was still lost.   I'm grateful for the friends I've had this last month who have helped get me through. 


I Haven't Felt Like

Blogging... despite the incredible amount of content that I have.  I've got an amazing archive of all of these places I've visited.  Yet, I have writers blog.  I just don't care about sharing myself on this format as much.  I don't worry about my images and content.  I don't need the following and I'm just no longer interested or truly engaged in maintaining this blog.  

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Last Saturday morning I was in Oklahoma. I got my wildflower shooting in.  I'm glad I was home, but at the same time it was a trip where I experienced the most pride in my son and it was the worst trip that I've made home.   

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I was so homesick the week before. I am so tired of the snow every week that we get here on the Colorado Plateau.   I just wanted to go home and feel like I was at home.   

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But sometimes home isn't a place. Home is a person.  

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And I didn't have that person last weekend.   

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2017 has been an incredibly difficult year.   

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I just want everything to be okay.